Excellent news! VCAT today upheld Banyule Council’s refusal to grant a permit for a function centre at Banyule Homestead in Heidelberg. The VCAT decision highlighted the significance of Banyule Homestead and the many problems with parking, noise etc. engendered by the operation of a function centre in a quiet neighbourhood area. The neighbours really took the running on presenting a well-founded, disciplined campaign, and the Council support was staunch. They are certainly to be congratulated.
Those of us who submitted objections to the proposed use of Banyule Homestead as a wedding venue received welcome news from Heritage Victoria recently. The owners have withdrawn their application, for now at least.
I think that there’s yet another chapter in this story. You can follow it at my other blog, Banyule Homestead Matters.
It’s Groundhog Day here in Heidelberg, with changes to Banyule Homestead in the air again. You can read about it at https://banyulehomestead.wordpress.com/2016/07/29/and-so-here-we-go-again/
We’re about to be invited inside Banyule Homestead for Shaun Micallef’s new 6-part series The Ex-PM, starting on ABC1 on 14 October (tonight). And a thoroughly appropriate setting, I should imagine!
My website on Banyule Homestead still floats around in the ether. Why not pop over and have a look? It’s at https://banyulehomestead.wordpress.com/
Today’s Age (19 April) had an article about Banyule Homestead too. Expressions of interest to buy the homestead close on 7th May.
As you might expect, the Secretary of Heidelberg Historical Society had much more to say than this little snippet here. Oh well.
A good article today in the local newspaper about Banyule Homestead quoting (ahem) Yours Truly, who doesn’t represent the Heidelberg Heritage Society, but DOES represent the Heidelberg Historical Society.
See it here:
Five million eh? Given the money that the Council is going to put towards the arts ‘space’ on Banksia Street, thereby stealing public parkland for a restaurant and carpark with an arts ‘space’ attached, five million is a good buy, I reckon. I’m always worried by anything that is planned that has ‘space’ attached to the title.
Well, well, I see that Banyule Homestead is on the market with expressions of interest closing on the 8th May 2014. It looks absolutely magnificent.
I note with some concern that the advertisement refers to “scope for a 3/4 lot land sub-division (STCA). “ I hope that any new buyer of Banyule Homestead knows that it is a property loved and valued by many, many people in the community. My dearest wish is that the new purchaser nurtures the property in its entireity as a landmark of Melbourne, splendid in its surroundings.
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