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Monday, 9 December 2002
Page: 7523


Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 6 November 2002:

(1) Were the terms of an application made through the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP) to fund the South East Packaging Operation in Moruya, New South Wales, 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 be provided of the varied application for assistance for this project from the DRAP programme.

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

(4) (a) What was the total cost of the amended proposal; and (b) what commitment was given by the applicant to meet at 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 be provided of that evaluation process; if the amended application does not include an evaluation process, why not.

(6) 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. (a) The application was varied to address and meet guideline issues. (b) Between 2 July 2001 and 11 September 2001. (c) Yes.

(2) No. The applications contain Commercial-in-confidence material.

(3) (a) $29,652, excluding GST. (b) $29,652, excluding GST.

(4) (a) $69,304, excluding GST. (b) The applicant committed $29,652 in cash and $10,000 in kind toward the project.

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

Reports as follows:

* Business establishment

* Business Start up

* Six month operational

* Final

The project to be monitored by the South East Area Consultative Committee. The proponent to report to the Committee's Moruya based project officer.

Independent audit to be conducted at the end of first period of trading.

(6) Yes.

(7) Not applicable.