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Former Navy base site to be released for sale

By Thumper - 13 November 2007 25

ABC online is reporting that the Federal Liberal party has committed a re-elected Coalition Government to releasing 32 hectares of Commonwealth land in north-west Canberra, to help combat the housing affordability crisis.

The Defence Department land, at the old Naval Tracking Station site at Lawson off Ginninderra Drive, would be released for housing development in 2009.

Is Canberra seeing a bit of pork due to the challenge on Gary Humphries’ senate seat?

Personally I would like to see the whole area turned into a park with trees, paths and boardwalks along the creek and lake.

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Former Navy base site to be released for sale
TroyWilliams 9:35 am 14 Nov 07

Hi Boomacat. Yes, it is a case of “me too” but as before it’s a case of once again Labor copying the Coalition. When the Treasurer announced the Government’s land audit, Labor argued that land release was not part of the solution to housing affordability, indeed Tanya Plibersek said …selling off bits of Commonwealth land is not a significant contribution to a full-blown affordability crisis.

Labor then backflipped, announcing its own version of a land release policy. Unfortunately Labor’s rushed policy was poorly developed, involving a summit, a committee and several departmental reviews – but only one property for sale. Kevin Rudd said there is $6 billion of land that the Commonwealth is supposedly “sitting on”, but this includes Parliament House, the War Memorial, defence bases, post offices and Centrelink offices.

Doctor Evil 9:30 am 14 Nov 07

So what they are saying is that thanks to the Liberal Party I can potentially buy a small block of polluted land… a ridiculous price……in Belconnen?

Definitely be camping out for that one.

philbert83au 8:44 am 14 Nov 07

1. This is new? That site has been slated for development for a decade now, I’m sure!

2. As I understand it, the site is presently fairly polluted from chemicals that leaked (or were dumped) from old-style high-voltage components that were used there, so there’s a fair bit of work to be done on cleanup to start with.

boomacat 8:20 am 14 Nov 07

Me too hey Troy?

If I recall, Kevin Rudd promised an almost identical scheme to release Commonwealth land for housing in about week 2 of the campaign, and John Howard said it was a stupid idea!

How predictable.

My vote aint for sale at the last minute. I’ll be judging the Coalition on what its done for housing affordability in the last 11 years of government.

thetruth 11:53 pm 13 Nov 07

It will only help the Libs get elected if the good citizens of Canberra think it is a good idea and vote for it.

The dental plan for service people is designed to get Rudd elected, as are tax cuts, a water tank and solar panels in evwery school blah blah.

Pandy 11:42 pm 13 Nov 07

It is helping to get the Liberals to get reelected so in a round-about-way it does.

thetruth 11:39 pm 13 Nov 07

yeah don’t get too excited – firstly it doesn’t go into Liberal coffers and second there is the development and selling costs. They will unlikely be 250m2 so less blocks.

Pandy 11:25 pm 13 Nov 07

That is about 1,000 blocks at the Stanhope preferred size of 250 suare metres, allowing for roads etc. At $150,000 that is a nice little earner for the Liberals

thetruth 10:54 pm 13 Nov 07

its under the MF towers

Deano 10:52 pm 13 Nov 07

Good, so Defence has located and decontaminated the PCB dump then.

thetruth 10:32 pm 13 Nov 07

I don’t want to flood the market …..

bighead 10:27 pm 13 Nov 07

Thumper, I am with you on the land side of things. Troy, is there particular locations that residential areas would be?

el ......VNBerlinaV8 10:27 pm 13 Nov 07

thetruth – Vote early and vote often.

thetruth 10:24 pm 13 Nov 07

It would be good to see each of the parties promises for Canberra side by side. My votes for sale!!

TroyWilliams 9:48 pm 13 Nov 07

Hi Thumper, you will get your parkland too as approximately 80% of the land is being set aside because of significant environment and heritage vales, with around 20% comprising some 32 hectares being allocated for residential development.

This is one of ten significant land parcels that will add to land supply as part of a comprehensive policy for housing affordability. The land will be released on the open market as the Coalition does not believe in doing special deals with State and Territory Government land development bodies. Such deals do not serve ensure that the land is made available for homebuyers as quickly as possible.

All the best


Troy Williams
Candidate for Fraser

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