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Question Without Notice No. 1153 asked in the Legislative Council on 16 October 2019 by Hon Colin Tincknell

Minister responding: Hon P. Papalia
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

AUSTRALIAN BIOME PROJECT

1153. Hon COLIN TINCKNELL to the minister representing the Minister for Tourism:

I refer to yesterday's report in The West Australian regarding three giant bio-domes to be built near Perth Airport.

(1) Can the minister please inform me of the extent of the government's involvement in this initiative, or is this being pursued entirely by private enterprise?

(2) What will be the government's contribution to this project, be it in the form of money, government grants, tax concessions or subsidies?

(3) Does the government know what the yearly cost of running, operating and maintaining these facilities would be?

(4) Are these facilities expected to generate and run at a profit?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

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

(1) The Australian Biome Project is being pursued by the private sector, and I received a briefing from the proponents last year.

(2) The project spokesperson, Mr Adam Barnard, stated in the media yesterday that the proponents were not seeking state government funding.

(3) No.

(4) Private sector projects would expect to generate a profit.