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    Wangi Wangi Power Station - Lakes Mail | Lost Collective

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    Not long after the Wangi Wangi Power Station gallery from Lost Collective went live, Lakes Mail reached out for an interview about the site.

    the turbine hall of wangi power station - newcastle herald - lost collective

    Not a lot seems to be on the horizon for the future of the site. It seems as though the owners will be sitting on this amazing piece of Australia's industrial heritage for some time to come.

    coal bunkers in wangi power station - newcastle herald - lost collective

    Reading comments in articles such as this from Independent Member for Lake Macquarie about the former power station’s future are hardly reassuring.

    “My heart says ‘save it’, it’s a fabulous building,” Mr Piper said. “My head tells me it will probably be demolished. It’s being slowly demolished now by the passage of time, the elements, and there’s vandalism.”

    a small plant grows out of a concrete channel in wangi power station - newcastle herald - lost collective

    Mr Piper said he didn’t see a role for state funds in preserving the building, as “the costs would be huge, and I don’t think that would be the best use of state money”.

    Lloyd McDonald said the family company had received offers for the property but had declined to sell. Mr McDonald said he “can’t see a date” for the development.

    basement of wangi power station - newcastle herald - lost collective

    Photographer Brett Patman has captured a haunting series of images from inside the cavernous buildings of the decommissioned Wangi Wangi power station.

    Rumours have long circulated about what would become of the site, which is for sale.

    A $300-million plan to transform the power station into 11 storeys of shops, apartments, a cinema and restaurant were shelved last year when the man who developed the plan, Ian McDonald, passed away.

    bunker conveyors in wangi power station - newcastle herald - lost collective

    Now Mr McDonald’s family company has the site for sale.

    To read the article in Lakes Mail, click here.

    The Lakes Mail has always been first to ask the questions that need to be asked, to highlight important matters of concern, to push for the changes that the community demands, to celebrate local achievements, and to inform locals about exactly what's going on in their area.