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Wednesday, 23 November 1960

Mr OSBORNE (EVANS, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Air) - The honorable member has raised a question which I know is of great interest to the people of Townsville and surrounding districts who are looking forward to the installation of a television system; but for technical reasons, it is also of great importance to the Royal Australian Air Force and to everybody who flies aircraft iri and out of Townsville. Castle Hill lies squarely in the approach area to Townsville. Without going into technicalities, I point out that the level to which aircraft can descend when making blind approaches to the airport is determined by geographical features. As I understand the problem, any television tower erected on top of Castle Hill would raise the level to which aircraft can descend in blind approaches to Townsville.

This is not the sort of question one can discuss at length and in the scope of a reply to a question without notice, but I shall be glad to discuss this matter with the honorable member in detail and provide him with expert information about it. However, I can say quite clearly that to accede to the request for a television tower on Castle Hill not only would interfere with the operations of the R.A.A.F. in Townsville but also could create a situation of danger for anybody who flies in and out of Garbutt airport.

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