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Notice given 21 January 2003

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1122-1125)—

(1) (a) What capital funding was provided to Tasmania under the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) for the construction of forestry interpretation and/or visitor centres; (b) how many centres were to be constructed; (c) how many centres were constructed; (d) where are they situated; and (e) what was the cost of each centre.

(2) What conditions did the Commonwealth place on the use of the funding.

(3) Was it a condition of the grant that the centres could be sold and leased back to Forestry Tasmania; if so: (a) what conditions applied to the sale proceeds; and (b) how is the Commonwealth to recoup its funding; if not, can the government confirm the sale by Forestry Tasmania of the Forestry Eco Centre constructed at Scottsdale, Tasmania.

(4) Was part of the sale contract the lease of the building to Forestry Tasmania.

(5) What are the terms and conditions of the lease.

(6) For how many years and at what rental is the building leased.

(7) What was the Commonwealth funding for the construction of the Scottsdale centre and what was the sale price.

(8) For what purpose have the funds from the sale been used.

(9) Is it acceptable to the Commonwealth to provide recurrent funding to Forestry Tasmania through liquidation of Commonwealth-funded assets.

(10) Are there any other Commonwealth-funded Tasmanian Forestry capital projects which have been privatised and leased back to Forestry Tasmania.

(11) Did the Commonwealth recoup any funding from the sale.

(12) Are there any other RFA Commonwealth-funded Tasmanian Forestry capital projects which have been identified for sale and lease back, for example, Dismal Swamp.

(13) Is it Government policy to provide the states with capital funding and to permit the states to sell off the assets unconditionally.

1122 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

1123 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

1124 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

1125 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation