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Thursday, 28 August 1980
Page: 913

Mr GROOM (Braddon) (Minister for Housing and Construction) - I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Construction of a Commonwealth office building at Townsville, Queensland.

Commonwealth office accommodation in Townsville is at present spread over a number of leased and Commonwealth owned buildings. Some of this accommodation is unsuitable for its purpose, particularly in not providing privacy to members of the public transacting business with government departments. In order to consolidate Commonwealth activities in a central location, it is now proposed to replace existing fragmented accommodation with a single office complex in the civic precinct in Walker Street. The building will accommodate 600 people. There will be a basement providing storage areas and secure parking for official vehicles; three floors of office accommodation; and site landscaping and an open parking area. The building has been planned to harmonise with adjacent low rise construction, and provision has been made for further long term development of the site. All office accommodation will be air conditioned and the design takes into account the tropical situation. The estimated cost of the proposal at August 1980 prices is $8.7m.1 table plans of the proposed work.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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