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Thursday, 17 February 1977

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of certain citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That 1. There is no Public Telephone in the Minto Housing Commission Estate.

This Estate is a residential area at present housing some 60 (sixty) families or 400 (four hundred people) of whom 130 are children of four years of age.

The Minto Estate is 41.6 km (26 miles) from Sydney and 6.4 km (4 miles) from Campbelltown.

The nearest Public Telephones are respectively located 1 . 5 km away on the corner of Pembroke Road and Warwick Street; and 2.5 km away at the Minto Post Office in Redfern Street, Minto.

The poor surface condition of the roads leading to these Public Telephones causes considerable delay and inconvenience in reaching them.

That 2. There is no Doctor in Minto, such that any emergency requires telephone contact with the necessary medical authority located in towns other than Minto.

Delays in contacting medical assistance could endanger a life or lives.

That 3. On medical grounds it is an absolute necessity that some families have immediate access to a public telephone within the Minto Estate.

Seven families have young Asthmatic children and a further two families have Epileptic children who frequently suffer severe convulsions. There are case examples to illustrate the dire need for a Public Telephone and to remedy the situation where an unconscious child may be able to secure immediate attention.

That 4. A large number of the population are left during the day without transport and thus without quick access to a telephone for contacting emergency services such as Firebrigade, Ambulance, Hospital, Doctors and the like.

That S. Constant traffic of large trucks to building sites and the presence of incomplete houses is potentially dangerous and thus demands installation of a Public Telephone, in order that such potential crises can be met.

Your petitioners kindly pray that your House will:

1.   Request the Minister for Post and Telecommunications the Hon. Eric Robinson, to make a Public Telephone available within the Minto Housing Commission Estate. This could be located in the area bounded by Benham Road,

Mortimer Street and Guernsey Avenue- an area which would not be hampered by construction work and thus damage to cables.

2.   Request the Minister for Post and Telecommunications the Hon. Eric Robinson, to ensure that an adequate number of Public Telephones be available to meet the need of the 1483 accommodation units that will be contained within the Minto Housing Commission Estate on its completion.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray, by Mr Baume.

Petition received.

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