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Friday, 29 March 1946

Mr ABBOTT - Will the Prime Minister take up with the Premier of New South Wales the matter of investigating the future industrial development of the Lower Hunter and Newcastle districts? The best sites in that area cannot now be utilized because of the' enormous stretch of country that is now' held by the1 Hunter River District Water Supply Board in the sand bed areas of Tomago, which lie between Tomago, Williamtown and! Bob's Farm, and are adjacent to Port Stephens. Industrial development must proceed in that direction. Will the right honorable gentleman ask Mr. McKell to investigate the possibility of raising the Chichester dam, so that the impounded waters may be increased? Will he also ask Mr. McKell to investigate the possibility of damning the Karuah, Williams, and Patterson rivers, so as to supplement the water supply of Newcastle, with the idea df abandoning the Tomago sand-beds, as these would not be needed if those dams were built?

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