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Navy ship bid

The Bay of Fires is already a tourist drawcard with its stunning beaches and orange lichen-covered boulders. But it is hoped this East Coast destination could soon have a new attraction – under the water. The Tasmanian Government has made a bid for the decommissioned navy ship, HMAS Darwin, which had its final voyage last year. It is planned that the ship would be sunk a few hundred metres from the shore, with the wreck used as a dive site. Peter Paulson who has been leading the campaign for an old navy ship to sink in the Bay of Fires for the last 17 years, told ABC News this would be “a fantastic asset to the community.” He added the stunning location, combined with proximity would make it “one of the most accessible dive sites in Australia. We’re probably only three minutes from the boat ramp, probably 800 metres…onto the dive site, so it doesn’t get any closer than that.” If Tasmania does secure HMAS Darwin it will be scuttled 30 metres under the ocean in Skeleton Bay. In 2016 Tasmania missed out on securing HMAS Tobruk for the Bay of Fires.

3 May 2018, Edition 194

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