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Wednesday, 4 November 1992
Page: 2658

(Question No. 1824)

Mr Truss asked the Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment and Territories, upon notice, on 20 August 1992:

  (1) Has the Federal Government received acquittal reports from the Queensland Government covering details of expenditure of the Common—wealth's contribution to the compensation package for the World Heritage Listing of Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Region further to that referred to in her answer to question No. 1378 (Hansard, 30 March 1992, page 1439); if so, (a) what are the details of expenditure covered by each report and (b) is the Government satisfied that (i) the sums covered by the reports have been prudently spent and (ii) that all funds have been used by the Queensland Government to relieve losses caused by World Heritage Listing.

  (2) Has the Commonwealth made any additional payments under the compensation package to the Queensland Government; if so, in each case, (a) what sum and (b) when.

Mrs Kelly —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

  (1) In compliance with the terms of the agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Queensland, the Queensland Government has provided a statement of expenditure and receipts for the period ending 30 June 1992.

  Expenditure to 30 June 1992 on the 6 categories of assistance was:

  Worker Redundancy Package—$1,731,879

  Maryborough Heritage Projects—$397,000

  Road Upgradings—Fraser Island—$95,091

  Thinning to Waste Products—$67,945

  Park Employment Projects—$1,287,954

  Miscellaneous Employment Creation and Regional Business Promotion—$304,662


  The Commonwealth Government is satisfied that this expenditure is in accordance with the terms of the agreement to provide structural adjustment assistance to Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Region following World Heritage nomination.

  (2) No additional payments under the Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Region Structural Adjustment Package have been made to the Queensland Government beyond those outlined in the intergovernment Agreement. As required by the terms of the Agreement, the Commonwealth Government has made two payments of $3.5m each to the Queensland Government.