Response to comments on A Current Affair regarding ownership of Jurds Lane
Published on 21 February 2019
City of Ryde would like to clarify comments made on A Current Affair (ACA) on 21 February 2019 regarding the ownership of Jurds Lane in Ryde.
Council has never owned the land in question. The land has been owned by the Estate of William Star since the 1860s. This is confirmed in a report that Council commissioned in 2016.
As it is a deceased estate, Council undertook further investigations and subsequently identified a successor as to the title of the land.
With the consent of the successor, Council forwarded his details to Mr and Mrs Marcellino in order to facilitate negotiations between them to purchase the land.
The claim made by ACA that Council spent $50,000 on this matter is not correct, as it was substantially less. The ACA reporter never sought clarification from Council on the total amount that was spent, hence their error.
Council considers that this is a private property issue between Mr and Mrs Marcellino and the owner of the land in question.