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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6958

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

(1) When was an application made through the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme to fund a short floor manufacturing project for Australian Solar Timbers lodged with Australia's Holiday Coast Area Consultative Committee.

(2) Who lodged the application.

(3) What date was the application lodged.

(4) Can a copy of the original application for assistance, and all related documentation, for this project from the programme be provided.

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

(6) When was funding for the project approved.

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

(8) 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.

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

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) 9 May 2001.

(2) The proponent, Australian Solar Timbers Pty Ltd

(3) See question (1) above.

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

(5) (a) The application sought $1,000,000 (GST exclusive). (b) $650,000 (GST exclusive).

(6) 26 April 2002.

(7) The total cost of the project is $2,051,000 (GST exclusive). The Commonwealth will provide cash of $650,000 (GST exclusive), the proponent has committed to provide $780,000 (GST exclusive) cash, and $621,000 in kind.

(8) Yes. Provided below are the details of the evaluation process:

· Bimonthly and final reports - report materials provided by management with assistance from independent groups, eg, accountant/auditor/tax agent.

· Independent review oversighted by Project Manager.

· Independent evaluation on project completion against project plan, objectives and performance indicators provided by the proponent.

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