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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6963


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 8 October 2002:

(1) In relation to the grant of some $214 172 under the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP), announced on 11 April 2001 in round three of the programme, to fund the employment of DRAP coordinators to be located in the Australia's Holiday Coast, Hunter, Northern Rivers, Shoalhaven and South East New South Wales regions: in each case, when were the coordinators appointed.

(2) (a) What level of funding was provided to each of the above regions; and (b) for what period has the funding been provided.

(3) In relation to the above positions, in each case: (a) what evaluation process and performance indicators were included in each application; (b) what were the project outcomes identified by the applicant; and (c) what is the duration of each appointment.


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) The Australia's Holiday Coast facilitator was appointed 1/2/2001.

The Hunter facilitator was appointed 1/2/2001.

The Northern Rivers facilitator was appointed 1/2/2001.

The Shoalhaven facilitator was appointed 1/3/2001.

The South East New South Wales facilitator was appointed 1/3/2001.

(2)

Area Consultative Committee Facilitator

Funding

Contract Period

Australia's Holiday Coast

$48,000

1/2/2001-31/1/2002

Hunter

$38,000

1/2/2001-31/1/2002

Northern Rivers

$38,000

1/2/2001-31/1/2002

Shoalhaven

$33,198

1/3/2001-9/4/2002

South East New South Wales

$39,974

1/3/2001-9/4/2002

(3) (a) Each application contained an evaluation process whereby the relevant Area Consultative Committee would prepare a final evaluation report against the project plan and its impact in assisting dairy dependent communities.

(b) The project outcomes for each of the facilitator projects were to support dairy-dependent communities to initiate, develop and seek funding for projects under the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme and other funding alternatives within their region.

(c) The duration of each appointment is detailed as the `Contract Period' in question two above.