Saturday, May 19, 2012

Industrial Woolshed demolition approved - Launceston

This week the Launceston City Council unanimously voted to demolish the former industrial sawtooth designed Tasmanian Woolgrowers building to make way for the flood protection scheme.  There is another sawtooth building adjacent to the former Woolgrowers building, as well as the landmark silos. 

These buildings form part of Launceston's industrial heritage and it will be a sad loss to lose this building.  Let's hope that the other abandoned industrial buildings that stand abandoned are adaptively reused.

Read the newspaper story here

I ask the General Manager to explain the process of overturning the heritage values of the building, in favour of 'peer review findings'  Is it the case that the former Woolgrowers building was going to be demolished anyway, so employing a consultant was just a matter of due process? Was the decision to demolish the building rushed by Councillor's because it would mean Council wouldn't have to foot the $250,000 demolition bill that the Launceston Flood Authority said they would pay if a decision was made quickly?

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