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Thursday, 23 August 1973
Page: 380

Mr Bourchier (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice:

Will he give an assurance that the Army Survey Regiment at Fortuna, 'Bendigo, will not be transferred from Bendigo to another area.

Mr Barnard - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

I am unable to give the honourable member the assurance he seeks. Present planning provides for the Army Survey Regiment to commence moving from Bendigo to Bonegilla in the late 1970s with the last elements moving in H978 or 1979. As I have previously stressed to the honourable member, these are planning dates only. It is possible that the emergence of higher priority projects or the diversion of capital funds could affect this planning.

The honourable member already has my undertaking to keep him informed of all developments as they occur and to provide the maximum notice possible of the intended movement.

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