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Tuesday, 21 June 1994
Page: 1811

(Question No. 1407)


Senator Calvert asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 20 May 1994:

  (1) What costs have been incurred in the closure of HMAS Huon to date.

  (2) What costs will be incurred up until the final closure.

  (3) What is the breakdown of these costs.

  (4) What are the plans for HMAS Huon following its closure.

  (5) How many people have lost their jobs as a result of the closure of HMAS Huon.

  (6) What has happened to the furniture which was used by staff at HMAS Huon.

  (7) If the furniture has been disposed of, what costs were incurred during disposal, and what monies were raised through disposal.


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

  (1) The total costs incurred to date of relocating HMAS Huon's residual functions is $271 800.

  (2) The only additional costs will be for the removal to Anglesea Barracks Hobart, estimated to be $8500.

  (3) The cost breakdown is:

$

Modifications in Anglesea Barracks 250 000

Modifications for Diving Store 14 000

Freight for machinery and Plant 5 300

Purchase of telephones 2 500

TOTAL 271 800

  (4) Future use options for HMAS Huon are currently being examined. In the meantime, responsibility for the property will be passed to the Estate Management Branch in the Department which will

ensure appropriate management arrangements for the property are in place.

  The Navy will retain use of the boatshed and wharf for the reserve diving team and the wharf to economise on ship visits for smaller vessels. The wharf is not part of the title for HMAS Huon.

  (5) Navy personnel will be redeployed to higher priority tasks. Seven civilian employees have been redeployed within Defence. Two civilian employees have accepted voluntary redundancy packages.

  (6) The majority of the furniture has been, or will be, relocated to the Navy Support Office in Anglesea Barracks. A small number of trestle type tables and chairs have been transferred to the Department of Administrative Services for sale by auction. In addition, the Wardroom furniture, owned by the officers at Huon, has been, or will be, transferred to the Wardroom mess at HMAS Waterhen.

  (7) The furniture designated for disposal is currently with the Department of Administrative Services for public auction. The details of costs incurred and monies raised are not yet available.