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Wednesday, 24 February 1971

(Question No. 720)


Senator Sir MAGNUS CORMACK asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(1)   When will the unsightly barracks erected as a temporary need in 1942 in Albert Park, Melbourne, be removed.

(2)   Will the Minister consider their demolition in order to free parklands forthe original purpose of use by Melbourne citizens.

(3)   Will the Minister inform the Senate of any impediment lo this desirable end not readily discernible.


Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON -

The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   It is noi possible at this time to give a firm dale for the total evacuation of Albert Park Barracks, Melbourne.

(2)   and (3) ti is firm policy to vacate the Albert Park Barracks area as soon as possible: the original Barracks area approximated 50 acres and this has been reduced to approximately 21 acres. Plans have been prepared for the redevelopment of Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, including the erection of high rise buildings to provide office accommodation for staff including those al Albert Park Barracks. In addition, approval has been given for the transfer lo Canberra of a number of the personnel presently located at Albert Park Barracks. However, a number of factors, particularly the progression of the building programme at Victoria Barracks, will have a bearing on the date upon which the Albert Park area can be finally vacated.







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