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WATER RESOURCES COUNCIL· WILL MEET AT KUNUNURRA

S t a t e m e n t by t h e M i n i s t e r f o r N a t i o n a l D e v e lo p m e n t,

The Hon. David F a i r b a i r n , D . F . C . , M.P.

By i n v i t a t i o n o f t h e W este rn A u s t r a l i a n G overnm ent,

t h e A u s t r a l i a n W ater R e s o u r c e s C o u n c il w i l l hold i t s n e x t m e e t i n g -

i t s f i f t h - a t Kununurra on t h e Ord R i v e r . ■

The M i n i s t e r f o r N a t i o n a l D e v e lo p m e n t, Mr. David

F a i r b a i r n , announced t h i s t o d a y . He s a i d t h a t a t t h e s u g g e s t i o n

o f t h e W e ste rn A u s t r a l i a n M i n i s t e r f o r Works and W ater S u p p l i e s

(a Member o f t h e C o u n c i l ) , t h e m e e t i n g , w hich w i l l be combined

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2 4 t h J u l y .

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view from a c h a r t e r p l a n e v a r i o u s p o i n t s o f i n t e r e s t i n t h e

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i r o n o r e w o rk in g s a t Koolan and Cockatoo I s l a n d s and t h e a r e a o f

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Darwin i n t h e a f t e r n o o n by c h a r t e r f l i g h t .

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f o r t h c o m i n g m e e t i n g w i l l be t h e p r o g r e s s made t o d a t e w i t h t h e

a c c e l e r a t e d programmes of w a t e r r e s o u r c e s m e a s u r e m e n t , which t h e

S t a t e and Commonwealth Governments a r e now i m p l e m e n ti n g , f o l l o w i n g

a recom m endation by t h e C o u n c i l .

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d a t a c o l l e c t i o n n e tw o rk s ( r a i n f a l l , e v a p o r a t i o n and r i v e r d i s c h a r g e )

o v e r t h e n e x t 10 y e a r s , and a l s o i n u nd e rg ro u n d w a t e r i n v e s t i g a t i o n s .

A v a s t l y i n c r e a s e d c o v e r a g e o f n o r t h e r n A u s t r a l i a i s

i n v o l v e d .

O th e r m a t t e r s u n d e r c o n s i d e r a t i o n a t t h e C o u n c il m e e t i n g

w i l l i n c l u d e t h e need f o r a s t u d y o f t h e r u n - o f f i n t o farm dams,

t h e h a n d l i n g and s t o r a g e o f h y d r o l o g i c d a t a by modern m ethods

and t h e i m p l i c a t i o n s o f t h e I n t e r n a t i o n a l H y d r o l o g i c a l Decade

(1 9 6 5 -7 4 ) f o r A u s t r a l i a .

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1 4 th J u l y , 1965.