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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.