The killer of nine-year-old Samantha Knight, whose body has never been found, has been refused parole.
Sex offender Michael Guider, 63, who is serving a 23-year sentence, was eligible for parole from next month. But Guider's release was recently rejected by the State Parole Authority.
It was advised by the Serious Offenders Review Council that it was ''not appropriate'' for Guider to be considered for release.
The authority refused parole for several reasons, ''including a need for structured post-release plans'', a spokesman said.
Guider's 18-year, three-month non-parole period expires in June. He was sentenced to a total of 23 years and three months for manslaughter, sexual assault with a person under 16 and indecent assault. He killed Samantha in 1986.
A mother whose young daughters were assaulted by Guider said the officials were doing the right thing.
''I am pleased he is not going to be released in June,'' she said.
''I can't hang on to hate. We all have to move on with our lives at some stage.
''I can't let this whole thing take over my life. Of course I am anxious that he is not allowed out to pursue other children. I very much doubt he would be able to survive in the outside world.
''When Dennis Ferguson [a convicted paedophile who was released and later found dead in his flat] came out he was hounded to his death and I can't imagine it would be any different with Michael Guider.''
A fellow inmate who gave crucial evidence of a prison cell confession that helped convict Guider of the killing of Samantha made a new statement to police this year linking Guider to the disappearance of five-year-old Renee Aitken.
Renee vanished from her bedroom in Narooma on the south coast in 1984, two years before Samantha's disappearance.
Guider's parole will be reconsidered next year.