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Tuesday, 1 November 1983
Page: 2159

Question No. 527


Mr Connolly asked the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, upon notice, on 14 September 1983:

(1) What studies have been proposed for funding from the Australian Environment Council Fund.

(2) Which of these studies were nominated by (a) the Commonwealth and (b) the States and what amount has been allocated to each study.


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

(1) Projects recommended by the Australian Environment Council for funding in 1983-84 are:

$ 1. Noise Propagation Constants and Verification of Prediction Methods 3,000 2. Secretariat Printing and Support Expenses 7,000 3. Muffler Fitters Education Program 1,500 4. Attendance of Non-government Members at Chemicals Review Sub-Committee meetings 5,950 5. Abatement of Noise from Competitive Motor Sports 5,800 6. Transfer of the United States On-Scene Spill Model- Version 7 (OSSM 7) to Australia 4,000 7. Australian Environment and Conservation Data Base Feasibility Study 12,000 8. Workshop on the Methodology of Hazard Assessment of Industrial Chemicals 4,000 9. Case Studies of Cost/ Benefit Analysis 7,000 10. Development of a Bioassay Procedure for Assessing the Toxicity of Complex Effluents 12,000 11. Method for Assessing the Noise of a Carbage Compactor 3,000 12. Recycling Statistics 9,500 13. Control of Noise from Truck Mounted Refrigeration Units 8,000 14. The Effects of Government Procurement Policy on Paper Recycling in Australia 10,000 15. Noise Control for in-service trucks and bases* 7,250

Total 100,000

* Subject to agreement by the Australian Transport Advisory Council to joint funding.

(2) (a) and (b) Projects 6, 12 and 14 were nominated by the Commonwealth. Study 9 was nominated jointly by the Commonwealth and South Australia. Studies 1, 11 and 13 were nominated by New South Wales.

Funds for project 2 are to cover the costs of producing the AEC Newsletter ( published quarterly), purchasing or printing of documents required by the AEC or its committees and the printing of AEC reports. The remaining studies were nominated by sub-committees of the Australian Environment Council.