4042 support Tobruk as tourist attraction hits Parliament
MEMBER for Hinkler Keith Pitt has called on the Federal Government to scuttle HMAS Tobruk between Hervey Bay and Bundaberg to provide a "diving into history" experience.
Mr Pittt tabled a petition in Parliament on Wednesday with 4042 signatures calling for the ship to be scuttled.
The petition from the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Dive Wreck Advisory Group, local residents, business owners and tourists draws to the attention of the House the need for a new tourist attraction.
Are you in support of a move to scuttle HMAS Tobruk between Hervey Bay and Bundaberg?
This poll ended on 04 December 2015.
Yes, I think it will be a great tourist attraction for the region
No, I don't think we need it off our shores
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Mr Pitt said in a speech his region - which included Lady Musgrave, Lady Elliot and Fraser Islands - was renowned for its fresh seafood, perfect climate and awe-inspiring marine life and yet it had one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.
"Tourism operators need another water-based attraction that will keep boats in the water during the months that humpback whales and loggerhead turtles are not present," he said.
"It is estimated a military dive wreck would contribute between $1 million and $4 million each year to the local economy."
Mr Pitt said a military dive wreck would complement the Rats of Tobruk Memorial in Bundaberg, along with the the HMAS Brisbane Dive Wreck at Mooloolaba and the Fraser Coast Military Trail.
The trail is currently being developed by the Fraser Coast Regional Council.