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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3260

Mr Wallis asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice, on 15 May 1980:

(   1 ) Did the last Labor Federal Government initiate plans for the erection of 53 homes for Aborigines at Port Augusta, South Australia, known as the Bungala Estate.

(2)   Were road works, kerbing and playing areas established to service that estate.

(3)   Were 14 homes commenced and completed during the period of the Labor Government's office in 1975, and have no further homes been commenced on the estate since 1 975.

(4)   If so, and in view of the funds aleady expended on roadworks, kerbing, etc., will the Minister complete the original plans for 53 homes at the estate.

Mr Viner - The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question: (1), (2) and (3) Yes.

(4)   It is not at present intended to complete the original plans for53 homes. The Bungala program was established in 1973-74 to meet the expressed and researched needs of Davenport Aboriginal residents and to facilitate their eventual transfer to quality rental homes within the town of Port Augusta. Shortly after the completion of the first 14 homes the group expressed a wish instead to transfer directly to Port Augusta housing. I am informed that this situation has not altered and that there is no evidence to suggest that there is a requirement for further housing to be built at Bungala for the present.

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