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Tuesday, 22 March 1966

Mr SPEAKER - There being no objection, leave is granted.

Mr BRIMBLECOMBE - The Committee endorses the proposal to build the migrant hostel at Randwick on a number of grounds. First, there is a need to maintain the migrant hostel capacity of the Sydney area at about the present level; secondly, the continued use of Bunnerong Hostel cannot be supported; and thirdly, the Commonwealth should vacate the Heffron Park site as soon as replacement accommodation can be completed. The design of the hostel as submitted is recommended by the Committee, subject to the inclusion of a toilet in each family unit. The estimated cost of the total proposal, including the additional toilets, is $3,925,000.

During the course of the inquiry on this reference the Committee took evidence from the Mayor of Orange, New South Wales, who drew attention to the complete absence of migrant hostel accommodation in New South Wales country areas and to the efforts which the Orange City Council has been making to obtain Commonwealth assistance for the establishment of transitory accommodation in Orange for small numbers of newly arrived migrants. Whilst recognising that this did not relate directly to the Randwick proposals, the Committee was most impressed with the Mayor's evidence and with the efforts his Council is prepared to make to attract migrants to Orange. The Committee did not thoroughly investigate the possible need for transitory accommodation for migrants in country areas or the effects this would have on decentralisation, but on the face of the evidence given by the Mayor of Orange it seemed that this was one aspect of the migration programme that might be given close attention by the Government.

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