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Renovation 2013-2014

Maleny IGA commissions local food producer videos & behind the scenes footage

robTaking you behind the scenes...Our Maleny IGA renovation went great guns in the dry weather but the recent rains have slowed it down a bit. We know you are curious about what’s going on behind the scaffolding. To answer your questions Lisa Blainey-Lewin is working with local filmmaker Ernest Marcum to document our renovation and create short videos promoting Maleny IGA’s local food producers.

Over the coming months you’ll see more behind the scenes video content uploaded to our Vimeo & YouTube channel and shared via social media. The two renovation videos are now online. In video one Rob explains why the 3 metre extension on Maple St, next to Happy High Herbs. Video two shows you through the cold rooms going in underneath the store and our third video will feature Rob and Chris Bond from Pomodoras on Obi, a local food producer. We’ve made the move to video as it’s easier to show you what’s going on & we want you to feel a part of our renovations as ultimately it’s all for you.

Pre-Renovation Flashback

Maleny IGA old register photo Maleny IGA old front end imageI bet many of you can’t remember what the old Maleny IGA checkouts looked like now. Isn’t it funny how time moves on and we forget. These photos may help jog your memory. The express lane was on the MCU Bank side of the store and only had two registers, not three as we presently have. In general we had less checkouts before the renovation with each a single stand-alone registers not double sided like many are now. Other recent changes have been widening the entry into the produce section. Changing the trolley storage bay; remember they used to be where the express lane checkouts are now.

Christmas 2012 saw us reclaim the back left part of the store, where the milk is kept. This area used to be a staff room. New wooden floor was laid and major electricity rewiring was required.  Early 2013 the new fridges went in and this greatly expanded the dairy goods selection we can provide for you.

A large part of the changes have been ‘behind the scenes’. Digging out underneath the store. Strengthening the foundations, pouring concrete, and all this was before we began the major construction work.

Let’s not forget the disruption when the entire walkway to the car park was replaced. While we love the covered walkway now, it was a nuisance for some negotiating trolley’s during the makeover. Then the entire carpark itself, major changes to the layout as required by Council and paid for by us.

Finally the concrete reinforcing of the area trucks will drive over at the rear of the store as they use the new loading bay area. Moving the loading bay from Maple St has long been a dream of ours and soon it will happen!

Walkway a big hit!

It’s not even half completed and already the covered walkway linking Maleny Supa IGA to the carpark at the rear is proving a big winner with shoppers and staff.

Store Manager Sam Davies said the feedback has been great.  “Everyone likes the design of it and many people are stopping by just for a look.”

Staff are receiving comments such as ‘It’s about time’ or ‘It should have happened years ago.’ Front end Supervisor Rahn Stokes said it’s making life easier for ‘trolley staff’ too.  “The new path is much smoother so it helps when bringing a long line of trollies up the hill. The shelter also helps with carry outs in the rain. Our staff won’t get drenched anymore!!”

Business owner Anne Brown of Rosetta Books likes the skylights and is happy that the whole construction was done in consultation with the creative community of Maleny.  “It’s not just a walkway” she said, “It’s a work of art!”

Feng Shui Consultant Richard Giles had a closer look than most.  “I like the practicalities of it,” he commented whilst examining the design information posted along the walkway. “I’m looking forward to seeing what it looks like finished; the colour schemes and how it all fits together.”

Loyal IGA customer Anita Smiley, owner of Maudy’s Restaurant at Witta was full of compliments for the new addition to the store.  “It’s a nice idea,” she smiled “And great to come outside and be undercover.  I do all my grocery shopping at Maleny IGA. Their service is wonderful and this is just another way they’re looking after their customers.”

If you haven’t already, have a peek at the walkway. Better still, take a walk when the sun is out and see the cutout designs in the roof shine their patterns on the path and walls. It’s a delight!

The walkway will be completed soon with even more features being added. We’ll keep you posted.

Maleny story told via our new "Place-Making" Pathway

Almost two years ago when Samantha and Rob Outridge decided to build a wet weather covered pathway as part of the upgrade of Maleny Supa IGA, they wanted it to be more than just functional. Yes, it had to shelter shoppers and visitors from the rain and sun as they made their way down the laneway between IGA and the Credit Union, but it could also provide an opportunity for local artists to add a touch of community art - to tell part of the story that is Maleny.

Samantha and Rob invited the local group of community place-making artists called Art4place to become partners in the design of the covered pathway. Art4place consulted its 30 plus members and five design concepts were put forward. The Outridges chose a design by Art4place artists Barry Smith, Edith-Ann Murray and Fiona Dempster that will tell some of the history and environmental aspects of our town. Designs went through many modifications to meet different planning, engineering and structural requirements.

The 50 metre long, three metre wide walkway will incorporate a newly laid even concrete pathway and feature a series of overlapping free standing shelters covered with rusted Corten steel. This will channel the rain in a series of cascades towards a waterfall feature with large chains at the car park end. A series of Lomandra Longifolia cutouts in the roof and Perspex covers bolted over the cutouts will allow the light through and keep the rain out.

The rusted Corten steel and bolts reminds us of the water tanks used by the early dairy farmers. The roof with its cascades and waterfall is an artistic representation of the water of the Obi Obi Creek and Gardner’s Falls. Lomandra Longifolia is an important native plant in the area that stabilises banks and acts to mitigate erosion. Finally, the chains in the waterfall feature hark back to the horses and bullocks and the chains used to haul produce to local markets.

The Maleny IGA covered walkway will not only be a practical and much needed structure, but will create a community place and piece of art designed to share a little more of the Maleny experience with visitors and locals alike.

There are many community dimensions to this community placemaking art pathway.  The artists have given their time on the art design and execution of art aspects of the work as a gift to the Maleny community. The cutouts in the Corten steel were done by workers and volunteers at the Beerwah Resource Centre as a community contribution to a green art project. This art pathway was the first such art work using Corten steel that architect Michael from F3 Design had undertaken and he generously gave extra time to make it work. And of course Murray Petersen, project builder and his workers have taken up the challenge of working with artists with grace and have found practical ways to make this functional art pathway work. And of course Rob and Sam for persisting with the art aspects of this project and helping bring this to our local community.

NOTE:  Work has begun on this exciting new addition to Maleny.  Expected time of completion is 4 weeks depending on the weather.   Please use the alternative walkway on the other side of Maleny IGA.

Creative Commons Licence Maleny story told via our new "Place-Making" Pathway by Maleny Supa IGA is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at http://www.malenyiga.com.au.

Caring for our natural neighbours the Eastern Water Skinks

Tony Bright and Dr Scott Burnett U.S.C DID YOU KNOW...

A colony of Eastern Water Skinks has lived in the gardens and rock wall between Maleny IGA and Maleny Credit Union for many years.

Tony Bright and Dr Scott Burnett U.S.C, both with excellent local knowledge, facilitated the relocation of the skinks to help minimise the impact on resident wildlife and improve their chance of survival whilst the works on the new covered walkway, from the parking area to Maple Street are being completed.

Rocks were hand removed and the skinks captured by licensed spotter catchers and relocated to gardens elsewhere in the Maleny Credit Union and the creek on the other side of the car park in Willow Lane.

Soon as the covered walkway is completed and the gardens reinstated we look forward to the skinks return and re-colonisation.

Eastern Water Skinks are an example of a species that has benefited from man-made habitats along with water dragons and carpet pythons.  They have adapted well to suburbia and its environs.

Tony & Scott also wanted everyone to be aware that many public areas and backyards in Maleny town area harbor a large number of native wildlife, many of them “listed”.  “Listed” meaning: endangered, rare or vulnerable.

Anyone interested in knowing more about the abundant wildlife in their own backyard could get a copy of “Wildlife of Greater Brisbane” from Barung Landcare or Rosetta Books.

Creative Commons Licence Caring for our natural neighbours the Eastern Water Skinks by Maleny Supa IGA is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at http://www.malenyiga.com.au.