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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull begins move to The Lodge in Canberra

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is one step closer to moving into The Lodge with removalists delivering his cross trainer and gym equipment to the Deakin residence.

A spokesman for removal company EJ Shaw said the equipment was collected from Mr Turnbull's Sydney residence shortly before Christmas and delivered on Tuesday afternoon.

Another interstate removalist truck was also seen delivering goods. 

Mr Turnbull and his wife Lucy Turnbull will become the first tenants of the newly renovated official Canberra residence. The couple are expected to settle into the home within coming weeks. 

Blow-outs in the scale of the renovations prevented Tony Abbott from ever moving into the official prime minister's Canberra residence. 

Commissioned under the former Labor government and begun in 2013, the renovations were originally expected to cost $3.19 million.


Completion had been expected by April 2014, but work on the Georgian revival-style home was expanded. The final cost is now more than $8.8 million.

A new certificate of occupancy was issued for the home in November. 

Renovations have included asbestos removal, replacement of the 1980s slate roof, upgrades to heating and cooling systems, lighting and electrical wiring. New kitchen and bathrooms have been added and a specialised "luggage lift" has been installed.

Works were also expanded to include upgraded security systems and a deteriorating Australian Federal Police guardhouse. 

When in Canberra, Mr Turnbull has been living at his own Kingston Foreshore apartment since toppling Mr Abbott in September.

In December, a spokeswoman for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet said most of the furniture and soft furnishings have now been returned to The Lodge and artworks will be installed in the near future.

"The Prime Minister and Mrs Turnbull will move in when these activities are completed," the spokeswoman said.

Furniture was moved to the restored Lodge in October with other historic items, including art owned by the Australiana Fund, relocated by Christmas. 

Mr Turnbull has previously confirmed he will not use Sydney Harbour's Kirribilli House, preferring his family's multimillion-dollar Point Piper mansion.