Birdon has won the bid to play a part in Queensland history – securing the contract to scuttle the ex-HMAS Tobruk off the coast of Bundaberg.
The contract will see the Tobruk sunk to create a world-class dive site and tourism attraction for the region.
Birdon has been actively involved in the project since the vessel was first decommissioned more than 18 months ago.
Birdon’s Disposals Manager Trent Raines assisted Regional Development Australia – Wide Bay Burnett in securing the ship for Queensland before then going on to secure the contract for ship-keeping services.
“This has been a project we have been very keen to be involved in – it’s not just a job but a real passion for us,” Mr Raines said.
“Many of our own personnel are ex-defence and we understand the significance of these projects for the government, ex-service men and women and the broader community”.
“Birdon also scuttled the ex-HMAS Canberra and is currently deconstructing, and recycling ex-HMAS Sydney in Henderson WA.
“It is exciting to be involved in projects with such historical significance and public interest.”
Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef Steven Miles said the project is likely to be delivered six months ahead of schedule, by June 2018.
“This means divers can explore this historic ex-navy ship sooner than expected, putting Bundaberg and Hervey Bay on the map as diving destinations,” Mr Miles said.
“The project will generate around 54 jobs during the preparation and scuttling phase, and up to 38 direct and indirect jobs as a dive wreck.
“Birdon is passionate about ensuring the community is along for the ride during every step of the journey to transform ex-HMAS Tobruk into an artificial reef.
“Their commitment to provide local jobs is extremely important to the Government, and was a weighted criteria during the assessment process.”