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Tuesday, 26 October 1971
Page: 2554

Mr Grassby asked the Minister for the

Interior, upon notice:

(1)   Have projections been made of Canberra's population growth in the next 20 years; if so, what are the projections.

(2)   Has his Department completed a study of the water resources and supply for the Australian Capital Territory covering the period; if so, will he make the study available.

(3)   Will he ensure that any decisions on water supply will take into account the existing commitments and future needs of communities along the Murrumbidgee River.

Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   In the long term the growth of the Canberra workforce and population depends on the growth of the Australian population and the national economy, and because of the uncertainties of the many factors involved, population projections beyond 1980 must be regarded as being of doubtful value.

Projections have been made relating population growth to the growth of government employment on the basis of broad assumptions that the Canberra population in twenty years time could be of the order of five hundred thousand people, with six hundred thousand by the end of the century.

(2)   The National Capital Development Commission has at various times studied the wide range of water supply possibilities for the A.C.T. The studies are not in a form suitable for publication.

(3)   Yes.

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