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Why the White Bay power station should become a museum of climate change

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.

The long-disused White Bay power station in Balmain.

The long-disused White Bay power station in Balmain.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

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.

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