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Airport works for New Guinea



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E `i- TUZSDAY, _30th T Y 6iS _ _

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QRPORT WORKS FOR NEW GUII A

( Sttement b4 the Minister for Civil Aviation Mr. R. W. Swartz)

Almoc^t a quarter of the Department of Civil Aviation's 1968-69 capital

storks programme will be spent in Papua/New Guinea, the Minister for Civil

,iviation (Mr. Swartz) said in Port Moresby today,

Total projected expenditure is $5.5 million. Allocation for the Territory

is 11.3 million.

Mr. Swartz said that airways facilities, runways and buildings already in

Papu a/Now Guinea were valued at $13.11 million.

Mr. Swartz is making his second offici J/risit to the Territory since his

appointment as Minister ster For Civil Aviation two years ago. In nine days he will

have discussions with operators and civic authorities on matters ranging from

fleet equipment, runways and terminals and fare and freight rates at Port Moresby,

Mount Hagen, Madang, Goroka, Rabaul, Wewak, Kokoda and Lae.

He is accompanied by the Director-General of Civil Aviation 'Sir Donald

Anderson).

Mr. Swartz said that he was very pleased with the support that had been

accorded the turbo jet services to Port Moresby and the resumed international

Qantas flights.

T h ese two major decisions, which he had been most happy to approve at the

time of his last visit, had led to an upsurge in tourism, better p- rsonal and.

business communications with the mainland, and, in part, to improved internal

passenger figures.

Mr. Swartz said extensive investigations bJ his department had shown that the

existing runway was adequate for the present domestic and international services.

However, his Department was working on plans to provide a new parallel runway for

the future which would be up to the highest international standards.

It was being dee__gned to include a full instrument landing system.

Mr. Swartz said the existing temporary terminal at Port Horeoby had been

enlarged to its maximum ca pacity at a cost of 4135,000, but he appreciated that

in the near future a much larger permanent terminal would be required.

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Pan for the tern 1, which would include a restaurant and

cocktail lounge, are being prepared for consideration by the Go v ernment.

Mr. Swartz said that major items for Port T,Yoresby in the current year's

capital works programme included a regional main store (44O,a0o) and

nine residences (130,O00).

He said the Department of Civil Aviation owned 139 houses in Port

T !Toresby.

PORT MORESBY Tuesday 30th July, 1968.