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Waimate residents are about to get a chance to see behind the scenes of their district council and learn more about how it operates.
On March 1, the Waimate District Council will open its doors and let people see facilities not normally open to the public.
''This is a great opportunity to showcase council facilities,'' promotions officer Donette Fargher said.
Tours will include visiting the Timaru Rd water bore, which feeds into the town supply, animal control facilities and sewage ponds, offering the chance to learn how the facilities work and the opportunity to talk to staff who operate them.
A day of activities had been organised, starting at 9am, and there would be a free lunch barbecue in the council car park.
Other departments, including geographic information system (GIS) mapping, roading, civil defence, building and rural fire would set up displays and talk to the public at lunchtime about their respective areas. A programme of activities is available from the council, library and information centre.