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Wednesday, 4 November 1992
Page: 2574


Mr BEDDALL (Minister for Small Business, Construction and Customs) (4.19 p.m.) —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: Housing development in Palmerston, Northern Territory.

In January 1988 the Government established the Defence Housing Authority as the first step towards providing a better standard and an increased choice of housing for defence personnel and their families. At this time, the Defence Housing Authority took over responsibility for over 23,000 houses, and has a current investment program in excess of $270m per annum. The development, which is in line with the Government's commitment to increasing the Army's presence in the north, involves the construction of a residential subdivision involving the normal infrastructure services as required by the local authorities.

  When complete, the development will provide for 210 dwellings incorporating both detached and medium density housing. The Defence Housing Authority proposes construction of around 70 houses for service personnel and their families. The remaining houses will be integrated with the service housing and will be offered for sale to private purchasers. The project is to be undertaken in three stages at an estimated cost of $18.4m of which $4.2m will be recovered from the sale of building lots. I table the drawings and commend the motion to the House.