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Haines calls on government to stop Jervis Bay site work



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PR No 89/35"^ C a n b e r r a 2 August 1989

HATNHS ("ALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO STOP JERVIS BAY SITE WORK

Senator Janine Haines, Leader of the Australian Democrats, today called on the Federal Government to stop site work for a naval armament depot at Jervis Bay in New South Wales.

"It should not be necessary to point out to the Government that the relocation of naval facilities to Jervis Bay has not yet been approved", Senator Haines said.

"in fact, the public release of the draft Environmental Impact Statement has been delayed for several months.

“Yet work is proceeding in the Currambene State Forest — the proposed armament depot site — and at Cabbage Tree Point, where the armament wharf is planned to be built."

Senator Haines said that deep holes are being dug in the State Forest, and tenders have been invited for a contract to clear and dig a 0.4 hectare site for embankment testing. Test holes have been drilled at Cabbage Tree Point, and the access highway and depot

site have been surveyed.

"This outrageous situation demonstrates that the Jervis Bay EIS is a charade. The Government has already made up its mind to proceed with this destructive and unnecessary project", Senator Haines concluded.

F o r f u r t h e r i n f o r m a t i o n : Senator Janine Haines 08-223,1866

Richard Bolt 03-614.3792