History of LEEUWIN and status of Retention of Assets
LEEUWIN's history

The original Leeuwin was established in a building in Fremantle (late 1930's)
Preston point was the site of a farm till 1940
Moved to Preston Point about 1940 and used for training
Torpedo repair facility built at Bicton about 1942
Consolidated as a reserve training depot after WW2
JRTE established 1960
JRTE abolished 1984
The Hawk government in an attempt to reduce navy spending consolidated recruit training at Cerberus
Transferred Leeuwin to Army 1984

This is the link to Brian Adams book on the history of HMAS LEEUWIN

https://www.navy.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/PIAMA29.pdf


Roger Collins writes

Hi Ron,
Dee and I went to a fundraiser at the Currumbin RSL on Saturday (/11) night for “Cam’s Cause”. Apart from being a great night, Jacqui Lambie attended. We had a great conversation with her and some excellent photos. I rang Jacqui’s office yesterday and spoke with Kay (pa). I forwarded the photos and a copy of your email attachment re Leeuwin. Jacqui was in parliament and said on Saturday night to watch a bill she was introducing re the Gold Card. I have asked for a copy of Hansard and will forward.

Regards

Roger

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

ear Jacqui,
Please see herewith letters re the sale of (HMAS) Leeuwin at Fremantle. They are self- explanatory and I will not add anything other than to say, I also was a Junior Recruit (JR) at Leeuwin joining on the 10th January 1963 at the age of 16 years. Thereafter, I served in the operational areas of Konfrontasi and Vietnam as a 17/18 year old on HMAS Vampire.


Thanks and Regards

Roger Collins (M.Crim.) Assoc. Dip. Bus. (Justice Admin.) JP (Qual.)

Secretary VVAA
Gold Coast Sub Branch



Jeff Wake email to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop
Minister,
This may as well be in Australia. I am ashamed that you are backing the selling off of Leeuwin Barracks just to save your next election opportunity by backing the non sale of Swanbourne. 13000 Junior Recruits went through Leeuwin and may I suggest that 133000 votes will be against the current state and federal Liberal parties if the Junior Recruit memorial, which was funded be ex JR’s to the tune of $100,000 with NO government assistant.

So by all means you and Barnett run like rabbits to seek a stay of proceedings in the sale of Swanbourne.
You have showed your true colours.

Your sincerely

Jeff
J G Wake, RFD
Lieutenant Commander RANR (Ret’d)
Vietnam Veteran
7th Intake of JRTE HMAS LEEUWIN


1/113 Stock Road
ATTADALE WA 6156
0893303528


Jeff Wake forwarded this:

Letters to the Editor West Australian
Copies to:
Min Bishop
Min Def
VCDF
C of N

REPLY TO JULIE BISHOP REGARDING SACRIFICING LEEUWIN BARRACKS BY SALE IN ORDER TO SAVE SAS HOMES

It was very interesting to read the comments by Minister Bishop and Premier Colin Barnett in last Saturdays West Australian who obviously have very limited knowledge of the history of Leeuwin Barracks that was the RAN’s Junior Recruit Training Establishment, HMAS LEEUWIN between 1960-1984. They are now both concerned about the sale of prime land in their respective electorates and the forth coming Federal and state elections and are making a huge effort to save the sale of the SAS housing in Swanbourne.
In saying this, I would like to thank Minister Bishop for her previous support for the SAS Regiment and the ADF on other contentious issues.
I joined the RAN as a Junior Recruit on 10 July 1963 and completed 12 months at HMAS LEEUWIN before being posted to my first ship, HMAS SYDNEY III and thus have some very vivid memories of the establishment.
In 2013 the then Minister for Defence, The Hon Stephen Smith, MP, appointed The Hon Len Roberts-Smith, RFD, QC to lead the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce into the physical abuse, bullying/harassment, sexual abuse and sexual harassment of Junior Recruits who were aged between 15 ˝ and 16 ˝.
The DART have finalised their report and have criticised Defence and named HMAS LEEUWIN as the worst training establishment ever for abuse to trainees in Australia. Suicides have also emanated from abuse received by ex-Junior Recruits at LEEUWIN during 1960-84.
It is my understanding that The Chief of Navy at the time was told by The Hon Len Roberts-Smith that the report should be read by every member of the RAN.
To my knowledge this hasn’t been done and the current Chief of Navy has much to answer for by shelving the contents of the report and failing to promulgate its finding throughout the Navy and actively seeking to investigate the high rates of suicide in the Navy.
I therefore urge Minister Bishop, the Minister for Defence, the Chief of Defence and the Chief of Navy to reconsider the sale of Leeuwin Barracks, with its black past and consider how the site, either wholly or partially, could be used for the benefit of serving and former members of the Australian Defence Forces and the Australian Defence Community in recreational and commemorative role bearing in mind that there is presently two significant navy memorials on the site.
This in itself would be an appropriate form of compensation to the unknown number of victims from what was a very black and inglorious chapter in the proud history of the Royal Australian Navy.


Jeff Wake, RFD
Vietnam Veteran
7th JRTE Intake July 1963

Jeff Wake then writes:

Good evening all,
Well the second meeting which took place tonight at the East Fremantle Football Club was poorly represented by the public.
An ex City of East Fremantle Council sat with us and asked who we were. At that stage I was the only JR in the room. Ian Dunn arrived to make it 2 ex JR’s.

We chatted and I made a comment that I could not find the advert notifying that the meeting was on today in the West Australian. It was advertised in a very restricted local Fremantle paper which a lot of residents throw in the bin.

The Facilitator wanted to start the meeting at 1730 but my mate advised him that it couldn’t start before the advertised time 1745. In walks the Mayor of East Fremantle and his part of 3.

Leeuwin Barracks on the defence schedule is to be sold by 16 February 2016.

It is obvious that the questions asked at the midday session, well Mr Fritz has rung Fort Fumble [Canberra] to get some guidance because the tone was reduced considerable. Perhaps having Ian Dunn in the evening session as well as the midday one made him toe the party line.

He introduced the session by stating that they did not find the radioactive jeep. In 1964 doing NBCD the CPOME had a rope fenced off area of grass at the timber and asbestos NBCD hut. We as JR’s armed with a Geiger counter walked over the area and the Geiger counter would go off the scale. The CPO Stoker mentioned that it was a buried Monte Bellos radioactive jeep. It was buried at Leeuwin to try and record the safe limitations for humans to be near radioactive material buried in the dirt.

Anyway I didn’t bring this matter up again. What was made blatantly clear to Mr Fritz that the meeting was not publicised enough in East Fremantle as only 3 members of the public were present – all ex East Freo councillors. Questions then were asked that our evening meeting did not represent a cross section of public people and it was felt that the meeting had been given very little publicity to prevent anyone high jacking the Defence talk fest. In other words, it had been rigged.

A public member who likes to be involved in Defence things talked about an area ending behind the Drill Hall be fenced off from the main iron gates at the front to behind the western end of the drill hall be dedicated to East Fremantle Council for public areas. This gentleman stated that the drill hall was a building of substance whereas the State and local governments in WA had a practice of bull dozing the old out and erecting new buildings. He thought the drill hall would be a nice Navy Museum.

I asked the question of what was planned for the JR’s Memorial and other memorials in front of the drill hall.

Mr Fritz responded and here is where it has now altered...The memorials will be written into a caveat with the new owner not to bull doze.

The Mayor of East Fremantle, who met with Mr Fritz party yesterday were told nothing. It is Commercial-in-Confidence and we cant divulge that info.
The Mayor then spoke about a public area including the drill hall and memorials being gifted to the East Freo council and it would be preserved as is.

The Mayor was looking at me all the time he was talking. I think we have a friend in East Freo Council.

After the meeting I spoke to Ian Dunn and he related what had happened at the 1230 meeting – totally different situation.

I spoke to the Mayor after the meeting and he is still shaking his head at the short time frame. E.g. $100 MIL is really petty cash in the defence budget big picture. Oh yes – the money was to go back to Defence and NOT into consolidated revenue – if you can believe that. Dept of Finance are driving the sale of Defence land. The federal government has no $AUST to spend. It is all being consumed on the Illegal Immigrants situation and detention centre across the board some only with 3 people in then and costing shits loads per day to run.

I gave Mr Fritz and his Project Director my business card and thanked them for attending. They know how much the ex JR’s raised for the memorial and I think they have now shown some compassion that was not displayed at the previous meeting.

I think thats about it.

Kind regards

Combat Scribes


SHIRLEY AND DARKY ROWLANDS writes:

There has been movement here in the west. Kev and I attended a meeting at the East Fremantle Football Club yesterday in which a Commonwealth Government public servant presented a “public consultation” about the sale of Leeuwin (formerly HMAS).
Also present were local council representatives (the Mayor had been told six days beforehand) and one or two real estate agents, as well as a couple of locals and half a dozen JR’s. We gave the public servant heaps, and Kev is busy today contacting our local Federal Member, and also getting our daughter to copy a video of the Dedication Ceremony (do you know who produced it, by the way?) to give to the East Fremantle Council mayor.

Did you know anything about it?

Cheers,
Shirley & Kevin Rowland


rom: Kevin Bovill [mailto:kbovill@iinet.net.au] 
Sent: Wednesday, 4 November 2015 4:04 PM
To: 'Reynolds, Linda (Senator)'
Cc: Johnston, David (Senator); senator.back@aph.gov.au
Subject: Disposal of Leeuwin Barracks

Hello Linda,

I trust that all goes well.

I attended the 12.15 hrs public meeting at the east Fremantle football club along with around 30 others mainly ex RAN JR’s. Melissa Parke had a staffer there as well as were a couple of City of East Fremantle councillors. Not much in the way of what you might call the “general public.”

The briefing was conducted by Mr Jürgen Fritz, Director Property Development-Department of Defence.

I noted the following:

• The sole intent was to maximise the $$$ return to DoD in the shortest time possible with the least amount of consultation or obstruction.
• He was totally unaware of any of the significant historical background to the site and it was his first visit to it. (The ghosts of some 13,500 graduates of the “college of shame” did not seem to register with him.)
• He was strong on policy and devoid of any lateral thinking.
• He confirmed when questioned that there had been NO consideration given to any possible alternative use of the site for the benefit of serving and former members of the ADF. Not his responsibility and really was not interested.
• He emphasised repeatedly that his role was to get the site off Defence’s books as quickly as possible.
• Claimed to have consulted with the City of East Fremantle-a claim disputed by the 2 (I think) councillors who were in attendance.
• The JR Leeuwin Memorial Preservation Committee (may have an incorrect designation ) had a narrow focus and an emotionally driven but incoherent argument-I am unsure about their willingness to fight for what they want but were sufficiently astute to understand that what Mr Fritz was proposing to protect their interests was simply unsubstantiated bureaucratic waffle.
• The best that Mr Fritz could offer was that a “heritage site protection” clause MAY be included in any sale contract. He was keen to explain that the implementation and compliance of any such clause was the responsibility of the purchaser and NOT Defence. (I think that we both would know where this would go.)
• The Leeuwin JR MPC may be stiffening their resolve and could well support any expanded compromise offer made by any recognized body who may be willing to join the fight and take the lead on the issue. (Possible role here for the WA Minister for Veterans and the VAC.)
• He had not factored in the strong possibility of an Aboriginal land claim on the site.
• Overall, his brief was presented as a fait accompli on a like it or lump it basis.

I feel that the first priority MUST BE:

• To push back to finalized sale date by Feb 2016 by 6 months to at least 31st August 2016 so as to allow sufficient time for ALL interested parties to prepare their submissions.
• Inform the PM, MINDEF ,Assistant MINDEF, the CDF and the Secretary of Defence that the “intention to dispose” as presented by Mr Fritz is a shabby deal for the people of Fremantle, all serving and former members of the ADF, the 13,500 former JR’s and the state of Western Australia-we deserve and demand a better return from Defence for the loyalty, hospitality and support given to the ADF, the RAN and visiting navies since federation.

Please give this your most urgent attention.

In the meantime I will try and work up some alternative uses/possibilities/options to discuss at our next meeting.

Kind regards,

Kevin Bovill



KAB

Allan Rogers 1st Intake writes:

Thank you Jeff
As you are aware my 98-year-old mother is on her death bed and I was unable to attend this meeting
Which as you report was apparently a done deal and like the Marriage Ceremony ‘Till death do us part” a done deal

There are certainly many people in the “Know” selling the establishment who know nothing of what happened in the establishment.
The site was a torpedo establishment in WWII then when the “kids took over”
We went from no one to somebody.

At least the powers to be should have listened and learnt something today

I am appalled that those from Canberra, Politicians and the Town of Fremantle stood by whilst the establishment
Was easily disposed of

Shame on all those who did what they did today
Regards


I am sorry that I appear to come across a little strong – but I spent 12 months at leeuwin under training, I spent 4 years then back training. And spent 20 years in the services to have the leeuwin and Memorial just thrown away. The committee spent about 3 years arranging finance and then making the memorial – for it to be thrown away
There was another committee of which I was chair, to engage some 2000 members of the JRTS to attend a reunion to celebrate 50 years of the JRTS then this.

I would like those in the “Know” to revisit the problems with the Monument, as I say this was a job for over 3 years of a committee who still provide money for a bursary to young kids

Will this continue?


Alan Rodgers
First intake Jrs HMAS LEEUWIN 13 July 1960



Miss E Ockwell
Project Director Disposals
Dept. Defence
Level 19 Defence Plaza Sydney
Locked Bag 18
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Via email : eloise.ockwell@defence.gov.au


Memorials - Leeuwin Barracks Site


Dear Miss Ockwell

We recently received correspondence from The Hon Darren Chester MP that provided us with further advice relative to the protection of the Junior Recruit Memorial located at Leeuwin Barracks. This advice provides for one of two options including that of our preferred option to retain the memorial at its current location. Mr Chester's reply with respect to this indicated that if the memorial remains in place then it will become the responsibility of the future owner.

Heritage Value

The land on which the memorial is sited is listed and described, as we have been advised, within the Town of East Fremantle Municipal Inventory as Category A. At this stage the individual elements such as the memorial are not yet assessed for significance and would be subject to a Development Impact Statement at the time of subdivision and or development to determine which elements are contributory to its heritage significance. On that basis the Town of East Fremantle advises that at this time the memorial should be regarded as significant until such time there is contrary evidence to discount it. The Development Impact Statement, when it is presented would also inform on conservation planning. For example, the memorial structure having been deemed significant may have its status compromised or impacted by any relocation.

The Junior Recruit Training Scheme was unique in modern Australian naval history in that during its time as a training facility more than 13,000 boys aged between 15 and 16 received there early introduction to naval skills. Many of these boys went on to serve in the many wars, defence emergencies and peacekeeping missions involving Australian naval units. Many of the boys were as young as 16 when they were sent to war. Some who were trained at Leeuwin continue to serve today in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq. As such it has become established as an important part of our naval history and contributes to the cultural and historical values in the Town of East Fremantle. The memorial serves to give recognition to that.


Public Open Space

Public open space within residential developments contributes to a range of community service and environmental functions. Apart from providing spaces for sport and physical activity, children's play and exploration, relaxation and social interaction, it can also enhance the visual amenity of the landscape and assist with urban management and nature conservation. Use of such space plays a role in engendering a sense of place and community connection, influencing feelings of community safety, contributing to economic value of neighborhoods, providing spaces for community facilities, cultural events, commemorations and significantly enhancing residents’ quality of life.

I am not aware at this stage of the subdivision plans for the site but given the size of the redevelopment (15 hectares) the need for public open space would therefore need to be considered in any such arrangement. The Town of East Fremantle advises that 10% of the area under current guidelines will be given over to Public Open Space. The location, roadways, established remembrance garden and ease of access by the public from River Road make the present location of these memorials most suited to being defined within the subdivision plans as public open space. This and other well designed infill development of this valuable land must use this opportunity within a new subdivision plan to include elements of additional public open space. These elements should serve to provide both low level recreational opportunities for residents but also participation in public celebration of important heritage events such as ANZAC Day and other similar important events in the Town of East Fremantle.

In response to our correspondence on this matter the Town of East Fremantle advised that in their view heritage significant places should be preserved in addition to public open space requirements since they serve a distinctly different function. As such the preservation of the Town's heritage is of strategic importance.

You may be aware that the site has been a place of pilgrimage for ex navy men and their families for many decades to attend reunions and more so now that the memorial to their service is in place. As such each year on important occasions such as ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day and occasions of reunions for ex navy men the site has become an important gathering place for these men and also the family members of those now deceased. The alternate location suggested by Mr Chester does raise concerns relative to the current status of the site, in particular public access and relevance to the solemnity and regard in which the memorial and its location means to ex navy men and their families.

In addition to the Junior Recruit Memorial there is another World War II memorial located immediately behind the mast and set in the ground. This was established by the Australian Army many years ago and is dedicated to West Australian servicemen and women who served during WWII. This has become a meeting place for such groups as Legacy War Widows on important occasions such as Remembrance Day at the Leeuwin site.

In summary, we are of the view that the Development Impact Statement when released will give significant heritage value to the memorial and its location, similarly the planning for subdivision of the land for other use will require the dedication of 10% of the land area to Public Open Space. The Town of East Fremantle in correspondence to us has indicated that they have a policy whereby items of significant heritage value should be preserved in addition to land set aside for Public Open Space.



This committee is of the view that the Junior Recruit Memorial along with surrounding infrastructure such as the mast, memorial garden and ceremonial entrance gates should be retained with support from the Town of East Fremantle as part of their subdivision planning in the current location and reasonable arrangements established to provide formal heritage protection into the future.

There will be several representatives of this committee in attendance at the Public Forum sponsored by your office to be held in Fremantle on 4th November 2015 to further assist with providing advice on this redevelopment and to also respond to feedback from other community members in attendance.





Yours Sincerely




Ken Dobbie


Junior Recruit Memorial Project
75 Lovett St
Devonport Tas 7310

Tel 03 64247109
ken.dobbie@bigpond.com







Letter from the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence The Hon Darren Chester MP

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LETTERS BY KEN DOBBIE TO MEMBER FOR FREMANTLE AND CEO FREMANTLE COUNCIL

Ms Melissa Parke MP
Member for Fremantle
PO Box 1224
Fremantle 6959


21 September 2015

Memorials Leeuwin Barracks Site


Dear Ms Parke

I write seeking your assistance in having memorials located at Leeuwin Barracks retained. This committee was established in 2006 for the purposes of constructing a memorial to the Junior Recruit Training Scheme as it was established in the then HMAS Leeuwin from 1960 to 1984.

Following advice from the Minister for Defence that the site was to be sold we communicated with Mr Darren Chester MP who had been delegated to oversee that process. We advocated the need to protect and retain the various memorials located on the site. His reply to us is attached for your information. This response provides for one of two options, relocate the memorial to Defence land at Preston Point (ie the Naval Cadet Unit TS Perth) or retain it at its existing location but on the proviso that the new land owner take responsibility for it.

Having considered this response we are of the view that The Town of East Fremantle will at some future point develop a subdivision plan for the Leeuwin site and that the memorials should be considered in that planning process. With this in mind I have written to Mr Gary Clark, Acting Chief Executive Officer at the Council seeking assistance in that regard (see attached). We are of the view that relocating the memorial is inconsistent with our purpose of constructing it at the Leeuwin site and we seek to alter the government's position on the matter.

In my letter to Mr Clark you will note that I have raised what I believe to be the most salient points in this matter and include the heritage value of the memorials, their value to the community particularly the ex naval community, the need for public open space and the wide level of community support to retain the memorials at the existing site.

I note from information on your web site that you are an advocate to retain the memorials where they are through proper allocation of public open space, we strongly support that position and request that the matter be prosecuted through the process of government at all levels.

Yours Sincerely

Ken Dobbie


CC
Rear Admiral B Adams AO RANR,
Mr G Clark





Mr Gary Clark
Acting Chief Executive Officer
Town of East Fremantle
PO Box 1097 Fremantle 6959

21 September 2015


Memorials - Leeuwin Barracks Site


Dear Gary

Following a number of email contacts with your office regarding the future of the Junior Recruit Memorial presently located within Leeuwin Barracks at Preston Point I have prepared the following information for the consideration of your Council . I have also had advice from the Hon Darren Chester MP representing the Minister of Defence on this matter who has advised that one of the two options for the memorial is to retain it at its present site. I have attached his letter to me for your information.

Background

The Junior Recruit Memorial Committee was established in 2006 for the purposes of raising funds to construct a suitable memorial to the Junior Recruit Training Scheme as it existed between 1960 and 1984 and known then as HMAS Leeuwin. The work was completed in 2010 and a significant ceremonial dedication took place with the memorial being unveiled by the then Chief of Navy Vice Admiral RH Crane AO CSM RAN. Approximately 3,000 ex Junior Recruits and their families were in attendance for this event that gives some recognition to the sense of respect ex naval personnel and the community have for the site and the memorial.

The proposed disposal of the land on which the memorial is located gives rise to some concern by this committee and the ex navy personnel we represent on this matter. The attached copy of correspondence received from the Hon. Gary Chester MP gives some possible options for the future of the memorial. Our preferred option is for it to remain in situ at the current location along with the mast, pavement and garden structure.

You may be aware that the site has been a place of pilgrimage for ex navy men and their families for many decades to attend reunions and more so now that the memorial to their service is in place. As such each year on important occasions such as ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day and occasions of reunions for ex navy men the site has become an important gathering place for these men and also the family members of those now deceased. The alternate location suggested by Mr Chester does raise

concerns relative to the current status of the site, in particular public access and relevance to the solemnity and regard in which the memorial and its location means to ex navy men and their families.

In addition to the JR Memorial there is another World War II memorial located immediately behind the mast and set in the ground. This was established by the Australian Army many years ago and is dedicated to West Australian servicemen and women who served during WWII. This has become a meeting place for such groups as Legacy War Widows on important occasions such as Remembrance Day at the Leeuwin site.

Heritage Value

The Junior Recruit Training Scheme was unique in modern Australian naval history in that during its time as a training facility more than 13,000 boys aged between 15 and 16 received there early introduction to naval skills. Many of these boys went on to serve in the many wars, defence emergencies and peacekeeping missions involving Australian naval units. Many of the boys were as young as 16 when they were sent to war. Some who were trained at Leeuwin continue to serve today in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq. As such it has become established as an important part of our naval history and contributes to the cultural and historical values in the Town of East Fremantle. The memorial serves to give recognition to that.

Mr Chester makes a point in his letter that he is of the understanding that the Leeuwin Barracks site is adopted on the Town of East Fremantle Municipal Inventory for its heritage significance An early response from you however did indicate that this may be incorrect. Early and formal clarification of this point is desired as we plan to apply the the West Australian Heritage Council to have the memorial registered as a significant heritage site.

Public Open Space

Public open space within residential developments contributes to a range of community service and environmental functions. Apart from providing spaces for sport and physical activity, children's play and exploration, relaxation and social interaction, it can also enhance the visual amenity of the landscape and assist with urban management and nature conservation. Use of such space plays a role in engendering a sense of place and community connection, influencing feelings of community safety, contributing to economic value of neighborhoods, providing spaces for community facilities, cultural events, commemorations and significantly enhancing residents’ quality of life.

I am not aware at this stage of the subdivision plans for the site but given the size of the redevelopment (15 hectares) the need for public open space would therefore need to be considered in any such arrangement. The location, roadways, established remembrance garden and ease of access by the public from River Road make the present location of these memorials most suited to being defined within the subdivision plans as public open space. This and other well designed infill development of this valuable land must use this opportunity within a new subdivision plan to include elements of additional public open space. These elements should serve to provide both low level recreational opportunities for residents but also participation in public celebration of important heritage events such as ANZAC Day and other similar important events in the Town of East Fremantle.

Community Support

The planning and approval for the construction of the Junior Recruit Memorial came about following wide consultation with the community.

Organisations consulted included the national offices of:

Returned and Ex Services League of Australia
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia
Naval Association of Australian
Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of Navy Canberra
Tingira Association

The costs associated with the memorial came from direct contributions from the ex Junior Recruit community along with a small grant from the WA Government ANZAC Day Projects Scheme.

The consultation process involved discussion on where and how the memorial was to be placed and overwhelming support was given for its current location. Further consultation with these organisations indicate no support for relocating it.

In conclusion, there is wide spread support to retain the memorial within its existing arrangements and with the assistance of East Fremantle Council with a small allocation of public open space around the memorial within the new subdivision arrangements we can all look to the future and see it continuing to be a focal point of historical interest and cultural values for the community and ex naval members.


Yours Sincerely


Ken Dobbie

CC

The Hon Darren Chester MP
Rear Admiral B Adams AO RAN (Ret)
The Hon Melissa Parke MP


Please see attached letter from East Fremantle Council. On the basis of this response I will now proceed to have the memorial listed under the WA Heritage Protection arrangements. Apart from that I do not see that there is much more that I can do. We have agreements from the Minister (Chester), Local Council and if all goes top plan the Heritage Council as well but I am conscious that the Minister for Defence may have the final say. I have not yet heard from Melissa Parke MP Member for Fremantle nor Senator Conroy the Shadow Minister for Defence.

In so far as the drill hall is concerned I think that if individuals or groups want to save it as well then going down the same path as I have may also work. I think all of the "Intake groups " should make an effort to lobby for what they want from this.


Cheers

Ken D


Response from East Fremantle Council

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UNCLASSIFIED

Thanks Ken,

Just to let you know every time we have a discussion with Planning Branch the JR Memorial is discussed in regards to retention. We reiterated again the other day the importance of the Memorial staying on site, however Planning Branch plans the move only. It is the discussion that the Defence Disposal group have with council and the eventual buyer that will count. That said we will be having discussions for quite some time, including with disposals, and will keep the memorial high on the agenda.

Cheers!

Pete Law

Peter Law
Base Support Manager – Metro Perth & Regional Sites, Swanbourne & Pilbara
Estate Services-Central and West
Bldg 9 Leeuwin Barracks
Riverside Rd
EAST FREMANTLE WA 6158

Ph: 08 931 12066
Mob: 0408 936 623