Tassie dive site re­jected

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NATION -

A FED­ERAL of­fer to turn a de­com­mis­sioned war­ship into a dive site off the east coast of Tas­ma­nia has been scut­tled by the state’s govern­ment.

The plan to sink ex-HMAS Dar­win at Skele­ton Bay near St He­lens was not fi­nan­cially fea­si­ble, State Growth Min­is­ter Peter Gutwein said yes­ter­day. An ini­tial cost of $12 mil­lion to the state plus on­go­ing main­te­nance of $600,000 per year could be bet­ter in­vested in Tas­ma­nia’s health and ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems, he added.

The Northern Ter­ri­tory had laid claims to the wreck.

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