Gunns' former HQ torn down

Written By miftah nugraha on Selasa, 16 Juli 2013 | 19.55

Demolition crews work on dismantling the former Gunns headquarters building. Picture: CHRIS KIDD

CONCERNS have been raised over the demolition of the former corporate headquarters of Gunns Limited in Launceston.

Melbourne firm City Circle Demolition is pulling down the offices on behalf of Bunnings which is planning the construction of a $14 million hardware warehouse.

Sources say the offices, which were built for about $4 million, contain parquetry floors and other special timbers which are being disposed of.

Windows cannot be salvaged and roofing iron is also being disposed of.

Timber doors had been salvaged, sources said.

Wesfarmers shareholder Scott Bell said he had been told that no salvage could occur for occupational health and safety reasons.

Mr Bell said he had communicated with Bunnings parent company Wesfarmers about the perceived waste.

"I am a Wesfarmer shareholder, and also have a trade account with Bunnings, so I feel that I have some legitimacy in requesting a response from Wesfarmers Ltd," he said.

Mr Bell also said he had other members of the community express their concern.

He said people were also concerned that an interstate company had been hired for the job.

"This is a deplorable situation, considering the state's economic woes, our unemployment rate of over 8 per cent and the amount of idle heavy equipment in the north of the state. There needs to be some accountability - I hope Wesfarmers can explain," Mr Bell said.

Wesfarmers has been contacted for comment.

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