The Asbestos argument
Shed 26 has asbestos cement sheeting covering the roof, with the walls of the shed being clad in corrugated iron and brick. Some, including, it seems, Cedar Woods' COO Patrick Archer, have maintained that this is one reason the building couldn't be kept/retained/adapted, as "...it was also riddled with asbestos" (Patrick Archer in the Advertiser article, adjacent, 24 November 2018). On Thursday the 5th of December, Stephan Knoll, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government and Minister for Planning, was interviewed by David Bevan from the ABC's 891 Mornings. During the interview he also pumped out the asbestos line " It's an asbestos riddled shed......" https://www.abc.net.au/.../pro.../mornings/mornings/10565198 Stephan Knoll from about 13:50 Tony Kearney from about 16:00
Asbestos in any building has to removed and disposed of with great care and at great cost. This is the same care and cost whether the building is to be demolished or whether it is to be adaptively reused in some way. It's a given for the progress of the shed. Using asbestos as an argument for demolishing the building is a myth, a furphy as some like to say.
As Ricardo Hipster commented on Facebook
"I monitor that industry and projects like Shed 26. The information above is correct. Removing and replacing a roof like that would be rated as a simple/minor operation, it happens all the time eg: the railway yards upgrade on Churchill Rd."