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Thursday, 27 November 1986
Page: 2944


Senator GRIMES (Minister for Community Services)(10.47) —The Government has been approached by the rifle clubs that use the range and are concerned about the possible cancellation of the major international shooting event planned for the Bicentenary year. I have handed on the honourable senator's concerns about this matter, which she brought up the other night, to the responsible Minister and the Government and we are already considering them. The Department of Local Government and Administrative Services is consulting with marketing agents in developing disposal strategies and it is having discussions with the New South Wales State Planning Authority and the Australian Heritage Commission. We are only that far ahead at this stage. As I said the other night, the property is valued at something between $20m and $40m, which I think is a pretty expensive rifle range. Having said that the other night I have received a torrent of abuse through the mail-more than I have received on any other subject on which I have spoken in recent times. So, tonight I had better be very careful and not cause myself too much difficulty. I will get the answer for the honourable senator and for those rifle clubs as soon as the Government has considered their representations.