Former Noosa Banana Farmer Roger Hack.
Former Noosa Banana Farmer Roger Hack.

Family fights for missing millions

ROGER Hack died before the mystery of his missing millions could be solved, but his family has vowed never to give up.

The 80-year-old Noosa grandfather lost a battle with dementia complications on March 17.

His final months were spent reconnecting with his three children, Richard, 48, Rosemary, 46, and Nigel, 43, after eight years of turmoil.

The former banana farmer struck a $29 million deal with developers in 2003 for his property overlooking Hastings Street.

After the settlement, he bought a Munna Point apartment, gave a total of $17 million to his children and the remainder was placed in a bank account.

According to his three children, Mr Hack developed advanced dementia in the years that followed.

The siblings, who lived interstate at the time, said those around Mr Hack took over his financial affairs.

The whereabouts of the money is now unknown after being weaved through a maze of trust funds and investments.

In June last year, Richard followed legal advice to have his father removed from those who had taken control of his decisions and money.

The case ended up in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The tribunal awarded the Adult Guardian full personal guardianship of Mr Hack, while the Public Trustee was given full financial control.

Richard said he understood their exhaustive efforts had failed to retrieve any funds.

“This is other than to say the property assets were transferred to Prudential fund management,” he said.

“We have taken some strength in the knowledge that at least dad died happy.

“After the tribunal ruling we hired a motor home in September and took dad to stay with us.

“Up until he got sick with a collapsed lung, he was loving living on acreage at Bemboka, in the Bega Valley in south-eastern New South Wales.

“He adored watching re-runs of The Saint.”

Richard said his father's ashes would be spread over Noosa.

“He moved there in 1949 and spent more than 50 years being a passionate community man,” he said.

“In the early days, dad was always the first to take his truck and clear the road near the Noosa Reef Hotel when it washed out.

“He will be greatly missed.”

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