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Wednesday, 29 June 1938


Mr McEWEN (Indi) (Minister for the Interior) . - by leave - On the 17th June, a pronouncement was made concerning the Government's intention to appoint a committee for the purpose of considering questions involved in the development of Canberra in accordance with the approved plan. I am now in a position to give further details with regard to the personnel of the committee which will consist of seven members, namely -

B.   J. Waterhouse, Esquire. F.R.I.B.A.

Kingsley A. Henderson, Esquire, C. M.G., F.R.I.B.A.

R.   Keith Harris, Esquire, A.R.I.B.A.

Sir DonaldCameron, K.C.M.G., D. S.O., V.D.

The Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works.

Lieutenant-Colonel J. T. H. Goodwin, M.V.O., V.D., and

C.   S. Daley, Esquire, LL.B., O.B.E.

Mr. Waterhouseis one of Sydney's leading architects, and has had many associations with the national capital. He was deputy chairman of an expert advisory committee which acted for some years in touch with the Federal Capital Commission, and considered schemes for major projects associated with the building of the national capital. He is chairman of the Architects Registration Board of New South Wales, and is also associated with committees concerned with the replanning of Sydney. His connexion with Canberra also extends to adjudication in relation to architectural competitions for government buildings, and he has more recently been one of the committee of advisers to the Government on the question of the King George V. memorial.

Mr. KingsleyA. Henderson is a prominent architect of Melbourne, and a past president of the Federal Council of the Australian Institute of Architects. He was associated for many years with Canberra development as an adjudicator, and as a representative of the Institute of Architects in important conferences on architectural questions. Mr. Henderson was also a member of the Expert Committee appointed by the Federal Capital Commission, and he is, therefore, specially qualified to advise on the plan of Canberra and its development.

Mr. R.Keith Harris is lecturer in town planning at the University of Sydney, and, like Messrs. Waterhouse and Henderson, has had wide experience, both overseas and in Australia, in relation to his professional work. His services were obtained to advise in a technical capacity on certain planning matters in Canberra in 1926, and he is, therefore, fully conversant with the national capital and the progress that has been made in its development.

Sir DonaldCameron is well known for his long and distinguished parliamentary service, and also his wide interest in Australian problems. He will be in a position to assist the committee, particularly from the point of view of a general national outlook on Canberra, in the building of which he has always taken a special personal interest.

The Government considers it appropriate that the chairman, for the time being, of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works should be a member of the committee to ensure coordination of the functions of the two committees in the erection of public buildings in Canberra.

Lieutenant-Colonel J. T. H. Goodwin, M.V.O., V.D., is chairman of the Advisory Council for the Territory for the Seat of Government. For a number of years he was Commonwealth SurveyorGeneral. He was in charge of the Lands and Surveys Administration in Canberra for twelve years prior to the appointment of the Federal Capital Commission.

Mr. C.S. Daley is Assistant Secretary, Civic Branch, Department of the Interior, and is the officer responsible for advising the Minister on the development of Canberra according to the approved plan. He was Secretary to the Federal Capital Advisory Committee under the chairmanship of Sir John Sulman, and was, subsequently, secretary to the Federal Capital Commission.

The gentlemen who are acting on this committee will do so in an honorary capacity, subject to payment of their expenses, and in this way the committee will resemble a similar body which undertakes responsibilities in relation to the development of the city of Washington, the experience of which affords a valuable guide for Canberra. The functions of the committee will include advice on all proposals involving the variation of the plan, recommendations in regard to developmental projects, and consideration of any matters which may be referred to it by the Minister.

It is proposed to provide for the appointment of the committee by an ordinance, with the object of ensuring that its advice and assistance will be definitely available in relation to all important matters affecting the building of the national capital.

The Government appreciates very much the fact that the non-official members of the committee are prepared to give their time and valuable experience to an object which they feel is of great national importance, and it has every confidence that their work' will be of immediate and lasting benefit to the Commonwealth by ensuring that the future building of its capital is carried out under the best possible advice.







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