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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 7 Hansard (15 August) . . Page.. 2096..


We are deeply concerned at the proposed eviction of the residents from their homes in the Narrabundah long stay caravan park. We strongly urge the Assembly to take all positive action necessary to address this injustice.

We believe this is a social justice issue that must be righted to allow the present residents to remain in their homes.

Schools—closures

By Mr Berry, from 14 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory.

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that there is considerable disquiet with the ACT Government's proposal to close 39 schools and preschools, particularly as some are marked for closure at the end of this year.

School communities want the opportunity to explore other options.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to pass ACT Greens MLA Deb Foskey's "Education (School Closures Moratorium) Amendment Bill 2006"- in order to ensure that no schools are involuntarily closed until 2008, and that no school closures take effect from that date unless supported by a specific vote of the ACT Legislative Assembly.

Housing—Narrabundah Long Stay Caravan Park

By Dr Foskey, from 23 residents:

To the Speaker and members of the assembly for the Australian Capital Territory.

We the undersigned and residents of the Longstay Caravan Park, Narrabundah Lane, Symonston, call upon the Legislative Assembly to:

1. ensure that the proposed sale of the Longstay Caravan park be abandoned, and

2. irrespective of whether a sale takes place, ensure the implementation of guarantees of:

a). long term residential renewable tenure of a 20 year period to include a sub-lease clause;

b). a reasonable rental fixed at current rate for the first 12 month period for a further increments subject to the same constraints as specified under the Residential Tenancies Act (1977); and

c). in the case of any closing down of the Longstay Caravan Park, or enforced removal of any individual tenant, the payment of compensation equal to the current insured policy value held by the tenant of the insurable value.


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