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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 2368

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Urban and Regional Development. Have the Federal and Victorian Governments agreed to co-operate in developing small selfreliant cities on the fringe of Melbourne? Is this decentralisation? Is it not certain that the development of so-called 'systems cities' on the outskirts of Melbourne Will accelerate rather than slow down the drift of country people to the metropolis?

Senator CAVANAGH -A conference reached some agreement on this question. I do not know whether one could call the areas for development 'fringe' or not far distant from Melbourne. I believe that Geelong is one area that is under consideration for development. The same kind of development is to take place near Sydney. The purpose of the development is to restrict the growing influx of people to the centre of cities. It will in no way interfere with proposals for the development of towns completely away from cities, such as Albury-Wodonga and new town areas.

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