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Tuesday, 15 June 2010
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Senator Bob Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, upon notice, on 8 April 2010:

(1)   What would be the average cost for a marine pilot to guide a ship leaving a port south of Cairns which then travels through or near the Great Barrier Reef.

(2)   What volumes of coal do ships leaving Queensland ports typically carry.

(3)   What is the current per tonne value of Queensland coal.


Senator Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) —The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The average cost for pilotage from Gladstone up through the Inner Route to Booby Island is approximately $9,500 to $10,000 per passage, and for pilotage from Gladstone to the Jomard Entrance, the approximate cost is $7,000 per passage.

(2)   and (3) These questions are matters for the Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism.