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Wednesday, 14 May 2003
Page: 14516


Mr Martin Ferguson asked the Acting Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 4 December 2002:

(1) Which projects have been approved for funding against the advice of the Regional Solutions Program Advisory Committee.

(2) Which Minister approved each project.

(3) On what date were these projects approved at ministerial level.

(4) For all projects that have been rejected by the Advisory Committee and then approved, what reason was given by the Advisory Committee to support their recommendation.

(5) What reasons were given for the decision to overturn the advice of the Advisory Committee.

(6) For each of these projects, what was the recommendation of his Department to the Advisory Committee.

(7) What projects have been rejected after having been recommended for approval by the Advisory Committee.

(8) On what date were these projects rejected.

(9) Which Minister rejected each application.

(10) For each project, what reasons were given by the Advisory Committee for rejecting the application and what reasons were given for overturning that decision.

(11) Which projects with a value in excess of $10,000 have been approved without reference to the Advisory Committee.

(12) Which Minister approved each project.

(13) On what date was each project approved.

(14) In which federal electoral division is each project.

(15) On what date was each project announced.

(16) On what dates were applications for each project received by his Department.


Mr Tuckey (Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The following information is as at 28 February 2003:

Parts (1) - (3)

OrganisationPart (1)

Project TitlePart (1)

Approving Minister(s)Part (2)

Approval DatePart (3)

The Hut Community Information and Resource Centre Inc

Aldgate Railway Station - (Refurbishment)

Minister Anderson and Minister Macdonald

7-May-01

Bowen Collinsville Enterprise Group Inc

Bowen Shire e-Commerce Centre

Minister Anderson and Minister Macdonald

6-Oct-01

Gippsland Timber Development Inc

Forests for the Future Interpretative Centre

Minister Anderson and Minister Macdonald

6-Oct-01

National Rose Garden of Australia Inc

National Rose Garden of Australia

Minister Macdonald

7-Oct-01

Southern Downs Steam Railway Assoc Inc

Steam Locomotive Refurbishment, Boiler Rebuild and Recommissioning

Minister Anderson

12-Dec-01

Council of the City of Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains World Heritage Cultural Centre contribution towards building costs

Minister Tuckey

18-Apr-02

Pyrenees Shire Council

Avoca Exhibition and Convention Centre - Stage 3

Minister Tuckey

18-Apr-02

Scone Shire Council

Scone Medical Centre

Minister Anderson and Minister Tuckey

15-May-02

Barcoo Shire Council(a joint initiative between the Shires of Barcoo, Diamantina and Isisford)

Resolving the School Transportation Crisis in Central Queensland

Minister Tuckey

28-Aug-02

Diamantina Shire Council

Resolving the School Transportation Crisis in Central Queensland

Minister Tuckey

28-Aug-02

Isisford Shire Council

Resolving the School Transportation Crisis in Central Queensland

Minister Tuckey

28-Aug-02

Parts (4) - (6)

Under the Guidelines of the Regional Solutions Programme, Minister(s) are the decision makers on applications for funding. In arriving at decisions, Minister(s) take into account the advice of the Regional Solutions Programme Advisory Committee. The Committee's advice is based on its consideration of the assessment undertaken by the Department of Transport and Regional Services (DOTARS). It is long standing practice that Ministers do not disclose the advice on which they have based their decisions.

Details of all approved RSP projects are shown on the DOTARS' website, www.dotars.gov.au and www.regionalsolutions.gov.au under Approved Projects for the RSP.

Parts (7) - (9)

Organisation Part (7)

Project Title Part (7)

Rejecting Minister(s)Part (9)

Rejection DatePart (8)

Crookwell Shire Council

Coordination of the future of Crookwell Shire

Minister Anderson and Minister Tuckey

18-Apr-02

Wagga Wagga City Council

Rebuilding Community Capacity

Minister Anderson and Minister Tuckey

18-Apr-02

District Council of Barunga West (SA)

Community Development Officer

Minister Anderson and Minister Tuckey

29-May-02

Northern Areas Council

Strategic Planning Officer for Community and Economic Development

Minister Tuckey

Jun-02

Rotary Club of Narrabri Inc

Narrabri Skateboard Park

Minister Tuckey

Jun-02

Moira Shire Council

Moira Regional Community Revitalisation Programme Stage 2

Minister Tuckey

9-Aug-02

Cummins and District Enterprise Committee

Community Liaison Coordinator Project

Minister Tuckey

Aug-02

Perenjori Shire Council

Shared Community Development Officer Project

Minister Tuckey

7-Sep-02

(10) The projects listed in parts (7) - (9) were not rejected by the RSP Advisory Committee.

Parts (11) - (16)

Organisation / Project TitlePart (11)

Approving Minister (s)Part (12)

Date ApprovedPart (13)

ElectoratePart (14)

Date of Project AnnouncementPart (15)

Date ReceivedPart (16)

St Phillips College - Fred Mackay Centre

Minister Anderson and Minister Macdonald

12-Jul-01

Lingiari

17-Jul-01

16-Jul-01 Preliminary papers received 12-Jul-01

Qantas Foundation Memorial Ltd. - Qantas Founders Outback Museum Stage 2

Minister Anderson and Minister Tuckey

28-Jan-02

Capricornia

28-Jan-02

Draft application received 19-Dec-01

Ballarat City Council - Ballarat Retail Development Program

Minister Tuckey

18-Apr-02

Ballarat

Unknown *

6-Jul-01

North East TelecommunicationsCo-operative Ltd - Centre for On-Line Regional Excellence (CORE)

Minister Tuckey

18-Apr-02

Indi

Unknown *

10-Jul-01

Central Goldfields Shire Council - Central Goldfields Rural Plan Business Cluster Improvement Implementation

Minister Tuckey

18-Apr-02

Bendigo

Unknown *

13-Sept-01

Mackay Tourism and Development Bureau Ltd - Mackay's Artificial Reef Project

Budget Decision

Announced in the 2002-03 Budget

Dawson

14-May-02

3-Sept-01(as a Dairy Regional Assistance Programme project by the then Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business. Received by DOTARS 14-Mar-02)

Shoalhaven City Council - Catering Vehicle for Shoalhaven Rural Fire Service

Minister Tuckey

1-Aug-02

Gilmore

Unknown *

Not Applicable

Shoalhaven City Council- Shoalhaven Rural Fire Service Paging System

Minister Tuckey

1-Aug-02

Gilmore

Unknown *

Not Applicable

Council of the Municipality of Kiama - Microfiche Digitiser for the Kiama Family History Centre

Minister Tuckey

1-Aug-02

Gilmore

Unknown *

Not Applicable

Frontier Services - John Flynn Foundation

Minister Tuckey

26-Sept-02

Lingiari

26-Sept-02

Not Applicable

* Local Members of the Parliament announced these projects. Dates of these announcements were not provided to my Department.

Note: In preparing the response to Parts (11) - (16), an additional project has been identified which should have been included in the answer to part 5 of QON number 784. It should be noted, however, that details of this project, the Qantas Founders Outback Museum Stage 2 were listed on the Department of Transport and Regional Services' website, www.dotars.gov.au and www.regionalsolutions.gov.au under Approved Projects for the RSP.