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Thursday, 23 March 1972
Page: 859

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Post master-General, upon notice:

(1)   How many applications for telephone installations are outstanding in each of the Taree, Port Macquarie Wauchope and Forster/Tuncurry, districts.

(2)   What is the average waiting time in each of these districts.

Senator GREENWOOD - The PostmasterGeneral has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   In Taree district 12 applications are deferred at the following exchanges


Relief projects costing about $27,500 scheduled for completion later this year, will allow these deferred applications to be satisfied.

At Port Macquarie, 32 applications are deferred. Relief projects costing about $33,000, scheduled for completion about October next, will enable these applications to be met.

In Wauchope district, 2 applications are deferred. One of these is at Ellenborough and the other at Byabana. Both applications should be satisfied by June next following completion of relief projects estimated to cost $3,250

In Forster/Tuncurry district, 2 applications are deferred. One of these, at Wallis Island, will be satisfied about August and the other, at Souter, about November when a large project at Pacific Palms is completed.

(2)   Excepting those applications mentioned in (1) above which are deferred because of the nonavailability of plant, under normal conditions applications are satified in about 4 weeks. At present, however, there is a delay of 6-8 weeks because of a backlog of work resulting from recent industrial action by Linemen members of the APWU.

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