SKY WORKER: An RAAF Caribou transport aircraft from the Vietnam War could end up on the Fraser Coast.
SKY WORKER: An RAAF Caribou transport aircraft from the Vietnam War could end up on the Fraser Coast. Contributed

Push for stripped military plane to be brought to the region

A TRANSPORT aircraft damaged by enemy fire in the Vietnam War may finally land on the Fraser Coast, but councillors aren't sure what to do with it.

The old twin-engine Caribou has been sitting at Oakey Army Base since 2000.

It was originally earmarked for a dive site in waters off the Sunshine Coast, but after helicopter transport estimates proved too costly the plan was scrapped.

Tourism councillor Stuart Taylor has been made aware of the case and will meet the Commonwealth department in possession of the plane.

"I'm keen to look at the cost of transporting it here," he said.

It has been estimated the old aerial work horse could be transported by road for a cost of about $30,000.

While Cr Taylor stressed the plan was in early stages, he suggested a few options for the Caribou to find a resting place in our region.

"It could be implemented into the military trail as a land-based icon," he said.

The Fraser Coast Military Trail includes the Maryborough Military Museum, Duncan Chapman statue and Toogoom's Vietnam shed.

The other option for the cargo plane was to scuttle it in the Sandy Strait as a dive site.

While a push is already on from the Wide Bay to secure HMAS Tobruk as a military dive wreck, the old Caribou would be dumped closer to the mainland.

Advanced diver and Fraser Coast local Sydney Tanner has been searching the depths of the ocean for about 25 years.

He said while the bay was good for divers, new structures such as planes, boats or cars were always welcome.

"There's a lot of stuff to dive in the bay. Compared to other areas this place is brilliant," he said.

"Anything we can get is great.

"The Roy Rufus reef is deteriorating - we need a re-injection of new stuff."



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