THE official opening of the original Buninyong Police Station took place on Friday. The building, which was constructed in 1859, was used for many years as a police station before new facilities were built in Scott Street. The building is now on school grounds and gradually fell into disrepair. With local fundraising and support from a number of organisations, the building has been refurbished, is looking fantastic and is ready to be used again.
Buninyong PS will use the building throughout the day for a range of small group sessions, but after hours and on weekends the Friends of the Buninyong Botanic Gardens will use the facility as their base.
They’re very excited about this, as they now have a very comfortable and historic home right next to the botanic gardens.
School Principal Bernie Conlan aid the school was lucky to have three buildings of historic significance – the original school built in 1873, the original school building in Scotsburn (1879) and the police station,
“We really see ourselves as custodians of those buildings and we want them to remain in good condition,” he said. “They are there for us to enjoy but also to understand our history over the years. “We are really proud that as a school and a wider Buninyong community that we have been able to come together, a number of forces coming together at the same time to restore the building because it really did go through a period of limbo – probably 20 to 30 years – where it fell into disrepair and just became a garden storage shed and gradually became worse and worse. “We knew we needed to find a really good use for it and find some way of restoring it and it was just a fabulous combination of individuals and organisations that have come together with funds, good and services and just with time.”