Empowering Grantham through its own voice and identity

Grantham District Community president David Piggott is looking to breathe life back into the region by giving the area its identity through a community group. Picture: JESSE HAMILTON

Members of the Grantham District Community are striving to cultivate a group that offers locals both a strong sense of community connection and a distinct regional identity.

As it moves towards incorporation, the community group aims to create a central hub for the Grantham region and surrounding areas by hosting numerous community events to support locals and offer them a place to share ideas.

Grantham District Community president David Piggott is a Grantham local of seven years and said the western side of the Lockyer Valley has felt left out for some time.

“We’ve been left out in a big way. Grantham had a lot of money thrown at it to relocate, but what they didn’t do was keep the community together and keeping the people connected is important to every community,” he said.

“Most of what’s happening in the Lockyer Valley is in Forest Hill and Laidley.”

Mr Piggott said the community group aims to lease out the Grantham Butter Factory long-term as a community hub headquarters.

“We could have volunteers in there to turn the place into a historical building for locals and visitors to the area,” he said.

“People know about Grantham for the flood, but do they know about the good times before the floods?”

“The good times were when the byway went through here, and Grantham was thriving.

“It’s an opportunity to support locals, we could put a coffee shop and local produce markets in there also.”

Mr Piggott said the Grantham District Community holds monthly meetings that are beneficial for locals to get to know each other and share their concerns on local matters.

“It will be up to the group to decide what we are and are not going to do, I’m not going to be the president to push my own agenda,” he said.

“It’s about community input, I know that I’ve only been here seven years, I just want the community to grow.”

The Grantham District Community hosts its monthly meetings at the Grantham Butter Factory every second Tuesday of the month, with the next meeting on 9 April at 7pm.

Those interest in becoming part of the groups vision can contact David on 0437 074 886.