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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.

Leave granted.

DR FOSKEY: I present the following paper:

Petition-out of order

Narrabundah Longstay Caravan Park-Dr Foskey (1666 signatures).

I move:

That, in relation to the Narrabundah Longstay Caravan Park, this Assembly:

(1) acknowledges:

(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;

(3) welcomes:

(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


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