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Monday, 15 October 1973
Page: 2122

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for the Envir onment and Conservation, upon notice:

(1)   How much has been allocated to each State for water projects from the national water resources program.

(2)   What projects have been approved to combat pollutionor salinity.

(3)   What projects have been approved since the Government took office.

(4)   What project applications are being considered by the Government at present.

Dr Cass (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) (Minister for the Environment and Conservation) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:


In the case of Western Australia assistance for the Ord Project and the Comprehensive Water Supply Scheme has been outside the framework of the national water program.

(2)   A grant of up to $3.6m (payments of about $1.7m based on actual cost) to Victoria for two salinity reduction projects on the River Murray is the only grant specifically to combat either pollution or salinity.

(3)   The following projects have been approved by the Government -

(a)   Grant to South Australia of up to $2.1m for Lock to Kimba Pipeline.

(b)   Grant to Queensland of $0.55m for weirs on the lower Dawson River.

(c)   Grant to Queensland of up to $5m for the Eton (Mackay) Project- Kinchant Dam.

(4)   The question of consideration of applications for financial assistance has been examined in the context of our overall approach to water management, and I expect an announcement will be made very shortly.

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