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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4730

Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(   1 ) With reference to the answer to question No. 349 (Hansard, 23 August 1974, page 1 186) in which he indicated that it is established policy to re-locate the Merrett Rifle Range at Williamstown, Melbourne, what progress has been made in its re-location.

(2)   How much of the 300 acres of the range has been released to date.

Mr Barnard - The answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) A Joint Committee, representative of the Australian and State Governments has been set up to examine and report to both governments on possible alternative areas. A number of sites have been listed for detailed examination on the ground and these examinations are proceeding.

(2)   Approximately 120 acres (48.6 ha) by disposal, leasing and permissive occupance

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