Forget Parliament House. Forget Kirribilli House. Name a more iconic Australian home than The Castle.
The home Darryl Kerrigan fought valiantly to save in the 1997 classic The Castle 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 in Melbourne’s suburbs.
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 who wants to demolish the building.
Cosentino hopes to demolish the property, and has plans to 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.