Defence Minister joins our battle to sink Tobruk
OTHER navy vessels could be scuttled in Fraser Coast waters as a dive wreck if we aren't successful in securing the HMAS Tobruk, the Defence Minister said.
Hinkler MP Keith Pitt and Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett chair Bill Trevor put a business case to Defence Minister Kevin Andrews and Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Darren Chester last week.
Advisory Group co-ordinator Scott Rowe said the business case outlined the preferred site for the HMAS Tobruk.
"It is proposed the vessel be scuttled in 34 metres of water, almost halfway between Bundaberg and Hervey Bay," he said.
"The site was selected by the group due to smooth currents, good visibility, abundance of marine life and the fact it will not impact on commercial fishing grounds or shipping channels."
And if we aren't successful in securing the asbestos-riddled ship, Mr Rowe says Anzac class frigates may also be available.
"Minister Andrews advised that if we were unsuccessful in securing Tobruk, there are other navy vessels scheduled to be decommissioned and replaced over the next decade," he said.
"It is now up to our regional leaders to get behind the push and show their support."
Economic modelling showed a military dive wreck would contribute $1.4 million annually to our regional economy.
It is expected a decision on Tobruk's future will be made within the next three months.