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Wednesday, 16 March 1966

Mr SWARTZ - A few weeks ago, 1 inspected airport facilities in north Queensland, including those in some areas of the Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf country. Following this inspection, arrangements were made for the provision of some additional navigational aids in the locality. At Horn Island, we shall be installing a nondirectional beacon. In addition, in order to provide facilities for night landing, we shall be constructing a power house there. Work on those facilities will start in the near future, and I hope they will be operational early in the new year. In addition, when the new airstrip at Weipa is positioned - I expect this will be in the not too distant future - we will install there a nondirectional beacon and distance measuring equipment and runway lighting. This, combined with the equipment at present installed at Cooktown and Normanton, will provide good navigational aid coverage from New Guinea down to Cairns. We have already approved the installation of a non-directional beacon at Groote Eylandt. Work will commence on this in the near future. These additions should provide all the facilities at present needed in the area.

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