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Thursday, 1 December 1983
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Question No. 594

Mr Burr asked the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, upon notice , on 6 October 1983:

(1) Did he state, in Hobart on 17 September 1983, that his Department was allocating more than $1.6m to Tasmanian Community Youth Support Scheme centres.

(2) Is it a fact that (a) this amount only maintains the present level of funding for CYSS in Tasmania, (b) applications have been received from most centres calling for increased funding to allow the centres to operate on new funding levels, and (c) efforts are being made to obtain funding for the rural areas of Oatlands and Westbury, where 170 and 327 unemployed persons, respectively, are in the eligible age group.

(3) Is it a fact that an extra $238,000 is required to cover the establishment of these new centres and also enable existing centres to operate at new levels.

(4) Will this extra allocation for Tasmanian CYSS centres be funded in 1983-84.

Mr Willis —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) I have announced an allocation of $1.166m for CYSS projects in Tasmania for the 12-month period commencing on 1 November 1983.

(2) (a) This amount represents a 25.3 per cent increase over the level of funds provided for the operation of CYSS projects in Tasmania in 1982-83.

(2) (b) Ten of the existing 20 CYSS projects in Tasmania sought upgrading to higher standard grant levels.

(2) (c) The local communities in Oatlands and Westbury applied unsuccessfully for CYSS funding for the period.

(3) and (4) The allocation of $1.166m is sufficient for provision of substantial increases of 17-21 per cent in the grants provided to the majority of existing projects, the upgrading of projects at Burnie and St Leonards, and the establishment of new projects at Queenstown and Rokeby, both areas of very high relative need which were not previously serviced.