Council try again

DISAPPOINTMENT: The Bordertown Railway Station as it stands today with graffiti obvious from its rain line frontage. GRAFFITI: A close look at the state of the station now, and also the point of entrance to tourists of Bordertown who opt to travel by train.
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STAIRS: The state of the station which leaves an impression on tourists.

INSIDE: A look at the graffiti written inside of the station.

TATIARA District Council will again contact the relevant government department and ministers to have the Bordertown Railway Station upgraded following pressure from a concerned citizen.

Interest in the upgrade followed a letter by Adair Dunsford who said the building was an “embarrassment” as it is in a state of “neglect” and “deterioration” and had attracted graffiti artists.

In her letter Mrs Dunsford wrote she was “embarrassed by the state of this building” and that she felt she needed to “explain to visitors why they are arriving at this disused railway station.

“However it is not just my visitors who see it,” Mrs Dunsford wrote.

Council will also send a copy of the letter written by Mrs Dunsford to the relevant ministers and shadow ministers.

This latest move by council follows an estimated total upgrade enquiry which would have cost over $500,000 and deemed unlikely.

Council manager development and inspectorial services officer Rocky Callisto said council had attempted to attain funding in the past for the building, with the latest attempt just six months ago.

Mr Callisto and council chief officer Robert Harkness met with staff from the Department of Transport and Infrastructure as they were “keen for council to consider possible options for the building”.

“Keeping in mind an upgrade of the building to a habitable standard may cost in the vicinity of $500-600k,” Mr Callisto said.

“This has been going on since 2000.

“I’m as disappointed as anybody about Bordertown Railway Station and its condition.

“We’ve written to ministers, had meetings with relevant personnel but it is difficult to access funds from government departments especially when there is not a proposed use for the building at this stage.

“Unless council is going to commit funds nothing may happen which is somewhat disappointing, but we will keep advocating for the building to be maintained to an acceptable standard”.

“We certainly have no funds in our current budget to commit to the building but in reality why would we be maintaining a State Heritage building owned by the State Government?”

In the past Mr Callisto had advocated for the building to be separated from the balance of the land as this may provide an opportunity for other parties to purchase a “freehold” parcel of land with the vision of developing the railway station building.

Unfortunately there are numerous barriers which may prevent this happening in the short-term.

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