Council to continue with HMAS Manoora dive site plans
August 30, 2011
Shoalhaven City Council has confirmed it’s in principle support on a proposal for the sinking of the HMAS Manoora as a dive site in Jervis Bay at last night’s extraordinary Council meeting.
Council will also be calling for expressions of interest from the community to assist in the production of a business plan to back Council’s proposal.
Last night’s extraordinary meeting was held following a recommendation from the Shoalhaven Tourism Board at its August 22 meeting not to pursue the sinking of the HMAS Manoora unless the State Government and appropriate agencies fully fund the investigation and task.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Paul Green said while he understood the concerns of the Tourism Board he felt the sinking of the HMAS Manoora in Jervis Bay would provide the area with another high quality tourist attraction.
“Jervis Bay is home to some of the most amazing natural dive sites on the eastern seaboard,” said Clr Green.
“Despite this, local dive operators are reporting a drop in visitation numbers since the sinking of the HMAS Adelaide on the Central Coast.
“The sinking of the HMAS Manoora would add tremendous value to the local tourism industry and would provide an array of ongoing economic benefits for the entire Shoalhaven area.”
“While the procurement of a Navy vessel may be a long and exhaustive process I’m sure the end benefits to the community will far outweigh the initial costs.”
The application deadline for the HMAS Manoora is September 15.
Council will provide sufficient resources to facilitate a community consultation process should the application progress further.