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Wednesday, 17 October 1956

Mr Kearney y asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   Does the Commonwealth Government own a number of cottages at Bulli. Unanderra and Dapto?

2.   If so, what is the number of cottages at each of these centres?

3.   What is the number of cottages owned by the Commonwealth Government at other centres on the south coast, New South Wales?

4.   For what purposes were such cottages erected?

5.   What was (a) the average cost of erection and (b) the total cost of all the cottages?

6.   What is the average weekly rent charged?

7.   How many cottages are at present vacant?

8.   Did departmental officers, within the past three years, make a recommendation that all, or some of the cottages, required painting; if so, how many cottages were involved?

9.   Is it a fact that no action has been taken to paint the cottages?

10.   Will it now cost approximately £80 to paint each cottage compared wilh approximately £40 two or three years ago?

11.   Has it yet been decided that the cottages are to be painted?

12.   If so, when is it expected that this work will commence and how many cottages are involved?

Mr Fairhall - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Yes.

2.   Bulli 29, Unanderra 113, Dapto 158.

3.   Helensburgh 42.

4.   Housing accommodation for migrant coalminers. 5. (a) Bulli, Unanderra and Dapto, £4,477; Helensburg, £3,095 for three-bedroom cottages, £2,510 for two-bedroom cottages. (b) Bulli, Unanderra and Dapto, £1,342,964 complete with services; Helensburg, £117,593 complete with services.

6.   Bulb', Unanderra and Dapto, £2 10s. a week; Helensburgh, £1 15s. or £1 10s. a week, depending on the material used in construction.

7.   None. 8 and 9. The question of painting the cottages has been under examination for some time.

10.   Firm comparative figures are not available, but it is estimated that the cost might be 10 per cent, higher now than in 1953. 11 and 12. Provision has been made in the current Estimates of Expenditure for this work which will proceed as soon as possible to the limit of funds available.

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