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Salt Ash Weapons Range.

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Media Release

Bob Baldwin MP

Federal Member for Paterson

4 September 2003


The Commonwealth Government has commenced the acquisition process of 4 parcels of

land within Salt Ash Weapons Range.

The parcels involve a creekbed and 3 unformed roads that are located on the actual range itself and are currently controlled by Port Stephens Council and the Department of Land and Water Conservation. A full-page advertisement about this acquisition appeared in the Port Stephens Examiner on Thursday 28th August.

The intention of the acquisition is to remove any safety concerns on these 4 parcels of land, for both civilians and RAAF personnel.

The acquisition is expected to take place no sooner than the end of October.

“I urge people if they are concerned about this acquisition to make their views known, so that consideration of local residents is taken into account,” said the Federal Member for Paterson, Bob Baldwin.

“At the end of the day, there must be a balance between the local residents and the training needs of RAAF Williamtown and I am happy to facilitate that process by making sure that the Minister is aware of local concerns.”

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration, Peter Slipper, is the Minister responsible for the signing off of this acquisition. Bob Baldwin says anyone who has concerns about this acquisition and any direct consequences arising from it, should write either to him and he will make representations to the Minister or to the Minister directly.