Menangle’s rotolactor to get new lease on life

The dilapidated site of the Menangle rotolactor and creamery looks set become a trendy restaurant and entertainment precinct.

The rural hamlet -pending approval – will be home to restaurants, bars, a hotel, children’s play areas, farmers market shed and a concert stage with ampitheatre.

Property owner Ernest Dupere said he was excited to see his 10-year vision become a reality.

“The precinct will honour and preserve Menangle’s beautiful piece of history,” the Benedict Industries director said.

“I can’t wait to see the precinct built. I want to get it going. It is going to be awesome.”

Mr Dupere has partnered with developer Mirvac to apply to rezone the restaurant and entertainment precinct, which is included in a proposal to rezone residential land on the property.

The application, which proposes to build 350 houses adjacent to the precinct, is being assessed by the Sydney South West Planning Panel. 

Mr Dupere said he hoped the application would be approved before Christmas.

The Advertiser went on a behind-the-scenes look on the site of the rotolactor and creamer.

The buildings and sheds are full of discarded building material, junk and natural debris.

Inside the creamery, the paint is peeling off the walls, the timber floorboards are loose and the windows are broken.

Mr Dupere said the site would cleaned, all the rubbish removed, the paint stripped back to expose the original brickwork and the building would be more open.

“No drastic changes are set for the building,” he said. “I will restore the appearance and will make the precinct functional.”

Mr Dupere said the project would cost $10 million which would include a gelato bar, cafe, bakery and pizza shop.

“There will a children’s play area with equipment and a kids farm with a lamb, piglet and ducklings,” he said.

Mr Dupere will install a micro brewery, distillery, bistro and fine dining restaurant.

“One of the sheds will be transformed into a cooking school, meeting rooms and general store,” he said.

There will also be a museum to display Menangle’s history and milk production past.

The property will include a vegetable garden, which will service the restaurant and cooking school.

People will also be able to stay onsite in a hotel.

Mr Dupere said he wanted to create an Amalfi Coast feel with lemon trees and he planned to plant an Oak Truffle Forest so an annual truffle festival could be held.

A function centre for weddings and business events is also planned as well as a performance stage and grassed ampitheatre.

Mr Dupere said there were no plans submitted to build more houses.

Earlier this week Mr Dupere took Wollondilly councillors on a tour of the site. He said he was committed to working with the council to get the project approved.

Mayor Judith Hannan said she looked forward to seeing the icons restored to their former glory.

Councillor Simon Landow said the restoration of the site would be great for tourism.

“It sounds amazing what is planned there – restaurants, accommodation and an awesome view! This will be a major tourism draw card when completed,” he said.​