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HITTING THE FAN

ASTRAGAL

There's a cracking ding-dong brewing up down under. In one corner is 'the violated' - Australian god Glenn Murcutt.

In the other is New Zealander Mark Banning-Taylor - developer behind the multi-million dollar Moonlight Head luxury villa and eco-hotel scheme on Victoria's Great Ocean Road.

Things have not gone well.

Technically it is Murcutt's largest-ever project since setting up in 1969. However, Mr M is trying to disassociate himself from the scheme, claiming the final product is riddled with 'deviations from the original'.

Banning-Taylor has hit back, moaning about Murcutt's supervision. The 'debacle' has become a maelstrom of innuendo, blame and counterargument. Or, as Antipodean builder Charlie Robinson eloquently put it: 'It's been a bit of a shitfight.'

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