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Tuesday, 7 December 1965

Mr GRAY (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) - I ask the Minister for National Development whether his attention has been drawn to the existence of the Yaamba Gap dam site on the Fitzroy River in central Queensland where, by the construction of a wall approximately 240 feet high, some 11 million acre feet of water, which is more than twice the capacity of the whole of the Snowy Mountains scheme, would be stored. Does the Minister agree that in view of the regularly occurring serious droughts the conservation of water for domestic, industrial and rural use is one of the most important forms of development required in Australia? Has any approach ever been made to the Minister's Department by the present Queensland Government seeking Commonwealth financial assistance to construct this dam and its associated reticulation system? If such a request was made, will the Minister have it investigated?

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