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Wednesday, 21 October 1914


Senator RUSSELL (VICTORIA) (Assistant Minister) - The following information has been supplied to me by the Department : -

1.   With reference to the attached extract from Hansard of 9th October, 1914, I have to state that at the present time officers of the Lighthouse Branch of this Department are making a survey of' Cape Don, Northern Territory, for the purpose of establishing a light at this place at an early date.

2.   The optical apparatus for new lights at Emery Point and Fort Point, Port Darwin, has been landed at Port Darwin, and it is hoped that the Fort Point light will be erected within the next few weeks, and the Emery Point light early in the new year.

3.   The Department has also considered the advisability of a light at Cape Fourcroy, and one will be erected at this place when more urgent requirements on' the Queensland coast have been dealt with.

4.   The construction of seven new lights in Northern Queensland is being proceeded with, as well as the two lights in the Northern Territory. Optical apparatus for the lights is now at Townsville, and contracts for the steel towers have been let. A gang of men is engaged preparing the foundations' for same.

6.   Provisionhas been made in the current year's Estimates for the above works. The £5,000 referred to by Senator Russell is the amount set down for one month's supply.







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