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

Perfect location found to sink the Tobruk wreck

POLITICIANS and businessmen from around the Fraser Coast region and beyond contributed money from their own pockets to find the perfect spot to sink the ex-HMAS Tobruk if the Wide Bay is successful in its application to win the dive wreck.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt, as well as patron Senator James McGrath, state members Leanne Donaldson, Bundaberg; Steve Bennett, Burnett; Ted Sorensen, Hervey Bay; Fraser Coast Regional Councillors Rolf Light and Darren Everard; Hervey Bay Boat Club's Ed Gibson and Nick Schulz are believed to have contributed a total of $6000 to investigate five locations near the 25 Fathom Hole, located in the waters between Hervey Bay and Bundaberg.

Mr Pitt held discussions with stakeholders to secure funding for the additional testing to be carried out at the site.

"With extensive work already done on securing the ex-HMAS Tobruk, one of the last activities was a seabed survey of the ocean floor in the proposed dive wreck location," Mr Pitt said.

"The next step was finding a way to fund the hydrographic survey, so I raised the idea of joint funding it with my colleagues in federal, state and local government, as well as several local businesses.

"Being supportive of the project from the outset, they were all quick to say yes," he said.

An investigation of the area has identified a fitting spot for the wreck.

Preliminary reports from the survey completed by AQUAMAP have identified a site which is 25.13 nautical miles from the Urangan Boat Harbour entrance and 22.78 nautical miles from the Burnett River entrance.

"There are a number of technical requirements for the selection of the site including the depth, currents, tides and visibility," Mr Pitt said.

"The ideal site will have mild currents which would make it suitable for divers of all experience levels."

Applications for the wreck will close on Friday with the successful region to be announced on September 23.

The region is also facing further competition in the race to get the Tobruk.

Redland City Council is applying to have a former warship sunk in the waters of North Stradbroke Island to create an artificial reef.

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