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Tuesday, 18 April 1972
Page: 1144

Senator WEBSTER - Is the Minister representing the Minister for the Navy aware that West Head at Flinders in Victoria is a naval station which conducts gunnery and fire practice for naval personnel? Is the Minister aware that many private citizens have expressed a view that the noise created by gunnery practice is adverse to the interests of many local residents and in particular visitors to the area who generally are holidaying at this seaside resort? Will the Minister give consideration to removing the gunnery practice unit to an area more removed from the public than is West Head at Flinders?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I am aware of the point that the honourable senator makes. I myself receive a large number of representations seeking the movement of Royal Australian Air Force bombing ranges further out into the interior of this country. When I do that or attempt to do it, I run foul of the environmental committees of this country. However, I will take the point which the honourable senator makes to the Minister for the Navy and let the honourable senator have an answer.

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