The dream of man to the famous house of & # 39; The Castle & # 39; turning into a tourist attraction after spending $ 100,000 to move it to a rural town is now locked in a fight with unfortunate locals
- George Fendyk hopes to turn it into a tourist attraction in Beechworth, Victoria
- He saved the house from demolition and bought it for $ 40,000 in 2017
- He spent more than $ 100,000 moving the house from Melbourne to Beechworth
A man who bought the house from the classic Australian movie & # 39; The Castle & # 39; is locked up in a dispute with his city council while he tries to turn the house into a tourist attraction.
George Fendyk saved the iconic cottage in the weatherboard in 2017 when he raised it for a cool $ 40,000.
He spent more than $ 100,000 moving the home of the suburb of Strathmore in Melbourne, near Essendon Airport, to the Victorian county of Beechworth – 300 miles away.
Mr. Fendyk and his business partner Geoffrey Lucas hoped to raise money and create a caravan park at the former Mayatic Hills Lunatic Asylum.
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George Fendyk bought the iconic home of the classic Aussie movie & The Castle & # 39; and hopes to turn the house into a tourist attraction
George Fendyk and his business partner Geoffrey Lucas hope to raise the money and create a caravan park at the former Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum in Beechworth, Victoria – after spending $ 100,000 to relocate the iconic Melbourne home
The house would serve as a tourist attraction and office, but the city council pushes back its plans.
The Indigo Shire Board rejected its 2-5 bid in February because the proposal may affect the & # 39; vibe & # 39; of the area.
The plan to build 35 cabins drew negative attention because they were not sensitive to the heritage of the madhouse and had the potential to create a & # 39; ghetto & # 39; to cause.
But Mr. Fendyk did not allow himself to be stopped by the decline. He took his plans for the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, with a hearing for November.
& # 39; There are 140 people in the (municipal) office nowadays and they all have rules to work with, & he said.
The council battle reflects the plot line of the 1997 film, where the Kerrigan family fights to keep their suburban Melbourne at home after developers try to acquire land to expand the nearby airport
& # 39; It's not all their fault. I think the politicians make the laws and they just follow them … Everything is harder & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It will work slowly by itself, but it takes time, it is frustrating & # 39 ;.
As a die-hard fan of the iconic film from 1997, Mr. Fendyk said that if his caravan park is ever completed, he will invite the entire cast – including Australian actor legend Michael Caton – for a drink.
In keeping with the theme of the film, the accommodation has a life-size carvings by Darryl Kerrigan with his famous lining & # 39; tell him he is dreaming & # 39 ;.
Ironically, Mr. Fendyk's battle reflects the central storyline of comic film.
The fictional Kerrigan family fights to keep their suburban Melbourne at home after developers try to acquire the land to expand the nearby airport.
The family eventually wins the battle for their & # 39; castle & # 39; to keep with father Darryl, who is fighting the impending eviction.
Indigo Shire Mayor, councilor Bernard Gaffney, told Daily Mail Australia that Mr. Fendyk had received a town planning permit, but that a building permit has yet to be approved.
& # 39; There are still outstanding issues to be resolved before we can issue a building permit and we are working with the applicant to resolve these issues. & # 39;
The building permit for the Castle House is separate from the application for the Caravan Park on Mayday Hills, currently with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
The Indigo Shire Board rejected its 2-5 bid in February because the proposal may affect the & # 39; vibe & # 39; of the area. Pictured: the house in Melbourne before it was moved via a truck to the Victoria country
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