By Shelby Brooks
One of the last nods to Beaconsfield’s heritage could be demolished after it was damaged by fire in November.
A planning permit to raze the heritage-listed old post office on Woods St, which was formerly O.MY Restaurant, has been submitted to Cardinia Shire Council.
But locals are calling to save it, saying the building is the last one of its kind in the precinct.
“We are very concerned about this,” Beaconsfield Progress Association secretary Ann Taylor said.
“The old post office is one of the oldest buildings in Cardinia Shire.
“Once it’s gone, it’s gone. It would be hard to see and it’s not right.”
The building has been vacant since a fire broke out in the roof O.MY Restaurant just after 1pm on Friday 13 November.
“Plenty of buildings are repaired [after fire damage] so there is no reason for this not to be,” association president Graeme Taylor added.
Beaconsfield accountant Michael Muaremov said he too was “disappointed and disheartened” to learn of the proposed demolition.
“It is the last old building in our town which will mean Beaconsfield will lose that humble town heritage,” he said.
“I’m all for progress but in my opinion it should never be allowed to be demolished.
“The opportunistic land owner has no value in the building. It’s sad.”
In the application, a heritage assessment states that “the amount of change which would occur as a consequence of demolition will not be fatal to the heritage significance of the precinct.”
“The precinct will still present as an Edwardian pocket of buildings as it does now and thus there will still be an ability to interpret the precinct historically as a local shopping area servicing a rural community.”
Any objections to the application need to be sent to Cardinia Shire Council, PO Box 7, Pakenham, Vic, 3810 or emailed to email@example.com by May 6.