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Tuesday, 27 October 1964
Page: 1306

Senator TOOHEY (South Australia) . - I would like the Minister to provide some information in connection with the item relating to Lake Burley Griffin in Division No. 853. I recall that not very long ago some damage occurred to the wall of the lake. It is my understanding that considerable sections of the wall collapsed quite soon after the lake had filled. Various reasons were advanced as to the cause. I think that this is a matter of some concern and I would like the Minister, if he has the information available, to inform the Senate how this damage occurred so soon after the lake had filled. A suggestion was made that the damage was caused by waves raised by the wind dashing against the lake wall, and it seems possible that these circumstances could recur and cause damage entailing considerable expense to repair. Will the Minister inform the Senate as to the cause of the damage to the lake wall, what steps have been taken to prevent an extension of such damage, and whether the Government's advisers consider it a serious threat to the future development of the lake?

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