The house from iconic Australian ’90s movie The Castle has been saved from demolition and will be relocated to NSW as part of a comedy museum.
In December Melbourne's Moonee Valley City Council voted against pursuing Heritage protection for 3 Dagonet Street, Strathmore, leaving the door open for the potential demolition of the weatherboard house.
But Federation Council, which represents Corowa, has stepped in and secured a deal with the owner of The Castle home. The premises will be relocated across the border to NSW.
In a deal between the council and local business Corowa Whisky and Chocolate, Darryl Kerrigan’s home could become part of an "Australian comedy" museum... which we can only hope will feature a pool room.
It’s not a compulsory acquisition, and nothing has been officially signed, but Mike Eden from Federation Council has suggested the council will front the $20,000 cost to move the house to the small town on the bank of the Murray River.
Current owner Vicki Cosentino wants The Castle house demolished so she can build two townhouses on the property, but is reportedly happy it's been saved.
"I think it was pretty important to her that it went to something like a museum where the general public can come and have a look… that it didn't just end up in landfill," Eden said.
More than just a setting, The Castle house is central to the beloved 1997 film, which takes its name from the saying, “A man’s home is his castle”.
Although it was filmed at the Strathmore house, The Castle is set in the Melbourne suburb of Coolaroo.
The plot follows the working class Kerrigan family as they battle to stop their home being compulsorily acquired by the government to extend the neighbouring airport.
How's the serenity in Cowora?
Not enough power lines, imho.
Alice Workman is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Canberra.
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