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Could a warship be scuttled in the Great Sandy Strait?

A WARSHIP may be scuttled in the waters off the Fraser Coast to boost eco-tourism if Mayor Gerard O'Connell has his way.

After the dropping of artificial fishing reefs announcement by Minister for National Parks Steve Dickson on Thursday last week, Cr O'Connell again tabled the possibility of sinking a boat.

"I know it's a big ask and it does cost a lot of money," he said.

"I think it's worthy because our waters are so ideal for diving."

Two new concrete reefs will be dropped near Little Woody Island and the Outer Banks to boost the quantity of fish species.

While Cr O'Connell said this was good news for the region, he wanted an ex-navy ship to be scuttled for divers.

"The use of the waterways and the natural environment of the Fraser Coast is going to lend itself to it," he said.

"Whether we need to start a campaign that says give us a ship, or we want a wreck - I think it would be very worthy.

"I think there's lots of opportunity."

Hervey Bay Dive Club publicity officer Rebecca Shaw dives on the region's artificial reefs and she said scuttling a ship would add to the scene.

"It'll just add to the overall appeal of it," she said

Ms Shaw has dove on the HMAS Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast and she said anything that could be replicated here would be incredibly beneficial for tourism.

Cr O'Connell agreed that any water based activity was worthy for development.

This is a big ticket thing but I really think it's a space we can start to progress.

Cr O'Connell would like to meet with Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt to discuss the idea.

Topics:  diving ecotourism gerard o'connell ship



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