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Tuesday, 23 July 1946

Mr BARNARD (BASS, TASMANIA) - Has the Minister for Air yet been able to arrange for an inspection of the suggested site at Prospect for a permanent aerodrome for Launceston? Is he yet able to say whether any appropriation has been made for providing runways at "Western Junction? If money is allocated, will be undertake to see that the Prospect proposal is examined early, and if it is found suitable, will. he have the money which ,it is proposed to spend on Western Junction spent at Prospect? In any case, can he give an assurance that facilities for' landing the latest types of aircraft on an aerodrome to service Launceston will be provided in the near future ?

Mr DRAKEFORD - As I stated in reply to the previous question, I have asked that a qualified officer be sent to examine the proposed site at Prospect. Provision has been made in the Estimates for 1946-47 for the building of suitable runways at Western Junction. The honorable member may rest assured that an aerodrome will be provided near Launceston suitable for aircraft of the latest types, and the runways will be usable in all weathers.

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