Vol­un­teers keep Low Isles afloat

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

VOL­UN­TEERS con­tinue to fill the void at Low Isles - more than three months af­ter care­taker Rick Kil­patrick quit cit­ing bu­reau­cratic red tape and cost-cut­ting mea­sures.

Low Isles Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety (LIPS) vol­un­teers are car­ing for the is­land and show­ing tourists around with as­sis­tance from Queens­land Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice rangers un­til a re­place­ment is found.

Great Bar­rier Reef Marine Park Au­thor­ity act­ing gen­eral man­ager Dr Adam Smith de­nied the or­gan­i­sa­tion was drag­ging its heels on the ap­point­ment of a new care­taker or were find­ing the po­si­tion hard to fill be­cause of the em­pha­sis on main­te­nance and re­pairs un­der new guide­lines.

“Ten­ders have closed for the care­taker po­si­tion at Low Isles and the sub­mis­sions re­ceived are presently be­ing as­sessed by a se­lec­tion panel un­der the ten­der as­sess­ment pro­cesses and will be an­nounced soon,” he said.

“In the in­terim, vol­un­tary care­taker ar­range­ments ne­go­ti­ated with the Low Isles Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety are con­tin­u­ing.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the work and ded­i­ca­tion of the vol­un­teers and look for­ward to putting in place the for­mal care­taker ar­range­ments at Low Isles.”

LIPS spokesman and vice-pres­i­dent Dr Mark Col­bridge said they were “more than happy” to man­age the is­land un­til a care­taker is ap­pointed.

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