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Thursday, 17 November 1983
Page: 2941

Question No. 665

Mr Moore asked the Minister for Housing and Construction, upon notice, on 2 November 1983:

(1) Did the construction of a wheelchair ramp at the entrance to the Commonwealth Government Centre, Ann Street, Brisbane, ordered by the Fraser Government and constructed by the Department of Housing and Construction, take over 23 weeks to complete and during this time was the main entrance to the Centre closed to the public; if so, why did the construction take this time.

(2) What was (a) the original estimate of time needed for the construction and (b) the final cost of construction of the ramp.

Mr Hurford —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The wheelchair ramp was physically completed and available for use by the public 23 weeks after the date of award of the contract.

The Ann Street entrance was closed to the public for approximately 18 weeks while the work proceeded. Access to the building was via the Plaza entrance.

Completion was delayed because the contractor experienced difficulty in obtaining supply of stone facings needed to match the existing building.

(2) (a) The time specified for completion of the contract was ten weeks.

(b) The final cost of construction of the ramp was $40,705.