Preparations are beginning for the sinking of ex-HMAS Adelaide on the Central Coast

Gosford City Council notices today show a big article featuring the sinking of the ex-HMAS Adelaide at Avoca Beach, proposed for Wednesday 13th April 2011.

Gosford City Council, ex-HMAS Adelaide sinking notice in the Express Advocate 23rd March 2011

A lot of people are hoping this will happen, while there are also a lot of people hoping it will not. The proposed sinking of the ex-HMAS Adelaide at Avoca Beach has polarised the Central Coast Community.

Pro-Sinking Support

Those for the sinking have a petition on-line with 1775 responses.

CCARP Petition

There are also several Facebook pages that support the project:

The Central Coast Artificial Reef Project (CCARP) with 230 Friends

ex-HMAS Adelaide (Ccarp) Facebook page

The Save the Boat, Sink Avoca Facebook Group with 228 “Likes”

Save the Boat, Sink Avoca Facebook group page
We are for the sinking of the HMAS Adelaide Facebook Group with 277 “Likes”

We are for the sinking of the HMAS Adelaide Facebook group page
Anti-sinking Groups

The “No Ship” Action Group online petition with 336 signatures.

No Ship Petition
The “No Ship” Facebook Group with 192 “Likes”

No Ship Facebook group page

The facebook page for the No Ship Group was taken down, in March 2010 and on March 25 2010 it had 2,583 members.

What have the Pollies said?

This weekend is our State Election, so, what have our local candidates said?

Chris Hartcher – Liberal

The Liberal’s have indicated that they support the sinking.


Peter Freewater – Greens

Chris Hartcher, Liberal party support for sinking of ex-HMAS Adelaide

Snapshot from "What Happened at Avoca Beach Website" showing Chris Hartcher's support for the sinking of the ex-HMAS Adelaide

Dr Freewater, Greens candidate was interviewed on the local radio early in 2010 and supports the project

Star FM Dr Peter Freewater Interview

Snapshot from STAR FM website regarding Peter Freewater's support for the sinking of the ex-HMAS Adelaide

Dougal Anderson – Greens

Dougal Anderson, Greens candidate for the seat of Terrigal, does not oppose the sinking and said just yesterday: “If it’s going ahead, lets make sure it is done properly.”

ABC 702 HMAS Adelaide story

Snapshot from ABC website 23rd March 2011, about the sinking of the ex-HMAS Adelaide

Michelle Meares – Independent

Independent Candidate Michelle Meares has campaigned hard on stopping the sinking of the ex-HMAS Adelaide

Michelle Meares objecting to the sinking of the ex-HMAS Adelaide at Avoca Beach

Michelle Meares objecting to the sinking of the ex-HMAS Adelaide at Avoca Beach

Trevor Drake – Labor

The ALP has, of course, been the major political driver behind the sinking of the ex-HMAS Adelaide.

NSW Labor Minister Tony Kelly Supports HMAS Adelaide Sinking

Media Release from ALP Minister Tony Kelly

So, with only 20 days to go until the proposed sinking and possibly a new government in NSW from Saturday and a community still divided, there is still a long way to go before the ex-HMAS Adelaide is sunk off Avoca Beach.

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