State offered $1 to rid Geraldton of old fire station

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Geraldton mayor Shane Van Styn says the City of Greater Geraldton wants to buy the old Fire Station in Durlacher Street for $1.
Camera IconGeraldton mayor Shane Van Styn says the City of Greater Geraldton wants to buy the old Fire Station in Durlacher Street for $1. Credit: Geoff Vivian, The Geraldton Guardian

The City of Greater Geraldton has offered the WA Government $1 for the old fire station property on Durlacher Street.

Mayor Shane Van Styn said the City had negotiated with two State governments for five years to gain control of the site — with both governments saying they would offer it to the City.

“Our last correspondence from the State was last month from Minister Logan stating the City should make an offer,” he said.

“So here is our offer! Let’s get this long overdue deal done and clean up this State owned eyesore in the middle of our CBD.”

Mr Van Styn said the City had written to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan asking to buy the land’s freehold title for $1 so it could be turned into a car park.

He said the State Government had no plans for the site for at least the next 10 years and the building was already disused and falling into disrepair.

“The prospect of this site remaining derelict for 10 years, or more, is not well received by the Geraldton community,” he said.

“This is why we are appealing to the State for a collaborative approach in order to ensure this land is put to use.”

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