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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 3091

Mr CHIPP (Hotham) (Minister for Customs and Excise) - By leave- 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 dutly reported to Parliament: Redevelopment of Alice Springs Hospital, Northern Territory.

The proposal referred to the Committee included the construction of new buildings and remodelling of some existing buildings to accommodate 313 in-patients and to provide ancillary services and domestic accommodation for the staff. Acting on the recommendations and conclusions in the Committee's interim report tabled on 22nd April 1971, this House resolved on 6th May 1971 that it was expedient to proceed with the proposed work with the exception of the residential buildings for nurses and single medical officers accommodation.

The final report of the Committee, dated 3rd August 1971, recommends construction of the single medical officers quarters and alterations and additions to the existing nurses' home, as proposed, construction of a reduced capacity new nurses' home, construction of a separate complex of bedsitter units, change room facilities for those staff not living on the premises, and provision of a swimming pool. The Government intends to proceed with the accommodation components of the work in accordance with the Committee's recommendations and on the concurrence of the House in this resolution, detailed planning will proceed.

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