House of Representatives Committees

House Standing Committee on Expenditure

Inquiry into lightstations


On 8 December 1983, the House Standing Committee on Expenditure tabled its report on the inquiry into lightstations entitled Lighthouses: Do we keep the keepers?

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This report is comprised of preliminary pages, 11 chapters and 5 appendices.

Lighthouses: Do we keep the keepers?

Part A: Preliminary pages up to Appendix 5 (end of report) (PDF 8483KB)
Committee Membership, Contents, Foreword, Findings and List of Recommendations

Ch1: Introduction

Ch2: Background

Ch3: Development of unmanning
Ch4: Approach to issues
Ch5: Automation and unmanning
Ch6: The need for continued manning
Ch7: Levels for continued manning
Ch8: Payment for continued manning
Ch9: Policy and the decision-making mechanism
Ch10: Other issues
Ch11: Conclusions
Appendix 1: Lightstations used by Bureau of Meteorology for making meteorological observations
Appendix 2: Details of lightstations on the register of the national estate
Appendix 3: Lightstations where manned presence required to protect cultural environment
Appendix 4: Categorisation of the lightstations in terms of need for continued manning
Appendix 5: Witnesses, exhibits, evidence and submissions

Part B: Profiles of Manned Lightstations and Attachments (PDF 9822KB)

New South Wales
South Australia
Western Australia

Attachment 1 (a) Indicative costs associated with manned lightstations
  (b) Indicative listing of lightstation unmanning ranked according to financial savings
Attachment 2   Map: location of manned lightstations as at July 1983

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