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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4495

Mr CALDER (Northern Territory) - by leave - 1 also support the proposal to refer this proposed scheme to the Department of Works so that it can produce a new plan. As one who originally had been concerned to a considerable degree in having this matter referred to the Department I feel I should say something on this subject. It was the opinion of the Darwin Port Authority, the opinion of some 30-odd doctors as well as the towns people which convinced me that the Government should have another look at this project. In regard to future schemes of this sort, I would urge the planners to look very carefully into the possible effects of effluent being discharged into tropical waters because we really do not know very much about this. I think that this is something which should be very carefully studied. It is suggested the outflow from this sewage plant will go into the Leanyer Swamp area situated on the north side of Darwin. This area at present is an open swamp but later it may well become a residential area. So I warn the Government against taking what could be an easy way out of this problem; it may find itself in quite a lot of trouble later on.

The only other matter I would urge the Government to look at is the venting system which may be put in. In tropical areas we get very heavy pollution out of these vents which I think were included in one of the original proposals for this project. They are the points I wanted to refer to the Government.

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