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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1060

Senator BUTTON (VICTORIA) -Will the Minister representing the Minister for Transport inform the House whether it is the present intention of the Department of Transport to demolish the socalled Number Four Quarters at the Cape Otway Lighthouse Station? Is the Minister aware of the fact that this building was erected in 1859 as a vital link in the first submarine telegraph service connecting Tasmania with the Australian mainland colonies, and is the last remaining association with this historic event of prime importance in the history of communications in Australia? Will the Minister take action to ensure that this well-preserved and historic building is protected from destruction?

Senator CAVANAGH - I did not know the whole history of the building. The Minister for

Transport has received representations from the Victorian Branch of the National Trust of Australia to the effect that the Cape Otway Lighthouse Station is under consideration for classification by the Trust. The Minister is very conscious of the need to preserve such historic buildings and has in fact put certain proposals to the Committee of Inquiry into the National Estate regarding the preservation of buildings of this kind and buildings other than this particular building which come under the jurisdiction of the Minister for Transport. The Government has given an assurance that nothing will be done in respect of the Cape Otway Lighthouse Station until the findings of the Committee are completed and until the current investigations of the National Trust are available.

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