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Thursday, 15 June 2006
Page: 169


Ms Hoare asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, in writing, on 13 October 2005:

(1)   Does the Minister’s department administer any Commonwealth funded programs to which community organisations, businesses or individuals in the electoral division of Charlton can apply for funding; if so, what are the programs.

(2)   Does the Minister’s department advertise these funding opportunities; if so, (a) what print or other media outlets have been used for the advertising of each of these programs, and (b) were these paid advertisements, if so, what were the costs of each advertisement.

(3)   In respect of each of the Commonwealth funded programs referred to in part (1), (a) what is its purpose and (b) who is responsible for allocating funds.

(4)   In respect of each of the Commonwealth funded programs referred to in part (1), how many (a) community organisations, (b) businesses, and (c) individuals in the electoral division of Charlton received funding in (i) 2003, and (ii) 2004 and what was the name and address of each recipient.


Mr McGauran (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

Commonwealth funded programs in the electoral division of Charlton

Questions 1, 2 and 3

(1) program

(2a)

print/media outlet

(2b)

Advertisement paid

(2b)

cost of advertvertisment

(3a)

Purpose

(3b) Responsibility for allocation of funds

National Feral Animal Control Program

Enviroinfo email newsletter

NRM jobs email newsletter

Yes

Yes

$500 per year

$500 per year

Supports the development and promotion of improved management techniques to reduce the agricultural impacts of pest animals

Bureau of Rural Sciences

Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation in Agriculture (ACACA) Program

Print Media

The Weekend Australian

The Sydney Morning Herald

The Age

The Brisbane Courier Mail

The Adelaide Advertiser

The West Australian

The Hobart Mercury

The Canberra Times

The NT News

The Weekly Times

Qld Country Life

Yes

$3558.27

$2617.32

$2339.88

$2668.99

$1517.76

$1989.00

$542.13

$617.71

$743.24

$975.12

$716.55

The agreement promotes agricultural cooperation between Australia and China on the basis of mutual benefit and reciprocity. ACACA’s main value to Australia is the program’s ability to assist the development of commercial links between Australian and Chinese agriculture and associated agribusiness enterprises.

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Recreational Fishing Community Grants Programme

Websites, email lists, industry contacts

Expressions (1 page flyer)

Expressions (2 banners)

Australian Fishing Tackle Retailer

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

$1,510

$1,952

$1,000

Support local initiatives that enhance recreational fishing and tourism experiences, both through on-ground activities and education and awareness raising, as well as protecting near shore coastal environments and capture the flow-on benefits to the economy.

Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

New Industries Development Programme - Pilot Commercialisation Projects

The Australian

The Land

Aust Financial Review

Made In Australia

www.daff.gov.au/agribiz

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

$2,161.40

$602.80

$1,969.00

Approx $25,000 per edition

N/A

Provides grants up to $120,000 to eligible Australian agribusinesses, to commercialise new agribusiness products, technologies or services.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

New Industries Development Programme - In Market Experience Scholarship

The Australian

The Land

Aust Financial Review

Made in Australia

www.daff.gov.au/agribiz

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

$5,088.80

$904.20

$5,337.20

Approx $25,000 per edition

N/A

Provides up to $12,500 for agribusiness managers or emerging managers to develop skills and business opportunities that will help them commercialise agribusiness innovations

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

National Food Industry Strategy Food Innovation Grants programme

National print media outlets

Nil in Charlton electorate

Nil

Assist Australian-based food processing firms to improve innovation performance and increase investment in research and development

National Food Industry Strategy Ltd under an agreement with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

National Food Industry Strategy Food Chain Programme

National print media outlets

Nil in Charlton electorate

Nil

Build food industry skills and knowledge in chain management, by providing matching funding for demonstration projects and supporting capability building activities.

National Food Industry Strategy Ltd under an agreement with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Industry Partnerships Programme - CWA Emergency Drought Aid Fund

Media Release

No

Nil

Provide funding to the Country Women’s Association to distribute to farmers who may otherwise be reluctant to apply for assistance.

Country Women’s Association (CWA)

AAA - Industry Partnerships Programme

Advertisements for tenders and grant applications - print media

Yes

Average $7,000 for advertisements in national rural press and $12,000 for rural press plus The Australian and the Financial Review

Provide opportunity for agriculture, fisheries and forestry industry’s to improve their profitability, sustainability, competitiveness, resilience and self-reliance.

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Farm Help

Nil

Nil

Nil

Farm Help - Supporting Families Through Change is the Australian Government’s key program for helping farm families in financial difficulty plan for the future. The program is funded under the Agriculture Advancing Australia package and emphasises the use of strategic information, analysis and advice to support decision-making. The assistance provided through Farm Help is flexible and can be tailored to meet the needs of each farm family.

Farm Help i

Australian Government Envirofund (2003-04 funding round)

*Print Media

Sydney Morning Herald

Daily Telegraph

Financial Review

Weekend Australian

Newcastle Herald

Port Stephens Examiner

Hunter Valley News

Lower Hunter Star News

The Land

Weekly Times

Yes

$7,141.20

$5,004.72

$4,132.80

$8,050.80

$1,157.52

$382.20

$389.76

$273.00

$1,446.72

$1543.92

The Australian Government Envirofund has two main objectives:

To provide the opportunity and means for community groups to undertake small on-ground projects tackling important local problems; and

To provide a mechanism through which community groups (in particular those that have had little or no previous engagement with the Natural Heritage trust) can move towards effective engagement in broader regional approaches to natural resource management.

Allocation of funds by the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation and the Minister for the Department of Environment & Heritage.

2003-04

National Landcare Programme Community Support component (2004-05 funding round)

*The National Landcare Programme advertising was distributed Australia-wide but for the purpose of this exercise only those papers available in the Electoral Division of Charlton have been included in this response.

*Print media

The Weekend Australia

Newcastle Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

The Land

The Weekly Times

Yes

$2,012.70

$413.40

$1,623.00

$488.70

$551.40

The principal goal from National Landcare Programme investment in landcare is increased profitability, competitiveness and sustainability of Australian primary industries.

Funding under the NLP’s Community Support component is available to landcare, industry and other volunteer community groups for community projects that will significantly increase the uptake of sustainable resource management practices, enhance the skills of natural resource managers, promote the implementation of best management practice and improve the integration of NRM into business and property management plans.

Allocation of funds by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry.

2004-05

National Landcare Programme Community Support component (2005-06 funding round)

*Print media

The Australian

Newcastle Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

The Land

The Weekly Times

Yes

$2093.10

$458.56

$1,668.30

$482.24

$611.84

2003-04

National Landcare Programme Natural Resource Innovation Grants

(2004-05 funding round)

*Print media

The Weekend Australia

Sydney Morning Herald

The Land

The Weekly Times.

Yes

$2,012.70

1,623.00

$488.70

$551.40

The Natural Resource Innovation Grants are one-off grants to encourage people engaged in farming, food, aquaculture and forest industries to contribute to sustainable production by developing and/or adopting and promoting innovative practices, production techniques, technologies and products. By encouraging innovation the grants support a primary aim of the NLP to achieve more efficient and sustainable production, leading to an increase in profitability, competitiveness and sustainability for Australian primary industries.

Allocation of funds by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry

2004-05

National Landcare Programme Natural Resource Innovation Grants

(2005-06 funding round)

*Print media

The Weekend Australia

Newcastle Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

The Land

The Weekly Times

Yes

$2,721.03

$558.87

$2,168.79

$632.94

$745.68

Australian Government Community Water Grants

Lake Macquarie News

Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Post

Yes

Yes

$337.76

$775.20

The Australian Government’s Community Water Grants are grants of up to $50,000 to help local community organisations save, reuse or improve the health of their local water sources.

Minister

(4)

2003

2004

(a) community organisation

(b) business

(c) individuals

(a) community organisation

(b) business

(c) individuals

3

1

1

1

Recipient Name

Recipient Address

Les Safarik

Lot 29 Rocky Point Road PO Box 6107 Dora Creek NSW 2264

Araleun Landcare Group

65 Gaucett Street, Blackalls, Park, NSW 2283

Country Women’s Association (CWA)

As privacy is a consideration in rural families seeking assistance the funding is distributed through the Country Women’s Association network.

Araleun Landcare Group

65 Faucett Street, Blackalls Park, NSW 2283

2003 National Landcare Programme Community Support component - Data not available by electorate.

2004 National Landcare Programme Community Support component - Data available in Financial Years, not calendar years.

Lake Macquarie Landcare Inc / Landcare Resource Office

PO Box 3006, BLACKALLS PARK NSW 2283