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Monday, 2 June 2003
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Ms George asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 18 March 2003:

(1) How many applications for funding under the Regional Solutions Program in the electorate of Throsby have (a) been submitted and (b) are awaiting determination.

(2) Who has applied under the Regional Solutions Program in the electorate of Throsby and what are the details of each application.

(3) What is the sum of funds (a) applied for, and (b) granted under the Regional Solutions Program in the electoral divisions of: (i) Throsby, (ii) Hume, (iii) Macarthur, (iv) Cunningham and (v) Gilmore.

(4) How many applications under the Regional Solutions Program have been (a) approved and (b) rejected in the electoral divisions of: (i) Throsby (ii) Hume, (iii) Macarthur, (iv) Cunningham and (v) Gilmore.

(5) Is he aware of the application by the Shellharbour City Council for funding under the Regional Solutions Program for reconstruction of the main runway at Illawarra Regional Airport.

(6) Is he aware that the Shellharbour City Council application was rejected because the responsibility for regional airports rests with local government.

(7) Does he agree with the determination of the Department of Transport and Regional Services and therefore the consequence that applications of the type lodged by the Shellharbour City Council are not eligible for funding under the Regional Solutions Program; if so, why; if not, why not.

(8) Is he aware that a similar project to that proposed by the Shellharbour City Council was proposed by the Temora Shire Council, that that project was approved by the Department of Transport and Regional Services and that the Temora Shire Council received $550,000 for a significant upgrade of its airport.

(9) Why has the Shellharbour City Council application for funding under the Regional Solutions Program been rejected and the Temora Shire Council application been accepted.

(10) Is he aware that the Shellharbour City Council asked for a review of its application for Regional Solutions Program funding in a letter dated 20 November 2002 on the basis that the Department's reason for its decision is inconsistent with its decision to approve the Temora Shire Council's project.

(11) Why has the Department not replied to the Shellharbour City Councils letter dated 20 November 2002 and what will he do to rectify the oversight.

(12) Will he intervene on behalf of the Shellharbour City Council to demand a review of the decision to reject its application; if not, why not.


Mr Anderson (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) Six

(b) One

(2)

Applicant

Project Title

Bid Amount

Status

Description of Project

Illawarra Motoring Museum Inc

Establishing a Sustainable Community Park for Illawarra

$350,000

Pending

To develop a viable regional community park for the Illawarra region built around the infrastructure of the Illawarrra Motoring Museum.

Shellharbour City Council

Illawarra Regional Airport - (1) Museum Foundation & Hardstand Area - (2) Runway Upgrade

$1,396,096

Not recommended

To upgrade the runway and taxiways of the Illawarra Regional Airport, as well as establishing a Museum Foundation and hardstand area.

The Flagstaff Group Limited

The Flagstaff Group Limited

$25,000

Not recommended

To continue providing a bus service for the Unanderra Industrial Park.

Council of the City of Shellharbour

Flinders Child and Family Centre

$327,000

Not recommended

To contribute towards a child care centre in Flinders.

Council of the City of Shellharbour

The Heart of Warilla-Recreating Community Cohesion

$464,673

Not recommended

To create social capital and provide a community focus or heart for the area in the sense of a Community and Youth centre, reclaiming an existing waste space, and creating Youth Worker positions.

Association for Children with Learning Disabilities

A Brighter Future for Youth in the Illawarra

$223,180

Not recommended

To establish a branch of Learning Links in the Illawarra region to help school-aged children with learning difficulties and their families.

(3) (a) and (b)

Electorate

Bid Amount

Funds Granted (GST inc)

Throsby

$2,785,949

Nil

Hume

$2,303,981

$346,523

Macarthur

nil

nil

Cunningham

$488,640

nil

Gilmore

$3,215,710

$673,400

(4)

Electorate

Approved

Rejected

Throsby

0

6

Hume

5

10

Macarthur

0

0

Cunningham

0

1

Gilmore

9

8

(5) Yes, I am aware of the application from the Shellharbour City Council.

(6) Yes. Responsibility for the maintenance and upgrade of aerodromes was handed back to many local government agencies from 1990 onwards, including Shellharbour City Council. At that time each local government was provided with funding to maintain these facilities.

(7) The independent Regional Solutions Programme Advisory Committee (RSPAC), following its consideration of the Shellharbour City Council's application, recommended to the Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government not to fund the project. The Minister accepted the recommendation of the Advisory Committee.

(8) I am aware of the Temora Shire Council project. The RSPAC considered the application and recommended to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services and the Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government that the project be funded. The Ministers accepted the recommendation of the Advisory Committee.

(9) Applications under the Regional Solutions Programme (RSP) are considered on a case by case basis against programme guidelines and selection criteria. While on the surface projects may appear similar the specific outcomes sought at the local level can be markedly different. Both proposals were considered on their merits by the independent RSP Advisory Committee against the programme guidelines and selection criteria and a recommendation provided to Ministers. Ministers approved the recommendations of the Advisory Committee.

(10) I am advised that the Department is unaware of the letter from the Shellharbour City Council requesting a review of the decision.

(11) As above.

(12) The Shellharbour City Council can request a review of the project by making a submission to the Department. They will be required to provide additional information addressing the concerns raised in the Department's letter of 4 November 2002.