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Close Native Station
j Govt. hos decided to ; close Moola Bulla Native Station and Settlement.
This 1,100,000 acre pro- perty In the Kimberleys has at times pastured 30,000 cattle.
This was stated yester- day by Native Affairs ! Minister W. Hegney.
Native Affairs Commis- sioner S. G Middleton re- commended the closure and Cabinet referred it to a committee-NAC S. G. Middleton, Surveyor Gen. V. Fyîe, Agr. Dir. G. K. Baron-Hay, Mines Under Sec. A. H. Telfer, and Senior-Asst. U/Treas. K. J. Townsing.
He said the administra- tion of this property has imposed on the welfare and clerical staff of the Native Affairs Dept. an unbearable burden of work and responsibility.
"Long drought condi- tions] in the North over the past 2 or 3 years, im- posing the additional bur- den of water location andi conservation, moving of, starving stock, etc.. have made the situation unten- able." he said.
Dept will be relieved of responsibility of the cattle station and the institu- tional section will bei transferred to a new site
adjacent to the new Hall'sl Creek township. ! I Mr: Hegney said the i committee's recommenda- tions included:
'., The native reserve be cancelled and the land handed back to the Lands Dept., less portion .as! may be required by the Native Affairs Dept::
. Lands Dept. appraise the property and stock
and have the land sub- divided for selection un- der pastoral lease, subject to payment for improve- ments aïid accession of an area not over 10,000 acres for Native Affairs pur- poses.
. During the transition, Lands Dept. to manage property and dispose of stock with Native Affairs Dept. ?
It is considered that sub-division of this station will simplify Mines Dept search for oil and miner- als. _