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Wednesday, 26 April 1972
Page: 1335

Senator MCAULIFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Civil Aviation. Is it a fact that the national average growth rate of traffic is expected to reach 7 per cent by 30th June 1972 and that the growth rate of Gold Coast bound airline passengers up to 24th March 1972 was 15.6 per cent? In view of the increase in traffic to the Gold Coast and the fact that the facilities are overtaxed at present will the Minister tell the Senate whether his Department will be calling for tenders for the construction of the proposed new airport terminal on the Gold Coast?

Senator COTTON - When one considers the attractions of the Gold Coast, both fixed and mobile, it is not hard to realise that it is very close to fact to state that the traffic to and from the Gold Coast by air is about double the national rate. As the honourable senator said, it is a little better than double. Because of this, the Department of Civil Aviation has been conscious for some time that the terminal building needed to be enlarged and expanded. The latest information I have is that our planning work is well advanced. We ought to bc in a situation to call tenders in May or early June.

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