After Hazelwood Power Station closed its doors for good on Friday, and the workers walked out the door for their last time ever, they hung their hard hats on the fence as a tribute to working at Hazelwood and a sign of respect for retrenched workers.
Some left messages on hats, others placed signs.
However, less than 24 hours later, the hats and tributes had already been removed from the fence.
A local resident who served many years at working at the power station and wished to remain anonymous, said it was “a real sign of no respect”.
“We already feel bad enough with all this happening, and this is just the icing on the cake. It’s just a couple of hats hanging on a fence, I’m not sure why they felt the need to remove them so fast”.
Hazelwood supplied up to 25% of Victoria’s base load electricity and more than 5% of Australia’s total electricity demand.