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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6964

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

With reference to the answer to questions on notice nos 503 and 504 (Senate Hansard, 25 September 2002, pp 4683-4):

(1) Can a copy of the details of the evaluation process included in the application for funding by Moruya Decking and Cladding Pty Limited for a steel profiling plant at Moruya, New South Wales, be provided.

(2) Has an independent evaluation of the project, against the project plan and the objectives and performance indicators contained within, now been conducted; if so: (a) who undertook the evaluation; (b) when did it commence; (c) when was it completed; and (d) who has assessed the findings of the evaluation.

(3) Did the proponent of this project provide monthly progress reports in accordance with section 1.17 of the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP) guidelines for project proposals; if so, how many progress reports were lodged and when were they lodged; if not, why not.

(4) On how many occasions did officers from the state office of the department visit the above project in accordance with section 1.18 of the DRAP guidelines for project proposals.

(5) (a) Has the proponent submitted a completed evaluation form, including audited financial statements; if not, why not; and (b) what action has been taken to ensure the proponent complies with the DRAP.

(6) What evidence has the proponent of this project provided to the department that the project has been completed in the specified manner.

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. 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.

(2) No.

(a) Not applicable.

(b) Not applicable.

(c) Not applicable.

(d) Not applicable.

(3) The proponent provided a bimonthly report, as per Dairy RAP Information Guide to the Application for Funding, which stipulate the requirements for bimonthly reporting for projects of 5 to 9 months duration. Two progress reports were lodged, 30 April 2002 and 3 July 2002.

(4) Once.

(5) (a) No. The proponent is still to finalise reports.

(b) Refer to questions three and four above.

(6) No evidence has been provided as the proponent has not completed the project.