Mill site steams ahead

The restoration work at Cooroy’s Lower Mill site is building a head of steam, with work on the boiler house and kiln nearing completion.

Cooroy Lower Mill Board chairman Seb Vecchio said the sandblasted boiler and boiler house repairs looked spectacular and he commended the attention to detail of John Jenkins and Ri-con Contractors.

“John Jenkins knows his stuff and seems very passionate about restoring historical sites,” he said.

“When they cleared the site they kept old tools that were lying around, to hang back up in the boiler house as part of the display. If there were items missing they went to local markets to buy old tools.

“There is a walkway between the boiler and the kiln where you can look into the boiler house to see inside; they have left exposed pipes and knobs.”

The Kiln has also been sandblasted, cleaned and its floors levelled so that the Cooroora woodworkers can move in and provide on-site demonstrations of woodworking to complement the static displays.

John Jenkins and his crew have created entry signs made of black steel, laser cut with the word “lower mill site”.

Mr Vecchio said there would be an official opening some time after the landscaping and interpretative walk was completed.

“The whole package is brilliant and easily exceeded my expectations,” he said.

“A great deal of thanks goes to everyone who has been involved from the old task force to the current mill board members.”

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