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Monday, 11 November 2002
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Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Minister for Forestry and Conservation, upon notice, on 10 July 2002:

(1) What programs and/or grants administered by the department provide assistance to people living in the federal electorate of Wide Bay.

(2) What was the level of funding provided through these programs and/or grants for the 1999-00, 2000-01 and 2001-02 financial years.

(3) Where specific projects were funded: (a) what was the location of each project; (b) what was the nature of each project; and (c) what was the level of funding for each project.


Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and I have provided the following answers to the honourable senator's questions:

(1) The following programs/grants are administered by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and can be accessed by all electorates, including the federal electorate of Wide Bay:

(2) [Note - not all programs/grants were available in all of these years]

· National Landcare Program*

· National Rivercare Program*

· Farm Forestry Program*

· Fisheries Action Program*#

· National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality#

· Forest Industry Structural Adjustment Package#

· Dairy Structural Adjustment Package+

· Dairy Exit Program+

· Supplementary dairy assistance measures+

· Pork Producer Exit Program

· PorkBiz

· National Pork Industry Development Program

· Sugar Industry Assistance Package+

· Sugar Industry Infrastructure Program++

· Supermarket to Asia - New Industries Development Program

· Backing Australia's Ability - New Industries Development Program

· Farm Innovation Program;

· Rural Financial Counselling Service+

· Farm Help+

· Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment+

· Exceptional Circumstances Interest Rate Subsidies+

· Rural Adjustment Scheme**

· Queensland Drought Regional Initiative

· FarmBis#

Part of the First Phase of the Natural Heritage Trust

# Level of funding provided to the electorate of Wide Bay is not available as it is administered on a state/regional basis

Level of funding not available on an electorate basis.

++ QLD component of SIIP includes Eli Creek Effluent Irrigation Project which has a total Commonwealth funding of $774 000. The project which involves the supply of treated sewage effluent from Hervey Bay to canegrowers in the area, has been operational since December 1997 with some minor additional work undertaken in 2001/02. Level of funding provided to the electorate of Wide Bay is not specifically available.

** RAS closed in 1997 with some expenditure continuing up to 1999-00, Level of funding not available on an electorate basis.

DRI commenced in 1996 and concluded during 1999-00 - information is not available on an electorate basis.

(3) The level of funding provided through these programs and/or grants was as follows:

Program/Grant

Appropriation for Wide Bay 1999-2000

Appropriation for Wide Bay 2000-01

Appropriation for Wide Bay 2001-02

National Landcare Program

$220 000

$68 000

Nil

National Rivercare Program

$69 000

$45 000

$17 000

Farm Forestry Program

Nil

Nil

$43 000

Forest Industry Structural Adjustment Package

Nil

Nil

$506 683

Pork Producer Exit Program

$90 000

Nil

Nil

PorkBiz

$26 471

$4 125

$3 275

National Pork Industry Development Program

$105 000

$4 494

Nil

Sugar Industry Infrastructure Program

Nil

Nil

$29 555

Supermarket to Asia - New Industries Development Program

Nil

$85 000

Nil

Backing Australia's Ability - New Industries Development Program

Nil

Nil

$37 000

Farm Innovation Program

Nil

$189 000

$541 950

Rural Financial Counselling Service

$46 010

$46 010

$61,347

(3) Details for specific projects were as follows:

Program/Grant

Location of project

Nature of project

Level of funding for each project

National Landcare Program

Baralaba

Employ a part time project officer to promote the Landcare ethic throughout the community.

1999-2000 - $31 933

National Landcare Program

Lower Mary River catchment

Improve future resource management strategies and actions in the lower Mary River Catchment through land resource assessment.

1999-2000 - $61 020

National Landcare Program

Kilkivan

To encourage and promote the use of sustainable land and resource management practices through education, publicity, information dissemination, training skills, transfer and practical working examples.

1999-2000 - $30 000

National Landcare Program

Callide-Kroombit catchment

To employ a coordinator to continue the group and community support role and to help to develop and maintain group projects. To aim at reducing the siltation and degradation of creeks in the Callide-Kroombit system by targeting side gully erosion and degraded areas of native scrub. To encourage the development of a more robust pasture in the area to decrease the flow of water and to aid in water penetration at higher levels therefore reducing overland flow.

1999-2000 - $46 9602000-2001 - $42 800

National Landcare Program

Burnett catchment

To support catchment management planning, strategic planning and property planning for the sustainable use and management of South-East Queensland lands. Provide land resource information and decision support systems.

1999-2000 - $50 0002000-2001 - $25 000

National Rivercare Program

Gayndah

The aim of this project is to revegetate a 400m section of the Burnett River bank adjacent to the Gayndah township. Dry vine forest was one widespread through much of the district. With continued clearing for agricultural use only remnants remain and many of the species are now classified as rare and threatened. This is to be the first stage of a wider program of regeneration within the Central and North Burnett subcatchment.

2001-2002 - $17 300

National Rivercare Program

Upper Burnett catchment

To demonstrate effective methods of restoring native riparian vegetation in the Burnett watercourses. Removal of exotic vegetation and monitoring results.

1999-2000 - $44 5002000-2001 - $44 500

National Rivercare Program

Mount Perry

To implement priority elements of the Oxley Creek Integrated Catchment Management Strategy.

1999-2000 - $24 000

Farm Forestry Program

Dawson Valley

The project will investigate timber cropping as a viable alternative or supplement to, more established rural incomes. The trials will also indicate which methods and species are most suited to this area. Flow-on effects will be a more vital community, greater protection against salinity, and as we are targeting local species, local ecosystems will receive a boost.

2001-2002 - $43 100

Forest Industry Structural Adjustment Package

Tiaro

Sawmill improvements

$333 000 (total grant) (note - balance of project grant monies due to be paid in 02-03 financial year)

Forest Industry Structural Adjustment Package

Maryborough

Sawmill improvements

$257 193 (total grant) (note - balance of project grant monies due to be paid in 02-03 financial year)

Forest Industry Structural Adjustment Package

Maryborough

Sawmill improvements

$444 112 (total grant) (note - balance of project grant monies due to be paid in 02-03 financial year)

Forest Industry Structural Adjustment Package

Wondai

Sawmill improvements (stage 1)

$112 000 (stage 1 - total grant) (note - balance of project grant monies due to be paid in 02-03 financial years)

Pork Producer Exit Program

Wowan

Pork producer assisted to exit the industry

1999-2000 - $45 000

Pork Producer Exit Program

Murgon

Pork producer assisted to exit the industry

1999-2000 - $45 000

PorkBiz

Murgon

Pork producers helped to attend business skills training workshops and have on-farm consultations.

$15 148

PorkBiz

Biloela

Pork producers helped to attend business skills training workshops and have on-farm consultations.

$16 323

PorkBiz

Goomeri

Pork producer funded to have an on-farm consultation.

2001-02 - $1 200

PorkBiz

Hivesville

Pork producer funded to have an on-farm consultation.

2001-02 - $1 200

National Pork Industry Development Program

South Burnett region

Funding provided to develop a pork market alliance in the South Burnett region.

1999-2000 - $105 000

National Pork Industry Development Program

South Burnett region

Funding provided to pork alliance to attend negotiations skills seminar.

2000 - 2001 - $4 494

Supermarket to Asia - New Industries Development Program

Murgon

Organic Milk Production

2000-2001 - $85 000

Backing Australia's Ability - New Industries Development Program

Hervey Bay

Vermi-composting service

2001-2002 - $37 000

Farm Innovation Program #

Wondai

Organic odourless soil conditioner developed mainly from pig waste. It is unique in both process and product in that it is comprised of pellets that are user friendly from both an environmental and industrial perspective.

$189 000

Farm Innovation Program #

Hervey Bay

Construct a hatchery to produce spawns of mud crab and sea cucumber at a single facility.

$119 020

Farm Innovation Program #

Mundubbera

Mandarin packaging and grading. The grader uses camera and computer software to identify and sort mandarins according to defects, colour, diameter, volume, weight and density.

$361 830

Farm Innovation Program #

Wondai

Adoption of the EliSmart Farm System - an electronic milk metering system that includes electronic cow identification, automatic feeding and drafting, measurement of milk flow, conductivity and temperatures for individual cows (the two applicants are part of a group application from 14 farmers)

$26 810

Farm Innovation Program #

Wondai

$34 290

Rural Financial Counselling Service

Located in Mundubbera, servicing the local government areas of Mundubbera, Gayndah, Biggenden, Chinchilla, Eidsvold, Perry and Monto.

To provide a rural financial counselling service to primary producers, small rural business and fishing enterprises in financial crisis, and in need of financial counselling assistance

$153,367

# # Note : all Farm Innovation Payments will be finalised by 30 June 2003.