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Friday, 25 May 1973
Page: 2727

Mr Hunt (GWYDIR, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for the Capital Territory, upon notice:

(1)   Will he ensure that the demolition of the former Commonwealth hostel, Reid House, takes place so that additional car parking space is available in the city area.

(2)   If not, what other plans has he to provide urgently needed additional parking areas in the city.

Mr Enderby - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The central block of Reid House is leased to the A.C.T. Council of Cultural Societies. One wing of the building is to be removed to Duntroon for use by the Association for Modern Education. Due to the current shortage of office accommodation consideration is being given to the use of several wings for emergency, temporary office and storage accommodation. There are no plans for immediate demolition.

(2)   The provision of parking in Canberra is the responsibility of the National Capital Development Commission which is within the area of responsibility of the Minister for Urban and Regional Development. I am advised that an examination is being made of the need for parking spaces in the City in conjunction with measures designed to improve the public transport system and its patronage. It can be expected that there will be relatively fewer spaces available for all day employee parking in the future and that facilities will be oriented to the short-stay parking requirements.

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