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Monday, 12 November 1973
Page: 3175

Mr Wallis asked the Minister for Transport upon notice:

(1)   How many permanent maintenance camps are there on the:

(a)   Transcontinental Railway between Port Pirie and Kalgoorlie, and

(b)   Central Australian Line between Port Augusta and Alice Springs.

(2)   How many of these camps have electric power supplies from Commonwealth Railways services.

(3)   What charges are made by Commonwealth Railways for the supply of electric power to employees in these maintenance camps.

Mr Charles Jones - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   (a) 32

(b)   29

(2)   41. The remaining camps are supplied from other sources.

(3)   Charges vary according to the type of plant provided. The charge made for camp power plants, provided at nine of the camps is 6.6 cents for the first 12 KW, 3.47 cents for the next 28 'KW and 2.09 cents for any additional consumption.

The charge made for individual lighting sets provided at eleven of the camps is $1.00 per week which covers the rental of the generating set, maintenance of the set and the supply for four gallons of petrol per week. Four gallons of petrol per week would provide approximately three hours of lighting per day. Any petrol required in excess of four gallons per week is to be provided by the tenant. No charge is made for camp lighting sets provided at 21 camps, which are singlemen's camps.

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