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Thursday, 31 March 1966

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - There being no objection, leave is granted.

Mr BRIMBLECOMBE - Mr. Speaker,the proposed building extensions in this reference comprise a ground and four upper floors to accommodate continuity and control suites associated with country television services and programme service accommodation of various types. The structure of the extensions is planned to allow for the construction of an additional four upper floors at a later time. About 60 per cent, of the accommodation proposed in the initial stage is to relieve a shortage of accommodation and chronic overcrowding which exists at the present time. The remaining space is designed to accommodate additional staff appointed in the time up to the completion of the first stage and to allow a small margin for expansion. The additional space will generally allow staff to spread out and again work under reasonable conditions and for a regrouping of functions to take place. Other staff who at present work elsewhere, but who should be located at Gore Hill, will be brought there.

From the evidence given to the Committee we concluded that at this stage in the development of Australian Broadcasting Commission television, there is an ever present need for additional accommodation for various requirements and that in the absence of long range planning there will always be an overcrowding problem at Gore Hill. Furthermore, we were told that the construction of the studio-office extension in two stages of five and four floors respectively, would cost at least $20,000 more than if the whole nine floors were built under the one contract. The availability of the second stage accommodation for staff now located elsewhere would mean a saving in the cost of rented office space of more than $33,000 per annum.

For these reasons, and because of the administrative economies and convenience that would result from having the extra accommodation available from the outset, the Committee, in agreeing that the work should proceed, has recommended that the additional four floors be built as part of the initial contract.

Ordered that the report be printed.

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