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Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Page: 8266

Salt Ash Air Weapons Range

(Question No. 403)


Mr Baldwin asked the Minister for Defence, in writing, on 31 May 2011:

(1) Is land within a one kilometre radius of the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range (SAAWR) essential for the training requirements of personnel operating from the Royal Australian Air Force Williamtown Base, and/or operation of SAAWR.

(2) If so, is the Government interested in voluntarily acquiring this land, specifically residential property in the vicinity of Rookes Road, Salt Ash, NSW, 2318.


Mr Stephen Smith: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) No. Land within a one kilometre radius of the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range is not essential for training requirements.

(2) Defence has no current plans to acquire residential properties in the Salt Ash area, including residential property in the vicinity of Rookes Road, Salt Ash.