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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 4 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1003..


highlighted in public documents such as the Greenhouse Strategy 2000 and People, Place, Prosperity (the Government's sustainability statement).

Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment Coordination Committee

(Question No 1482)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 28 February 2007:

(1) Is it a fact that the Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment Coordination Committee has been directed by the ACT Government to manage its own funds from the National Heritage Trust in the future although this has been the responsibility of the ACT Government for many years;

(2) How much did it cost the ACT Government to manage these funds in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06;

(3) How much is the ACT Government expecting to save by not managing these funds in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08;

(4) Was the ACT Government contributing to better communication and coordination of management between NSW and ACT by managing this funding;

(5) How will the ACT Government compensate for the loss of the advantage as mentioned in part (4).

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) It is incorrect to state that the Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment Coordination Committee Inc. (UMCCC) has been directed by the ACT Government to manage its own funds from the National Heritage Trust (NHT) in the future. On 10 November 2006 the UMCCC signed a Deed of Grant with the ACT Government for NHT funding for the support of an UMCCC Coordinator. The UMCCC decided that as the recipient of NHT funds it should manage the funds within its accounting system. This is in line with all other incorporated bodies that are NHT funding recipients in the Territory. It is understood that the UMCCC chose to manage the NHT funding using the same systems in place for the management of funds from other programs.

(2) Costs to ACT Government to administer the funds to the UMCCC in 2004-05 and 2005-06 were minimal. These funds are one of a number of NHT funds administered by an officer and comprise a small amount of the officer's time.

(3) Costs to ACT Government to administer the funds it receives from the Commonwealth, and to pass these funds on to the UMCCC in accord with the Deed in 2006-07 and 2007-08 will be minimal. It is not intended nor anticipated that there will be savings made from the changed arrangements.

(4) The changed funding arrangements will not affect the communication and coordination of management between NSW and the ACT.

(5) There will be no loss of advantage as mentioned in part (4).


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