Peter Walsh demands progress on Random House

By Jared Prestwidge

MEMBER for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has yet again put a call out to the Victorian Government to finalise the sale of Rochester’s iconic and neglected Random House.

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan gave assurances last week there was a final round of consultation to be held and, if no issues arose, the property would be put on the market.

Mr Walsh said the Rochester community deserve to see the property restored to its original splendour.

“The community has made it very clear in the three years we’ve been fighting with this campaign that we want to see Random House sold to a new owner so it’s cared for and restored to its former glory,” he said.

“The Minister has given me a commitment that there’s just one round of consultation left before our historic house will finally be put on the market.

“This process has dragged on too long and we’ll be holding the government to its word.”

The jewel in Rochester’s crown has been in limbo for years and no progress on its future has been made since July when the Victorian Government said a sale was imminent.

Standing since 1860 the house was used as a wedding and function venue but has been left to fall into rot and ruin.

It was then used as an Aboriginal holistic healing centre before flood damage saw the group move to Echuca.

Most recently, it was vandalised twice in September and had a close call with a grassfire in October.