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Thursday, 5 December 1974


Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Housing and Construction) - I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the PublicWorks Committee Act 1969-1974, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for investigation and report: Construction of Australian Government Centre at Parramatta, N.S. W.

The proposal is for the construction of a modern office complex with a view to accommodating 2,500 Australian Government office users in the first phase and with capacity for ultimate development to accommodate between 4,500 and 6,000 officers. The ultimate development will make provision for civic, community and staff amenity facilities and for retail purposes. The office accommodation will be concrete framed structures designed so as to provide flexible general purpose office areas for Australian Government usage. The complex will be designed for minimum maintenance with floors being carpeted in office areas. Acoustic treatment will be provided to reduce the general noise level.

The buildings will be air conditioned and fire protection will be installed. The estimated cost of the proposed work at December 1 974 prices is as follows: Stage 1, to provide accommodation for 2,500 officers, plus car park, plus 40 per cent of the community /retail facilities- $21 m. The total cost of the development is as follows: Alternative 1, for 4,500 officers, $36m; alternative 2, for 5,000 officers, $38m; alternative 3, for 6,000 officers, $43m. I table plans of the proposed work.

Question resolved in the affirmative.







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