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Wednesday, 9 February 2005
Page: 172


Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, upon notice, on 20 December 2004:

(1)   On what date were expressions of interest and/ or applications first sought under round one of the scheme.

(2)   Did Primary Energy Limited lodge an expression of interest and/ or application under round one, if so: (a) on what date(s); (b) on what date did Primary Energy Limited receive a debriefing on its unsuccessful application; (c) what form did the debriefing take; and (d) who participated in the debriefing.

(3)   What was the closing date for lodgement of applications.

(4)   How many applications were lodged.

(5)   On what date were the successful projects announced.

(6)   What projects were funded under this round.

(7)   For each successful project from round one of the scheme, will the Minister provide: (a) the amount of funding offered; (b) a brief description; and (c) progress report including grants paid.

(8)   How many jobs have been created as a result of round one of the scheme.

(9)   On what date were expressions of interest and/ or applications first sought under round two of the scheme.

(10)   Did Primary Energy Limited lodge an expression of interest and/ or application; if so, so what date(s).

(11)   What was the closing date for lodgement of applications.

(12)   How many applications have been lodged.

(13)   Do the published round two guidelines advise that applicants would be advised of the outcome late in 2004.

(14)   On what date were round two assessments completed.

(15)   On what date did Invest Australia provide a shortlist to the Ministers of projects that meet the scheme criteria.


Senator Minchin (Minister for Finance and Administration) —The Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   25 July 2003.

(2)   This information is not available due to its commercial in confidence nature.

(3)   12 December 2003 (this was revised subsequently due to changes to excise regime).

(4)   41 applications.

(5)   22 June 2004.

(6)   The successful projects were: CSR Distilleries Operations; Biodiesel Industries Australia; Schumer Pty Ltd; Biodiesel Producers Ltd and Australian Renewable Fuels Pty Ltd.

(7) (a)   (b) CSR Distilleries Operations ($4.16 million), an ethanol plant at Sarina, QLD ($4.16 million); Biodiesel Industries Australia, a biodiesel plant at Rutherford, NSW ($1.28 million); Schumer Pty Ltd [Rocky Point Sugar Mill], an ethanol plant at Woongoolba, QLD($2.4 million); Biodiesel Producers Ltd, a biodiesel plant at Barnawatha, VIC ($9.6 million); and Australian Renewable Fuels Pty Ltd, a biodiesel plant in Port Adelaide, SA ($7.15 million). (c) All projects are currently finalising relevant deeds of agreements with the Commonwealth of Australia, before grants are paid.

(8)   Almost 100 new jobs.

(9)   22 June 2004.

(10)   This information is not available due to its commercial in confidence nature.

(11)   31 August 2004.

(12)   23 applications.

(13)   Yes.

(14)   On 23 December 2004, Minister Macfarlane announced the successful projects under round two of the Program.

(15)   Invest Australia provided assessments and analysis of individual applicants under round two of the Program to the Government.  No shortlist of projects was provided to the Minister.