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Wednesday, 25 September 2002
Page: 4931


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 6 August 2002:

With reference to an application made through the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP) to fund a steel profiling plant at Moruya, in the Eurobodalla Shire of New South Wales, listed in the DRAP project summaries round 6, 2001-02:

(1) When was the application lodged with the south-east New South Wales Area Consultative Committee (ACC).

(2) Who lodged the application.

(3) On what date was it lodged.

(4) Can a copy of the original application for assistance for this project from the DRAP be provided, together with a copy of any related documentation.

(5) (a) What was the funding sought through the application; and (b) what was the level of funding approved.

(6) (a) What was the total cost of the proposal; and (b) what commitment was given by the applicant to meet at least 50 per cent of these costs.

(7) Did this proposal contain an evaluation process to ensure that agreed project outcomes were met; if so, can a copy of the evaluation details be provided; if not: (a) were details of any proposed evaluation mechanism sought; and (b) was this material provided; if not, why not.

(8) If such an evaluation process was not included in the application, why was the application approved.

(9) Was there any communication between the proponents of the proposal, or persons on their behalf, the Federal Member for Eden Monaro, the Minister, or his office, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, or his office and the ACC; if so: (a) when did each communication take place; (b) who was involved in each communication; (c) what was the nature of each communication; (d) what was the form of each communication; and (e) which members of the ACC were involved in these contacts.


Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) June 2001.

(2) The proponent, Moruya Decking and Cladding Pty Ltd.

(3) See question (1) above.

(4) The application contains Commercial-In-Confidence information.

(5) (a) The application sought $300,000 (GST exclusive). (b) $309,000 (GST exclusive). The amount requested in the final application.

(6) (a) The total cost of the project was $619,000 (GST exclusive). (b) The applicant committed $310,000 in cash contributions toward the project.

(7) Yes. The evaluation will be conducted independently at project completion.

(8) Not applicable. See Question (7) above.

(9) The Department of Transport and Regional Services is not aware of any such communication between the proponent, or any persons on their behalf, the Federal member for Eden Monaro, the Minister, or his office, and the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, or his office. Numerous communications occurred between the proponent and the ACC during the development of the project to final application stage.