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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4551

Mr Kennedy asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice:

(1)   In what year was the Citizen Military Forces unit located at Bendigo established.

(2)   In what ways and in what years has its structure changed since its inception.

(3)   What was the total strength of the unit in the first year and at each fifth and tenth year of each decade since its inception.

(4)   What is the (a) establishment and (b) strength of the unit for 1971.

(5)   What (a) number and (b) percentage of its strength are (i) regular servicemen and (ii) persons who have chosen the Citizen Military Forces as an alternative to National Service.

(6)   Do plans exist for new buildings, new facilities and a new location.

(7)   If so, when were the plans drawn up, and when will they be implemented.

Mr Peacock - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Citizen Military Forces (CMF) unit located in Bendigo, 6th Company, Royal Australian Army Service Corps (RAASC), was originally raised in 1923 in Melbourne. It was relocated in Bendigo in 1962.

(2)   The structure of the unit has not basically changed since its location in Bendigo.

(3)   As at December 1962 the strength of 6 Coy RAASC was 4 Permanent Military Forces (PMF) and 125 CMF. 6 Coy RAASC Workshop also located at Bendigo, had a strength of 14 CMF. As at December 1967, the strength of 6 Coy RAASC was 3 PMF and 87 CMF. 6 Coy RAASC Wksp strength was 4 CMF.

(4)   At the end of October 197). the establishment and strength of both units was:



(6)   A new CMF depot is planned for Bendigo, but at this -stage the implementation date is too far ahead for detailed plans and cost estimates to be available. It is probable that the new depot might be built on a new site in Bendigo.

(7)   The proposal is in the Army Accommodation Plan but having regard to higher priority requirements, and the likely availability of funds, it has not been included in the current 5 Year Rolling Programme.

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