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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7663


Senator Hutchins asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 24 October 2002:

With reference to the proposed development of the Defence-owned site within the North Penrith Urban Area:

(1) Is the Minister aware of recent public comments for the Member for Lindsay (Mrs Jackie Kelly) that the current master plan, on public exhibition, for the development of the site does not achieve its full potential and that, consequently, the site should be developed for some form of `Business Park' to replace the current plan.

(2) In light of these comments, can the Minister confirm whether or not the land uses for the site contained in the master plan are acceptable to the Commonwealth.


Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) I am not aware of the detail of public comments made by the Member for Lindsay, the Hon Jackie Kelly MP, on the issue other that that the site could be better zoned in the interests of the local community.

(2) There has been extensive consultation to ensure the future uses for the land meet the planning requirements of the Council and State Government stakeholders, which has included numerous public exhibition processes.

Nevertheless, the Government will consider such matters as raised by the Hon Jackie Kelly MP as the Member for Lindsay.