Bangalow rail building?s future hangs in the air
By WILL JACKSON
VIVIENNE GOREC started her campaign to have the Bangalow Railway Station renovated when she found out it was being used as a drug den.
Unused for many years ? even before the Casino to Murwillumbah line was cancelled ? the buildings had already become dilapidated.
After following some glassyeyed youths into the building one day she found piles of rubbish including needles and charred spoons.
With the help of the community, Vivienne managed to have the building boarded up so that people couldn't go there to 'shoot up' but further plans to make use of the structure as shops didn't make it past the planning stage.
That was in 2000.
Seven years later, the Bangalow Chamber of Commerce has had enough and is calling for the NSW Minister for Transport John Watkins to fix the 'damaged, vandalised and graffitied' buildings, either by renovating them or tearing them down.
"The Bangalow Chamber of Commerce believes that you have an obligation to repair, maintain and secure the buildings and platforms of the Bangalow Railway Station," wrote president Michael Malloy.
"If for whatever reason you are not prepared to do this we believe that you have an obligation to demolish this disgusting eyesore."
However, Vivienne and Wendy Grissell, members of the Bangalow Historical Society, believe this would be a great waste.
The station is one of only two heritage listed buildings in Banga- low, along with the old courthouse.
"I'd like to see it done up," said Wendy. "It could be a real focal point for the town.
"At the very least it should be fenced off so the vandals can't get to it."