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Wednesday, 18 August 1920


Mr GROOM (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Works and Railways) - On 12th August, the honorable member for Boothby (Mr. Story) asked the Minister for Works and Railways whether he would furnish the House with a return showing the costs up to date of the various surveys undertaken by the Department of Works and Railways to determine the best route for the North-South railway from Pine Creek to the South Australian border, including those, if any, now in progress. I am now able to furnish the following particulars: -

1.   Inspections and surveys to determine the best route for the North-South railway have been made at various times since the beginning of 1913 to the end of 1919; but none are in hand at present.

2.   Trial and working surveys from Pine Creek toKatherine River (54 miles), and from Katherine River to Mataranka (65 miles), havebeen completed at a cost of £10,956.

The section from Pine Creek to Katherine River has been built, and from Katherine River to Mataranka has been inspected and recommendedy the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works.

3.   From Mataranka to Daly Waters (95 miles) a trial survey has been made at a cost of £4,042.

The whole of this distance (214 miles) is common to any route which may 'be decided on.

4.   Inspections of the country have also been made -

(a)   From the Pines, a point on the TransAustralian railway to Coward Springs, a station on the Oodnadatta line - a distance of 128 miles - and from Kingoonya, a station on the Trans-Australian railway, to Boorthanna, a station on the Oodnadatta line -a distance of 176 miles - at a cost of £2,895.

(b)   From Oodnadatta to Mataranka (1,076 miles), and from Newcastle Waters to Camooweal (358 miles) at a cost of £7,244.

(c)   From Oodnadatta to Daly Waters vid Anthony's Lagoon (876 miles), at a cost of £2,740.

(d)   From Maree (on the Oodnadatta line) to Boulia (Queensland), a distance of 535 miles, at a cost of £982.







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