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Wednesday, 8 May 1957

Mr STEWART (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Treasurer aware that on Saturday afternoon last the Council of the Municipality of Bankstown officially opened a sewage disposal depot, which cost in the vicinity of £250,000 to erect, and which was made necessary by the lack of sewerage in the municipality? Is he also aware that the Municipality of Bankstown. which is situated approximately 12 miles from the City of Sydney, performs no fewer than 29,500 services each week for the householders of the municipality? Does the right honorable gentleman recall that, together with other honorable members whose electorates cover the Municipality of Bankstown, I have made repeated requests for a special grant of money to be made available to the Bankstown Council for the provision of sewerage in the municipality? Is he aware that the Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board of New South Wales could double the amount of mains it is laying each week, but is unable to make any increase because of the shortage of finance? Will the right honorable gentleman give urgent and sympathetic consideration to making a special grant of money available to the Council of the Municipality of Bankstown for the provision of sewerage? If he cannot make the grant immediately will he give an assurance that the submissions of the Premier of New South Wales at the next Loan Council in relation to loan money for the Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Board will be given favorable consideration?

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