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Wednesday, 22 June 1994
Page: 1937

Senator CHAMARETTE (7.48 p.m.) —I too rise to express concerns regarding this development, to support the comments previously made by Senator Woodley and Senator Reynolds and to respond to the comments made by Senator Ian Macdonald. I acknowledge the presence in the gallery of Ms Susan Brown, the coordinator of the North Queensland Conservation Council based at the Townsville environment centre, and Mr Russell Butler of the Bandjin people and the Hinchinbrook Island and channel. I indicate to honourable senators that there is so much community support that these people come down and inform as many people as possible in Canberra of the very valuable and unique nature of this area. They are so concerned about the impact of the development that they were able to generate air fares within 24 hours to assist them to come down here. And I am sure they are very grateful to the people who provided that $1,200 at such short notice.

  With reference to the proposal itself—and I note that Senator Macdonald mentioned that the figures have been changed—it is important to note that the project as it was passed by the Queensland state government was certainly a 2,000 bed resort which would obviously require almost 1,000 staff, and a 234 berth marina at Oyster Point south of Cardwell, which has a population of 1,600 people. Whatever the changes are that have been made, the concerns have already been expressed about the—(Time expired)

  The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Childs)—Order! Senator Chamarette, I am afraid your time has expired. The time for the adjournment debate has now expired.

Senator Chamarette —I seek leave to table a document.

  Leave granted.

Senate adjourned at 7.51 p.m.