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For further enquiries please contact:

Norm Haywood, Tel. CANBERRA (062) 72.7522 or PERTH (09) 325.4325

W i l s o n T u c k e y , M,P, .

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"TUCKEY SUGGESTS C.E.P. STYLE ASSISTANCE FOR BURNT OUT FARMERS"

THE MEMBER FOR O'CONNOR, WILSON TUCKEY HAS TELEXED THE MINISTER FOR

EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS SUGGESTING AN ALTERATION TO THE C.E.P.

ARRANGEMENTS THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR CONTRIBUTIONS BY FIRE VICTIMS FOR MATCHING

C.E.P. GRANTS FOR RESTRUCTURING FENCE LINES ETC., LOST IN BUSH FIRES.

"I AM PROMPTED TO THIS THOUGHT BY A RECENT FIRE IN THE JERRAMUNGUP AREA OF

MY ELECTORATE WHICH EFFECTED 25 FARMS AND DESTROYED 250Km OF FENCES. THE

EXPENDITURE OF C.E.P. FUNDS IN THIS FASHION WOULD STILL CREATE EMPLOYMENT

AND GIVE JOB TRAINING. IN ADDITION, THE ASSISTANCE GIVEN TO THE FIRE

VICTIMS WOULD BE VERY PRODUCTIVE".

6th March, 1985.

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0 H E L O S S E S TO I N D I V I D U A L F A R M E R S A S Λ RESULT OF A LARGE BUSHFIRE UN THE JERRAMUNGUF REGION OF MY ELECTORATE HAS PROMPTED ME TO ASK YOU {7 0 CONSIDER AN ALTERATION TO THE C.E.P. GUIDELINES THAT WOULD ACCEPT 1 THE PERSONAL CONTRIBUTION OF FIRE VICTIMS AS THE " COMMUNITY ^.CONTRIBUTION1 ' UNDER C.E.P.

! UNDER THIS ARRANGEMENT RECONSTRUCTION OF UNINSURED FACILITIES COULD BE UNDERTAKEN AT SAY 1/3 OF THE COST TO FIRE VICTIMS WHILST SUPPLYING TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT TO UNEMPLOYED PERSONS. FARM FENCING iCOULD BE AN INTERESTING EXAMPLE.

I AM NOT SUGGESTING AN EXTENSION OF THE SCHEME JUST A

■i 'DIRECTION OF FUNDS TO ASSIST PERSONS WHO ARE FIRE VICTIMS THUS ASSISTING THEIR RETURN TO PRODUCTIVITY AND FAYING TAXES.

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Mr C W Tuckey MP Federal Member for O'Connor GPO Box B58 3_ ^85

PERTH WA 6001 '

Dear Mr Tuckey

I refer to your telegram of 6 March 1984 suggesting an amendment to Community Employment Program (CEP) guidelines so that bushfire victims in the Jerramungup region can be assisted by funds under the Program.

While guidelines relating to the eligibility of sponsors for CEP projects do not allow individuals to sponsor projects, community organisations are eligible and any group of people may form a "community group" for the purpose of submitting an application. For projects sponsored by community groups, the sponsor

contribution of 20% of the total project budget normally required may be waived where the group has no cash contribution and there appears little likelihood of them obtaining funds for this purpose.

In addition, the sponsor contribution is regarded as met if it is provided through a third party. I understand that State Governments frequently provide assistance to areas that have suffered significant damage through bushfires. If such

assistance is available it may be possible to use such funds as the sponsor contribution for CEP projects submitted from the Jerramungup area.

The activities to be undertaken through the CEP would need careful consideration as the Program is not intended to be used for the improvement of private property. Rather, projects should provide services and facilities to which the public has

reasonable access and which meet an identified need for which there is broad community support. ·

Approval of CEP applications cannot be assumed, as all applications are assessed on a comparative basis. Priority in funding is directed to areas most in need on the basis of the level of long-term unemployment. Applications are then

comparatively assessed against the Program guidelines and objectives, agreed priorities, the constraints of funds available and the many other project proposals.

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Information about the Program is available from Mr Peter Casey, Executive officer, CEP Secretariat, 2nd Floor, 44 St Georges Terrace, Perth, telephone 3252699 and I suggest he be contacted t by your constituents so that further advice can be provided.

I trust that this information will assist you to aid fire victims in your electorate and I thank you for your interest in the Program.

Yours sincerely

Ralph Willis

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