Government ‘Mindful’ Of SAS Land Sale Security Fears

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews says he is mindful of security fears held by Special Air Service regiment families living on prime beachfront land in Perth that has been earmarked for redevelopment.

The Defence Housing Authority (DHA) has proposed bulldozing and rebuilding dozens of houses at Seaward Village, next to Campbell Barracks in Swanbourne, and selling some of the area to developers.

The sale would fund the rebuilds, but there are concerns about mixing defence housing with civilian.

“I understand the concerns of families in the area,” Mr Andrews told reporters on Wednesday.

“Obviously this is ageing housing infrastructure and we want to provide, particularly to the SAS and the personnel there and their families, the best housing conditions that we can apply to them.

“There is a security assessment going on at the present time and that security assessment will clearly provide information to the government, to DHA and to anybody involved in this decision as to the way in which we should go forward.

“But can I say directly to the defence personnel there and their families, I am personally mindful of the issues that they’ve raised and we will continue to be mindful.”


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