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Newhaven heritage building for sale
NEWHAVEN’S heritage-listed Old Boys home
on Forrest Ave is on the market again, accept-
ing offers over $2.7 million.
The building, which used to be the St Paul’s
Boys Training Home, is set on about 1.44 hect-
ares and includes a planning permit for a 21 lot
subdivision, as well as the chapel.
The advertisement states that it is a “unique
development opportunity, suited to hospitality
leisure or residential outcomes.”
It is for sale through Melbourne real estate
agent Park 1 and was owned most recently by
the Knox School, who sold it to an unknown
buyer about a year ago.
President of the Newhaven Residents Group,
Jenny Merrick, said while the Knox School had
a caretaker for the grand building, the recent
owner had dismissed the caretaker and let the
grounds deteriorate, which had resulted in van-
“Just in December the marble altar in the
chapel was smashed by a brick,” Jenny said.
“Another big window was smashed recently,
which just adds to the damage that had already
At the end of last year Jenny wrote to the Park
1 real estate agent Peter Rouse with a letter of
grievance, outlining concerns about the deterio-
“I told him that the people who have it on the
market have done nothing and it’s at risk of fall-
ing down. The owners should be held account-
able. Everything is being vandalised and they
are taking no responsibility.
“So I asked Peter if we can meet with the own-
er or him, and he told me last week that he
would be having a meeting with the owner to
discuss the issues.
“He has been responsive. The grass was knee
high and so a resident called him requesting
that it be slashed and he followed through.
“How do these people expect to sell it when it
looks so run down?”
The Advertiser called Mr Rouse who con-
firmed he had advised the vendors of local resi-
dent concerns and the condition of the build-
The building was established by the Mission
of St James and St John in 1928 to house de-
linquent boys aged between 9 and 16.
About six years ago Newhaven residents
formed their group as a reaction to plans by the
Knox School to develop the site into housing.
The group objected to the development at
VCAT and although amendments were made
through mediation the development never went
ahead and the site was sold to the current own-
er last year.
Jenny said it was one of the conditions of the
permit issued by VCAT that “until such time
as the heritage building was redeveloped” the
owner will “immediately repair damage which
results from water entering the building.”
“I’m presuming when the building was sold to
the new owner they were liable to honour this
condition. I believe they should,” she said.
Jenny said locals wanted the Old Boys Home
to be maintained and not fall into such a state
of disrepair it either fell down or had to be
pulled down, with the onus on the new owner
to maintain its character.
“We are happy for there to be appropriate
development on the site. We want to have the
heritage of the building maintained and unfor-
tunately right now that’s not happening.”
The chapel on Boys Home Road at Newhaven forms part of the former St Paul’s Boys’
Training Home, which is being sold again, with an asking price of $2.7+ million.
YMCA youth mentoring
Bass Coast YMCA Youth Mentoring empowers
young people in our community to make posi-
tive life choices that enable them to maximise
We deliver two school-based mentoring pro-
grams which target at-risk young people across
the Bass Coast region.
For just one hour per week, adult volunteers
commit to supporting and guiding a young per-
son during school hours over a twelve month
period, through active listening and under-
By engaging with other like-minded commu-
nity members and working with young people,
mentors help students from Wonthaggi Second-
ary College and Newhaven College (Phillip Is-
land) to develop and achieve positive academic,
career and personal goals, which also leads to a
stronger future for Bass Coast.
YMCA youth mentors are all ages and come
from all walks of life.
One thing they have in common is their pas-
sion for the community and commitment to
supporting young people in need.
We currently have an overwhelming number
of young people from the Bass Coast region
awaiting a match with a mentor that can assist
them during this critical stage in their life.
Becoming a YMCA youth mentor can be an en-
joyable, meaningful and rewarding way to have
a positive impact on your local community.
YMCA Bass Coast will provide on-going train-
ing and support for the duration of the pro-
YMCA volunteer mentors will also have ac-
cess to all YMCA Bass Coast facilities for per-
If you feel you have the personality and skills
to be a positive role model and friend to a young
person, we need you.
To find out more about becoming a Youth
Mentor please contact the Michael Feehan at the
YMCA on 5952 2811 or 0409 974 909.
Alternatively, you can e-mail us at: michael.
Make a difference in a
young person’s life!
AN 18-year-old male from Darwin was
charged with criminal damage and fireworks
offences after he blew up at least three letter
boxes in Cape Woolamai.
After blowing up a series of letterboxes on
the evening of January 9, the teen was chased
down by an irate owner and a citizen’s arrest
Police on night shift were called and took the
offender from the upset victim.
The man was subsequently charged and
bailed to appear at the Korumburra Magis-
trates Court at a later date.
News of the arrest on the Bass Coast Eye-
watch Facebook site attracted more than 50 re-
sponses, with some people putting the offences
down to teenage pranks, while others wrote
that the “irate owner should have grabbed a
cracker and stuck it in northerner’s letterbox”.
Victims of the attack - or anyone with infor-
mation - should contact the Cowes Police Sta-
tion on 59522037.
Cape Woolamai citizen
arrests letterbox bomber
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