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Monday, 26 May 1997
Page: 4075

(Question No. 1478)


Mrs Crosio asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Development, upon notice, on 18 March 1997:

(1) Did he approve funding for five flood mitigation projects in NSW; if so when.

(2) What sum did he approve in each instance and what are the details of each project.

(3) Was the funding provided by cheque; if so,(a) to whom were the cheques made out and (b) when were they issued; if not, how was the funding provided.

(4) If the funding was by cheque, was a cheque subsequently cancelled and a new cheque issued, if so (a) when was the cheque cancelled, (b)when was the new cheque issued, (c) to whom was the new cheque made out and (d) why was the cheque cancelled and a new cheque made out.

(5) Did he, his Parliamentary Secretary, or a member of their staff, directly hand a cheque to a (a) Member or Senator or (b) member of the staff of a Member or Senator; if so, (i) why and (ii) to whom was it handed, and if a cheque was passed to a staff member, by whom was that staff member employed.

(6) Did he, his Parliamentary Secretary, or a member of their staff mail a cheque to the office of a Member or Senator; if so (a) why, (b) to which Member or Senator was it sent, (c) when was the cheque posted and (d) is he able to say when the Member or Senator's office received the cheque.

(7) Were the local Government bodies responsible for carrying out the flood mitigation work for which the funding was provided notified that the money had been approved by him; if so, (a) how were they notified, (b) when, (c) who notified them and (d) who in the local government body received the notification.

(8) Is he able to say whether Members or Senators made a presentation of the cheque to the local government authority responsible for carrying out the flood mitigation work; if so, in each instance(a)when was the presentation made and (b) what was the name of the individual who accepted the cheque on behalf of the local government body.

(9) If official presentations of the cheques were not made, is he able to say what Members or Senators did with the cheques and if a Member or Senator directly mailed their cheque to the NSW State Department of Land and Water Conservation, when was the cheque mailed.

(10) Is he able to say (a) when the NSW State Department of Land and Water Conservation came into receipt of each cheque and (b) did it receive each cheque through the mail; if not, how did it receive each cheque.


Mr Sharp —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) I approved funding for five urban flood mitigation projects in NSW on 5 February 1997. These projects were: Fairy Creek, Wollongong, Smiths Creek, Campbelltown, Darling Mills Creek, Parramatta, Prospect Creek, Fairfield, and Gosford. On 28 October 1996 I also approved funding for the South Grafton Levee.

(2) Project details are as follows:

.   Fairy Creek, Wollongong—$100,000. This catchment is adjacent to the Wollongong CBD. Serious flooding is frequent and recurrent. Work includes channel improvements and retarding basins.

.   Prospect Creek, Fairfield—$750,000. The project covers the implementation of risk reduction measures to existing developments along the lower reaches of Prospect Creek between the Georges River and the Cabramatta-Granville Railway line. Major flooding has occurred in 1986 and 1988.

.   Smiths Creek, Campbelltown—$400,000. This project involves the construction of numerous retarding basins, channel improvement works and the augmentation of existing flood structures.

.   Darling Mills Creek, Parramatta $1,000,000. A flood retarding basin which protects Parramatta.

.   Gosford—$500,000. This project involves the implementation of risk reduction measures to existing development along the lower reaches of Narara Creek and Erina Creek.

.   South Grafton Levee—$500,000. Construction began in 1986 and is effectively complete except for the section across the Pacific Highway. The end result will mean that South Grafton will be protected from flooding up to 1% level.

.   Funding for the six urban flood mitigation projects totals $3.25 million.

(3) Cheques were made out for each urban flood mitigation project; (a) the cheques were made out to the NSW Department of Land and Water Conservation; (b) With one exception the cheques were issued on 28 January 1997. The cheque for the South Grafton Levee was issued on 7 November 1996.

(4) No cheque to my knowledge was ever cancelled.

(5) (a) Yes cheques were personally hand delivered by a member of my staff to Senator Bill Heffernan and the Member for Parramatta, Ross Cameron MP on 6 February 1997. A member of my staff also hand delivered a cheque for the South Grafton Levee to the Member for Page, the Hon Ian Causley MP on 7 November 1996.

(b) A member of my staff hand delivered a cheque to a member of staff of the Member for Macarthur, the Hon John Fahey MP, and to a member of staff of the Member for Robertson, Jim Lloyd MP on 6 February. A member of the Parliamentary Secretary's staff hand delivered a cheque to a member staff of Senator Helen Coonan on Monday, 24 February 1997.

(i) The cheques were hand delivered to enable the Members and Senators to present the cheques to the project proponents on behalf of the Government.

(ii) As above in (b).

(6) No cheque was posted by me or the Parliamentary Secretary.

(7) The Parliamentary Secretary, the Hon Michael Ronaldson MP, wrote to the following local government authorities/ local project managers on 17 February 1997;

.   Mr G Whitehouse, Chairman, Upper Parramatta River Catchment Trust,

.   Mr R Rudder, Manager—Administration, Parramatta City Council,

.   Dr G L Brooke-Cowden, Mayor, Baulkham Hills Shire Council, (Parramatta),

.   Mr P Wilson, General Manager, Gosford City Council,

.   Mr D A Campbell, Lord Mayor, Wollongong City Council,

.   Mr I S Porter, General Manager, Campbelltown City Council, and

.   Mr H J Sternbeck, Chairman , NSW Floodplain Management Authorities.

(8) The Member for Parramatta, Ross Cameron MP, presented a cheque to the Chairman of the Upper Parramatta River Catchment Trust, Mr George Whitehouse on 7 February.

The Member for Robertson, Jim Lloyd MP, presented a cheque to the Deputy Mayor of Gosford City Council, Chris Holstein on 7 February 1997.

Senator Bill Heffernan presented a cheque to Lord Mayor of Wollongong City Council, Mr D A Campbell on 17 February 1997.

Senator Helen Coonan presented a cheque to Fairfield City Council, Mayor Ken Chapman on 10 March 1997.

The Member for Page, the Hon Ian Causley MP, presented a cheque to Councillors of the Clarence River County Council on 11 November 1996.

(9) The cheque for the Campbelltown flood mitigation project was forwarded by mail by the Member for Macarthur, the Hon John Fahey MP, to the NSW Minister for Land and Water Conservation on 21 February 1997.

(10)—

ProjectDate received by NSW DepartmentHow received by NSW Department
Upper Parramatta River Catchment Trust 7 February 1997Delivered by hand from Trust
Gosford City Council 12 February 1997Delivered by hand from Council
Wollongong City Council 18 February 1997Delivered by hand from Council
Campbelltown City Council26 February 1997Delivered by mail to Minister for Land and Water Conservation's Office and transferred to DLWC
Fairfield City Council11 March 1997Delivered by hand from Council
Clarence River County Council 15 November 1996Delivered by mail.