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Tuesday, 3 March 1998
Page: 290


Mr McClelland asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, upon notice, on 20 November 1997:

(1) Has the Minister's Department engaged consultants since 2 March 1996; if so, (a) which consultants have been engaged, (b) what was the nature of the work undertaken in each case and (c) what sum was paid in each case.

(2) What is the estimated cost of consultancy work being undertaken for the Minister's Department for which no payment has been made.


Mr Anderson (Primary Industries and Energy) —The Minister for the Environment has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) I have provided below the details for consultancies commissioned by my department for the period 1 July 1997 to 20 November 1997. Details for 1995/96 and 1996/97 are available in the "Supplementary Information to the Annual Report" for those respective financial years. Extracts have been provided to the honourable member and to the House of Representatives Table Office.

ENVIRONMENT PRIORITIES AND COORDINATION

(a) Consultant

(b) Description

(c) Amount Paid $

Wizard Computing

Data loading and image processing for Australian Coastal Atlas

15,652

Live Content Engineering and Design P/L

Undertake the Australian Directory of Coastal and Marine Monitoring (ADCaMM) software application project

7,500

Live Content Engineering and Design P/L

Development of a Systems Architecture for the Australian Coastal Atlas

9,500

CSC Australia P/L

Undertake software application project for use in the Australian Coastal Atlas

4,740

Sinclair Knight and Mertz

Update of Coastal Vegetation and Landforms information

10,000

CRC Soil and Land

Environmental Indicators Coordinator Workshop

27,489

Centre for Resource and Environment Studies

Sectorial Gaps Analysis of 96 State of the Environment Report

2,600

Professor Richard Norgaard

Participate and present paper at Minister's Environmental Economics Round Table

6,850

Professor T. Hundloe

Participate and present paper at Minister's Environmental Economics Round Table

3,175

Australian Irrigation Technology Centre

Participate and present paper at Minister's Environmental Economics Round Table

2,425

Allen Consulting Group

Participate and present paper at Minister's Environmental Economics Round Table

4,675

CSIRO Division of Wildlife and Ecology

Participate and present paper at Minister's Environmental Economics Round Table

3,000

Ecoservices P/L

Participate and present paper at Minister's Environmental Economics Round Table

3,175

Freelance Ecology (Dr Bruce Wellingon)

Completion of the Biodiversity Technical Report and the biodiversity component of the CRA summary report for the Central Highlands RFA region

7,600

Context Pty Ltd

Identification and Assessment of Community Heritage Values in Victoria North East CRA Forest Region

20,000

Robin Crocker and Associates

Identification and Assessment of National Estate Aesthetic Value in the North West CRA Forest Regions

20,000

Bing Lucas

Desktop data audit of available information on potential and known World Heritage values in Tasmania

3,365

Project Support Services

Scheduling services for the CRA/Regional Forest Agreements Program

2,107

Graham Watson

Application of Specialised software for WA regional forest agreement

6,075

Environs Consulting Pty Ltd (Mr Rod Safstrom)

WA regional forest agreement assessment review of disturbances on vascular flora in the South-west forest region

15,580

CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products (Dr Neal Bougher)

WA regional forest agreement assessment review of disturbances on fungi in the South-west forest region

12,000

Curtin University of Technology (Professor Byron Lamont)

WA regional forest agreement assessment project—review of disturbances on ecosystems processes in the South-west forest region

13,500

Edith Cowan University (Dr Pierre Horwitz)

WA regional forest agreement assessment project—review of disturbances on aquatic invertebrates and fish in the South-west forest region

8,100

Curtin Consultancies (Dr Jonathon Majer)

Review of Disturbances on Terrestrial Invertebrates in the SW Forest Region of WA

18,750

CSIRO Mathematical and Information Services

Mapping Remnant Native Vegetation in the SW Forest Region of WA Using Remotely Sensed and Related Spatial Data

43,150

Dr Per Christensen

Consultancy for review of key disturbances on vertebrate fauna in the south west forest region of WA

14,100

Ms Marilyn Morgan

National Estate Indigenous Consultation Program—Local Community Liaison Officer—Manjimup Region

1,000

Mr Ron Cross

National Estate Indigenous Consultation Program—Local Community Liaison Officer—Collie Region

870

Mr Joseph Northover

National Estate Indigenous Consultation Program—Local Community Liaison Officer—Collie Region

500

Mr Kelvin Quartermaine

National Estate Indigenous Consultation Program—Local Community Liaison Officer—Bussleton Region

500

Mr Matthew Khan

National Estate Indigenous Consultation Program—Local Community Liaison Officer—Bussleton Region

500

Mr Les Eades

National Estate Indigenous Consultation Program—Local Community Liaison Officer—Narrogin Region

1,000

Mr Theo Kearing

National Estate Indigenous Consultation Program—Local Community Liaison Officer—Manjimup Region

1,000

Dr Graham Watson

Assistance with instruction of staff in the use of the species modelling software package at Qld Dept of Natural Resources

192

Ms Colleen Morris

Participation in the Expert Workshop `Identifying and Assessing values and places in NSW forests' held in Sydney on 5/6/97

500

Mr Phil Gilmour

Attendance at `Response to Disturbance Expert Flora Workshop' in Canberra on 24-25/7/97

1,259

Mr Phil Gilmour

Attendance at Workshop on Method development for non-target JANIS criteria, natural national estate values on 208/97

400

Mr Phil Gilmour

Attendance at `Response to Disturbance Expert Flora Workshop', 27-28/8/97

1,196

CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology (Michael Doherty)

Attendance at `Response to Disturbance Expert Flora Workshop', 24-25/7/97 and 27-28/8/97

2,216

Landmark Ecological Services Pty Ltd

Attendance at `Response to Disturbance Expert Fauna Workshop' on 15/8/97

699

ANU (Andrew Claridge)

Consultant attending Response to Disturbance Expert Fauna Workshop, 17/9/97

700

Dr Michael Mahoney

Participation in Response to Disturbance Expert Fauna Workshop, 20/8/97

450

Dr Michael Mahoney

Attendance at `Response to Disturbance Expert Fauna Workshop', 18/9/97

675

ERA Computer Consultancy

Consultant facilitating `Eden Fauna Response to Disturbance Workshop, 14-20/8/97

3,375

Freelance Ecology

Assessment and protection mechanisms of national estate values in the Eden CRA region

2,600

Professor Byron Lamont

Participation in the workshop on Population Viability Analysis for Plant Species

1,572

CSIRO

Develop and test procedures to predict topographic position from a DEM for species modelling

3,000

Australian National University (Dr McMahon)

Feasibility study to develop and implement a habitat supply model for fauna and flora in forested environment

8,000

Leaf Professional Info Consulting

Development and implementation of biodiversity assessment applications

16,500

Luminis Pty Ltd

Advice on population viability analyses in forested environments

10,000

Dr Mike Pearson

Participate in the World Heritage Expert Panel Meeting 14,15 and 21/10/97

4,000

Professor Cliff Ollier

Participate in the World Heritage Expert Panel Meeting 14,15 and 21/10/97

5,000

Dr Tim Flannery

Participate in the World Heritage Expert Panel Meeting 14,15 and 21/10/97

4,097

Dr Brian Barlow

Participate in the World Heritage Expert Panel Meeting 14,15 and 21/10/97

5,000

MSJ Consulting (Yodie Batzke)

Facilitator for indigenous workshop

3,400

ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION

(a) Consultant

(b) Description

(c) Amount Paid $

ARTD Consultants

Evaluation of Scheduled Waste Program

Nil

Australian Geological Survey Organisation (additional PO to be raised to total $3,900)

Production of Technical Report—Olympic Dam

Nil

Australian Institute of Marine Science

Pasminco research and monitoring program

3,955

Australian Trade Commission

Consultancy services in relation to Environment Australia seminars in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, October 1997

Nil

Australian Trade Commission

Consultancy to assist Environment Australia in undertaking a seminar and demonstration project on industrial environmental management in Bangkok, October 1997.

12,000

Baird Publications

Organisation of Workshop, Townsville 1998 (funds sources for APEC AUSAID funding)

2,000

Bureau of Research Sciences

Production of Technical Report—Olympic Dam

1,300

Bureau of Resource Sciences

Commissioned Paper on "Standing Biomass carbon density & growth rate of trees in relation to the compilation of NGGI"

2,000

Consortium comprising Consil Associates Pty Ltd, PPK Environment and Infrastructure Pty. Ltd., Ecowise Environmental Ltd and Environmental Management Australia Pty Ltd.

Consultancy to develop and implement an environment management system in a textile company in Bangkok to demonstrate Australian environment management capability

Nil

Consortium comprising Consil Associates Pty Ltd, PPK Environment and Infrastructure Pty Ltd, Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation and Greenspan Technology Pty Ltd

Consultancy to develop and implement waste management strategies in four factories in Vietnam, two in the Hanoi region and two in Ho Chi Minh City to demonstrate Australian environment management capability.

Nil

CRC for Freshwater Ecology

Expanding of National Water Quality Monitoring System guidelines

Nil

CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research

Commissioned Paper on "Biomass burning in relation to the compilation of NGGI"

2,000

CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research

Written text for Brochure and Booklet "Grappling with Greenhouse"

10,000

CSIRO Division of Land & Water

Commissioned Paper on "Soil carbon in relation to the compilation of NGGI"

2,000

CSIRO Division of Marine Research

Attendance at technical committee—dredging of Gladstone Harbour

2,409

CSIRO Division of Plant Industry

Industry Development—Carbon content of vegetation and soils in selected areas

6,200

CSIRO Division of Plant Industry

Extension of Industry Development—Carbon content of vegetation and soils in selected areas

Nil

CSIRO Division of Plant Industry

Commissioned Paper on "The CO2 fertilisation effect in relation to the compilation of NGGI"

2,000

CSIRO Earth Observation Centre

Commissioned Paper on "Remote sensing in relation to the compilation of NGGI"

2,000

CyberOne

Internet Publishing of Inventories

Nil

Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Tropical Beef Centre

Commissioned Paper on "Regrowth and woody weed invasion in relation to the compilation of NGGI"

Nil

Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Tropical Beef Centre

Commissioned Paper on "Land clearing practices in relation to the compilation of NGGI"

Nil

Dr John Gordon-Smith

Ad-hoc support and technical advice on sea dumping issues

Nil

EPA Victoria

Consultancy to present papers and to lead workshops on regulatory approaches and use of economic instruments during Environment Australia Seminars in Hanoi on 2 October and Ho Chi Minh City on 7 October 1997.

Nil

Gardini and Co

Consultancy for setting of fees and penalties for sea dumping activities

Nil

Keith Neill & Associates

Information Gathering—Fourth category of scheduled wastes (Chlorinated Hydrocarbons) (Hourly rate)

Nil

McKibbon Software Group

Modelling Projections of future Greenhouse Gas Emissions based on the g3 model series IV

Nil

Science Speak

Foxpro database development and survey form redesign for EnviroNET Australia industry expertise database

Nil

Tasmanian Department of Environment and Land Management

Assessment of National Pollutant Inventory reporting facilities in Tasmania

Nil

The Australian Medical Association Limited

Sponsorship of "Air Pollution and Health—The Facts" Conference

Nil

United Transport Services

Consultancy in relation to investigation under the Hazardous Waste Act (Brisbane, October 1997)—Transport and storage of Hazardous Waste

Nil

PORTFOLIO MARINE

(a) Consultant

(b) Description

(c) Amount Paid $

Illawarra Regional Councils

Engagement of a Coastcare Facilitator for the Illawarra Region of Councils

26,000

Break O'Day Council

Engagement of a Coastcare Facilitator for the Break O'Day Council

26,000

Tasmania's West North West Councils

Engagement of a Coastcare Facilitator for the Tasmania's West North West Councils

26,000

Parks and Wildlife Service—Department of Environment & Land Management—Tasmania

Engagement of a Coastcare Facilitator for the Department of Environment & Land Management (Hobart)

26,000

MacLean Shire Council

Engagement of a Coastcare Facilitator for the MacLean Shire Council

26,000

Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers

Deliver a series of Coastcare projects in remote areas of Australia

64,000

The Big Picture Marketing Communications

Expenses associated with Coast and Clean Seas launch

1,596

D Smyth & C Bahrdt Consultants

Provide advice to Environment Australia on the implementation of policy initiatives relevant to Indigenous Peoples under the Commonwealth Coastal Policy and the Coast and Clean Seas Initiative

1,500

Surfers Appreciating the Natural Environment

Training for introduction to Internet and Homepage Design

270

Cape Bryon Headland Reserve

Internet training and modem purchase

600

Stanley Peninsula Land Coastcare

Computer upgrade to participate in Coastnet

350

Australian Marine Conservation Society

Operation of the Marine and Coastal Community Network

305,763

Smyth and Bahrdt Consultants

Develop a discussion paper to assist in the development of Oceans Policy

14,200

Natural Environment Consulting

Co-write an Ocean Policy discussion paper

6,500

University of Wollongong—Centre for Maritime Policy

Develop an Ocean Policy discussion paper

17,000

Centre for Coastal Management

Develop a background paper to assist the development of the Ocean Policy

10,000

Science Communication Services

Media work on Oceans Policy

2,365

Science Media

Develop a background paper on Ocean Policy

5,000

RecFish Australia

Assistance in the development of the Oceans policy

310,000

BIODIVERSITY

(a) Consultant

(b) Description

(c) Amount Paid $

Communication Research Institute of Australia

To assist with design,development,drafting & artwork for 1998-99 guide to NHT.

20,000

Leigh Cupitt

Facilitation of RSS PWD Exercise

2,000

Robert Boden & Assoc

External Assessment of NRSP Proposals

1,700

Wetlands International

Final payment for Environment Australia's support for the Asian Wetland Bureau(Wetlands International)Oceania Program 1995-1997

85,000

Green Advertising

Design, layout and printing of the Wetlands `Don't pull the plug' poster

6,786

Bronwyn Stuckey

Initial payment of Stage 1 of the Waterwatch Education Project; development of an education resource inventory for Waterwatch Australia.

1,000

Dateline Australia

Research and preparation of eight articles with photographs for the Snapshot 97 publication.

5,500

Greening Australia

For the distribution of facilitation effort amongst the various River Murray Corridors of Green projects

56,190

Mr D G Gillespie

Prepare a report for the Biological Diversity Advisory Council `Improving the Capacity of Indigenous People to Contribute to the Conservation of Biodiversity in Australia'

18,750

Hassall & Assoc

Evaluation of the Drought Landcare Program

20,000

Susan Brown

Prepare for the Biological Diversity Advisory Council `BIODIVERSITY A Politician's Guide'

5,575

Hassall & Assoc

Professional fees for analysis of data on growth rates of trees in Victoria

5,100

Birds Australia

Grassland Ecology Program

10,500

Peter Stanton

Prepare `Cape York Conservation and Land Management Scoping Paper'

3,395

CSIRO Tropical Agriculture

Queensland Natural Heritage Trust Vegetation technical review performed by Dr Tony Grice

1,965

Roland Breckwoldt Consultancy Services

Facilitate workshop on indigenous environmental issues related to biodiversity

2,500

Dr C Puttock

Enhancements to Australian Plant Name Index

Nil

R H Walker Consulting and Professor Graham Farquhar (ANU)

Undertake an evaluation of the Biodiversity Program and ABRS

Nil

SUPERVISING SCIENTIST

(a) Consultant

(b) Description

(c) Amount Paid $

Mr Brad Larsen, World Geoscience

Aerial radiometric survey of Nabarlek minesite

11,220

Dr Donald Baird, University of Stirling

Development of a sediment toxicity test for tropical conditions

4,870

Dr S Phinn, Department of Geographical Sciences and Planning, University of Queensland

Assessment of remote sensing for monitoring and inventorying wetland environment in Australia

4,000

Management Transformation Australia

Feasibility of eriss relocation from Jabiru to Darwin

8,300

Scribbly Gum Publications Pty Ltd

Provide back up editing and writing tasks for Best Practice Environmental Management in Mining (BPEM) Booklets

Nil

Creative Words Pty Ltd

Provision writing, editing, and other tasks for BPEM Booklets

800

Australian Minerals and Energy Environment Foundation (AMEEF)

Develop joint AMEEF/SSG directory of Environmental Management and Science for the Internet

Nil

David Evans

Technical References Database-Update Invoice component, insert Issues list, priting function and search facility

560

MIM Holdings Limited

Prepare BPEM Booklet and case studies on Management of Atmospheric Emissions

300

CMPS&F Pty Ltd

Prepare BPEM booklet and case studies on Contaminated Site Clean Up

3,200

Killhill Pty Ltd

Prepare BPEM booklet and case studies on Dust Control

3,495

Kratzing and Brown Pty Ltd

Provision of Potential Authors for BPEM Booklet on Decommissioning

800

ANSTO

Radiological Periodic Surveilance Committee Frank Harris

5,626

Ann Webb

Copy Editing, Typesetting Services SSR125 Report

688

UNI SEARCH

Professor Robin Fell Report 20518-8 Ranger Tailings Dam

1,750

MJ & GM Howes

Review of the ventilation design for the Jabiluka proposal

6,067

Arawang

Pre-press production of the 1996-97 SS Annual Report

4,860

UNI SEARCH

Professor Robin Fell Report 20518-9 Ranger Tailings Dam

Nil

ANTARCTIC

(a) Consultant

(b) Description

(c) Amount Paid $

Latitude Technologies

Renewable energy project

1,847

Landinfo

Mapping

12,541

Gandy Roberts Pty Ltd

Building design and documentation

6,600

Integrated Consulting Engineers

Building design and documentation

Nil

Price Waterhouse Urwick

Review of Human Resource functions

Nil

Resolve Engineering

Technical and Operational Audit

Nil

WSI Consulting

Internal Consultancy Skill Workshop

Nil

METEOROLOGY

(a) Consultant

(b) Description

(c) Amount Paid $

Dr Kwabena Anaman

Research project on farmweather services

10,000

Mr John Mottram

Education and training project in Indonesia

5,800

Mackie Partners

Facilitator at strategic planning conference

5,760

CORPORATE MANAGEMENT

(a) Consultant

(b) Description

(c) Amount Paid $

Access Programs (NSW) Ltd

Employee Assistance Program

Nil

People & Strategy Management Consulting Group and Prospect Management Consulting

Senior Officer Leadership Program

Nil

Ken Begg and Associates

Media Training of staff

Nil

SRIBIT Pty Ltd

Ministerial Correspondence System data migration work

2,500

Australian Public Strategies

Speech Writing Services

31,694

Ken Begg and Associates

Media Training of staff (29 participants—17 Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service (ANPWS) staff)

Nil (Approx $5,400 recoverable from Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service)

Coopers & Lybrand

Review Year 2000 Plan

Nil

Heaney Blaylock and Associates

Critique/edit Environment Australia/Department of the Environment letter to unions on Certified Agreement

300

Heaney Blaylock and Associates

Discuss and critique the Certified Agreement discussion paper

450

Price Waterhouse Urwick

Identifying business support needs and key issues for a consultancy on selection of business systems

3,500

(2) As at 20 November 1997 the Department had commissioned consultancy services for which an estimated $4,876,770 remained to be paid.