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Thursday, 9 March 1972
Page: 604

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Army, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Department of Army re-located the Headquarters of A Company 2nd Royal New South Wales Regiment at Macksville, as indicated by the former Minister for the Army in a letter to Senator Douglas McClelland on 5th March 1970; if so, on what date did the re-location take effect.

(2)   What action has been taken to provide a new training depot in Macksville, in accordance with a statement made by the former Minister in the same letter, dated 5th March 1970.


Minister for the Army has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Headquarters A Company 2nd Royal New South Wales Regiment was re-located from Kempsey to Macksville on 20th April 1970.

(2)   (a) A 3-acre site was acquired in 1970-71 and the proposal for the construction of a depot was included in the draft design lists 1970-71 and 1971-72. On each occasion, however, financial limitations and the existence of higher priority items prevented construction of the depot.

(b)   The proposal is at present under consideration for inclusion in the draft design list 1972-73. If this happens and if construction is authorised in 1973-74, completion of the depot could be expected about the end of 1974.

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