Grantham Project News

Below is a series of news posts released during the restoration of the Grantham Butter Factory, along with links to Project Newsletters and YouTube Videos

Post date: Sep 23, 2011 10:39:24 AM

- Held meeting with 12 members of the community last Wednesday 14th September

- Strong support for all aspects of project

- Resolved some rumours on time frame, pub licence etc.

- Some feedback on need for space for men’s hobbies (also separate desire for shed for vehicle and machinery restoration elsewhere)

- Strong support for cafe capability

- Back to broader community mtg on 28th September or following fortnight

- There are no markets (yet) community will discuss establishing these, may need assistance

- Stored goods being removed this Fortnight - rubbish to be left

- FKG meeting tomorrow 8am re pricing and initial tasks

- Discussing web site with a provider

- Booklet needs to be finalised (need graphic designer / marketer person) - any suggestions please contact Paul Fendley

- Donations

- Rotary Chatswood donation to be confirmed

- Grantham (UK) donation received

- Onsite work and regular BBQ  - deferred until safety work completed. Priority will be tidy vegetation & remove rubbish

- Need a large skip on site for clean-up

Paul Fendley - Chairman of Grantham Committee

Post date: Nov 9, 2011 11:42:49 PM

All the asbestos has now been removed and the site is almost ready to receive workmen, once the building is certified safe. 

The chimney needs capping and debris removed from the site. A landscaper has had a preliminary look at the site to make suggestions. Bunnings have offered their painting team if we need them. Temporary toilet facilities will be installed for workers. 

Stage 1 Development should see markets begin on the site on 10th January 2012 

Bill Mason - Community Services Director

Post date: Nov 25, 2011 8:13:04 AM

The first newsletter for Sponsors, Donors, Grantham Community members, Rotary members and other interested parties has now been added, outlining progress in the project to date. 

Read the 1st Newsletter

Post date: Jan 20, 2012 12:27:23 AM

At the moment we are at an impass with the interior of the Grantham Butter Factory Community Centre as we await the engineer’s report. The roof has to be done before anything else. Meanwhile, on the outside, a landscaper has produced guidelines for us and we are looking for people with heavy machinery to take on some of the projects. The Butter Factory has a Facebook site which I encourage you to visit. Currently, we have 50 fans and every comment can be seen. Attention is being gained and a few donations have been received. We are endeavouring to keep our sponsors advised of how their money is being spent.

You can now follow the project on our Grantham Butter Factory Facebook page.

Post date: Jul 5, 2012 4:29:58 AM

Club President Bill Mason has advised that workshop drawings for the underside of the roof have now been approved by our Structural Engineer and manufacture and installation should take place during this month which will then allow the roof to be replaced. We received a small District Simplified Grant which has allow us to purchase some fire safety equipment to be installed in the building.

A meeting with the management of the Lockyer Valley Regional Council has been finally set up and is to take place on Friday 13th July 2012. This will allow us to confirm council requirements for the restoration including connection to the sewer main which council have now indicated will run down our side of the road as a result of a Federal Grant to Council.

There are also ongoing discussions with other parties including FK Gardener re building as well as people involved in heritage restoration and landscaping. 

Post date: Jan 21, 2013 12:59:40 AM

With substantial work having been completed on the project over the last 12 months the second newsletter for Sponsors, Donors, Grantham Community members, Rotary members and other interested parties has now been added to the website.

Read the 2nd Newsletter

Post date: Jan 24, 2013 7:21:22 AM

A PDF file of plans for the proposed Reception Counter at the Butter Factory has been added to the website.

View the plan here.

Post date: Feb 7, 2013 6:45:08 AM

Australia Day Floods at Grantham - Butter factory not seriously affected, with only minor seepage through the north side walls where the demolition took place. 

Recent works include:

· Concrete pour of front floor held up for several days but has now been completed.

· Brown Bros. Onsite 4th Feb setting levels for mezzanine floor - erection to commence today 5th Feb.

· Kitchen Wall building to commence Friday 8th Feb.

· Entrance door and highlights have been manufactured and delivered on site - will be erected once mezzanine floor assembly has been completed.

· Laying of timber floor over concrete to commence within a week.

· Evan Fairley Investigating supply and installation of carpet tiles on mezzanine structure.

· Final Drawings/Plans for kitchen have been received from Food Strategy with walk through 3d DVD being completed soon.

· Discussions re road works/car parking post flood to take place over next couple of days.

Post date: Jul 8, 2013 4:11:36 AM

A third and final newsletter has been published with the opening of the butter factory scheduled for Sunday 30/06/2013

Read the 3rd Newsletter.

Post date: Jul 8, 2013 4:17:26 AM

A TV Report on the Grantham Butter Factory from ABC TV Queensland appeared on ABC News and 7.30 Queensland last night.

View the ABC TV Report.

Read the 1st Newsletter | Read the 2nd Newsletter | Read the 3rd Newsletter | View the Reception Counter Plan

Watch the YMCA Video from Win News | Watch the Food Strategy Video  |  

Grantham Butter Factory Facebook page.