Our township of Miles is in mourning this week, following a fire which destroyed one of the iconic buildings in the main street. Thankfully, the fire brigade managed to contain the blaze, and save the adjoining buildings. I am not totally sure how long the building had been in the street, but it had been vacant for quite a while. The photograph above was taken yesterday when I went to town.
When we first moved to the district in the very late 70's, I was amused at the little tower atop the building. At that time it was a Holden dealership/workshop. The very latest venture saw it as home to a furniture and electrical retail outlet. During it's day as a car dealership, the Holden flag was always flying. This small photograph shows the building in it's final livery. It also recently provided a small space for an ATM outlet.
Who knows what the building owners will do with the space now. We have been told the town is expanding due to the Coal Seam Gas and open-cut coal in and around the district, but the businesses don't seem to reflect that expansion. Time will tell I suppose.
It must be a sad day for some of the older residents of the town and district.