An old house, affectionately known as ‘the Old Warrandyte Police House; is a four-bedroom brick veneer house constructed in 1955 situated next to the Warrandyte Police station. It used to be the home to police officers who were stationed at the police station in Warrandyte.
The property will be utilised as emergency housing after being renovated. The house had previously been approved for sale in February 2019 by the Department of Housing. However, following successful representations from Sonja Terpstra MP, Member for the Eastern Metropolitan Region to the Minister for Housing Richard Wynne MP, it was announce on the 4 December 2019 that the Old Warrandyte Police House would be retained and upgraded by Homes Victoria.
There have been rumours that the upgrade works for the property were to prepare the property for sale. Sonja Terpstra MP said: “I would like to reassure the community that the house is not being sold. It is sad that some people like to create fear by spreading rumours in local communities. It is terribly unfortunate. We promised that we would save the Old Warrandyte Police House, and that is exactly what we have done.”
There have been delays due to COVID-19 restrictions and a lack of building materials. The property was added to the upgrade program and works commenced in June 2021.
Following the completion of the upgrade works, the property will be utilised for emergency accommodation, and will be managed by the Salvation Army with the support of Kara House for Family Violence.