THE derelict lower station of the old Arthurs Seat chairlift is no more. A Parks Victoria contractor operating a tracked excavator flattened the building, which contained a kiosk and storage sheds, in less than a day on Monday last week but a Parks spokeswoman said the work would take about a week as there was asbestos material throughout the building. Parks Victoria said the building was surplus to its needs.
The demolition also removed graffiti that appeared on Thursday 5 February: “No vandalism in our park” and “I am not the vandal”, presumably painted by a person or people opposed to the proposed $18 million gondola chairlift to be built by Arthurs Seat Skylift, headed by former Australian of the Year Simon McKeon. Parks “inherited” the building and its sealed car park from former chairlift owner Richard Hudson, who is trying to erect the open-seat chairlift in South Australia.