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Sacred sites

13 May 2014

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The heritage-listed police stables date back to World War 1 when the old barracks was handed over to the Commonwealth Defence Department and the current depot was built in its place. 

For a short while longer, the stables are home to the Mounted Branch, which assists with a number of aspects of police work such as crowd control due to the high visibility. The stables are currently the only police presence in Southbank.

The stables were built out of red brick and were designed with an octagonal entrance hall with 52 boxes surrounding either side joined by a central riding area. Contained within the complex are a riding school, drill hall and armoury that extend up from the entrance.

The stables will be vacated by the police, under a deal to expand the  nearby Victorian College of the Arts.

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