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Monday, 7 March 2005
Page: 202

Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 23 December 2004:

(1)   What was the cost of the study of Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal activities funded under the Regional and Rural Development Grants program and completed in 2003-04.

(2)   Who undertook the study.

(3)   Will the Minister provide a copy of the study; if not, why not.

(4)   When did the department complete its review of the study’s findings.

(5)   Will the Minister provide a copy of the department’s review; if not, why not.

(6)   What action has been taken by the department based on the study’s findings.

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)   $32 836 plus GST.

(2)   Linda Griffith Consultancy Pty Ltd.

(3)   No. The Linda Griffith Report informed part of the FRRR Progress Review which is an internal departmental review.

(4)   A progress review of FRRR performance was completed by DOTARS in November 2004. The Linda Griffith Report was one aspect taken into account.  

(5)   No. The FRRR Progress Review is internal departmental advice to the Minister.

(6)   The recommendations of the FRRR Progress Review have been agreed to by the Minister and provided to the FRRR Board.