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Wednesday, 25 September 2002
Page: 4937


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) Has work commenced on the proposal.

(2) (a) When did work commence on the construction of the plant; and (b) when was new equipment installed in the new plant as described in the project summaries document.

(3) (a) If the construction of the plant has been completed, what was the date of completion; and (b) if the new equipment has been installed, when was the installation of the equipment completed.

(4) If there was a variation in the estimated cost of the construction of the plant and the installations of the equipment and their actual cost, what was the level of the cost variation.


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) Yes.

(2) (a) 24 December 2001. (b) Installation commenced in January 2002.

(3) (a) The Department was advised by the proponent on 30 April 2002, that the construction of the plant had been completed. (b) The Department was advised by the proponent on 30 April 2002, that new equipment had been installed.

(4) The proponent has not advised the Department of any changes in estimated costs following the approval of Dairy RAP funds.