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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 132

(Question No. 1230)

Senator Calvert asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 16 March 1994:

  (1) What type of outdoor furniture was purchased by the Defence Centre, Adelaide in February 1994 for $14 310.

  (2) Was this the total cost of the outdoor furniture; if not what was the total cost.

  (3) Where is the outdoor furniture situated.

  (4) Who will use this furniture.

  (5) Why was the furniture purchased.

  (6) Was the furniture Australian made; if not, why not.

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

  (1) The outdoor furniture referred to in the question is that listed in the Commonwealth Gazette of 2 March 1994 page 1181, purchased by the Defence Support Centre Woomera, which comprised:

  (a) 9 sets of vandal-resistant tables with built-in bench seats; and

  (b) 12 vandal-resistant 60 litre galvanised steel litter bins.

  (2) Yes—including freight from Adelaide to Woomera. I am advised also that on 15 September 1993, 6 park benches and 6 litter bins were purchased for $6108 and placed around the playgrounds, War Memorial and town square in Woomera.

  (3) The tables are to be placed in public areas in Woomera township as follows:

  (a) 5 in Breen Park (a local fauna and recreational area); and

  (b) 4 in Champion Mall (local shopping centre).

  The litter bins will be placed in appropriate locations in the town.

  (4) The residents of Woomera and the many thousands of tourists who visit the town each year.

  (5) The Government through the Department of Defence is responsible for and committed to the provision of a reasonable range of facilities and amenities in the remote Woomera township, including park benches and litter bins that would normally be provided in other towns by the municipal council.

  The tables bought through this purchase replace existing equipment which is more than 10 years old and has been condemned. The litter bins are to provide adequate waste disposal facilities in the public areas in the centre of the town.

  (6) Yes—the equipment was designed and built in Adelaide by Street and Park Furniture Pty Ltd, 30 Chapel St Norwood to the high standards required for use in public areas.