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Thursday, 3 December 2015
Page: 14758

Dr HENDY (Eden-MonaroAssistant Minister for Productivity) (17:22): 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: Melbourne and Brisbane air traffic services centre—Extension works.

As the former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance advised the House when referring this project to the Public Works Committee, Airservices Australia and the Department of Defence are proposing to replace their existing air traffic control systems with the new civil/military air traffic management system being delivered under the OneSKY project to provide a common platform for provision of air traffic control in both civilian and military controlled airspace. To achieve this outcome, Airservices is proposing to extend existing facilities in Melbourne and Brisbane to modernise the facilities and upgrade the existing supporting infrastructure to enable delivery of the new system.

The proposed works comprise new air traffic services centres, which include controller rooms and amenities, in Melbourne and Brisbane to house the new air traffic control consoles and associated facilities. The existing air traffic services buildings in Melbourne and Brisbane will continue to contain air traffic control support facilities and, following the decommissioning of the existing air traffic control system, will be repurposed to house non-operational staff.

The committee has conducted an inquiry and is of the view that the project signifies value for money for the Commonwealth and constitutes a project that is fit for purpose and expedient to carry out. On behalf of the government I would like to thank the committee for once again undertaking a timely inquiry. Subject to parliamentary approval, the proposed works are scheduled to commence in early 2016 with a staged practical completion and commissioning from 2017. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.