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Tuesday, 26 August 2008
Page: 6252

Mr Haase asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, in writing, on 13 May 2008:

In respect of the Government’s natural resource management program, Caring for our Country, commencing on 1 July 2008: (a) what will be the total cost of converting to this new program including, but not restricted to, premises and the general signage, stationary, promotional and advertising material and artwork of rebadging the various existing natural resource management programs; and (b) will all of the stationary and promotional material for the existing natural resource management programs be recycled.

Mr Burke (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(a)   The running costs of Caring for our Country are no higher, and are indeed, similar to the combined running costs of the previous natural resource management programs. There will be some costs related to implementing the new program arrangements but these will be more than offset by the efficiencies gained in streamlining the administrative processes and integrating the previous four natural resource management programs into one program to be delivered through a single program delivery arrangement.

(b)   The limited amount of stationery and promotional material that is held for the existing natural resource management programs will be used, if possible, or recycled. As it is, existing stocks of stationery and promotional material are meagre because 2007 was the final year for both the Natural Heritage Trust and the National Landcare Program; the Environmental Stewardship Program had not yet begun; and Working on Country has produced limited promotional material as it targets a very specific stakeholder group.