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Wednesday, 10 April 1957


Mr Nelson (NORTHERN TERRITORY, NORTHERN TERRITORY) n asked the Minister for Terri tories the following question, upon notice: -

In view of the disastrous effects which flood water had on the farm settlement at Daly River, and as development of the area is hampered because access to the district by road is only possible for about seven months of the year, will he undertake to have an all-weather road to this centre constructed without further delay?


Mr Hasluck (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Territories) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

During the recent wet season in the Northern Territory a number of roads suffered extensive flood damage. Funds have been provided to repair this damage and the necessary machinery is at present being assembled to commence work on these roads as soon as they have dried out sufficiently. The road to the Daly River farm settlement is amongst those to be repaired. The Administrator of the Northern Territory is fully aware of the need for all-weather roads to many areas in the Territory, including the Daly River. Construction of such roads is undertaken as resources become available, priority being given to the roads for which there is the greatest need.


Mr Nelson n asked the Minister for Territories the following question, upon notice: -

In view of the benefits that will accrue to the economy of the Northern Territory by the development of uranium mining in the Alligator River area, will he give consideration to the construction of a road to that area which will enable the transport of uranium ore and materials for the greater part of the year?


Mr Hasluck - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows: -

The construction of such a road is being examined in consultation with the Minister for National Development.







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