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Thursday, 26 August 1937

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.On the 25th August, Senator Allan MacDonald asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, the following questions, upon notice: -

1.   What is the completed mileage of the standard gauge Commonwealth Railway extension from Port Augusta to Port Pirie, South Australia?

2.   What was the contract price for the completion of this extension?

3.   What was the completed mileage and contract price of the South Australian Railway extension from Red Hill to Port Pirie?

The Minister for the Interior has furnished the following information: -

1.   Fifty-six and a quarter miles.

2.   The contract price was £160,504 9s. 6d., the department supplying sleepers, rails and fastenings. In addition, there were also several contracts let for tanks, station buildings, car barn, workshops, cattle wagons, houses for staff and signalling. Some of the works at Port Pirie, such as station buildings, loco shed, filling, turntable and signalling, were built by the South Australian Railways at joint cost. Ballasting and other incidental work has still to be completed, and complete cost is not yet available. It is anticipated that the full cost, including sleepers and other material supplied, departmentally, rollingstock, &c, will be within the sum of £625,000 fixed by Parliament in the Port Augusta to Port Pirie Railway Act 1935.

3.   Twenty-seven and three-quarter miles. Amount of contract price is not available, but the expenditure provided in the State Red Hill to Port Pirie Railway Agreement Act 1935, is £324,000.







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