Come along to a public workshop to explore innovative uses for the future of the Butter Factory.
Come along to a public workshop to explore innovative uses for the future of the Butter Factory.

Have your say on the future of the Cooroy Butter Factory

COULD you picture the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre as an interpretive centre with links to the biosphere?

How about a centre for ceramic excellence?

These were some of the proposals put forward at a community workshop hosted by Noosa Council last week.

More than 110 people braved the rain on Wednesday to attend the workshop to offer their ideas on how the butter factory could become more financially viable in the future.

Former Lower Mill Site Board member John Dangar, who attended the meeting, said he hoped the factory would remain an arts hub.

"Some well-thought-out points were put forward and there were a few points that needn't necessarily have been put," Mr Dangar said.

"The way I see it is somehow it has to generate income and not rely wholly and solely on the council," he said.

"A partnership needs to be formed with a group and I don't know who that group would be."

Noosa Council Director of Community Services Alan Rogers said this was the first step in a three-month process to ensure everyone could contribute.

"There were some ideas which were well-formed and you could see people had put a lot of thought into it and there were others that were the glimmer of an idea, which is what we wanted," Mr Rogers said.

"Many of them were ideas around the place for the arts, that's its history," he said.

Mr Rogers said ideas were continuing to flow in from the council's website and a shortlist of three or four feasible ideas would be presented to residents in October for further comment.

Mr Rogers said only three things were absolute.

"(The) council is not going to sell the building, it will be retained for community use and we are looking for a partnership with the community," he said.

"Everything else is up for debate."

To have your say on thefuture of the Cooroy Butter Factory, visit www.noosa.qld.gov.au and click on the Your Say Noosa tab to enter comments.


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