EX-HMAS Tobruk is on its way to Queensland

The Tobruk is coming to the Wide Bay.
The Tobruk is coming to the Wide Bay. contributed

UPDATE: EX-HMAS Tobruk departed Sydney this morning (December 7).

That means it is on its way to Queensland right now.

It is being towed to the Port of Bundaberg by a large tugboat.

At the port, it will undergo a preparation process before being sunk off the coast of Burrum Heads.

Upon delivery to the port, ownership and responsibility of Tobruk will transfer to the Queensland Government.


EARLIER: NEWS that the ex-HMAS Tobruk will be sunk off Burrum Heads was met with cheers by Fraser Coast mayor Chris Loft.

"I am really, really excited and a lot of people need to be congratulated," he said.

"It will be iconic to have such a marvellous military vessel here.

"I think a lot of new businesses are going to pop up along Burrum Heads, and with a new boat ramp there, the area is in for a bit of a boom time."

Fraser Coast Regional Council has contributed $1 million towards the project.

Hervey Bay Boat Club Dive Club president Garry Pomroy envisions an expansion of scuba diving business diving in the area.

"I've heard of multiple companies already interested in going out there," he said.

"You will need a decent sized boat to go there which is where the bigger companies come in."

Tobruk is currently in Sydney and will soon be transported to the Port of Bundaberg where it will be prepared for its trip down into the ocean.

Wide Bay beat locations from across Australia to have the Tobruk here.


Artists impression of the proposed HMAS Tobruk proposed dive site.
Photo: contributed
Artists impression of the proposed HMAS Tobruk proposed dive site. Photo: contributed contributed



EARLIER: EX-HMAS Tobruk will continue to serve Australia - now as a tourist destination - when it is scuttled off the coast between Bundaberg and Hervey Bay as a dive wreck.

Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan announced on Friday the Royal Australian Navy's former Landing Ship, HMAS Tobruk (II), will be provided to the Queensland Government to be scuttled in the Wide Bay area east of Bundaberg and north of Hervey Bay.

Mr Tehan said it marked the final chapter for a fine Navy ship which has served Australia well since her commissioning in 1981.

"She will be fondly remembered by all those who served in Tobruk and those who have been supported by the many operational and humanitarian deployments she undertook," he said.

"The scuttling of Tobruk in the Wide Bay Burnett area will be a permanent monument to Tobruk's proud history and a reminder she served as her motto intended 'Faithful and Strong'."

Federal Member for Hinkler and Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Keith Pitt said the hard-fought battle for more than three years had finally paid off.

More to come.

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