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Wednesday, 25 September 2002
Page: 4935

Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 6 August 2002:

With reference to an application made through the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP) to fund a steel profiling plant at Moruya, in the Eurobodalla Shire of New South Wales, listed in the DRAP project summaries round 6, 2001-02:

(1) What assessment was made by the department of the application.

(2) (a) When was that assessment completed; and (b) what were the findings of that assessment.

(3) What assessments of the above application were made by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry or any other federal or state agency.

(4) In each case: (a) who did the assessment; (b) when did the assessment commence; (c) when was the assessment completed; and (d) what were the results of the assessment.

Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The application was assessed against the Dairy RAP Guidelines.

(2) (a) 12 December 2001. (b) The project was recommended for funding.

(3) None.

(4) Not applicable.