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Thursday, 3 December 2015
Page: 14756

Dr HENDY (Eden-MonaroAssistant Minister for Productivity) (17:14): 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: Brisbane and Cairns control tower life extensions.

As the former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance advised the House when referring this project to the Public Works Committee, Airservices Australia is implementing new technology into air traffic control towers, known as the Integrated Tower Automation Suite, to combine flight and operational data, surveillance and voice communications into a single, integrated, tower-specific layout. To achieve this outcome, Airservices Australia is proposing to refurbish the existing facilities and upgrade supporting infrastructure to extend design life at Brisbane and Cairns airports.

The Brisbane and Cairns towers were built in 1987 and 1990 respectively. The fit-out and supporting infrastructure is from the original installation and is at the end of its design life. The committee has conducted an inquiry and is of the view that the project signifies value for money for the Commonwealth, and constitutes a project that is fit for purpose and expedient to carry out.

On behalf of the government I would like to thank the committee for once again undertaking a timely inquiry. Subject to parliamentary approval, the construction works of the Brisbane tower are planned to commence in late 2016 and be completed by mid-2017. The construction works for the Cairns tower are planned to commence in early in 2016 and be completed by late 2016. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.