T’gon Sth servo demolition extension rejected

A PUSH to delay demolition of a long-unfinished Traralgon South service station has been quashed by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The building, which sits at the gateway to the town on Keith Morgan Drive, has a 30-year history of appeals and extensions since the original application to build a shop in 1984.

VCAT last year ordered the owner to demolish the building by 7 December, and Latrobe City Council resolved to tear down the structure itself if the owner did not.

The owner failed to remove the building, instead lodging an application with VCAT to extend the demolition deadline, with a view to completing the project, citing changed circumstances.

But on Tuesday, VCAT issued an order refusing the owner’s application.

Latrobe City chief executive Gary Van Driel said in a statement council was pleased with the outcome.

Attempts to contact the property-owner were unsuccessful.