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Tuesday, 13 November 1973
Page: 3178

To the Honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled:

The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

(a)   That the bridge over the Murray River linking Victoria and New South Wales at Mildura and Buronga, being part of the Sturt Highway which is the interstate highway, South Australia to New South Wales, is at present inadequate and causes great concern to us, the residents of the City and Shire of Mildura, and others effected by the present situation.

(b)   The present width of the bridge is not sufficient to carry the enormous number of commercial transport vehicles which use this major highway and accidents are frequent. As a result, there are long delays.

(c)   In times of high river the lift span of the bridge must be raised for river craft and this has recently caused delays of one half an hour to two hours, four times daily.

(d)   As Mildura is among other things our Medical Centre, the Base Hospital being sited there, we are confident you will give consideration to the concern we have for any delay which may result in loss of life in an emergency.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the members in Parliament assembled will move to make available to the New South Wales and Victorian Governments a special grant for the purpose of the construction of a new bridge in keeping with modem day requirements.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. by Mr Fisher.

Petition received.

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