STAWELL - Work has commenced on the removal of an extension to the old Stawell shire office in Longfield Street.
The extension was damaged during the flood events of September 2010 and January 2011 leaving the foundations of the section of the building beyond repair.
Northern Grampians Shire Council's Municipal Recovery Manager Greg Little said the works were imperative to ensure the safety of the original Shire Hall building - a significant heritage icon built in 1866.
"The flood damage to the extension of the building is severe and inspection by our heritage consultant has found that the best option is to demolish it," he said.
"The original part of the building will continue to function as a meeting room and emergency management coordination centre if required during the works. The works area will be well fenced and works will be contained to that site."
Works are expected to be completed by the end of March.
Anyone with questions about the project is encouraged to contact Lyle Tune at the Northern Grampians Shire Council on 5358 8700.