‘Fantastic milestone’: Roma’s Butter Factory restores region’s history
FIRST built in 1941 for £300, the office of the Roma Butter Factory has stood the test of time and reopened over the weekend in order to preserve the rich history of the Maranoa.
Several members of the public, the Roma Historical Precincts Incorporation (RHPI), Maranoa Regional Councillors and Warrego MP Ann Leahy all gathered on Saturday, November 6 to unveil the new-look office of the Butter Factory and hear about upcoming plans.
Ken Beitz, president of RHPI said he hoped people appreciate that the committee has turned the factory from a liability into a facility the town people can be proud of.
“Thanks to the local businesses, trades people and members of the RHPI who donated materials, time and money towards this project,” Mr Beitz said.
“I’d like to thank Ray (Howson) for his skills in applying for the grant (Gambling Community Benefit Fund).
“I finally learnt Ray’s skills with a paint brush and a hammer are akin to my skills with a computer, so we compliment each other,” he joked.
Re-elected at the Queensland election on October 31, Warrego MP Ms Leahy did the honours of cutting the ribbon to the office and told everyone it’s integral the community preserves the Butter Factory to maintain Maranoa’s history.
“If we don’t know where we came from, we don’t know where we’re going,” Ms Leahy said.
“This achievement has had a lot of work and when you come in and see the polished floor and the work that’s gone on, you’ll certainly appreciate what has happened.
“Today, is all about you, it’s about the work that has been put in and what you’re doing here to preserve the community’s history.
“It’s particularly important what this does for the preservation of our history.
“It was originally opened back in 1910 and it’s an amazing building that has stood the test of time and it’s certainly a work in progress, but it’s great to see the progress that has been done.”
Ms Leahy said it’s important people understand why there was the need for a butter factory in Roma.
“It’s because we didn’t have refrigeration back in 1910 and we didn’t have electricity, so we had to actually make these services locally,” she said.
“It’s particularly important what this does and for the preservation of our history.
“I think there will be a lot of interest in this project in the future.”
In a similar sentiment, Maranoa Regional Council Mayor Tyson Golder said it was a “fantastic milestone” for the RHPI.
“If anyone had seen this building when the association was formed, it didn’t look anything like this – I can’t believe it,” he said.
“From a building that wasn’t being used and quite well have been sold, is now in good hands and I think the community can be proud of what you all have done which can now be saved in the future.
“Sometimes, I hear feedback that there’s not much history left in the Maranoa, so I think it’s very important to tell the history of the region.
“And council are very keen and happy to work with the precinct to ensure that happens.”