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Thursday, 31 March 1966

Mr FREETH (Forrest) (Minister for Shipping and Transport) . - I move -

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1913-1965, it is expedient that the following proposed work should be carried out without having been referred to the Parliamentary Standing . Committee on Public Works: - Construction of a road from Humpty Doo to Mount Bundey in the Northern Territory.

The proposal involves the construction of approximately 27 miles of road to permit the cartage of iron ore from the Mr Bundey deposits by road train to Minns rail siding and thence by rail to Darwin. The project will include the construction of two bridges, one across the Adelaide River, and a smaller one across Mr Bundey Creek. It will also involve several miles of causeway across the flood plains of the Adelaide River. The total estimated cost is $1.7 million and this is to be shared equally with the Mr Morgan Mining Co.

In addition, the road will serve three pastoral holdings and a number of buffalo holdings. It will also connect with existing tracks and roads through to Oenpelli, and thus provide an important step towards opening up the whole of the coastal plains area.

As the first shipment of Mr Bundey ore from Darwin is required by April 1968, the road must be available for cartage several months prior to this and, to meet this target, it is essential that construction of the road be commenced as soon as possible so as to make the most use of the 1966 dry season, particularly as the road crosses the flood plains of the Adelaide River.

In view of the need to commence construction urgently I recommend that the proposal be carried out without being referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works.

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