House of Representatives Committees

Joint Standing Committee on Public Works
Committee activities (inquiries and reports)

Development of Land at Lee Point, Darwin, for Defence and Private Housing

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December 2004
Canberra

© Commonwealth of Australia 2004
ISBN 0 642 78493 0


Contents

Membership of the Committee
List of Abbreviations
Extract from the Votes and Proceedings of the House of Representatives
List of Recommendations

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Proposed Works
Chapter 3 Issues and Conclusions
Appendix A – List of Submissions and Exhibits
Appendix B – List of Witnesses
Appendix C – Submission No. 1 from the Defence Housing Authority
Appendix D – Official Transcript of Evidence

Membership of the Committee

Chair

Hon Judi Moylan MP

 

Deputy Chair

Mr Brendan O’Connor MP

 

Members

Mr Harry Jenkins MP

Senator Richard Colbeck

 

Mr Peter Lindsay MP

Senator Alan Ferguson

 

Mr Jim Lloyd MP (to 12 August)

Senator Michael Forshaw

 

Mr Bernie Ripoll MP

 

 

Mr Barry Wakelin MP (from 12 August)

 

Committee Secretariat

Secretary

Mrs Margaret Swieringa

Mr Quinton Clements

Inquiry Secretary

Ms Vivienne Courto

Research Officer

Ms Sara Edson

Administrative Officer

Ms Emily Davis

List of abbreviations

DCC

Darwin City Council

DHA

Defence Housing Authority

ESD

Ecologically Sustainable Development

NatHERS

Nationwide House Energy Rating Software

NT

Northern Territory

NTG

Northern Territory Government

PLan Inc

The Planning Action Network Incorporated

RAIA

Royal Australian Institute of Architects

Extract from the Votes and Proceedings of the House of Representatives

No. 172 dated Wednesday, 26 May 2004

PUBLIC WORKS—PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE—REFERENCE OF WORK—PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF LAND AT LEE POINT , IN DARWIN , FOR DEFENCE AND PRIVATE HOUSING.

Mr Slipper (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration), pursuant to notice, moved—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: Proposed development of land at Lee Point, in Darwin, for Defence and private housing.

Question—put and passed.

List of recommendations

3 Issues and Conclusions

Recommendation 1

The Committee recommends that the Defence Housing Authority furnish it with updated information regarding the design and costs of the proposed Lee Point development after the selection of the joint venture partner, following the completion of the planning approval process, and thereafter upon the completion of major project milestones.

Recommendation 2

The Committee recommends that the Defence Housing Authority explore the possibility of including a purpose-built community centre within the proposed Lee Point housing development.

Recommendation 3

The Committee recommends that the Defence Housing Authority continue to investigate and utilise all possible design measures to facilitate the minimal use of air-conditioning throughout the Lee Point housing development.

Recommendation 4

The Committee recommends that Defence Housing Authority develop and implement energy efficient measures specifically designed for use in tropical regions.

Recommendation 5

The Committee recommends that the Defence Housing Authority place details relating to the planning and execution of the Lee Point development on its project web site, and that these details be updated regularly as further information becomes available.

Recommendation 6

The Committee recommends that the Defence Housing Authority undertake a comprehensive program of community consultation through which members of the public may have input into the Lee Point housing development proposal.

Recommendation 7

The Committee recommends that the Defence Housing Authority conduct a thorough analysis of the projected yield and value of the Lee Point site using different combinations of lot sizes, and that this information be provided to the Committee upon the completion of the development plan and upon finalisation of the planning approval process.

Recommendation 8

The Committee recommends that the proposed development of land at Lee Point, Darwin, for Defence and private housing proceed at the estimated cost of $41, 381,480 pending the fulfilment of the preceding recommendations.

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