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Thursday, 9 December 1965

Mr Jones (NEWCASTLE, VICTORIA) s asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

What sums have been spent by (a) the Commonwealth Government, (b) State Governments and (c) local government bodies at each airport annually since 1945 on (i) new runways, (ii) runway extensions, (iii) runway maintenance, (iv) navigational aids and (v) airport terminals?

Mr Fairbairn - The Minister for Civil Aviation has supplied the following information -

I do not propose to provide the complete answers to Question No. 1439 as there are about 650 airports in the Commonwealth covered by the questions and the provision of this detailed information over a period of 20 years would represent a mammoth task. In some instances, too, this information is not available in the form requested. The following summarised data is, however, provided -

(a)   Expenditure by the Commonwealth -

Total expenditure on all Commonwealth airports from 1.7.1945 to 30.6.1965 is as follows -


Maintenance of runways and other pavements totalled £13.956 million for the period.

(b)   and (c) Expenditure by State Governments and Local Government Bodies -

Since inception of the Aerodrome Local Ownership Plan in 1957-58 expenditure on airports by State and Local Government authorities has been -


Only comparatively small contributions to this expenditure have been made by one or two States.

Expenditure by the Commonwealth under the Local Ownership Plan (additional to that shown under (a) above and including reimbursement of Local Authorities' developmental expenditure prior to 1957-58) has been-


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