Unclaimed property in the Algier area is at the centre of a legal dispute between the owner of a property and the Department of Defence.
The property is the Algate Estate at the intersection of King and New Roads, near the border with South Australia.
In June, the Department said it had not yet received any application from the owner to reclaim the property, saying that it was still waiting for a decision on its application.
It said it expected to hear the application by the end of July.
But property developer Mark Foulkes, who has owned the property since 1996, has applied for the property to be declared as a Unclaimed Property by the Department in his name.
“This property has been an unclaimed asset for almost 20 years and the time has come to take it to the Department and declare it as such,” Mr Foulke said.
The Algate estate is on the Algarve coast, in the area between the towns of Algarva and Algarvados, about 10 kilometres south-west of Algwick.
Mr Foulks said the property was worth more than $11m and it was the only undeveloped property in Algarville.
“I’ve got the best interest of the community at heart, and this is something that has been with me my whole life,” he said.
“The Algarves have been there for a long time.”
What they’ve done to the town is a disgrace and they have no respect for it.
“Mr Foulske said the Department had not responded to his application to the Land and Environment Court.”
They’re doing a great job with what they’ve got,” he added.”
We have a lot of money in the bank and we don’t need any of it.”‘
It is just a mess’The property has also attracted the attention of environmental groups and residents.
A spokesperson for the Department, who did not want to be named, said it was working with a property developer to find a solution to the problem.”
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The Department has now commenced a formal process to assess whether or not the Algalate Estate is an unowned and unclaimed parcel of land within the Department’s disposal, and to make an assessment recommendation to the Minister.”
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