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Future of the Rydalmere Naval Stores Depot



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P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A

H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

O F F I C E O F P H I L I P R U D D O C K , M. P.

MEMBER FOR DUNDAS SH A D O W ' M INISTER FOR IMMIGRATION ANP-ETHNIG -AERAFR-S

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FUTURE OF THE RYDALMERE NAVAL STORES DEPOT

A j o i n t a n n o u n c e me n t by t h e S t a t e and F e d e r a l Go v e r n me n t s

i n d i c a t i n g t h a t t h e y woul d now e xa mi ne o p t i o n s f o r r e l o c a t i n g

t h e Naval Su p p l y Depot on t h e P a r r a m a t t a R i v e r a t Ry d a l me r e has

been we l comed by F e d e r a l M. P. P h i l i p Ruddock who r a i s e d t h e m a t t e r

p u b l i c l y l a s t m o n t h .

' I t s eems t h e Go v e r n me n t s ha ve t a k e n up my s u g g e s t i o n i n a

p o s i t i v e ma nne r and t h i s i s mos t h e a r t e n i n g . '

Mr Ruddock s a i d t h e t h r u s t of t h e Go v e r n me n t s ' a n n o u n c e me n t was

c e r t a i n l y ' mor e h o p e f u l 1 t h a n t h o s e whi ch met h i s i n i t i a l c a l l in

Oc t o b e r .

' Le s s t h a n a month ago bot h t h e M i n i s t e r A s s i s t i n g t h e De f enc e

M i n i s t e r , l o c a l M. P. John Brown, and n a va l s pokesman Commodore

Davi d Thompson seemed keen t o d i s mi s s any t a l k of r e l o c a t i n g t h e

Rydal mer e Suppl y De p o t . '

‘ I can o n l y hope t h a t t h o s e who a p p e a r t o s h a r e my vi ew a b o u t

t h e r e l o c a t i o n w i l l p r e v a i l ' .

Mr Ruddock i s on r e c o r d as s u g g e s t i n g t h a t t h e wha r f a l r e a d y

l o c a t e d a t t h e s i t e c oul d be u t i l i s e d in t h e p r o p o s e d P a r r a m a t t a

Ri v e r f e r r y s e r v i c e .

' The e x t e n s i o n of t h e S i l v e r w a t e r Road a c c e s s t o K i s s i n g P o i n t

Road Dundas woul d f a c i l i t a t e a c c e s s f r om t h e No r t h e r n D i s t r i c t s

and H i l l s a r e a f o r a v e r y c o n v e n i e n t " pa r k and r i d e " f e r r y l o c a t i o n .

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Mo decision yet on - ■ · v ■ + * ··, _ ilavy sto res depotThe Royal Australian Navy stores depot at ydalmere would be moved when a suitable ■ternative site could be found, but th at ould not be in the near future.That was said by the Federal Member for Par- . rammatta, who is also the M in ister A ssisting the Minister for Defence, Mr John Brown. Mr Brown was respond­ing to a comment by the Federal Member for Dun­das, Mr Philip Ruddock, who said he saw little pur­pose in the RAN retaining the Rydalmere site when so much navy activity would be moved to Jervis Bay.“ Previous Liberal gov­ernments had 30 years to clean up Parramatta River and the Sydney harbour and didn’t do it,” said Mr Brown.“ This government has been working for two and a half years to clean them up and move the RAN”.Equipment such as large anchors were stored at Rydalmere and there was no place at this stage they could be easily located, he said.He did say that when an alternate site could be found, the Rydalmere in­stallation would be moved, but that such a move would not take place in the near

future. Mr Ruddock says he has requested the Minister for , Defence to advise him ab: out the future of the depot.

Mr Ruddock’s request was sparked by the recent suggestions that the RAN could be relinquishing the fleet base at Garden Island, the subm arine base at

Careening Cove, the mines­ weeping and patrol boat base at Ball’s Head and the Newington Armament De­ pot at Silverwater.

The Rydalmere site has been the centre" of con­ troversy in the past. Mr Ruddock has sug­ gested that the wharf at Rydalmere could be used to ( extend Parramatta River’s f, ferry services.

“While the State Govern­ ment has been dragging its feet about extending ferry services with the newly* ! designed twin-hulled fer­ ries, the prospect of a large site on the headwaters of

th e P a r ra m a tta R iv er

should be an urgent priority for both State and Federal Government negotiators,” he said.

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stay at !v·, site of stores THE ROYAL A ustralian

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quit th e N aval Stores j D e p o t' s ite a t R ydal-

t m e re . , ' In fact the Navy Is looking 1 at spending money to im­ , prove the site. ; Navy spokesman, Com­

modore David Thompson, dismissed claims by State Member for Dundas, Mr Phil­ ip Ruddock, that the . navy/ may leave the site.

Com modore Thompson said present plans were for the site to be retained.

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“ There are no plans to move out of Rydalmere." Com modore Thompson said the Navy was looking at upgrading the wharf area of the depot. ./ ·'

“There Is a study in pro­ gress,” he said. Γ Com modore Thompson said that if the Government

and the Navy decided over the 10 or 15 years to move out of the Rydalmere site, an ex­ trem ely large alternative storage area would have to be provided. ■- > ■ : '

Mr Ruddock had asked Defence Minister, Mr Kim Beazely, about the future of the Rydalmere depot after an investigation by the Navy to move some of its activities to Jervis Bayp a i w r : k n ,

“I can see little purpose in the Navy retaining the Naval Stores Depot at Rydalmere when so much of its activity is ' to be resited to Jervis Bay,” Mr Ruddock said. “

Mr Ruddock suggested the wharf be used as a site for ex­ tending Parram atta’s river -·. ferry service.. - V .

“ The extension of the Silverwater Rbad access to Kissing Point Road, Dundas, ' would facilitate access from

the Northern Districts and Hills areas for a very con­ venient park 'and ferry ride location,” Mr Ruddock said.