The old ANZ Bank building on Burringbar Street in Mullum is now a bathhouse; such yuppy city indulgence to far removed from being authentic in a small laidback country town.
A lovely long-time local lady told me to have a closer look at the logo painted across the facade of the building, and when I did I felt a rush of anger. The logo painted on the front of the building states ‘EST. Bunya Bathhouse 2022’. This bathhouse renovation might have been completed in 2022 but the true identity of this substantive federation building has been usurped. This is an insult to a lovely old building and to our local history. The actual building was established in 1921.
I think about the lady on the corner of Stuart and Tincogan Streets who dared, shock and horror, to paint her federation house lilac and got hounded by Council because of it.
How about the Council harass the bathhouse developers to put the correct establishment date back up? Or, unlike the lilac house lady, can the wealthy do exactly what they want? Seems like it!