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Friday, 8 November 1935

Senator E B JOHNSTON (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Is it the intention of the PostmasterGeneral's Department to build a telephone exchange at the corner of Stanley and Elizabeth streets,Nedlands, Western Australia?

2.   Is this site within a strictly residential area, under the Town Planning Act of Western Australia ?

3.   Has the Nedlands Roads Board objected to the proposed contravention of the town planning regulations in this matter?

4.   Ifso, will the Postmaster-General's Department conform to the said regulation.

5.   If not, why not?

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follows: -

1.   Yes.

2.   Yes.

3.   TheNedlandsRoad Board represented that the building should be in the business portion of the Nedlands area, but alternatively asked that the front of the building should be in keeping with the houses around. 4 and5. The objection raised was based on a misconception of the department's intention. A telephone exchange, for technical and economic reasons, must be in the telephonic centre of the area to be served, but the class of building erected for telephone purposes in residential areas conforms with the type of building inthe neighbourhood and is no detriment to surrounding property.

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