The Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council Ceo, Ms Shai Richardson, has announced that the Karuah Land Council is pursuing legal action to secure the return of two blocks of land at Sanderling Avenue, Hawks Nest sold by their former CEO Len Roberts in 2018 during his time as the CEO of the Karuah Aboriginal Land Council. (KLALC)

The two blocks of land adjoining the Hawks Nest Golf Club were sold to developers – Core Property Development Pty Ltd and Leric Group Pty Ltd.

The transaction was part of an episode of ABC-TV’S “Four Corners” (see on ABC TV IVIEW “Obeid Inc” November 8 2021) in which former Councillor, Len Roberts, denied he had any knowledge that Core and Leric were connected to the Obeid family.

The Four Corners story revealed that on the 29 August 2017 the NSW Government transferred land to KLALC ownership. (The Authorised officer was Shane Smith, Coordinator Case Management Aboriginal Land Claim Investigation Unit. ENOS number is 1393682.)

On the 22 February 2018 – The Karuah Aboriginal Land council signed a contract for a 9.64-hectare block for $900,000 and a 1.8 ha parcel of beachfront land next to the Hawks Nest Golf Course for $600,000 to Core Property Development Pty Ltd and Leric Group Pty Ltd.

On the 31st August, 2018 – the sale of both parcels of land was settled.

Core/Leric plan to build luxury units with water views on the land.

Mr Roberts was contacted for comment. We received no reply.

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