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Thursday, 13 March 2008
Page: 1683

Dr KELLY (Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support) (9:26 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: Land Engineering Agency Test Services relocation, Monegeetta, Victoria.

The Department of Defence proposes the relocation of Land Engineering Agency Test Services from Defence Site Maribyrnong to Monegeetta Proving Ground, Victoria. This proposal was referred to the Public Works Committee on 31 May 2007, but the reference lapsed when the previous committee ceased to exist with the prorogation of parliament on 15 October 2007. The objective of this proposal is to gain advantages from the co-location of Land Engineering Agency Test Services with its existing operations at Monegeetta. The proposed project involves a mixture of refurbished and new facilities, including new supporting infrastructure.

The estimated outturn cost of the proposal is $35.9 million plus GST. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction could commence in late 2008 with completion in 2010. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.