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Wednesday, 20 March 1985
Page: 608


Mr WEST (Minister for Housing and Construction)(4.53) —I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Construction of a submarine escape training facility, HMAS Stirling, Garden Island, Western Australia

The proposed work is for the construction of a simulated submarine environment with design aspects representative of those in present and future Australian submarines. These works will be constructed within a multi-level reinforced concrete building containing a training tank, shallow training module, auxiliary equipment and all support and building services. The site is Commonwealth-owned and will be within the secure area of HMAS Stirling.

The work proposed under this submission comprises: A submarine escape training tank incorporating a submarine escape module; a shallow training module; support services for the submarine, escape training tank and shallow training module; an eight-level reinforced concrete building to house the tank, associated teaching areas and support services; and site works, building and engineering services. The limit of cost of the proposed works is $10m at August 1984 prices. With adjustment for cost escalation, due to increases in building industry prices, the current estimate is $10.3m at February 1985 prices. I table plans of the proposed work and commend the motion to the House.