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Thursday, 13 August 2009
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Senator Bob Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, upon notice, on 1 July 2009:

(1)   How many projects currently have Major Project Facilitation (MPF) status.

(2)   What was the cost to the department for each of these projects in the 2008-09 financial year.

(3)   When a company applies for status, how long does it typically take before an approval or rejection is given.

(4)   Has the department received an inquiry or application from Gunns Limited for MPF status for its proposed Bell Bay pulp mill; if so, what was the outcome of the application.


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

(1)   A total of 14 projects currently have MPF Status.

(2)   As no funding is attached to the MPF program there was no cost to the Department for these projects.

(3)   A decision on whether to grant a project MPF status is usually made within 30 days of receipt of an application from project proponents.

(4)   Gunn’s was awarded MPF status for this project by the previous Government in 2005 until December 2008. No application for renewal of MPF status has been received by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government which has administered the program since December 2007.