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Thursday, 21 May 1970


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

What proposals have been made and what decisions have been taken with respect to the parkway system for the southern part of the Australian Capital Territory.


Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The National Capital Development Commission has made preliminary investigations into an extension of the proposed Molonglo River Park system, to follow the Mumimbidgee River. The N.C.D.C. has made preliminary investigations into the provision of scenic driveways to link the proposed extended park system.

The honourable the Leader of the Opposition will be aware that an area of 11,500 acres has been set aside and is being developed as a nature reserve in the Tidbinbilla Valley, which lies in the southern portion of the Australian Capital Territory.

The Department of the Interior at present has under consideration the establishment of a wilderness park in the Naas-Gudgenby catchment, sometimes known as the Mount Kelly area.

These various proposals, when developed, would provide a series of major park areas which would be linked by roads running into the southern part of the Australian Capital Territory.







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