A Bendigo councillor has gone on a hunger strike to secure support to keep a historic mansion in public hands.
The mansion is owned by the Defence Department and is due to be auctioned next Friday, but the Bendigo Council wants the property to remain in public hands.
There have been repeated attempts to broker a deal to save the property, including a proposed agreement between Canberra, Victoria and the local council.
But the Victorian Government says it is a Commonwealth responsibility.
Councillor Elise Chapman says she decided not to eat because the Victorian Government has not responded to her lobbying on the issue.
She wants a meeting with the Premier and denies her actions are extreme.
"We're 10 days out from an auction that could see Bendigo lose its rich, rich history there and I don't really see any other alternative," she said.
"It's not something I want to do."
The move has attracted both support and strong criticism.
"Obviously not until I die or anything like that, but I intend to not eat until hopefully we can get some sort of commitment to sit down and start discussing it and negotiating it," Councillor Chapman said.