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Wednesday, 3 December 2003
Page: 23653

Mr NAIRN (4:46 PM) —On indulgence and very briefly, I strongly support the words of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration. Development of off-base housing for defence is an excellent project for the Queanbeyan area. Certainly residents were not all that happy about losing their pitch and putt area, but a decision was made by the private owner at the time to move on—and I think this is a very good use of that land.

Consultation with various property owners in the region has been excellent. Some concerns were raised about traffic, but a redesign has certainly helped in that regard. I am really pleased that the Defence Housing Authority has taken those concerns into account with the redesign and we have ended up with a very good result. Mr Deputy Speaker Jenkins, I know that you also were at the hearing and had a look on the ground. I think the aspect is excellent. It will provide very good accommodation for defence personnel and will be a great addition to the Queanbeyan community. Contractors and materials for the projected earthworks, building and all those sorts of things will be gained in the region, which is another great stimulus the project will provide.

I certainly commend this project and thank the DHA for being so visionary in what it has put together for the Queanbeyan community and defence personnel. Many more defence personnel are gradually coming into our region; their numbers will increase even further when Headquarters Australian Theatre, between Queanbeyan and Bungendore, progresses over the next couple of years. I commend the project to the House and to the people of Queanbeyan.

Question agreed to.