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Wednesday, 25 November 1959

Mr FREETH (Forrest) (Minister for the Interior and Minister for Works) . - I move -

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1913-1953, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for further investigation and report as recommended by the committee following a preliminary examination held in 1956, namely: - Construction of a new main hospital block at the Canberra Community Hospital, Australian Capital Territory.

The plans provide for the construction in two stages of a new main hospital block and supporting specialist departments to increase the present hospital to an ultimate capacity of approximately 600 beds, and to modernize the present hospital to a standard comparable with the proposed construction. The new block will be an eight-story steelframed building connected at the ground floor level to the existing hospital.

The new block is planned to accommodate ultimately 368 new beds and will be complete with all the specialist departments and facilities of a modern base hospital, the total capacity of which will then be 618 beds.

Estimated cost of the proposal is -


I table plans of the proposed buildings.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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