Old milk factory gets a revamp

WORK has started on redeveloping an historic building in Somerset that was used as a Nestle condensed milk factory.

The century old building in Factory Rd at Toogoolawah is undergoing a million dollar redevelopment to transform it into a bustling cultural precinct.

The site, which was bought by Somerset Regional Council, was handed over to builders in August.

The transformation of the disused condensery will include construction of a fully enclosed air-conditioned art gallery within the former Nestle packing shed.

The site will also make use of 130sq m of outdoor space to create a multi-use art-space and courtyard with at least 20 spaces for off-street parking.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said it was pleasing to see the previously derelict building under construction.

"Council is committed to maintaining the heritage values of the historic building while establishing a cultural precinct that will bring increased economic activity to Toogoolawah," Cr Lehmann said.

"It's fantastic to see this site starting to take shape. It's only very early days and this is a big project but it is really encouraging to see so much activity happening on site."

The Federal Government, through its Regional Development Australia Fund, has committed $500,000 towards the redevelopment. The project is expected to be finished by April next year.



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