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Thursday, 22 June 2006
Page: 13

Mr McGAURAN (Deputy Leader of the House) (9:51 AM) —On behalf of the Special Minister of State, 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: Proposed construction of housing for Defence at Fairview Rise, Ipswich, Qld.

The Defence Housing Authority proposes the development of a 19.6 hectare site at Fairview Rise in Ipswich, Queensland to provide some 162 serviced residential allotments for construction of Defence housing at an estimated cost of $50.7 million.

The Fairview Rise site is eight kilometres east of RAAF Base Amberley and some six kilometres from the Ipswich city centre.

The proposed development would involve the construction of at least 162 new residences over the next three years, primarily intended for use by Australian Defence Force personnel stationed at RAAF Base Amberley.

In its report, the Public Works Committee recommended that these works proceed subject to the recommendations of the committee.

The Defence Housing Authority accepts and will implement those recommendations.

Subject to parliamentary approval, the project will be undertaken in a number of stages.

Phase 1 civil works will be undertaken over a period from August 2006 to April 2007 with phase 2 civil works being undertaken over a period from March 2007 to November 2007. Construction of houses will commence in April 2007 with completion scheduled for June 2009.

On behalf of the government, I would like to thank the committee for its support and I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.