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Tuesday, 23 November 1971
Page: 3528


Mr Wallis (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister or National Development, upon notice:

(1)   What Commonwealth finance (a) has been and (b) will be expended on water resources projects recommended by the Australian Water Resources Council (i) throughout Australia and (ii) in each State

(2)   What projects (a) have been and (b) will be assisted in each State.


Mr Swartz - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Australian Water Resources Council does not have any direct involvement in the National Water Resources Development Programme under which the Commonwealth Government provides finance to the State Governments to assist them with their works of water conservation. These projects are submitted by States individually and are considered by the Commonwealth Government. It is assumed that the honourable member's question is in fact related to the National Water Resources Development Programme and the following information is provided on that basis -

(i)   Under phases I and 2 of the Programme the Commonwealth has agreed to make available up to$150m to the States of this amount$89m has been allocated of which advances actually made to the States at 30th June 1971 amounted to $34.218m. The equivalent figures for each State are as follows:

 

(2)   The following projects have received Commonwealth financial assistance:

Queensland - Fairbairn Dam; Bundaberg Irrigation Scheme.

New South Wales - Copeton Dam; Flood Mitigation Projects.

Victoria - River Murray Salinity Reduction Scheme; King River Dam.

Tasmania - Cressy-Longford Irrigation Scheme.

South Australia - Tailem Bend to Keith Pipeline Scheme.

All States - Water Measurement Programme.

The two Victorian projects are virtually completed and work is continuing with Commonwealth financial assistance on the remaining projects. A project to be assisted which has not yet received any finance is Pike Creek dam the cost of which will be shared equally by the Commonwealth and the Stales of New South Wales and Queensland.







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