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Defence to remain at iconic Tasmanian sites

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Friday, 10 June 2011 1:11 PM

Defence to remain at iconic Tasmanian sites

The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, toured the Tasmanian Defence sites of Anglesea Barracks and Fort Direction today.

Senator Feeney attended at the invitation of Federal Member for Franklin, Julie Collins MP and Senator for Tasmania, Senator Carol Brown, who also toured the sites.

Senator Feeney responded to public concern regarding the future presence of Defence in Tasmania.

“Anglesea Barracks and Fort Direction have a significant historical presence in Tasmania. Defence plans to maintain both locations for the foreseeable future,” Senator Feeney said.

Senator Feeney said that planning was already underway to celebrate Anglesea Barracks’ 200th anniversary in December this year.

“Anglesea Barracks is the oldest continuously-occupied Defence establishment in Australia, and these celebrations will recognise a milestone event in Australian and Tasmanian military and history.

Senator Feeney also discussed the comprehensive review being conducted of the Defence estate, including a strategic assessment of Defence’s basing requirements, with options being developed for changes to the estate over a 25-30 year period.

“It is expected that the review will be completed later this year,” Senator Feeney said.

“Following the review, a Government-appointed independent commission will consider Defence’s recommendations, and undertake public consultation before reporting back to the Government.”

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