THE WORKS to demolish the former Oscar W’s building are expected to begin next month.
With the adjacent retaining wall expected to be fixed by December.
Campaspe Shire mayor Adrian Weston said following council’s decision in January to fund the construction of the retaining wall a permit application has now been lodged with Heritage Victoria to demolish the building.
“It is expected the approval process will take around 60 days, with demolition works planned to start in June,” he said.
The river bank was destabilised after floods and storms in mid-2016 with an engineer’s report stating the retaining wall in its current condition had impacted the structural integrity of the building adjacent to it.
The retaining wall under the eastern wall of the building is in particularly poor condition and has already partially collapsed.
“After considering all options to construct the retaining wall council agreed to demolish the building to allow the construction of the retaining wall from the land side,” Cr Weston said.
Once the building is demolished, works to replace the retaining wall will start.
“This will involve driving poles into the river bank about 2.5 metres apart anchoring the poles into the land and sliding concrete panels between each pole,” Cr Weston said.
“This will form a wall effect with any exposed concrete to be clad in wood.”
The project is planned to be completed by December before the peak summer tourism season.
Works will be programmed around key events to minimise disruption and impact to the port precinct.
Discussions will shortly be held with adjoining tenants and landowners regarding the works program.
Cr Weston said the future of the prominent site will be the subject of community discussion in the new year.