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Fox talks classic cars

01 Oct 2019

Trucking giant Lindsay Fox commented on the state of his classic car collection in Docklands on ABC radio last month.

As reported in the August edition of Docklands News, Mr Fox’s car collection at Queen’s Warehouse was moved out for up to four years earlier this year while remediation of what was previously a gasworks plant took place.

Mr Fox was given the site for a peppercorn sum by the state and federal governments in the late ‘90s. Speaking to broadcaster Jon Faine, he said that a plan for an expanded car museum, managed by his trust, was still in the pipeline.

“We’ve got to clean up all of that mess, which the government is doing. Then we’ll get the cars and put them in the museum and do an extension,” he said.

“There have been plans but we’ve had problems … there’s been three people in charge of that area of operation in the government. There’s been three chief executives of the school [Kangan] that’s on premises. So, it’s very difficult to get them all locked out in one room and cut out a deal, particularly when they’ve got no skin in the game.”

With plans long understood to also include stage three of neighbouring Kangan TAFE’s automotive campus, Mr Fox said the government had never said “thank you” for gifting the TAFE its current land.

“Both [former Prime Minister] Paul Keating and [former Premier] Jeff Kennett signed the documentation over to us. They wanted a TAFE thing over in the corner at a later date … we agreed; let them have it for nothing. They didn’t even come and say thank you.”

 

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