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Tobruk due to arrive at the Port of Bundaberg



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KEITH PITT MP Member for Hinkler

Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and investment

MEDIA RELEASE

Tobruk due to arrive at the Port of Bundaberg

The Royal Australian Navy’s ex-HMAS Tobruk is expected to arrive at the Port of Bundaberg between 2pm and 3pm on Wednesday 14 December 2016, subject to weather.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said he looked forward to seeing the ship become a popular tourist attraction in Queensland.

“After Tobruk’s distinguished 34-year naval career, this ship is one of the few that will continue to serve the nation by providing local jobs in the tourism sector,” Mr Pitt said.

“Wide Bay will not only become the custodians of the ship’s hull, but the rich history of this great ship and the stories of all those who have served in her.

“This history will continue to be shared as amateur and experienced divers alike explore the vast spaces a landing ship provides.”

Locals will receive the chance to see Tobruk as she approaches the entrance to the Burnett River on Wednesday.

Vantage points along Marina Drive and Harbour Esplanade are expected to offer the best viewing as the ship travels up the Burnett River.

Tobruk will be berthed at the Bulk Liquids Wharf at the Port of Bundaberg while the Queensland Government prepares her for scuttling.

Due to safety reasons, public access to Tobruk is unfortunately not available at this time.

A full history of HMAS Tobruk (II) is available at: http://www.navy.gov.au/hmas-tobruk-ii

[ENDS] 13 December 2016 Media contact: Liz Carson 0427 653 814