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									         SENATOR CONCETTA FIERRAVANTI – WELLS
                    LIBERAL SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

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 Senator Fierravanti-Wells calls on Wollongong City Council to
   accept the Federal Government's generous $1 Hill 60 offer
Illawarra based Liberal Senator, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, today called on Wollongong City Council
to accept the Federal Government’s offer of a concessional sale on an “as is, where is” basis for the
former Hill 60 Defence Site at its next meeting on 4 December 2006. The offer is due to be accepted
by 15 December 2006.

Senator Fierravanti-Wells has stressed that the Federal Government has offered the former Army
Reserve Depot site to Wollongong City Council for $1.00 for inclusion in the Hill 60 Park and lookout
area for the benefit of the community. This site is not to be developed. "This is a very generous offer
to Council given the site's value has been assessed at up to $1.7 million at its current residential zoning
and about $850,000 as public open space." Senator Fierravanti-Wells said.

"An independent expert study of the site conducted in January 2006 found that given the past use of
the site, the risk of significant contamination was considered to be low. This report has been provided
to Council. The concessional nature of the sale recognises that Council will accept liability for
contamination on the site, if any at all." Senator Fierravanti-Wells said.

"Wollongong City Council has indicated since 1996 that they wish to change the zoning of the site.
Since then Defence has tried to negotiate with Council about the rezoning. Councillors were happy to
see the site sold rather than acquire it at a concessional rate for public use of the community. The
Federal Government has listened to community concerns and Council. I would call on Councillors do
likewise and accept the offer." Senator Fierravanti-Wells added.

"In July I spoke with various people about the proposed sale including concerned community locals in
Port Kembla and Cr Jonovski. Since then I have been lobbying the Federal Government about
retaining the land in some form of public ownership. I now call on Cr Jonovski and other councillors
to ensure that Council accepts the offer and not indulge in cheap political point scoring by
scaremongering about possible contamination.” Senator Fierravanti-Wells said.

“It is concerning that Cr Jonovski’s strong interest in Hill 60 was not evident when the Defence
Department originally offered the site as a priority sale. It has been one month since the land was
offered as a concessional sale. Cr Jonovski should ensure that the offer is accepted for the benefit of
his constituents and not posturise in an attempt to score political points against the Federal
Government." Senator Fierravanti-Wells said.

Senator Fierravanti-Wells has highlighted that the Federal Government had listened to the
community’s view about the future of Hill 60 and called on Council to do the same. “The fight to save
Hill 60 was a victory for the Port Kembla community thanks to the Federal Government’s generosity
and strong commitment to the Illawarra region. I call on Council, particularly Cr. Jonovski, to respect
the community’s wishes that this site be made public open space and to accept the offer.”
                      Media Contact: Daniel Try 0410 409 056 / (02) 4226 1700
        SENATOR CONCETTA FIERRAVANTI – WELLS
            LIBERAL SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

                          MEDIA RELEASE

Ends.                                                        30 November 2006




             Media Contact: Daniel Try 0410 409 056 / (02) 4226 1700

								
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