HAZARD: More than a dozen sunk or wrecked boats on the Cooloola coast are set to be seized by the State Government.
HAZARD: More than a dozen sunk or wrecked boats on the Cooloola coast are set to be seized by the State Government. Arthur Gorrie

16 wrecked boats to be recovered on Gympie coast

MORE than a dozen boats wrecked or sunk along the Cooloola coastline are set to be seized by the state government unless the owners come forward.

Transport and Main Roads declared this week its intent to seize 16 vessels that present hazards to other ships in the waters.

Some of the boats have been abandoned since 2013.

The list includes a 10m long timber cruiser sunk against piles at Snapper Creek, a timber houseboat aground at Tin Can Bay's Esplanade and a 14m timber vessel sunk in Pelican Bay.

 

WRECKS: More than two dozen boats abandoned around Tin Can Bay and the coastline are to be seized by the state government.
WRECKS: More than two dozen boats abandoned around Tin Can Bay and the coastline are to be seized by the state government. Craig Warhurst

A 12m steel and timber houseboat, a 10.5m fibreglass and timber yacht and the Happy Hour fibreglass yacht are also to be seized.

Others have been found at Bullock Point, and at the Big Tuarn, Maaroom and Kauri creeks.

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Owners have until 4pm October 29 to claim the vessels.

Boats not claimed are to be sold or destroyed.

The boats are being claimed as part of the State Government's war on wrecks.

 

Tin Can Bay and Snapper Creek from the air.
Tin Can Bay and Snapper Creek from the air. Arthur Gorrie

"Removal of wrecks at taxpayer expense is a last resort after all avenues to encourage owners to take responsibility for their vessels have been exhausted," Maritime Safety Queensland general manager Angus Mitchell said.

"Maritime Safety Queensland has stepped up the removal of derelict and abandoned wrecks across Queensland waterways since the government announced funding for its War on Wrecks campaign last year."

"In some cases this can involve lengthy negotiations, however we will act immediately where a wreck becomes a potential hazard to navigation or the environment.

"We look at options to recover removal costs from owners and this can include pursuing claims through the court."

Gympie Times


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