Retrospective police application rejected
VICTORIA Police has been dealt a stinging rebuke from all sides in the saga of the removal of the former Dartmoor police station and residence.
Glenelg Shire councillors voted unanimously on Tuesday night to refuse a planning application by police for the removal of the heritage-listed 127-year-old building.
But while the decision was made not to grant the permit, that will not mean the return of the building, with the council likely to work with police and others on making the best of the situation.
The application was retrospective, lodged after the building – which has been vacant since 2009 – had already been removed to a private property in Port Fairy, and following inquiries by the Observer.
Police claimed, among other things, that the poor condition of the building necessitated its removal, and it was “considered a huge risk to Victoria Police open to both OHS risk, vandalism and risk to anyone entering the building”.