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Tuesday, 11 September 1990
Page: 2272

(Question No. 131)


Senator MacGibbon asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories, upon notice, on 3 August 1990:

(1) How much money in total has been granted to anti-third runway groups or individuals in Sydney or elsewhere.

(2) How many groups or individuals received grants.

(3) What were the conditions of the grants both in terms of eligibility and usage.

(4) Were applications made for these grants.

(5) Have any groups or individuals received more than one grant; if so, how many have each received.

(6) Have any pro-third runway groups or individuals received any grants; if so, what is the total amount of grant money given to these people.


Senator Richardson —The following answer has been provided by the Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories:

(1) $100,000

(2) The only grant made has been one of $100,000 to the Marrickville Municipal Council on behalf of three community groups: Residents Against Runway Three (RORT); Second Sydney Airport Coalition (SSAC); and Airport Co-ordinating Taskforce (ACT).

(3) The conditions of the grant to Marrickville Municipal Council are as follows:

1. This document sets out the terms and conditions of the agreement between the Commonwealth and the Marrickville Municipal Council (the Council), the Airport Co-ordinating Taskforce (ACT), Residents Against Runway Three (RORT) and the Second Sydney Airport Coalition (SSAC) (the grantee organisations) in relation to a grant of financial assistance for the purpose of facilitating the participation of ACT, RORT, and SSAC in the environmental assessment process for the proposed Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport Third Runway.

2. The Secretary is the Secretary of the Department of the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories or any person acting as the Secretary to the Department. This definition also includes any officer authorised by the Secretary to perform the functions of the Secretary in this agreement.

3. The award of the grant is subject to the receipt by the Secretary of an acceptance of these terms and conditions signed by the responsible officer on behalf of the grantee organisations. The responsible officer is to be a person agreed to be suitable by the grantee organisations and the Secretary.

4. The approved program consists of the proposals to engage consultants to perform the tasks as described in Appendix 1 and shall be commenced as soon as practicable. A completion date for the program is also included in the Appendix.

5. The grant shall be used only for the approved program and shall not be used for any other purpose. Any monies not spent shall be repaid to the Commonwealth within 3 months of the end of the term of the approved program. The obligation of the Commonwealth to support the approved program is limited to the amount granted.

6. Within three months of the end of the term of the approved program, the Marrickville Municipal Council shall send to the Secretary a detailed statement of expenditure of the grant monies, certified by an auditor. Funds not properly acquitted must be returned to the Commonwealth within six months of the end of the term of the approved program.

7. The grantee organisations, in engaging consultants to undertake the approved program, shall ensure that the consultants agree to the conditions applying to the grantee organisations in paragraphs 8, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17.

8. This agreement may be terminated or varied by notice given in writing by the Secretary to the Marrickville Municipal Council as the representative of the three grantee organisations. Upon termination of the agreement, the grantee organisations shall take all action necessary to minimise further expenditure under the grant. Monies that have not been expended and are not committed shall be repaid to the Commonwealth within three months of the date of the notice of termination.

9. The grantee organisations are responsible to the Commonwealth for all monies spent by the consultants.

10. At the end of the term of the approved program as specified in Appendix 1, or within three months of any termination of the agreement, the grantee organisations shall furnish to the Secretary a final report of the work on the approved program. Any information contained in the final report, including results of research, may be used by the Commonwealth for whatever purpose the Secretary, after consultation with the grantee organisations, thinks fit.

11. Copies of the final report must be made available to members of the public on request, for the cost of printing the report. The grantee organisations are responsible for ensuring that the report is made available.

12. When at any time during or after completion of the approved program the grantee organisation/s publishes a book, article, newsletter or other literary or artistic work or a representative of the grantee organisation/s appears on television or radio program which relates to the approved program, the support of the Commonwealth shall be acknowledged in the publication or program.

13. The grantee organisations shall take reasonable care of and safely store any data or specimens or samples collected during, or resulting from, the approved program. They shall make arrangements acceptable to the Secretary for the lodgement with an appropriate museum or archive in Australia of any data, specimens or samples collected during, or resulting from, the approved program and include details of the lodgement in the final report described in paragraph 10. The grantee organisations shall make similar arrangements in the event of the grant being terminated.

14. The grantee organisations shall not, by virtue of the grant or this agreement, be in the service or employment of the Commonwealth, and the grantee organisation shall be responsible for effecting all insurance required under Worker's Compensation legislation and for taking all other actions requisite of an employer of persons so engaged.

15. The Commonwealth shall not be responsible for any actions brought against the grantee organisations or consultants in respect to any work, statements or activities undertaken by the grantee organisations in relation to the grant monies.

16. The grantee organisations shall indemnify and keep indemnified the Commonwealth against any actions, claim, demand, suit or proceedings brought against the Commonwealth or its officers or agents in respect of personal injury to or the death of any person or loss of or damage to any property or any other loss or damage whatsoever arising out of or as a consequence of any unlawful act, or any negligence by the grantee organisations or consultants, their employees or agents.

17. When conducting research pursuant to the approved program on or involving humans or animals, the grantee organisations shall ensure that the codes adopted for this purpose by the National Health and Medical Research Council are observed.

APPENDIX 1

COMMONWEALTH GRANT STUDY PROPOSALS

1. Aircraft Noise Measurement

Dr Rob Bullen-Renzo Tonin and Associates

-A review of noise effects largely in response to the assessment of noise impacts predicted in the environmental impact statement.

$50,000

2. Aircraft Movements

John Richardson

-An evaluation and review of air traffic measures proposed in the environmental impact statement.

$14,000

3. Aircraft Noise-Property Values

Dr Michael Poulsen

-An assessment of the impact on market value of residences exposed to aircraft noise as proposed in the environmental impact statement.

$12,500

4. Coastal and Estuarine Engineering

Doug Foster

-An assessment of impacts on the estuarine and marine environments as proposed in the environmental impact statement.

$7,500

5. Coastal and Estuarine Engineering

Patterson Britton and Partners

-A review of the hydrological and coastal engineering aspects of the environmental impact statement.

$16,000

Total Grant

$100,000

COMPLETION DATE / TERM OF APPROVED PROGRAM

These studies must be completed by the end of the public review period of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Third Runway for Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport.

(4) Yes. A joint application was made to the Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories by the Airport Coordinating Taskforce on behalf of itself, Second Sydney Airport Coalition and Residents Against Runway Three for a grant to the Marrickville Municipal Council on behalf of the three groups.

(5) No.

(6) No.