Last evening Fremantle Council supported WA Museum’s application to demolish the old US Laundry on grounds that it was too dilapidated to save. The sad fact is that the deterioration occurred while the building was under the care of the Museum, a clear case of demolition by neglect. After listening to the debate I believe I saw a decision based on Councillor’s opinions rather than evidence based decision making. The Council’s heritage expert recommended retention as did a number of experts in the field who became interested in this issue and gave free advice to Council on the merits of retaining the building. Cr Sullivan challenged Mayor Pettitt to be the Mayor of a heritage city that supports heritage; alas he chose to be the Mayor who supports demolition. The application will go to the WAPC with little chance of a turnaround unless the Heritage Council moves to put the Laundry on the State Register.