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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21907

Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister for Finance and Administration, upon notice, on 8 October 2003:

(1) When and in what manner does the Government intend to dispose of Department of Defence land at Malabar Headland.

(2) Can the Minister confirm that the area of land is approximately 177 hectares.

(3) Is the property encumbered by explosive ordnance in whole or in part.

(4) Is the property subject to any special zoning restrictions.

Mr Abbott (Minister for Health and Ageing) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The land at Malabar Headland is not administered by the Department of Defence, but by the Department of Finance and Administration. Divestment of the property is planned for future years. No decision has been made on the method of disposal or the specific timing of disposal.

(2) The land is 177 hectares in area.

(3) The property may be encumbered in part by explosives ordnance due to its 100 year history as a rifle range and fortification, but to date there has been no evidence of unexploded ordnance on the property.

(4) The property is not subject to any special zoning restrictions.