Belconnen Needs Community Consultation
The Abbott Government is considering relocating 4000 jobs in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection from Belconnen. A decision that would severely impact the Belconnen town centre and local businesses, as the community relies on department as the single largest employer in Belconnen. The Belconnen Community Council have been actively pursuing the Government to commit to consultation and we need to show them that the community is behind them.
Minister for Finance, Hon. Mathias Cormann, has provided a weak response that fails to respond to the community's request for adequate consultation, does not indicate what "social impacts" the Government is using to assess the decision, and has provided no timeline for the decision-making process. This is leaving Belconnen community members and businesses in the lurch.
Adequate community consultation is a simple and fair ask, so join us in firmly requesting the Government stand by its commitment of open community consultation before decisions are made that will affect all of the Belconnen community. Our ask is simple:
To: Tony Abbott, Prime Minister;
Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance;
Peter Dutton, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection;
Richard Marles, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection;
Tony Burke, Shadow Minister for Finance.
We call on the Abbott Government to properly consult with the Belconnen community about the Department of Finance review into the ongoing accommodation needs of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and the “social impacts” for its residents. We demand the Abbott Government demonstrate its commitment to open and transparent decision making by addressing the important matter of:
• How these impacts will be measured;
• How feedback will be gathered;
• Who will be consulted;
• What the timeframes for these matters will be.
We insist that this be done prior to any final decision on the location of the national headquarters of DIBP.
The Canberra Community