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Tuesday, 18 October 1983
Page: 1854

Mr BRUMBY(6.19) —I rise to speak in support of this motion. Briefly, it is a matter on which I have talked in this House before. I think the Minister for Housing and Construction (Mr Hurford) has made clear the need for the air- conditioning in this School of Transport and Catering at Puckapunyal. As he has said, the air-conditioning should have been provided during the 1970s when the building was first constructed. Of course, as a consequence of that air- conditioning not being provided, conditions for defence personnel learning in the school have been quite intolerable. As the report of the Standing Committee on Public Works shows, temperatures in the kitchen during the summer months frequently exceeded 43 degrees celsius. Amazingly, the temperature at ceiling level, that is at fan level, on certain occasions exceeded 67 degrees celsius. There is absolutely no question that the work has been overdue. I certainly know that the personnel at Puckapunyal will be delighted that the Minister has taken this opportunity to move for approval for the work.

I add one more fact: Earlier this year the Minister also moved for approval of work for a $14.7m redevelopment of the Armoured Centre at Puckapunyal. That work is well under way and progressing smoothly. With the Minister moving today for further work for the School of Transport and Catering it means that total work at Puckapunyal under these contracts will be in the order of $20m. It is a major boost to the economy of Seymour. It is a major improvement in conditions at Puckapunyal. I certainly compliment the Minister's initiative in moving for this approval of work today. I compliment the Committee for its fine work when I attended Puckapunyal and the Committee conducted its investigations. I obviously concur with the conclusion, which is sound. This work is well overdue. I compliment the Minister and the Government on moving that the work be undertaken .