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Tuesday, 28 August 1973
Page: 493

Mr Bourchier asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that the Army establishment at Albert Park. Victoria, is to be closed.

(2)   If so, will he, as a progressive step towards decentralisation, consider the relocation of this unit in Bendigo.

Mr Barnard - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Tn my statement to the press on 20 March 1973, I said that it was firm policy for Albert Park Barracks, South Melbourne, to be vacated, and I indicated that a date for the total evacuation of the area of approximately 21 acres, would be given as soon as alternative accommodation at Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, could be provided.

Albert Park Barracks is in effect an overflow of accommodation at Victoria Barracks. Under the reorganisation of the Army arrangements, personnel now located in Albert Park Barracks will be part of the

Headquarters located at Victoria Barracks, therefore no consideration has been given to locating elements of the Headquarters at Bendigo, nor would it be practical to do so.

The proposal to construct new buildings at Victoria Barracks as part of a re-development plan is to be examined soon by my colleagues the Minister for Environment and Conservation and Minister for Urban and Regional Development.

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