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Tuesday, 9 March 1971

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice:

(1)   How long has the existing Post Office at Tweed Heads, New South Wales, been erected?

(2)   Is the Postmaster-General aware that not only has the local population of that town increased substantially but also that it is a large tourist resort attracting to the district hundreds of thousands of tourists throughout the year?

(3)   Will the Postmaster-General agree that the existing Post Office at Tweed Heads does not adequately meet the needs of post office services for the number of residents and tourists and is not in keeping with the development of the Tweed district?

(4)   When can the residents of Tweed Heads expect to be provided with a new post office?

Senator Dame ANNABELLE RANKIN - The Postmaster-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Sixty-four years.

(2)   Departmental staff closely monitor population development trends in Tweed Heads, as in other areas, and the importance of the tourist industry to the locality is appreciated.

(3)   The need for replacement of the existing post office building at Tweed Heads was recognised some time ago and the project listed for attention as soon as resources permit. In the meantime, however, full facilities are available at the existing office and staff are providing a satisfactory grade of service.

(4)   At this point in time the Minister is unable to indicate with certainty when new premises will be available.

In view of the present economic situation, inquiries are currently being made to determine whether suitable leased premises are available to meet needs for a reasonable period of time.

Should leased premises not be available, design work will proceed on a departmental building to be erected on the site of the existing post office. The commencement of construction will depend on the level of capital funds allocated for departmental works and the relative priorities of project to be undertaken.

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