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Friday, 3 October 1902

Mr MAHON (Coolgardie) - As to the erection of a post-office at Cunderdin, which is' in the electorate of the Right Honorable the Minister for Defence, I desire to say that some of the people interested have written to me about it. The town is on the railway line to Coolgardie, and is a pumping station for the Coolgardie Water Supply scheme. A considerable population has arisen there, and the people have asked for a post-office. I understand that before the department was taken over by the Commonwealth, the Western Australian Government decided to erect a post-office at a cost of about £500. The work has since been hung up, and the residents desire to know whether or not the Federal Government propose to proceed with it.

Sir George Turner - Last year's Estimates were dealt with so late that it was impossible to spend the money before the close of the financial year. It is now being re- voted.

Mr MAHON - And the erection of the building will follow 1

Sir George Turner - Presumably; we are providing the money for the works.

Mr MAHON - The only other matter to which I desire to draw the attention of the Minister is in regard to the provision of the sum of £1,200 for the erection of a brick postal building at Mount Leonora. That town is situated on the gold-fields, about 500 miles from Freemantle, and bricks are so expensive there that I am certain that £1,200 will be found insufficient to erect anything like proper accommodation for the growing needs of the district. I find that even at Tarcoola, South Australia, which is an insignificant township in comparison with Mount Leonora, a sum of £1,300 is to be spent in erecting a post-office. Mount Leonora is at present the terminus of the railway. The district is a very extensive one, and within a radius of about 5 miles there must be a population of about 5,000. The mines are opening up well, and I would suggest that if it could be done the sum set apart for the erection of the post-office there should be increased to £2,000. Owing to the high cost of all commodities at Mount Leonora, it will be found impossible to do the work for the amount now proposed to be voted.

Amendment agreed to.

Reduced vote, £1 IS, 110, agreed to.

Division 4 ( Victoria) £500, and Division 5 (Victoria) £6,000, .agreed to.

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