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$25,000 for Townsville cyclone testing station



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Chris HURFORD MP ^ aust^ aua^c< -MPS99/8 4 EMBARGOED 9 PM TUESDAY 21 AUGUST

$25,000 FOR TOWNSVILLE CYCLONE TESTING STATION

The Cyclone Testing Station at the James Cook University

in Townsville will benefit from an increase in building

research funding in this year's Federal Budget.

"The Station is to receive $25,000 out of an extra $100,000

which has been set aside for building research," the Federal

Minister for Housing and Construction, Chris Hurford,

said today,

"The remainder is to be given to the Australian Uniform

Building Regulations Co-ordinating Council for faster

development of more uniform and cost-effective building

regulations in Australia.

"Established in 1977, the Cyclone Testing Station is

responsible for research into the effect of wind forces

on low-rise buildings - with special emphasis on dwellings.

"In the past, the Station has been supported by industry

and State Government money and I am delighted that this

is to continue," Mr Hurford explained.

"The Station is embarking on a major new program of

research and testing to make housing safer in high wind

situations with cost-effective design and material solutions.

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"As this work will provide significant benefits to the

community, it is,appropriate that the Commonwealth contribute

to these extremely important efforts.

"The Federal Government's decision to support the Station

was part of an overall effort to strengthen building

research in Australia.

"Other recent decisions include keeping the Experimental

Building Station in Sydney in public ownership and

revitalising it, and strengthening the Building Research

and Development Advisory Committee to provide advice on

research needs and priorities as well as the best methods

for achieving these objectives.

"The Experimental Building Station Inquiry Report is now

being considered by the Government with a view to establishing

priorities for implementation."

The Minister pointed out that the $75,000 allocated to

the Australian Uniform Building Regulations Co-ordinating

Council represented a 50 per cent increase this financial

year.

Media Contact: Tom Burton (062) 727075 (062) 477869 (home)

21 August 1984