CLIFFORD HAYES WELCOMES MINISTERIAL INTERVENTION TO STOP THE DEMOLITION OF CURRAJONG HOUSE

As the only Member to raise the issue of Currajong House in Parliament, Sustainable Australia MP Clifford Hayes has lauded the Planning Minister’s decision to save the historic Hawthorn home from demolition. Mr Hayes raised the issue on 5 March, demanding answers from the Planning Minister as to what action the Government would take to preserve the 130-year-old home. He was extremely welcoming of the Planning Minister’s intervention. “Homes like Currajong house are the cultural, social and architectural history of Hawthorn and they need to be protected,” Mr Hayes said. “I am extremely pleased that the Planning Minister has decided to intervene and I congratulate the 5000-plus people who signed a petition to protect it. “The community took a stand to protect Currajong House, and the Government has listened.” However, Mr Hayes said that while Currajong House has been saved, many heritagerich Victorian-era homes are still at risk. “It is a travesty that while properties are being considered for heritage protection, owners and property developers can continue to demolish buildings such as these, that are awaiting heritage protection, making a farce of the whole process.
“Who wants Melbourne to be a mega city, devoid of heritage?”