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Wednesday, 23 November 1960

Mr FREETH (Forrest) (Minister for the Interior and Minister for Works) . - I move -

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works' Committee Act 1913-1960, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for investigation and report: - Construction of new Commonwealth Offices at Toowoomba, Queensland.

This proposal provides for the erection of a three-story building with reinforced concrete frame and brick infill panels. It will accommodate local staffs of the Commonwealth Employment Service, Commonwealth Electoral Office, Department of Social Services and Postmaster-General's Department. The building could be extended, if required, at a later date over the site of the existing post office to provide additional office space and a new post office at ground-floor level.

Although the estimated cost of the proposal is only £91,000 it has been agreed that examination by the Public Works Committee could assist in the establishment of principles to be adopted in the planning of similar buildings in other provincial cities of comparable size.

I table plans of the proposed building.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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