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Wednesday, 22 August 1984
Page: 163


Senator FOREMAN —In accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act, I present the report relating to the construction of the Commonwealth Government Centre, Currie Street, Adelaide, South Australia. I seek leave to speak to the report.

Leave granted.


Senator FOREMAN —I would like to make a few brief points in regard to the report . Existing accommodation is widely scattered throughout the city of Adelaide, with something like 23 departments being located in 43 different locations. It is of variable standard and accommodation arrangements for senators and members in leased space create security problems. Current annual leasing costs to the Commonwealth in Adelaide are approximately $6.54m. Rental levels have been rapidly escalating in recent years owing to an under-supply of office accommodation and are expected to rise to at least $11m by 1987.

As I have said, existing Commonwealth office accommodation in Adelaide is widely dispersed and unsatisfactory. The Committee agrees that maximising collocation of government activities in a Commonwealth centre will result in savings and efficiencies and be more convenient for the public. The proposal is for the construction of a 12-storey building plus a basement and a rooftop plant area. There will be parking for something like 102 cars, bicycle racks and bulk stationery and office equipment stores in the basement. There will also be provision for the disabled. In this respect, an additional toilet facility for the disabled will be provided on each floor of the building. Access to the stage will be provided and removal seating will be installed in the first three rows to permit access by wheelchairs. It was also expected that the design would have the ability to achieve 100 per cent fresh air cycle when the ambient conditions allow. In Adelaide this could be as much as 50 per cent of the time. The site selected is suitable and the design of the proposed building which should provide energy savings is commendable.

Ordered that the report be printed.