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Tuesday, 23 March 1965

Senator PROWSE (Western Australia) - I present the report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works relating to the following proposed works -

Royal Australian Air Force Academy, Point Cook, Victoria;

Top Springs to Wave Hill road, Northern Territory.

I ask for leave to make a statement in connection with the reports.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Drake-Brockman). - There being no objection, leave is granted.

Senator PROWSE - The recommendations and conclusions of the Committee are as follows -

1.   Point Cook is a logical permanent location for the R.A.A.F Academy.

2.   The science block is in siting, design and choice of materials an appropriate first stage of development for the Academy and sets a standard which other buildings should follow.

3.   The master plan as amended is expectedto produce a functionally satisfactory complex of buildings; the space available has been used efficiently and sufficient provision has been made for future development.

4.   Subject to the recommendations which follow, construction of the buildings which comprise the reference is recommended.

5.   In view of the high cost of ribbed copper roofing, the Committee recommends the use of a cheaper appropriate material which would produce the same functional and aesthetic result.

6.   The internal measurements of cadets study/ bedrooms should be increased from 12 feet by 9 feet to 12 feet by 10 feet at an estimated cost of £10,000.

7.   Each study/bedroom should be provided with a wash basin and mirror at an estimated cost of £4,500.

8.   The provision of showers in each ablutions area should be increased from two to four at a cost of £600.

9.   Tenders should be called as soon as working drawings and tender documents can be completed.

10.   The estimated cost of the proposed work including the larger study/bedroom and additional wash basins and showers is £969,100 less the saving resulting from the use of a cheaper appropriate roofing material.

With regard to the Top Springs road, the recommendations and conclusions of the Committee are as follows -

1.   The Committee believes that if for budgetary or other reasons it is necessary to allocate priorities, the sections of the KatherineWillerooTop Springs-Wave Hill road nearer to Katherine should be developed to beef roads standard first.

2.   The Committee recommends the early construction of a road to beef roads standard between Top Springs and Wave Hill on the route proposed in this reference.

3.   The Committee believesthat real and worthwhile benefits will result from the sealing of beef roads.

4.   The Committee recommends that, subject to the needs of other beef roads, the road between Top Springs and Wave Hill be sealed.

5.   The estimated cost of constructing the Top Springs to Wave Hill road to beef roads standard is £1,100,000. The cost of sealing has been estimated at £250,000.

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