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Friday, 29 May 1987
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(Question No. 5158)

Mr Downer asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 26 February 1987:

(1) What financial assistance has been given in each year since 1970-71 by his Department or any authority responsible to him to the (a) Australian Railway Historical Society (SA Division), (b) Steam Ranger Tours, (c) Victor Harbor Tourist Railway, (d) Australian Electric Transport Museum, (e) Mile End Railway Museum, (f) Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society and (g) Steam Town Peterborough.

(2) Did any of the organisations receive assistance for a project which (a) was subsequently cancelled or (b) the organisation subsequently requested permission to change; if so, what are the details of the project and is the Government able to ensure the new commitment is being honoured by the organisation.

Mr Peter Morris —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) and (2) On the basis of available information, the Department is not aware of any financial assistance provided to any of the above organisations. The Department of Transport was established in 1983.

(1) The Australian National Railways Commission (AN) has provided the following advice.

AN has provided assistance to several of these organisations since its formation in 1978 but the majority has been `in kind'. Prior to 1978, assistance `in kind' was provided to the Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society by the former Commonwealth Railways.

AN has advised detailed information of assistance provided to the organisations is not readily available as the majority has been `in kind'.

Assistance has taken the form of provision of readily available professional advice, provision of specialist services at reasonable cost, access to specialist equipment, and availability of material and equipment at around scrap value.