As you enter the Industrial township of Burnie, there are an amazing range of Industrial Modernist structures, some still in use and others abandoned, only their walls stand as reminders of a past that is fading. One such example is an interesting sawtooth designed Industrial Building. It has been causing some publicity of late in the local media.
Burnie Tourism Association president Allan Leeson comments about the former Creative Living Centre building (The Advocate Newspaper "Burnie eyesore still standing" 25/3) He fails to consider the possibilities of adaptive reuse of the site. The building has become a health hazard because it has been left to rot, and cleaning up the site and reusing the building would surely be as cost effective as demolishing it. There are many good examples of buildings that have been in far worse condition and have been cleaned up and reused for a multitude of purposes.
In a climate of economic uncertainty, I cannot imagine a replacement building would be anything as impressive as the wonderful "saw-tooth" design.
Too many buildings are hastily demolished and what takes their place is nothing special, usually just another unattractive car parking space. To get rid of a building simply on the premise that it's an eyesore and a health hazard, which Mr Leeson points out, is simplistic and fails to recognise Burnie's Industrial heritage and the possibilities of adaptive reuse in a time of economic uncertainty.
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