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TRANSIT HOUSING CAMP USE OP ARMY BUILDINGS Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. According to an announcement made by the Minister of Finance, Mr. Nash, the Government has approved of a suggestion that buildings erected for military purposes in the Inner Domain and Victoria Park should be made available to the Auckland City Council to augment the transit accommodation in the city's area.

The Minister added that these buildings would be made available free of cost to the council, which would'' demolish and re-erect them in an area of Victoria Park which was not used for recreational purposes. The City Council would accept the full responsibility for their demolition and re-erection and the management of the camp. The arrangements for managing the camp would be similar to those now operating at the temporary accommodation erected at Western Springs.

Asked what progress was being made with a suggestion put to the Government recently by various local bodies in the metropolitan area of Auckland that five military establishments — Narrow Neck, North Head, Waikaraka Park, Mangere Crossing and Cambria Park, near Papatoetoe—should be made available for temporary housing purposes, Mr. Nash said this representation was receiving special attention.

"The Government is very fully appreciative of the immediate difficulties in providing satisfactory housing in various parts of the Dominion and has instituted a survey to ascertain what military establishments can be converted easily to some satisfactory form of transit or temporary housing," said Mr. Nash. "This survey is now almost complete and the Government will be in a position shortly to weigh up the matter as it affects the Dominion as a whole."

MAYOR'S GRATIFICATION "HEAVY BURDEN OF EXPENSE" "I am very glad the matter is settled," said the Mayor, Mr. Allum, this morning when commenting on the announcement that the Government had made available free of cost Army buildings on Victoria Park and the Domain for use in the City Council's transit housing scheme. "A heavy burden of expense will fall on the council in the carrying out of the scheme, but it is anticipated that this will not fall on the ratepayers," said Mr. Allum. "The council has now to apply to the Harbour Board for permission to erect transit housing units on Victoria Park, as a condition of the lease from the board is that the area shall be used exclusively as a recreation ground. When that permission has been obtained there will be no avoidable delay before a commencement is made with the work."

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APPROVAL GIVEN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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APPROVAL GIVEN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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