(AMERICA) James Brown’s Estate Has Sold After 15-Year Dispute: The estimated $90 million deal will go mostly toward a scholarship fund for children from South Carolina and Georgia #AceNewsDesk report


#AceNewsReport – Dec.21: James Brown was one of the greatest musical entertainers of all time, and one of the greatest legends of the music business,” Larry Mestel, the company’s founder, tells the Times. “That fits what we do like a glove.”

#Ace Film & Music News Desk Report: When James Brown died 15 years ago, he left behind a plan for most of his estate to pay for scholarships for children in need.

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Brown was known as the Godfather of Soul and the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. David Redfern / Getty Images

Now, after years of legal disputes, the iconic soul singer’s dream is coming to fruition with the sale of his assets to music publisher Primary Wave Music for an estimated $90 million, report Ben Sisario and Steve Knopper for the New York Times.

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Primary Wave, which specializes in managing estates and song catalogs, bought half of Whitney Houston’s estate back in May 2019, and the largest share of Prince’s this past June. 

Money from the deal will endow a scholarship trust for children in South Carolina, where Brown was born, and Georgia, where he grew up, says Russell L. Bauknight, executor of the estate. Bauknight will continue to assist in the estate’s management, serving on a board handling portions of it.

Since Brown’s death at age 73 in 2006, various parties have been battling over his estate, filing more than a dozen lawsuits, Meg Kinnard reports for the Associated Press (AP). Part of the dispute involved Brown’s former partner, singer Tomi Rae Hynie, who claimed to have been married to him.

A 2009 settlement plan would have split the estate among the charitable trust, Hynie and Brown’s adult children, but South Carolina’s Supreme Court overturned that deal in 2013, citing the star’s expressed wishes for most of his money to go to charity. Last year, the court ruled that, because Hynie had not dissolved a previous marriage, she and Brown were never legally married and she had no right to his estate. 

Another part of the protracted dispute involved different estimates of the estate’s value, reports Maiysha Kai for The Root. Bouknight estimated it at only around $5 million, while previous executor Adele Pope placed it at $84 million. Bauknight told the Times his figure was consistent with the value of the estate at the time of Brown’s death as estimated by expert advisors, although Pope’s ultimately proved closer to the actual sale price. 

Known as the “Godfather of Soul,” the “Hardest Working Man in Show Business” and the inventor of funk, Brown was born in South Carolina in 1933 and moved to Georgia as a young child, per Megan Doherty for WERS. He learned gospel music in church and took lessons in the drums, guitar and piano from his neighbors. He also endured physical abuse from his father, was forced into petty crime as a child and ended up in jail at age 15.

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Brown became famous for his voice and his energetic performances. Michael Ochs Archives / Stringer via Getty Images

In 1953, he helped form the gospel group The Famous Flames, where he quickly drew attention for his voice and his energetic performances. His music mixed blues, gospel, country and other musical styles and pioneered the rhythm-heavy funk genre. Among his hit songs were “I Got You (I Feel Good),” “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” and “Say It Loud—I’m Black and I’m Proud.” 

Brown was, by many accounts, a difficult person to work with, wrote John Doran for the Guardian in 2015. Biographer Geoff Brown wrote that he was an “ill-tempered, inveterate, emotional and physical scrapper,” and that “a list of people physically assaulted by him would not be a short one, nor would it be restricted to the male of the species.”

Terms of the estate’s deal with Primary Wave are confidential, but Bauknight told the Times that the vast majority of the estate is included in the sale, with no more than $2 million going to a trust for Brown’s grandchildren.

Primary Wave’s ownership of the estate opens up new possibilities for the use of Brown’s music and image. The company’s involvement with Houston’s estate has led to a line of cosmetics, a biopic, a Broadway show and even a hologram tour.

Even with the new deal, complications remain for Brown’s estate. Two lawsuits involving Pope, the former executor, are under appeal and must be resolved before the money can be distributed, Bauknight says. He adds that he hopes the trust can begin awarding scholarships by the end of next year.

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(AUSTRALIA) Story Report: Behind ‘Far North Queensland’s ‘ unfinished, derelict buildings one such building is an ‘unfinished castle’ #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.06: There are plenty of half-built remains beside highways and main roads across the region to remind people what happens when dreams don’t come true: One of those properties is an unfinished castle west of the small Atherton Tableland town of Millaa Millaa.

#AceDailyNews says that Far North Queensland can be a tough place to live with cyclones, scorching heat, and rain that is measured in metres. It can be a place of dreams and sometimes nightmares ABC News Report:

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This castle near Millaa Millaa in Far North Queensland was never finished.(ABC Far North: Phil Brandel)

A man and his castle

Yugoslav immigrant Andy Markovic had dreams of building an English-style manor that looked out over the green valleys of the tablelands.

Mr Markovic started building his dream house on the site of an old Queenslander by adding another storey, complete with a castle-like turret.

Mr Markovic locked horns with local authorities over building permits and never got to see his dream home completed.

The final nail in the coffin was Cyclone Larry in 2006 which damaged the mostly hand-built property.

Mr Markovic passed away in early 2020 and the property was then sold to a local grazier.

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The unfinished castle had turrets and gargoyles.(ABC Far North: Phil Brandel)

Bygone zoo

On the Captain Cook Highway at Clifton Beach are the remains of one of the Far North’s most loved attractions.

The Cairns Tropical Zoo closed in 2015; the site had been a wildlife attraction under different names since the 1960s.

A developer bought the site in 2015 and has plans to demolish the zoo, replacing it with a service station and two fast-food restaurants.

The proposal is yet to gain council approval.

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The Cairns Tropical Zoo was one of the region’s most popular attractions until it closed in 2015.(ABC Far North: Phil Brandel)

Frog on the Banana

The Frog on the Banana has been sitting beside the Bruce Highway at Daradgee since 2002.

Mark Contempree built the fruit stall after moving to the Cassowary Coast from Coffs Harbour, the home of another big attraction.

“In Coffs, they had the Big Banana, and I was growing bananas and I wanted an iconic fruit stall out the front of my farm to sell excess stock,” he said.

The store was forced to close after major flooding in March 2018.

More recently it was a rental property before being declared an illegal dwelling as its zoning was for a roadside fruit stall.

Now the building sits boarded up with the Frog on the Banana sitting by itself just off the highway.

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The Frog on Banana has been a icon on the side of the Bruce Highway for more than 20 years.(ABC Far North: Phil Brandel)

A clubhouse among the wallabies

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The old polocrosse club has been marked for demolition to make way for a cricket ground.(ABC Far North: Phil Brandel)

At the back of the Trinity Beach sports precinct lies a paddock that was once home to the Cairns Polocrosse Club.

The building is just visible to drivers who can see the top of the clubhouse as they travel south along the Captain Cook Highway.

While the clubhouse is still there, the horses are long gone and the paddocks are now home to hundreds of agile wallabies.

The building was erected in 1982 and the last game of polo was played in 2015.

Due to a lack of members, the club closed and the building is to be demolished to make way for cricket grounds.

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The old polo club’s faded signs and bordered-up building.(ABC Far North: Phil Brandel)

Unfinished mansion 

Not much is known about the “Mirriwinni mansion”, an unfinished house on the corner of the Bruce Highway and Jackson Street in Mirriwinni, except that hundreds of people pull over every year to take photos of it.

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The Mirriwinni mansion has been sitting unfinished for over a decade.(ABC Far North: Phil Brandel)

The house has been sitting half-finished for more than a decade and is now falling into disrepair.

The land was put on the market in 2016 before the owners withdrew the sale and it is now leased to a local farmer for sugar cane.

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The land around the Mirriwinni mansion has been leased to a local cane farmer.(ABC Far North: Phil Brandel)

The owners did not respond to requests about the house from the ABC.

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(AUSTRALIA) NSW Parliamentary Inquiry Report: Hears the state’s building commissioner is investigating defects in three other apartment blocks constructed by the builder behind the beleaguered Opal Tower #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.23: Mr Chandler said he was investigating defects in Lindfield Village at 23-41 Lindfield Avenue, the Avantra Apartments at 659-669 Gardeners Road, Mascot, and another apartment block at 1-31 Victoria Street in Roseville.

#AceDailyNews says according to an ABC News Report: NSW inquiry told three more Icon-built Sydney projects under investigation for alleged defects: The inquiry is looking into the state’s building regulations and heard from the state’s Building Commissioner, David Chandler on Monday” We are currently in the process of applying post-occupation certificate audits on these three projects,” Mr Chandler told the committee.

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The Icon-built Avantra Apartments in Mascot are being investigated by the state’s Building Commissioner.(Facebook: Avantra)

“In the event the defects are confirmed — and I’ve been out and had a look at these, and I have to tell you that I expect they will be— there will be orders placed on the developers of those projects because the [Residential Apartment Buildings] Act goes to the developer who engaged Icon.”

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Building Commissioner David Chandler says he has inspected the three sites and expects to confirm they have defects.(ABC News)

Mr Chandler told the parliamentary inquiry there was litigation afoot for all the projects and, collectively, the costs were in the millions.

“My urging to this company has been, ‘Why don’t you stop spending your money on litigation and go and fix the defects’?” he said.

A spokesperson for Icon said in a statement the company stood behind its projects and that it was working with owners’ corporations and residents to resolve any issues.

“While Icon is taking these matters seriously, it is important to note the matters identified by the Building Commissioner are not structural issues and we have already undertaken a number of steps to address them,” the statement read.

“We are continuing to engage directly with the owners and residents of the three buildings to accelerate the process.”

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The apartments on Victoria Street in Roseville are among the three sites under investigation.(Supplied)

‘More names than Scarlet Pimpernel’

Chair of the inquiry, Greens MLC David Shoebridge characterised the builder as “wrecking people’s financial lives through these defect-ridden buildings” and questioned if they were still allowed to operate.

Mr Chandler told the parliamentary inquiry he believed Icon was tendering for new work and they may have been chosen as preferred builder for an upcoming project.

“They’re now contracting under Icon SI Australia Pty Ltd at the moment, so they’re not contracting any new projects as Icon New South Wales,” Mr Chandler said.

“When we get to the bottom of this, there will be a couple of things we’ll make some recommendations about.

“I think the days of simply being able to buy a company out of a company and leave the shell behind is something we need to look at closing down.

“They simply closed down the statutory warranties by going into receivership. We should have a look at that.”

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Icon has denied involvement in the Otto 2 complex at Rosebery.(ABC News: Simon Amery)

Mr Chandler went onto say that Icon had a history of that kind of behaviour.

“This Icon company that went broke and [was] put into receivership last year was previously known as Icon Southern Cross Pty Ltd, Southern Cross Icon Pty Ltd and, ultimately, Icon Construction Australia Pty Ltd,” he told the inquiry.

“They’ve had more names than the Scarlet Pimpernel.”

Icon has previously denied involvement in a project called Otto 2 at 32-38 Rothschild Avenue, Rosebery.

Under parliamentary privilege, Mr Chandler said Icon had built the project but the developer would have to take responsibility for fixing any issues.

“The developer, Christian Life Centre, has had to step-up and take responsibility for the defects that are present in that project,” he told the inquiry.

“Unfortunately, they will also have to step-up and face the consequences because, just across the road, there is Otto One, which has similar defects in it, and I just haven’t got to that project because I wanted to deal with one and then deal with the other.”

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Mr Chandler tabled the legal letter from Icon asking him to abandon any plans to make a report to ASIC. (Supplied)
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Inquiry chair David Shoebridge described the letter from the builder as a “thuggish communication”.(ABC News)

In their statement, the Icon spokesperson said Mr Chandler was conflating “old projects built by a company Kajima [Icon’s parent company] did not buy, with projects built by the existing Icon business”.

Mr Chandler also said Icon’s legal representatives had sent him a deed, accompanied by a letter threatening to take him to court if he didn’t agree to relinquish any ability to refer them to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) over the Otto 2 development.

“The moment I got this I just said, ‘You are joking’,” Mr Chandler told the inquiry, referring to the letter.

“It came with a covering letter that [said], unless I agreed to enter into this they’d be taking the matter to the Supreme Court the following Tuesday at 5 o’clock.

“I said, ‘Good luck with that. I’ll see you in the Supreme Court if you wish to get an injunction and they’ve withdrawn in that matter’.”

Upon reading the deed, Mr Shoebridge described it as a “thuggish communication”.

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Builder Icon is also behind the Opal Tower, which had to be evacuated in 2018 due to cracks.(ABC News: Nick Sas

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(AUSTRALIA) NSW Fair Trading Report – One of Sydney’s most significant residential property developments is under review amid the discovery of “structural issues” that will require “specialist engineering advice” #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.29: Toplace Group’s Skyview apartment complex in Castle Hill will consist of about 960 “luxurious” one, two and three-bedroom apartments, many of which have already been sold off-the-plan.

SYDNEY: Fair Trading inspectors find ‘structural issues’ at major apartment development called Toplace Groups Skyview Aparment Complex’ after many have all been sold offDo you have more information about this story? Contact us.

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A whistle-blower sent these images to several NSW MPs, and ABC News.(Supplied)

But a team of inspectors from NSW Fair Trading has reported finding “the existence of structural issues that would require specialist engineering advice” as the company seeks occupation certificates for two of its five towers.

While two towers are almost ready, the third and fourth are under construction and the fifth is yet to be built.

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Five towers will be built by developer Toplace Group as part of their project in Castle HIll.(ABC News: Josh Bavas)

Toplace has refuted the concerns, saying it has “absolute faith” in its work and private structural engineers had cleared the buildings.

The fresh inspection by Fair Trading comes after ABC News and several MPs received images of the development’s basement during construction earlier this year, from an industry whistle-blower asking for an investigation into uneven concrete. 

Toplace subsequently allowed ABC News to tour the basement where remediation work appeared to include metal plates bolted across concrete joints.

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A metal plate can be seen bolted to the basement’s roof this week.(ABC News: Tim Swanston)
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The developer behind Skyview says the buildings are safe.(ABC News: Tim Swanston)

ABC News has spoken to several independent structural engineers who said the images sent by the whistle-blower warranted a review.

Director of SCP Engineers and Development Consultants Paul Siewert said the photos appeared to indicate “failure of the slab connection resulting in slab settlement and loss of support” — something that would require remediation work.

“Whilst the cause may be either design or construction related or both, the result is significant remedial work would need to be undertaken to restore the structural integrity and fire rating compliance.”

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This picture from inside the basement was sent to several MPs.(Supplied)

The development is currently under review by its third private certifier, City Plan Services, which was appointed in March, after its first certifier was deregistered and its second resigned.

Upon appointment, City Plan Services informed the NSW Building Commissioner it had concerns about previous certification work but had reached an understanding with the developer that the previous work would be thoroughly reviewed.

City Plan Services issued the company with a Written Direction Notice requiring the appointment of an independent engineer to undertake a review of the buildings, which is now underway.

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Remediation works were clearly visible inside the basement.(ABC News: Tim Swanston)

Details of the fresh inspection by Fair Trading officers were outlined by NSW’s Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson, in a letter to Greens MP David Shoebridge — one of the politicians who referred the matter to the Building Commissioner after receiving information from the whistle-blower.

“Following the receipt of your letter, even though there was already action being taken at the development arising from the certifier performing his functions, Fair Trading sent a team of authorised officers to the site on 16 April 2021,” Minister Anderson wrote.

“This inspection confirmed the existence of structural issues that would require specialist engineering advice and that the certifier was appropriately handling the matter.”

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NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler’s office is awaiting findings from the review.(AAP: Bianca De Marchi)

The Office of NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler said it was aware of allegations of “defects” but had full faith in the certifier’s review.

“The Office of the Building Commissioner is aware that there have been allegations of serious defects existing at the Skyview Building that is still under construction,” said a spokeswoman.

“Occupation certificate inspectors from the department have inspected the relevant work and identified that the matter is being managed appropriately by a private certifier.

The Building Commissioner’s office is then expected to undertake its own independent audit of the expert reports.

According to NSW law, new developments must be given an occupation certificate as the final step in a construction process before residents are allowed to move into a completed part of the building.

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Toplace Group denies the allegations and says it has faith in its construction.(ABC News: Josh Bavas)

The review comes amid growing public concern over the standards of construction work in NSW, after high-profile buildings had to be evacuated in Sydney over the past three years.

In 2018, hundreds of residents were forced to evacuate the Opal Tower at Olympic Park after cracks started to appear in the building’s concrete beams.

In 2019, Mascot Towers in Sydney’ south were evacuated amid fears one of the buildings could collapse.

Residents have been unable to return to their homes since many of the 132 apartment owners left financially destitute.

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The Skyview complex will be assessed independently before residents are allowed to move in.(ABC News: Tim Swanston)

Greens MP David Shoebridge said the public deserved to be informed of the progress of the review into the Skyview development.

“I’m glad to see that it’s on the Building Commissioner’s radar,” he said.

“We raised it with him directly and the government because we were so concerned.”

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Labor’s Yasmin Catley wants to be kept informed.(AAP: Dean Lewis)

NSW Labor spokeswoman for building reform Yasmin Catley also requested a review after receiving the same information.

“The Building Commissioner needs to get involved, he needs to utilize everything that is at his fingertips,” she said.

Allegations ‘unfounded and malicious’: Toplace

After raising concerns with Toplace, a team of construction managers from the company provided ABC News with a tour of the basement showcasing recent “remediation” work.

It included a series of metal plates bolted between concrete slabs in the shared basement beneath the towers.

A Toplace spokesperson completely rejected allegations of structural problems and said aside from “aesthetic defects”, the buildings had no other issues.

“We have opened the building completely to inspection by the ABC,” they said.

“The building has been subject to unfounded and malicious allegations. 

“The building has been found to be entirely sound and built to a high standard. 

“Issues were first raised in January 2020.

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Many of the units at the complex have been sold off-the-plan.(ABC News: Josh Bavas)

They said one engineering firm sourced by Toplace had previously given its own tick of approval over the remediation work, while another company provided a peer review.

“Remediation works began at that time with design solutions. Continued inspections and monitoring occurred and first physical works occurred mid-2020.

“Remediation work occurred from January 2020 and were completed before 22 February 2021. 

“Sign-off has been provided by the relevant authorised consultants/contractors for all elements of the site without issue. 

“On that basis there are no issues across the site.”

Toplace said the photos sent to MPs depicted expansion joints “designed into the building to permit the slabs to move as the concrete expands and contracts”.

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(AUSTRALIA) Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Report: Managed by Parklands Albury Wodonga: And one woman’s struggle to remain living on a property she calls her “little patch of paradise” has put the spotlight on the complexities of Crown land #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.28: Fenced off to the public, Ms Gibson’s “paradise” sits directly next to the High Country Rail Trail, an 80-kilometre cycling route along the lake’s shoreline:

VICTORIA: Lake Hume resident Deborah Gibson faces eviction from home on Crown land in Victoria’s high country: Wherever I look, it reminds me of my late partner,” Deborah Gibson said of her beloved home at Huon Reserve, a slice of nature by the banks of Lake Hume the north.

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Deborah Gibson and her dog on the steps of her Huon Reserve home.(ABC Goulburn Murray: Anna Chisholm )

On the opposite side of the trail are the remains of Huon train station, and Lake Hume glistens through a screen of trees. 

Accompanied by a sleepy Labrador and a pecking brood of chickens, Ms Gibson appears right at home in the place where she has lived for 13 years.

But she’s on uncertain turf, as the privately owned home is on public land.

A house with no land

The former station master’s house is currently owned by her late partner’s mother Marie Cadman, who lives elsewhere.

“Debbie can live there as long as she likes,” Ms Cadman said.

But it’s not that simple. 

The house is on Crown land owned by Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and managed by Parklands Albury Wodonga.

The house itself was bought by the family of Ms Gibson’s late partner, Gary Cadman, in the early 1970s along with rights to a well, and the land was offered to the family under a lease.

In the past two decades the lease was converted to a licence. 

This is significant because, as barrister Alexander Di Stefano, a University of Melbourne law lecturer explains, a lease provides exclusive possession of an area while a licence is just a “right to use”.

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Ms Gibson tends to the garden on the property, which backs onto Lake Hume.(ABC Goulburn Murray: Anna Chisholm)

‘An unofficial caretaker’

Ms Gibson said her late partner had been an unofficial caretaker of the reserve, doing the mowing and clearing rubbish left by visitors. 

It is because of this, Ms Gibson said, that Mr Cadman stopped paying the annual licence fee in protest in 2015.

“He was doing a lot of the work that Parklands [Albury Wodonga] were supposed to do on the public reserve,” Ms Gibson said.

“[He] had been doing it for many years, before he decided paying the fee was ridiculous given the work he was doing.” 

Mr Cadman died of bowel cancer in August 2019.

In February last year, Ms Gibson was issued with an eviction notice from Parklands Albury Wodonga. 

The notice cited the unpaid licence fees, the storage of vehicles and other equipment (contrary to the licence) and the property being needed for public purposes.

Ms Gibson, who has not vacated the property, said she was confused by why the eviction notice was issued years after her partner had stopped paying the licence fees. 

She has been unable to arrange a licence in her own name.

‘Comfortable with our decision’

Parklands Albury Wodonga’s chairman Daryl Betteridge said he wasn’t aware of any work Mr Cadman had done.

“He may well have done some,” Mr Betteridge said.

“As a board we didn’t think it was appropriate to action anything to a man who had serious health issues, and — as it turned out — terminal health issues.

“We as a board are comfortable with our decision because we placed the wellbeing of a very ill man in front of what we possibly could have done in a purely legal sense.”

Mr Betteridge said the organisation had received legal advice and was in contact with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) regarding future action. 

John Downs, DELWP’s Hume Land and Built Environment regional manager, said the department was working with Parklands Albury Wodonga to resolve the matter.

“DELWP’s priority is the safety of the occupant, the community, and to support Parklands Albury Wodonga as the land manager,” he said. 

No squatters’ rights

Mr Di Stefano said the situation definitely wasn’t common.

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Barrister Alexander Di Stefano says the land manager’s and occupier’s responsibilities “would depend entirely on the terms of the agreement”.(Supplied: Alexander Di Stefano )

“If what you’re buying is not a freehold title of the land itself, then you have the property in the legal sense in the house, but you do not have the title on which the house sits,” he said.

“It’s a very technical area of law and relies on what seem to be very fine distinctions.

“There is no adverse possession against title held by the Crown,” said Mr Di Stefano, meaning that “squatters’ rights” did not apply and a long history of residency — such as the Cadmans’ — was inconsequential.

Public access vs private residency 

Mr Betteridge said the land was located on the High Country Rail Trail, a cycling route and “tourism driver” in the area.

“Crown land should provide access and usability to the broader community,” he said.

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The remains of Huon’s former railway station on the High Country Rail Trail from Wodonga to Shelley.(ABC Goulburn Murray: Anna Chisholm )

Parklands Albury Wodonga community ranger Ant Packer said that “generally [licences were] only used as a land management tool, as an interim [measure]”, and were not intended as a means of offering unending occupation. 

She said grazing licences covering nearly half of the land managed by Parklands Albury Wodonga had not been renewed because they [Parklands Albury Wodonga] had instead “fenced and planted trees and improved the environmental condition of that land and established some passive recreational access”. 

For Ms Gibson, the past couple of years have taken an emotional and financial toll.

Her late partner’s dream was to open a museum of memorabilia at the property, and Ms Gibson said she was “determined” to see that out.

“I just want to stay here,” she said.

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(BRISBANE) JUST IN: One of Brisbane’s most historic riverside properties has been listed for sale against the wishes of its elderly owner after she failed to maintain it and pay more than three years’ worth of council rates bills #AceNewsDesk report


#AceNewsReport – May.02: Lamb House was advertised for sale on Friday through Savills and described as “the best of Brisbane”.

Brisbane’s historical riverside mansion Lamb House hits the market after long-running battle: The dilapidated heritage-listed mansion called Home — widely known as Lamb House — had been unoccupied for years and has become a rubbish-strewn haven for squatters: Perched on the cliffs at Kangaroo Point, the federation-style property sits on more than 3,000 square metres of prime inner-city land: Mrs Lamb moved out years ago after her husband died and was issued with a notice of intention to sell by the council in 2020.


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The historic home was listed over the weekend.(

The land alone was valued at $6,100,000 by the state government in 2019.

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The house has six bedrooms and three bathrooms according to the advertisement, and several living spaces.(

Photographs show a grand timber staircase, pressed metal ceilings, fireplaces with patterned tiles, large decorative archways, wall panelling and panoramic views of the Brisbane River and CBD.

But the six bedroom, two-storey mansion is clearly in need of major restoration work with visible graffiti, paint peeling off walls, collapsed ceilings, crumbling brickwork and holes in the roof.

A run down kitchen with old appliances, dishes and paperwork strewn across the benches.
The kitchen in the historical home is in need of major restoration work.(

The grand home has been the centre of a long-running dispute between its owner Joy Lamb and the Brisbane City Council.

Brisbane Deputy Mayor Krista Adams said the Public Trustee is managing the sale on Mrs Lamb’s behalf with any unpaid bills to be taken from the proceeds.

A grand timber stair case with wooden panelling and archways.
The dilapidated but grand heritage-listed mansion has been unoccupied for years.(

“I’m glad to see the Public Trustee has taken it over now because we don’t want to see it go to rack and ruin any further than it has now,” she said.

‘Real estate fraud of the century’

Mrs Lamb said she did not know her property had been advertised for sale until she was contacted by ABC News.

She described it as “the real estate fraud of the century”.

“They treated me like dirt and they think that my land is a commodity,” she said.

“It is my property and my husband’s family land over three generations and remains so in any decent person’s opinion.”

Black and white image of house.
The home has stayed in the ownership of the same family for three generations.(Supplied: State Library of Queensland)

Mrs Lamb said she was consulting with lawyers.

Cr Adams said the house became too much for Mrs Lamb to manage.

“I can understand the owner of this property is extremely beloved of this house, her husband and her lived there for many years,” she said.

“However it is also a very important house for the people of Brisbane and the city and its history as we grow.

“This is a good outcome for her so that she gets financial stability and we get to save the house.”

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Drone footage of the now dilapidated Lamb House with panoramic views of the Brisbane River and CBD.

Lamb House protected from development

The landmark property was built in 1902-03 for John Lamb, who co-owned a drapery business in Queen Street.

It was entered into the Queensland Heritage Register in 1992 and was described as “a most accomplished building in its architectural design, materials, workmanship and setting and … a major example of notable Brisbane architect Alexander B Wilson”.

Cr Adams said the council placed a Temporary Local Planning Instrument on the property last year.

“Which basically changed the protection of the house to not only be the house itself, and obviously the heritage importance of the structure, but also the grounds of the house.”

She said it meant the land could not be developed.

“Previously there was an ability if you bought the whole land you might be able to subdivide and do units around it, but the new planning instrument means you can’t do that,” she said.

“The state has ticked that off and it’s coming through council in the next couple of weeks, by the time the sale is through the [new] owner should clearly know that they need to renovate the house.”

Cr Adams said she hoped the house was sold to someone who loved it.

“[It’s] a magnificent grand old lady on the cliffs of Brisbane overlooking the river and [it deserves an owner who] will spend the money to renovate it and make it their family home and make sure it lasts for another hundred years,” she said.

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