Tourism Victoria, 9 October 2008

New dive attraction another step closer

New dive attraction another step closer

By Tourism Victoria

Tourism Victoria talks with Tourism Minister Tim Holding about the ex HMAS Canberra.

Thursday, 9 October 2008 — The ex-HMAS Canberra vessel is on track to be scuttled early next year off the shores of Barwon Heads.

Since the warship was towed from Rockingham, Western Australia to the Port of Geelong in June this year three levels of the vessel have been completely stripped removing fixtures, pipes and cables.

The Minister for Tourism and Major Events Tim Holding said extensive works are now underway to scuttle the former Royal Australian Navy warship to create a major new diving attraction.

"Each year there are approximately 150,000 dives in Victoria which will increase significantly with the addition of the ex-HMAS Canberra," Mr Holding said.

"The ex-HMAS Canberra will provide a spectacular attraction and create an underwater playground for experienced divers near Barwon Heads."

The ship was gifted to Victoria by the Commonwealth Government and the State Government provided $1.5 million towards the project.

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