Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Questions without Notice
Environment: Malabar Headland
And the other thing that we have done that makes me extremely pleased is that we have returned Malabar headland to the people of New South Wales. And do you know what? Your mob promised to do it but never did it. But what has happened is that, with the Baird government, we reached agreement. We met on New South Wales territory recently. We finalised the handover. Most significantly, what we see is that the New South Wales government will now create one of Australia's great urban public parks. They will create one of Australia's great coastal public walking tracks.
This never happened on Labor's watch. The other thing that has happened—and listen to this—is that we have provided money to improve safety on the Anzac Rifle Range and $2 million to return the disabled riding school that they turfed off Malabar headland. Does the member for Kingsford Smith support that? They turfed disabled riders from Malabar headland. Here is what Donna Wright, the president of the South East Equestrian Club, said about that action of the Labor Party. She said:
They're still crying …
… There's nowhere else they can go. It's just not possible.
She went on to say: 'It was our home. We lost our home and it was devastating.' We have returned the land to New South Wales.
Mr Thistlethwaite interjecting—