The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (the Authority) sought approval from the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works (the Committee) to proceed with proposed critical safety works for the continued safe operation of the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef, Reef HQ. These works were announced in December 2019 as part of the Mid-Year-Economic-Forecast Outlook budget process.
The aim of the project is to ‘address a backlog of Reef HQ asset replacement and management. The works are directed to address the existing structural, mechanical and electrical safety risks. The project also aims to ensure that the Authority meets its duty of care for both staff and visitors’.
The estimated cost of the project is $26.9 million (excluding GST).
The project was referred to the Committee on 19 February 2020. A virtual site inspection followed by a public hearing occurred on 21 May 2020.