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Grantham Butter Factory gets $2m facelift

Friday June 28, 2013 - 11:42 EST

The finishing touches are being completed on a new community centre for a Lockyer Valley town that floods devastated two years ago.

Twelve people were killed when floods inundated Grantham in January 2011.

The town's Butter Factory fell into disrepair when it closed in the 1970s but the Toowoomba South Rotary Club has spent the past two years restoring the building into an activity and function centre.

Project director Bill Mason says the factory played a pivotal role in the aftermath of the floods.

"Although the building was derelict, they opened it up and cleaned it out and people came here," he said.

"All the donations came from around Australia all came to the building here, so it really was a focal point for the community and apart from that it was also a chance to give them something back, a piece of history as well."

Mr Mason says the project has cost more than $2 million to complete.

"The roof was almost ready to fall in, the chimney which I guess was an icon for the building, the top had lightning strikes, it had to be cut down and capped off to make it safe," he said.

"We had to remove all the asbestos from under the roof and then replace the whole roof - the ceiling had to be engineered and supported with steel."


© ABC 2013

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