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Tuesday, 9 May 1939


Mr Curtin n asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

1.   Has the Government assumed, as part of its policy to develop civil aviation, the responsibility of providing navigation aids and other facilities for the purpose of promoting the safety of commercial air line services?

2.   Are our aerodromes modern and up to date, and capable of landing large commercial aeroplanes under all conditions?

3.   If not, what steps does the Government propose to take to modernize our aerodromes?


Mr Fairbairn - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   Yes. 2 and 3. With the constant development of better aids to air navigation and other facilities for increased safety in air travel, it is impossible to describe any aerodrome as completely up to date. Government aerodromes in Australia will stand comparison with those in other parts of the world, and may be said reasonably to meet safety requirements for the air services as being operated. The Government's policy is one of constant improvement and development, and substantial sums have been and are being provided for radio, lighting, runways and other improvements to aerodromes and air routes in the Commonwealth.

Aeroplane Landing Grounds on Blue Mountains and at Ballarat.


Mr Clark k asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

1.   Has his attention been directed to the verdict of the Coroner, who inquired into the deaths of Messrs. R. H. Julius and C. E. Stumbles in an aeroplane crash in the Megalong Valley on the 28th January, to which ho added a rider that a landing ground should be provided on the Blue Mountains, preferably at Katoomba?

2.   If not, will he obtain a copy of the Coroner's rider with a view to considering the establishment ofsuch a landing ground?


Mr Fairbairn - I have seen press references to the Coroner's finding in connexion with the deaths of Messrs. R. H. Julius and C. E. Stumbles in an aeroplane crash on the Blue Mountains a few months ago. A landing ground, which will be suitable for emergency purposes in the Blue Mountains locality, is now in course of construction at Blackheath.


Mr Pollard (BALLAARAT, VICTORIA) d asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

1.   Have the necessary arrangements between the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments been completed regarding the utilization of an area of land on the Ballarat Common for an emergency aeroplane landing ground?

2.   If so, when is it expected that the necessary work will be commenced?

3.   What is the nature of the work to be carried out?

4.   What is the estimated cost of the work?

5.   When is it expected that the work will be completed ?


Mr Fairbairn - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   Yes.

2.   It is expected that tenders will be called by the Department of the Interior this week.

3.   Preparation of surface, drainage, fencing', road deviation, improvement of approaches, &c

4.   As public tenders are about to be called for this work, it is not advisable to divulge the estimated cost prepared by the department.

5.   The date will not be known until tenders are received.







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