Anticipation is building in Stanhope as construction on Fonterra Australia’s new multi-million-dollar state-of-the-art cheese-making facility enters the final stretch.
As the countdown begins to its commissioning in mid-2017, Fonterra has released a video celebrating the community making it happen.
Fonterra Stanhope site manager Jason Wright said the Stanhope site was indelibly linked to the town’s identity and history, with a great sense of loss felt by the whole town when the previous hard cheese plant was destroyed by fire in December 2014.
‘‘The impact of the fire was felt by everyone, not just on site, but throughout the whole town. Stanhope was chosen as Australia’s Legendairy capital in 2015 and it truly is the heart of dairy country. It was the support of the townspeople that kept us going through the tough times, and we want to say thank-you for that support.
‘‘The town is absolutely buzzing at the moment — they can see the plant rising from the ashes and everyone wants to know how construction is progressing,’’ Mr Wright said.
To celebrate the Stanhope site’s progress and recognise the support of the townspeople who rallied to help make it happen, Fonterra has created a series of videos to share the achievements and acknowledge the partnerships created since the project began more than 18 months ago.
‘‘We hope these videos will show the community what’s been going on behind the fences and give them a taste of what’s to come,’’ Mr Wright said.
‘‘The videos are just one of the ways Fonterra Stanhope is sharing the excitement with the community.
‘‘After the new plant opens, it will feature a massive photo mosaic wall mural on the northern wall of the new cheese plant comprising images provided by the townspeople, themed Proud People, Proud Community.
‘‘The new plant is a significant investment in northern Victoria and demonstrates our commitment to growing our industry and supporting our farmers and the town.’’
When cheese starts rolling off the line later this year, the larger, modern facility will produce an additional 45000tonnes of mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan and romano, destined for the domestic and export markets.
‘‘I’m so proud to be part of this project, and can’t wait to send Stanhope cheese to the world. I hope the Stanhope community feel the same way,’’ Mr Wright said.
■To view the video, Stanhope Cheese: The Community Making It Happen, visit: https://fonterra.mediaview.co.nz/lib—embed/view—link/JQYXVFxpeg2AOQic9Bn 3swYHAdRqp6ge4WjtR7V2Spk0Y