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Tuesday, 12 May 1970

Dr Klugman (PROSPECT, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Air, upon notice:

(1)   Is a new mess being built for officers al the Royal Australian Air Force No. 1 Central Ammunition Depot, Bringelly Road, Kingswood.

(2)   How many officers will be catered for at this mess.

(3)   What is the estimated cost of the building.

(4)   What is the estimated cost of ancillary works, such as roads, required for this building.

(5)   Are adequate messing facilities in exigence now.

Mr Killen (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for the Navy) - The Minister for Air has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   A new officers' Mess is included in the 1968-69 New Works Programme. Construction is well advanced and the project is expected to be completed by the end of May 1970.

(2)   The Kitchen is designed for 25 men and the remaining facilities are designed for 15 men for later expansion to 25 men when necessary. The mess is in accordance with Services' Scales and Standards of Accommodation.

(3)   The cost of the project is $77,500.

(4)   Within the project there are ancillary works costing approximately $16,000. These are external hydraulic services ($10,000) and roadworks ($6,000). Where applicable, these services have been designed and are being constructed to also serve an officers' sleeping quarters block which will be constructed in the future adjacent to the new mess.

(5)   The existing officers' mess is of temporary wartime construction and is designed for only 5 men. On completion of the new officers' mess the existing mess will be utilised as an annex to the existing sergeants' mess which is also seriously overcrowded until replacement permanent facilities are provided.

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