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Monday, 30 August 2004
Page: 26766


Senator Chris Evans asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 23 June 2004:

(1) Which of the following properties, previously identified as for sale or disposal in the 2003-04 financial year, have been disposed of: (a) Bathurst Training Depot/Stores Depot (Bathurst, New South Wales); (b) Throsby Training Depot (Port Kembla, New South Wales); (c) Navy Stores Depot (Rydalmere, New South Wales); (d) Witton Barracks - Heritage (Indooroopilly, Queensland); (e) Damsacus Barracks (Meeandah, Queensland); (f) Rockhampton Training Depot (Rockhampton, Queensland); (g) Maribyrnong Explosive Factory (Maribyrnong, Victoria); (h) Bullsbrook vacant land (Bullsbrook, Western Australia); (i) Bushmead Rifle Range (Helena Valley, Western Australia).

(2) For each property which was not disposed of in the 2003-04 financial year, what is the new expected disposal date.


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

(1) Stage 1 of the Rydalmere Stores Depot (Ermington) and portion of the former Explosives Factory Maribyrnong (the `Afton Street' site) were sold in 2003-04.

(2) Witton Barracks is occupied by the Queensland University Regiment and will not be available for disposal in the immediate future. The Bathurst Army Reserve Training Depot is also being retained for the foreseeable future.

With regard to the other properties, due to the nature of property transactions the specific date when a property will be sold is difficult to forecast.