THREE local groups hope Fortuna Villa will be protected by heritage measures.
Tenders for sale of the lavish property close today, and the Villa Fortuna Action Group, Friends of Fortuna and the Bendigo Historical Society hope the mansion will be protected.
“We are particularly pleased that the Heritage Management Plan has numerous references to the gardens, the lake, the views to and from the villa building as all being important to preserve within a landscape alongside the villa building itself,” Villa Fortuna Action Group president Merle Hall said.
“The integrity of this whole heritage site has always been important to preserve for future generations of Australians.”
One of the agents behind the sale of Fortuna is confident the luxurious historic home will sell.
Conjunctional agent Michael Hede of Knight Frank said interest in the property had been reasonably strong.
“I haven’t got a crystal ball, but we haven’t been doing this for practice,” he said. “I’m fairly confident it will be sold. It’s probably better than most people describe.”
The building is owned by the Department of Defence, which won’t comment on the sale, and tenders must be assessed by a panel.
Mr Hede wouldn’t say how many people had viewed the property or how many tenders he expected would be lodged.