Policy to preserve history
The Shire of Ashburton has introduced a policy to encourage and better co-ordinate the preservation of local history in towns across the area.
The council carried Councillor Peter Foster’s motion to develop its first local history policy at the last council meeting.
Shire of Ashburton president Kerry White said historical preservation was a local council responsibility.
“The collection and retention of historical items is an important part of preserving a location’s historical culture,” she said.
She said the new Ashburton policy would involve the council taking a “supportive” more than “direct action” role.
Currently, different towns in Ashburton look after their own local history and have vastly different approaches.
Onslow museum treasurer Dawn McAullay said residents cared about preserving local history.
“We’ve got lots of things, because Onslow was the port for the district in the good old days … there is a rich history in the museum,” she said.
She agreed there was a need for other Ashburton towns to have their local history recognised in the same way.
The old Onslow wool ramp.