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Taskforce gaining ground in war on wrecks

WoW Removal - Fitzroy RiverThe War on Wrecks Taskforce has been undertaking state-wide public consultation to help identify unseaworthy vessels that can be removed from our waterways and to understand and remedy the factors causing this growing problem. To date, public consultations have been held at Port Douglas, Yeppoon and Southport.

By early December 2018, using the $20 million War on Wrecks fighting fund, a further 65 wrecks had been removed from Queensland waters, with contracts or compliance plans proceeding towards fruition to remove 143 more.

A database of an additional 271 confirmed wrecks has also been compiled.

The taskforce is consolidating themes gained from research and public consultation to present in its report to government, due in a few months. This short summary of discussions at the Southport public consultation meeting on 30 November 2018 provides an indication of suggestions being considered by the taskforce. 

But the taskforce still needs and values your help to identify derelict vessels and your ideas for reducing the number of vessels that become unseaworthy in the future.

How you can help

The taskforce has another public consultation session scheduled from 1.00 – 2.30 pm at the Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland on 1 February, 2019. Please consider attending 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.

Dob in a derelict

Meanwhile, if you cannot attend the public consultation meeting, you can dob in a derelict and have your say by emailing

Last updated
21 December 2018