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Wednesday, 22 August 1984
Page: 195

(Question No. 915)


Senator Mason asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 29 May 1984:

(1) When will the environmental impact study of the proposed manoeuvre area near Cobar be finished.

(2) When will the environmental impact study of the proposed Army schools complex north of Dubbo be finished.

(3) When will the environmental impact study of the proposed Army schools complex north of Bathurst/ Orange be finished.

(4) When will the environmental impact study of the proposed Army schools complex north of Tamworth be finished?


Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) A draft environmental impact statement-EIS-for the proposed manoeuvre area near Cobar is expected to be distributed for public comment in mid-1985. Following public review, the final EIS should be completed by the end of 1985.

(2) to (4) I expect to receive a recommendation by the end of August 1984 on which of the three areas presently under consideration as a location for the Army Schools should be the subject of an environmental impact statement. The timetable for this statement would be similar to that for the manoeuvre area near Cobar.