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Thursday, 13 September 1973
Page: 1029

Mr Garland (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Minister's attention been drawn to the serious water shortage which has affected primary industry in Western Australia.

(2)   What sum has been made available to each State from the National Water Research Development Fund.

(3)   What amount is expected to be paid to each State from the Fund in 1972-73.

(4)   Has Western Australia received a fair share, bearing in mind the circumstances and area.

(5)   Will action be taken to make more finance available for the extension of the Comprehensive Water Scheme.

Mr Grassby - The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answer to the question:

(1)   The Minister is aware that some areas in Western Australia do experience difficulties in providing sufficient regular water supplied for livestock in some seasons.

(2)   The amounts that were offered to the States for projects under the National Water Resources Development Program, 1967-72, and the actual amounts paid to the States to June 30, 1972 under the Program were:


(3)   The amounts expected to be paid under the Program in 1972-73 for each State are as follows:


(4)   Western Australia has not received Commonwealth Funds for any projects under the National Water Resources Development Program, but has received since July 1967 over S32m by way of grant or loan, for the Ord River Project and the Comprehensive Water Supply Scheme.

(5)   The Prime Minister has indicated to the Premier of Western Australia that the Third Stage of the Comprehensive Water Supply Scheme could be looked at again following further representations from the Western Australian Government.

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