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Wednesday, 2 November 1983
Page: 2256

Question No. 415


Mr Ewen Cameron asked the Minister for Housing and Construction, upon notice, on 6 September 1983:

(1) With respect to the Army dwellings located in the Albury-Wodonga area of New South Wales and Victoria, what funds were (a) allocated and (b) actually expended for the repair and maintenance of these dwellings in each of the years 1980-81 to 1982-83 and what is the estimated allocation for 1983-84.

(2) How many of the dwellings were repaired or maintained and to what Army units were the dwellings attached for each of the same years.

(3) How many residences in the Wodonga area, owned by the Victorian Housing Commission or any other Victorian Government authority were (a) reserved for use by or (b) actually occupied by, Army personnel for each of the same years.

(4) What Commonwealth funds have been (a) allocated and (b) spent for the (i) maintenance, (ii) repair or (iii) upgrading of residences owned by (a) the Victorian Housing Commission and (b) any other Victorian Government authority, for each of the same years.


Mr Hurford —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) It is the practice of the Department of Housing and Construction, in relation to the repairs and maintenance programs to allocate cash to an overall appropriation item rather than on an individual project basis and consequently specific allocation figures for groups of housing cannot be provided.

Commonwealth expenditure and estimated expenditure, to the nearest thousand dollars, on repairs and maintenance of Commonwealth owned Army housing in the Albury-Wodonga area for the years in question are as follows: 1980-81, $57,000; 1981-82, $80,000; 1982-83, $265,000; 1983-84 (est.), $142,000.

(2) At present there are 609 Army controlled Commonwealth owned houses in the Albury/Wodonga area. The allocation of these houses is under the control of the Defence support unit Albury. Houses are allocated on a needs basis and the number on allocation to each of the twelve Army units represented in the area varies from month to month. Records held within my Department do not identify the actual unit to which houses were on allocation at the time maintenance was carried out.

The records of the Department of Housing and Construction reveal that the total number of Commonwealth owned houses on which programmed maintenance was carried out during the years in question were: 1980-81, 62; 1981-82, 41; 1982-83, 27; 1983-84, 25 (programmed).

(3) The number of houses provided by the Victorian Government for use by the Army, and actually occupied during the years in question were:

Allocated Occupied

1980-81 443 438 1981-82 443 435 1982-83 430 430

(4) The allocation of cash to various locations for the upgrading of housing provided by the States under the Commonwealth/State Housing Agreement ( Servicemen) (CSHA(S)) is under the control of the relevant State authorities. Records of actual expenditure in each location is also maintained by those authorities.

Total allocation of Commonwealth funds to the Victorian Government for the upgrading of housing provided under the CSHA(S) during the years in question are : 1980-81, $400,000; 1981-82, nil; 1982-83, $467,000; 1983-84, $979,000 ( available for allocation).

No Commonwealth funds are allocated for the repair and maintenance of housing owned by the Victorian Government.