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Tuesday, 6 December 1983
Page: 3348

Question No. 697

Mr Snow asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 2 November 1983:

(1) When (a) was the Cape Byron lighthouse tower last painted and (b) will it be painted next.

(2) What is the expected cost of painting the tower.

(3) What (a) is the value of paint presently held at the lighthouse and (b) amount is suitable for painting the tower.

(4) For what period has this paint been at the lighthouse.

Mr Peter Morris —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) The exterior of the tower was last fully painted in June 1976, with the interior being fully painted in November 1978. Partial painting of the structure has been carried out at infrequent intervals since those times.

(b) Both the tower exterior and interior are being fully painted November- December 1983.

(2) About $16,000, including cost of Departmental labour.

(3) (a) About $500.

(b) The amount of paint required to completely paint the tower is some 240 litres costing approximately $1,200. The paint presently held at the lightstation is suitable for this task.

(4) Since September 1983.