The Kingston Butter Factory has begun its transformation into Logan’s performing arts and cultural precinct, set to host major performances, festivals, markets and regular community events.
The redevelopment is made possible with $6.57 million from the Queensland Government’s $200 million COVID Works for Queensland program. The program is part of the Queensland Government’s $6 billion economic recovery strategy Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs.
Member for Waterford Shannon Fentiman said the project would be a game-changer for local artists and entertainment in Logan.
“It’s been a tough year for Queenslanders so it’s fantastic that the Logan community can have a 14-hectare precinct to connect, be entertained and inspired,” she said.
“This will be a world-class rehearsal and performance facility that’s likely to attract national and international acts as it becomes a performing arts hub for Logan.”
“I’m excited to announce that the historic Workers Cottage is being restored, which will be great for community events.”
“The precinct will also feature a living museum to celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Logan, a community that I’m so proud to be apart of.”
In officially getting the works underway, Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe applauded the Logan City Council’s initiative to redevelop the site.
“While the Kingston Butter Factory Cultural Precinct will be a wonderful place of entertainment, the redevelopment will also have an enormous impact on families through employment opportunities,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“I’m proud that this project has received $6.57 million from the Queensland Government’s COVID Works for Queensland program, particularly given Logan City Council estimates it will support or create more than 150 jobs.
“That’s a fantastic outcome for both the economy and residents.
“Across the state, 520 projects are being funded through this program with more than 4,600 jobs being created or supported, helping Queensland unite and recover from the effects of the pandemic.”
Joining Ms Fentiman and Mr Hinchliffe, Mayor Darren Power thanked the Queensland Government for its support.
“Infrastructure and jobs are critical for the community and our city in these challenging times,” Cr Power said.
“This is a great example of state and local government working together to deliver important social infrastructure for the community while creating jobs.
“When complete it will be a space the whole community can enjoy, where they can access world-class arts, culture, festivals and events while bringing massive economic benefits to Logan.”