O’Brien calls for action on police station site

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has called on the Andrews Labor Government to explain why the former Sale police station site remains idle, four years after it closed.

Speaking in Parliament this week, Mr O’Brien said the Andrews Labor Government needed to speed up the process to sell the site which is prime real estate and could be used to great effect for the town.

“The new police station, funded by The Nationals in government, opened in 2015 and since then the old station on York Street has sat derelict.

“I’m aware there’s been issues with graffiti and squatters and it’s time the buildings were either re-purposed, demolished or the land sold.

“This is a prime location on Lake Guthridge and close to the centre of town and could be used for boutique hotel accommodation, a restaurant, café or any other number of uses for the community.

“I understand there have been some issues surrounding the native title process relating to Crown land sales but it’s time the Andrews Labor Government explained what’s happening or got on with the sale.

“We don’t want this site to become an eyesore and given its location it has great potential to be of good use to the local community.”

Mr O’Brien was commenting after revelations that the Andrews Labor Government will dramatically ramp up Crown land sales in the coming year.

“While I don’t have any issue with the sale of surplus Crown land this indicates that the government is struggling to manage its finances.

“Be that as it may, we want to see the old Sale police station site dealt with as quickly as possible.”

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The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has called on the Andrews Labor Government to explain why the former Sale police station site remains idle, four years after it closed.

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