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Tuesday, 12 February 2008
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Senator McLucas asked the Minister representing the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, upon notice, on 18 October 2006:

With reference to applications for relief and/or assistance under the Cyclone Larry/Monica relief package:

(1) (a)   How many applications were received; (b) how many were approved; and (c) what was the total funding approved for each application.

(2)   Can a list be provided of the applications that were rejected and the reasons for each rejection.

Senator Johnston (Minister for Justice and Customs) —The Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The Department of Transport and Regional Services was involved through the Natural Disaster Relief Arrangements. The Arrangements provide for reimbursement to the Queensland Government of expenditure on eligible relief and recovery activities following Tropical Cyclones Larry and Monica, including an enhanced loans/grant measure for primary producers and businesses, up to a maximum value of $200,000.

(a)   to (c) The loans/grant measure is administered by the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority (QRAA), which considers the eligibility of each application. As at 27 October 2006, 9 applications had been received; 7 applications were approved with total funding of $1,310,000, comprising 75 per cent loan component of $982,500 and 25 per cent grant component of $327,500.

(2)   Two applications, by the same applicant, were declined on the basis that the applicant was assessed by the QRAA to be not in need. Due to privacy considerations, it is not appropriate to discuss individual cases.