TOURISM POTENTIAL: The cargo ship HMAS Tobruk may be scuttled in the Great Sandy Strait in a few years.
TOURISM POTENTIAL: The cargo ship HMAS Tobruk may be scuttled in the Great Sandy Strait in a few years. Contributed

Turnbull win ignites bid to secure HMAS Tobruk

THE Fraser Coast's bid to secure the HMAS Tobruk has been re-ignited after the election with the Coalition likely to return with a majority government.

Spirits were slightly dampened during the mammoth election campaign after Opposition Leader Bill Shorten promised the Tobruk would be sunk in Tasmania if Labor was elected to government.

Wide Bay Regional Dive Wreck Advisory Group spokesperson Ed Gibson said the battle for the Tobruk was again on in earnest.

"If Labor formed government at this election our bid to create a new tourism asset for the region was over," he said.

"With the Coalition returned we are now back on track and working hard to convince the state and federal governments of the merits to sink the Tobruk in Wide Bay waters."

Fraser Coast mayor Chris Loft reaffirmed his council's commitment to securing the vessel which would create a year-round tourism asset for the region and inject upwards of $4 million a year into the regional economy.

Reports last week indicated the Tasmanian bid was yet to secure financial support from the State Government.

The Tobruk for Wide Bay bid has secured support from local, state and federal politicians as well as the region's tourism entities and business community.

Mr Gibson said the proximity of the destroyer ex-HMAS Brisbane which is sunk off the Sunshine Coast would add value to the Tobruk being sunk in Wide Bay waters.

"Co-branding and marketing of two military dive wrecks just hours apart would create great opportunity and economic benefit for our region," he said.


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