The quality of information available on Ashburton District's many heritage structures has been given a boost following the completion of a Council project to produce detailed fact sheets about each site.
The new fact sheets tell the story of the history of the structures in the District Plan's 'Category A' heritage listed sites, and outline what makes them valuable and significant.
The Ashburton District Plan contains a number of buildings of importance to the district, its residents and its history and as a result of this project, residents now have the chance to find out more about, or possibly visit, these heritage structures/and sites.
Council's District Planning Manager Ian Hyde says about 25 of the sites were visited during the project to help collate the information and the fact sheets contain interesting and informative details about the sites' history.
"The improved information will help increase residents' awareness and understanding of some of the key historical places that are right here on our doorstep and the role they played in shaping our community today.
"If people are interested in visiting the sites – many of which are on private property where businesses now operate – we recommend first contacting the landowner to get their consent before arriving."
Individual fact sheets about the historical structures/and sites will be available on ashburtondc.govt.nz from Monday 12 January 2015.
Click here and read the individual heritage fact sheets.