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Taskforce continues gaining ground in war on wrecks

In July 2018, the Queensland Government committed $20 million over 4 years towards removing derelict and illegally dumped vessels from Queensland waterways. The Minister for Transport and Main Roads announced the establishment of a War on Wrecks Taskforce (the Taskforce), comprised of Parliamentary and Industry representatives to make recommendations to the government for a holistic response to these issues.

Investigation into the root causes of vessel abandonment is underway and the Taskforce plans a series of community forums to discuss the next steps government can take in reducing the number of derelict vessels in our waterways and creating a culture of responsible boat ownership in Queensland.

2020 community consultation forums

The Taskforce continues to work with Maritime Safety Queensland to conduct further consultation and detailed evaluation and assessment of the recommendations across community, industry and government.

The Taskforce will carry on its successful community engagement and consultation process and meet with regional stakeholders around the removal program and the discuss how to implement the recommendations.

We encourage you to come along to the 2020 consultation forums and join in the discussion about potential changes to licencing and registration:

  • Register for Gladstone – Monday 28 September
  • Cairns forum was held on Saturday 1 August
  • Noosa forum was held on Saturday 22 August
  • Wynnum forum was held on Saturday 12 September 2020.

View a summary of the community discussions so far.

War on Wrecks status

As at 30 June 2020, using $7.6 million of the War on Wrecks funding, Maritime Safety Queensland, along with partner agencies and owners, have removed 609 wrecks and derelict vessels from Queensland waters. In 2019–20, we've been removing an average of 3 wrecks a week. With just under 300 additional vessels identified either as derelict or at risk of becoming derelict, we will continue to remove these rotting, unseaworthy and derelict vessels from our bays, rivers and creeks.

Check out the latest War on Wrecks removals

View some of the recent removals by the War on Wrecks team.

War on Wrecks Taskforce Report

The Taskforce delivered its report to the Queensland Government, which provides a framework to develop a wholistic approach towards responsible boat ownership.

How you can help

Email us at if you:

  • know of the location of an unseaworthy vessel that is a danger to navigation or a threat to the marine environment or public safety
  • own such a vessel and would like to discuss ways of removing it
  • know the identity and contact details of the owners of such vessels
  • think you can help with suggestions to prevent vessels becoming derelict and abandoned in future.
Last updated
17 September 2020