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Monday, 22 October 1973
Page: 2479

Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

(1)   What is the purpose of the 3-year social welfare project in the south-west and southern agricultural region of Western Australia.

(2)   For what purposes will the grant of $284,100 per year be given.

(3)   To whom will the grant be advanced.

Mr Hayden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   On 1 October I announced jointly with the Minister for Community Welfare of Western Aus tralia, the honourable Ronald Thompson, a major social welfare co-ordinating project in the south-west and southern agricultural region of Western Australia, as part of the development stage of the Australian Assistance Plan.

(2)   Funds will be provided for the establishment and operation of a Regional Council for Social Development, which will also be able to recommend financial assistance for a wide range of welfare activities, as listed in the schedule in chapter four of Discussion Paper No. 1 on the Australian Assistance Plan.

(3)   This project involves close co-operation between the Western Australian Department for Community Welfare, the Social Welfare Commission and my Department. Funds will be available to the Regional Council for Social Development when it is appropriately constituted.

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