POW Hospital expansion: “Clearly not fair play by the Government” – Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch moves to help householders facing compulsory acquisitions around Prince of Wales Hospital – 16th February 2014

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Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch will attempt to ameliorate the impact of the compulsory acquisition of 89 homes for the Prince of Wales Hospital expansion by getting action from Randwick Council.

She met this week with representatives from the Prince of Wales Hospital and Health Infrastructure. She has now lodged a Randwick City Council motion proposing that it urge the State Government to:

  • Offer residents increased financial compensation based on a review of the various legislated compensations available to them.
  • Appoint, at the expense of Health Infrastructure, a buyer’s agent for each resident to assist them in locating and purchasing their new property.
  • Grant an extension to late September 2018 to those residents who face significant impediments to re-locating due to illness, age or other reasons.

A Prince of Wales Hospital (POW) building looms behind soon-to-be compulsory acquired homes in Eurimbla Ave Randwick. Local Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch is fighting to see that displaced households get fair valuations on their properties.

Councillor Veitch has also been attending separate meetings with affected residents who learnt last June that they will lose their homes.

She reports that Health Infrastructure has reached agreement on the acquisition of 15 of the properties and the acquiring of 18 leasehold interests. But she states that the remaining 56 property owners are yet to reach agreement on the valuation of their homes and Councillor Veitch is critical of the settlement terms being offered.

She stated today,

“Residents facing compulsory acquisition are telling me that they have suffered considerable hardship and distress by what seems to be insufficient notice and consultation by Health Infrastructure. They report that the valuations being offered on their properties range from 10% to 30% below market value. That is clearly not fair play by the Government”

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Recent media.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/the-randwick-residents-forced-to-give-up-their-homes-for-a-hospital-20180206-h0uons.html

http://www.altmedia.net.au/nightmare-in-randwick/129683


Text of motion by Randwick Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch

That Randwick City Council:

  1. Notes that on 23 June 2017 the Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard released details of a $720 million expansion of the Randwick Hospital Campus, and further notes that:
    1. Residents of 89 properties in the area immediately west of the hospital, bounded by Magill St to the South, Hospital Road to the East, High St to the North and Botany St to the West were notified on 22 June 2017 that their homes were to be acquired by Health Administration Corporation under the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991.
    2. That Health Infrastructure, acting as the agent of Health Administration Corporation, have reached agreement regarding the acquisition of 15 freehold properties, as well as regarding the acquisition of 18 leasehold interests, with the owners of the remaining 56 properties yet to reach agreement on the valuation of their homes.
    3. That Health Infrastructure will take possession of the full site in September 2018.
    4. That residents whose homes have been made subject to the compulsory acquisition process as detailed above have suffered considerable hardship and distress by what they argue is an insufficient period of notice, inadequate consultation by Health Infrastructure, and significant variations in the valuations on their properties that range from 10-30% below market value. Furthermore, the requirement for 89 households to relocate within the 12 month notice period has escalated demand for housing in an area of low availability.
  2. Will bring back a report to council as soon as practicable with details of the sale price of all properties sold in the area referred to above within the period 1 June 2015 – 1 June 2017.
  3. Write to the Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, the Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard, and Health Infrastructure as agent of Health Administration Corporation, and calls on them to:
    1. Offer residents an increased solatium of 10% as per section 44 of the Victorian Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986, to compensate for the intangible and non-pecuniary disadvantages resulting from the acquisition or compensation on a reinstatement basis, as per Recommendation 17 of the 2014 Review of the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991 by David Russell SC (The Russell Review), whichever is the greater.
    2. Appoint, at the expense of Health Infrastructure, a buyer’s agent for each resident to assist them in locating and purchasing their new property.
    3. Grant an extension of settlement to late September 2018, to support those residents who due to illness, age or other reasons have experienced significant impediments to re-locating within the current timeframe.
    4. Instigate a new review of the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991, with public hearings, as per Recommendation 20 of The Russell Review.