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Thursday, 10 March 1932

Mr ARCHDALE PARKHILL - On the 9 th March, the honorable member for Corio (Mr. Casey) asked the following questions,upon notice: -

With reference to the land in the catchment area along theUriarra-Brindabella road, in the neighbourhood of Condor Creek, in the Federal Capital Territory, will he state -

(   i ) What amount has been spent in the last twelve months on (a) clearing and (b) fencing?

(ii)   What area has been cleared and what length of fencing has been erected?

(iii)   What is the object of this expenditure, and is it proposed that it should continue?

I now desire to advise him as follows: -

(i)   (a)£ 1,636; (b) £1,066.

(ii)   Seven hundred and forty-six acres have been cleared and 470 chains of fencing erected.

(iii)   The area forms portion of that over which re-afforestation operations are being progressively undertaken, in accordance with a scheme approved some years ago. The area denuded of natural timber by early settlers will be replanted, and the useless hardwood forest will also be replaced by softwood plantations, with the double object of providing timber of commercial value and thoroughly reclothing the Cotter catchment area with forest growth, which is important for the regulation of the stream, the prevention of flood discharges, and silting of the reservoir. The fencing is required in connexion with the extermination ofrabbits and other noxious animals - which is essential in a catchment area - and for the protection of growing timber.

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