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Urban and Regional Development Agreement signed

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Xo January 1974

Joint Statement by.the Prime Minister, the Hon. E.G. Whitlam, Q.C., M.P., and the Premier of South Australia, Mr Dunstan


The Prime Minister, Mr Whitlam and the Premier of South Australia, Mr Dunstan today signed an Urban and Regional Development Agreement which will provide assistance of more than $41 million for programs in South Australia'

this financial year.

The South Australian Government is the first State Government to enter into such an Agreement which may be the initial step towards a long term agreement covering a wider range of urban and regional development programs.

. The signing of this comprehensive Agreement is_ a tangible result of the desire of the Australian and South Australian Governments to co-operate to improve the day-to-day lives of South Australians.

This Agreement covers financial assistance for:

. The South· Australian Land Commission to make land - available at a price people can afford. .

. The development of Monarto to provide an alternative to existing cities

. The provision of sewerage and water supply to improve water"quality. ,

. The Area Improvement and the National Estate . Programs. . .



A total of S24 million is available as a 30 year loan at the

long tern bond rate with repayments deferred for the first ten

years mainly to acquire large areas of land for urban use.

The program is aimed directly at increasing the supply of

serviced land on the market, available at a price

people can afford 'to pay and which excludes or greatly reduces

the speculative component, and at helping the co-ordination of

urban development.

Legislation to establish the South Australian Land Commission

was passed by the State Government in October, 1973» and 88 million •

was made available by the Australian Government last financial year

which was used to acquire 1,220 hectares of land.

South Australia pioneered the program and has shown the way .

to other States. It is expected that the first land will be

put on the market in March. '


' The Australian and South Australian Government have agreed to

accept the Monarto Development Commission's first stage development

plan which provides for a population target of between 25,000 and

50p000,people by the end of 1983.

The development program for this financial year includes land

acquisition, investigations and studies, and further tree planting

which is expected to cost about S7.5 million. ' <

Under the Agreement signed today, the Australian Government

i will supply S6 million, or 80 per cent of the total expenditure

whichever is the lesser amount, mainly by vzay of loans and matching

grants. '

The development of Konarto and growth centres in other States

is aimed at encouraging the rapid development of a small number

of regional growth centres as desirable alternatives to existing

cities. .

The role of the Monarto Development Commission is to plan and

manage the development of Monarto and the attraction of population

and industry to the new city. . .

A total of v500,COO vill be .raida available in the Northern

'Spencer Gulf Region of .South Australia for an Area Improvement

Program which aims to link the throe levels of Government and

community groups together in a co-operative venture.


The programs are developed in co-operation with the Regional

Organisation of Councils v/hich covers the local government council

areas of Carrieton, Crystal Brook, Georgetown, Gladstone, Mallet,

Hawker, Jamestown^ District., Jamestown municipality, 1anyaka-Quorn

Laura, Orroroo, Peterborough District, Peterborough Municipality,

Pirie, Port Augusta," Port C-erne in, Port Pirie, Red Kill, Spalding,

Y/hyalla and Y/ilmington. , '

Area Improvement Programs are directed, to specific regions

selected for social a n d ■economic regions and because major .

deficiencies exist. The funds which are for specific purposes,

aim to give the region a better living environment and to '

improve forward planning. '


Under the National Sewerage “rogram 05,750,000 will be

made .available to remove existing backlog of

premises and to improve sewerage treatment, the long term

aim being to ensure that by 1982 all new homes can be

connected to an environmentally adequate sewerage system.

The program also covers the treatment of industrial wastes.

An important underlying object ive is the protection of

water supplies from pollution. · · t

This year the Program is being extended to cover smaller

cities and the centres which will benefit from this extension

in South Australia are Whyalla and Mt. Gambier. .

The funds will be made available in the form of 5 0 non- .

interest bearing non-repayable grants and the rest as loans

at the long term bond rate. ■


Adelaide's water treatment scheme will be assisted under

this· agreement by the provision of S4.4 million this year. These

funds will also be in the form of 50;h grants and 70,t loans.

Adelaide's water comes from local catchments and the River Murray.

Both of these sources are contaminated and the city's water

supply falls a long way short of international quality standards.

The water treatment scheme is aimed at completely eliminating this

problem over the next 10 years. The various planned treatment

works will be supplemented by protect the water

catchment areas wherever possible. .


A total of $866,000 will be made available for land

acquisition, studies, restoration, preservation and improvement

of landscapes and buildings of special significance.

Under the National Estate Program in 1973/74, $262,000 ‘

was provided to assist with 14 projects, and considerably

more projects are expected to be undertaken this financial

year. . .

The Australian Government recently approved the establishment

of an Australian Heritage Commission which will play a vital

role in future programs when th · necessary legislation is passed

by the Australian Parliament.

Projects approved in the program this financial year have

been recommended to the Minister for Urban and Regional

Development, Tom Uren, by the Interim Committee on the National