Publications archive - Human settlements
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|No.||Item||Background/Report||Discussion/Action||Further Action Required||Time Frame|
|1||Welcome||Attendees: Mike Williamson (Chair), Mark Borlace, Martin Kirwin, Gary O'Connor, Harold Grundell, Paul Howlett, Ewan Macpherson, Bob Pullinger, Fred Wren
Department of Environment and Heritage: Paul Dworjanyn, Mary Wiley-Smith, Gunther Mau, Mitch Jeffery, Adam Rush
Apologies: Cathie Halliday, Peter Holt
Visitors: Review Team from Academy of Technical Sciences and Engineering for presentation at Item 9 (Roy Jackson and Dennis Goggin)
|The Chair welcomed participants and noted apologies from Cathie Halliday and Peter Holt.|
|2||Adoption of Draft Agenda||OSAC adopted the draft agenda.|
|3||Declaration of Conflicts of Interest in Agenda Items||The Chair invited members to declare conflicts of interest in accordance with Article 29 of the PSO Act 2000.||No conflicts of interest were declared.
The Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH) noted that it would be writing to all members to update their affiliation details including their commercial interests in the oil industry. The resultant information will be maintained as commercial in confidence within Government. OSAC members agreed to provide the required information.
DEH to send members a proforma with the draft OSAC minutes.
|4||Oral report from ATO on the PSO Program||DEH reported on behalf of Peter Holt, from the Australian Taxation Office. Briefly talked through the levy collection - benefit payment reports included in the meeting papers.||Mr Kirwan reported that Southern Oil Refineries would be at full production on 21 December, which will have an impact on January Category 1 benefit payments.
DEH noted that it would be revisiting the original modelling conducted at the inception of the PSO by using the lube to lube and other production data reported by ATO. OSAC agreed that a more detailed paper on modelling should be presented and discussed at the next meeting.
DEH to undertake modelling and report at OSAC 10.
|5||Oral Report from DEH on the PSO TA Funds||DEH reported on the status of Transitional Assistance (TA) Funding, including:
||There was general discussion on a number of issues related to the TA funding, including:
|6||Oral Report from the Steering Group||The Chair reported that the main issues discussed at the Steering Group meeting were:
||DEH mentioned that the findings in the Review of TA Funding, would feed into the Legislative Review - emphasizing the importance of sound independent analysis in the TA review.|
|Matters arising from previous meeting|
|7||Presentation on the oil recycling industry by the AORA||Harold Grundell presented an overview on the oil recycling industry on behalf of AORA, including:
||Council members noted that AORA has a good coverage of the industry with 23 members from the 30 producers in the industry.
Members thanked Mr Grundell and AORA for the presentation.
|8||Oral Report by DEH on Oil Communication Activities||DEH reported that:
Council agreed that communication activities were proceeding well. The Chair noted that support for the Communication Strategy and its associated budget would be included in OSAC's letter to the Minister.
Chair to write to Minister
|9||Presentation on the Review of TA Funding by the Academy of Technical Sciences and Engineering||DEH gave a brief overview of the Review process, and introduced the members of the Academy.
Roy Jackson outlined the data collected, and the consultation process undertaken by the Academy.
An 'issues paper' was presented, and the Academy asked the Council for feedback on each issue identified.
|Council agreed that the figures identified by the Academy were appropriate and that further investigation to try and obtain more accurate figures would not be required.
DEH mentioned that training for local councils in the use and maintenance of their oil collection facilities would be addressed through the strategic partnerships with state organisations.
Bob Pullinger noted that Councils' responsible for collection facilities should be reminded to leave space for the collection of containers and access for collection trucks.
The Academy confirmed that oil 'bottoms' could be recycled into asphalt.
DEH requested information from recyclers on sample specifications for oil bottoms and the amount they are paying for the disposal of, or are paid for, their oil bottoms.
DEH requested information from Council members on industry participants for consultation on the Review Report. It was agreed that contact details on AORA members, relevant AIP members and other industry players would be forwarded to DEH.
DEH noted that the report was still not sufficiently developed for release for public consultation. The Council agreed.
Council agreed that public consultation should occur in two major cities.
|DEH to circulate draft report to OSAC members
OSAC members to forward contact details for consultation to DEH.
|10||Oral Report by DEH on Excise Changes||The Chair noted that it was important that Council agrees on the advice to give the Minister regarding impacts of excise changes on the recycling industry.
The Chair reported on the outcomes of the Steering Group's discussion on excise, including:
|DEH noted that the excise changes in question were the consequence of implementing the Energy Grant Credit Scheme (EGCS) and were not a consequence of changes to the PSO.
DEH confirmed that the Minister has asked for the Legislative review to be brought forward and completed in April 2004. The Review will inform the Government's decision on the need for any changes to the PSO (eg benefit categories and rates) and whether any additional offset was justified in light of excise changes.
AORA members noted that 3 companies would be impacted by the excise change. Not only would there be an increase in the excise but there would be additional cash flow problem as the recyclers were required to pay the full excise weekly, yet it was there clients that would get the partial benefit off-set.
Members agreed that the loss of the burner fuel market would be a bad environmental outcome, and may lead to excess used oil in the market.
It was agreed that OSAC would write to the Minister, suggesting that one solution may be to create a new benefit category, under the PSO, for a defined use. (ie: burner fuel for use in power stations.) The new category could assist re-refiners to offset the increased cost for their product due to the excise change.
Mike Williamson tabled a letter from AORA to OSAC on the impacts of the excise changes, and OSAC agreed to include it with the letter to the Minister.
Mr Macpherson and Mr Howlett agreed to draft the letter to the Minister.
|OSAC to write to the Minister.||Completed and sent 1 December 2003|
|Other Business||The Chair wished Paul Dworjanyn all the best in his new position in the Department of Finance, and thanked him for his support and cooperation with the Council.|
|11||Next Meeting||June 2004|