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Thursday, 25 November 1999
Page: 12687

Mr SLIPPER (1:50 PM) —I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the committee has duly reported to Parliament: CSIRO Division of Building Construction and Engineering Development Works at Riverside Corporate Park, North Ryde, NSW.

CSIRO proposes to construct new facilities for its Division of Building Construction and Engineering at Riverside Corporate Park, North Ryde, New South Wales. The proposed works will replace predominantly old and substandard facilities with new, state of the art accommodation for the division's construction materials laboratory and fire technology complex. These new facilities will be consolidated with other recently constructed facilities within a discrete divisional precinct at Riverside Corporate Park. These works are a further stage in the major redevelopment of Riverside Corporate Park as a high technology business park. It will include both CSIRO research and development facilities and compatible private industry occupants.

The proposed facilities will accommodate the construction materials laboratory, which will house groups undertaking research and testing of concrete masonry materials, and the fire technology complex, which will conduct fire-related research activities, including the behaviour of structures and materials subjected to fire, and advanced fire protection technologies. The new facilities will replace accommodation on one site scheduled for sale and fire research structures erected on another site in the early 1950s. The existing facilities are inadequate for current activities and substandard in terms of structure and materials. The existing structures are constructed from materials containing asbestos and will be demolished. The land will be decontaminated in preparation for future use by CSIRO.

The project has a budget of $10 million. Subject to parliamentary approval, tenders are to be called in early 2000 with completion scheduled for mid-2001. The Public Works Committee in its report recommends that this project proceed. CSIRO agrees with the recommendations of the committee. I would like again to thank the committee for its support and I commend the motion to the House.

Question resolved in the affirmative.