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Alternatives sought for Lancelin Training Area.



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The Hon. Fran Bailey, MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence

13 Aug 2002 MIN 411/02

Alternatives sought for Lancelin Training Area

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Fran Bailey, has announced the intention of the Department of Defence to assess alternative solutions to the proposed expansion of the Lancelin Defence Training Area (LDTA).

Ms Bailey said the many sensitivities, associated with the proposed expansion of the LDTA necessitates further examination of possible alternate sites.

"Whilst I understand the benefits derived from having a training area of sufficient size within close proximity to Perth, the reality of sustainable environmental management and medium to long term urban and industry pressures, requires defence to have a closer look at possible alternatives," said Ms Bailey.

Preliminary investigations of suitable unallocated crown land have commenced.

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