WILL TOOWOOMBA FIGHT TO KEEP BORNEO BARRACKS?
Local Developer Lauder is lobbying Toowoomba’s elected representatives to reject Australian Department of Defence moves to close Cabarlah’s Borneo Barracks, home of the Australian Army’s 7th signal regiment for over 60 years.A report obtained by Lauder titled “Socio-Economic Impact for the Rationalisation of Borneo Barracks” shows consideration by the Australian Department of Defence to relocate the barracks to Adelaide, South Australia.
“The economic and social impact on the entire Toowoomba region would be staggering,” said Mac Stirling, Managing Director Lauder Pty Ltd.
The report outlines the following local impacts:
“The Federal Government has been compiling data and reports since 2006, and with a Defence White Paper expected possibly as early as April this year, Toowoomba may just lose Borneo Barracks without so much as a ‘please explain’ from our elected local, state and federal government representatives,” Mr Stirling said.
“The closure of KR Castlemain and resultant loss of 350 jobs, and loss of Southern Cross were two incidences where Toowoomba barely put up a fight to retain our economic and social fabric,” he said.
“With the global economic recession hitting all areas hard, the closure of Borneo Barracks cannot be allowed to be seriously contemplated by Government.” “I doubt the economic advantage for Defence is closing the Barracks would be worth the trouble.”
Mr Stirling today urged residents from Toowoomba, Highfields, Rosalie, Crows Nest and all surrounding areas to start making some noise about the Barracks potential closure and ask their elected State and Federal MPs for a ‘please explain’.
Mr Stirling has forwarded a copy of the Australian Department of Defence report to the Hon. Kerry Shine MP, Member for Toowoomba North; Hon. Mike Horan MP, Member of Toowoomba South; Mayor Peter Taylor; Councillor Bill Cahill; Shane Charles, President Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce; and Trevor Watts, LNP Candidate for Toowoomba.
ABC Radio with Mac Stirling, 16 February 2010
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