HMAS Tobruk at sea.
Photo: contributed
HMAS Tobruk at sea. Photo: contributed contributed

Tobruk will be here tomorrow

THE Tobruk is now scheduled to arrive at the Bundaberg Port tomorrow afternoon.

After weather delayed the arrival of the ex-HMAS Tobruk it is now due to come in between 2 - 3pm and Bundaberg people are encouraged to head to the port to watch a landmark event.

Locals will receive the chance to see Tobruk as she approaches the entrance to the Burnett River.

Vantage points along Marina Drive and Harbour Esplanade are expected to offer the best viewing as the ship travels up the Burnett River.

Tobruk will be berthed at the Bulk Liquids Wharf at the Port of Bundaberg while the Queensland Government prepares her for scuttling.

Due to safety reasons, public access to Tobruk is unfortunately not available at this time.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said he looked forward to seeing the ship become a popular tourist attraction in Queensland.

"After Tobruk's distinguished 34-year naval career, this ship is one of the few that will continue to serve the nation by providing local jobs in the tourism sector," Mr Pitt said.

"Wide Bay will not only become the custodians of the ship's hull, but the rich history of this great ship and the stories of all those who have served in her.

"This history will continue to be shared as amateur and experienced divers alike explore the vast spaces a landing ship provides."

Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said the arrival of the ex-HMAS Tobruk would be a historic moment and a must-see for locals, young and old.

"This will be a special event for the whole family to witness and I encourage everyone in Bundaberg to come along to watch the vessel as it makes its way into the port," Ms Donaldson said.

Ms Donaldson said the preparation and scuttling of the ex-HMAS Tobruk would be a great boost for local jobs and the tourism industry across the Fraser Coast and Bundaberg.

"The two-year project to transform the ex-HMAS Tobruk into a world-class dive site is estimated to value between $8 million to $10 million - supporting more than 50 local jobs," she said.

When the ex-HMAS Tobruk arrives in Bundaberg it will have completed the first step in a long process to prepare it for scuttling in the waters of Wide Bay.

It will be based at the Port of Bundaberg as it goes through the works required to prepare it for scuttling and making it safe for the environment and for divers to use.

Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to growing the state's tourism industry and creating more jobs for Queenslanders, particularly in regions that need it the most.