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Wednesday, 9 February 2005
Page: 160


Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 22 November 2004:

With reference to all applications for public funding of the National Equine and Livestock Centre project in Tamworth (excluding the Regional Partnerships Programme application)

(1)   On what dates have applications been received.

(2)   For each application:

(a)  

   under what departmental program was funding sought;

(b)  

   what quantum of funding was sought;

(c)  

   for what purpose was funding sought;

(d)  

(i)   what independent assessment was instituted in respect to each application,

(ii)  

   who undertook the independent assessment in each case,

(iii)  

   over what time were the independent assessments made, and

(iv)  

   what was the cost; and

(e)  

(i)   what funding decision was made,

(ii)  

   who made it, and

(iii)  

   on what date was it made.


Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   9 September 2000

(2) (a)   Regional Assistance Program

(b)  

   $33,000 (GST inclusive)

(c)  

   Partially fund a feasibility study of the proposed Australian Equine and Livestock Centre.

(d)  

(i)   , (ii), (iii) and (iv) none

(e)  

(i)   $33,000 (GST inclusive)

(ii)  

   The delegate was a Senior Executive Officer in the then Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.

(iii)  

   The decision was announced by the Hon Tony Abbott MP, Minister for Employment Services on 12 December 2000.