Benaud family home at risk of bulldozer

HE grew up practising his googly and top-spinners in his western Sydney backyard but developers want to bulldoze Richie Benaud's family home.

 

Arguably one of the most influential cricketing personalities since World War II and the game's most famous commentator, Benaud's North Parramatta family home could soon be transformed into a two-storey duplex.

 

Parramatta Council expects a formal proposal for the Sutherland Rd property to be lodged within weeks.

 

Councillors unanimously sought an interim heritage order from the State Government in a bid to preserve a part of their community.

 

Deputy Lord Mayor Chiang Lim said there was no way the council could legally reject the new proposal on the grounds that it was a site of "cultural significance".

 

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