Historic site info panels project

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Information about some of Central Otago’s historic areas has become more readily available thanks to a Promote Dunstan scheme to install information panels around the district.

Six panels have been erected so far, at the old Alexandra Bridge piers, the Clyde cemetery, the Clyde war memorial, Brandy Hill, Galloway and Chatto Creek.

Six more are to come, at Lauder, Becks, Drybread, Matakanui, Omakau and Moa Creek.

Promote Dunstan member Karin Bowen, who is overseeing the project, said the initiative had been sparked by an earlier Promote Dunstan project to produce a brochure outlining a self-drive tour of historic sites in the Dunstan region.

The panels were at various places on the tour, and contained more detailed information about the locations than the brochure, Mrs Bowen said.

“We felt that we needed to have a sign on site that explained things in a bit more detail than we could put on a brochure.”

Feedback about the project from both visitors and residents had been “extremely positive”, she said.

She expected the information panels would appeal to “anyone who is interested in the old historic sites”.

The $20,000 project had been funded by Promote Dunstan, Mrs Bowen said.