WE Perthians love to view the world in black and white – and the idea of turning the old East Perth power station into an interactive mining museum has predictably divided opinions.
Steve Woodland, a former State architect, has everyone talking with his proposal for the derelict power station on the bank of the Swan River in East Perth, which was decommissioned in 1981.
Mr Woodland believes it should be turned into a Museum of Mining WA, an interactive facility that would be a tourist and cultural destination.
Last year, the sale and redevelopment of the power station site was put on hold indefinitely, as a buyer could not be found.
Over recent years, proposals have come and gone – an art gallery and a museum, a farmer’s market and a commercial precinct.
The most famous power station redevelopment is London’s Tate Modern, which has become one of the world’s best known art galleries.
Right now, the East Perth power station is a derelict eyesore on prime waterfront real estate, it’s a haven for graffiti vandals and dangerous for those who ignore warnings not to enter the site.
We want to hear from you – what should happen at the site? Should it become a mining museum or is there a better use?