Local facility website in progress

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A new website combining the online presence of various local facilities is in the works, Waitaki District Library reference and heritage librarian Chris Meech says.

The website would combine the websites for the Forrester Art Gallery, the Oamaru Public Library and archives, the North Otago Museum and the Oamaru Opera House.

The new collaborative approach would allow the various facilities to extend the reach of their websites and actively promote themselves more, he said.

“It’s a really exciting project . . . because it’s drawing in all these different council units.”

Mr Meech said everyone hoped to have the website launched within about four months.

The initial launch of the combined website would be a simple, modern design and the various facilities would look at adding more features later, he said.

A meeting of the different groups would be held today to discuss the “nitty gritty” of the new collaborative website.

By DAVID DE LOREAN