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Tuesday, 21 August 1973
Page: 186

Mr Cooke (PETRIE, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(   1 ) Did he put a proposal to the Queensland Minister for Transport in February 1973 for a Federal grant of $40m for urban transport in Queensland.

(2)   If so, was the proposal accepted by the State Government.

(3)   What are the details of the proposal.

(4)   Are there any conditions attached to the proposed grant; if so, what are they.

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

(1)   No. At the February meeting of the Australian Transport Advisory Council I advised the State Transport Ministers that the Australian Government had approved in principle a scheme to provide two thirds of the cost of improving urban public transport.

(2)   In March I wrote to the State Transport Ministers inviting them to forward the State's proposals to the Australian Government. These proposals have now been received and are being considered by the Government.

(3)   and (4) Details of the proposal are contained in my Press Statements dated 16 and 19 February. I have advised the State Transport Ministers that one condition of the assistance would be that the Australian Government should have a voice in the management of the States ' public transport authorities as soon as possible.

Yennora Wool Village (Question No. 560)

Mr Whan:Asked the Minister representing the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   What sum had been spent on the Yennora Wool Village up to 30 April 1973.

(2)   How much of the total cost of this development has been paid by the Australian Wool Corporation or the Australian Wool Board.

(3)   Has there been an independent estimate of the current market value of rent for space available in Yennora.

(4)   What are the current rents charged for space at Yennora.

(   5 ) Which companies rent space in the Yennora complex.

Dr Patterson (DAWSON, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Northern Development) - The Minister for Primary In dustry has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(   1 ) The sum confirmed by the Australian Wool Corporation is$11,435,329.

(2)   The amount of $11,435,329 has been paid by the Australian Wool Board and the Australian Wool Corporation. The estimated total cost of the Yennora Wool Centre is$17m most of which has been committed to contractors.

(3)   No.

(4)   Current rental charged for Stages I and II, which are now occupied, amounts to$9.8 cents per square foot per annum. The charge includes such elements as provision for interest and loan redemption, rates and taxes and insurance.

(5)   The Centre is leased by the Australian Wool Corporation to the firm Sydney Woolbrokers Ltd, which operates the complex. Sydney Woolbrokers Ltd, is composed of all Sydney Wool Brokers other than Pitt Son and Badgery Ltd.

The business of the following brokers is presently handled at the complex by Sydney Woolbrokers Ltd, Dalgety Australia Ltd, Schute Bell & Co. Ltd, Farmers & Graziers Co-op. Co. Ltd, Elder Smith Goldsbrough Mort Ltd, Winchcombe Carson Ltd. Grazcos Co-op Ltd, occupy a former Railways building on the site on sub-lease from Sydney Woolbrokers Ltd.

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