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Thursday, 22 June 2017
Page: 15

Mr McCORMACK (RiverinaMinister for Small Business) (10:39): I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Australian War Memorial, Treloar E Large Technology Objects Store Project, Mitchell, ACT.

The Australian War Memorial is proposing to construct a single-level storage facility on the Commonwealth-owned site at Mitchell in the Australian Capital Territory to accommodate the planned acquisition of large technology objects. The Treloar collections storage facility at Mitchell is an essential asset and is 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 PC-3 Orion, C-130 Hercules, F/A-18 Classic Hornet, and Seahawk and Squirrel naval helicopters which are due to be retired in the coming decade. It is quite a collection.

The project will provide approximately 5,288 square metres of total floor space. No internal fitout is proposed. The estimated cost to deliver the project is $16.1 million, excluding GST, and includes provision for contingencies, cost escalation and associated professional fees. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction is expected to commence in January 2018 and be completed by December 2018. I commend the motion to the House, and I know I have the approval of the assistant shadow Treasurer.

Question agreed to.