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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1638


Mr CHIPP (Hotham) (Minister for Customs and Excise) - I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, 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 Parliament: Replacement of accommodation at HMAS 'Albatross', Nowra, New South Wales.

The proposal is for the erection of accommodation in the living-in zone at HMAS Albatross' to replace substandard buildings and its main components are: an assembly hall, extension to the junior sailors' canteen, junior WRANS' sleeping quarters, a senior sailors' mess and galley, wardroom, officers' sleeping quarters, senior sailors' sleeping quarters, and junior sailors' sleeping quarters. The estimated cost of the proposed work is $5. 8m. The works in this proposal comprise the third and final stage of a progressive programme of replacement of substandard buildings in the livingin area. The 2 earlier stages were reported on by the Committee in 1968 and 1969. The living accommodation components of the proposal are to traditional designs to be harmonious with permanent buildings on the base and are in accordance with the current approved Services scales and standards of accommodation.

Honourable members will recall my statements in the House during the previous session that the Department of Works has undertaken, at the request of the Committee, a comprehensive exercise on the relative costs and standards of various forms of living accommodation covering traditional barrack and hostel styles and newer motel and flat types. The results of this study and the implications to Services accommodation are being studied in depth and it is hoped soon to be in a position to determine more conclusively whether or not variations of the conventional barrack type of accommodation or different types might offer equally acceptable or even better standards of accommodation and which at the same time will be cheaper to construct or at least as economic. The Government is pleased to note the Committee's concern that the works in this reference should not be delayed in order to consider different styles of accommodation in lieu of the traditional types as proposed.

The matter of carpeting sleeping accommodation will be pursued to determine whether there is justification for amendment to the approved Services scales and standards of accommodation which will of course affect all future proposals for sleeping accommodation at defence establishments.

As to the works comprising this reference, the Committee has concluded there is a need and has recommended construction. Upon the concurrence of the House in this resolution, detailed planning can proceed.







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