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Wednesday, 22 August 1973
Page: 192

Mr HOLTEN (INDI, VICTORIA) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Urban and Regional Development. It refers to the announcement by the Treasurer last night that $33m would be available for the development of AlburyWodonga and other growth centres. an the Minister name the other centres? Will he give details of the amounts of money available to the various centres and also the purpose for which this money will be used?

Mr UREN (REID, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Urban and Regional Development) - It is a fact that the Treasurer announced that an amount of $33m would be made available for our new cities program.

I will be making a full statement tomorrow outlining all details. I understand that the honourable member has rung my office several times in regard to Albury-Wodonga. I have made public the amount that will be available. The amount available this financial year for Albury-Wodonga is $9m. Most of that $9m will be taken up with land acquisition and the establishment of a new development authority which will be a joint authority of the Australian Government, the New South Wales Government and the Victorian Government. There will be other Commonwealth investments in the Albury-Wodonga area through Commonwealth departments, particularly the PostmasterGeneral's Department and the Department of Civil Aviation and other departments. Increased expenditures in the area will be directed through other departments, including the Department of Housing through the Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement, the Department of Education, the Department of Social Security and the Department of Health. The Minister for Tourism also has plans for the Albury-Wodonga area. Albury-Wodonga is only one of our growth centres. There will be others in all States. As I said, I will make a detailed statement tomorrow.

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