They take their historic areas seriously in Melbourne. Just as ineffectually as we do – you should see the setback rorting – but more seriously. The Williamstown be-trail is a great case in point. Let the plastic containers wash up. 

About AHC McDonald

Comedian, artist, photographer and critic. From 2007 to 2017 ran the culture and satire site The Worst of Perth
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13 Responses to Betrail

  1. GivDBird says:

    Reminds me of the Kwinana Chemtrail


  2. El Guisto says:

    betrail for sure….where are the discarded milk crates and cheap officeworks chairs when you need them?
    And while we’re on the subject of beaches, pencil in next years sculpture by the sea….I have my exhibit ready to go. It’s entitled “3 rusting car bodies”, a palimpsest on ageing and decay in society.
    I’m planning to exhibit whether the event continues or not ;-)


  3. Russell Woolf's Lovechild says:

    Don’t ever let some laneway dwelling, hipster Melbourne doofus tell you they are going to the beach when they mean Port Phillip Bay.


  4. El Guisto says:

    I believe Cocksolow would benefit from my exhibit…some may ridicule my vision, but I can assure all that when I was at the (Weld) club last night, the members were all for my Cocks low public housing initiative.
    Basically I buy the odd property, install a couple of crack dens, add one of my sculptures to each front garden and when the residents mass exodus, I pick up quite a few properties for low $$.
    Then hey presto! Evictions, sculptures removed, lick o paint and sell for a tidy profit!
    Not bad, if I say so myself.


  5. BSWAM says:

    Serious question – what makes you think that Melbourne doesn’t take preservation seriously? I have heard extremely mixed things about the CBD, but I thought it was one of a number of contenders for “most Victorian architecture in the world” along with Toronto. (Both claims seem a bit unlikely as surely that title belongs to London.)


    • The difference is really the size .melboune has many disasters and tragic demolitions on every scale down to the domestic, but there is and was so much, that even the most criminally venal vandal doesn’t have time to get to all of it. Perth is of a much smaller scale, so fuckwits have been able to do and continue to do much more damage relatively speaking. seriously I think melbourne in general takes heritage much more seriously than Perth. The CBD has some wonderful buildings from the gold rush riches era.


      • BSWAM says:

        Sounds a bit like Philadelphia, or, to be honest, New York, where there is such a wealth of built material that the real estate crowd has convinced themselves that hacking away at it is a permanent source of income.

        Not like Boston, where pretty much the entire city is a historic district. Which makes it a very beautiful place until you realize that you are surrounded by Bostonians.


  6. BSWAM says:

    Would also like to hear your take on the laneway culture, as it seems to be an amazingly intimate and useful zoning for small businesses and alternative spaces.


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