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Wednesday, 8 December 1965

Mr Bosman (ST GEORGE, NEW SOUTH WALES) n asked the Minister representing the Minister for Works, upon notice -

1.   Has a claim been received from the Government of New South Wales for compensation for damage to the foreshores of Botany Bay due to the dredging of the Bay for the Kingsford-Smith Airport runway extension?

2.   If so, what is the Department's attitude to the claim?

3.   Have more suitable locations farther off shore been chosen for further dredging for the Northwest Terminal site.

Mr Freeth (FORREST, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Shipping and Transport) - The Minister for Works has supplied the following information -

1.   The Department of Works has received a letter, dated 19th November 1965, from the Maritime Services Board of New South Wales expressing the opinion that the dredging of the area of Botany Bay for the runway extension has contributed materially to the erosion of Lady Robinson's Beach in the vicinity of Cook Park, between Bestic and Rowley Streets. The Board has asked the Department to undertake remedial work to the beach and has suggested discussions with our officers to enable a satisfactory solution to this problem to be achieved. These discussions took place on 7th December 1965.

2.   The Department has closely followed the directions and advice of the Maritime Services Board in regard to the area of the bay from which the contractor has been permitted to remove sand. Some time ago the Board engaged Wallingford Hydraulics Research Station, Berkshire, England, to supply expert advice in relation to hydraulic surveys and studies to determine the possible influence of proposed State Government works on sand movements and wave reflections in Botany Bay. Following Commonwealth proposals for runway extensions into Botany Bay the Commonwealth arranged with the Board that the studies be extended to include the effect of these Commonwealth works and the associated dredging. A preliminary report received from the research station has been discussed with the Maritime Services Board but no decision has been reached as to the extent of the Commonwealth liability.

3.   The Department is awaiting further advice through the Maritime Services Board from the Wallingford Hydraulics Research Station, which is investigating this matter also.

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