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Notice given 2 September 2003

1835  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the ex-Defence lands managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust:

(1) Were there any valuations done on any of the sites prior to the transfer from the Department of Defence to the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

(2) What was the valuation for each of the sites managed by the Trust.

(3) (a) Who undertook these valuations; and (b) when were they undertaken.

(4) What is the estimated current valuation for each of the sites being managed by the Trust.

(5) (a) Was there any valuation of the cost of the remediation works that were required at each of the ex-Defence sites being managed by the Trust; and (b) what was the amount of these valuations.

(6) For each financial year to date: How much has been spent on remediation and environmental works at each of the ex-Defence sites now managed by the Trust.

(7) When is it expected that all remediation work at the ex-Defence sites will be completed.

(8) What is the process by which the ex-Defence sites will be transferred to the State of New South Wales following completion of remediation works at these sites.

(9) (a) Will the sites then become part of the Sydney Harbour National Park, under the management of the New South Wales Government; and (b) when is it expected that this will occur.

1836  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) How much funding has the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust received from the Commonwealth Government in each financial year since its establishment.

(2) Does this include the initial funding of $96 million that the Trust received as part of the Federation Fund.

(3) Can a breakdown be provided of how this funding has been spent for each financial year since the Trust was established.

(4) Can a breakdown be provided of how the $96 million allocated to the Trust as part of the Federation Fund was spent.

(5) Can a breakdown be provided of every payment greater than $1 million made by the Trust since it establishment.

(6) (a) When is it expected that the work of the Trust will be completed; and (b) will the Trust be closed down once its work is completed.

(7) What are the forecasts for Commonwealth funding to the Trust for the next 4 financial years.

(8) Has the New South Wales Government made any financial contributions to the Trust at any time since its establishment; if so, can a list be proved of these contributions (i.e. date, amount, purpose etc.).

(9) Is it expected that the New South Wales Government will make any financial contributions to the Trust at any time over the next 4 years.

(10) When the remediation work being undertaken at the ex-Defence sites managed by the Trust is fully completed, and the lands are transferred to the State of New South Wales, will the New South Wales Government have to pay any money to the Commonwealth in respect of the transfer; if not, why not. 

1840  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Did Dr Peter Ellyard visit the Wide Bay Burnett region of Queensland in August 2002 in connection with the Sustainable Regions Programme.

(2) Was the visit the result of the collaboration of the department and the Wide Bay Burnett Sustainable Region Advisory Committee.

(3) What was the cost to the Commonwealth of Dr Ellyard’s visit to the Wide Bay Burnett region and can this cost be itemised.

(4) (a) What was the purpose of the visit; and (b) can a copy of the itinerary be provided.

(5) Did the visit include a public presentation at the Kondari Resort, Urangan, on 8 August 2002; if so: (a) how was the presentation advertised; and (b) how many citizens of the Wide Bay Burnett region (other than members of the committee) attended.

(6) On what basis was this visit considered a necessary part of the committee’s consideration of funding priorities for the region.

(7) Has Dr Ellyard attended meetings in other regions in connection with the Sustainable Regions Programme; if so: (a) what regions has Dr Ellyard visited at the invitation of the department and/or Sustainable Region Advisory committees; and (b) on what dates were those visits.

1841  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—What sitting fees, travelling allowances and motor vehicle allowances have been paid to each member of the Wide Bay Burnett Sustainable Regions Advisory Committee since its establishment in April 2002.

1842  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to Sustainable Regions Programme funding for the Wide Bay Burnett region of Queensland:

(1) Why is the Yarraman district included in the Wide Bay Burnett region for the purposes of the Sustainable Regions Programme but was not included in the same region for the purposes of the Wide Bay Burnett Structural Adjustment Package.

(2) (a) On what date did the Wide Bay Burnett Sustainable Region Advisory Committee call for expressions of interest from possible candidates for Sustainable Regions Programme funding; and (b) in what form was that call made.

(3) How many expressions of interest were received.

(4) On what date did the committee report registration statistics to the department.

(5) Has the committee: (a) discussed the expressions of interest with each prospective proponent; (b) assessed all expressions of interest against program guidelines; (c) identified eligible projects; (d) worked with prospective proponents of eligible projects on the development of formal funding applications; and (e) made a recommendation to the Minister on funding individual projects; if so, what was the date of the recommendation.

(6) With reference to the 29 November 2002 media statement by the Member for Wide Bay (Mr Truss) titled., ‘Strong Interest in Regional Funding’: (a) on what date was the contents of each expression of interest communicated to the Member; (b) did the committee or the department inform the Member about the contents of each expression of interest; (c) was the Minister or his office consulted about this communication; and (d) was the statement by the Member that projects being considered by the committee ‘all appeared to have potential for moving the region towards self-reliance’ based on advice from the committee or the department.

(7) Has the committee received representations from the Member for Wide Bay on behalf of prospective proponents or the committee.

1843  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to Regional Solutions Programme funding for the 2002-03 financial year for projects that provide assistance to people living in the federal electorate of Wide Bay, for each project:

(1) What is the name of the project.

(2) What is the name of the proponent.

(3) What is the business address of the proponent.

(4) What amount of funding has been allocated to the project.

(5) On what date was the funding allocation announced.

(6) What is the nature of the project.

(7) What amount of funding has the proponent received and on what dates.