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Ex CEO of community housing organisation on Narrabundah caravan park

By Kerces 16 May 2006 21

My attention has been brought to this letter to the editor in today’s CT by Vicki Dunne.

It is written by former CEO of Community Housing Canberra Bruce McKenzie and Mrs Dunne says, “I thought This letter to the Times today was most interesting. Bruce is pretty straight and is an interesting twist to things.”

Cheap housing void

In mid-2000 the Narrabundah long stay caravan park was offered to Community Housing Canberra Ltd, a not-for-profit affordable housing provider.

Without any reason, the offer was withdrawn and the land quickly sold to Koomarri for $1. Koomarri has subsequently decided that running an affordable housing option is no longer one of their core businesses.

That’s fine, but given they only paid $1 for the site, they should have transferred the caravan park to an organisation whose core business is providing affordable housing, not sold it to the highest bidder.

The Canberra community has, twice, generously donated its time and money to build Koomarri a new headquarters.

Koomarri has let down those who have been its long-time supporters.

Its own actions, not those of the developer who bought the land, are responsible for this reduction in affordable housing. Koomarri has trashed its own reputation.

It now has only one option – give its 30 pieces of silver to an affordable housing provider to ensure that as much affordable housing as we can get remains in Canberra.

Bruce McKenzie, former chief

executive officer, Community

Housing Canberra, Giralang

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Vic Bitterman 5:31 pm 17 May 06

Well said Chris S.

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