Ex- HMAS To­bruk one step closer to Bund­aberg

Isis Town and Country - - Life -

MEM­BER for Hin­kler Keith Pitt has wel­comed news that the State Govern­ment has called for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from lo­cal coun­cils re­gard­ing ex-HMAS To­bruk for use as a mil­i­tary dive wreck.

“It’s great to see this project gath­er­ing mo­men­tum,” Mr Pitt said.

“We have two coun­cils – Fraser Coast Re­gional Coun­cil and Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil – which have both com­mit­ted $1 mil­lion in fund­ing and are ready to work to­gether.

“The Wide Bay Re­gional Drive Wreck Ad­vi­sory Group has been work­ing on this project for more than three years, so this re­gion is ready to go if Queens­land is suc­cess­ful in se­cur­ing ex-HMAS To­bruk.”

Mr Pitt said an ex-HMAS To­bruk dive site had the po­ten­tial to con­trib­ute be­tween $1 mil­lion and $4 mil­lion each year to the lo­cal econ­omy.

“This project will cre­ate jobs, cre­ate new busi­ness and bring more tourists to our re­gion, which is the shot in the arm this re­gion needs.

A report by the Cen­tre for Con­ser­va­tion Geog­ra­phy into the eco­nomic im­pact of the scuba dive in­dus­try in Australia es­ti­mates that dive re­lated spend­ing in Australia is $2.2 bil­lion a year.

“In Queens­land dive re­lated spend­ing is po­ten­tially as much as $950 mil­lion a year, which shows there are real eco­nomic ben­e­fits from this project if we are suc­cess­ful in the lo­cal bid.” PHOTO: CHRON­I­CLE FRASER COAST

HMAS To­bruk ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee, from left, Tim Pow­ers, Scott Rowe, Ge­orge Duck, Syd­ney Tan­ner, Ed Gib­son and Keith Pitt.

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