Monday, June 15, 2015

Vic Pol moving home

In Victoria Police news, the major police station three doors from us is closing down with a consolidation of departments to a new premises at Cocklands Divorcelands Docklands. No longer will it be erroneously referred to by media as Police Headquarters.  While Vic Pol seem to lose files often enough we have observed a daily succession of removalist trucks being loaded with files in ever so orderly boxes, presumably being taken to the new headquarters. Major crime boss files might be missing, but your minor offence is recorded and on the move.  I did not see any stacks of telephone books being moved, the books being rumoured proved in court evidence to be used to 'encourage' confessions at the St Kilda Road Police Complex.

A developer has plans to convert the building into apartments and local residents including some in our building are submitting protests against the plans, the protests being such as insufficient parking, insufficient set back, no loading dock for the ground level businesses.  Nevertheless, I will pleased to see these ugly concrete barriers removed.  I thought they were placed there after a terrorist incident but R tells me it in response to the 2013 'Bikie (motorcyclist) Wars'. I believe a 'normal' police station will remain within the building.


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  1. Andrew, the building looks so modern and nice. In Europe police have similar buildings

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    1. Gosia, it is not so old but there is nothing very special about it.

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  2. A very big complex. Not suprised things (people?) have got lost in there.

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    1. EC, it is large, but I don't know how big Police Headquarters is but the two will be amalgamated.

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  3. Always change occurring in our cities. On e hopes for the best. There are always complaints too.

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    1. Complainers, Diane. Like me!

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  4. Apartments and a normal police station still within the building? I'd say the concrete barriers would remain, to protect the police at least.
    Not enough set back doesn't seem to worry most people; here in Adelaide the old ETSA (I think) building on Greenhill Road has been converted to apartments, they sold quickly and no one cares about the building being so close to the footpath. They're all happy to have the park views across the road and the underground parking.

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    1. River, I heard that the police station would remain before anyone was aware of the redevelopment, so maybe it won't. I quite like low buildings being close to the footpath, but not tall ones bearing over you as you walk past. Park views would be nice for the residents.

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  5. Wonder is the new premises brand new building?

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    1. It is indeed Margaret a brand new building, barely finished. The file removal by moving trucks has gone on for about three weeks now. So much for the paperless office.

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    2. More money spent then with new building. It's a wonder by now all those records are not on disc...well maybe one day..

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  6. There's never a quiet moment around the Highrise Andrew :) We have a new main police station also, in Northbridge, seems like a good place for it :)

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    1. Grace, in the 90s I learnt that Northbridge was the place to be.

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  7. my work is moving buildings on Friday, ugh, so much to do, so many stressed people. I'm leaving everything until the last minute. Hooray!

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    1. So I saw Fen.Good luck with that!

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