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Tuesday, 30 August 1960


Mr Ward d asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   What government hostels and guest houses in the Australian Capital Territory are leased to private interests?

2.   Who is the tenant and what rental is paid in each instance?

3.   What is the Government's responsibilityin respect of (a) maintenance of the property and (b) maintenance of the gardens and lawns surrounding each property?

4.   What was the amount of government expenditure on these items during each of the last five years?


Mr Freeth - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: - 1 and 2.

 

3.   Hotel Canberra. - (a) The Commonwealth is responsible for repairing damage to the interior of the premises resulting from fire, storm, &c, and repairs to the exterior of the premises required through fair wear and tear and damage by fire, storm, &c. Lessee is required to insure the premises against damage by fire. (b) The Commonwealth is responsible for maintenance of the gardens and lawns. The Hotel Canberra is regarded as being in a special category as far as gardens are concerned. Its location, construction and siting are such that the surrounding gardens are essentially public features of considerable prominence and civic significance and it was doubtless for these reasons that the Commonwealth accepted responsibility for maintaining the gardens. Barton House, Beauchamp House and Kingston Guest House. - (a) The Commonwealth is responsible for repairs to exterior of the premises required through fair wear and tear and damage by fire, storm, &c. Lessees are required to insure the premises against damage by fire. (b) The Commonwealth carries out certain work, mainly upkeep of lawns, in conjunction with maintenance of public areas in the vicinity.

4.   Details of expenditure in respect of the individual establishments are readily available only for the last three years, viz. -

 

Figures for earlier years have not been dissected for the respective establishments, and except for major items of expenditure it would now be difficult to do so with any certainty. Up to and including 1958-59 expenditure on repairs and maintenance of these establishments was not recorded against the individual projects. Substantial expenditure during recent years in respect of Beauchamp House and Kingston Guest House covered extensive repairs and replacement of obsolete and worn-out services and fittings due to age of the premises - over 30 years in each case.







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