TUG: An image from Marine Traffic showing the location of the HMAS Tobruk at 4pm Monday afternoon.
TUG: An image from Marine Traffic showing the location of the HMAS Tobruk at 4pm Monday afternoon. Emma Reid

Tobruk not coming in just yet

WEATHER has delayed the expected arrival of the ex-HMAS Tobruk into the Port of Bundaberg.

The Royal Australian Navy's former Landing Ship, HMAS Tobruk II left Sydney last week.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Member For Hinkler, Keith Pitt said it was now due to arrive tomorrow.

The NewsMail contacted a number of agencies involved and was told, because of the weather and tides, a time was not able to be given.

The ship will be moored at the Bundaberg Port once it arrives.

At 4pm yesterday afternoon the tug, Molly Grace, which was towing the ex-HMAS Tobruk was located east of Bundaberg behind Fraser Island.

The Wide Bay region won the three year fight to have the ex-naval ship scattered off the coast as a dive wreck which will bring more than $4m into the Bundaberg region.

The preparation for scuttling of ex-HMAS Tobruk will take up to two years and during this time it will deliver a much needed boost.

It will be the final chapter for the navy ship which has served Australia well since her commissioning in 1981.