SAS and their fam­i­lies de­serve the very best

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion -

I AM dis­ap­pointed that the fu­ture well­be­ing of our SAS per­son­nel and their fam­i­lies has not been the main ar­gu­ment against the De­fence Hous­ing Aus­tralia de­vel­op­ment pro­posal.

The SAS is crème de la crème of the world's fight­ing forces and Aus­tralia should be en­sur­ing that the SAS sol­diers and their fam­i­lies have the best sup­port in ev­ery way.

We want SAS fam­i­lies to live in a highly de­sir­able lo­ca­tion with a good com­mu­nity close to good ameni­ties. The present highly de­sir­able lo­ca­tion at Swan­bourne ticks all the boxes. Sol­diers away on ac­tive duty can leave their fam­i­lies con­fi­dent that they are in the best place be­ing looked af­ter in a close com­mu­nity.

If DHA gets what it wants, our SAS and their fam­i­lies will lose their present peace­ful se­cure com­mu­nity. They will lose their back yards, gar­dens and have to live more closely to­gether in a less amenable part of the base.

Hous­ing and apart­ments will then be sold off to the public in the more de­sir­able part of the base. This is a dis­grace. WA should be proud to have the elite fight­ing force based here. Rather than tak­ing away land re­sources to pay for new army homes, Aus­tralia should be buy­ing more land re­sources in the best lo­ca­tions to en­able the SAS to grow and meet the chal­lenge of the next 100 years.

We should be en­sur­ing that ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble is done to pro­vide safe, se­cure and pleas­ant homes for fam­i­lies of our fight­ing forces.

Selling off sought-af­ter land is easy. Ac­quir­ing such land for a grow­ing SAS in the fu­ture will be too hard.

I do not want our fight­ing men and their fam­i­lies to have to make do with sec­ond best. They de­serve our whole­hearted re­spect, grat­i­tude and sup­port.

The DHA’s ap­proach is not in the in­ter­est of our sol­diers and I will find it ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing if the Swan­bourne base has to give up any of its present valu­able prop­erty re­source.

Becky Vi­dler, Mos­man Park.

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