Recycling Australia one white elephant at a time
They’re a pack of greenies in Tassie, and so dedicated to the recycling cause that they’re looking at recycling Sydney’s monorail.
“I think Barry O’Farrell should give it to us as a post-Bicentennial gift,” Hobart’s deputy mayor Ron Christie said.
Good on them. Our precious taxpayer dollars are frittered away on all sorts of fantastic projects, so hurrah if anything can be salvaged once they’re consigned to the tip. But why stop at the monorail? There are other landmarks that could have been salvaged if only other leaders had Mr Christie’s foresight, imagination, and dedication to the Reduce Reuse Recycle mantra.
South Australia’s Magic Mountain was unceremoniously hacked to pieces when it could have served out a peaceful retirement as the spectacular reception area for the Australian and New Zealand Biosolids Partnership. Why did no one think of that?
On an aesthetically similar line, the Leyland Brothers developed a remarkable looking theme park which went into administration but they actually did repurpose it and it rose like a phoenix from the ashes to become the Ayers Rock Roadhouse - and later, a kids’ camp.
Australia’s Wonderland, on the other hand, was turned into a (far less exciting) business park (two words that shouldn’t really go together). Surely the amount of timber used in this rollercoaster could have been recycled to save the logging of Australia’s old-growth forests?
America’s Cup winner Australia II could have been repurposed to a floating restaurant - complete with winged-keel shaped seafood dishes and perky bar staff in maritime-themed outfits – instead of rotting away in a WA museum.
The fabulously decrepit Giant Koala of Dadswell’s Bridge has lasted through droughts and flooding rains and one day it will need to retire… but with a few quick renovations it could serve as a striking tribute to a certain former Prime Minister.
Tacky Australiana props created for the 1988 World Expo in Brisbane were magnificently reused in the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony.
Come on, Australia, what else can we repurpose?
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