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e-petition against local councils accepting unsolicited land proposals

"In Victoria, this practice has started with Banyule Council's deal with Woolworths, who approached council to purchase an additional 828sqm of public land that wasn't on the market.
It introduced the influence of private developers over and above transparency to the public, and puts every piece of public land at risk. The Woolworths deal was well over 2 years in the making before it came to light. Imagine if you discovered that our parklands or even a local park was negotiated for sale 2 years ago - now is the time to act before the precedent is set. Public land should stay in public hands." (Excerpt from petition).

Dear All,

Please sign this e-petition to parliament for this very important issue and forward across your networks.

Prevent local Councils accepting unsolicited land proposals.
https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/council/petitions/electronic-petitions/view-e-petitions/details/12/364

In Victoria, this practice has started with Banyule Council's deal with Woolworths who approached council to purchase an additional 828sqm of public land that wasn't on the market.
It introduced the influence of private developers over and above transparency to the public and puts every piece of public land at risk. The Woolworths deal was well over 2 years in the making before it came to light. Imagine if you discovered that our parklands or even a local park was negotiated for sale 2 years ago - now is the time to act before the precedent is set. Public land should stay in public hands.

If you are not familiar with the term "Unsolicited Proposals" and associated risks, watch this Four Corners episode on Crown Casino, Barangaroo tower....started with an unsolicited proposal. (fascinating, a must watch!): https://www.abc.net.au/4corners/packer%E2%80%99s-crown-casino-gamble/13366976

“That building should stand there and be a warning to us all…we should look at that building and forever know that we should never let that happen again.” Architect

Council are advertising this heavily and will not identify which other councils have contacted them. One example:

https://www.commercialrealestate.com.au/news/when-woolworths-agreed-to-build-a-community-library-in-rosanna-the-uproar-started-1051810/

"Councillor Garotti says many other councils are now contacting Banyule about how to form worthwhile partnerships. “I think we’re leading the way in this,” he said."

The action is simple, and the risk is huge. Please sign.

Kind regards,
Alicia Curry

Note that this petition is sponsored by Mr Clifford Hayes, Legislative Council, Sustainable Australia Party

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