LOGAN CITY COUNCIL IS EXPLORING OPTIONS TO REDEVELOP THE KINGSTON BUTTER FACTORY building AS A cultural heritage AND PERFORMING ARTS hub.
Council proposes to return the historic Kingston Butter Factory (KBF) building to the community and to reimagine it in the context of creating a cultural and entertainment precinct at the 14-hectare Kingston site.
This follows a decision by Council in August to no longer locate an innovation hub in the KBF building, but instead pursue other more viable options elsewhere in Logan. The rest of the KBF Cultural Precinct Redevelopment Project is continuing as planned, including creating the city’s largest outdoor event space.
The centrepiece of the reimagined KBF building will be a renewed blackbox-style theatre and a Living Museum of Logan to celebrate the stories of our people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
As well as the theatre, the KBF building is proposed to also include:
- flexible studio space for rehearsals
- multi-purpose function and event spaces
- foyer, reception and box office
- ‘Living Museum of Logan’ to share the city’s cultural heritage and stories of our people
- significant flexible, multipurpose space for events, functions and displays
- meeting rooms.
A living museum would provide Logan’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and intercultural communities a place to tell their stories in their words. Council hopes it will be a cultural experience where visitors can see, hear, taste and engage with the many different stories of Logan. Consultation with Logan communities will be essential for Council to successfully develop the museum.
The above plans reflect feedback from the community in the context of Council’s Community Infrastructure Strategy, Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy, and Destination Management Plan.
In the short term, Council is continuing a much-needed general clean-up of the butter factory building. Exploratory work has also identified a number of age-related issues that require specialist attention. The upgrade work was due to be undertaken regardless of the building’s use.