SAVE BALLARA: help save Alfred Deakin’s historic home and bush garden from development

The 1.68 hectare bush garden and historic home of Australia’s second Prime Minister Alfred Deakin is on the lands of the Wadawurrung People, in the middle of “old Lonnie” (Point Lonsdale, VIC). Ballara is under threat of auction and development.

Join the campaign to save Ballara for the nation and to give it a future.


Ballara on Victoria’s Bellarine peninsula, remains in the hands of Deakin’s descendants. However, it is now under threat. Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) is likely to issue an order for the property to be auctioned. The risk of subdivision and development will lead to a substantial loss of important Australian heritage and the destruction of a significant natural space.

VCAT is due to make an order on 1 March 2024, so time is running out.


To sign a petition or to get further involved please go to this website.