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E _ RGO _ MONDR, 29th^JULYt6S`


(Statement by the Minister for Civil Aviation - NO. R.W. Swartz)

Almost x 1 million had been spent on civil aviation technical facilities,

new Yorks and airport maintenance in North Queensland in the last two years,

the Minister for Civil Aviation (Mr. Swartz) said in Cairns today.

It had been part of a continuing pattern of Queensland-;ride development

in a State that was perhaps the most air-conscious in Australia.

This pattern had led to an investment in Queensland on land, airways

facilities, runways and buildings of $31,364,000 and an annual budget for

the Queensland region of almost $9.j million.

Hr. Swartz, who leaves tomorrow for a nine-day official visit to Papua-New Guinea, is accompanied by the Director Ganeral of Civil Aviation (Sir

Donald Anderson).

Mr. Swartz listed major exeenditures in the north in the last two years

as follows:-

Technical facilities (navigation aids, runway and apron lighting, power

supplies eti:) : Horn Island $75,000, Weipa $93,500, Cairns $71,500,

Townsville 2108,000.

Major new works (buildings for operations and communications, powerhouses,

workshops etc): Townsville $44,300.

_ Major new works (airport roads, caroarks, aprons and taxiways etc)

Cairns 149,000, Townsville 151,700.

Major maintenance works (resheeting and reconstruction of runways):

Burketown $39,000, Cooktown k60,000.

Development of locally owned aerodrome! Weipa $271,2i8.

In addition, four residences were acquired at Cairns and 10 at Townsville,

and land was leased for navigation aids at Weipa.

Mr. Swartz said one of the major advances in the two years since he had

become Minister for Civil Aviation had been the introduction of turbo jets on

the Brisbane/Townsville/Cairns and Brisbane/Port Moresby routes.




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The response to these services had been most pleasing, as had been

that accorded. Qantas on its international flights through Port Moresby.

Mr. Swartz said another important development had been the approval

given Bush Pilots Airways to extend their network of services in North


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CAIB11S, Monday 29th July, 1968.