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Thursday, 29 October 1970

Mr CHIPP (Hotham) (Minister for Customs and Excise) - I move:

That in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, 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 Parliament:

Development of Avalon Airport to Boeing 747/Concorde standard.

The work includes strengthening of the existing runway and part of the existing taxiway, extension of the runway to 10,000 feet, and construction of a parallel taxiway and parking apron. The estimated cost of the work is $6.4m. In reporting on the proposal the Committee concluded that there is a need for the immediate provision of the facilities. As regards future planning for commercial jet pilot training facilities and present operational arrangements at Avalon the Government will give consideration to the Committee's observations and recommendations. Upon the concurrence of the House in this resolution, immediate steps can be taken to proceed with the works in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee.

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