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Monday, 9 December 2002
Page: 7524

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

(1) When did work commence on the expansion of the South East Packing Operation funded through the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP).

(2) (a) What was the nature of that work; and (b) when was it completed.

(3) If there was a variation in the estimated cost of the work and the actual cost, what was the level of the cost variation.

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) 1 March 2002.

(2) (a) Construction and fit-out of packing room, including associated Development Application approvals. (b) The project is not due for completion until 4 February 2003.

(3) The proponent has not advised the Department of any changes in estimated costs following the approval of Dairy RAP funds.