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Thursday, 24 June 2004
Page: 31559

Mr SLIPPER (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration) (4:23 PM) —I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Development of land for Defence housing at McDowall in Brisbane.

This proposed work is in the electorate so ably represented by my colleague the honourable member for Petrie. The Defence Housing Authority proposes the development of land and the construction of 49 community standard four-bedroom houses in the Brisbane suburb of McDowall. The suburb of McDowall is located 12 kilometres from the Brisbane city area and just five kilometres from the Enoggera Army base.

The estimated out-turn cost of the proposal is $17.5 million, which includes construction costs, civil works, headwork charges and professional fees. Subject to parliamentary and Defence Housing Authority board approval, the Defence Housing Authority would like to have the new residences available for allocation by November 2005 to accord with the 2005-06 peak Defence posting cycle. I commend this motion to the House.

Question agreed to.