Assistant Minister for Defence David Fawcett today announced that the Department of Defence and the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula had agreed to contract terms for the off-market sale of the Coomunga Rifle Range near Port Lincoln, South Australia.
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“This is a great outcome for Port Lincoln, the local community and Defence,” Mr Fawcett said.
“The 160-hectare site provides community rifle clubs a space for competitions and activities which has been a long-standing practice in the region.
“The sale of Coomunga Rifle Range demonstrates the government’s commitment to unlocking surplus Commonwealth properties for uses that support the Australian community.”
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he was very pleased with the announcement of the sale.
“A sale to the council represents a great opportunity for the community to continue a well-established activity in the region”, Mr Ramsey said.
“I know the club will be very pleased with this result.”
District Council Mayor Jo-Anne Quigley said the council had been working with the Port Lincoln Rifle Club and Department of Defence since 2015 to ensure that the local community could retain this facility.
“This is a great result for both the club and the council,” she said.
“This facility adds to the diverse range of recreational opportunities available to our council district.”
Mr Fawcett said Defence and the council have agreed the contract terms for the sale of the site, subject to the council completing its final due diligence.
“It is anticipated the sale will be completed in the second half of 2019.”
District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula documents suggest the sale price was $1, conditional on the property only being used for sport shooting.
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