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Tuesday, 21 August 1973
Page: 183

Mr Corbett (MARANOA, QUEENSLAND) asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

(1)   In connection with the provision of the Miamba Telephone Exchange and the connection of 1 1 new subscribers and 41 existing subscribers, will he provide details of (a) the cost of the automatic exchange, (b) the cost of installing the exchange, (c) the length and type of cable used, (d) the cost per chain of laying the cable, (e) the cost of installation of telephones and (f) the place of manufacture of the equipment and cable.

(2)   Was it decided that, despite the cost involved, this type of installation was the most desirable taking all factors into consideration including the future extension of STD facilities.

Mr Lionel Bowen (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) The details requested specifically in your question are:

(a)   $12,533

(b)   $6,986

(c)   6,191 chains of plastic covered cable. Approximately 2,480 chains of pole route was also erected.

(d)   The average cable laying cost is normally $8 per chain excluding the cost of the cable. At Miamba, the overall cost of the cable and laying it and erecting the aerial route was $175,538.

(e)   $3,232.

(f)   The equipment and cable was manufactured in Australia. The foregoing cost details do not include another major item ($16,536) for the essential junctions between Miamba and Miles.

(2)   You will recall my previous references to the high capital costs and low revenue potential of installations such as Miamba. This project was approved by the Post Office in accordance with current policy in 1971.I am advised the project was designed to achieve maintenance economies, lower the fault incidence, improve service to existing subscribers and their callers, and to provide services for a number of waiting applicants.

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