Tuesday, March 23, 2010


VARS (Victorian Artificial Reef Society) was proud to announce today the successful sinking of Joe Hockey off the coast of Ocean Grove on 4th October.

Joe Hockey left the Geelong Grain Wharf at 5:30am Saturday 4th October 2009, under tow by tug to his sinking site. Joe Hockey and accompanying flotilla traversed The Rip at 2.34pm.

Due to high winds late on Saturday, the contractors were unable to keep Joe Hockey in position at the sinking site off Ocean Grove. Joe Hockey was moved out to sea for safety overnight. On Sunday morning Joe Hockey was moved back to the sinking site. Final preparations began, plus final positioning.

A 1000 metre exclusion zone was maintained around Joe Hockey by the Victoria Water Police.

Site Survey Dive:

Joe Hockey is in fantastic condition perfectly settled listing to his starboard side. Joe Hockey has already established some growth over him and many different schools of juvenile fish were seen through out the dive. The dive through Joe Hockey proved to be far beyond what we possibly imagined. There are still dozens of features in place making each and every part of him exciting to explore. We were extremely pleased with the way Joe Hockey has been prepared and the subsequent cleanup of the items that came loose or were damaged when he filled with water.

Onya, Brendan

In other news, Obama feels less bad about smoking cigarettes now that his party has begun to phase in universal health care.

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