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Thursday, 16 May 1968

Mr ARTHUR (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I address my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Works. Does he recall that over the past 18 months I have made constant representations tq him, as has the honourable member for St George, for urgent reconstruction work along the waterfront at Brighton le Sands, Botany Bay? Has the Minister heard the news that in the past 2 days over half a mile of Brighton le Sands waterfront land has collapsed into the bay, including a large number of historic pine trees and several hundred yards of concrete promenade? Does the Minister further recall that approval was given to the Department of Works last September for the spending of $220,000 on this reclamation work? As this work has not been started yet does the Minister agree that the Department of Works has been dilatory in tackling this urgent problem? Finally, will the Minister for Works see that his Department concentrates its efforts immediately on the waterfront at Brighton le Sands to prevent further erosion, the destruction of dozens of houses in Grand Parade, and the destruction of General Holmes Drive, which is the main artery to Mascot Aerodrome?

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