Three months after a fence was installed and after years of calls for action, the abandoned Batavia Motor Inne’s gates have been secured, with the site’s entrance locked up on Thursday. It comes after a child was allegedly sexually assaulted at the derelict building on March 15, which led to the City of Greater Geraldton to write to the inne’s owners, calling for the closure. Fencing around the derelict building had been installed in January, but its gate had remained open as authorities attempted to rehouse the site’s rough sleepers. City of Greater Geraldton CEO Ross McKim welcomed the closure. “We are relieved to learn the gates to the Batavia Motor Inne have been closed this morning,” Mr McKim said. “We hope this sees a decrease in incidents happening in the area as well as the building’s demolition eventuate in the coming weeks.” The Batavia Motor Inne became abandoned at some point in the late 2000s and had been a spot for the city’s homeless to find shelter. It also became a hotbed for crime, with a number crimes including sexual assault and arson committed there in recent years. The City of Greater Geraldton has been calling for the Batavia Motor Inne to be demolished since 2014. The owners of the site, including Joe Scaffidi, husband of former Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi, have revealed plans for an office and retail hub to built on the 10,500sqm plot of land, but a date for the building’s demoliton has not yet been revealed.