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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4639

Mr Bennett asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   In view of the intended possible extension of the Perth Airport and the resultant loss of 1,700 acres of rate-able land at Newburn, has he considered a request submitted by letter from the Belmont Shire on 29th June 1971 and acknowledged by him on J 6th July 1971 relating to the return to the Belmont Shire of certain land compulsorily acquired from the Shire for Army purposes and now no longer used for those purposes.

(2)   If so, what reply will be sent to the Belmont Shire.

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

(I)   and (2) 1 replied to the Shire's letter on 27th September and advised the Shire Clerk that a decision on the 18 acres of land at Belmont currently held for defence purposes would be made as soon as practicable.

The Defence authorities are currently considering a number of prospective land holdings in Western Austrafia related to possible future requirements there. It will probably be some time yet before a decision can be taken in regard to the land at Belmont.

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