For those of you who, like me, woke up this morning to the horrible news that the Gas and Coke building had been destroyed by fire: be calm. Well, for the moment.
The fire damaged the old wash-up building, the one set back from the main road. It’s not the lovely old building by the railway gates, though I can’t help but feel it’s only a matter of time before something BAD happens in there. ABC 1233 rang to ask what I knew about it but I was pretty useless, other than to say, “It wasn’t me!” I don’t know what Jemena are doing with the site, I don’t know if the Coke building is heritage listed* † (though a thumbnail photo of it appears on Council’s heritage web page) and I don’t know what the plans are for the site as a whole.
Maybe this will be a good thing. Maybe the fire will trigger some kind of action. Maybe.
* No, it isn’t.
† Yes it is!