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Tuesday, 10 September 1996
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(Question No. 114)


Senator Forshaw asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Development, upon notice, on 27 June 1996:

(1) On how many occasions has the Minister met representatives of the LH Project Pty Ltd to discuss the proposed second airport on the site of the existing Holsworthy Army Base.

(2) Have any of the meetings, or any other contact with the group or its representatives, taken place after 2 March 1996.

(3) What checks were carried out on LH Project Pty Ltd so as to determine their probity as an organisation to take part in such a development.

(4) What is the current relationship between the Minister or the Government and the original promoters of the scheme.

(5) Is a joint housing venture involving Federal Government funding through the Defence Housing Authority and a major private sector construction group being undertaken in the Wattle Grove and Voyager Point area, adjacent to the site of the proposed Holsworthy Airport.

(6) Was the private partner in the joint venture assured, when joining with the Government in the project, that the Holsworthy site as a proposed second airport had been abandoned by the Government of the day.

(7) Is the Minister aware that the commercial viability of the joint venture is now threatened merely by Government acknowledgment that Holsworthy is, despite earlier assurances, now a possible airport site.

(8) Is the Minister aware that the Government itself, through its partnership in the housing development, will also be a heavy loser unless the position on the airport is quickly clarified.

(9) Is the Government taking these heavy commercial losses into consideration when studying other expenses involved in having Holsworthy developed as a second airport.

(10) Can an assurance be given to the Senate that the proposed second airport development at Holsworthy shall not proceed.


Senator Alston —The Minister for Transport and Regional Development has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The Minister for Transport and Regional Development has met on three occasions with representatives of a private sector group which has proposed the development of a major airport in the Holsworthy Military Reserve.

(2) Yes.

(3) Checks were not appropriate on the representatives above as no agreements were being entered into.

(4) None.

(5) This question is a matter for the Minister for Defence Industry, Science and Personnel.

(6) This question is a matter for the Minister for Defence Industry, Science and Personnel.

(7) This question is a matter for the Minister for Defence Industry, Science and Personnel.

(8) This question is a matter for the Minister for Defence Industry, Science and Personnel.

(9) A financial feasibility study on the Badgerys Creek and Holsworthy options, and addressing relevant Defence issues, will proceed in parallel with the EIS process.

(10) The Government remains committed to building a second major airport for Sydney to a full international standard. Badgerys Creek remains the Government's preferred site. However, it believes that an alternative should be considered in case Badgerys Creek proves unacceptable. The Government has therefore included Holsworthy in the environment assessment process for a second airport site. The suitability of Holsworthy for an airport development is dependent on the outcome of that process and subsequent decisions by the Government.