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Tuesday, 7 December 1971
Page: 4261


Mr Whitlam asked the Ministerfor Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   Did New South Wales accept the Commenwealth's offer in 1941 to contribute the sum of $162,000 towards the cost of work to be carried out on the Sandy Hollow-Maryvale railway (Senate Hansard, 14th August 1968, page 39).

(2)   What recommendation on the railway was made by the Development Corporation of New South Wales which the New South Wales Minister for Decentralisation and Development established in 1967 to consider, among other things, aspects of the completion of the railway.

(3)   Has the proposed railway been referred to the Bureau of Transport Economics.

(4)   Are his Department and its bureaux represented on the Commonwealth-State Officials' Committee on Decentralisation.


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

(1)   Further investigations into the matter have not produced any evidence that the New South Wales Government availed itself of the offer by the Commonwealth.

(2)   The Honourable J. B. Fuller, M.L.C., New South Wales Minister for Decentralisation and Development announced on 29th November 1970 that the Development Corporation of New South Wales had recommended in a report which he released on that date, against a resumption of work on the Sandy Hollow-Maryvale railway link unless existing conditions were materially altered by development of mineral resources, particularly coal in the area of influence.

(3)   The proposed railway has not been referred to the Bureau of Transport Economics.

(4)   The Department of Shipping and Transport is not a member of the Commonwealth-State Officials' Committee on Decentralisation. However, an officer of the Department was an observer at two of the meetings of a technical sub-committee of the Commonwealth-State Officials' Committee on Decentralisation.







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