Opinion. HMAS Leeuwin barracks

AT a public meeting on November 4, Defence revealed to the public for the first time its intentions for the old HMAS Leeuwin/Army barracks.

In short, it wants a quick and unhindered exit that maximises the dollar return to the Commonwealth.

It was made very clear that no alternative uses were to be considered and all responsibilities for the site post-sale would lie with the successful tenderer.

Defence demonstrated its willingness to trash the historic and heritage aspects of the site, cared nothing for long association the people of Fremantle have had with all navies (and our own in particular) using their port and any possible wishes they may have in regards to any future use of the site.

In short, it presented us with a fait accompli.

I believe that almost without exception all attending were appalled at Defence’s intentions and the manner in which it was going about the disposal.

I am of the view that the people of Fremantle, former RAN personnel and all serving and former members of the ADF deserve a better deal than that which is on the table from Defence.

Thus, I would urge any citizen regardless of their background or circumstances who feels that we, the public of Western Australia, are yet again to be short changed and treated with contempt by the gnomes in Canberra, to make your voices heard in whatever form you deem fit.

As sure as day follows night, if we do not fight to keep at least a significant part of it for public open space and recreational purposes, it will be lost forever.

KEVIN BOVILL, Success.