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Thursday, 17 November 1983
Page: 2941

Question No. 616


Mr Andrew asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 13 October 1983:

When will the Government announce the future of the Port Wakefield, South Australia, proof range, in particular, Port Parham and Webb Beach.


Mr Scholes —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Discussions have started between Commonwealth and State officials on how an extension to the proof range could best be implemented. An Environmental Impact Statement will be prepared, following which a specific proposal would be considered by the Government in the context of the 1984-85 Budget. A government decision and announcement on the proposed extension of the Port Wakefield range is therefore envisaged in the latter half of 1984.