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Wednesday, 5 December 1973
Page: 4314

Mr CALDER (Northern Territory) - I should like to speak in support of this proposal for extensions to stage 6 of the Stokes Hill power station. In doing so, I should like to commend the Minister for Housing and Construction (Mr Les Johnson) and his colleagues for the work that they did in getting the Stokes Hill power station back onto the power stream, despite all the trouble that they had and still are having. I realise the sincere efforts that the Minister made and I commend him for them. But in speaking to the proposal for the concluding stage of the project, I notice that stage is for a power station using fuel oil, which is used also throughout the rest of Stokes Hill power station. I see in the report that the site for the new power station is to be on Quarantine Island off East Point. I urge very strongly that the Public Works Committee examine that proposal with a view to recommending the use of natural gas to power the station's motors. For one thing, there is a lot of gas available locally just west of the area and there is also a tremendous amount of gas in the Palm Valley fields 900 miles to the south. I shall not delay the House. I am glad to see that the work is going ahead and I hope that the work is also proceeding with speed on the standby power station that the Minister and his colleagues arranged to be put on the site.

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