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Concerning:
Parliamentary Decision on Disposal of Previous OCS PORTSEA Environment

The saga continues! The future of our hallowed ground is still being debated:

The following information was taken direct from the Ministerial Media list Wed 15 Apr 2003- for information to all previous OCS Portsea members.

The Hon. Fran Bailey, MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence

Media Release

15 Apr 2003 MIN28/03

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST CALLED FOR POINT NEPEAN

The Hon. Fran Bailey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, today called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Defence land at Point Nepean.
"The EOI process provides the Victorian State Government with another opportunity to reconsider its position on Point Nepean and to keep its election promise to the people of Victoria," Ms Bailey said.
"Today I am also announcing the appointment of the Australian Heritage Commission to assess all applications to ensure they meet the Commonwealth’s stringent environment and heritage protection measures.
"Only those applications that meet the Commonwealth’s stringent environment and heritage conditions, as assessed by the Australian Heritage Commission, will be invited to tender for the sale of the property.
"The EOI process will ensure compliance with all environment and heritage restrictions recommended by the Australian Heritage Commission.
"The EOI process will make it clear that residential development will not be supported," Ms Bailey said.
The Commonwealth has bent over backwards to enable the Victorian State Government to honour its election commitment on Point Nepean including:
Gifting over 65% or 205 hectares of Point Nepean to the Victorian Government, with the Commonwealth paying for the clearance of unexploded ordnance on the 205 hectares;
Deed in perpetuity of 20 hectares of land at Police Point to the Mornington Peninsula Council – opening up this land to the community for public use for the first time;
Committing $4 million dollars to the refurbishment of heritage buildings on the remaining 90 hectares; and
Prohibiting any sub-division for residential development.
"And now that the deadline for the priority sale has passed, the Commonwealth is providing another opportunity for the Victorian Government to shoulder its share of the responsibility on Point Nepean," Ms Bailey said.
"I urge the Bracks Government to grasp this opportunity with both hands."
The closing date for EOI applications is 2 June 2003 at 2.00pm.

Media contact: Devena Wahlstrom (02) 6277 4433 or 0408 404 468


[Thanks - (x3) - to Richard McDonagh (Jun '85) for the notification]