Opportunities for the Former Cannery
Ratio consultants travelled to Batlow to conduct the study which aimed to assess the unique opportunities and site constraints offered by the Former Apple Cannery, as well as its role as a large landholding central to the regeneration of the Batlow community.
Overview of the Site
In 1923, the 2.5ha belonging to the Batlow Cannery operated as the Mountain Maid cannery where the town’s thriving local orchards would bring in apples to be canned and distributed both locally and abroad.
Since closing its doors in the early 2000s, the site of the former Batlow Cannery has remained idle while asbestos formed and the industrial buildings began to disintegrate. In 2018, the NSW Government’s Major Project Infrastructure Fund provided the Snowy Valleys Council with $500,000 to purchase the cannery site which was intended to be cleaned up and revitalised, retaining several key heritage industrial buildings.
In 2019/20, bushfires swept through the Batlow region, destroying the cannery’s remaining industrial buildings beyond hope of repair or restoration. The bushfires also further spread friable asbestos, contaminating the above-ground site.
From January to April 2020, demolition and clean-up of the Batlow Cannery site were undertaken and above-ground asbestos clearance was granted for the site.