House debates

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Questions without Notice

Environment: Malabar Headland

2:58 pm

Photo of Greg HuntGreg Hunt (Flinders, Liberal Party, Minister for the Environment) Share this | Hansard source

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

Comments

Claire Bettington
Posted on 27 Mar 2015 11:29 am (Report this comment)

This is a lie, and Greg Hunt knows it. The land in question is Lot 202, the Eastern bush, which was to be handed to NSW government for use as a National Park. But, the shooters are still shooting on the Rifle Range and the Eastern bush is almost entirely within the safety zone. The shooters have a lease which allows them to shoot from 9am to 5pm for 7 days per week. Therefore the Eastern bush CANNOT be handed over for use as a National Park until the shooters leave.
This announcement on Wednesday 18th March was a cynical pre-election stunt before the NSW State election.
For more information see Friends of Malabar Headland's website at http://www.malabarheadland.org.au