Former MCH Centre destined for demolition
Published on 17 October 2017
The former Stawell maternal and child health centre will be demolished in the coming months as part of Northern Grampians Shire Council’s land and building rationalisation policy, with the site set to become a new open space in the heart of town.
The Wimmera Street building will be cleared and the site levelled under Council’s asset management program, making way for a planned open space and beautification project.
Following an assessment by Council’s Infrastructure department, the building has been assessed as structurally unsound and dangerous, with the issues further compacted by the presence of asbestos.
The demolition works will form part of Council’s asset management program, aimed at lessening the amount of buildings currently being maintained and lowering the associated costs.
Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor, Cr Tony Driscoll said the demolition of the Wimmera Street building would lessen the financial burden of maintaining a building which is not suitable for public use in its current condition.
“This Council is committed to saving our ratepayers money where possible, and by no longer paying the costs associated with maintaining this building, we will by delivering considerable savings to the Northern Grampians Shire community,” Cr Driscoll said.
“The addition of further parkland and open space will also provide a further boost the already outstanding aesthetic appeal of the Stawell town centre.”
A demolition permit has already been issued for the works, with Council now waiting on an asbestos report before works to clear the site begin. Plans for the area’s redevelopment will be released within the next month.
The former Maternal and Child Health Centre was last used as a base for the Grampians Central West Waste Management and Resource Recovery Group, prior to its relocation in 2014.