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Wednesday, 19 April 1961

Mr Nelson (NORTHERN TERRITORY, NORTHERN TERRITORY) n asked the Minister for Territories, upon notice -

1.   What amount was spent on new roads within the Northern Territory during 1957-58 and 1958-59?

2.   What amount was allocated for new roads in 1960-61?

Mr Hasluck - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Expenditure incurred by the Northern Territory Administration during 1957-58 and 1958-59 on new roads within the Northern Territory was as follows: -


In addition, a five-year plan for the reconstruction of the Stuart and Barkly Highways was commenced in 1958-59 and an amount of £499,900 was spent on this project.

2.   Allocations made in 1960-61 are £262,000 for town roads and £339,000 for other than town roads, a total of £601,000. The allocation for the Stuart and Barkly Highways is £500,000.

These figures do not include sums spent by the Darwin City Council upon roads in Darwin. Special Commonwealth grants were made to the council for construction, reconstruction and arrears of maintenance of town roads amounting to £10,000 in 1957-58 and £65,000 in each of the years 1958-59, 1959-60 and 1960-61.

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