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Thursday, 6 October 1983
Page: 1421


Mr HURFORD (Minister for Housing and Construction)(10.43) —I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Provision of navigational aids, Hydrographers Passage-Great Barrier Reef.

The proposal is for the provision of maritime navigational aids to mark a deep water channel through the Great Barrier Reef known as Hydrographers Passage. It will enable ships operating between Central Queensland ports and the north Pacific and Asian regions to safely use the passage with resultant savings in shipping costs due to reduced steaming times. The proposal will comprise four major lighthouse towers, each equipped with automatic lights and a smaller structure surmounted by a radar reflector. The total estimated cost of the proposal is $4.75m at September 1983 prices. I table plans of the proposed work.