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Four buses in Central Australia



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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA

G B /1 2 2 MINISTER FOR ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS

PARLIAMENT HOUSE

CANBERRA. A.C.T. 2600

' STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS,

MR, GORDON BRYANT

Four buses accustomed to the "streets of Sydney left

the metropolitan area today to begin a new life in Central

Australia. .

The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Mr. Gordon Bryant,

said today he had approved the acquisition of surplus buses

from the Public Transport Commission of New South Wales for ·

use by Aboriginal communities and organisations as school

buses and community transport.

Mr. Bryant said the old 31-seater AEG diesels had .

undergone minor repair and maintenance work to suit them for

the outback at the Australian Department of Works Plant

Workshops at Villawood, Sydney. ,

• They were all in first class order. . ■

Two of the four buses initially acquired are intended

for use by the Aboriginal community at Ernabella. The

communities at Fregon and Finke will receive one each.

The buses are being driven back to the communities by

eight newly qualified Aboriginal drivers, brought down from the

three settlements to undergo driver training in Sydney under

the Aboriginal Study Grants Scheme„

The buses were bought from the New South Wales Public

Transport Commission for $1,800 each.

Mr. Bryant said negotiations were underway for the

purchase of eight more buses.

. The buses are scheduled to pass through Canberra .

tomorrow morning and are expected to park outside Parliament

House about 8 a.m. They will be met by the National Aboriginal

Consultative Committee's Election Co-ordinator, Mr. John

Moriarty.

Canberra - k October 1 973 .