Delfin Lend Lease ‘No Great Corporate Citizen’ in South Cairns!
Councillor for Division 3, Cr. Rob Pyne has criticized Delfin Lend Lease for the failure to fully consult with the community in relation to the sale of their iconic sales office on Forest Gardens Boulevard.
Cr. Pyne said he was, “bitterly disappointed that the company (who also own Cairns Central) rejected an offer from local community group, St. John’s Community Care to purchase the building for community use.”
”St. John’s Community Care provides support to the Frail Aged and people with disabilities as well as a range of Home & Community Care Services in the Far North.”
St. John’s Chairperson, Theo Bacalakis said, “we submitted a formal offer to purchase the property, only to be advised that Delfin had declined our offer to purchase the property, in favour of an offer from a private developer. He added, “St. John’s is a not for profit charitable and benevolent institution, we do not rely on Government Grants to provide the infrastructure necessary for the delivery of services to the community but does receive substantial government funding to provide direct support to our clients.”
Mr. Bacalakis added, “The Delfin Forest Gardens property is the ideal location for St. John’s. It has good access for those people of the southern corridor who need to access the community centre for services, and to combat any social isolation that they experience. The property also has a building that would ideally meet the need of those people who would use the Centre.”
Cr. Pyne said, “I am sure Council would have considered supporting the St. John’s bid, but we were not given the opportunity. The Community benefit of St. John’s proposal would not have disadvantaged Delfin Lend Lease financially, but the Community benefit would have been considerable! There is very strong support within the community for this centre to remain for that community purposes, so I certainly call on Lend Lease to reconsider the St. John’s offer.”