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Notice given 3 July 2001

3682  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) When was the proposal for a bypass around Moree first brought to the Minister’s attention or the attention of his staff.

(2) (a) Who raised the Moree bypass proposal with the Minister or his staff; and (b) how was the proposal first raised.

(3) (a) When was the proposal for a Moree bypass first raised with the department; (b) who raised the proposal; and (c) how was it first raised with the department.

3683  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—Did the Minister or his staff contact the Moree Plains Council about the proposed Moree bypass; if so: (a) when was contact made; (b) who initiated the contact; and (c) was the contact with or by the Minister, or his staff.

3684  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—Did the Minister or his staff contact the Moree Chamber of Commerce about the proposed Moree bypass; if so: (a) when was contact made; (b) who initiated the contact; and (c) was the contact with or by the Minister, or his staff.

3685  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—Did the Minister or his staff contact the New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority about the proposed Moree bypass; if so: (a) when was contact made; (b) who initiated the contact; and (c) was the contact with or by the Minister, or his staff.

3686  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) When did the department first become aware of a proposal for a Moree bypass contained in forward strategy reports prepared by the New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority.

(2) When did the proposed Moree bypass first appear in the above forward strategy reports.

(3) When was federal funding first allocated for the development of a proposal for the construction of the proposed bypass.

(4) (a) How much funding has been allocated to date; and (b) what is the purpose of this funding.

(5) If no funding has yet been allocated, when will funding be allocated for the Moree bypass.

3687  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) What negotiations or discussions have there been with the New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA), the Moree Plains Council and the Moree Chamber of Commerce about possible Commonwealth funding for the proposed Moree bypass.

(2) (a) When did those negotiations or discussions take place with the RTA, the Council and the Chamber of Commerce; (b) who initiated those discussions; (c) what role did the Minister or his staff play in those discussions; and (d) what was the outcome of those discussions.

3688  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) What assessment process has been undertaken to date of the route selection for the proposed Moree bypass.

(2) What role has, or will, the department play in the above route selection process.

(3) What role has, or will, the Minister or his staff play in the above route selection process.

(4) (a) Who initiated the route selection process; (b) what has been the cost to date; and (c) who has undertaken the above work.

(5) (a) What has been the public consultative process followed to date in relation to the above route selection process; (b) who is managing that process; and (c) what has been the outcome of that process.

(6) (a) How many routes are currently under consideration; (b) what is the estimated cost of each of these options; (c) what is the level of community support and what is the basis of that support for each of the above options; and (d) what is the environmental impact of each of these options.

3689  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) What negotiations or discussions have there been with the New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA), the Moree Plains Council and the Moree Chamber of Commerce about route options for the proposed Moree bypass.

(2) (a) When did those negotiations or discussions take place with the RTA, the Council and the Chamber of Commerce; (b) who initiated those discussions; (c) what role did the Minister or his staff play in those discussions; and (d) what was the outcome of those discussions.

(3) What route options for a Moree bypass have been contained in forward strategy reports prepared by the RTA.

(4) When did those route options first appear in the RTA forward strategy reports.