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Tuesday, 17 November 1964


Senator ANDERSON - The PostmasterGeneral has furnished this reply -

1.   In order to explain the position in the Maitland district it is first necessary to indicate that plans are well advanced for closing the Maitland manual exchange and connecting Maitland and East Maitland subscribers to a new automatic exchange to be established at East Maitland in mid-1965.

In the area for which Maitland is now the switching centre there are -16 other exchanges. Eight of them are automatic exchanges, namely -

 

The remaining eight exchanges are manually operated. These are -

 

Coincident with the cutover of the East Maitland automatic exchange, the Morpeth manual exchange will be closed and these subscribers will also be connected to the East Maitland exchange. Plans are also being prepared for the conversion of Kurri Kurri to automatic working but quite some time must elapse before the Post Office can afford this project a high priority.

Whilst the Post Office is anxious to convert all manual exchanges to automatic working as soon as possible, this must be undertaken in an orderly manner as part of a very large overall plan. Unfortunately, it is not practicable, at this stage, to indicate when subscribers connected to the remaining six manual exchanges mentioned above will be converted to automatic service.

2.   Mid-1965.







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