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Tuesday, 2 May 1961


Mr Swartz z asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

1.   Will it be necessary in the near future to provide finance for the maintenance of Oakey Airport in Queensland?

2.   Has the Department of Civil Aviation examined proposals for the establishment of an airport closer to Toowoomba: if so, what were the results of the investigations?

3.   As the question of airport facilities in or near Toowoomba concerns the Toowoomba City Council, could consideration of additional expenditure on the Oakey Airport be deferred until after the forthcoming council elections so that the matter can be considered by me new council?


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

1.   It is anticipated that additional resealing of one of the runways at Oakey will be necessary in the 1961-62 year.

2.   A number of proposals for an aerodrome closer to Toowoomba, including one in an area near Charlton have been closely investigated in my department. No aerodrome site, suitable for a city with the size and potential of Toowoomba, and closer to it than Oakey. has been found.

3.   Expenditure on the maintenance of an aerodrome is related to the condition of the facilities at the aerodrome and the requirements of the aircraft which use it. I could not agree to maintenance work being deferred as you have suggested. The situation is, however, that the main tenance is planned to be carried out with funds expected to be available during the 1961-62 financial year and this could not therefore be before the beginning of July. If, before the end of the the financial year, the Toowoomba City Council desires to submit proposals concerning an airport for Toowoomba other than at Oakey, I would be willing to have them examined.







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