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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4759


Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

Has his Department been allocated any role in the development of Albury/Wodonga and other growth centres.


Dr Everingham - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

My Department has no specific role in the development of Albury/Wodonga and other growth centres. However, the Department and the Hospitals and Health Services Commission are approached for advice in relation to health matters by authorities undertaking investigations of potential and possible growth centres. In the case of Albury/Wodonga, the Department of Health and the Hospitals and Health Services Commission are funding and participating in a health planning team which was established early this year to prepare guidelines for the planning of health services for the Albury/Wodonga Growth Centre.

Murray River: De-snagging Operations (Question No. 1211)


Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for the Environment and Conservation, upon notice:

(   1 ) When will de-snagging operations begin on the section of the Murray River between Wodonga and the Ovens River which was agreed to by the River Murray Commission several years ago.

(2)   Which State authority was instructed to carry out this work, and what is the reason for the work not proceeding.


Dr Cass - The answer to the honourable member's question, as advised by the River Murray Commission, is as follows:

(   1 ) De-snagging operations on an initial 1 5 mile section of the Murray River upstream of Howlong will begin as soon as possible, after river levels return to normal and investigations of the environmental impact of the removal of snags on fish and wildlife have been completed.

(2)   The work will be carried out jointly by the Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission of New South Wales operating from the northern bank and the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission on the southern bank. The commencement of the work has, as indicated in the reply to question ( I ) been delayed because of the need to examine environmental aspects, but in any event would not have been possible over the past twenty months because of continuous high river levels and wet conditions.







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