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Thursday, 26 August 2021
Page: 8

Mr TUDGE (AstonMinister for Education and Youth) (10:09): On behalf of the Assistant Minister to the Minister for the Public Service, 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: Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment—Macquarie Island Research Station Modernisation Project.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is proposing to redevelop the scientific research station and associated infrastructure on Macquarie Island, which has operated continually since establishment in 1948. The redevelopment also includes the renewal of field huts, which are dispersed across Macquarie Island, and the decommissioning and removal of redundant assets. The project will address hazards to the use and operation of the research station associated with the poor conditions of the existing assets, address high-risk issues associated with the siting of facilities, and reduce ongoing operating costs by rationalising and consolidating similar functions. The estimated cost of the works is $59.8 million, excluding GST.

The project was referred to the Public Works Committee on 23 June 2021. The committee has recommended that the House of Representatives resolve, pursuant to section 18(7) of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, that it is expedient to carry out the project. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction is expected to commence in early 2022 with an expected completion date of mid-2028.

On behalf of the government, I would like to thank the committee for undertaking a timely inquiry, and I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.