Bye, bye old servo

February 12, 2018

Going, going, gone: During the next few weeks, the former service station at Victoria Park Lake will be removed, making way for the new Shepparton Art Museum.

Farewell cafe and service station. Hello future new Shepparton Art Museum.

Demolition works will today begin to remove the old service station and cafe at Victoria Park Lake: the place where the city’s new state-of-the-art art museum will in stand in a few short years.

Weeks of demolition will be done, during which time, petrol tanks are removed and additional soil testing is done.

Greater Shepparton City Council said the budget for this stage of the project was about $300000.

City engineer Phil Hoare said once tanks were removed, soil would be checked for contamination.

If any is found, further rehabilitation works will follow.

‘‘We identify how widespread that is, remove that soil, bring in new soil,’’ Mr Hoare said.

‘‘You can never be 100 per cent sure (of the soil’s quality).

‘‘We’ve done testing prior to the demolition contract, to have a reasonable amount of confidence we can deal with it within the scope of the contract.’’

Mr Hoare anticipated the works would not impact pedestrian movement, including the walking track around the lake.

The demolition works are in line with the lake precinct’s previously endorsed masterplan.

The sites are expected to be cleared by June. The area will be fenced off for the safety of park users.

Mr Hoare said the demolition works would not impact park users though, while the neighbouring caravan park would remain accessible via Fitzjohn St.

‘‘The shared paths in the area will remain accessible and activities like park run and other events will not be impacted,’’ Mr Hoare said.

However, he did ask that the public take note of signage.

‘‘It will be an active work site with heavy machinery and we need to ensure the safety of the public during these works,’’ he said.

While Mr Hoare confirmed said the nearby public toilet block and barbecues adjacent to the former service station would remain operational in the interim, he said they would be replaced during the new SAM project.

Mr Hoare said those leasing the caravan park had been consulted.

He said the site would be treated in an environmentally way, conceding there would be some noise limited to reasonable working hours.

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