Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria)— My question is to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change. Can the minister inform the house of the outcomes of the PricewaterhouseCoopers audit of compliance with the service agreement between Parks Victoria and the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre?
Mr JENNINGS (Minister for Environment and Climate Change)— The last time I was asked this question I gave an undertaking to the Parliament that at the first opportunity I would report the outcomes of an examination of the profit-and-loss statement of Gariwerd Enterprises undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers after it had been referred by Parks Victoria. In fact I am a little bit disappointed that the opposition spokesperson, who actually asked me the first question of each of the preceding sitting weeks, missed the opportunity to provide me with the chance to answer that question first up.
Honourable members interjecting.
Mr JENNINGS — I am pretty disappointed that members have a limited shelf-life interest in the issues. I am glad Ms Tierney has provided me with the opportunity to answer this question. I am very pleased to say that an independent audit of Gariwerd Enterprises has been provided to Parks Victoria. As I reported to the house in the last sitting week, Parks Victoria and the government were wanting to make sure that there was appropriate independent external scrutiny of those profit-and-loss statements to ensure that we as a community, government and Parliament can have confidence about the rigour of those accounts.
I am pleased to put to the house that, following receipt of the PricewaterhouseCoopers report, Parks Victoria has been prepared to confirm that those statements are in accordance with the management service agreement.
Specifically that report has indicated that all grant funding from Parks Victoria was found to be fully accounted for as income in the Gariwerd profit-and-loss statements. Further to that, the transaction listings for sales, income and expenses including wages were found to agree with the balances reported in the profit-and-loss statements. On that basis Parks Victoria has confirmed that grant funding provided by Parks Victoria was used for the purposes of delivering the service requirements under the management service agreement.