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Monday, 29 August 1994
Page: 540

(Question No. 1380)

Senator Ian Macdonald asked the Minister representing the Minister for Housing and Regional Development, upon notice, on 5 May 1994:

  Please supply a list of the projects receiving funding under the Better Cities Program, including: (a) the total amount allocated; (b) the amount spent

to 31 March 1994; (c) the project and/or managing authority or body; (d) the constructing organisation; and (e) the present status or position of each project.

Senator Bolkus —The Minister for Housing and Regional Development has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (a) Commonwealth funding under the Better Cities program is allocated at the area strategy level only. As Better Cities is an untied program, details of project level funding are not provided by the States to the Commonwealth.


Total allocated

State Name of Area Strategy ($Million)


New South Wales Ultimo/Pyrmont 117.040

Eveleigh 11.170

Transit West 78.820

Honeysuckle and Environs 71.000

Victoria Plenty Road Area 97.462

South West Area 42.135

South East Area 26.254

Inner Melbourne and Rivers Area 43.149

Queensland Brisbane-Gold Coast Corridor 73.940

Brisbane-Inner North East 31.000

Inala-Ipswich 22.925

Mackay Urban Consolidation Project 1.575

South Townsville Inner City Village 10.000

Western Australia East Perth 32.078

Stirling 13.380

Bunbury 10.640

Fremantle 6.750

South Australia Elizabeth/Munno Para Area 16.160

MFP/Northwest Crescent 40.000

Southern Areas 8.500

Inner West 4.000

Tasmania Launceston Inner City Area 10.280

Hobart Western Shore 11.440

Northern Territory Darwin 7.510

Australan Capital Territory North Canberra 13.720

  (b) Expenditure to 31 March 1994:

Commonwealth payments ($million)



State 1991-92 1992-93 (to 31 March)


New South Wales - 46.681 35.006

Victoria 17.000 36.587 27.440

Queensland 15.000 36.815 27.612

Western Australia 7.500 22.528 16.887

South Australia - 18.700 8.280

Tasmania 2.000 2.850 4.145

Northern Territory - 0.500 0.374

Australian Capital Territory - 3.000 1.334

  (c) Managing Authorities:

  New South Wales

  Department of Planning

  City West Development Corporation

  Honeysuckle Development Corporation


  Department of Planning & Development


  Department of Housing, Local Government & Planning

  Brisbane City Council Urban Renewal Taskforce

  Townsville City Council

  Mackay City Council

  Western Australia

  Department of Planning & Urban Development

  East Perth Redevelopment Authority

  South Australia

  Office of Planning & Urban Development


  Department of Environment & Land Management

  Northern Territory

  Department of Lands, Housing & Local Government

  Australian Capital Territory

  ACT Planning Authority

  (d) Constructing organisations:

  The managing authorities listed in (c) are nominally the constructing organisations. Details of actual contractors are not held by the Commonwealth.

  (e) Present status of each project:

  The 1993-94 evaluation of progress for each area strategy has commenced. When finalised in September, a report detailing progress during 1993-94 will be made publicly available.

  There have been significant achievements in each of the area strategies since 1992-93. Examples include:

  New South Wales

  In Ultimo/Pyrmont, studies on Affordable Housing Program and pedestrian/cyclist link to the central business district has been completed; and a feasibility study for the light rail system completed.

  In Honeysuckle in Newcastle, the activity taking place under the Better Cities Program is already generating significant employment within the local area. The redevelopment work is also ensuring that the heritage of the inner Newcastle area is preserved.

  In Eveleigh, demolition and related decontamination work at the Advance Technology Park is well underway.

  In Transit West, design options for upgrading of Parramatta railway station and a new Blacktown bus/rail interchange has been completed.


  In Plenty Road, ward renovation work at Mont Park/Bundoora and in other psychiatric hospitals has been completed, 14 public housing units were established at East Preston and work progressed on demolition of elderly walk-up accommodation for replacement with 55 units.

  In the South East area strategy, improvements in the quality and efficiency of public transport, eg. the Public Transport Corporation contract documentation for construction of a new electrified rail service between Dandenong and Cranbourne.

    In the South West area strategy, occupancy at the Food Research Institute in the Werribee Technology Precinct is currently at 80 per cent, and the number of companies utilising the centre is four times the original estimate.

  The City Circle tram loop, in the Inner Melbourne and Rivers area strategy has been completed.


  In the Brisbane/Gold Coast Corridor area strategy, the Loganlea demonstration housing project has commenced and the Draft Albert Corridor Development Control Plan has been prepared.

  In the Inala-Ipswich Corridor, Community Action Plans have been undertaken at Inala, Riverview, Carole Park and Goodna for the enhancement of the local communities. The master facilities site plan for the Wolston Park Hospital complex and Ipswich Hospital has been completed.

  In South Townsville, the Koolkuna Kindergarten, child care and neighbourhood centre has been completed, and design for the South Townsville sewerage upgrade is well underway.

  Joint venture affordable housing projects are progressing well in the Brisbane Inner North East area strategy.

  The Mackay Rail by-pass and rail study and a Housing Needs study have been completed. Infrastructure upgrading works and main sewerage pumping station facilities has been completed.

  Western Australia

  The East Perth area strategy general area upgrades included completion of capital works around the Claisebrook inlet on the Swan River, construction of a major TAFE centre and planning work for the first residential developments.

  The Stirling area strategy is already demonstrating the value of planned and integrated commercial and residential development around a transport node, with higher than expected passenger trips.

  In Bunbury, the relocation of the oil storage facilities—a major element of the area strategy—has commenced.

  In Fremantle, medium density housing demonstrations on different sites have been developed as well as upgrading of sewerage infrastructure.

  South Australia

  The Multifunction Polis/Northwest Crescent area strategy is currently under negotiation.

  The Elizabeth Munno Para area strategy is almost complete and demonstrates significant improvements in the social and physical environment of an economically depressed urban area.

  In the Inner Western area, soil remediation on Horwood Bagshaw site and soil contamination works on the Mile End railway site have been undertaken.

  In the Southern areas, studies and evaluation work for the review of the Noarlunga Centre commenced as well as a Transport Infrastructure Services Study completed. The sports complex and effluent disposal projects at Aldinga and Masins are underway.


  In the Hobart area strategy, construction is well advanced for stage 1 of the demonstration housing project at Lefroy Street, Hobart and for the Abbeyfeld House under the community integration program.

  In the Launceston area strategy, transfer of the Inveresk railyards from AN/TASRAIL to the Tasmanian Government was finalised in January 1994 and decontamination work on this site is progressing well.

  Northern Territory

  In Darwin, discussions and negotiations with oil companies are continuing, regarding the removal of four inner city petroleum storage facilities in the Frances Bay area to a more appropriate location on the other side of Darwin Harbour.

  Australian Capital Territory

  In the North Canberra area strategy, studies on urban consolidation and future public transport options are well underway. Purpose built or modified housing for ex-residents of Bruce Hostel has been completed.