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ninemsn Travel, 23 October 2006
New dive site for Victoria
A new dive tourism site will be created near Victorias Bellarine Peninsula in April 2007.
The former Royal Australian Navy Guided Missile Frigate, ex-HMAS Canberra is to be sunk at The Ships Graveyard, three kilometres south of Barwon Heads.
The proposal to acquire the ex-HMAS Canberra was a great coup and would position Victoria and the Bellarine Peninsula as a nationally significant temperate dive destination, State Tourism Minister John Pandazopoulos said.
Studies by Tourism Victoria estimate the direct economic benefit of the dive site, through spending by new visitors, to be around $1.3 million per annum, Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville, said.
Market research indicates that the new dive attraction could significantly boost local, interstate and international dive days in Victoria which is great for tourism.