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Wednesday, 27 November 1985
Page: 2391


Senator REID(6.10) —I point out that it is just about possible to walk out to Bowen Island at low tide, and it is certainly not too difficult to get there. As somebody is living there now, I suggest that it is not adequate to wait for a management plan to be developed. The sensible thing would be to renew the lease until such time as the Government knows what it will do and until it knows the cost of its proposed actions. We have seen no financial impact statement on the cost of getting back the property and providing a reasonable ranger service on Bowen Island or having somebody stationed there permanently. I gather it has been suggested in some correspondence that that would be the case. I would have thought that the cost of having a ranger stationed there would be not less than $50,000 a year, which is an extraordinary amount of money. What protection will the island have that is not provided now without cost to the Commonwealth?