Hobart Not Highrise Inc. calls on Ald Behrakis to declare a financial interest, and vacate the chamber, for two items at the Council Meeting on Monday 17th December.

Hobart Not Highrise Inc. has great admiration for the Behrakis family, coming to Tas in the 50’s and working their businesses up to the level that they’re now described as Hobart’s top property family … the Australian dream come true.

The Behrakis family is number one on the list of Hobart’s most influential property magnates (bsfa.org.au) and number one on ‘a short overview of the lives of the property magnates behind Hobart’ (garynairn.com.au), making, if these web-site are to be believed, Ald Bahrakis a member of Hobart’s top property family.

So, when a member of that family gets heavily involved in changing / setting our planning policies, we believe there’s a financial conflict of interest (actual, perceived, or potential).

The Bahrakis family has substantial property interests adjoining the proposed major upgrades in Salamanca, would likely have a financial gain from this work (particularly from car bays in front of their buildings). We believe, therefore, that Ald Behrakis has a financial conflict of interest (actual, perceived, or potential) as per the Code of Conduct (part 3 sections 3, 4, 5, and 6). Ald Behrakis failed to declare this conflict at the Planning Committee meeting on the 10th December (Agenda Item 7.1.4). Hobart Not Highrise believes that he should have made a declaration and removed himself from the meeting.

Hobart Not Highrise Inc. believes that, as a member of the Behrakis family, Ald Behrakis has a financial conflict of interest (actual, perceived, or potential) in all planning policy issues and, in particular, the building heights issue, given its importance to the future of Hobart. Ald Behrakis failed to declare this conflict at the Planning Committee meeting on the 10th December (Agenda Item 8.2). Hobart Not Highrise believes that he should have made a declaration and removed himself from the meeting.

Hobart Not Highrise calls on Ald Bahrakis to make the necessary declarations of interest, and excuse himself from the Council meeting on Monday 17th December 2018 for these two items.

Brian Corr
President
Hobart Not Highrise Inc.