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Thursday, 15 May 2014
Page: 3832


Mr McCORMACK ( Riverina Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance ) ( 09:0 8 ): 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: Development and construction of housing for Defence at RAAF Base Tindal, Northern Territory.

This project aims to extend the base's married quarters precinct to accommodate an additional 50 dwellings. The project aims to deliver dwellings that are designed to be sustainable and appropriate for the conditions. The estimated overall project cost is approximately $47.1 million, including GST, contingency and escalation costs. The land is already owned by the Commonwealth.

I referred these works to the Public Works Committee in December 2013. The committee has now reported back and recommended that these works proceed. I would like to commend the committee for conducting a rigorous inquiry into these works. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction is expected to commence in June 2014 and to be completed by June 2016.

Question agreed to.