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Wednesday, 27 October 1971
Page: 2584

Mr GARLAND (Curtin Minister for Supply) (Minister for Supply) - I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on' Public Works and on which the committee has duly reported to Parliament: Three year improvement and maintenance programme Stuart and Barkly Highways, Northern Territory.

The proposed work is the first phase of a comprehensive 10 year programme to upgrade the highways to an acceptable standard of serviceability and safety and includes resealing 455 miles of pavement, strengthening and widening 218 miles and re-aligning 55 miles, and construction of 12 bridges and 9 culverts. The estimated cost of the proposed work is $16m. The Committee has concluded that there is a need for the highways to be upgraded and has recommended construction of the works in the reference. Upon the concurrence of the House in this resolution, detailed planning can proceed.

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