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Wednesday, 17 September 1958

Mr FAIRHALL (Paterson) (Minister for the Interior and Minister for Works) . - I move -

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1913-1953, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the committee has duly reported to this House the results of its investigations, namely: - Erection of a steam power house at Darwin, Northern Territory, for Department of Territories, Northern Territory Administration.

The power station, which it is proposed to erect on Commonwealth-owned land at Stokes Hill, is required to meet the anticipated increased demand for electricity in the Darwin area, as indicated by the present rate of load growth and investigations into probable future requirements. The committee has stated that, after a study of the proposal, evidence, plans and the problems involved, it is satisfied that the basis adopted in estimating the future load is reasonable, the need for the proposed power station has been adequately sustained, and the proposed site and method of construction are the most suitable for the purpose. I concur in the committee's recommendations, and instructions will be issued accordingly. The estimated cost of the work is £1,850,000.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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