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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 2770

Mr HEWSON (McMillan) - Tonight I want to raise again my voice in protest at the procrastination of Ministers of this Government. Earlier today I raised several instances of this procrastination. I now want to raise another matter which is of great importance. I remind the Minister for Urban and Regional Development (Mr Uren) and the Treasurer (Mr Crean) that the Shire of Warragul is still awaiting their decision on the very important project which has been Submtted to them in a thoroughly documented form. This project is without doubt a most appropriate industry which would be compatible with the serene environment of the Shire of Warragul. All feasibility studies have been successfully documented. The Treasurer has studied and applauded them. He was hosted by the Shire of Warragul and the whole program was shown to him. The Minister for Urban and Regional Development (Mr Uren) was co-opted to give his support. He has not yet made any report as to whether he is in favour of this development.

Today I received the report of the regional layout for the State of Victoria, in which I find that the shire of Warragul is in the Latrobe Valley area. If this is so, this project is still within the same regional development area in which it was proposed to be and which the shire of Warragul has spent much time and effort in trying to bring to fruition. The shire of Warragul also entertained officials of the Reserve Bank, which is the industry that we are trying to attract to the area. Those officials have investigated the whole plant and found that there is not one portion of the industry which cannot be located and operated successfully in the area. I point out that 1,200 acres of residential land has been set aside. The water supply is adequate. All facilities are adequate. The shire of Warragul would appreciate a reply from the Treasurer or the Minister for Urban and Regional Development in order to see whether it will be successful in having 800 extra people working in its environs.

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