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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3140

Mr FitzPATRICK (Riverina) - I would like to raise two matters tonight which are causing great concern to the people in my electorate. I ask the Government to give some consideration to them. A couple of weeks ago I attended the opening of an extension to a public school at Lake Cargelligo. I want to pay some credit to the school and to the pupils for the way in which they performed on that day. What surprised me was the number of people who came to me, not to speak about education, but about the state of the main road between Lake Cargelligo and Rankins Springs. Just as I was about to leave the school a lady, whom I was told was a member of the council of the shire, handed me a letter. Because so many people had interviewed me on that day, she told me not to read the letter until I got home. This letter pointed out the amount of wealth in the area, the amount of wheat that goes into the silos, the amount of cattle and stock, how the people of that area have to travel over this very rough road and the extra expense which is involved. The letter also made a good point, I think, that Lake Cargelligo is one of the most beautiful lakes in Australia. It has a very attractive foreshore. It is one of the largest tourist attractions in Australia, but very few people visit it because of the state of the road. The people of that area have asked me to bring this matter up and draw it to the Government's attention.

The other matter which I raise relates to drought and to the problem that many graziers are having in getting spare parts for their machinery. I ask the Government to look at this matter. In isolated areas graziers are forced to cut feed for the starving cattle. They are finding it hard to get spare parts for their chainsaws. That is because businessmen in country towns find it very expensive to carry a full range of spare parts. I ask the Government to inquire whether some scheme could be introduced whereby these parts could be indexed and, if they have to be sent from the city to the country towns where they are to be used, they arrive quicker. This could mean a big saving in the stock losses.

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