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Friday, 25 May 1973
Page: 2687

Mr ENGLAND (CALARE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct my question to the Minister for Urban and Regional Development. In reply to a question in this House on 28 February last the Prime Minister stated that he and the Premier of New South Wales had agreed to a feasibility study for a regional growth centre in the Orange-Bathurst area with a view to joint CommonwealthState financial participation in the development of the centre. After a speech at Bathurst in March the Prime Minister was reported as saying that this report would be given to him and to the State Premier by the end of the month - that was March. Has .the report been tendered to the Government and to Sir Robert Askin and, if so, will it be made public? Also, when will a Commonwealth decision be made on assistance for the project already commenced by the New South Wales Government? Can an announcement be expected before the end of this session?

Mr UREN (REID, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Urban and Regional Development) - A study has been made of the Bathurst-Orange area by the Cities Commission and the results are now being considered by the Government. Last Wednesday discussions were held in Canberra between Mr Fuller, the New South Wales Minister for Decentralisation and myself. Mr Fuller, for the New South Wales Government, invited the Australian Government to appoint a representative to its consultative committee. I accepted the invitation on behalf of the Australian Government. The question of the extent to which the Australian Government will support the Bathurst-Orange proposal will be discussed and determined during consideration of the Government's overall budgetary policy for the coming Budget. I am sure there will be a Commonwealth contribution for the BathurstOrange proposal for the financial year 1973- 74.

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