TURNING the ex-HMAS Tobruk into a museum is simply not feasible, according to Hinkler MP Keith Pitt.

Mr Pitt has campaigned alongside the Regional Dive Wreck Advisory Group to sink the decommissioned ship off the Fraser Coast for more than two years now.

Recently Labor's State MP for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson has voiced her support and both Fraser Coast and Bundaberg Regional Councils have committed to the plan.

Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders is the only elected official to speak out against the project, which sparked calls for the ex-HMAS Tobruk to be turned into a museum.

Mr Pitt said the Department of Defence advised it was unsuitable due to the "de-militarised state and deteriorating condition of the vessel".

"Such a museum would also pose significant health and safety issues for the general public," Mr Pitt said.

"In addition, the cost to maintain such a museum would be significant, impose a financial burden on the recipient of the ship and would not be value for money."

Both the ex-HMAS Tobruk and Sydney have been offered to all states and territories for the creation of dive wrecks.

The Wide Bay Regional Drive Wreck Advisory Group estimated the cost to prepare ex-HMAS Tobruk for scuttling to be $6 million, with Fraser Coast Regional Council and Bundaberg Regional Council each committing $1 million towards the project.

"As I've stated on multiple occasions, a Tobruk dive site has the potential to contribute between $1 million and $4 million each year to the local economy," Mr Pitt said.

"This will be a great rate of return for a one-off estimated investment of approximately $6 million."

"It would provide our local tourism operators with another water-based attraction that will keep boats in the water during the months that humpback whales and loggerhead turtles are not in the region."

Mr Pitt said the dive wreck could bring thousands of divers to the region.

"The HMAS Adelaide in New South Wales attracts about 5000 divers each year, with at least 90 percent of divers coming from outside the region and 20 percent from overseas.

"Just recently, a dive operator based on the Sunshine Coast said his business had increased by 1500 percent since HMAS Brisbane was sunk 10 years ago."

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