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 Category:  Writing Non-Fiction
  Posted: October 17, 2020      Views: 13

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One remaining Western Australia (WA) roundhouse-turntable
"Last WA railway roundhouse" by LittleIrishman

With coal-fuelled trains and locomotives being a thing of the past, as heritage items, there is no direct need for WA's only remaining railway roundhouse-turntable.

Obviously modern trains Australia-wide are now run on electricity, are decorated and upholstered, and may sooner even have train TV, with news and advertisements.

It is interesting because the land-mineral coal is one of Australia's biggest and most profitable items and exports.

This 'Collie Roundhouse' in yesteryear, 190km south of Perth, maintained 14 steam locomotives, before being closed in the 1970's. A current example in NSW is the heritage attraction, the 'Zig-Zag Railway (locomotive)' in Lithgow.

Built in the 1950s, and was an integral part of WA's coal industry at the time, this roundhouse-turntable may now undergo an almost $1million renovation.

The National Trust of Western Australia (NTWA) is even looking to possibly make it into a tourism landmark. NTWA is currently accepting expressions of interest from certain developers.

It would be important, yet interesting, to see how much of this older, heritage place is kept, and maintained and conserved.

The NTWA should really consider turning the place and property into a general museum-type attraction for local, inter-state, and international visitors.

Not only this, but this place could be marketed as a whole with WA as a tourist destination. This is because WA is the largest state in Australia, has an exquisite coastline, and has some various rugged and rough, beautiful, and luscious terrain.

On a relevant but indirect level, the selling of important places and properties is happening in different parts of Australia. An example here is the Canterbury-Bankstown Council (CBC) in Sydney, NSW, previously selling a while back 16 parks-reserves to developers.

This CBC example is related to NTWA in that it would have to question the honesty, quality, and cost of such developers, having a stringent handling and selection of these developers.

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- Calautti, Lisa (October 9, 2020) 'Western Australia's only remaining railway roundhouse and turntable is up for lease,' Sydney Morning Herald (SMH)
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