The local paper reported the confiscation by both council and Maritime officials.
This time they they lied to their readers and called the vessels BOTEL units. They did not report the earlier maritime approval and the dismissal of Captain John Hensford.
The paper did not report that the NSW Maritime Minister ordered the confiscation. He was Bruce Baird the father of Mike Baird. He was the last premier of NSW and he suddenly left politics in 2017.
At the time of his resignation Mike Baird claimed that he needed to leave politics to devote more of his time to his family's health issues. And yet, shortly after he landed an important role in the now infamous Banking Industry.
Just before January 19, 2017 the current Regional Maritime Manager, Deon Voyer sent this email.
He chose the subject of the email and he called it
Maurice Furlan - Murray River Botel Issue circa 1985-1988.
He sent his email on January 17 and he rang that day about this open letter.
You can see that Deon has not acknowledged the confiscation of the vessels since that occured after 1988, as reported later in 1990 in the news article which shown above.