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Tuesday, 27 October 1970

Mr Allan Fraser (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct my question to the Minister for the interior.Is it a fact that since 1966 Messrs G. Holbrook and A. W. Yelland have been seeking a decision by his Department on their application to lease a small portion of land at the Cotter Reserve to set up a miniature railway? Has his Department been informed that Mr Yelland has constructed for this purpose a working model of a 36-class railway locomotive which, in the opinion of railway engineers, is as near perfect as possible? Has his Department been informed also that Mr Yelland has been offered $6,000 for this locomotive but prefers - in fact, it is his sole wish - to see it operating in Canberra? As Mr Yelland is now 75 years of age and the official replies that he has received have chiefly reiterated the phrase: 'Your proposal is being examined and I will again write to you at an early date', will the Minister now take a hand? Does he agree that it is unreasonable to expect Mr Yelland to wait patiently for another 4 years for a decision? If the Minister will accept it, 1 have here a file on this case for him.

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