Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Bidding for Bit of Paradise

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Bidding for Bit of Paradise

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Byline: HAMISH BROOME hamish.broome@northernstar.com.au

YOU can't even live on it - let alone build anything on it - but it seems there's still demand for flood prone land a few hundred metres from downtown Lismore.

A small crowd gathered yesterday morning on Currie St, North Lismore, for a lively auction between two bidders who both clearly had designs on the 1.4ha paddock.

The pair battled it out before one bidder edged the hammer price to a respectable $41,500.

Despite plenty of creative ideas readers put forward on The Northern Star's Facebook page, it seems the property will remain in use as horse paddocks.

But that belies its much more interesting history.

According to former owner Kevin Ackerley's surviving brother Darren, Mr Ackerley presided over a veritable oasis on the property when he lived there in the 1990s before his passing seven years ago.

"It was absolutely beautiful," Mr Ackerley recalled.

"This was mowed just like a bowling green," he said pointing across the paddock. …

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