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Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Page: 8073

Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements

(Question No. 1212)

Senator Humphries asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 16 September 2011:

In regard to applications for 'betterment' of public assets under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA):

(1)   How many applications have been received by the Government

(2)   How many applications have been: (a) approved, and (b) rejected and, in each case, can details of the applications be provided, including the Commonwealth and State financial contributions

Senator Ludwig: The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   I am advised the Australian Government has received two betterment proposals under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

(2)   (a) One proposal was approved on 25 August 2011 for the restoration of the Adelong public swimming pool in New South Wales. The Commonwealth's maximum contribution to this betterment project is $0.778 million, representing one-third of the total project cost. The remaining two-thirds will be shared between the NSW Government and Tumut Shire Council.

I am advised that the second proposal for the North West Coastal Highway in the Gascoyne Region of Western Australia is currently under assessment.

(b) None has been rejected.