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Handbuilt ‘Venetian manor’ threatened by airport roadworks in Sydney

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A Sydney man who spent decades building a manor-style home by hand in the city’s west is battling to save his idyllic residence from construction works associated with the new western Sydney airport.

Galliano Callegari moved to Australia from Italy in 1964 without a penny to his name.

His dream was to build his own gothic Venetian manor, and he did so, at Kemps Creek, over the course of 20 years.

A western Sydney man is fighting to save his hand-built manor home from council works. (Today)

“I was working day and night, I was working every day, 20 hours a day,” he told Today.

It took him six years to build his spectacular fence, and it’s that very fence that is now under threat.

The land around the home has now been rezoned for industrial development, and works are underway to widen the road that goes past it.

Galliano Callegari said it had taken him about 20 years to finish his dream home. (Today)

“The future of it’s a little bit unclear at the moment,” Callegari said.

“They’re thinking about perhaps knocking it down.

“And there may be a stage where they might want to remove the things in order to make a wider road. And I don’t want that.”

Every capital city bar Canberra plunged over the last month.

The suburb costing renters over $1300 a week

The council has also reportedly rejected a bid from Callegari to add his home to the heritage list.

Callegari said he accepted the airport’s development wasn’t likely to halt.

“You’re going to have to deal with whatever comes,” he said.

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