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Thursday, 14 November 1974
Page: 2463

Senator Baume asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(1)   Is the Minister aware that the area around Avoca Street, Randwick, New South Wales is extensively built-up.

(2)   Is the Minister also aware that there is a need for more open space in the area of Randwick-Coogee.

(3)   Will the Minister examine the possibility of having 10 acres of land presently held by the Army available as open space for the use of the people of the Randwick-Coogee area.

Senator Bishop - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The land being developed is Australian Government owned land and will provide much needed updated working and living accommodation for many service personnel in the Sydney metropolitan area. The State and local authorities have raised no objections to this proposal.

(3)   The Avoca Street land occupied by Army will be fully utilised when the redevelopment is achieved. There will not be residual land available for other uses. However plans for the redevelopment of the Naval Supply Depot adjacent to the Army area are still to be considered. Whilst it is unlikely that land could be made available from the Navy area, your proposal to make available open space for the people of the Randwick Coogee area will be investigated during the development of the Navy scheme.

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