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Eyesore update May 1, 2008

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Wondering how the gutting of the Rex is progressing? So are we. If you peep through the wooden hoarding you’ll see a sea of iron mesh awaiting a concrete pour. 

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Mushroom season 2008 May 1, 2008

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Yes, it’s that time of year again, though with little rain as yet it’s slim pickings.

Beneath the pine needles we uncover out treasure. 

Only the young jucy ones are picked. 

Finally the mushrooms are cooked with onion and bacon then served with bull-boars and potato mash.

Why Daylesford is going to the dogs 2 November 8, 2007

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Eight months ago !!!!!! this self same rear angle shot of the Rex showed virtually no difference. (See The Wrecks.) Have the geniuses who ruined one of the great regional cinemas run out of cash?  

Rex cinema Daylesford

 “They are taking their time,” was one comment from someone in the know. Apparently a bit of electrical work was done last week.

This is the second Daylesford icon vacillating at the mercy of people who can’t see beyond the bottom line. What sort of completion clauses does council insert in the construction permits? Demolition sure was swift. 

You can apparently rip the guts out of anything you want, then let your handiwork rot.

Stalag Rex today (and for the past 8 months) 

Rex cinema Daylesford

Why Daylesford is going to the dogs 1 November 8, 2007

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St Andrews Daylesford

The steady decline in the Presbyterian population of Daylesford led to St Andrews being placed on the market a few years ago. Back then it was hard to sell. A key difficulty was the slanting floor of the church, which made any kind of conversion problematic and expensive.

After only a $650,000 vendor bid at the auction, it was eventually sold and some years later the new owners came up with a grandiose plan for nine townhouses. A state of the art website complete with downloads of architectural drawings from Williams Boag Architects offered this inovative development to the astute investor who may not realize that the anticipated $1,000,000 + price tag was a massive mark-up from the original purchase price – even after factoring in the cost of permits and architects. See http://www.standrewsdaylesford.com.au/

St Andrews Daylesford

Our opportunity to purchase this dream came and went on June 24th. Perhaps the potential buyers had studied the designs and done their sums and realized that the whole thing didn’t add up.

So the razzamatazz wore off and we have what we have today – an overgrown decaying beautiful building completely at the mercy of backroom money men. If you peruse the real estate websites today you will notice a modest price drop. This Daylesford icon can now be yours for a mere $990,000. If you’re looking to add insult to injury, agents Nelson Alexander describe the church as a “warehouse conversion” with one bedroom and one bathroom.

The picture below shows what could be the driveway leading to the lower level town houses if they ever get off the drawing board.

 Proposed driveway to lower level town houses

 St Andrews has been a key Daylesford landmark for over 100 years. Let us hope that it overcomes the joint imperatives of greed and development and perhaps we’ll once again hear that magnificent organ in the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields festival.

St Andrews Daylesford