The old butter factory at Alstonville.
The old butter factory at Alstonville.

Wine bar, cafe DA approved

A WINE bar and cafe will open in the old butter factory at Alstonville, after Ballina Shire Council last week approved the application from local developer Paul Worth.

It is hoped the old buttery factory, which also has a furniture retail shop, will draw people into the village once the bypass is finished.

Cr David Wright said Mr Worth had worked hard on the refurbishments to the heritage-listed building.

“It really is a difficult concept to change an historic building into something modern,” he said.

“I don’t think I have heard anyone say that this is not a great development.

“It’s great to see it in a much better condition probably than when it was first built.”

Cr Sue Meehan said a wine bar would be a ‘fantastic reuse’ of the old butter factory.

“In the future, Alstonville will be the Bangalow of the shire,” she said.

Agreeing on the number of car parks needed at the site has been the biggest hurdle – the council wanting 86 car spaces, but Mr Worth saying 66 would be enough.

In the end Mr Worth won out, with councillors agreeing 86 car spaces was over the top.



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