I am pleased today to advise of a number of local businesses that are providing support for homeowners affected by the Mr Fluffy legacy. This is an issue having a far-reaching impact on our community, directly affecting 1021 homeowners and their families, but soon to be felt across the city as demolition of these properties take place.
Homeowners and tenants permanently relocating from Mr Fluffy properties are receiving financial assistance from the ACT Government of up to $14,000 for a family of four to assist in costs. Landlords are also eligible for assistance once their property is permanently vacated and not re-tenanted.
It’s great to see that a number of local businesses have advised they will be providing support for homeowners also to complement the financial support of the ACT Government for homeowners.
The Good Guys in Tuggeranong, Rodney’s Plants Plus in Pialligo and the Canberra Outlet Centre in Fyshwick are all assisting homeowners through discounts and offers to replace affected items like washing machines, vacuums, clothing and linen, or to purchase new plants and garden supplies.
The Good Guys are providing a special discount rate to assist homeowners replace items such as washing machines, vacuum cleaners or other household items. Rodney’s Plants Plus have pledged to provide affected homeowners with free plastic pots for transplanting plants to a new property, a free bag of potting mix, free satchels of power feed and a 20 percent discount valid for 12 months on their next purchase. The Canberra Outlet Centre is providing discounts across their stores, at the discretion of individual retailers.
This is a wonderful example of Canberra community spirit which we often see in our business community following disasters. The Good Guys Tuggeranong and Rodney’s Plants Plus were key supporters of the community following the 2003 bushfires and their support was greatly appreciated then as it is now.
The support we are seeing from local businesses complements support being shown from other business sectors such as the 15 banks who have now advised they are providing a compassionate response to homeowners, utilities Actew Water, ActewAGL and Telstra who are providing assistance and a number of our community organisations such as Northside, Woden and Belconnen Community Services.
I would also like to acknowledge the support to the Taskforce and homeowners of local horticulturists Mick Burgess and Dennis Dempsey who are providing free advice and a storage space for people wishing to take their plants and trees to a new property.
Such support from across the Canberra community and business sector makes what is a challenging situation for homeowners a little bit easier.
I encourage any other businesses or community members who may like to provide support to homeowners during this challenging time to register their details with the Taskforce on 13 22 81 or by email at email@example.com
Further detail for homeowners on support available is on the Taskforce’s website at www.act.gov.au/asbestostaskforce
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