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Wednesday, 17 November 1976

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development, upon notice:

(   1 ) What was the value and number of applications for assistance under the National Estate program awaiting approval in each State as at (a) 30 June 1975,(b)31 December 1975 and (c) 30 June 1976.

(2)   What was the value and location of projects funded under the program in each State between (a) July and December 1975, and (b) January and June 1976.

(3)   What is the value and location of projects to be funded in 1976-77.

Mr Newman - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   (a) Nil. Applications received under the 1974-75 program, which were not funded were regarded as lapsed as at June 1975.

(b)   Applications for assistance under the 1975-76 National Estate program were invited by way of press advertisements on 9 July 1975. In addition separate submissions for assistance were invited from State Governments and National Trusts. Applications closed on 1 5 August 1 975.

The value and number of projects for which assistance was sought is as follows:

(c)   Nil. Applications were not invited for a 1976-77 program, and any applications outstanding from the 1975-76 invitation were regarded as lapsed.

(2)   (a) and (b) Applications for assistance were considered by the Interim Committee on the National Estate, and following this Committee's recommendations programs were approved by the Minister for Urban and Regional Development in the caretaker Government on 25 November 1975 as follows:



A list is attached which indicates the individual projects approved, their location and value.

The financial agreements with the States relating to these programs were signed in late 1975/early 1976, and generally the programs were fully operational by early 1 976.

(3)   With regard to 1976-77 the Government has decided as an economic measure to curtail spending on the national estate program. The $1,350,000 provided in the Budget is to be used where there are firm legal commitments arising from agreements made in previous years. In these circumstances no new projects are to be funded in 1 976-77.






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