Let’s scuttle the HMAS Tobruk here
THE fight to secure the decommissioned HMAS Tobruk heavy lift ship for the this region has begun, with community leaders preparing their plan of action.
Ten years after HMAS Brisbane was scuttled on the Sunshine Coast, the Regional Dive Wreck Advisory Group met in Urangan to attempt a similar feat.
Due to be stripped of sensitive military equipment, the HMAS Tobruk is currently sitting in Sydney Harbour while its future is decided.
The advisory group has been formed to present a business case to the Federal Government on why the Tobruk should be scuttled as a military dive wreck between Hervey Bay and Bundaberg.
The Wide Bay must beat Tasmania's push for a dive wreck as well as an Asian country hoping to be gifted the ship from the Australian Government.
Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the expert committee would provide advice about the dive wreck experience.
"We're not doing it for nothing - we're in kicking some doors down," he said.
"Why would you want to dive in Tasmania where the water's freezing?"
Mr Pitt said estimates from the HMAS Brisbane showed the dive wreck added $5 million annually to the Sunshine Coast economy.
Advisory group member and Boat Club CEO Ed Gibson said there would be green and red tape to overcome.
The group is made up of local business people and community leaders.
The group includes Scott Rowe, Stephen Bennett, Ted Sorensen, Mal Forman, Gerard O'Connell, Tim Powers, George Duck and Ed Gibson among others.
Today is a warm sunny day with a light breeze, compared to a windy 5-degree day in Tassie
We can have a year-round diving scene
The Rats of Tobruk memorial is located in Bundaberg