The Copacabana Landcare Group asked Keith Davey if he could research and design an educational sign that described the animals that would be found between high and low tide levels on the rocky shores underneath Tudibaring headland. This project ultimately grew to the design and construction of five signs that describe the environments and history of Copacabana, on the Central Coast of NSW.
The signs were constructed by Armsign at Lismore from etched aluminium to withstand the extremely harsh environment of salt spray and sun.

Interestingly, because of their design and information, these signs have never been vandalised.


Copacabana Boulder Scree Platform

Intertidal Animals of Copacabana

The Copacabana Boulder Scree Platform sign is 1200 x 800 mm in size and is situated at the start of the Tudibaring Headland on the
north-eastern end of Copacabana beach. It describes the most common species of intertidal animals and
where they are found on this rocky ocean shore.

Intertidal animals photo

Copacabana Sand Shore


Copacabana Sand Shore Sign

The Copacabana Sand Shore Sign was the second sign designed and constructed for the Copacabana Landcare Groupby Keith Davey.
It features the sand landscapes, sand beach formation and the plants that are found in this shifting, harsh enbvironment.
The sign is located along the northern end of Coipacabana beach underneath pine trees.
This sign is 800 x 600 mm in size.

Copacabana Sand Shore Sign



Tudibaring Headland and Boulder Scree Platform

Tudebaring Headland Sign

Tudibaring Headland and Boulder Scree Platform is the third in the environmental set of signs situated at Copacabana.
It is sited just in front of the Surf Life Saving Club on the northern end of the shopping centre.
This sign describes the geology of the headland and how its geology has created the special boulder scree habitat
that shelters a wide range of intertidal animals and algae.
This sign is 800 x 600mm in size.

Tudibaring Sign location



Copacabana Past and Present

Copacabana History Sign

The fourth sign in the set Copacabana Past and Present features the history of the area. Initially describing the Aboriginees and their use of the land it then describes the European arrival and the development of the Copacabana subdivision. It then descibes the current environmental issues and highlights the cunstruction and use of the Whale Viewing Platform where thius sign is located.
This sign is 1200 x 800mm in size.

Copacabana History photo



Cockrone Lagoon - Copacabana

Cockrone Lagoon Sign

The fifth sign describes Cockrone Lagoon sited to the south of Copacabana. Cockrone Lagoon is an ICOL, an Intermittent Closed and Open Lagoon, which usually has its mouth closed over with a sand-bar. Over time the rainwater drains into the lagoon making it more fresh. With extremely heavy rainfall, or man opens up the entrance bar with bulldozers to stop flooding of low-lying properties, there is a catastrophic collapse of the sand bar allowing salt water to pour into the lagoon. Only a few animal species are adapted to be able to exist in the water as it increasingly becomes fresh and then suffers a sudden influx of salt water.
This sign is 1200 x 800mm in size.


Cockrone Lagoon Sign photo

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