Residents and visitors to Greater Shepparton will have an opportunity to visit heritage properties never before opened to the public, at an event this month.
The inaugural Heritage Open Day will have walks, talks, tours and visits with free buses to over 40 places of historic interest across the region.
‘‘We wanted to boost the profile of heritage in the area,’’ Heritage Advisory Committee secretary Anne Tyson said.
‘‘People often complain about how the post office was pulled down ... but forget about the rest of the important heritage in the region.’’
Highlights will include tours and visits to some of the region’s historic homesteads and hotels, halls, churches, mosques and other places of worship.
‘‘We’ll have a leaflet at every place providing a history and heritage significance of the site,’’ Mrs Tyson said.
‘‘This is the first time a municipality has ever done anything like this ... so it’s very exciting.’’
Some of the venues include Murchison’s Days Mill, the Dhurringile Mansion, the Tallygaroopna Soldiers Memorial Hall and SPC’s oldest remaining cool stores.
Council’s sustainable development acting director Geraldine Christou said the idea was inspired by the Open House Melbourne series.
‘‘You may have to make hard decisions as there is so much on offer and getting from one place to another takes time in an extensive municipality such as ours,’’ she said.
‘‘We have some very generous venue owners and proprietors who are offering access to their properties.’’
Booklets are available from the visitor centre, libraries and the council foyer. All bus tours, some walks and some visits will require bookings, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Tour and booking information is also available at www.greatershepparton. com.au or by phoning the building and planning department on 58329730.