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Tuesday, 14 October 1975
Page: 2032

Mr CLAYTON (ISAACS, VICTORIA) -Has the attention of the Minister for Urban and Regional Development been drawn to recent reports that the Victorian Minister for Conservation attaches great importance to the elimination of the sewerage backlog in Melbourne as a means of reducing pollution in Port Phillip Bay? In view of this, can the Minister say what assistance he intends to give to the Victorian Government in this program?

Mr UREN (REID, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Urban and Regional Development) - My attention has been drawn to the reports. Of course the pollution into Port Phillip Bay was a legacy inherited by this Government. As honourable members know one in 6 families in Melbourne lives in unsewered areas and most of the flow from the catchment area of Melbourne goes into Port Phillip Bay. In regard to assistance, this Government made $13m available in the first year. In the last financial year it made $34m available. In this financial year it has allocated $35m. In that legacy of neglect, a debt burden has been built up by the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. The authority pays 58c of every dollar in servicing the debt loan. Therefore the solving of this problem will take a considerable period but this

Government will do everything in its power to co-operate with the of Government to try to overcome the legacy that we inherited.

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