The Ashburton Museum will have a new exhibition area for visitors to enjoy, following Council's acceptance of funding from the Hank Murney Family Trust at the Council meeting today.
The private benefactor has offered to fund all expenses involved in the fitting out and maintenance of the vacant room, which had originally been built in the front of the Art Gallery and Heritage Centre as a café area.
Service Delivery Chairman Councillor Stuart Wilson says the offer is a wonderful opportunity for the Museum.
"We are very thankful to the Hank Murney Family Trust for their generous offer. This funding will allow us to host more touring and in-house exhibitions that reflect and celebrate our community's diversity, and we are very excited to accept this offer."
The Trust will provide funding for scheduled maintenance of the high quality wall, floor and ceiling finishes, as well as museum-standard lighting.
In return for the funding, the Trust will have naming rights of the room for 20 years.
Council had previously sought to lease the space as a café area, but was unable to secure a tenant. The area will still be available for café use, should a business wish to lease the room.
Council made a decision allowing the Museum to use the café area for museum activities at the Service Delivery Committee meeting in July last year.