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Tuesday, 29 May 1973
Page: 2735

Mr DRUMMOND (FORREST, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Prime Minister. I refer to a telegram sent by the Prime Minister to a newspaper in Bunbury, Western Australia, in September (972 in which he outlined his Party's decentralisation policy and in which he said that Bunbury would be nominated 'as an area of concentrated growth*. I ask the' Prime Minister! In view of the recent statement in Perth by the Minister for Urban and Regional Development supporting development of the Salvador area north of Perth, can the Prime Minister allay the grave concern now held by the people of Bunbury by confirming hS promise to them that Bunbury would be a regional growth centre and receive Commonwealth financial support?

Mr UREN (REID, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Urban and Regional Development) - The Cities Commission has been carrying out a study in Western Australia In an area 17 to 42 miles north of Perth, which the honourable member mentioned. It is also carrying out a study in the areas of Geraldton, Bunbury and Albany. When that study is finalised - and the Cities Commission is now studying these matters - it will be placed before Cabinet and Cabinet will then make a decision on that matter.

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