Western Sydney airport development threatens man's home

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A man is fighting to save the home he spent decades building by hand as a local council plans to widen the roads near the newly developed Western Sydney Airport.

Galliano Callegari, 80, has spent a lifetime building a medieval style home on the land he purchased in Kemps Creek, in Sydney's west, after migrating from Italy in 1975 with just $2 to his name.

Mr Callegari worked 20 hours a day to provide for his family and built every detail of the home, including the bridge, windmill and 300-metre stone fence.

Galliano Callegari, 80, has spent a lifetime building a medieval style castle on the land he purchased in Kemps Creek in 1975

Galliano Callegari, 80, has spent a lifetime building a medieval style castle on the land he purchased in Kemps Creek in 1975

Mr Callegari is fighting to save the Venetian castle he spent decades building by hand as Penrith Council plans to widen the road near Badgerys Creek Airport

Mr Callegari is fighting to save the Venetian castle he spent decades building by hand as Penrith Council plans to widen the road near Badgerys Creek Airport

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'The main house, all the stone came from Richmond quarry. I ordered 200 tonnes,' he told A Current Affair on Monday.

'I have never seen anyone build what I've built with my hands. I invented everything.'

But now the new airport development is threatening to take away a slice of his home.

Penrith Council plans to widen rural roads surrounding the airport site to four lanes.

In order to do this, they will have to acquire the land where Mr Callegari's fence and bridge stand, and both will need to be knocked down.

'Existing rural roads will be widened to facilitate the development of the precinct which will involve land acquisition along the current road corridor and road widening works,' a council spokesperson said in a statement.

To widen the road, council will have to acquire the land where Mr Callegari's fence and bridge stand

To widen the road, council will have to acquire the land where Mr Callegari's fence and bridge stand

'The existing fence is located on the boundary of the property, where the road is proposed to be widened, and will be impacted by future road works.'

Mr Callegari is fighting to save his beloved bridge and fence.

'Of course if you build with your own hands and thought with your own mind, it's very important to me,' he said.

'I want them to understand this is my life sacrifice, my dream, my everything.'

Daily Mail Australia contacted Penrith City Council for further comment.

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