Heritage being systematically torn down


Too many of Perth’s heritage buildings are being bulldozed in the name of progress.
Too many of Perth’s heritage buildings are being bulldozed in the name of progress.

Vanessa Lombardo.

MANY of us have driven past the old Cadbury Schweppes building on Scarborough Beach Road in Osborne Park.

I had often looked over, while stuck in traffic, and thought, I’d like to see inside that building one day.

Over the years, it became vacant and so weary-looking, with extra structures and signage being added to the exterior, making the building appear quite cluttered and unattractive.

Even so, I always found it kind of interesting.

So, in the process of putting this property up for sale, the owners removed the outer structures to reveal an actually rather nice facade and the words Passiona Bottling Co. Perth Ltd. embossed in the render.

Gorgeous! I thought. This building might now have a future.

Perhaps it will be mostly pulled down, but that interesting facade is going to be kept, for sure.

No, we do not keep buildings of significance in this City.

We don’t even hang on to their facades.

The mindset here in Perth is, “Forget the history, knock it down and shove something else up”.

Do we ask ourselves any important questions here in Perth about our heritage?

What built environment will our children be inheriting? Do we actually need any more new buildings?

The replacement buildings are poorly designed, uninteresting spaces with no aesthetic, built using inferior materials and without respect for neighbouring properties.

Just take a drive through the rest of Osborne Park and check also for the number of For Lease signs everywhere.

So, to all the Mr Developers out there, to the “I have to make maximum profit on my investment” people, I have to confess, I have given up thinking positively about your intentions.

I won’t be looking over to see what will be built at the site of Passiona Ltd. because I know it will only be Ltd without the Passion.