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Speech at the signing of the Albury-Wodonga Area Development Agreement



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SPEECH BY THE PRIME MINISTER MR E. G. WHITLAM, Q . C . , M . P . , AT THE SIGNING OF THE ALBURY-WODONGA AREA DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT

J u s t n i n e m o nth s a g o , S i r Ro b e r t A s k i n , Mr Hamer

AND I MET HERE IN ALBURY-WODONGA AND AGREED ON A HISTORIC

PLAN FOR A NEW AUSTRALIAN C ITY IN TH IS AREA, I t GIVES ME . /

GREAT PLEASURE TODAY TO MEET THE PREMIERS AGAIN TO SIGN

t h e A l b u r y -Wodonga Ar e a De v e l o p m e n t Ag r e e m e n t ,

Wit h t h e c o n c u r r e n c e of t h e St a t e s t h e A u s t r a l i a n

Go v e r n m e n t i n i t i a t e d t h e m e e t in g i n J a n u a r y , b u t from t h a t '

DAY IT BECAME A JO IN T VENTURE. L e t ' s NOT IMAGINE THAT TH IS

i s an Au s t r a l i a n Go v e r n m e n t p r o j e c t e x c l u s i v e l y - far from

i t . I t s s u c c e s s d e p e n d s on c o n t i n u e d " c o - o p e r a t io n b e t w e e n

t h e Au s t r a l i a n Go v e r n m e n t a n d t h e 'S t a t e s . T he t h r e e

Go v e r n m e n t s a r e e q u a l p a r t n e r s , ' *

T he J a n u a r y m e e t in g was t h e f i r s t s t e p . I t t h e n

BECAME THE R E SP O N SIBILITY OF THE M IN IS T E R IA L COUNCIL -

M r Ur e n , M r Fu l l e r a n d M r By r n e - t o e s t a b l i s h a n a g r e e m e n t

BETWEEN THE THREE GOVERNMENTS WHICH WOULD EMBODY OUR JO IN T

COMMITMENT AND PROVIDE A SOUND BASE ON WHICH T H IS AREA CAN

GROW IN HARMONY WITH THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.

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T h ey h a v e d one w e l l . T he d o c u m e n t we h a v e b e f o r e

US TODAY IS EVIDENCE OF THAT. I t IS A CREDIT TO THEM AND

TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED. I t REFLECTS A CONTINUING .

S P IR IT OF CO-OPERATION AND PROVIDES A FIRST-CLASS EXAMPLE

of how t h e Au s t r a l i a n Go v e r n m e n t a n d t h e St a t e s can work

TOGETHER TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF L IF E FOR THOUSANDS OF

Au s t r a l i a n s o v e r t h e n e x t few d e c a d e s .

- T he p r e p a r a t i o n of t h i s Ag r e e m e n t h as b e e n a

FORMIDABLE LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE TASK. IT HAS TAKEN ONLY

NINE MONTHS. I KNOW THAT MANY MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

WOULD L IK E MORE ACTION, BUT THE IMPORTANCE, THE SIZE AND

THE QUALITY OF THIS PROJECT CALL FOR A GREAT DEAL OF

FORBEARANCE AND PATIENCE ON THE PART OF US A L L .

A PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE AGREEMENT IS TO ESTABLISH

A STRONG AND EFFECTIVE DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION TO BE

RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT-OF THE GROWTH COMPLEX.

Ex p e r i e n c e o v e r s e a s a n d i n t h i s c o u n t r y has shown c l e a r l y

THAT TH IS IS AN ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT IN THE SUCCESS OF

NEW C ITY DEVELOPMENT

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De t a i l s of t h e d e v e l o p m e n t o r g a n i s a t i o n were .

ANNOUNCED AND WELL PUBLICISED BY THE M IN IS T E R IA L COUNCIL

on 4 J u l y . To r e f r e s h your memory c h a r t s h a v e b e e n

CIRCULATED AND I HOPE THEY W ILL BE WIDELY BROUGHT TO THE

NOTICE OF THE PUBLIC.

At f i r s t g l a n c e t h e form of t h e o r g a n i s a t i o n may

APPEAR COMPLEX, BUT FUNDAMENTALLY IT IS NOT. IT I S A FULLY

INTEGRATED ORGANISATION WITH.COMMON MEMBERSHIP AND COMMON

STAFF. T he t h r e e l e g a l c o r p o r a t io n s a r e r e q u ir e d t o m e e t

THE CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE THREE GOVERNMENTS.

I n p r a c t i c e , h o w e v e r , t h e o r g a n i s a t i o n w i l l work a s a s i n g l e .

ENTITY RESPONSIBLE TO THE M IN IS T E R IA L COUNCIL.

I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT IN D IV ID U A L EMPLOYEES OF THE

ORGANISATION W ILL IDEN TIFY WITH ONE BODY AND ONE GOAL -

NAMELY THE CREATION OF A NEW GROWTH CENTRE WITH A HIG H-QUALITY

ENVIRONMENT, IMAGINATIVELY PLANNED AND DEVELOPED.

I WAS PARTICULARLY PLEASED TO'SEE THAT PROVISION

HAS BEEN MADE FOR A CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL TO PROVIDE A VEHICLE

FOR PUBLIC PA RTICIPATIO N IN THE PROJECT. OVER THE PAST

NINE MONTHS THE INTERIM CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE, MADE UP OF

REPRESENTATIVES OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY INTERESTS,

HAS PLAYED A V IT A L AND CONTRIBUTING RO’LE IN THE DEVELOPMENT

SO FAR.

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The Ag r e e m e n t of c o u r s e r e q u i r e s c o m p l im e n t a r y

LEGISLATION AND I UNDERSTAND THAT THE STATES ARE CURRENTLY

DRAFTING B IL L S , YOU HAVE MY ASSURANCE THAT THE AUSTRALIAN

Go v e r n m e n t l e g i s l a t i o n w i l l b e in t r o d u c e d w it h o u t d e l a y

AFTER THE SIGNING OF TH IS AGREEMENT,

YOU W IL L ALSO BE AWARE THAT THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT

HAS ADVERTISED FOR A CHAIRMAN OF THE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

We s h a l l m a k e e v e r y e f f o r t t o e n s u r e t h a t we g e t t h e r i g h t

MAN FOR TH IS ALL IMPORTANT P O SITIO N , .

YOU W IL L ALSO BE AWARE THAT $9 M IL L IO N HAS BEEN

BUDGETED BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FOR EXPENDITURE IN

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THE PROVISIONS OF APPROPRIATE STATE LAND PRICE S T A B ILIS A T IO N

LEGISLATION AND SELECTED PUBLIC WORKS, T H IS IS ONLY THE

BEGINNING - IT W ILL BE A CONTINUING COMMITMENT,

An im m e n s e a m o u n t of work h a s a l r e a d y b e e n d o n e on

THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PLANNING STRATEGY, A FIRM COMMITMENT

HAS BEEN G IVEN, AND INCLUDED IN" THE AGREEMENT, THAT AREAS TO

BE ACQUIRED FOR URBAN AND ASSOCIATED DEVELOPMENT W ILL BE

ANNOUNCED NO LATER THAN 30 JUNE NEXT YEAR, ΪΗ Ε M IN IS T E R IA L

Co u n c i l w i s e l y d e c i d e d n o t t o w a i t on t h e e s t a b l i s h m e n t of

THE DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION BEFORE PLANNING COMMENCED,

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W e w ould a l l l i k e to s e e t h i n g s h a p p e n i m m e d i a t e l y ,

BUT IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE HAVE THE RESULTS OF THE VERY

NECESSARY MAJOR STUDIES,THAT ARE UNDERWAY BEFORE THE OVERALL

STRATEGY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT IS ANNOUNCED,

I WOULD LIK E TO RECORD THE SATISFACTION OF THE

Au s t r a l i a n Go v e r n m e n t a n d my own p e r s o n a l s a t i s f a c t i o n a t

THE SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF THIS FIRST PHASE IN THE

DEVELOPMENT OF A l BURY-WoDONGA, I t AUG4JRS WELL FOR THE

FUTURE AND, AS I HAVE S A ID , PROVIDES AN HISTORIC EXAMPLE

of how t h e A u s t r a l i a n Go v e r n m e n t a n d t h e St a t e s can work

TOGETHER IN THE INTERESTS OF THE TOTAL AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY,

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