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Tuesday, 24 February 1987
Page: 660

(Question No. 4811)

Mr Andrew asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice, on 17 October 1986:

(1) Is it a fact that (a) $868,005 has been allocated to the proposed yabbie farming project at the Gerard Aboriginal Reserve, Winkie, South Australia, since September 1983 from the Federal and State Governments and the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC), (b) due to difficulties in obtaining water diversion rights and a power supply, together with concern by the ADC regarding construction methods, this project has been lying dormant since February 1985, (c) an independent ADC inquiry estimates that a further $612,000 would be required to complete the project and (d) weather conditions are constantly eroding and deteriorating work already completed.

(2) Will he set aside additional funds to ensure the completion of this scheme.

Mr Holding —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows.

(1) I am informed by the ADC that the situation in relation to this part of his question is as follows:

(a) Yes.

(b) Stage 2 has not commenced as Gerard Council has not taken up the Stage 2 funding being offered by the CEP Secretariat and the State Government because engineering reports commissioned by the ADC indicate that completion costs had been significantly underestimated.

(c) Yes.

(d) Yes.

(2) It is a matter for the ADC to determine its own priorities for Aboriginal enterprise assistance in regard to the provisions of the Aboriginal Development Commission Act 1980.