MILANG – The Milang and District Community Association is the proud new owner of the historic Milang Butter Factory after settlement occurred in late July.
The iconic round-roofed stone factory building, built in the 1880s, is listed as a State Heritage Place on the South Australian Heritage Register.
The community association was able to purchase the butter factory and adjoining cottage with the assistance of a $325,000 funding grant provided by Alexandrina Council.
Volunteers have commenced the enormous task of restoring both buildings with regular working bees now occurring every month.
Once restored, social enterprise businesses will be established including a cafe, art gallery and eco-tours to provide destination tourism and links with other local businesses.
Funding is being sought to develop a business and marketing plan for the site, which will help to ensure the success of this community venture, which builds capacity and resilience within the local community.
The building had a significant role in the town’s history when dairying was an important industry in the Lakes region.
To volunteer with the restoration of the iconic Milang property, phone Milang and District Community Association executive officer Karyn Bradford, on 0412 036 900.
Pictured left at the Milang Butter Factory recently is Alexandrina councillor Barry Featherston, Milang and District Community Association’s Karyn Bradford, Alexandrina deputy mayor Katherine Stanley-Murray and Alexandrina mayor Keith Parkes.