• Short Summary

    THE THREAT OF A MAJOR FLOOD ON LAKE EYRE HAS ADDED NEW PROBLEMS TO THE "BLUEBIRD" PROJECT.

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    THE THREAT OF A MAJOR FLOOD ON LAKE EYRE HAS ADDED NEW PROBLEMS TO THE "BLUEBIRD" PROJECT.WITH WATERS FROM THE SWOLLEN DIAMANTINA RIVER BEARING DOWN ON THE LAKE, IT'S BEEN FOUND THAT A STEEL GIRDER, PULLED BY A TRACTOR, IS THE FASTEST WAY OF WEARING DOWN SALT ISLANDS ON THE LAKE SURFACE.

    EXPERTS ON NORTHERN RIVER SYSTEMS BELIEVE THAT THE WATER WILL REACH THE LAKE IN ABOUT TWO WEEKS' TIME.IT'S EXPECTED THAT THE WATER WILL TAKE A FURTHER TWO WEEKS TO FLOOD THE TRACK, YET TO BE SMOOTHED OUT FOR THE ACTUAL RECORD ATTEMPT.

    THE COURSE NOW BEING DEVELOPED IS FOR THE EXTENDED WORK-UP TRIAL RUNS.THE ORIGINAL COURSE MARKED OUT FOR THE RECORD BID WAS ABANDONED WHEN VEHICLES BEGAN BREAKING THROUGH THE SALT CRUST.IT'S EXPECTED THAT WORK ON THE NEW RECORD ATTEMPT STRIP - NAMED BY DONALD CAMPBELL "HOBSON'S CHOICE" - WILL START ON SUNDAY.DONALD CAMPBELL NOW IS HOPING FOR GOOD WEATHER.HE SAYS THAT THE GIRDER METHOD IS PROVIDING A SMOOTH SURFACE ON THE SALT FLATS.HOWEVER, MORE RAIN ON THE LAKE, EVEN ONE INCH, COULD MEAN THE END OF THE WHOLE PROJECT.

    THE "BLUEBIRD" PROJECT MANAGER (MR.DAVID WYNNE-MORGAN) SAYS THAT THE PREPARATIONS WILL CONTINUE EVEN WHEN THE NORTHERN FLOODWATERS REACH THE LAKE.HE SAYS: "WE WON'T LEAVE UNTIL WE HAVE BROKEN THE RECORD, OR GET WASHED OUT".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6MD0DV23YPDN9F13KCC13BJ2L
    Media URN:
    VLVA6MD0DV23YPDN9F13KCC13BJ2L
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/05/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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