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Tuesday, 8 March 2005
Page: 208

Senator O’Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 22 December 2004:

Why did expenditure on regional flood mitigation in the 2003-04 financial year fall 52.1 per cent short of the budget estimate, as reported on page 103 of the department’s annual report for 2003-04.

Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

The Minister approved projects to the full value of the Regional Flood Mitigation Programme’s allocation in 2003-04 however payment of the funds is based on progress of works. Insufficient progress on these projects in 2003-04 resulted in unspent funds being rolled over into 2004-05 and 2005-06.