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Friday, 9 July 1926

Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW - On the 8th July, Senator Needham asked -

1.   Is it a fact that at Canberra there are five short rows of wooden houses facing the main Queanueyan-to-Acton road, situated behind the power-house, and known as the Engineers' Mess, which are occupied principally by fitters, power-house men, storemen, &c, in the employ of the Federal Capital Commission ?

2.   Is it a fact that, on account of these houses being considered rather an eyesore to some person or persons, the Commission intend to demolish them?

3.   If so, and in view of the fact that the majority of the occupants of these houses are satisfied with them, and that the position enables them to live close to their work, will the Ministersee whether such houses can be repainted and renovated instead of being pulled down?

The following is the answer to those questions : - 1, 2, and 3. The houses referred to are hutments, containing cubicles and messing facilities, built some years ago. They are situated in front of the power-house, actually in Interlakeavenue. Renovation of these houses is impossible, for the reason that it is essential to clearthem away to permit of completing the construction of the avenue. The present occupants are being effectively housed elsewhere within reasonable distance of their work.

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