ex HMAS Canberra Arrives

Wednesday, 11 June 2008: VARS News Update

The ex HMAS Canberra arrived off Port Phillip Heads at around 2200 on the Monday, 9th June 2008. It was intended that it cross the RIP at 0630 on Tuesday, 10th June 2008, but problems with the tow line shortening delayed this. So it had to wait until the next tide at 1200 noon.

Two boats from the Dive Victoria Group (Nemo and the new Sea Dragon), plus Henderson Dive's cat went out to the boarding grounds to greet the ex HMAS Canberra.

She entered the bay at noon on Tuesday and slowly made her way up the South Channel. Unfortunately she will not complete her journey into Geelong until Wednesday, as the Pilots would not attempt to berth a towed vessel after dark. She will lie at anchor this evening.

Channel Nine and Seven News choppers covered the entrance, and Channel Seven landed to interview Dive Victoria's Jason Salter, VARS president John Lawler, and Alan Beckhurst.

The event was well reported on the Tuesday, 10th June 6 p.m. news by Channel 7 and Channel 9. John Lawler crossed live from Dive Victoria's new dive boat "Sea Dragon" to the Jon Faine morning show 774 and 3AW. On Wednesday he had a 10 minute interview with Mark Bannerman on Radio National at 6.30 a.m. The media coverage is aimed at a continual promotion of the ex HMAS Canberra as the centre piece to make "Victoria a world class temperate water diving destination."

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