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Thursday, 27 March 2014
Page: 3341


Mr McCORMACK (RiverinaParliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance) (10:05): 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: CSIRO Clayton property strategy, Clayton, Victoria.

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation proposes to relocate its staff and research from Highett, Melbourne to its Clayton site adjacent to Monash University. CSIRO requires property to enable its specialised science capabilities. As such, CSIRO needs to ensure that all of its facilities are fit for purpose, support science, and provide facilities which attract leading researchers and scientists to CSIRO. This proposal includes the provision of a new building at North Clayton for science education and the Factories of the Future Innovation Centre. In addition, the new buildings will house the CSIRO science education centres currently located at Highett. The estimated cost of the proposal is $32 million plus GST and includes escalation costs, contingencies, all professional fees and authority charges.

The Public Works Committee has reviewed the project and reported back to the House and Senate recommending that these works proceed. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction is scheduled to commence in June 2014 and to be completed by December 2015. On behalf of the government, I would like to thank the committee, under the leadership of Mrs Karen Andrews, the member for McPherson, for considering this project in such a timely manner and for its support for this project. With that, I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.