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Monday, 6 December 1999
Page: 12922

Mr Horne asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 21 October 1999:

(1) Has his attention been drawn to the Stockton Rifle Range Heritage Assessment recommendation that any future conservation policy should not include measures to stabilise the dune system and any attempt to this would reduce the significance of the natural system.

(2) Will residential development of the rifle range site require stabilisation of the dunes; if so, what action will be taken to protect the range site from residential development and to protect the dunes, as referred to in the Heritage Commission recommendation.

Mr Moore (Defence) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Given that the dunes are part of the much larger Stockton Bight Sand Dune System, any decisions taken with respect to stabilisation would need to be taken in the context of total management of the system. This would be a matter for the relevant State and local authorities, drawing on a range of studies, including Defence's heritage assessment.

(2) Residential development on the non-dune portion of the Stockton Rifle Range may or may not require stabilisation of the dunes. As mentioned above, any requirement to stabilise the dunes would be determined by the relevant authorities. The Defence heritage assessment was undertaken by a consultant and not the Heritage Commission.