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Question Without Notice No. 934 asked in the Legislative Council on 3 September 2019 by Hon Colin Tincknell

Minister responding: Hon A. MacTiernan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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SOUTHERN FORESTS IRRIGATION SCHEME — BUSINESS CASE

934. Hon COLIN TINCKNELL to the Minister for Regional Development:

I refer to the federal funding required for the southern forests irrigation scheme.

(1) Has the state government sent a business case to the federal government for funding of the southern forests irrigation scheme?

(2) If yes, can the minister please provide the date it was sent and when we can expect the business case to be published; and, if not, why not?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question.

(1)–(2) The initial business case was lodged with the commonwealth National Water Infrastructure Development Fund on 14 January 2017, before we were in government. A revised business case was developed and lodged with the commonwealth government on 1 April 2019. As I have advised previously to questions by Hon Diane Evers, there is some commercially sensitive material, obviously, in this business case, but I want maximum disclosure, so we are working with the commonwealth government and the Southern Forest Irrigation Co-Operative to facilitate the release of as much of this document as we can. On balance, I think this is a very good scheme. I understand that it has very much divided the Manjimup community. I have gone over it and over it again and I still think that it stacks up. I think it is important that we get as much information out as we can, so I am hoping that over the next couple of weeks, we are able to land on how much of the latest business case we can disclose.