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Thursday, 13 August 2009
Page: 4968


Senator Ian Macdonald asked the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, upon notice, on 24 June 2009:

With reference to the 2009-10 Budget estimates hearing of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 28 May 2009 in which the department stated that it expected to finalise the assessment of the 2009-10 funding applications (including applications for the Karumba airstrip) in the middle of June 2009 for recommendation to the Minister:

(1)   Given that it is now close to the end of June, has the Minister received the recommendation from the department.

(2) (a)   When does the Minister expect to make a decision and an announcement on the funding applications; and (b) in making the decision, will the Minister take into account the desperate needs of people living in rural and remote Australia for basic transport and infrastructure like the airstrip at Karumba which provides the only means of access to that community for the 2 to 3 months of the flood season each year.


Senator Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) —The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   I have considered advice on applications and will make an announcement on successful applicants shortly.