WAPC DIS­PUTE

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Ralph and Lois Prestage bought the land in 1972. The land was des­ig­nated a Bush For­ever site in 2000, pro­tect­ing veg­e­ta­tion, hin­der­ing de­vel­op­ment.

A de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion was re­fused in 2013. WAPC of­fered $1.65 mil­lion for the land, which the fam­ily dis­puted at a State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal (SAT) as they be­lieved the land was worth more.

Fol­low­ing Ralph’s death and Lois’s stay in hospi­tal soon af­ter, she with­drew the SAT ap­pli­ca­tion and sub­mit­ted a no­tice of in­ten­tion to sell to the WAPC’s Board of Valuers, which val­ued the land at $6.235m.

WAPC sought a Supreme Court Ju­di­cial Re­view in 2016 of the valuers’ de­ci­sion, which was dis­missed.

The WAPC ap­pealed the de­ci­sion in Au­gust this year.

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