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Tuesday, 30 November 1965

Mr Collard (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) d asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

From which areas in the electoral division of Kalgoorlie have firm applications been received for telephones, as stated in his answer to Question No. 1329 on 27th October ("Hansard ", page 2302), and when are these applications expected to be satisfied?

Mr Hulme - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows -

As at 8th November 1965, firm applications for telephone service were on hand from the following areas in the Kalgoorlie electoral division -


Circle Valley. In 1950, a Telephone Office was located at Circle Valley but it was closed in 1963 when the telephone office keeper sold his property, and neither the purchaser nor any other person was willing to conduct the office.

The present applicants for service live some few miles east of Circle Valley and a resident in this area has indicated his willingness to operate a manual exchange if one were established. However, none of the fourteen (14) applicants has accepted the terms and conditions. Consequently, action has not been taken to establish the manual exchange. Should a sufficient number of the residents accept the terms and conditions offered, investigations will proceed into the possibility of establishing either a manual exchange or a country automatic exchange to serve the area.

Dowak. At present there are insufficient applicants to justify the provision of an exchange. Investigations into the problems involved in providing services for the existing applications are proceeding.

Scaddan. A telephone office is already established at Scaddan. Plans are in hand to replace this office with a manual exchange should any of the applicants in the area accept terms and conditions of service for connection to it. Two groups, one consisting of three (3) applicants in a northerly direction and the other six (6) in a westerly direction, were offered service earlier but failed to accept. Investigations of the problems involved in providing services for all applicants in the area are proceeding. A new exchange is being considered for Scaddan East where some thirteen (13) of the hirty-three (33) applicants are located.

Walgoolan North. At Walgoolan North the applicants concerned have accepted terms and conditions or connection to an exchange proposed for the area but present indications are that additional pplicants are necessary to justify the expenditure nvolved. If a sufficient number is not received, the method of providing service in the area will be e-considered.

In all cases where the establishment of a new exchange in these areas is justified, an estimated date of provision will be determined having regard to the claims of other areas in the State for new exchanges. The projects will then be included in an appropriate position on the installation programme.

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