August 23, 2017
Scarborough businesses petition for fair compensation
Scarborough MLA and Shadow Planning Minister Lisa Harvey has thrown her support behind a push for compensation for businesses impacted by the Scarborough foreshore redevelopment.
A petition, sponsored by Mrs Harvey, with more than 2,300 signatures was yesterday presented to the Legislative Council by Liberal MLC Tjorn Sibma calling on the McGowan Government to ensure the businesses are adequately compensated for any loss of business.
Mrs Harvey also called on the State Government to be open and transparent and reveal what advice it had received from the State Solicitors Office regarding compensation for the affected businesses.
“In the final days of the former Government the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority was awaiting advice from the SSO on this matter, however Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has refused to table that advice,” Mrs Harvey said.
“Instead, the Government offered businesses a disruption payment capped at 50 per cent of the land tax payable for the year, which in some cases is as little as $440.
“These business people would like to know what the SSO recommended.”
Mrs Harvey has been working Chris Burke, from The Wild Fig Café, and other local business owners who say they have had almost no communication from or consultation with the Planning Minister.
“These people, many of whom are facing financial ruin, tell me the Planning Minister met with just one business owner before announcing the State Government’s pittance of support,” she said.
“The local business network and community are now calling on the Legislative Council to hold the McGowan Government to account and ensure these businesses are adequately compensated and the amenity of the area protected.”