Ballarat RSL building auction postponed

AN administrative glitch has postponed the auction of the Ballarat RSL building, planned for today.RSL Ballarat sub-branch president Alex Tascas said a mistake in the building’s section 32 vendor statement had caused the auction to be put off.Section 32 documents contain information about a particular property, including building permits issued, owner-builder warranty insurance, vendor details, title details, any mortgages or charges over the land, any covenants, easements or other restrictions, planning information and disclosure of any notices or order issues by authorities.“The legal firm at our state branch is working through that and it will be rectified soon and the building will be back up for auction,” Ms Tascas said.“It’s just a glitch that happens from time to time.”The historical building in Lyons Street South was put up for sale after it became inappropriate for the ageing members’ needs.It has steps in and out of the building and to the top floor, which is virtually unusable, and the building is too old for a lift to be installed.Ms Tascas said the accessibility issues made it difficult for members to be offered a full social program, including afternoon teas and health programs.The building was due to be auctioned today by Gull & Co, with a price tag of between $1.5 million and $2 million.It still has many heritage features, including stained-glass windows, ceiling roses, original fireplaces with marble and timber surrounds, and a magnificent timber staircase.The building was built in 1901 by surgeon William Cussen and bought by the RSL in 1919 for 3500 pounds.