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Tuesday, 10 November 1964

Senator PROWSE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - The summary of recommendations and conclusions is as follows -

There is an urgent need for additional barrack blocks for junior ratings.

As soon as circumstances permit sub-standard temporary accommodation should be demolished and the practice of double bunking discontinued.

Early consideration should be given to the proposals for the chief petty officers' and petty officers' accommodation in order that recreational facilities for junior ratings can be improved.

Subject to the recommendations which follow, construction of the barrack blocks as proposed is recommended.

In view of its attractive appearance and durability the use of vinyl floor covering instead of linoleum is recommended.

The use of full aluminium window frames in lieu of timber and aluminium is recommended because of maintenance savings and current architectural practice.

Climatic conditions warrant the installation of hot water radiators in each of the proposed blocks for heating purposes at an estimated additional cost of £7,000 per block.

Sound-proofed heated and suitably furnished space should be made available on each floor of the barrack blocks for study purposes.

The estimated cost of the proposed work, including heating, furniture and furnishings is £804,000.

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