When the White Bay power station closed in 1984, I was in year 3 at Balmain Primary School. I’d never heard of climate change but I recall a class project to graph the air pollution in Sydney and whether it was high, medium or low. Back then, a medium reading was a great day for clean air; most days the smog lay like a brown blanket on the horizon.
I still have close connections with the area so I’ve driven past the hulking, rust-streaked building on a regular basis for most of my life, or seen it from the window of the 442 or 441 bus.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes has said he hopes the White Bay power station will be the centrepiece of plans to revive the Bays Precinct. I hope so too.
Specifically, I think it should become a museum of climate change.