A walk through Tatura’s Cussen Park will never be the same, following the launch of a special project by the 2017 graduates of the Fairley Leadership Program.
An innovative audio tour experience supported by interpretive signage and a suite of educational resources designed to increase the community’s interaction and understanding of the park, makes up the Hear and There initiative.
The park now features 10 fully accessible interpretative signs linked to an acoustic map available on sound streaming platform SoundClound.
Visitors can be guided through the wetland ecosystem by the voice of Shepparton-based ABC reporter Warwick Long and listen to the creatures that make up this diverse and culturally significant environment.
‘‘The walk will take you around the park and into the wetlands, and you can learn about the traditional owners of the area and how they use wetlands and the native plants, such as the gums and grasses, and animals such as the water birds that live there,’’ Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority representative and Fairley Leadership Program member Jo Wood said.
‘‘Sounds used were collected at the park using eco-acoustic techniques which moniter the environment,’’ she said.
Greater Shepparton City Councillor Chris Hazelman congratulated the students on being able to produce a project that highlighted both the indigenous and environmental assets of the local area.
Hear and There is also available in the classroom and can be downloaded from digital learning app Scootle.