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DEFA considers 'best use' of Knockaloe

Decision due soon on footpaths

A decision will made this week on whether to allow a network of footpaths at the former World War One internment camp at Knockaloe.

Volunteers behind a new visitor centre say their project could attract a large number of internee descendants, keen to see where their relatives  were held.

Coordinator Alison Jones claims interest among overseas descendants to visit the Island is growing - but the project depends on being able to offer guided tours around the whole site. 

She says the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture originally agreed to the paths - but is now reconsidering, after proposals to develop other enterprises at Knockaloe were scrapped.

The issue will be discussed by DEFA on Wednesday (5 April).

Political member David Cretney MLC says the long-term use of the land has to be considered:

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