There has been an extraordinary furore surrounding the eviction of residents from the long stay caravan park in Narrabundah.
Liberal Leader Brendan Smyth has been talking to the ABC trying to defend his role in the matter.
“It was costing the ACT government money, we were losing taxpayers’ money on it, [that is] my memory of it at the time,” he said.
“So when we gave it to Koomari what we didn’t want to do is put an albatross around their neck which said, ‘Well you know you have to keep it forever and a day’, because you didn’t want to burden a community group with that sort of clause in their lease.
“They’ve done the right thing by the conditions we set, they kept it for longer than five years and in good faith, on-sold it.”
Alternatively he could have mutualised it and given it to the residents.
UPDATED: The Greens have been rather sharp and are noting that the new owners are not yet on the title to the property. So Koomarri could give the land back to the government.