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Thursday, 26 May 1983
Page: 1096

Mr HURFORD (Minister for Housing and Construction)(11.17) —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: Garden Island, NSW, modernisation stage 2. Surface preparation and preservation facility and oily bilge waste treatment plant.

This project is a component of the $79m, in April 1981 prices, modernisation works examined and reported on by the Committee on 26 August 1981. It was referred back to the Committee on 27 May 1982 and the Committee conducted a public hearing of evidence on 4 August 1982. A number of matters which were raised during the public hearing had not been resolved before the double dissolution of Parliament in February and thus the reference lapsed. The Government is now in a position again to refer these outstanding elements of the stage 2 modernisation program to the Public Works Committee for consideration and report.

The proposal involves construction of a building which will accommodate the surface preparation and preservation treatment plant, as well as the oily bilge waste treatment plant, in an area where grit blasting of ships components is currently done in the open. The proposed facility will enable the bulk of grit blasting to be done under cover, thereby substantially reducing dust and noise pollution and enable oily bilge wastes to be pumped directly for treatment and disposal in accordance with State pollution control commission requirements. I need hardly mention in this House that all of this is taking place very close to a residential area on Garden Island. The estimated cost of the proposed work is $5.775m at April 1983 prices. I table plans of the proposed work and trust that the House will agree to this reference.

Question resolved in the affirmative.