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Wednesday, 1 April 1987
Page: 1683

(Question No. 1644)


Senator Reid asked the Minister representing the Minister for Territories, upon notice, on 24 February 1987:

(1) Are there problems relating to plumbing, run-off from landscaping and faulty hot water services being experienced at `Woolmers Court'.

(2) Are the plumbing faults similar to those experienced at the aged units in Belconnen.

(3) Have final certificates been issued for `Woolmers Court'.

(4) They were issued when serious plumbing faults existed.

(5) What action is now being taken to rectify the problems at `Woolmers Court'.

(6) What action will be taken in future to ensure that work is completed and comply with requirements.


Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Territories has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

I am advised by the National Capital Development Commission that

(1) Yes. Problems relating to plumbing and hot water services have been rectified at Woolmers Court. The question of run-off from landscaping is being investigated and if warranted remedial work will be undertaken.

(2) The NCDC is not aware of similar plumbing faults at aged persons units in Belconnen.

(3) No. Public housing is built in accordance with the A.C.T. Building Manual. All inspections and certifications are carried out by the NCDC's Agent Architect in accordance with the Commission's standard building contracts. `Practical Completion' is achieved when the units are suitable for occupancy and certified accordingly by the Architect. The Housing Branch of the Department of Territories accepts handover of the units after an inspection by their officers and then the units are allocated to tenants. The `Final Certificate' is not issued until the expiration of the 13 week defects liability period. During this period the Contractor is responsible for the rectification of all building defects.

(4) and (5) The plumbing problems encountered at Woolmers Court were not of a major nature and have been rectified. The landscape run-off problem is being investigated.

(6) The NCDC will continue to ensure that any construction defects will be rectified by the Contractor before the issue of the `Final Certificate'.