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Wednesday, 19 November 1986
Page: 2562

(Question No. 1353)


Senator Puplick asked the Minister representing the Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services, upon notice, on 16 September 1986:

(1) What investigations were undertaken of-

(a) the usage of the Long Bay Rifle Range;

(b) the alternative rifle range facilities available in metropolitan Sydney; and

(c) the potential land usage of the Long Bay Rifle Range prior to the Budget decision to sell the Long Bay Rifle Range on the open market.

(2) What discussions, if any, were held with the New South Wales Government prior to the decision referred to above.


Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's questions:

The Government decided to sell Anzac Rifle Range and other Commonwealth properties in the context of the 1986-87 Budget. The revenue from these disposals will help meet the Government's economic objectives in the current financial year.

As regards the specific points raised in the senator's question:

(1) (a) The current usage of the Range by the Commonwealth and by various non-Commonwealth users was brought to the Government's attention in its consideration of the proposed sale.

(b) I am not aware that the Government gave specific consideration to the availability of alternative rifle range facilities for non-Commonwealth users in metropolitan Sydney during its deliberation on the proposed sale.

(c) Potential land usage is a significant factor in considering the salability and revenue potential of any property. In this respect, the potential land usage of the Anzac Rifle Range was a factor in the deliberative process leading to the Government's decision to sell the Range.

(2) I am not aware that any discussions were held with the New South Wales Government prior to the Budget decision to sell the Anzac Rifle Range. Established principles of confidentiality would mitigate against such discussions in the Budget context.

Subsequent to the Budget announcement, I wrote to the New South Wales Minister for Planning and Environment seeking co-operation with the State in disposing of the Range, including consideration of any proposal by the State to acquire the property.

It is important to note that once a property leaves Commonwealth ownership it becomes subject to State and local government land use planning and zoning requirements. In this respect, the Anzac Rifle Range would be no different from any other property disposed of by the Commonwealth.