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Tuesday, 19 June 2001
Page: 28018

Mr Martin Ferguson asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 4 October 2000:

(1) Under which program did the government grant $4.5m over three years to the Inland Marketing Corporation and for what purpose is the grant to be used.

(2) Does the grant of $4.5m reflect a change in Government Policy from one of opposition to the Inland Marketing Corporation's proposed major airport development at Parkes, NSW, to one of support for the proposed Inland Marketing Corporation's proposed airport; if so, what was the basis of this change in policy.

Mr Anderson (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Funding for the Inland Marketing Corporation has been sourced from uncommitted funds in the Agriculture Advancing Australia (AAA)—FarmBis Australia and the Farm Innovation Program, both of which are administered by Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry—Australia. Funds have also been sourced from the Regional Solutions Program which is administered by the Department of Transport and Regional Services.

The key activities to be undertaken under the grant are:

(a) Local product development.

(b) Facilitating new marketing opportunities.

(c) Improving supply chain efficiencies.

(d) Market research, communication and administration.

(2) The Grant of $4.5 million to the Inland Marketing Corporation does not reflect a change in Government Policy with regard to the major airport development at Parkes.

Commonwealth funding for the Inland Marketing Corporation is provided for a range of activities that does not include the development of the Parkes Airport.