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Tuesday, 30 March 1971

Senator WILLESEE asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

Has the Minister examined the possibility of allowing a section of Garden Island in Western Australia to be retained as a pleasure resort; if so, when will he be in a position to make an announcement.

Senator Sir KENNETHANDERSONI referred this question to my colleague the Minister for Defence who has provided the following information:

The question of public access to Garden Island, Western Australia, both during construction and ultimate operation of the Naval Support Facility has been thoroughly examined.In developing a policy on the matter regard has been taken of requests received from private individuals and organisations concerning leases for holiday cottages, establishment of memorials, allocation of space for public recreation areas and matters relating to conservation.

It has been decided that once the Facility is in operation general public access to Garden Island is not considered practicable having in mind safety, security and the need to safeguard the limited vegetation and the natural environment. Lessees of land are being permitted lo retain their leases consistent with the phased development of the project but, for the reasons stated eventually, all will be required to be vacated, either during construction or upon completion of the Facility.

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