Dive site to benefit the Wide Bay region
AS DECISION day looms over the right to have HMAS Tobruk sunk in local waters as a dive experience, Acting Mayor Bill Trevor remains confident the Bundaberg/Fraser Coast regions’ submission is a compelling one.
Cr Trevor said the joint submission had engendered support that was possibly unprecedented for any project affecting the two regions.
“I would like to acknowledge the spirit of co-operation that has become evident as the Bundaberg and Fraser Coast regions unite in an effort to secure the HMAS Tobruk as a dive site for the economic benefit of our regions.
“Member for Hinkler, the Honourable Keith Pitt has been a passionate advocate for this project that will involve securing the HMAS Tobruk for scuttling as a dive location between Hervey Bay and Bundaberg,” Cr Trevor said.
“Their commitment has been magnetic in its attraction to other stakeholders who have recently participated in a joint funding initiative aimed at undertaking a seabed survey to find the best possible location in which to scuttle the Tobruk.
“The Tobruk Dive Committee have been relentless in their pursuit of the Tobruk. I remain convinced that the hard work, dedication and spirit of cooperation of so many groups and individuals in relation to this project will not go unrewarded.”
Cr Trevor said he believes the Tobruk project is a prime example of the co-operation that is required from regional councils in dealing with both levels of government.
“These partnership arrangements create a broader acceptance of projects that have a widespread benefit across several communities.”