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Road construction project

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20 July 1979


The Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Rt Hon. Ian Sinclair, announced today that he has approved a four-year extension to Australian assistance for road construction in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The project is a joint operation between the Indonesian and Australian Governments and is managed by the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation and the Indonesian Government road construction agency, Bina Marga. Since construction began in 1974 approximately

230 km of roads have been built in the first phase which ended in June 1979.

Other Australian development assistance in West Kalimantan includes the construction of a water supply for the inland town of Sanggau, a feasibility study of a proposed hydro-electricity dam on the Fade River, the production of pre-stressed concrete beams for bridge construction and

economic advice with a development plan for the Province.

The second phase of the roads project aims at building a further 225 km of roads by June 1983. This would provide a large part of the iriterior with all-weather road access both to Pontianak, the provincial capital on

the coast, and to Kuching in the. Malaysian part of Borneo.