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    Wangi Power Station - Newcastle Herald | Lost Collective

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    Newcastle Herald featured images from the Lost Collective Wangi Power Station gallery.

    the boiler house of wangi power station - newcastle herald - lost collective

    Wangi Power Station is one of the most amazing buildings I've been able to photograph.

    One can only wonder what might have become of the site had Ian McDonald was able to see out his vision.

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

    "I'm optimistic, a lot of others wouldn't be. We're pretty flexible as to what we can do. Sooner or later we would , but that part hasn't worried me at this point. It's the only thing I want to do before I go."

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

    Reading articles such as this gives a glimpse into the passion Mr McDonald had for the power station.

    Ian McDonald was considered a visionary, with a dream of redeveloping the power station site. He had planned a $300-million redevelopment, but it did not proceed.

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

    The power station is a well-known icon amongst the landscape of Lake Macquarie and has been an open secret amongst the urban exploration scene as well as a target for graffiti artists, vandals and scrappers for decades.

    Hopefully, this amazing building will one day be restored into something that is able to benefit the entire community.

    basement of wangi power station - newcastle herald - lost collective There is no shortage of articles from major media outlets featuring Wangi Power Station, but if you'd like to see more related to my photography, check out this blog post . a small plant grows out of a concrete channel in wangi power station - newcastle herald - lost collective

    Lake Macquarie City Council approved a rezoning plan in 2009 to reuse the 12,000 square metre building’s 11 storeys for shops, a restaurant, apartments, offices, conferences, a cinema and health club.

    The family that owns the old Wangi power station say the site has great potential, but the market may not be ready to redevelop it.

    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.

    To read the Newcastle Herald article, click here.

    wangi power station - newcastle herald - lost collective The Newcastle Herald is the largest local media organisation and the only Newcastle-based newspaper serving the Hunter and Central Coast six days a week, Monday to Saturday.