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Heritage house panel dropped

Still standing: The house’s future, be it demolished or moved to the Botanical Gardens, is still up in the air. PICTURE: Lachlan Bence
Nanjing Night Net

A historic Gregory Street house can be demolished after council voted to abandon plans to take a heritage overlay decision to an independent planning panel.

But the owners said they hope the Lake Wendoureehouse, which was built in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens for the gatekeeper, can be taken back to its original home.

They first offered the possibly 150-year-old houseto the council and the Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens group in 2014 and said they would still give the house away for free.

CouncillorSamantha McIntosh said she had moved a house agreaterdistancefor $15,000.

In 2015, council went to Planning Minister Richard Wynne to decide whether to give it a heritage overlay, but this and the temporary overlaywill be withdrawn.

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