Dive site to ben­e­fit the Wide Bay re­gion

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.”

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