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Tuesday, 8 March 1966


Mr L R Johnson asked the Minister for National Development, upon notice -

1.   What residential facilities have been provided at the Atomic Reactor Project at Lucas Heights and for whose use are they intended?

2.   Is it intended to build a swimming pool at the project? If so (a) what is the estimated cost, (b) when will it be constructed and (c) will it be available for the use of all employees?

3.   If the pool will not be available for the use of all employees to whom will its use be restricted?


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

1.   A residential hostel consisting of 24 moteltype units, has been constructed at the Australian Atomic Energy Commission's Research Establishment at Lucas Heights for use by post-graduate research workers from universities and by visiting scientists from interstate and overseas. The existence of on-site accommodation facilitates the access of distinguished scientists to Lucas Heights and enables them to compress extended programmes of measurements into relatively short visits. Lucas Heights is some 17 miles from the nearest centre offering substantial accommodation resources. The hostel is operated for the Commission by the Army Canteen Services Organization, and the hostel charges, which are in line with commercial prices for similar-type accommodation, are designed to recover the full operating costs. 2 and 3. As a part of the landscaping of the grounds, a small ornamental pool has been constructed in the hostel courtyard. The pool has been designed so that it may be used for swimming. I should emphasise that the hostel, which is known as Stevens Hall, is well removed from community facilities and many of the residents must remain at Lucas Heights over the weekend. The pool was completed in January 1966 at a cost of £2,012 10s. (34,025). Because of its small size it is quite unsuitable for general use and access to the pool will be restricted to hostel residents.







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