New ‘welcome’ signs in Jarrahdale aim to encourage people to explore the area’s natural beauty.
The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale unveiled the brand-new entry point signage last week. They have replaced the aged Peel region signage that previously occupied the site.
The new greetings ask people to ‘Step outside’ and tempt visitors back with ‘There’s always more to explore’.
Another notable improvement in Jarrahdale this week is the makeover of the toilet block at Bruno Gianatti Hall, which also now displays the ‘Step outside’ message.
Skilfully applied by talented local painter Mick Haines, the toilet facility features the promotion of local businesses, inviting visitors to take a leisurely 10-minute walk to experience the Local Jarrahdale PO Kitchen and museum.
This week the shire will also announce the completion of upgrades to the 1872 Heritage Railway trailhead.
This historical trailhead has been stripped and repainted to bring it back to its former glory.
A new hand-drawn Jarrahdale map by artist Alex Hotchin will be on show at the site, featuring plenty of Jarrahdale’s iconic quirks and native wildlife.
The SJ Shire is working towards developing Jarrahdale as a trail’s tourism destination, realising the eventual goal of gaining Trail Town accreditation.
The hope is that with an increasing growth in trail-related activities, Jarrahdale can build upon its existing trails network and Historic Town status to attract visitors seeking adventure and cultural experiences and stimulate the local economy.
In 2016, nature-based tourism contributed $23 billion to the Australian economy, with 68 percent of international visitors engaged in some form of nature-based activity.