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Thursday, 25 November 1999
Page: 12687

Mr SLIPPER (1:53 PM) —I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the committee has duly reported to Parliament: CSIRO Clayton (Eastern Precinct) Development Works, Victoria.

CSIRO proposes to consolidate the Victorian activities of its divisions of Manufacturing Science and Technology, Mathematical and Information Sciences, Information Technology Services and Petroleum Resources at its Clayton site in Victoria. The project will enable CSIRO to vacate sites at Preston and Syndal, freeing up these sites for sale. It will also relocate staff and resources from leased premises at Carlton and Clayton into accommodation at the Clayton site, which is owned by CSIRO and is located adjacent to the campus of Monash University. The Clayton site is one of the largest sites of CSIRO and is occupied by more than 700 staff. It is the major Victorian site of the organisation and the centre for CSIRO research into minerals, forest products, molecular and polymer science, manufacturing science and technology, and mathematical and information sciences.

The development will provide approximately 7,000 square metres gross floor area of new building accommodation. This is in addition to another 7,000 square metres of refurbishment in the 35-year-old outdated and substandard David Rivett laboratories. This will provide accommodation for over 370 staff. The work will provide laboratories, offices, process and technical bays, research support facilities and staff amenities. The project has a budget of $28 million. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction is expected to commence in mid-2000 with completion scheduled for early 2002. The Public Works Committee in its report recommends that this project proceed. CSIRO agrees with the recommendations of the committee. I would like to thank the committee for its support and I commend the motion to the House.

Question resolved in the affirmative.