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Thursday, 26 November 1959

Mr FREETH (Forrest) (Minister for the Interior and Minister for Works) . - I move -

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1913-1953, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the committee has duly reported to this House, namely: - Construction of a technical high school at Darwin.

The proposal provides for the erection of a technical high school to accommodate 500 pupils and the necessary staff. The structure will be of reinforced concrete frame with infill panels of cement brickwork. The building will consist of two upper classroom floors elevated on piers to provide covered play and assembly areas, a single story administrative wing and a manual training block.

The committee has stated in its recommendations that there is an urgent need for the high school, that the design is appropriate for its purpose, and that the site is the best available. In addition, the committee has recommended the re-introduction into the trades block of appropriate ablution facilities and inclusion in the proposal of a complete assembly hall to accommodate 1,000 children, which is intended also to serve a future academic high school on the same site. These two items can be reconsidered by the Government when final designs and estimates are prepared.

Upon the concurrence of this House in this resolution, detailed planning necessary for carrying out this work can proceed.

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