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Thursday, 13 April 1972
Page: 1078

Senator MULVIHILL - I direct a question to the Minister for Civil Aviation. In view of his decision to veto plans for a light aircraft airport in the Duffy's Forest region of Sydney, has his Department now returned the land in question to the New South Wales Government for the creation of a nature reserve?

Senator COTTON - 'His'Department never had the land. What we were discussing with the Department of Lands in New South Wales was a proposition that if the airport was desirable some land would be acquired under lease. I think that one fairly can mention here that the amount that was originally proposed for the lease during the number of years of negotiation increased dramatically. We did exhibit an interest in the situation and expressed the hope in earlier meetings in the Senate that it was very much to be desired that the area might become part of a parkland, but that was not for us to determine. That was just a personal indication of a view that 1 had. Perhaps it was presumptuous of me to do so but nevertheless I did express it.

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