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Wednesday, 21 October 1970

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

Has the Department of Civil Aviation yet accepted the new incinerator at Sydney (KingsfordSmith) Airport which was completed in accordance with the contract in June 1968 (Hansard, 14 May 1969, page 1822).

Mr Swartz - The Minister for Civil Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

Following the initial test firing of the incinerator in December 1968 modifications to the burner units were required to cater for the higher than anticipated moisture and free water content of the airport garbage. These modifications were progressively carried out during 1969 and the burner units are now satisfactory.

At the same time it was also necessary to provide a separate source of water supply to the incinerator for the purpose of cleaning the outgoing gases. This resulted from a request from the Sydney Water Supply and Drainage Board that wherever possible their mains should not be used for industrial purposes.

A pre-takeover inspection of the incinerator complex in June 1970 indicated that a substantial number of relatively small but important items required further attention before the complex could be put to full-time use and these matters are now in hand by the Department of Works. When these are completed the takeover will be implemented.

It is not always appreciated that the range of material which is to. be disposed - from dry cardboard boxes to liquids - has presented an enormous problem to both aviation and health authorities. It is a problem which has been receiving universal attention.

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