Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 1810..
Housing-Narrabundah Long Stay Caravan Park
DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (11.10): I seek leave to present a petition from 1,666 citizens concerning the Narrabundah Long Stay Caravan Park.
DR FOSKEY: I present the following paper:
Petition-out of order
Narrabundah Longstay Caravan Park-Dr Foskey (1666 signatures).
That, in relation to the Narrabundah Longstay Caravan Park, this Assembly:
(a) the strength and value of the community of residents presently living at the Narrabundah Park;
(b) the absence of alternative longstay caravan park berths in the Canberra region;
(c) the shortage of affordable private rental accommodation; and
(d) the long public housing waiting lists;
(2) notes, with regret:
(a) the rushed and improvident transfer of ownership of the park from the ACT Commissioner for Housing to Koomarri in 2000;
(b) Koomarri's decision to put the park on the open market this year and to sell it to the highest bidder; and
(c) the intention of the new owner, Consolidated Builders Ltd, to evict all residents and cease operations of the Narrabundah Longstay Caravan Park;
(a) the ACT Government's commitment to a positive and sustainable outcome for the Longstay park residents; and
(b) Koomarri's preparedness to refund most of the sale price and work with the ACT Government and Consolidated Builders Ltd to redress the situation; and
(4) calls on:
(a) Consolidated Builders Ltd to walk away from this property deal, at no cost to itself, so that it can be returned to public ownership; and
(b) the ACT's peak business and property organisations to publicly commit to an ethics-based approach of corporate social responsibility.
I would like to talk through each step of this motion because I believe that all the elements are significant, otherwise I would not have put them there. I refer firstly to the