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House stuck in decline

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December 19, 2017

Peter Walsh is angry about how much has been done at Random House.

RANDOM House is back in the limelight — but not in a good way.

A tractor and slasher have been in to trim back some areas of the block, but close to the house nothing has been done.

Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said anyone that knows fire control around the home knows the first place to clean up is close to the building — not further away.

“If the Minister thinks I’m going to go away or thinks the community of Rochester is going to go away on this issue, we’re not,’’ he said.

“It is a very proud part of Rochester’s history and needs to be maintained appropriately.

“If the government can’t do that they should put it out to private enterprise for someone who would buy it and love it dearly and restore it to its former glory.”

Mr Walsh commended the community for raising the issue with him and the government. “The community have been very supportive of every time I have raised the issue and say effectively what I have said – it needs to be fixed,” he said.

He was very disappointed nothing had been done, considering Mr Walsh himself received a letter from the minister in July saying things would improve and things would be done.

“Obviously very little has been done and absolutely nothing has been done to the house,” Mr Walsh said.

“There would be nothing better than to have someone run a reception centre or a restaurant here or a private home where they can entertain and people could enjoy the bend in the river, the large Moreton Bay figs and a glorious old homestead.”

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