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Thursday, 17 February 1977
Page: 249

Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(1)   What is the location and description of each completed project funded under the export and major commercial roads category of the National Roads Act 1 974.

(2   ) What is the estimated total cost of each of the projects.

(3)   What projects are currently being funded under this category.

(4)   What is the estimated date of completion of each of these projects.

(5)   What is the annual cost of maintenance of each of the projects, where applicable.

Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2), (3) and (4) The answers to these questions are provided in Attachment A.

Under the National Roads Act, the States are required to submit for approval to the Commonwealth Minister for Transport particulars of the work to be performed in respect of each project. In addition the States supply for information the estimated total cost of each project and the latest revised figure available has been included in Attachment A. Even in the case of completed projects, however, this estimate does not necessarily represent final expenditure on the project.

The 'estimated date of completion' in Attachment A is an approximate date only as progress on Export and Major Commercial Roads projects are subject to review by the States from time to time in the light of changing circumstances. Furthermore, although all Export and Major Commercial Roads projects in Attachment A have been approved under the Act, construction on some projects may not as yet have commenced.

(5)   The answer to this question is provided in Attachment B.

The States normally provide estimates of expenditure for Maintenance on fixed segments of road. A breakdown into lengths corresponding to the construction projects covered in questions ( 1 ) and (3) is not therefore available.



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