Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Prevent local councils accepting unsolicited land proposals
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that Banyule City Council recently announced its plans for an unprecedented public-private partnership. An unsolicited proposal was made by Fabcot Pty Ltd, Woolworths’ in-house Retail Property Development division to purchase public land in exchange for the provision of public infrastructure, the Rosanna Library.

Many other local councils are now engaging with Banyule City Council to establish similar partnership models across Victoria.

Unsolicited proposals mean that public land can be negotiated for sale without being identified as surplus or undergo transparent public consultation. Public infrastructure becomes bargaining power in confidential agreements, impervious to the public eye. These types of deals remove the public’s voice on the sale of public land, provision of local infrastructure and remove the ability to freely challenge attached private development.

At the core of these proposals is a grab for public land and the large sums of money private developers will pay to acquire this land. Power, money and influence of private developers will usurp the democratic process and interests of the public.

The confidential nature of these deals could create pathways for corruption and undue influence within local councils, allowing avenues for deception of the public.

All Victorian local government areas are susceptible to these risks.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government and the Minister for Local Government to take action to prevent local councils from accepting unsolicited proposals to purchase land and from exchanging public land for infrastructure.
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