The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, today announced that the Department of Defence will host a Community Forum at Fort Direction at 3 pm on Thursday 10th November 2011 at the South Arm RSL Club.
“This forum demonstrates Defence’s commitment to the heritage values at Fort Direction and the importance Labor puts on listening to community ideas and concerns,” Senator Feeney said.
“This meeting follows a successful community meeting in May 2011. It will give locals an opportunity to ask questions and learn about the maintenance and preservation work which is happening at Fort Direction,” Senator Feeney said.
Federal Member for Franklin, Julie Collins, said that she was pleased that the Community Forum would be held annually.
“I have fought to maintain Defence’s presence at both Fort Direction and Anglesea Barracks in Tasmania,” Ms Collins said.
“I will keep fighting for local jobs and Tasmania’s heritage,” Julie Collins said.
“Work commenced on a number of buildings in October 2011, as part of ongoing works to preserve the heritage values of the site,” Senator Feeney said.
“I also wanted to remind Tasmanians that Defence has no plans to demolish any structures at the Fort Direction site.”
“Defence is committed to working with the local community to make sure the heritage value of these buildings is preserved,” Senator Feeney said.
The Fort Direction Community Forum will discuss a range of issues, including: heritage of environmental management of Fort Direction, infrastructure and facilities projects and maintenance of grounds and base infrastructure.
A tour of the site will also be conducted for interested local community members.
As a result of the 2011 Heritage Impact Assessment, Defence will preserve and maintain buildings with identified heritage value to prevent and rectify any further deterioration.
Media Contacts: Lorna Clarke (Feeney) 0408 345 730
Dean Winter (Collins) 0427 253 654