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Monday, 31 March 1980
Page: 1236

Senator Hamer asked the Minister representing the Minister for Science and the Environment, upon notice, on 20 February 1980:

(1)   ls the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization Division of Fisheries and Oceanography to be relocated from its present location at Cronulla, NSW; if so, why.

(2)   Are the following criteria relevant in considering relocation: (a) close proximity to priority areas for research, so that the costs of operating vessels are minimised; (b) access to a broad and active scientific community; (c) close relations with the users of research, specifically the oil and gas industry, fishing, offshore technology and construction, sea transport and Navy dockyards; (d) a good marine site readily accessible to national and international visitors; (e) technical and logistic support: and (f) quick access to other major cities.

(3)   How do Hobart and Port Phillip/Westernport Bay sites compare using each criterion listed above.

Senator Chaney - The Minister for Science and the Environment has provided the following answers to the honourable senator's questions:

(1)   CSIRO has made a submission to the Location of Australian Government Employment Committee (LAGE) on the feasibility of relocating its existing Division of Fisheries and Oceanography from Cronulla, NSW. A report has been made to Government in respect ofthe CSIRO submission, however no firm decision has yet been made by Government.

The Cronulla site is badly overcrowded with no clear security of tenure, there is no deep berthing facility for ocean going research vessels and further planning is inhibited by environmental interests on the site, e.g. aboriginal middens, rock formations and some trees.

(2)   The criteria for site selection listed in point two of your question are generally relevant to a possible relocation of CSIRO 's marine science research.

(3)   In preparing its submission to the LAGE Committee, CSIRO considered a range of potential alternative sites to Cronulla, in NSW, Tasmania, victoria and Queensland. It would be inappropriate to comment at this stage on the comparative virtues of Hoban and Port Phillip/Westernport Bay as the ultimate location of the CSIRO Division of Fisheries and Oceanography is under consideration by the Government.

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