Milang butter factory restoration about to start

Celebration: Barb and Peter MacGregor, John Bradford, Fiona Pitcairn and Katherine Stanley Murray are overjoyed that the Milang butter factory has received $150,000 worth of funding. Photo: Supplied.
Celebration: Barb and Peter MacGregor, John Bradford, Fiona Pitcairn and Katherine Stanley Murray are overjoyed that the Milang butter factory has received $150,000 worth of funding. Photo: Supplied.

A restoration of the old butter factory at Milang is about to begin at last.

It had been in the works since July 2016, when the Milang and District Community Association bought the building with the aid of a $325,000 grant from the Alexandrina council.

But it received another major boost late last month, when the state government announced it had secured $150,000 through the Fund My Neighbourhood program.

The association hopes the state heritage-listed stone factory and manager's cottage, built in the 1880s, may become a historical attraction and a base for cultural and artistic activities.

Members of a steering committee in charge of the restoration described their vision as one of a "community arts, heritage and cultural precinct" that would provide training and jobs for locals as a social enterprise.

They thanked the 107 people who voted for the project.

Work will begin in January.

For inspiration, they need only look across the lake to Meningie’s cheese factory, now a restaurant and museum.