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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3548

Mr Morrison asked the Minister for Defence, in writing, on 10 November 2008:

In respect of his department’s land at West Wattle Grove Moorebank, will he confirm: (a) that 54.8 hectares of surplus land on this site was listed for sale by tender with Jones Lang LeSalle; and (b) that the closing date for tenders was Thursday 17 April 2008; and advise whether: (c) this land was sold; (d) the Commonwealth has any remaining interest in this land; and (e) the contract for sale included any conditions relating to the future use of the land.

Mr Fitzgibbon (Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(a)   Yes.

(b)   Yes.

(c)   No, the preferred tenderer did not exercise the Call Option to purchase the site, which expired on 15 December 2008.  Defence is currently reassessing the future disposal strategy for the site, in light of the revamped Commonwealth Property Disposals Policy announced by the Government on 25 February 2009.

(d)   Yes.

(e)   No; but the tender conditions did include the following clauses:

   17.1 The sale of the Property is being conducted having regard to the Australian Government’s surplus land disposal objectives. These include:

(a)   optimising sale proceeds within the context of the broader Australian Government sales and policy objectives;

(b)   minimising the Australian Government’s exposure to residual risks and liabilities;

(c)   ensuring that the successful Tenderer has the necessary financial and managerial capabilities to provide timely investment into appropriate infrastructure;

(d)   ensuring the sale outcome is consistent with relevant policy requirements including environmental policy;

(e)   ensuring the successful Tenderer demonstrates a commitment to the effective development of the Property; and

(f)   achieving a sale outcome which contributes to a competitive, sustainable and efficient residential development.

   17.2 By submitting a Tender, the Tenderer acknowledges the objectives of the Australian Government and confirms it has considered residential uses for the Property.