Herald Sun, 9 May 2007

My Say - Great idea appears stranded

The following letter to the editor was published as a "My Say" item in the Herald Sun, Wednesday, May 9, 2007, Page 19.

Great idea appears stranded

by Lloyd Borrett

Wednesday, 9 May 2007 — Last October, just before the state election, then tourism minister John Pandazopoulas announced that Victoria has won an interstate bid to secure the former HMAS Canberra warship as an artificial reef and dive attraction.

The Victorian Government has allocated $500,000 for the project and the Federal Government would contribute $2.8 million.

To quote the minister: "It's full steam ahead for the ex-HMAS Canberra, which will arrive at its home next month and be sunk in April 2007."

Well, it's May 2007, and it would seem the Bracks Government hasn't signed the deed of gift and taken possession of the warship. Canberra still lies at anchor at the Stirling Naval Base in WA.

The Victorian Artificial Reef Society has established a website to track the project's progress (www.hmascanberra.com.au).

Their reports indicate nothing but delays and inaction on the part of the Government.

Is the Government ever going to make good on its promise and sink the Canberra in Victoria?

Lloyd Borrett is a Herald Sun reader from Cranbourne North

Herald Sun, Wednesday, May 9, 2007, Page 19.

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