Rotary rebuilds at Butter Factory

THE town is slowly rebuilding after the devastation of the floods, but Grantham resident, Marty Warburton, said the establishment of a community centre in the area would be the silver lining from the floods.

The Rotary Club of Toowoomba South placed a contract on the Grantham Butter Factory last week and will develop the building into a community centre to be a gathering place for local organisations.

“One thing from all this is that all the residents are of one mind and want this community centre,” Mr Warburton said.

“The floods brought the community so close together and a community centre will be a positive thing for everybody and for the future of Grantham.

“This plan has lifted the community and has given everyone something positive to think and talk about.”

Mr Warburton said the Butter Factory was the perfect building for the project.

“It's a good direction for Grantham to go in, taking us into the future, but keeping a bit of our history,” he said.

“It's the perfect building to take into account the value of our history as a town and the significance of the Butter Factory as part of our heritage.

“The plans for a community centre will mean a lot of possibilities for our town.”

Mr Warburton said the plans for a community centre began in the immediate fallout from the floods.

“I first started pushing for the community centre when Governor General Quentin Bryce visited the area,” he said.

“When she came here she saw all the destruction and we broke down and cried together.

“A week later she came back and was asking what the community needs.

“She has been an advocate for this project from the start.”

Mr Warburton said the donations currently being stored in Butter Factory were to be transported elsewhere with work on the building set to start in the next week.

Lockyer Valley Mayor, Steve Jones, said council would work closely with the Rotary Club of Toowoomba South on the project.

“From council's point of view we see the need for a community centre in Grantham as imperative to the development of the community in the future and council will be supporting the Rotary Club to make this project happen,” he said.

“Establishing physical community hubs is a key component of the Lockyer Valley Community Recovery Plan and the acquisition of the Butter Factory by the Rotary Club helps puts the tick in that box for Grantham.”

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