The Castle

Australia’s real-life The Castle: Inside couple’s David and Goliath battle

PHOTO: Giuseppe and Adelaide Garofano, 84 and 79, emigrated to Australia from Italy following World War II and bought the Hurstville home in Sydney’s south (pictured, top inset) shortly after. 

  • An elderly couple’s say their home has become completely unlivable after construction work next door
  • Adelaide, 76, and Giuseppe Garofano, 84, immigrated to Australia in the 1950s following World War II
  • A seven-storey apartment block has been built just metres from their front door 
  • The huge wall now directly faces the Garofanos yard and has cast a shadow over their heritage home
  • The Garofano family say they’ve been misled by Vortex Construction and have had no support from council

An elderly couple has been left ‘devastated’ after a huge seven-storey apartment block was built right beside their heritage home – as they blast the construction company responsible and claim the council has buried its head in the sand.

Giuseppe and Adelaide Garofano, 84 and 79, immigrated to Australia from Italy following World War II and bought the Hurstville home in Sydney’s south shortly after.

The house has been rented out in recent years, with the latest tenants forced to leave because of the construction of what was supposed to be a three-storey block of units next door. It has since become a seven-storey ‘eyesore’.

A new apartment block has been built right on their doorstep despite constant rejections of designs and amendments from the Garofanos

A new apartment block has been built right on their doorstep despite constant rejections of designs and amendments from the Garofanos

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