Historic signage installed at Apex park

By Daniel Hughes

Five historic signs now feature in Berrigan’s Hayes Park as part of a redevelopment project.

The interpretive signs are designed to promote the town’s history as a leader and innovator for a range of community organisations and activities.

The design, construction and installation of the signs cost $20,000, which was funded through Berrigan Shire’s Drought Communities Program allocation.

The overall redevelopment of Hayes Park includes a new toilet block, shade shelter, park furniture and the reconstruction of the access road.

‘‘Hayes Park is a popular venue for travellers passing through along the Riverina Highway, and the signs are designed to give those travellers a taste for why Berrigan is special,’’ council director corporate services Matt Hansen said.

‘‘The council appreciates the work of the volunteers from Berrigan and District Development Association and Berrigan and District Historical Society for their contribution, alongside Claire Reynolds from Thomson Hay Landscape Architects.’’

Each sign has its own unique story on Berrigan’s history.

They outline Berrigan’s resilience and the town’s role in the federation of Australia.

One of the most significant accomplishments outlined is Berrigan’s role in founding of the Rural Fire Service, as the home of the first volunteer rural fire brigade in New South Wales.

The region’s irrigation history is also celebrated, as well as Berrigan’s role in the establishment of the NSW Parents’ and Citizens Federation.