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Tuesday, 7 December 1976
Page: 3382


Mr McLEAY (Boothby) (Minister for Construction) - 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: Consolidation into Bankstown of the Bankstown and Lidcombe Government Aircraft Plants operated by Hawker de Havilland Australia Pty Ltd.

The proposal involves the provision of additional facilities at the existing Bankstown plant to enable the transfer of all aircraft engine and helicopter transmission overhaul and repair operations and some machine shop operations now being undertaken at Lidcombe. Both plants are operated by Hawker de Havilland Australia Pty Ltd. The estimated cost of the proposed work is $7.1m.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works, in recommending the construction of these works, concluded that:

1.   There is a continuing defence requirement for an aircraft repair and overhaul facility in the Sydney area;

2.   This requirement can be met most efficiently by the consolidation at Bankstown of the Bankstown and Lidcombe government aircraft plants;

3.   The Committee is satisfied that the present role of the Bankstown airport will continue through to the early 1 990s.

Upon the concurrence of the House in this resolution, detailed planning can proceed in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee.







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