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Monday, 2 December 2002
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Senator Cherry asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 16 October 2002:

(1) (a) How many projects have applied for approval under the Regional Solutions Program;

(b) how many have been approved; and

(c) how many have been rejected.

(2) For each federal electorate:

(a) what was the total number of projects applied for and the total value of grants applied for;

(b) what was the total number of projects approved and the value of those grants; and

(c) what was the total number of projects rejected and the value of those grants.

(3) What projects has the Minister approved which were not recommended for approval by the advisory committee.

(4) What projects has the Minister rejected which had been recommended for approval by the advisory committee.

(5) What projects were approved by the Minister without reference to the advisory committee.


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) (a) As at Friday, 18 October 2002, a total of 1652 projects have applied for approval under the Regional Solutions Programme.

(b) Of these, 550 have been approved.

(c) A further 707 have been rejected.

(2) (a) For each federal electorate, the total number of projects and total value of the grants applied for are as follows:

Electorate

Number of Applications

Value of Bids

Adelaide

0

$0

Aston

1

$108,636

Ballarat

18

$5,325,881

Banks

0

$0

Barker

36

$4,991,360

Barton

0

$0

Bass

16

$2,294,755

Batman

0

$0

Bendigo

25

$4,158,815

Bennelong

0

$0

Berowra

0

$0

Blair

15

$1,546,568

Blaxland

1

$36,364

Bonython

5

$915,445

Boothby

0

$0

Bowman

2

$156,596

Braddon

12

$2,577,147

Bradfield

0

$0

Brand

5

$328,946

Brisbane

3

$563,068

Bruce

0

$0

Burke

5

$1,176,440

Calare

18

$2,745,073

Calwell

0

$0

Canberra

1

$41,350

Canning

9

$5,631,465

Capricornia

37

$5,988,266

Casey

1

$154,545

Charlton

3

$253,545

Chifley

1

$231,818

Chisholm

0

$0

Cook

0

$0

Corangamite

8

$660,166

Corio

3

$676,817

Cowan

0

$0

Cowper

42

$9,288,554

Cunningham

3

$839,330

Curtin

0

$0

Dawson

46

$7,273,805

Deakin

0

$0

Denison

2

$422,237

Dickson

1

$200,000

Dobell

2

$21,419

Dunkley

2

$705,000

Eden-Monaro

50

$9,779,412

Fadden

4

$1,387,205

Fairfax

31

$5,037,755

Farrer

35

$4,805,556

Fisher

10

$1,730,565

Flinders

1

$117,272

Forde

8

$1,809,022

Forrest

40

$6,501,954

Fowler

0

$0

Franklin

4

$398,287

Fraser

2

$2,189,223

Fremantle

0

$0

Gellibrand

0

$0

Gilmore

18

$2,799,074

Gippsland

38

$7,798,818

Goldstein

0

$0

Grayndler

0

$0

Greenway

0

$0

Grey

59

$9,814,208

Griffith

0

$0

Groom

10

$1,570,059

Gwydir

65

$10,657,051

Hasluck

0

$0

Herbert

13

$2,761,356

Higgins

0

$0

Hindmarsh

1

$14,775

Hinkler

17

$2,935,901

Holt

0

$0

Hotham

0

$0

Hughes

0

$0

Hume

16

$2,051,824

Hunter

10

$1,462,086

Indi

26

$4,688,988

Isaacs

1

$104,400

Jagajaga

0

$0

Kalgoorlie

75

$10,025,145

Kennedy

36

$6,240,224

Kingsford-Smith

0

$0

Kingston

0

$0

Kooyong

0

$0

La Trobe

0

$0

Lalor

0

$0

Leichhardt

18

$2,377,479

Lilley

0

$0

Lindsay

1

$77,580

Lingiari

47

$6,632,098

Longman

4

$775,214

Lowe

2

$7,000

Lyne

38

$6,405,414

Lyons

31

$3,762,986

Macarthur

0

$0

Mackellar

0

$0

Macquarie

3

$663,878

Makin

0

$0

Mallee

38

$3,705,904

Maranoa

62

$11,792,512

Maribyrnong

0

$0

Mayo

3

$309,618

McEwen

14

$2,355,055

McMillan

16

$2,350,506

McPherson

2

$537,654

Melbourne

5

$837,720

Melbourne Ports

0

$0

Menzies

0

$0

Mitchell

0

$0

Moncrieff

2

$136,200

Moore

1

$70,268

Moreton

0

$0

Murray

32

$4,159,288

New England

52

$8,288,046

Newcastle

13

$2,160,865

North Sydney

0

$0

O'Connor

82

$10,978,018

Oxley

5

$861,318

Page

36

$4,045,942

Parkes

46

$7,500,199

Parramatta

0

$0

Paterson

11

$1,687,549

Pearce

26

$3,396,363

Perth

0

$0

Petrie

1

$144,090

Port Adelaide

0

$0

Prospect

0

$0

Rankin

18

$4,583,530

Reid

0

$0

Richmond

20

$3,471,544

Riverina

24

$4,487,168

Robertson

6

$1,001,559

Ryan

0

$0

Scullin

0

$0

Shortland

0

$0

Solomon

7

$1,046,684

Stirling

0

$0

Sturt

0

$0

Swan

0

$0

Sydney

1

$134,545

Tangney

0

$0

Throsby

5

$2,435,949

Wakefield

18

$2,339,861

Wannon

30

$5,193,374

Warringah

1

$50,000

Watson

0

$0

Wentworth

0

$0

Werriwa

0

$0

Wide Bay

38

$5,875,160

Wills

0

$0

Totals

1652

$272,631,714

(2) (b) For each federal electorate, the total number of approved projects and total value of the grants approved (exclusive of GST) are as follows:

Electorate

Approved Projects

Value of Grants

Adelaide

0

$0

Aston

0

$0

Ballarat

8

$1,471,442

Banks

0

$0

Barker

12

$827,934

Barton

0

$0

Bass

3

$556,000

Batman

0

$0

Bendigo

8

$750,353

Bennelong

0

$0

Berowra

0

$0

Blair

3

$323,712

Blaxland

0

$0

Bonython

1

$150,000

Boothby

0

$0

Bowman

0

$0

Braddon

4

$260,316

Bradfield

0

$0

Brand

2

$102,773

Brisbane

1

$250,000

Bruce

0

$0

Burke

0

$0

Calare

5

$367,211

Calwell

0

$0

Canberra

0

$0

Canning

2

$182,953

Capricornia

14

$1,593,983

Casey

0

$0

Charlton

1

$100,000

Chifley

0

$0

Chisholm

0

$0

Cook

0

$0

Corangamite

3

$97,727

Corio

0

$0

Cowan

0

$0

Cowper

10

$924,799

Cunningham

0

$0

Curtin

0

$0

Dawson

13

$1,086,648

Deakin

0

$0

Denison

0

$0

Dickson

0

$0

Dobell

0

$0

Dunkley

1

$205,000

Eden-Monaro

12

$1,120,188

Fadden

0

$0

Fairfax

13

$1,363,871

Farrer

12

$609,031

Fisher

0

$0

Flinders

0

$0

Forde

3

$580,655

Forrest

18

$1,885,587

Fowler

0

$0

Franklin

2

$24,250

Fraser

1

$2,000,000

Fremantle

0

$0

Gellibrand

0

$0

Gilmore

9

$612,183

Gippsland

14

$1,420,388

Goldstein

0

$0

Grayndler

0

$0

Greenway

0

$0

Grey

20

$1,083,601

Griffith

0

$0

Groom

2

$533,181

Gwydir

29

$3,138,462

Hasluck

0

$0

Herbert

3

$242,241

Higgins

0

$0

Hindmarsh

0

$0

Hinkler

6

$704,826

Holt

0

$0

Hotham

0

$0

Hughes

0

$0

Hume

4

$315,021

Hunter

4

$189,174

Indi

9

$1,226,151

Isaacs

0

$0

Jagajaga

0

$0

Kalgoorlie

24

$1,413,472

Kennedy

13

$1,084,480

Kingsford-Smith

0

$0

Kingston

0

$0

Kooyong

0

$0

La Trobe

0

$0

Lalor

0

$0

Leichhardt

7

$474,909

Lilley

0

$0

Lindsay

0

$0

Lingiari

21

$2,505,373

Longman

0

$0

Lowe

0

$0

Lyne

11

$578,726

Lyons

10

$291,491

Macarthur

0

$0

Mackellar

0

$0

Macquarie

2

$463,983

Makin

0

$0

Mallee

16

$1,035,540

Maranoa

24

$2,844,581

Maribyrnong

0

$0

Mayo

2

$130,545

McEwen

8

$426,274

McMillan

6

$478,927

McPherson

0

$0

Melbourne

0

$0

Melbourne Ports

0

$0

Menzies

0

$0

Mitchell

0

$0

Moncrieff

0

$0

Moore

0

$0

Moreton

0

$0

Murray

9

$495,335

New England

19

$1,684,877

Newcastle

3

$167,790

North Sydney

0

$0

O'Connor

29

$2,639,550

Oxley

1

$4,545

Page

11

$466,509

Parkes

19

$1,785,514

Parramatta

0

$0

Paterson

4

$218,500

Pearce

11

$399,077

Perth

0

$0

Petrie

0

$0

Port Adelaide

0

$0

Prospect

0

$0

Rankin

0

$0

Reid

0

$0

Richmond

6

$537,244

Riverina

9

$1,212,742

Robertson

1

$25,000

Ryan

0

$0

Scullin

0

$0

Shortland

0

$0

Solomon

3

$142,829

Stirling

0

$0

Sturt

0

$0

Swan

0

$0

Sydney

1

$50,000

Tangney

0

$0

Throsby

0

$0

Wakefield

6

$374,586

Wannon

9

$1,210,281

Warringah

0

$0

Watson

0

$0

Wentworth

0

$0

Werriwa

0

$0

Wide Bay

13

$1,051,698

Wills

0

$0

Totals

550

$50,494,039

(2) (c) For each federal electorate, the total number of projects rejected and total value of the grants applied for are as follows:

Electorate

Rejected projects

Value of bids

Adelaide

0

$0

Aston

1

$108,636

Ballarat

7

$3,030,334

Banks

0

$0

Barker

15

$2,409,121

Barton

0

$0

Bass

9

$1,620,873

Batman

0

$0

Bendigo

11

$1,903,028

Bennelong

0

$0

Berowra

0

$0

Blair

9

$1,100,639

Blaxland

1

$36,364

Bonython

3

$260,900

Boothby

0

$0

Bowman

1

$94,090

Braddon

7

$2,045,013

Bradfield

0

$0

Brand

1

$24,000

Brisbane

2

$108,523

Bruce

0

$0

Burke

3

$998,940

Calare

10

$1,664,677

Calwell

0

$0

Canberra

0

$0

Canning

5

$1,934,500

Capricornia

13

$2,005,538

Casey

1

$154,545

Charlton

1

$4,545

Chifley

1

$231,818

Chisholm

0

$0

Cook

0

$0

Corangamite

4

$200,166

Corio

2

$222,272

Cowan

0

$0

Cowper

26

$5,813,427

Cunningham

1

$136,364

Curtin

0

$0

Dawson

23

$3,440,398

Deakin

0

$0

Denison

2

$422,237

Dickson

1

$200,000

Dobell

2

$21,419

Dunkley

1

$500,000

Eden-Monaro

25

$5,141,708

Fadden

3

$1,079,432

Fairfax

11

$1,590,706

Farrer

13

$2,202,885

Fisher

5

$670,170

Flinders

1

$117,272

Forde

3

$813,634

Forrest

15

$2,012,187

Fowler

0

$0

Franklin

2

$52,425

Fraser

1

$189,223

Fremantle

0

$0

Gellibrand

0

$0

Gilmore

8

$1,486,891

Gippsland

11

$1,872,203

Goldstein

0

$0

Grayndler

0

$0

Greenway

0

$0

Grey

24

$4,031,611

Griffith

0

$0

Groom

7

$866,878

Gwydir

23

$4,086,495

Hasluck

0

$0

Herbert

5

$633,888

Higgins

0

$0

Hindmarsh

0

$0

Hinkler

6

$957,567

Holt

0

$0

Hotham

0

$0

Hughes

0

$0

Hume

10

$1,324,305

Hunter

5

$1,152,381

Indi

15

$2,211,195

Isaacs

1

$104,400

Jagajaga

0

$0

Kalgoorlie

26

$4,513,485

Kennedy

15

$3,606,775

Kingsford-Smith

0

$0

Kingston

0

$0

Kooyong

0

$0

La Trobe

0

$0

Lalor

0

$0

Leichhardt

4

$638,869

Lilley

0

$0

Lindsay

1

$77,580

Lingiari

15

$1,953,860

Longman

2

$599,277

Lowe

0

$0

Lyne

13

$1,718,164

Lyons

15

$2,017,412

Macarthur

0

$0

Mackellar

0

$0

Macquarie

1

$199,895

Makin

0

$0

Mallee

12

$1,351,562

Maranoa

21

$5,259,066

Maribyrnong

0

$0

Mayo

1

$166,618

McEwen

2

$920,545

McMillan

7

$1,262,014

McPherson

1

$500,000

Melbourne

2

$184,545

Melbourne Ports

0

$0

Menzies

0

$0

Mitchell

0

$0

Moncrieff

2

$136,200

Moore

0

$0

Moreton

0

$0

Murray

14

$1,854,373

New England

19

$3,209,525

Newcastle

6

$1,553,679

North Sydney

0

$0

O'Connor

34

$4,153,793

Oxley

2

$339,273

Page

22

$2,269,350

Parkes

18

$3,048,000

Parramatta

0

$0

Paterson

4

$424,619

Pearce

7

$1,422,005

Perth

0

$0

Petrie

1

$144,090

Port Adelaide

0

$0

Prospect

0

$0

Rankin

16

$3,820,856

Reid

0

$0

Richmond

12

$2,586,147

Riverina

10

$1,860,826

Robertson

3

$732,920

Ryan

0

$0

Scullin

0

$0

Shortland

0

$0

Solomon

3

$522,491

Stirling

0

$0

Sturt

0

$0

Swan

0

$0

Sydney

0

$0

Tangney

0

$0

Throsby

5

$2,435,949

Wakefield

7

$616,830

Wannon

12

$1,997,186

Warringah

0

$0

Watson

0

$0

Wentworth

0

$0

Werriwa

0

$0

Wide Bay

15

$2,592,566

Wills

0

$0

Totals

707

$123,980,169

(3) As at Friday, 18 October 2002, there are eleven projects that Ministers approved, which were not recommended for approval by the Regional Solutions Programme Advisory Committee (RSPAC). Projects are as follows:

Account No

Group Funded

Project Title

Sum Granted (GST Inc)

111

The Hut Community Information and Resource Centre Inc

Aldgate Railway Station

$137,000

457

Bowen Collinsville Enterprise Group Inc

Bowen Shire e-Commerce Centre

$440,000

1182

Gippsland Timber Development Inc

Forests for the Future

$330,000

161

National Rose Garden of Australia Inc

National Rose Garden of Australia

$81,400

460

Southern Downs Steam Railway Assoc Inc

Steam Locomotive Refurbishment, Boiler Rebuild and Recommissioning

$400,000

1101

Scone Shire Council

Scone Medical Centre

$275,000

1689

Diamantina Shire Council

Resolving the School Transportation Crisis in Central Queensland

$44,000

1690

Isisford Shire Council

Resolving the School Transportation Crisis in Central Queensland

$44,000

1620

Barcoo Shire Council

Resolving the School Transportation Crisis in Central Queensland

$44,000

897

Council of the City of Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains World Heritage Cultural Centre contribution towards building costs

$500,000

1034

Pyrenees Shire Council

Avoca Exhibition and Convention Centre - Stage 3

$440,000

Note: In preparing the response to Question (3), two additional projects have been identified which should have been included in the answer to Question on Notice RDG 10 asked at Budget Estimates 29 - 30 May 2002. It should be noted, however, that details of both projects, numbers 897 and 1034, were listed on the Department of Transport and Regional Services' website, www.dotars.gov.au and www.regionalsolutions.gov.au under Approved Projects for the Regional Solutions Programme.

(4) As at Friday, 18 October 2002, the following eight projects were recommended by the RSPAC but not approved by Ministers.

Account No

Applicant Group

Project Title

Bid Amount

746

District Council of Barunga West (SA)

Community Development Officer

$94,092

1138

Crookwell Shire Council

Coordination of the future of Crookwell Shire

$46,136

917

Wagga Wagga City Council

Rebuilding Community Capacity

$97,564

575

Northern Areas Council

Strategic Planning Officer for Community and Economic Development

$100,000

1144

Rotary Club of Narrabri Inc

Narrabri Skateboard Park

$40,760

1292

Moira Shire Council

Moira Regional Community Revitalisation Programme Stage 2

$66,450

1106

Cummins and District Enterprise Committee

Community Liaison Coordinator Project

$84,990

1359

Perenjori Shire Council

Shared Community Development Officer Project

$100,000

(5) As at Friday, 18 October 2002 there are nine projects that have been approved by the Ministers without reference to the RSPAC.

Account No

Group Funded

Project Title

Sum Granted (GST Inc)

1084

St Phillips College

Fred Mackay Centre

$275,000

1057

Ballarat City Council

Ballarat Retail Development Program

$330,000

1066

North East TelecommunicationsCo-operative Ltd

Centre for On-Line Regional Excellence (CORE)

$330,000

1251

Central Goldfields Shire Council

Central Goldfields Rural Plan Business Cluster Improvement Implementation

$110,000

1597

Mackay Tourism and Development Bureau Ltd

Mackay's Artificial Reef Project

$304,150

1678

Shoalhaven City Council

Catering Vehicle for Shoalhaven Rural Fire Service

$18,000

1679

Shoalhaven City Council

Shoalhaven Rural Fire Service Paging System

$100,000

1680

Council of the Municipality of Kiama

Microfiche Digitiser for the Kiama Family History Centre

$20,000

1738

Frontier Services

John Flynn Foundation

$25,000(GSTexclusive)

Note: Projects where the value of the bid is less than $10,000 (GST exclusive) and the recommended funding is under $10,000 (GST exclusive) are not required to be referred to the RSPAC before being put forward for the Minister's consideration. Hence, details of such projects have not been included in the response to Question Five.