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29 January, 2021

Keswick Island residents told to resolve dispute without government

In 2019, China Bloom acquired the lease to Keswick Island but since then, the sub-lessees have raised several issues relating to access of the island.

By Andrew Sorensen

Residents at Keswick Island will have to resolve the ongoing dispute without the state government. Photo: Susannah Binkley

In 2019, China Bloom acquired the lease to Keswick Island but since then, the sub-lessees have raised several issues relating to access of the island.

A Keswick Island resident has dismissed the Queensland Government’s advice to resolve a dispute, which has been ongoing.

The dispute is between the island’s residents and the head lessee, China Bloom and the state government said the two parties should seek mediation with an independent arbiter.

Residents on the island believe the government should be present for discussions relating to breaches by China Bloom.

Minister Scott Stewart said, in a statement, most of the issues raised did not fall under the terms of the lease.

He said they were a commercial matter between them and the head lessee. 


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