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Thursday, 14 November 1974
Page: 2461

Senator Baume asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(1)   Is 50 acres of land in Avoca Street, Randwick, New South Wales, held by the Department of Defence for Defence purposes.

(2)   Is it intended to build residential accommodation on this land; if so, what kinds of buildings are planned.

(3)   How many floors are planned for any buildings and how many persons or families are expected to be accommodated.

Senator Bishop - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(   1 ) Department of Defence holds 68 hectares of which it is proposed to re-develop 28 hectares with a frontage to Avoca Street for working and living accommodation for Army units in the south eastern metropolitan area of Sydney. The balance of 40 hectares is occupied by the Navy Supply Depot.

(2)   Yes. It is planned to build residential accommodation in permanent construction for officers, sergeants and rank and file members of the Army who are required to work at Randwick and in the Sydney metropolitan area. All new buildings will be in modern construction and designed to complement each other and harmonize with the surroundings.

(3)   Plans are not yet firm on the numbers of floors to be constructed in each building. The number of storeys is under investigation with the Department of Housing and Construction. Accommodation is expected to be provided for some SOO single service personnel. This is still being examined. When eight married quarters currently under construction are completed, a total of 19 service families will be accommodated.

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