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Thursday, 11 November 1976
Page: 2592

Mr NEIL (ST GEORGE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Minister for Transport aware of the serious heavy transport problem in the St George area of Sydney? Will the proposed

Kyeemagh-Chullora country road alleviate the problem? Is the Minister prepared to authorise funds for this project?

Mr NIXON -The honourable member for St George invited me to visit his electorate some weeks ago and I accepted the invitation. I was very impressed with the way in which the honourable member handled matters concerning his electorate. He has been most vigorous in placing before me the transport problems of St George and I congratulate him for it. It is fair to say that the Kyeemagh-Chullora road, which the honourable member mentioned, was presented to the Federal Government by the previous Willis State Government as a No. 1 priority road for development to solve the transport problems of the whole of the area. Regrettably, when the new State Labor Government came to power it took that priority away and did not in fact place any emphasis on other roads in the area for quick development. The result is, therefore, that Commonwealth funds are not going into the area as perhaps they should and could. I assure the honourable member that should the New South Wales Government put that road back in its list of priorities funds will be made available. There are still $6m in funds available for export roads in New South Wales. I hope that the New South Wales Government will see the force of the representations being made by the honourable member for St George and include the road concerned in its list of priorities.

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