The sixty-first meeting of the Can- berra Advisory Council was held yes-
terday afternoon, when several ordinances and regulations promul- gated in recent issues of the Common-
wealth Gazette were dealt with.
In the absence of the chairman (Dr. Cumpston), the chair was taken by Colonel J. T. H. Goodwin. Dr. M. J. Holmes deputised for Dr. Cumpston, while Mr. H. R. Waterman repre-
sented Mr. C. S. Daley. The position of acting-secretary was filled by Mr.
AIR MAIL TERMINUS
A letter was received from the Department of the Interior relative to the council's request for further con- sideration of the recommendation that Canberra should be made the terminus of the England-Australia air mail ser- vice. The communication reiterated the Defence Department's endorsement of the Government's decision to estab- lish Cootamundra as the terminus.
NO COST OF LIVING INQUIRY
A letter was also received from
the Department of the Interior regarding the proposed cost of living inquiry in Canberra, stating that the matter had been fully con- sidered by the Government, which had decided against the holding of such
NO HOSPITAL BOARD ORDINANCE
The Department also intimated that
the resolution of the council suggest- ing that the proposed Hospital Board be constituted by ordinance had been considered by the Minister for Health, who had replied indicating that as the hospital committee had advisory func- tions only it was considered unneces- sary that such functions be defined by
Replying to Mr. T. M. Shakespeare, Dr. Holmes announced that the re- venue derived by the Commonwealth Government from the Canberra Hos- pital tax during the nine months,
March 1, to December 30, 1933, was
Replying to Mr. T. M. Shakespeare, who asked for some indication as to when interments would be permitted in the new Canberra Cemetery, Mr. H. R. Waterman said that prepara- tions were being expedited as much as possible. The legislative side of the work was being pushed on colaterally with the constructional side and the entire project would be completed
OAK'S ESTATE WATER
Asked by Mr. Shakespeare if any provision had been made for the extension of the water supply at the Oaks Estate, Mr. P. A. Gourgard said that no such provision had been made on the current year's estimates. ? ands had been provided by re-allocation for the extension of the pipes to the road- way to provide two additional taps making three in all. The Minister had sanctioned this re-allocation on the grounds that the work was necessary in the interests of the health of the community.
EXTENSION TO WATER SUPPLY Replying to Mr. Shakespeare, Mr. A. Percival said that the question of providing funds for the extension of the water supply to the City saleyards and the Commonwealth hog farm would come up for consideration in next year's estimates.
Mr. Gourgard said that the new pipe line from the reservoir would probably be completed before June 30.
SIGN POST AT CITY
Asked by Mr. Shakespeare if the Department of the Interior would give consideration to the placing of a sign
post for the Yass Road on the corner
of Alinga Street and Northbourne Avenue, opposite the City Cafe, Mr. Waterman drew attention to the fact that there was such a post at the corner of Northbourne Avenue and London Circuit. However, he agreed that a clearer indication of the road was necessary and signified his inten- tion of making representations to his Department.
The urgent necessity for placing a hand rail along the Molonglo foot bridge behind the Power House for the convenience of residents of Dun- troon, who used the pathway regularly, was stressed by Mr. Shakespeare, who drew attention to the danger to pedes- trians using the bridge in its present
Mr. Gourgard said that the investi- gation of this matter had been inter- rupted by the recent floods, but the work would be resumed as soon as the river assumed its normal propor- tions. He understood that considera- tion was being given to the provision of a hinged railing which would not be carried away by flood waters as other supports had been.
ACTON MOTOR CAMP
On the motion of Mr. T. M. Shake- speare it was resolved: "That this council views with satisfaction the success of the motor camp on Acton Flat during the recent holiday period, and recommends to the Honourable the Minister that additional camping cottages be provided at the camp be- fore the next spring holiday season
Mr. Shakespeare tabled figures show- ing that 1409 tourists had camped at this resort between December 23 and January 4, in addition to the 600 odd
who had used it as a stopping place for meals, making a total of over 2000 persons for 14 days. The camping cubicles were extremely popular and many more would be required next
Mr. Percival said that the only ob- jection raised to the building of addi- tional huts on this site was that it was many feet below the flood level, and extensive rain would mean either
the removal of the cubicles to higher ground or their total loss.
GIBRALTAR CREEK CROSSING
On the motion of Mr. Shakespeare, it was resolved that the attention of the Minister for the Interior be drawn to the council's earlier recommen- dation urging that consideration be given to the necessity for cementing the bottom of Gibraltar Creek cross- ing which, in the opinion of the coun- cil, was regarded as a necessary work. Mr. Shakespeare said that within the last month the creek had come down in flood four times, rendering the crossing impassable on each orrasion.
Mr. Gourgard said that £350 had been made available for the recon- ditioning of the Tidbinbilla Road. Of this sum, portion would undoubtedly be utilised in improving the crossing.
NO STEPS TO LOWER BREAD
Replying to Mr. Shakespeare, Mr. Waterman said that to his knowledge no steps had been taken to reduce the price of bread in Canberra in con- formity with the recommendations made to the Government more than two years ago in a report of the com- mittee in enquiry into the price of
Mr. Shakespeare, expressed great dissatisfaction with the existing state of affairs whereunder the price of wheat was low, yet the price of bread remained at boom period levels.
MANUKA 'BUS STOP
The need for some alteration in the stopping place of 'buses at the Manuka shopping centre was stressed by Mr. Shakespeare, who stated that intend- ing passengers, especially school child- ren, were forced to stand out on the street, exposed to wind and rain, while waiting for a 'bus. He suggested that the vehicles should stop opposite Manuka Arcade, where people could shelter under the verandahs. The only alternative was the provision of a 'bus shelter at the existing stopping place.