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Monday, 9 December 2002
Page: 7525

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

(1) When was an application made through the Dairy Regional Assistance Programme (DRAP) to fund the South East Packing Operation lodged with the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee (ACC).

(2) Who lodged the application.

(3) On what date was it lodged.

(4) Can a copy of the original application for assistance for this project from the DRAP programme be provided together with any related documentation.

(5) What was the funding sought through the application.

(6) When was funding for the project approved.

(7) (a) What was the total cost of the proposal; and (b) what commitment was given by the applicant to meet at least 50 per cent of these costs.

(8) Did this proposal contain an evaluation process to ensure that agreed project outcomes were met; if so, can a copy be provided of the evaluation details; if not: (a) were details of any proposed evaluation mechanism sought; and (b) was this material provided; if not, why not.

(9) If such an evaluation process was not included in the application, why was the application approved.

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

(1) June 2001.

(2) The proponent, Advocate Support Group Pty Ltd.

(3) See question (1) above.

(4) No. The application contains commercial-in-confidence material.

(5) The initial amount of funding sought was $51,190 (GST exclusive).

(6) Funding for the original application was not approved.

(7) (a) $117,190 (GST exclusive). (b) The applicant committed $56,000 in cash and $10,000 in kind towards the project.

(8) Yes. Provided below are the details of the evaluation process:

· Reports as follows:

* Business establishment

* Business Start up

* Six month operational

* Final

· The project to be monitored by the South East Area Consultative Committee. The proponent to report to the Committee's Moruya based project officer.

· Independent audit to be conducted at the end of first period of trading.

(a) Not applicable. (b) Not applicable.

(9) Not applicable.