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Thursday, 28 March 1957

Mr ALLAN FRASER (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) r asked the Minister for Works, upon notice -

1.   Has a change been made in the specifications for Merimbula aerodrome?

2.   Will this prevent the autumn planting of grass as previously promised and thus delay completion for a further six months?

3.   Will he take urgent steps to prevent such a further delay?

Mr Fairhall (PATERSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Interior) - The answer to the honorable member's questions is as follows: - 1, 2 and 3. The specification has not been changed fundamentally but has been slightly modified to suit the various soil types encountered during construction. This slight modification would not materially affect progress. The contractor is a little behind schedule so that now half the runway will be planted in April and the remainder towards the end of May. Grasses will be varied to suit the later planting. There will be no appreciable delay in the development of a suitable grass cover.

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