Media statement on ex-HMAS Tobruk

Friday, 12 October 2018


“Today’s announcement by the State Government that ex-HMAS Tobruk will not be righted is extremely disappointing.

“The State Government has made a complete mess of this project and taken more than three months to come to this decision.

“From the very beginning, ex-HMAS Tobruk was meant to be sunk upright as a dive wreck. All the projections – tourism numbers and economic benefits – were based on it being upright.

“If the intention was for ex-HMAS Tobruk to be on its side, it could have been located closer to the coast and in shallower water.

“I promote the Hinkler electorate and the region at every opportunity, but I won’t stand by and let the State Government attempt to sweep this under the carpet.

“They need to admit they got it wrong, and admit they are happy paying for the non-delivery of this project.

“This was a project paid for by local ratepayers and tax payers and there are serious questions to answer.”

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