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.