Bishop has ear of re­view chief

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By DENISE S. CAHILL

CURTIN MHR Julie Bishop says she has al­ready briefed Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Mark Evans on con­cerns held by Swan­bourne SAS fam­i­lies about the pro­posed re­de­vel­op­ment of Sea­ward Vil­lage.

Last Wed­nes­day, As­sis­tant De­fence Min­is­ter Dar­ren Ch­ester an­nounced that Gen­eral Evans would re­view the $165 mil­lion De­fence Hous­ing Aus­tralia (DHA) pro­posal that in­volves de­mol­ish­ing a 22ha sol­diers vil­lage and us­ing half for pri­vate hous­ing and the re­main­der for new De­fence homes.

The re­view’s terms of ref­er­ence are still be­ing fi­nalised, but Gen­eral Evans will con­sult De­fence per­son­nel, fam­ily mem­bers and other stake­hold­ers as part of the re­view, ex­pected to be re­leased to the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment early next year.

Ms Bishop said she had spo­ken with SAS fam­i­lies and Swan­bourne res­i­dents and was con­cerned about sev­eral is­sues.

“So I spoke to Stu­art Robert (for­mer as­sis­tant de­fence min­is­ter) and Dar­ren Ch­ester and told them a re­view would be well re­ceived,” she said.

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