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Thursday, 18 August 2005
Page: 10

Dr STONE (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration) (9:34 AM) —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: Redevelopment of Kokoda Barracks, Canungra, Qld.

The Department of Defence proposes to redevelop Kokoda Barracks in the Canungra military area, Canungra, Queensland.

The proposed redevelopment of Kokoda Barracks will:

  • address dysfunctional and substandard office, support and training facilities;
  • rationalise messing arrangements;
  • improve living-in accommodation;
  • upgrade the engineering services infrastructure;
  • correct occupational health and safety issues in training facilities, accommodation, workshops and field training areas; and
  • dispose of high-maintenance, redundant facilities.

The works will ensure that Kokoda Barracks, and the wider Canungra military area, can operate effectively as a training base over a 30-year planning horizon and carry on its principle role as the base for Army career development, Defence intelligence training, and sub-unit battle training.

The estimated out-turn cost of the proposed works is $86.7 million.

In its report, the Public Works Committee recommended that these works proceed subject to the recommendations of the committee.

The Department of Defence accepts and will implement these recommendations.

Subject to parliamentary approval, construction will commence late this year and be completed by December 2007.

I thank the committee for its work. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.