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Notice given 16 September 2003

2113  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) (a) What is the current status of the Defence property at the Stockton Rifle Range in New South Wales; (b) what was the land used for previously; and (c) for what purpose does Defence envisage that the site could be used in the future.

(2) What is the size of the site.

(3) Has the site been valued by either the New South Wales Valuer-General or the Australian Valuation Office; if so: (a) when did the valuations take place; and (b) what was the estimated value.

(4) Is it intended that the site will be sold; if so, when.

(5) Is Defence aware of any heritage and/or environmental significance attached to the site; if so, can details be provided.

(6) Have any parties, i.e. individuals, organisations or governments, expressed an interest in acquiring the site; if so, can details be provided.

(7) Has the Port Stephens Council expressed an interest in acquiring the site; if so, what was the nature of each expression of interest from the Council.

(8) (a) Why has the land not been transferred to the Port Stephens Council; and (b) has there been any consultation between Defence and the Council in this regard; if so, what was the nature of each consultation with the Council on this issue.

(9) (a) When did the Commonwealth first acquire the site; and (b) what was the purpose of the acquisition.

(10) (a) What was the process for acquiring the site; and (b) did the Commonwealth ever pay any party for the acquisition; if so, how much was paid.