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Wednesday, 17 September 1958
Page: 1300

Mr OSBORNE (EVANS, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Air) - An area, to the seaward of Point Cook, in Port Phillip Bay, was taken over by proclamation - not recently, but a number of years ago - for the purpose of providing a safe area to the seaward of an ordinary rifle firing range at Point Cook. This is not a new development at alf. The honorable member has asked me whether I am aware of any indignation at the existence of this range. I have recently seen a complaint by a gentleman who describes himself as being savage at what he says is interference with his fishing in these hitherto untroubled waters. In fact, the range has existed since 1951. The only change has been a recent minor alteration in order to describe the boundaries more correctly than had been done before. The range is only rarely used nowadays, and I do not think that its existence constitute? much of an interference with either the fish or the fishermen.

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