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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3168

Mr Humphreys asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 17 April 1980:

(1)   What was the volume of shipping between the Queensland coastline and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park as at 31 March 1980.

(2   ) What proportion of this traffic consisted of oil tankers.

Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

There is no traffic count of vessels transitting Great Barrier Reef waters, but the volume using the inner route is estimated to be1500 per year, of which 7 per cent would be loaded bulk tankers. This estimate does not include intrastate traffic which partly comprises small tankers distributing refined petroleum products to Queensland ports.

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