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Thursday, 11 May 1939

Mr Green n asked the Minister in charge of External Territories, upon notice -

1.   On what dato were tenders first called for the lease of large areas of timber lands on the Bulolo River in the vicinity of Wau, New Guinea?

2.   Is it a fact that this date was afterwards extended to about the 1st March, 1939?

3.   Is it a fact that this later alteration was afterwards abandoned?

4.   If so, what was the reason for the abandonment of the original date fixed?

5.   Has any date now been decided upon for the final closing of tenders; if so, what is the date?

Mr Perkins - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   On the Oth August, 1938, applications, closing on the 2nd December, 1938, were invited for the purchase of a permit to confer the exclusive right to take certain timbers from an area in the Bulolo. Valley.

2.   In November, .1938, the date for the receipt of tenders was extended to the 10th March, 1939.

3.   No further alteration was made to the closing date of the tenders.

4.   The closing date for the receipt of tenders was extended by the Administrator so that prospective tenderers should be given a further opportunity to obtain information relating to the cost and conditions of transport from the coast to the timber area over the road that is to be constructed from Salamaua to Wau.

5.   The tenders lodged at the extended closing date have been considered by the Administrator, who has decided not to accept any tender and has advised each tenderer accordingly. The Administrator has recommended that the question of inviting fresh tenders for the timber permit be deferred until full information can be supplied regarding the date of completion of the road from Salamaua to Wau and the cost and conditions of transport thereon.

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