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Wednesday, 25 September 2002
Page: 4938


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) (a) How many direct and indirect jobs are estimated to result from the provision of $339,900 through the DRAP; and (b) what is the anticipated duration of these jobs.

(2) (a) What was the basis of the above job creation estimates; and (b) who made the estimates.

(3) Was there any review or analysis of these estimates as part of the application assessment; if so: (a) who did that assessment; and (b) what was the result of that assessment.

(4) (a) What assessment was undertaken of the capacity of the proposal to improve the skills base of the region; (b) who undertook that assessment; and (c) what was the result of that assessment.

(5) (a) What assessment was undertaken of the capacity of the proposal to tackle disadvantage and encourage growth in the region; (b) who undertook that assessment; and (c) what was the result of that assessment.


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) (a) 14-16 direct full time equivalent jobs. No estimate was made of the number of indirect jobs to be created. (b) It is anticipated that these jobs will be ongoing.

(2) (a) The estimation of job creation outcomes was outlined by the proponent in their application. (b) The proponent.

(3) Yes. (a) The Department. (b) The project was approved.

(4) (a) The application was assessed against the DRAP guidelines. (b) The Department. (c) The project was approved.

(5) (a) The application was assessed against the DRAP guidelines. (b) The Department. (c) The project was approved.