Volunteers keep Low Isles afloat
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.