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Thursday, 24 October 1974
Page: 1930

Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) -I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport: Has the Australian Government officially offered to provide the finance for a new graving dock at Newcastle, New South Wales? Is the site to be that which was proposed by the New South Wales Government over a period of years? If not, where is the dock to be sited?

Senator CAVANAGH -The Minister for Transport and the Australian Government have reached agreement in broad principle with the New South Wales Minister for Public Works on the establishment of a commission to own and operate the Newcastle dockyard, including a new dock, on behalf of both governments. Agreements between the 2 governments are now being drawn up and the governments are considering the design of the new dockyard. Preconstruction work is proceeding and the design is well advanced, I believe. World wide registration of tenders has been called and some material for the construction of the dock ordered. The new dock is proposed to accommodate larger vessels, such as bulk carriers. After consideration of all sites and thorough investigation there was some alteration to the plan. The authorities abandoned the mine works in the area and are now proposing to put the dock somewhere in the Newcastle harbour. The problems of site are difficult. Discussion is now going on as to the location of the dock. This will be worked out between the Australian and New South Wales governments.

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