Call to demolish Kosseris mansion

The deteriorating state of the Kosseris mansion at Minnamurra has sparked calls for council action. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO Vandals and graffiti artists have made a mess of the mansion. Pictures: courtesy JOHN KOSSERIS

Concerns over the dilapidated state of the Kosseris mansion at Minnamurra have led to a call for it to be pulled down.

The palatial residence, which was about 70 per cent complete when work ground to a halt three years ago, was part of the Kosseris family’s planned Dunmore Equestrian Centre.

It has since become a haven for graffiti artists and vandals – and a popular, but dangerous skate park.

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Shellharbour City councillor Peter Moran said that now there were public safety issues involved, it was time for the council to cast a critical eye over what was going on with the 2000-square-metre mansion.

“We can’t allow this to bubble along the way it is if there are issues with the public’s safety,” Cr Moran said.

“It needs to be made safe and made inaccessible to people.

“[John] Kosseris needs to rectify the non-compliant sections of the development and if he can’t – and I am loath to say this considering the resources that have gone into the property – it needs to be pulled down.”

Cr Moran said although he had issues with the way the mansion was approved, the reality was there was legal approval for most of it.

“But we can’t have a situation where it is demolition by neglect and that is what is happening at the moment.

“Mr Kosseris said there is no structural damage, but if it stays as it is there will be structural damage and further damage to the wetland area.”

Earlier this month the Kosseris family announced its plans for a $53 million shopping centre at Dubbo had been approved.

The mansion overlooking the Minnamurra River was developed by the Dunmore Equestrian Centre Pty Ltd, later known as Riverview Developments (Aust) Pty Ltd, which had been wound up.

Despite the involvement of receivers, the Kosseris family “still hold possession of the property”.

Mr Kosseris said negotiations were continuing with Shellharbour City Council over Land and Environment Court orders relating to damage caused by the construction of a road through environmentally sensitive wetlands.

Cr Moran said Shellharbour’s councillors had not been briefed regarding any negotiations.

Mayor Kellie Marsh said she didn’t like to see any half-finished projects.

“I want to see finality.

“I am concerned about safety, but there also needs to be due diligence from the public that they don’t go trespassing on private land,” Cr Marsh said.

“The council has been working for a number of years with the family and there are a number of concerns, but I don’t think it is a matter of hurrying things up.”

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