The cargo ship HMAS Tobruk.
The cargo ship HMAS Tobruk. Contributed

Campaign continues to scuttle Tobruk

WHERE the HMAS Tobruk will be sent to its watery grave will not be decided until after next month's Federal Election.

If it wins government, Labor has committed $10 million to scuttling the Tobruk at Bay of Fires on Tasmania's east coast, where the maximum temperature was 15 degrees on the weekend.

The commitment from Labor to sink the ship in Tasmania has not phased the Wide Bay's efforts to secure the ship.

A location has been identified in water 30m deep halfway between Bundaberg and Hervey Bay to scuttle Tobruk as part of a new tourism venture set to inject millions into the region for years to come.

Regional Dive Wreck Advisory Group member Scott Rowe said efforts were continuing through the election campaign.

"The battle continues," he said.

"We're hopeful the LNP will make a similar commitment (to sink the ship here) that Labor has made to Tassie."

The Fraser Coast Regional Council has allocated $1 million to secure the Tobruk and use it as a military dive wreck.

The state government would be involved in the tender process for the ex-military vessel, which could see it scuttled in another Queensland location.

Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt was not available for comment yesterday.