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Friday, 30 October 1970

Mr CHIPP (Hotham) (Minister for Customs and Excise) - 1 move:

That in accordance wilh 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:

Const ruction of a primary school at Wagaman, Northern Territory.

The school is planned to accommodate 360 primary and 200 infant pupils in a single.storey air-conditioned complex. Amenities and facilities will include covered open assembly areas, tuck shop and kitchen, library, general purpose room for group activities, oval and basketball courts.

The school is the first in the Northern Territory to be designed on the modern open plan' concept for flexibility in instruction and adoption of. modern developments in co-operative and team teaching. The estimated cost is $875,000.

A sum of $5,000 is allowed in the estimate for acquisition of a work of art as a design feature but in reporting on this aspect of the proposal, the Committee concluded that expenditure should be on the same scale as for a Canberra primary school, that is, up to about $1,500. The form of this provision has not yet been decided.

Upon the concurrence of the House in this resolution, detailed planning can proceed in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee.

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