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Wednesday, 10 May 1939

Mr STREET (CORANGAMITE, VICTORIA) - An agreement was made in September, 1938, but was not carried outby the Hobart City Council, which in January of this year notified the Commonwealth that it could not fulfil its part of the contract owing to certain financial difficulties in which it had become involved. Further, the Government of Tasmania was apparently unwilling to pass legislation to enable the council to acquire the proposed site at Glenorchy. Consequently, in February of this year, I, in company with the honorable member, saw members of the City Council in Hobart. They then proposed to place before the department a new scheme whereby the matter might be finalized. A scheme has been proposed, which in effect provides that the Commonwealth shallbear the whole of the financial responsibility. That matter is now being examined to see if it is possible to come to some arrangement whereby the Commonwealth may bear a portion, but not the whole, of the cost of the removal of the range to a new site.

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