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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6957

Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 4 October 2002:

(1) Has work commenced on a proposal funded through the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme to construct a short floor manufacturing project for Australian Solar Timbers.

(2) When did work commence on the construction of the plant.

(3) If the construction of the plant has been completed, what was the date of completion.

(4) If there was a variation in the estimated costs of the construction of the plant and the actual cost what was the level of the cost variation.

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

(1) Yes.

(2) 31 July 2002.

(3) The Department has not been advised by the proponent that the project has been completed.

(4) The proponent has not advised the Department of any changes in estimated costs following the approval of Dairy RAP funds.