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Tuesday, 20 October 1970

Mr Collard (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   What is the normal (a) first class and (b) second class rail fare, both single and return, on the Commonwealth Railway from (i) Kalgoorlie to Sydney via Broken Hill and (ii) Kalgoorlie to Melbourne.

(2)   What is the charge on those journeys for (a) breakfast, (b) lunch, (c) dinner and (d) sleeping accommodation.

Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (l)


(2)   (a), (b) and (c). The dining car charges are $1.50 for breakfast, $2.00 for lunch and $2.50 for dinner,

(d)   $4.60 per night first class and $3.75 per night economy class.

Australian Capital Territory: Sewage Disposal (Question No. 1830)

Mr Grassby asked the Minister for the Interior, upon, notice:

(1)   Are sewage and other wastes from the Australian Capital Territory being turned into the Murrumbidgee River.

(2)   Have these wastes brought complaints from authorities along the Murrumbidgee.

(3)   Is it a fact that a large proportion of this river is comprised of effluent during low flow periods. (4)Is it a fact that small communities along the river draw untreated water from the river for household purposes.

(5)   Will the National Capital Development Commission's proposal to build new sewage treatment works to serve most of the Australian Capital Territory near the junction of the Murrumbidgee and Molonglo rivers lead to a greater turn in of wastes to lie Murrumbidgee.

(6)   Will he inquire into and report to Parliament on the present degree of pollution caused by Australian Capital Territory wastes in the Murrumbidgee River and then organise measures to curtail this pollution.

(7)   Will he ensure that in future planning the Australian Capital Territory wastes turned into the Mumimbidgee will be treated to a standard that will protect all the communities along the Mumimbidgee as well as fish and wild life.

Mr Nixon (GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA) (Minister for the Interior) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Waste water from the Australian Capital Territory is discharged into the Molonglo River and Ginninderra Creek, being tributaries of the Mumimbidgee River, but only after treatment at the Weston Creek and Belconnen Water Pollution Control Centres. Solid wastes are not discharged into streams but are disposed of by sanitary land fill within the Australian Capital Territory.

(2)   No complaints have been received. I have seen news reports of discussions by Shire Councils adjoining the Australian Capital Territory. The New South Wales Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission has been given the opportunity to inspect A.C.T. water pollution control centres and streams.

(3)   Treated waste water would be a significant proportion of the total flow during periods of low flow in the Mumimbidgee.

(4)   There are no such communities between the Australian Capital Territory and the Burrinjuck water storage. I have been advised that having regard to the nature of the run of the river upstream of Burrinjuck and the extent of the Burrinjuck water storage, use of the water downstream from that storage would be acceptable given normal controls as generally apply to town water supplies.

(5)   The increasing volume of treated waste water to be discharged into the Murrumbidgee or its tributaries would not be dependent on where the new Water Pollution Control Centre is to be located, but on the growth of population in the Capital.

(6)   An interdepartmental committee is investigating aspects of the quality of water in the Murrumbidgee River. It has already been announced, however, that the most modern treatment plant is to be constructed in the Australian Capital Territory.

(7)   Special studies by experts of world repute are being undertaken. This should ensure that the standards adopted will safeguard the ecology of the Murrumbidgee River.

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