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Thursday, 19 October 2017
Page: 11282


Mr McCORMACK (RiverinaMinister for Small Business) (10:20): 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: Australian War Memorial, Treloar E Large Technology Objects Store Project, Mitchell, ACT.

As I advised the House when referring this project to the Public Works Committee, the Australian War Memorial is proposing to construct a single-level storage facility on the Commonwealth-owned site at Mitchell, Australian Capital Territory, to accommodate the planned acquisition of large technology objects. The Treloar collection's storage facility at Mitchell is an essential asset and the Australian War Memorial's conservation facility and store for large pieces of military equipment, including aircraft, vehicles, boats, missiles and guns. There is an immediate requirement for increased collection storage, as there is a significant planned handover of collections from the Department of Defence once additional storage capacity is available. These include a P3C Orion, an FA18 Classic Hornet, and Seahawk and Squirrel naval helicopters, which are due to be retired in the coming decade.

The project will provide approximately 5,288 square metres of total floor space. No internal fit-out is proposed. The estimated cost to deliver the project is $16.1 million, excluding GST. This includes a provision for contingencies, cost escalation and associated professional fees. The committee has conducted an inquiry and it 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'd like to thank the committee for, once again, undertaking a timely inquiry. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction is expected to commence in January 2018 and is expected to be completed by December 2018. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.