The home in Kew where deceased former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was born has been saved from demolition.
Supporters of Whitlam, many of whom have laid flowers in front of the 46 Rowland Street house in tribute, are celebrating the decision to save the property.
The City of Boroondara, uninformed of its historical significance, received an application in April to have the site demolished.
Planning Minister Matthew Guy said a protection order was in place whilst the home’s status was being considered by the Heritage Register.
Mayor of Boroondara Cr Coral Ross said the Council wrote to the Planning Minister five months ago, seeking his intervention to protect the property.
“We are pleased that the Minister has finally seen the merit of protecting this valuable piece of Australia’s history,” Cr Ross said.
The home was built for Mr Whitlam’s parents by his grandfather and was his birthplace in 1916.
“Since Council became aware of these facts in May this year, we have sought to protect this asset for the Boroondara and Australian communities,” Cr Ross said. – Jackson Miller
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