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Tuesday, 23 October 1973
Page: 2573

Mr Hunt asked the Minister for the Capital Territory, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that workmen are causing damage to livestock and property on Tuggeranong Station which is being surveyed for the development of the new town of Tuggeranong. <2) Is it also a fact that the lessee of the property had had two stock horses, one valued at $1,000, shot dead, has lost three cows, and that at least forty sheep have been shot in the hindquarters. <3) If the position is as stated, is the lessee of the property regarded as a trespasser and are these actions deliberately designed to frighten the Mccormack family off Tuggeranong.

Mr Bryant (WILLS, VICTORIA) (Minister for the Capital Territory) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The necessary information is being sought from the Departments responsible. When this is received I will make it available to the honourable member.

There is certainly no intention as is imputed in part (3) of the question. Indeed Tuggeranong Station was a fifty year lease until 30 September 1972 when it was withdrawn for Commonwealth purposes. The Australian Government however has an agreement with Mr Mccormack to use the buildings and structures on a rental basis and to agist the land for grazing of stock.

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