14 January, 2014
Successful Land Claim Appeal for Coffs Harbour LALC
Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
After a two decade wait for a decision on the Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Land Council v Minister Administering the Crown Lands Act  NSWLEC 216, Justice Craig has handed down his decision in favour of Coffs Harbour LALC.
The claim, originally lodged in 1993 covers a 3.7 km stretch of beach and foredune known as Red Rock Beach (located between Red Rock and Corindi.
The case is particularly significant as it represents one of a few successful land claims to include land right up to the mean high water mark.
Of note the land is being transferred to Coffs Harbour Local Aboriginal Land Council (CH LALC) on condition that an easement for access is created over part of the land to provide public access to and use of the beach for public recreation.
This is a fantastic outcome for the CH LALC especially as the judgment may prove useful in future claims where land is said to be needed for public recreation.
On behalf of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council I wish to extend my sincere congratulations to CH LALC for this terrific win.