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Thursday, 13 March 2008
Page: 1684


Dr KELLY (Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support) (9:27 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: Multi Role Helicopter facilities.

The Department of Defence proposes to provide a range of helicopter shelters, operational facilities, simulated buildings and maintenance facilities to support the introduction of the multirole helicopter aircraft. This proposal was referred to the Public Works Committee on 16 August 2007, but the reference lapsed when the previous committee ceased to exist with the prorogation of parliament on 15 October 2007. The proposed facilities and infrastructure will be located at RAAF Base Townsville; the Army Aviation Centre at Oakey; Gallipoli Barracks at Enoggera, in Queensland; and HMAS Albatross at Nowra in New South Wales. The project will involve a mix of new facilities, refurbishment and adaptive reuse of existing facilities.

The estimated outturn cost of the proposal is $168.7 million plus GST. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction is expected to commence in late 2008 with completion by late 2010. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to