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Tuesday, 10 May 1960

Mr Daly y asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice -

In view of the extensive re-organization of the Army which is now being undertaken, will he approve the release of land held by the Army in the Marrickville Municipality in order that it may be made available for housing and other purposes?

Mr Cramer - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows: -

The future requirement for land and buildings held by the Army in the Sydney area, including the depot in Addison-road. has recently been examined by a special committee, which has recommended that as there is a continuing Army requirement for this property, it should be retained. Marrickville has for many years, been a major Army centre and will continue to be so when the current re-organization is fully implemented. The depot is to be occupied by some twenty-four units and sub-units of the Citizen Military Forces and Supplementary Reserve, the combined personnel establishment of these units being over 1,500. The policy of the Army is to group units together in populated areas to avoid excessive travel. Under the re-organization this factor will be most important as the Citizen Military Forces will have to rely on volunteer enlistments. The depot, situated as it is, in the densely populated area of Marrickville, is strategically placed for this purpose. The Addison-road Depot is a valuable asset providing urgently needed accommodation and training facilities for C.M.F. and other units. In view of the above it is not proposed to release the land and buildings concerned.

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