WELL-KNOWN Whitsunday resident Joe Hawkes has listed his controversial Paluma Road property for sale.
The 17-acre property was at the centre of a 10-year dispute, due to complaints about Mr Hawkes' alleged failure to comply with "overgrown and accumulation" compliance notices.
The self-confessed collector admitted "ok, I've got too much stuff" (Whitsunday Times, May 17, 2012), but said it should be his choice "to say what I want to do with it".
Four weeks before Christmas, Mr Hawkes became ill which prevented him from attending to his land. He suffered a heart attack and had a quadruple bypass at Townsville Hospital.
Since then, Mr Hawkes has been staying with neighbours who are also close friends and he has realised that he will have to move on.
"I can't live here anymore," he said.
"It's just an unfortunate situation and it's become an accumulation of a lot of things."
"This place is too much for me. I'm getting old, I've lost my health and I'm sick of this other business."
The Hawkes family previously operated the boatyard at Abel Point.
Mr Hawkes, who plans eventually to move to Maleny with friends, says he has mixed feelings about moving on.
"It's a whole new start and I'll get used to it," he said. "[But] there's no place like home."
The property has been listed with Ray White Whitsunday and will be auctioned on Monday, February 4, at the Coral Sea Resort.
Ray White Whitsunday principal Mark Beale said the 17-acre block which backs onto a creek and is close to shops and schools was already split into three lots with the potential for further subdivision.
"It's a perfect renovator home and because it is so close to all the amenities the potential doesn't get any better than this," he said.
"The house is very private from the road and it really needs to be seen to be appreciated," he said.