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Question Without Notice No. 537 asked in the Legislative Council on 28 June 2018 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon D.J. Kelly
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 28 June 2018

WATERING WA INITIATIVE — FARM WATER REBATE SCHEME GRANTS

537. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Minister for Water:

I refer to the minister's decision to scrap the farm water rebate scheme and the pastoral water grants scheme at the end of 2018–19.

(1) Did the Minister for Water consult with the minister for primary industries and regional development prior to this decision being made?

(2) Please table any correspondence between ministers in relation to this issue before a decision was made.

(3) How has notification of the cessation of the schemes been communicated to relevant stakeholders and agriculturalists?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question.

(1) All cabinet members participated in the budgetary process.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) The department has written to farm water auditors; the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development; the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage; the Rural Water Council; and the Wheatbelt Development Commission, and it has updated its website. The department will be notifying three tank supply companies that refer to the scheme in their advertisements and will write to applicants with approved audits on 30 June 2018.