ONE of Western Australia’s oldest television studios was deconstructed last week, more than 50 years after it was built.

The former GWN7 site at the corner of Roberts Crescent and Pickersgill Street in Bunbury was deconstructed on April 8 by water company Aqwest.

Aqwest completed the purchase of the building in June 2021 to improve the slope stability of Roberts Reservoir, which holds 13 million liters of water supplied to Bunbury households and businesses.

Aqwest’s chief officer, Gary Hallsworth, said the purchase of the old GWN building was “essential” for Aqwest to rehabilitate the slope adjacent to the reservoir.

“The GWN building has been vacant for a good number of years, so we thought buying it and removing it would help us achieve our goals to move the tank stability work forward,” Hallsworth said.

“Roberts Reservoir is Aqwest’s main water storage facility, supplying water to the main part of the Bunbury CBD – so it is essential for us to rehabilitate the slope to ensure the structural integrity of the reservoir remains.

“If we hadn’t bought the building, we would have had to build very extensive retaining walls to keep the slope stable, mainly because it’s on sand dune country.

Team: Project Manager Dean Kelly, Aqwest Managing Director Gary Hallsworth, Aqwest President Stanley Liaros and Director Cristiano Carvalho. Photo: Pip Waller

“But there are good results all around because the local amenity for the neighborhood is improved as well as the stability of the slope.”

The former GWN7 building, which opened on March 10, 1967, was the playground of many regional media workers for over 50 years.

GWN7 moved to Spencer Street in 2018.

In an effort to recycle and reuse the building, Aqwest invited staff from the Bunbury Town Museum to the site last year to collect memorabilia, including a lighting desk, framed photographs and an “On Air” sign. .

The objects will be presented in an exhibition planned for the end of 2022.

Mr Hallsworth said many other features of the site would also be recycled and reused.

Original Building: The former GWN7 <a class=site opened in 1967 and closed approximately three years ago. Picture: Megan Lawless” title=”Original Building: The former GWN7 site opened in 1967 and closed approximately three years ago. Picture: Megan Lawless” width=”1438″ height=”1179″ itemprop=”image”/>

Original Building: The former GWN7 site opened in 1967 and closed approximately three years ago. Picture: Megan Lawless

“We have already had the wiring and copper removed from the building, and we will also recycle the concrete which will be crushed into the base of the road and the steel which will be reused.

“The final design is not yet complete, but at this stage the site will look like an open space with a nice grassy hillside and native vegetation for the whole community to enjoy.

“Plus, there will be stunning ocean views.”

The site will be completely demolished and renovated over the next six months.

A plaque constructed from some building materials recycled during the works will commemorate the site of the former GWN7 building.

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