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Question Without Notice No. 1141 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 October 2019 by Hon Jim Chown

Minister responding: Hon D.J. Kelly
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

WESTERN ROCK LOBSTER FISHERY — INDUSTRY LEVY FUNDS

1141. Hon JIM CHOWN to the minister representing the Minister for Fisheries:

Approximately $195 000 of rock lobster industry levy funds are outstanding for payment to the principal industry body, the Western Rock Lobster Council.

(1) When were the western rock lobster industry levy funds collected from licence holders?

(2) Has the Western Rock Lobster Council provided all the required documentation to warrant payment of the industry levy funds?

(3) Is the Minister for Fisheries required to authorise the release of funds to the Western Rock Lobster Council with regard to the industry fund levies collected?

(4) If yes to (3) —

(a) on what date did the department seek authorisation from the minister to release the funds to the Western Rock Lobster Council;

(b) has the minister given that authorisation; and

(c) if not, why not?

(5) If no to (3), who is responsible for authorising the release of the aforementioned funds?

(6) When will the outstanding industry levy funds be released to the Western Rock Lobster Council?

The PRESIDENT: That was not a terribly concise question.

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The following information has been provided by the Minister for Fisheries.

(1) It was from November 2018 to March 2019.

(2) The Western Rock Lobster Council has provided audited financial statements for 2018–19. These statements are currently being reviewed and considered by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

(3) No.

(4) (a)–(c) Not applicable.

(5) The funds are administered by the department on behalf of the minister.

(6) The matter is currently being considered.