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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 3068

Mr HANSEN (WIDE BAY, QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Minister for National Development. How much of the $100m provided for development of water resources over a 5- year period has already been allocated for specific projects, how much remains to be allocated and which States have submissions under consideration by his Department?

Mr SWARTZ (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for National Development) - The second 5-year programme for national water resources which provided for an allocation of $10Om is to supplement the work undertaken by the States in this field and, in some cases, to give them the opportunity to expedite works which they are already undertaking. In many cases, the projects which are undertaken are mostly joint projects. The position at present is that the applications that have been received under the second 5-year pro gramme exceed in aggregate the total of $100m, which is the amount the Commonwealth has approved for allocation for this purpose. Each project is examined on its merits and an expert feasibility study is undertaken by personnel in my Department. At the present time I could not state the exact amount that so far has been allocated under the second programme except perhaps to say that Queensland has benefited substantially in the approval of projects including one in the Bundaberg area which the honourable member knows quite well and also the border rivers scheme at Pike Creek. I say that merely in passing because I know the honourable member has a special interest in that matter. I will obtain the exact details in relation to the allocations so far and will let the honourable member have precise information regarding the amounts for Queensland which have been approved and where possible those which are still in the pipeline at the moment.

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