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Urban and regional development agreement with Tasmania

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14 February 1975


The Prime Minister, Mr Whitlam, and the Tasmanian Premier, Mr Reece, today signed two agreements relating to the Australian Government's Urban and Regional Development program. · . ·

The two agreements will provide Tasmania with financial assistance of more than $3. million.

Under the Sewerage Program $2,300,000 will be made available to provide environmentally acceptable sewerage facilities, and to protect water supplies from pollution. A contribution of $450,000 will go to Hobart to assist in

preventing the discharge of raw sewage into the River Derwent. The program also covers the treatment of industrial wastes.

Tasmania will receive a total, of $895,277 for National Estate projects for the present financial year. Restoration work will be carried out on many historic buildings including St Georges Church, Battery Point ($20,000) the Theatre

Royal, Hobart ($15,000) and the Courthouse, Town Hall and~01d "Goal at Oatlands ($20,000).

Conservation studies will be carried out at Longford, Bothwell, Oatlands and Campbell Town.

One grant will go towards a photographic study of the wilderness and recreational aspects of the South West region, and another will” be for a conservation/landscape study of the Tasman Valley with particular reference to the woodchip

industry and industrial development in the region.

The Prime Minister said: "The conclusion of these agreements is evidence of the co-operative endeavours of our two Governments in promoting sound urban development and enhancing the environment.

Tasmania has already set a fine example to the rest of Australia in the preservation of historic buildings.

I look forward to.visiting Hobart this weekend and being able to see for myself the results of restoration work already carried out in, the Hobart city area -especially at the Theatre Royal which has just received a grant -

and in the village of Richmond." CANBERRA. A.C.T.