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

Tobruk seabed survey funded by all sides of politics

IN A show of true bipartisan support, a seabed survey to find a preferred site for ex-HMAS Tobruk has been funded by Wide Bay politicians and businesses.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt held discussions with stakeholders to secure funding for the additional testing to be carried out.

"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."

Getting on board to help Mr Pitt fund the survey was patron Senator James McGrath, state members for Bundaberg, Leanne Donaldson; Burnett, Steve Bennett; Hervey Bay, Ted Sorensen; Fraser Coast Regional Council's Crs Rolf Light and Darren Everard, Hervey Bay Boat Club's Ed Gibson and Nick Schulz.

"... This show of bipartisan support by all three levels of government and local businesses - people that are prepared to put their money where their mouth is - shows that we will work together to make this project a reality," Mr Pitt said.

A potential site for the ship is 25.13 nautical miles from the Urangan Boat Harbour entrance and 22.78 nautical miles from the Burnett River entrance.

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