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Thursday, 3 November 1983
Page: 2306

Mr HURFORD (Minister for Housing and Construction)(3.34) —I move:

That in accordance with the provision 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: Garden Island, NSW, modernisation stage 2- Surface preparation and preservation facility and oily bilge waste treatment plant.

The proposal involves the construction of a building to accommodate a surface preparation and preservation facility and an oily bilge waste treatment plant. The surface preparation and preservation facility will enable the bulk of grit blasting to be done under cover, thereby substantially reducing dust and noise pollution. The oily bilge waste treatment plant will enable these wastes to be pumped directly from ships for treatment and disposal in accordance with New South Wales State Pollution Control Commission requirements. The proposal is substantially similar to the one which was referred to the former Committee on 27 May 1982; that is the former Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works in the last Parliament. Additional information required by the former Committee was not available before the thirty-second Parliament was dissolved on 4 February 1983 and the reference lapsed. The proposal was referred on 26 May 1983 to the present Committee. It has now tabled its report and has recommended that the work proceed with some changes which are acceptable to the Government.

The estimated cost of the work reported on by the Committee is $5,675,000 at April 1983 prices. In reporting favourably on the work the Committee asked that details of the reasons and purpose of any expenditure from the special provision of $2,500,000 for design development, which is additional to the estimated cost, be given in the annual report of the Department of Housing and Construction. This will be done.

Honourable members may recall the Department commenced publishing design, construction and supervision costs of completed major works in its 1980-81 annual report. It is still the only major public authority, State or Commonwealth, known to do so and should be commended I believe-even though it is my Department-for its initiative in this area of greater public accountability and for facilitating analysis of its performance in terms of its achievements. If the House agrees to support this motion, planning can proceed in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Works Committee. I commend the motion to the House.