Wangi Power Station – Newcastle Herald | Lost Collective
Newcastle Herald featured images from the Lost Collective Wangi Power Station gallery.
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.
“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 [have to get finance], but that part hasn’t worried me at this point. It’s the only thing I want to do before I go.”
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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