The state government will make a last-minute bid to the Royal Australian Navy for the scuttling of the HMAS Tobruk at Skeleton Bay on the East Coast.
The government came under fire by the project’s community lobby group spokesperson Peter Paulsen this week who accused it of not doing enough to compete with other sites for the dive wreck for tourism purposes.
But a government spokesperson said that it was an exciting project that had its strong support.
“We would like to see it go ahead,” they said.
“We will be submitting a bid while also making it clear that we expect the federal government to pay for the decommissioning and scuttling of the Tobruk.
“The application includes several supporting documents from a baseline environmental assessment proposal to the Tobruk Investment and Analysis and Business Case, which the state government provided $50,000 towards.”
According Tourism Tasmania’s Tasmanian Visitor’s Survey, there were 2877 tourists that took part in diving activities in the state between April 2014 and March 2016.
Tasmania is the only state not to have been gifted a naval dive wreck.