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Wednesday, 11 October 1972
Page: 2493

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   How many tons of coal per hour can be loaded and what size of ships can be handled at (a) Hay Point, (b) Gladstone, (c) Newcastle, (d) Port Kembla and (e) Balmain.

(2)   At what ports and in what way has the Commonwealth improved the facilities for the export of coal since the implementation of the Coal Loading Works Agreement (New South Wales) Act 1961 and the Coal Loading Works Agreement (Queensland) Act 1962.

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


(2)   Under the Coal Loading Works Agreement (New South Wales) Act 1961 the Commonwealth made financial assistance of $5.3 million available to the State, on a $ 1 for $1 basis, towards the cost of improvements in coal loading works at the ports of Newcastle, Port Kembla and Balmain being undertaken by the State Government. Financial assistance by the Commonwealth was designed to expedite completion of the coal loading works and to facilitate expansion of coal exports through these ports. The State, for its part, undertook to carry out the coal loading works and related habour improvements.

Of the assistance provided by the Commonwealth, $2 million was made available by way of grant from the Coal Industry Fund of the Joint Coal Board. The remaining amount of $3.3 million was provided in the form of interest-bearing loans each repayable over ten years.

Under the Coal Loading Works Agreement (Queensland) Act 1962 the Commonwealth provided $400,000 of the total estimated cost of $810,000 for improvements to coal loading facilities at Gladstone.

Of the total Commonwealth assistance of $400,000 half was by way of grant and half by way of interestbearing loans each repayable over fifteen years.

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