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Heritage bid rejected for The Castle home

AAP logoAAP 19/12/2016 Melissa Meehan

A Melbourne house featured in cult Australian film The Castle won't be protected by permanent heritage protection.

The owner of the post-war weatherboard house wants to demolish it and build two townhouses.

But experts said the Strathmore house should be heritage-listed because of its social and historical significance claiming it's not a house. It's a home.

Members of the Moonee Valley City Council wanted to stop the demolition after external consultants investigated the weatherboard home's significance.

"Its connections with the film The Castle are the foremost aspect of its significance, reflecting both social and historical value," the report states.

Moonee Valley City councillors rejected the heritage protection bid at a council meeting on Tuesday night, five votes to four.

Mayor Andrea Suraco said the council would write to the minister to withdraw their bid to place a heritage overlay over the property.

"An important debate went on, but we have to remember this is a private person's property," Ms Suraco told AAP late on Tuesday night.

"And the significant heritage or sentimental side is from the movie - and the house was supposed to be in Coolaroo - no one would have known it was in Strathmore."

She said the decision didn't mean the house would be demolished, after community interest to move the house from the property to another area.

The owner of the property attended the meeting.

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