End of an era as Epicentre goes
It was the end of an era last Friday when Byron Bay's Epicentre building was demolished to make way for a new 19-lot subdivision.
The strata-title subdivision being developed by Gold Coast company Kendall Street Developments will also include a new public road and other associated infrastructure.
The Epicentre building, located at Belongil Beach, and formerly a slaughterhouse for an abattoir from 1912 to 1983, was knocked down to make way for the new road into the subdivision.
As an abattoir the Epicentre has had a chequered history. A year after it opened the operation was running at a loss because supplies of stock were short. In August 1919 the abattoir was shut down.
Over the next two years there were numerous attempts to reopen the operation, but the site lay dormant for seven years.
The building was eventually sold to Norco in 1928. Then during the Great Depression, AW Anderson took over the lease.
He revitalised the operation eventually exporting meat to the United Kingdom.
Anderson sold the business to FJ Walker and Company who eventually sold it to Elders IXL in 1983. Elders shut down the operation soon after.
In 1984 the site was sold to the McKellar family who transformed it into creative studios for artists, yoga and performing arts.
Around 2000 the site was sold to Kendall Street Developments and in May 2003 the Epicentre burnt down, devastating local artists.