Forget Parliament House. Forget Kirribilli. Name a more iconic Australian home than The Castle.
The home Darryl Kerrigan fought valiantly to save in the 1997 classic will not be given heritage listing.
Although the community was keen to preserve the house, Melbourne’s Moonee Valley City Council has voted against pursuing a heritage listing for the small weatherboard home in Strathmore.
The council balanced the house’s cultural significance against the wishes of its private owner, and decided in favour of Vicki Cosentino, who has owned the house for 23 years, and wants to demolish the building and build two new townhouses.
There is now mounting community interest in moving the house, in one piece, to another location, and preserving it as a museum.
Perhaps the serenity will live on elsewhere.