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Thursday, 16 May 2013
Page: 3456

Mr NEUMANN (BlairParliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing and Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General) (10:38): On behalf of the Special Minister for State, I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Development and construction of housing for Defence at Warner, Brisbane, Queensland

Defence Housing Australia proposes to undertake the development and construction of housing for the Department of Defence at Warner, Brisbane, Queensland. The Gallipoli Barracks in Enoggera, Brisbane, is one of the Australian Defence Force's major bases and home to units of the 7th and 11th Brigades, as well as the headquarters of the 1st Division and 16th Aviation Brigade. The on-base facilities are currently undergoing a major expansion. In conjunction with this on-base expansion, DHA has identified a need over the next five years to provide additional housing accommodation for families of defence personnel working in the Brisbane area.

The Warner site is a 35.71 hectare greenfield parcel of land at the corner of Kremzow Road and Old North Road, Warner, located approximately 20 kilometres north of the Brisbane central business district. DHA proposes to develop approximately 465 allotments for the provision of developed land and housing to assist in satisfying future demand. Housing for defence families will be constructed on 130 lots over three years with the remaining 335 residential lots to be sold to the general market.

The estimated overall cost of the project is $91.3 million, including GST contingency and escalation costs but excluding the cost of land. Subject to parliamentary approval, site works are scheduled to commence in November 2013 with construction to be completed by December 2016. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.