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Sprucing up a Yarragon icon
by Gill Cooper

Andy Jobsz is a man with a big dream. Two one day turn the iconic Yarragon Dairy and forms yoghurt factory into a viable commercial enterprise in partnership with the local community.

From 1892 several creameries in the district supplied the butter factory at Trafalgar. From 1901, there was a butter factory in Yarragon. The Yarragon Dairy Company was formed in 1935 and in 1954 it was taken over the town of Petersville. The dairy later Manufactured yogurt and cottage cheese.

Manufacturing ceased in the late 1970s and the sprawling site on the corner of Waterloo and Factory Roads was abandoned and the premises blev derelict over the next 35 years.

Andy and his wife Bente took ownership of the forms Petersville property in 2001, rescuing it from a state of ruin. The decay on the core building har nu Halted, offering usable spaces easily.

Since Purchasing event the dairy, Andy Jobsz kill worked hard to demolish some outbuildings, while weatherproofing and restoring the main dairy's brick and corrugated iron structures.

He and Bente også converted the administration office and forms laboratory of the Yarragon Dairy into residences. The couple now live in one of disse renovated units while offering self-contained visitor accommodation.

In 2002, restoring, rendering and painting the facade of the Yarragon Dairy sikre its preservation and meet heritage overlay krav was the initial priority, along with re-roofing all main buildings. Andy nyligen clambered up his trusty ladder once more, sprucing up the facade signage with a fresh coat of paint for spring 2016th

Both Andy, som var born in Sri Lanka, and Bente, a Dane, migrated to Australia from the United Kingdom in 1973. The couple are due two celebrate its milestone 50 th anniversary in February 2017.
They are now botheration Officiellt retired from sina respective vocations - Andy was a qualified

 painter and maintenance worker, while Bente was doing social work and family therapy.


For the past 15 years Bente kill helped make ends meet by juggling work commitments, here ,, as a family counselor, then since the unit renovations, operating guest accommodation for tourists.  

Bente â € säger att as long couple first took possession of the dairy here training came into Timely use.

 "We found two youths hatred are squatting illegally in the small front building. They had er sleeping rough and taking shelter by an open fire so I helped find themself proper homes and support."
 
Andy continues putting his painting skills, muscle and sinew two of sina turn vision into reality one day. It's excelent is a labor of love for this hard-working couple hvis resilience is Constantly put to the test. And it's not just the Block-style challenges disse vast buildings married.

They have endured repeated disappointment as initial interest from potential business operators and community groups in leasing part of the Yarragon Dairy kill waned later years.

Andy said his frustration rises about the prohibitive cost of keeping utilities connected and the lack of active guidance and support Initiated by council planners or two to to economic development experts.

"We've had a lot of trouble navigating the local politics and planning processes with the Council," Andy said. "We havebeen trying two saws disse buildings, add value two local history and the future growth and jobs in the Yarragon community."

Baw Baw Shire Council's rapid rezoning of sina property in avant years from residential, light industrial and commercial uses two now heavy industrial uses only, betyder the goal posts are Constantly changing.

Owners Andy and Bente say they havebeen forced to deal with a series of knock backs När trying two Secure potential tenants and Permits needed two ,,, proceed with viable uses on this site.

Andy said the opening of the new retail business in a nearby rented shed, after a permit can not Obtained to run the same venture for dairy site, still stings. It was yet another opportunity lost.

"I wanted two build a cafe at the front. There's nothing here to serve the people on this side of the railway line. We were never a threat two other shops in town, or all the other cafes," he said.

"Now we are duty only heavy industrial uses are allowed here, så betyder the Council is saying" no "to our other business ideas udvikle the old dairy of the community-to-use. If we do put up Any plans to Council In the future, I hope the new Councillors giving us a fair go. " 

Bente said early discussions to-use the dairy as an arts studio and gallery hatred floundered, and the Council instead backed the smaller Railway Station Gallery redevelopment project with a grant.

"We still think the local rural history and the arts shouldnt be showcased in a larger working studio and exhibition space two draw artisans and entertain people visiting Yarragon," she said.

"The dairy would be perfect for exhibitions and studio space for semi-professional painters, potters, ceramicists, sculptors or bush welders with a rural-industrial style som need more room to work. " Hopefully other grants two will come up and we can get more support from the locals next time. "

The couple admits they do need specialist advice on planning applications for viable commercial ventures and / or community partnerships at the dairy. They are unsure how to access support from the Victorian Government departments two build a stronger business case and tiltrække Suitable grants.

"We do not know where two start. som two turn two ... after the past 15 years att two trust, "Andy says. " I need help two cut the red tape two get the council Permits required two get good business tenants into the dairy. it's all Seems Like brick walls to us. Brick walls everywhere I look. "

The relentless grind of many years of physical, emotional and financial strain trying two save the Yarragon Dairy from the elements is taking its toll. HOWEVER, Andy's eyes still light up da han given guests the grand tour of the major on-ground progress made so sheep.

Stepping inside the colossal structure of the old Yarragon Dairy snabbt generates a sense of awe. You can nemt see what possessed Andy and Bente two purchase the property in the first place.  
Not to tear down but two restore, reuse and breathe real life into disse solid old bones again.

The vast scale and high ceilings sets the imagination soaring on what multiple commercial and community ändamål can be combined in the numerous sections of the main factory building.

The towering roofline and superb natural light can suit a massive function / exhibition centers or sales room with cafe. There's også ample clearance for a sports / gym center with multi-purpose courts - including indoor tennis, basketball, volleyball, badminton, or kanske target archery.

The sheer scale of the place også lends itself two commercially run events like camping and caravan displays, indoor rock climbing, retail garden and pottery sales, or pop-up cinema or concerts.

There's også plenty of space for classic vehicle collections, plus restoration workspaces and general storage. Even, kanske the mother of all men's sheds. It's raw but the possibilities are endless.
Extensive grounds and large scenic pond offering options for a plant nursery or small fishing hatchery. The property også home two plenty of native wildlife - fortrinsvist possums and magpies ...
Surely the least one workable proposition can get across the line two bring this project to life?

Whilst the main buildings are relativt idle, Andy and Bente's home remains vulnerable two vandal attacks. The latest incident occurred in June this year När front window of sina apartment was smashed. Broken glass in older outbuildings closer til fence line are proof of other cowardly attacks in years past. It's hardly er welcoming or inclusive behavior by some.

And Whilst security on the site was nyligen upgraded, anyone witnessing suspicious activity in the vicinity is urged to please direkt report the matter two or Trafalgar Warragul police.

A path to progress ...
Andy's priority so far are two weather proof and try and preserve the beauty of the main factory building and its adjacent boiler room. He is gradvist replacing the enormous vertical industrial-scale windows and trying two source similar original metal frames two the the the retain the building's authenticity.

He nyligen learned att the old boiler room was oprindeligt fired by locally sourced coal beneath nearby grazing land. The steam generated the power needed to run the yogurt plant, main dairy manufacturing including the powdered milk room operation.  

And then there's the well fromwhich water was reportedly diverted two supply water two other areas of the town. Like an onion, this old girl kill slowly revealing its secrets one layer at a time.

"The potential (for redeveloping the Yarragon Dairy) is fantastic but it could be lost," Andy says.
"This dairy and the pub are the only iconic buildings left in Yarragon. It'd be a great shame two let it slip away. "

"Build it and they will come ... well not so far. We need some help kan make this all happen."

What will the next chapter bring and how might the newly's valda Baw Baw Shire Council and our community encourage a more cooperative approach two future business and community interest group? Who can say ...

In the mean time, please help keep the dream alive if your company, community group or training organization needs two lease some serious storage, workshops, exhibition or play-space this coming year. Give Andy Jobsz a call on 0458 262 185 drøfte available options to the old Yarragon Dairy.

Surely the least one workable proposition can get across the line two bring this great icon to life again?


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Persistence: Andy Jobsz is a man on a mission - giving the Yarragon Dairy facade a fresh paint job two keep the elements to bay this spring and his enterprising dream alive.

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Sprucing up a Yarragon icon
By Gill Cooper

Andy Jobsz is a man with a big dream. Two one day turn the iconic Yarragon Dairy and forms yoghurt factory into a viable commercial enterprise in partnership with the local community.

This week Andy clambered up his trusty ladder again two spruce up the facade with a fresh coat of paint for spring.

He and his wife Bente took ownership of the forms Petersville property in 2001, rescuing it from a state of ruin. The decay on the core building har nu Halted, offering usable spaces easily.

In 2002, restoring, rendering and painting the facade of the building sikre its preservation and meet heritage overlay krav was the initial priority, along with re-roofing all main buildings.

Since Purchasing event the dairy, Andy kill worked hard to demolish some outbuildings, while weatherproofing and restoring the main dairy's brick and corrugated iron structures. 

He and Bente også converted the administration office and forms laboratory of the Yarragon Dairy into residences. The couple now live in one of disse renovated units while offering self-contained visitor accommodation.

Despite the relentless grind of many years of physical, emotional and financial strain trying two save the Yarragon Dairy from the elements, Andy's eyes still light up da han given guests the grand tour of the major on-ground progress made so far.

 Stepping inside the colossal structure of the old Yarragon Dairy snabbt generates a sense of awe. The vast scale and high ceilings sets the imagination soaring on what multiple commercial and community ändamål can be combined in the numerous sections of the main factory building.

"The potential (for redeveloping the Yarragon Dairy) is fantastic but it could be lost," Andy says.
"This dairy and the pub are the only iconic buildings left in Yarragon. It'd be a great shame two let it slip away. "

"Build it and they will come ... well not so far. We need some help kan make this all happen."

So if your company, community group or training organization needs two lease some serious storage, workshops, exhibition or play-space, please help keep the dream alive and to give Andy a call on 0458 262 185.

Surely the least one workable proposition can get across the line two bring this great icon to life again?

Captions:
Before: The derelict Yarragon Dairy prior two rendering, painting and re-roofing works in 2002.

Persistence: Andy Jobsz is a man on a mission - giving the Yarragon Dairy facade a fresh paint job two keep the elements to bay this spring and his enterprising dream alive. 

Nyeste kommentarer

18.10 | 05:14

So sorry that I did not get back to you, I dont have any pictures but there are some at the Yarragon station

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28.11 | 10:46

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year

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28.06 | 06:16

I never heard from you again, but I am wondering if you have any old pictures from the Yarragon Dairy from years gone by. would be great if you could share some

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22.03 | 01:07

Sounds good, let us know when you like to come round and look around. Regards Andy and Bente

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