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Monday, 10 September 1984
Page: 767

(Question No. 1032)

Senator Macklin asked the Minister for Veteran's Affairs, upon notice, on 22 August 1984:

Could the lease on the building previously housing the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service (VVCS) in Brisbane have been retained until permanent accommodation became available; if so, why was this not done.

Senator Gietzelt —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

At the time the VVCS was established by the previous Government doubt was expressed as to the need for this service to be established on a permanent basis .

The Brisbane Centre was established on a short term lease which expired after twelve months when the Centre remained on site on a permissive occupancy basis. With the recent re-leasing of the building it was no longer a practical proposition for the Service to remain on site and the Centre was required to be relocated on temporary premises pending the completion of permanent facilities.

I am pleased to advise that the Centre has now been relocated in its permanent premises at 303 Coronation Drive, Milton as from 24 August 1984.