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Thursday, 13 May 1965

Senator HENTY - The Minister for the

Army has provided the following answers to the honorable senator's questions -

1.   Yes.

2.   Yes. As in the case of several other areas where the Army has valuable assets in the way of improvements, the local authorities have exerted some pressure to move the Army. Wherever practicable the Army endeavours to meet the essential requirements of the civic authorities. As an example of this co-operation an area of 71/2 acres in the Swanbourne area was released to the Nedlands City Council some time ago to "complete their development plans". In 1962, the Nedlands Council was informed that to accede to their request to move the Army from Swanbourne would involve approximately £3 million as well as other considerations and that the costs involved would not be met with Commonwealth funds. The cost involved now would possibly be in excess of £4 million.

3.   No. Extensive investigations in the Perth area have shown the Army's needs could not be met as adequately elsewhere and at the same time provide reasonable access to community amenities for soldiers and their families.

4.   No. Irrespective of modern transport and present day concepts of warfare there are considerable advantages in retaining Army establishments reasonably close to the amenities, including housing, provided by a capital city for both soldiers and their families if we are to recruit and retain troops to fill these establishments. Training facilities for the Citizen Military Forces should also be located close to centres of population.

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