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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6960

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

(1) Were the terms of an application made through the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme to fund the construction of a short floor manufacturing project for Australian Solar Timbers varied in any way after the initial application for funds was lodged; if so: (a) what was the basis for these variations; (b) when was each variation lodged; and (c) did the assessor of the application accept these variations.

(2) Can a copy of the varied application for assistance for this project from the programme be provided.

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

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

(5) Did this amended proposal contain an evaluation process to ensure that agreed project outcomes were met; if so, can a copy of the evaluation process be provided.

(6) (a) If the amended application does not include an evaluation process, why not; and (b) was this material sought as part of the approval process; if not, why not.

(7) 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) Yes. The application was revised. (a) the application was varied to address issues raised during the assessment. (b) 2 January 2002 and 12 April 2002. (c) Yes.

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

(3) (a) $650,000 (GST exclusive). (b) $650,000 (GST exclusive).

(4) 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.

(5) Yes. Refer QoN 739, question 8.

(6) Not applicable.

(7) Not applicable.