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Wednesday, 30 May 1973
Page: 2836

Mr MARTIN - Is the Minister for Science aware that the Georges River in Sydney, which was once a beautiful river abounding with fish and a delight to swim in, in now so badly polluted in some parts that even the fish have great difficulty in making their way upstream? Has the Minister any plans which will enable this once beautiful river to be brought back to its natural state?

Mr MORRISON (ST GEORGE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Science) - I share the honourable member's alarm at the growth of pollution in the Georges River. He has discussed this matter with me on several occasions. I am delighted to be able to tell the honourable gentleman that the study of the pollution of the Georges River is regarded as one of the important projects within the total program of the Botany Bay project which is being undertaken with the assistance and co-operation of the 3 learned academics. We are actively involving the local governments in the area. A meeting of the local governments which cover the Georges River, Cooks River and Botany Bay areas will take place some time early in August by which time the director for the Botany Bay project will have been appointed and the program will be under way.

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