Ezekiel Tuipala has made his mark on Eagle Vale – literally.
The year 11 student at Campbelltown Performing Arts High School created a number of illustrations for a picture book his school created last year and now those same drawings have been added to a sign at Eagle Farm Reserve.
The sign, shaped like an eel swimming through reeds, is aimed at helping visitors to the Eagle Vale reserve understand the importance of the local waterway and the native species that live in the water.
Illustrations of bird- and pond-life adorn the educational signage, informing visitors of the main species to be found at the site.
“It feels really good to have my drawings here, I’m really proud of myself,” Ezekiel said. “My family’s proud of me. I’m speechless – never know it would be so cool.”
The sign also notes that it is detrimental to both wildlife and the waterways to feed bread to the native animals and gives advice on how to keep stormwater clean.
Campbelltown mayor Paul Hawker said the Campbelltown Council was committed to giving residents tools to best understand how to protect and preserve the local environment, particularly waterways and fauna.
“The latest addition to Eagle Farm Reserve has certainly been catching the attention of visitors of all ages and that’s exactly what we hoped when developing the unique signage,” Cr Hawker said. “There are many species that call our wetlands, ponds and rivers home and they all play a vital role in keeping the natural balance of the ecosystem healthy.”