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Tuesday, 16 July 1946

Mr BARNARD (BASS, TASMANIA) - In view of the difficulties that are being experienced at the Launceston airport, Western Junction, and the reported opposition, of the owner of Valley Field to the use of the air-strip constructed there for the Royal Australian Air Force, will the Minister for Air have the position examined as early as possible to ascertain whether or not there is a better site closer to Launceston, such as Prospect, which could provide a permanent airport to accommodate all classes of modern aircraft?-

Mr DRAKEFORD - Excessive rain caused some temporary difficulties at Western Junction, but I am informed that the field was again in use yesterday, and also that there was no evidence to support the newspaper allegation that cattle had been driven on to the airstrip at Valley Field to prevent aircraft from landing there. I undertake to have an examination made of the honorable member's proposal that an endeavour be made to find a more suitable site closed to Launceston, but I understand that before Western Junction was chosen as Launceston's airport, all other likely areas in the vicinity of that .city were examined.

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