Ensure you never miss an issue of the
real estate business bulletin
Auction sparks indigenous land claim fiasco

Auction sparks indigenous land claim fiasco

by Reporter 0 comments

An ordinary house auction in Sydney’s south took an unexpected turn when a group of indigenous Australians protested that the property is a sacred heritage site, forcing the auction to be postponed.

Former Balmain, Gold Coast and South Sydney rugby league star Wes Patten was among the protesters of the Gadigal people, according to The Daily Telepgraph.

Mr Patten reportedly lodged a caveat on the Sans Souci property a day before the auction, claiming an ‘equitable interest’ in the land because of it potentially containing Aboriginal artefacts.

"I just wanted to inform the people about the site's Aboriginal significance," Mr Patten said.

The Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) has since thrown its support behind the group’s claims, according to the daily.

The area of contention appears to be at the rear of the property under a lemon tree, where the MLAMC’c chief executive Paul Morris reportedly said it has found "a number of older shells and other possible remnants of sharpened rocks which could be spear tips".

The MLAMC have requested a buffer zone of at least 30 metres around the alleged artefacts.

Auctioneer and principal of Belgrave Properties Zac Imisides told the daily the action taken by Mr Patten and the group to obstruct the auction were irresponsible.

"I believe a fair auction was obstructed. There's no way a bidder would have felt comfortable to bid on that day," Mr Imisides said.

According to Mr Imisides, the property was worth over $700,000.

He said it attracted just two bids of $150,000 and $200,000, with the first from Mr Patten's group, calling the bids “ridiculous”.

A group of other bidders, who he believes were willing to pay full market value, were "scared off".

The beneficial owner of the property, Perpetual Trustees, was keen to resume the sales process but would seek clarification on the Aboriginal heritage.

le>.b-autolinks{text-decoration:underline}.b-autolinkshadowbox { display: inline; position: relative; cursor: pointer; color: #428bca;} .b-autolinkshadowbox:hover > span { display: block !important; } .b-autolinkshadowbox__links { white-space: nowrap; z-index: 999; display: none; left: 0; border: 1px solid #bfbfbf; border-radius: 5px; font-size: 12px; top: 12px;color: #000; padding: 10px; position: absolute; background-color: #FFF; box-shadow: 0px 0px 20px 1px #bfbfbf; } .b-autolinkshadowbox__links > a { display: block; padding: 3px 0; }
Auction sparks indigenous land claim fiasco
lawyersweekly logo
promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
Listen to other installment of the Real Estate Business Podcast
reb top 100 agents 2017

The REB Top 100 Agents ranking is the foremost ranking of agents in Australia. It has set the bar for excellence in Australian real estate. To be ranked as an REB Top 100 Agent is the standard real estate professionals strive for. See the full 2018 ranking here!

featured podcast

featured podcast
The difference between an average agent and one who dominates

McGrath Crows Nest’s Peter Chauncy is number 10 in this year’s REB Top 100 Agents ranking. Peter, however, is more likely not surprised ...

View all podcasts

Would you consider working for Purplebricks or a similar 'DIY' model?

Yes (7.2%)
No (80.9%)
Perhaps - make me an offer (12%)

Total votes: 209
The voting for this poll has ended on: July 13, 2018
Do you have an industry update?