Legislative Council: Tuesday, May 02, 2023


Government Grants

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (14:40): Supplementary: can the minister confirm that the full $15 million will be spent in this financial year, and if not will she commit to rolling over the funds to the 2023-24 budget?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:40): I can advise the honourable member that that's the usual circumstance. With the Regional Growth Fund, as it was previously known under the previous government, funds are allocated and rolled over as needed. It is also worth noting, though, that often funds will be allocated but won't necessarily be expended in that financial year, because they will be staged processes—for example, for the construction of facilities. So in terms of future questioning, the member might just want to be particularly cognisant of the exact wording so that I can ensure that I am giving her the answer that she is seeking.