The case of the disappearing police station
ONE of Dartmoor’s most historic buildings, the scene of community action 15 years ago to prevent its demolition, has been quietly whisked away by Victoria Police.
The 127-year-old former Dartmoor police station and residence was removed in two stages during the past week, despite being on the Glenelg Shire Council heritage overlay, and transported to another western Victoria property near Port Fairy.
Exactly what authority police acted on is unclear.
The council said it issued a “cease work” notice when notified that half the building had been removed last Friday.
“A stop work order has been put in place and the council is working with the relevant parties to work out the next steps,” a council spokeswoman said last Friday.
In response to an inquiry from the Observer a Victoria Police spokeswoman said police had not received any cease work notice, but the council confirmed yesterday that it had issued the notice last Friday “in relation to the removal of and further imminent removal of property managed by Victoria Police”.