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Thursday, 17 August 2017
Page: 8839

Mr McCORMACK (RiverinaMinister for Small Business) (10:29): 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: HMAS Moreton Unit Relocation Project, HMAS Moreton, Bulimba, Queensland.

The Department of Defence is proposing to construct new facilities and provide new services on HMAS Moreton, Bulimba, Queensland. The proposed works to be delivered from this project include the provision of facilities to support Moreton's operations and to re-establish the base infrastructure with the reduced site. The project aims to provide a fully functioning, work-health-and-safety compliant and secure Defence site for Moreton to conduct operations and support functions for all current and future planned Royal Australian Navy activities. The scope of works includes a new multi-purpose building for office accommodation, classrooms and living-in accommodation. The engineering requirements include the extension of a council road, a new entry gate, a new boat ramp, internal road network, security fencing and connection to potable water, sewerage, stormwater and electrical services.

The Public Works Committee has conducted an inquiry and is of the view that the project signifies value for money for the Commonwealth and constitutes a project which is fit for purpose and expedient to carry out. On behalf of the government, I would like to thank the committee for, once again, undertaking a timely inquiry. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction is expected to commence in November 2017 and be completed by February 2019. With that, I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.