The Wallerawang power station, once the largest in New South Wales, closed in 2014 after more than 50 years of faithful service but a new film ensures that the decommissioned plant won’t be forgotten.
EnergyAustralia, Wallerawang’s last owner, has preserved some of the history of the power station and the people who worked there in a film available below.
EnergyAustralia Executive – Energy, Mark Collette, said the film demonstrates the scale of the Wallerawang power station, the important role it played in the development of New South Wales and the close connection people in the Lithgow area had – and still have – to the plant.
“When people talk about their experiences and memories working at Wallerawang you can sense their pride. The power station was the largest of its kind in New South Wales and for over five decades supplied families and businesses throughout the state with reliable and affordable energy,” Mr Collette said.
“Wallerawang, like several other big coal-fired power stations, has made way for new sources of generation as we evolve Australia’s energy system. But that doesn’t change the fact that Wallerawang leaves a wonderful legacy that’s worth preserving – and that’s why we’ve made this film,” he said.
In the film, Wallerawang workers share their thoughts on the plant. Mr Collette said there was no one better to tell the story of the Wallerawang power station, because after all it is their story.
“Not only does the film look into Lithgow’s past it also touches on an exciting future for the region,” he added. The almost eight-minute film covers the plant’s decommissioning, demolition and rehabilitation as well as a project underway to repurpose the site for other uses.
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