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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 1897

Senator MILLINER (QUEENSLAND) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Conservation. Is it a fact that the National Capital Development Commission is proposing that the Tuggeranong Freeway be linked with Canberra city by means of a major road around the northern edge of Lake Burley Griffin? If so, does the Government intend arranging for an impact study of the proposal?

Senator CAVANAGH - All new proposals must be the subject of an environmental impact study. The Government has knowledge of the Molonglo Parkway. This matter has been referred by the National Capital Development Commission which has invited public comments on the proposal. The Minister for Urban and Regional Development has agreed with the Minister for the Environment and Conservation that there shall be an inquiry as to whether any adverse effect will result from the road being so close to the Lake. A public inquiry on the environmental impact will be held in Canberra. The outcome of the hearing will be included in the Government's consideration of the proposal. So there will be a good study of the proposed freeway.

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