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End of an Era

By Geoff_from_Lushpup_Images - 1 May 2012 21

abandoned service station

So, the Lyneham servo finally closed it’s doors on the weekend.

The bike shop left months ago.

Soon the place will dug up and (presumably) the ground detoxed to make way for some more units … can’t be too many of these suburban servos left.

I remember the ones in Watson, Ainslie (& the mad Scot and his wife who ran it!), Oconnor.

Progress I know but I’ll miss it and it was bloody handy having a bike shop just down the road.

What’s Your opinion?


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21 Responses to
End of an Era
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Holden Caulfield 3:17 pm
01 May 12
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I knew it was coming (actually sent some stuff into JB a few weeks back) but went past on Saturday afternoon and noticed it was closed.

Thought I’d fill up one last time last night and when I went past saw that all the pumps had been removed and the Caltex signage taken down.

When I asked a while back I was told Caltex is not renewing the lease and I expect the suggestion that the land will be developed for units and/or shops will prove to be correct.

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JC 4:19 pm
01 May 12
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Holden Caulfield said :

I knew it was coming (actually sent some stuff into JB a few weeks back) but went past on Saturday afternoon and noticed it was closed.

Thought I’d fill up one last time last night and when I went past saw that all the pumps had been removed and the Caltex signage taken down.

When I asked a while back I was told Caltex is not renewing the lease and I expect the suggestion that the land will be developed for units and/or shops will prove to be correct.

That story doesn’t sound right. The site by the looks of it was a private site rather than an actual Caltex operated site. So more than likely the owner saw more value in closing down and selling the land rather than continuing.

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Geoff_from_Lushpup_I 4:24 pm
01 May 12
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@HC – Likewise known for months. Kept thinking I’d interview the owners (and the owners of the shop across the way) and do a nice blog piece about changing times and the changing face of Lyneham … bit I didn’t 😉

Never emailed JB about it though.

I took this photo late on Sunday afternoon … as you say signage was gone yesterday.

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SnapperJack 4:33 pm
01 May 12
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They should leave the sign as a historical memento. In Yass when the legendary Gasoline Alley was demolished in 1994 when the bypass and shiny new service centre opened in they left one of the old service station signs so we could reminisce about meals, showers and good times with fellow drivers in years gone by.

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astrojax 4:37 pm
01 May 12
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fabulous image, btw!!

vale, the suburban service station, where once upon a time (not that the kids of today’ll believe you) you got ‘service’!

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New Yeah 4:50 pm
01 May 12
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It seems to take a few years for decommissioned servos to get built on. Wonder how soon this will be done in Lyneham.

And yeah, I miss the local bike store too. Maybe there will be some ground floor retail space in the new complex?

SnapperJack said :

we could reminisce about … showers and good times with fellow drivers in years gone by.

Sounds like a fun servo 😉

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Holden Caulfield 5:02 pm
01 May 12
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JC said :

That story doesn’t sound right. The site by the looks of it was a private site rather than an actual Caltex operated site. So more than likely the owner saw more value in closing down and selling the land rather than continuing.

That’s what I would have thought, too, but that was the story the guy behind the counter gave me (ie. Caltex own the site, but leased it to them).

I quizzed him a bit more because it’s not all that long ago that new pumps were installed and I thought it would have been a bit rough if Caltex canned the lease on them after they had coughed up the money for the upgrades.

That was when he said that Caltex owned the site and they also paid for the new pumps.

The guy I spoke to wasn’t one of the owners, so he may have had his wires crossed?

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buzz819 6:01 pm
01 May 12
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JC said :

Holden Caulfield said :

I knew it was coming (actually sent some stuff into JB a few weeks back) but went past on Saturday afternoon and noticed it was closed.

Thought I’d fill up one last time last night and when I went past saw that all the pumps had been removed and the Caltex signage taken down.

When I asked a while back I was told Caltex is not renewing the lease and I expect the suggestion that the land will be developed for units and/or shops will prove to be correct.

That story doesn’t sound right. The site by the looks of it was a private site rather than an actual Caltex operated site. So more than likely the owner saw more value in closing down and selling the land rather than continuing.

I didn’t realise the franchisee didn’t pay the lease for places, ie this Caltex, I only found out by chatting to one of the workers at GNC in Belconnen, they said the same thing, GNC did not want to renew the lease so the franchisee loses out.

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I-filed 6:43 pm
01 May 12
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Bummer – convenient petrol, same price as anywhere else, super friendly guy behind the counter.

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Felix the Cat 7:12 pm
01 May 12
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Speaking of servos I notice the former Shell Gateway near EPIC is being rebuilt as a Caltex/Woolies.

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Someonesmother 8:05 pm
01 May 12
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I remember many eons ago growing up in Lyneham when the petrol station had a tiger on their signage. I think the company was Esso and said something like ‘put a tiger in your tank’.

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sepi 8:58 pm
01 May 12
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Such a shame. It was great to leave the kids in the car and be only metres away inside paying.

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poetix 9:28 pm
01 May 12
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I love this man’s photos. It looks like a service (gas) station from a Stephen King novel, perhaps after a portal to 1955 has somehow opened up. And I hear it was built on the site of an Indian burial ground, too, which is confusing. If a cat smelling of gasoline comes knocking, DON’T open the door. And don’t buy one of the flats.

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Rusalka 9:45 pm
01 May 12
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New Yeah said :

It seems to take a few years for decommissioned servos to get built on. Wonder how soon this will be done in Lyneham.

The one in Waramanga only took a month or two to start being built on. They are now building 17 townhouses on the site (about half the size of the one in that gorgeous photo) for $378k to $440k each http://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/act/sale-residential/93-nemarang-crescent-waramanga-canberra/1316794515511

God knows how many they will try and squeeze in on this site and for what price!

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Bramina 10:09 pm
01 May 12
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New Yeah said :

And yeah, I miss the local bike store too. Maybe there will be some ground floor retail space in the new complex?

With any luck there will be a bike shop in the new building if there is any room left after the obligatory café.

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