Greens sup­port

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

SAS sol­diers, vil­lagers and res­i­dents have the sup­port of Greens Sen­a­tor Scott Lud­lam who says pro­posed De­fence Hous­ing Aus­tralia plans have “un­ac­cept­able risks” for se­cu­rity and re­stored neigh­bour­ing bush.

“If in 1991, the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Public Works found that mixed hous­ing was not ap­pro­pri­ate for Seaward Vil­lage (in Swan­bourne) due to op­er­a­tional and se­cu­rity mat­ters, I would think the same would ap­ply to­day,” Sen­a­tor Lud­lum said.

The plan has sparked con­cerns from vil­lagers, ratepay­ers and other politi­cians about hav­ing “un­screen­able” civil­ians within 200m of the SAS.

Neigh­bour­ing Sayer Street res­i­dents sought all sen­a­tors sup­port in a let­ter last month.

Sen­a­tor Lud­lam said the de­vel­op­ment ap­peared to be a DHA “cash grab” that would af­fect the eco­log­i­cally sen­si­tive Melon Hill and Allen Park. WA La­bor Sen­a­tor Sue Lines, who ques­tioned the plan in a Se­nate Es­ti­mates Hear­ing, and WA Lib­eral Sen­a­tor Linda Reynolds, a for­mer army of­fi­cer, de­clined to com­ment.

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