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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4757

Mr Hyde asked the Minister for Urban and Regional Development, upon notice:

(   1 ) What grants will Western Australia receive under the Government's Area Improvement Program.

(2)   Will these grants be made to country areas as well as metropolitan areas.

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

In the 1974-73 Budget a sum of $750,000 has been set aside for a proposed Area Improvement Program in the South Perth Region (Region 12) comprising the following local government areas: Mandurah, Kwinana, Rockingham, Fremantle, East Fremantle, Cockburn, Melville, South Perth, Belmont and Canning. The proposed Area Improvement Program is the subject of negotiation with the Western Australian Government.

Of the ten local government areas comprising the South Perth Region, Mandurah probably would be regarded as predominantly rural. It is also proposed, subject to States' agreements, to implement Area Improvement Programs in the Fitzroy Region of Queensland, the Hunter, Illawarra and South East Regions of New South Wales and the Northern Spencer Gulf Region of South Australia. Each of these regions is a country region or has a substantial rural component.

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