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Tuesday, 20 October 1970

Mr CHIPP (Hotham) (Minister for Customs, and. Excise) - 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: Construction of sleeping, messing and amenities facilities for Chiefs and Petty Officers at HMAS Cerberus', Westernport, Victoria.'

The major components of 'the proposal are a central galley amenities and mess block, and 3 identical 3-storey sleeping blocks each of 100 cabins. The building will be of brick and concrete construction. Facilities and services will include hot water heating systems, laundries, built-in furniture in cabins, bars, games, television and ante rooms, etc., and change facilities for living out members. Accommodation and facilities are in accordance with approved defence scales and standards of accommodation. The estimated cost is SI. 9m.

In reporting favourably on the proposal the Committee asked that further consideration be given to the provision of adequate shower facilities for senior sailors who live out; and use of carpet as a floor covering in sleeping blocks if economically feasible. The design of the galley mess and recreation block is sufficiently flexible to allow some increase in the number of showers to be provided if required. Before detailed design development is finalised the Departments of Works and the Navy will review the basis on which the number of showers was assessed to determine more precisely if the present allowance is sufficient in relation to the number of members who live out and the nature of their duties. The use of carpet as floor covering in sleeping blocks is not an approved standard for services accommodation. However its use is at present being considered by the Defence Accommodation Standards Committee and the final choice of material will be deferred pending the Committee's report and recommendations. Upon the concurrence of the House in this resolution, detailed planning can proceed in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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