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COMPREHENSIVE HOUSE BUYING GUIDE – Back page
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IINSIDE TODAY: SUNDAY’S NARACOORTE RACE FIELDS & FORM GUIDE LIFTOUT

Development of the railway lands could reinvigorate a

Heritage icon BY ANELIA BLACKIE
success of oat production.
The mill boasted state-of-the-art
machinery at the time; a multi-
tubular boiler, a patent kiln with six
Email: anelia@tbw.com.au pans (the only one of its kind in the
TO some it is nothing but an eyesore, Commonwealth), oatmeal purifiers
but to others the dilapidated old and a separating machine.
Oatmill building south of the railway Grain brought to the mill was shot
track behind Centro Mount Gambier into a hopper on the ground floor
is an unappreciated beauty. where the better class of grain went
Once a hive of activity where work- to the kiln for a drying process before
ers hurried up and down wooden it was carried by elevators to bins on
staircases to check on machinery the top floor.
which had the capacity to daily With that done, it was passed down
produce eight tonnes of Blue Lake a shute to two pairs of under-running
Oatmeal – a brand everyone in South hulling stones on the middle floor,
Australia served on their breakfast before the groats (grain after hull-
tables – the abandoned building now ing) went down a shute to the bottom
shows potential for a new develop- floor where it underwent a steaming
ment. process and converted into rolled or
Patiently waiting to hear when flaked oats.
council’s rail land development will Various extensions were added to
start, current owner Tim Wilson plans the back of the building as it passed
to renovate and lease it to anyone through the hands of many owners
with a good business idea. pAn eyesore with business potential: The heritage-listed Blue Lake Oatmeal Milling building south of the over the years.
“I have been approached by two railway tracks behind Centro. Picture: MICHAEL GOREY. Mr Wilson’s father Les bought the
chefs who want to run a restaurant to the building.” zoning,” he said. officially opened with great ceremony old building in 1982 for almost $30,000
from the building and just shortly Because the building is heritage Regardless of whether the building in August 1903. and sold it to his son four years ago
before Christmas someone asked if listed it is protected from demoli- will boast a restaurant, coffee shop or Almost 100 people attending the when he needed more storage for his
they could turn it into a coffee shop,” tion, but it also means Mr Wilson is any other business, the history will opening ceremony during which the building contractor business.
Mr Wilson said. restricted in how it can be renovated always add a special touch. owners, TH Williams and WF Webster, “People tell us all the time it’s ugly,
“When the rail land develop- and what type of building materials The three-storey Blue Lake handed MP George Riddoch a pair we should knock it down, but we think
ment starts, it will be great to run may be used in the process. Oatmeal Milling building was of gloves and led him to the engine it’s beautiful,” Mr Wilson said.
a business from here because the “It will be a council issue as to what constructed from white limestone, room where Mr Riddoch turned on
development will be like a gateway we can do with it, it depends on the relieved with red dolomite, and was the steam engines to start the future •Ghost busters, page 2.

WEATHER Mount Gambier today - Dry. Early cloud. 36o – full report page 41 TV GUIDE Pages 23-24 COMICS Page 28 CLASSIFIEDS Pages 29-35

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