They’re a pack of greenies in Tassie, and so dedicated to the recycling cause that they’re looking at recycling Sydney’s monorail.

Note: Artist's impression of monorail in Hobart may not be to scale

“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?

A perfect facade for a sewage treatment facility. Pic: Neon Martin

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.

The giant… something

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?

Made entirely of wood. Yes, wood.

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.

Good evening, sir. Surf 'n' turf? Pic: Colin Murty

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. 

Now who does that remind you of? Pic: Supplied

Tacky Australiana props created for the 1988 World Expo in Brisbane were magnificently reused in the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony.

These'll never date! Pic: File

Come on, Australia, what else can we repurpose?

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    • Shane From Melbourne says:

      04:55am | 29/03/12

      Australian Federal Parliament… something useful…..

    • Emma says:

      05:57am | 29/03/12

      My collection of punk rock cds - if anyone needs something to support a broken table?

    • Fiddler says:

      06:13am | 29/03/12

      A failed NSW Premier into a soon to be failed Foreign Minister?

    • SimonFromLakemba says:

      08:38am | 29/03/12

      Barry O’Farrell?

    • marley says:

      06:36am | 29/03/12

      Canberra - into a giant detention center for asylum seekers.  If that doesn’t deter them, nothing will.

    • old fart says:

      08:42am | 29/03/12

      excuse me, this is my home you are talking about, show some respect. you already crap in my backyard by sending your local pollie here on time wasting exercises, be nice to the locals and no I dont work for the federal government

    • marley says:

      09:31am | 29/03/12

      Sorry Old Fart - I was just thinking that the vast intellectual desert that is our Parliament would deter even the bravest soul.

    • M says:

      09:37am | 29/03/12

      Old Fart, it must be so bad living in a slum like that. You have my sympathies.

    • Economist says:

      11:28am | 29/03/12

      Marley, why Fed parliament, what about the 6 state and territory governments? I wasn’t aware that they’re intellectual “springs”.

    • marley says:

      11:42am | 29/03/12

      @economist - True - but at least the other capitols have the advantage of being near the ocean.  There is no escape from the hot air of Canberra’s parliament.

    • Economist says:

      12:02pm | 29/03/12

      Whoops that should be 2 territory governments added. Hot air? I always found Canberra to be bitterly cold.

    • James1 says:

      12:02pm | 29/03/12

      I’m crushed marley.  I’ve been known to work around the Parliament.

    • marley says:

      01:56pm | 29/03/12

      Obviously, Canberra needs fewer MPs and more James1s.

    • Eskimo says:

      07:13am | 29/03/12

      Perhaps all Tasmanians could be driving a Leyland P-76.

    • Kitty says:

      07:30am | 29/03/12

      Hmmmm.  usual standard of journalism.  Tasmania only wants it if it is free however you are accusing the state of wanting to BUY it?

    • ibast says:

      08:23am | 29/03/12

      Gotta love this un-vetted Muppet, O’Farrell.  Faced with a $10-15M to remove it, the Tasmanians said they’ll come remove it for us, for free.  The Muppets reponse, “Oh no.  You’ll have to pay for it”.

    • iansand says:

      08:56am | 29/03/12

      As someone suggested last night, they should put the monsterrail on ebay.

      Reserve $0.  Buyer to remove at own expense.

    • Tory Shepherd

      Tory Shepherd says:

      09:01am | 29/03/12

      You’re right, I’ve changed the wording to ‘recycling’.

    • TimR says:

      07:37am | 29/03/12

      We could give Tassie our tax dollars!! Oh wait, we already do.

    • Blind Freddy says:

      08:39am | 29/03/12

      Yep. Just now, transformed some of your tax dollars into a beautiful cup of coffee. It is a stunning Autumn morning here in Hobart. Yummy . . . . mmmm . . .  thanks TimR, and other long suffering mainlanders.

    • PsychoHyena says:

      10:30am | 29/03/12

      Hey Tim… we give you mainlanders all our money in freight charges, because the Federal Government (since forever) thinks $300m to transport produce across Bass Strait is fair.

      Tasmania provides more financial support in fees and charges than it gains in taxes.

    • Ally says:

      12:58pm | 29/03/12

      Fair point. But in exchange we seem to be getting all your pompous Sydneysiders and Melbournians that like to come here and quaff all our good wine and food, tell us where we’re going wrong with everything else and how Sydney/Melbourne is so much better. I think we’re losing out on that trade.

    • Dan says:

      06:01pm | 29/03/12

      Tasmania rocks! It a travesty that it lost out to Brazil.

    • HereComesDaJydge says:

      07:51am | 29/03/12

      Why not recycle Jula Gillard?

      Granted it would be hard knowing what to use her for but maybe we could have her turned into a petrified statue at the mouth of Sydney Arbour with that horrible “oh you poor little people” smile of hers in recognition of her bankrupting Australia andis citizens?

    • Borderer says:

      10:54am | 29/03/12

      Stuff her full of toxic waste, if it leaks nobody will notice anything out of the ordinary.

    • Economist says:

      11:31am | 29/03/12

      Yeah but it seems Abbott wants to recycle the the Liberal party into the Labor party. A few thought bubbles adding costs the budget, but no indication of savings offsets, other than to can 12000 public servants that would save at best a $1B, which Labor are already doing anyway.

    • M says:

      07:55am | 29/03/12

      Luna park could be turned into a retirement home for old politicians.

      They’d have to change the name to Looney Park though.

    • Sandy says:

      11:19am | 29/03/12

      take all your overgrown infants away somewhere
      and build them a home a little place of their own
      the fletcher memorial home for incurable tyrants and kings
      and they can appear to themselves every day
      on closed circuit t.v.
      to make sure they’re still real
      it’s the only connection they feel

      Roger Waters. 1983.

    • Economist says:

      08:18am | 29/03/12

      There seems to be plenty of recycling of Canberra, Tassie and politician witticisms. Personally the three most intelligent groups of people…..
      . .
      . .
      . No I’m trolling grin

    • SimonFromLakemba says:

      08:37am | 29/03/12

      Leave Canberra alone wink

      Glad I grew up there actually.

    • Economist says:

      09:24am | 29/03/12

      Leave Tassie alone grin

      Glad I grew up there actually.

    • SimonFromLakemba says:

      03:26pm | 29/03/12

      Tassie. Eww

    • Economist says:

      05:23pm | 29/03/12

      Yeah give it a rest Simon. We should recycle your beloved Doggies into, I don’t know, a decent football team….. wink

    • old fart says:

      08:46am | 29/03/12

      yes a bit strange this article,  it starts off by talking abnout what a waste taxpayer funded icons are and how they invariably go down the gurgler and then we get photos of nothing but private enterprise icons (although I’m not sure about the monorail)

    • Goffy says:

      09:13am | 29/03/12

      Yeah. What a waste taxpayer funded icons are… like the harbour bridge, or the opera house, or the melbourne exhibition centre, or the national gallery in canberra, or… *rolls eyes*

    • Tory Shepherd

      Tory Shepherd says:

      09:20am | 29/03/12

      Actually they all have taxpayer money involved in one way or another! Either they are council or state owned or run or benefit from grants. With the possible exception of the Giant Koala - but we just wanted it in there anyway.

    • old fart says:

      11:00am | 29/03/12

      what the sheep and the prawn dont get a mention? how about the pineapple , trout and the banana?  Fairs fair, if you are going to talk about giant icons lets have them all.  Mind you I think putting a diner under that supoposed effigy of uluru, (looks more like a prarie cake) is a bit off

    • M says:

      09:16am | 29/03/12

      Can we recycle feminism? Or is it too toxic to bother with?

    • marley says:

      09:32am | 29/03/12

      We already have.  It’s called Men’s Rights.

    • M says:

      09:45am | 29/03/12

      Hahaha, well played sir. Although the MRM has a somewhat different agenda to Feminism.

    • Markus says:

      11:03am | 29/03/12

      M, does it? As far as I can tell the MRM is just following the well-worn path of feminism and attempting to absolve men of any responsibility too.

      I don’t like the prospect of a future where nobody is expected to take responsibility for any of their actions. Though it does raise the interesting question as to who will be to blame when everybody is a victim.

    • Fred says:

      10:07am | 29/03/12

      Turn Star City into a car park.

      Drain Sydney Harbour and make a road to the city in it. No need for some hell expensive tunnel from the Northern Beaches. Yeah, draining the Harbour would be cheap. Make all the shipping ports and docks at Vaucluse and in the east. *evil laugh*

    • Markus says:

      10:25am | 29/03/12

      One argument was raised last week, and I think I agree with it, is that the real problem with the monorail is that it doesn’t go anywhere people want to go.
      If it actually extended to Central Station, Circular Quay etc it would have been a fantastic piece of infrastructure. Hopefully Hobart can put it to good use.

    • Gerard says:

      06:22pm | 29/03/12

      “Hopefully Hobart can put it to good use.”

      Not much chance of that given that it’s now impossible to buy parts for it.

    • Paunch says:

      02:00pm | 29/03/12

      Federation square is cold, bleak and ugly. What could we turn it into?

    • Shane From Melbourne says:

      02:42pm | 29/03/12

      Sydney might want it. It fits in with the rest of their decor…..

    • Paunch says:

      05:47pm | 29/03/12

      Sydney has the UTS tower, the most beautiful building in Australia (IMHO). I quite like some of Melbourne’s 70’s commission highrises (the two in Williamstown). Brisbane’s Riparian Plaza is nice.

    • Ed C says:

      02:07pm | 29/03/12

      The Myki System in Melbourne!

      You can use it for… um… er….. ummmmm…. wait a minute, it will come to me…. ummm…..

      Ok, nevermind…

    • Chonko says:

      02:28pm | 29/03/12

      The ugly, concrete, above ground, land fill site known as the MCG could be hidden by using it as a an artificial reef..

    • marley says:

      03:24pm | 29/03/12

      We already have lots of artificial reefs.  I think they call them Collins submarines.

    • not another government inquiry says:

      05:43pm | 29/03/12

      barrie o’farrell should have an inquiry into this

    • colroe says:

      12:49pm | 30/03/12

      Julia Gillard’s suit tops, especially designed to fan out over generous posteriors.  (I am not saying she has a large posterior, as that is sexist) These should be saved and exhibited in the future as a triumph of Australian design.  We could also have a male equivalent of the short suit top to ensure fairness, but I doubt whether an overweight Australian male pollie would show the lack of dress sense to wear one.


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