VICROADS is preserving an important feature of local history, with the former Fulham post office and Junction Hotel being moved to its new location during the next couple of weeks.
Following community feedback and support for retaining the historic building, which is about 140 years old, it is being moved from its existing location on the corner of the Princes Highway and Sale-Heyfield Rd, to 30 metres west on the same block of land.
VicRoads project delivery manager David Gellion said moving the building would preserve its heritage and improve safety for road users turning off the Princes Highway onto Sale-Heyfield Rd.
“Moving such an old structure is a delicate operation, and a specialist contractor has been appointed to do the works,” he said.
“The plan is to make the building as structurally sound as possible so [it] can be lifted up, and transported by a low loader truck to the new location.
“We do have to remove the verandah on the existing building as it is in very poor condition, but this will be rebuilt in the new location.”
Mr Gellion said the building would be kept in a safe lock-up condition, and be fully fenced to ensure it maintained its historical significance for the local area.
The original Fulham Junction Hotel was in operation in the 1870s, and the building operated as a post office and residence from the 1930s to the late 1960s.
It has been a private residence in its latter years.