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Wednesday, 11 August 2004
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Mr Gibbons asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 24 June 2004:

Does the Commonwealth Government own Fortuna Villa; if so, are there plans to sell it if it becomes superfluous to Defence needs upon the relocation of the Defence Imagery Geospatial Organisation; if not, can he say (a) who owns Fortuna Villa, (b) what is the tenure of ownership of Fortuna Villa, and (c) whether there are any caveats in place regarding the ownership of Fortuna Villa.


Fran Bailey (Minister for Employment Services and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

Yes, Defence owns Fortuna Villa. Yes, Defence plans to prepare Fortuna Villa for disposal, in line with Commonwealth Property Disposals Policy upon completion of the new facility for the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation. Preparation for disposal will include discussions with State and local Governments regarding options that will best preserve the heritage value of the property and preferably provide for a public use.

(a), (b) and (c) Not applicable.