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Tuesday, 24 September 1974
Page: 1370

The following answers to questions were circulated

King Island Aerodrome

Senator Cavanagh - The answer to Senator Bessell 's question is as follows:

Preliminary consideration is being given to resurfacing and fully sealing the runways at King Island. This would cost $1/2m or more. Clearly it will require considerable justification in terms of demands for air freight and air passengers, bearing in mind any expected improvement in maritime services over the next few years.

The economic argument in favour of the further development of the aerodrome at King Island would be made easier insofar as the Australian Government is concerned if the local community saw fit to take over the aerodrome within the Aerodrome Local Ownership policy. The Local Government costs in maintaining the aerodrome could be quite readily offset by a head tax on passengers as is now becoming quite common among the 200 aerodromes which are locally owned in Australia.

While the Minister for Transport cannot undertake to quickly effect the improvements, these limitations were specifically brought to the notice of Brown and Brain Airfreighters Pty Ltd when approval was given for that operator to import the Argosy as an addition to their freighter fleet.

Roads: Port Augusta-Alice Springs

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