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PostPosted: 29 Nov 2011, 18:24 
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:( Always hate hearing about things like this

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Historic home lost to Margaret River fire
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November 29, 2011 - 2:12PM

Wallcliffe House, built near Prevelly Beach in 1865, is left gutted following a bush fire. Residents from the town of Prevelly fled to the beach for safety and then had to evacuate on jet ski as the bush fires reached the sands. Photo: Pool
The heritage-listed homestead of leading Australian businessman, Michael Chaney, was among 30 homes destroyed in the Margaret River fire.

Chaney is the chairman of the National Australia Bank and Woodside, he is also the son of Menzies government minister Fred Chaney.

Historic Wallcliffe House, which stood on the banks of the Margaret River, was gutted by fire after flames escaped from a prescribed burn on Wednesday.

Wallcliffe House was an important example of early colonial architecture and home to one of WA's finest collections of antique furniture said Chaney. "It's completely devastated," he said.


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I completely understand the historic value of the property and the emotions and dismay of the current and past owners, but the owners of this property should not be given any special treatment in comparison to other propety owners who lost property in the fire. If this property gets extra cash handouts then others would feel entitled to an equitable handout (and quite rightly so).

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