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Thursday, 20 September 1973
Page: 1313

Mr BERINSON (PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Has the attention of the Minister for Urban and Regional Development been drawn to a report in the 'West

Australian" this week to the effect that Commonwealth allocations for sewerage works in Western Australia are insufficient to meet either the Prime Minister's target for making up the. backlog or the 10-year target which the Western Australian Water Board has been suggesting might be more realistic? Has any detailed time table been drawn up for sewerage works and allocations in Western Australia? Can completion of the program be reasonably expected within one or other of the suggested target dates?

Mr UREN (REID, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Urban and Regional Development) - I am aware of the criticism. When the Australian Government allocated funds for sewerage works it took into consideration the pressure on resources of both men and materials. Therefore we set a target of $30m for the whole of Australia but we also took into consideration that if both men and materials were available to carry out works at a cost in excess of $30m, more finance would be made available by the Australian Government. In Western Australia, $3. 8m was made available. Our objectives are that in the coming years there will be an upward trend in the allocation of money into such areas. We will try to meet the target date of 1978 set by the Prime Minister but the State authorities have agreed that probably it will take until 1980 or the early 1980s to achieve our aim because of the pressure on resources, both men and materials.

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