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Special housing programme for Papua and New Guinea

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Issued in Canberra A.C„T. * .

and Port Moresby, T.P.N.G., 5th'October, 1965. ^ Ί




(Statement by the Minister for Territories, the Hon. C.E. Barnes, M.P.)

Contractors are being invited to tender for a special £3 million housing project in Papua and New Guinea, the Minister for Territories, Mr. C.E. Barnes, said today.

The three-year building programme would begin early next' year. Continuation of the project after the initial three years could raise its total value to about £5 million.

The extra homes to be built under this project would be essential to provide accommodation for the skilled overseas staff which the Government would have to recruit to achieve the major e.conomic development objectives

outlined in the World Bank Report.

Mr. Barnes emphasised that this project would be additional to the Territory Administration's normal housing programme, which had averaged 270 homes a year during the past five years.

In addition, the Works Programme for 1965/66 ' provides for increases in expenditure on housing for indigenous staff. Expenditure in this field would rise from about £500,000 in 1964/65 to about £600,000 in 1965/66. · This

indigenous accommodation programme would continue in future years.

The special programme provided for the building of 520 houses in the main towns of Papua and New Guinea by the ‘ end of the 1967/68 financial year, Mr. Barnes said.

The Commonwealth Department of Works would act on behalf of the Administration and would invite building con­ tractors to let the Government know whether they were ' interested in negotiating a contract for the project.

The Government hoped that a contract could be let by the end of this year. ' '

Mr. Barnes said that building resources at present available in the Territory would have to cope with an increased programme of Government works throughout the Territory in 1965/66. It probably would be necessary for additional resources to be brought into Papua and New Guinea for this special housing contract

The Government expected that the project would attract a contractor accustomed to large scale work and with substantial financial and other resources, who could bring to the Territory the skilled workmen needed for the job and any materials that were not readily available locally. The successful contractor would have an opportunity to undertake a continuing housebuilding pro­ gramme after the first three-year phase of the project had been


Funds for the special programme would be provided through the Territory's annual budgets.

The Standing Committee on Public Works of the House of Assembly of Papua and New Guinea had considered the special hous­ ing programme and its report had been approved by the House of Assembly on 2nd September. ·