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Wednesday, 14 September 2005
Page: 19

Dr STONE (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration) (10:09 AM) —I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Fitout of new leased premises for Australian Customs Service at 1010 La Trobe Street, Docklands, Melbourne.

The Australian Customs Service proposes to relocate from its existing Melbourne headquarters building shortly before the end of the current lease, which expires on 31 May 2007. Construction work on the new building, known as the Port 1010 Building, commenced in June this year, and Customs proposes to undertake a fit-out of these new leased premises. The proposed fit-out is estimated to cost $12.5 million, inclusive of GST.

Subject to parliamentary approval, the proposed fit-out and associated installation of services will, to the maximum extent possible, be integrated with the base building construction in order to reduce costs. The building is planned for completion in December 2006, and Customs anticipates occupying the building progressively throughout February and March 2007. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.