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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) (10:41): On behalf of the Special Minister of 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: Redevelopment and construction of housing for defence at Samford Road, Enoggera, Brisbane, Queensland.

Defence Housing Australia proposes to undertake redevelopment and construction of housing for the Department of Defence at Samford Road, Enoggera, Brisbane. I might add that DHA has undertaken a massive investment in the Brisbane and Ipswich regions in the past few years as a result of the expansion of the military bases located in Brisbane and at Amberley in Ipswich. This has been a major boost for South-East Queensland, particularly in relation to construction and tradesmen. It has also brought in a massive amount of money into South-East Queensland.

It is proposed to demolish the current seven two-storey brick and weatherboard townhouses that are outdated and do not meet Defence guidelines. The current townhouses will be replaced by seven new townhouses and 48 apartments, all of which are to be occupied by Defence members and their families. This opportunity to redevelop an existing DHA owned site will meet the dual goals of greater housing choice and a reduction in rent allowance in a location where the majority of commuting by both the members and their families can be by walking or accessing public transport. The estimated overall cost of the project is $24.6 million including GST and escalation costs, but excluding the cost of land. Subject to parliamentary approval, demolition and site works are scheduled to commence in March-April 2014 with construction to be completed by October 2015. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.