House will be sold (one day): Government says it has plan to save treasured homestead

By Campaspe News

THE Victorian Government has responded to Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh’s plea to save Random House in Rochester.

The homestead, which has stood since 1860, has been left to fall into rot and ruin for a number of years.

Mr Walsh, leader of the state Nationals, has continually campaigned for the re-sale or restoration of the historic structure since 2016, but this has seemingly fallen on deaf ears.

He has been outraged after the building was recently subjected to vandalism, which also caused a stir within the community.

A Victorian Government spokesperson it had taken steps to keep Random House standing.

‘‘Random House is part of Rochester’s history, and we want to see it protected and preserved. That’s why the government has taken the necessary steps to facilitate its sale – which will ensure its future,’’ they said.

‘‘The Department of Health and Human Services has worked closely with the Commonwealth and resolved that Random House will be sold, with the proceeds to go towards family violence services for the local Aboriginal community.

‘‘The government has directed the department to make sure the property is protected while the sale process continues.’’

Mr Walsh has responded to these comments, saying although they are taking the right steps it has been a long road to get here. ‘‘As I’ve said before, it has taken far too long and I had to raise it in parliament again this last time to actually get them to act,’’ he said.

‘‘When I finally see the ‘For Sale’ sign up, I think we’ll finally be getting somewhere. Even though they have said it will be sold, they still haven’t said when. I actually want to see the sign go up and the ads go in the paper before I’ll know it’s really happening.

‘‘I want to see someone with the financial resources to restore it to its former glory to actually own it.’’