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Wreck spotters program

Wreck spotters program relaunched

Maritime archaeology is alive and well in NSW. Over the past 10 years our volunteer NSW Wreck Spotters have been active with research projects across the State, and in the notification of historic shipwreck sites from Barrenjoey Headland to Seal Rocks, Evans Head and Jervis Bay, to name a few. The work is invaluable and greatly assists the identification, assessment and interpretation of the State’s varied maritime archaeological resource.

As a result, the Office of Environment and Heritage has relaunched Wreck Spotters and is inviting people with a recognised interest in the preservation of historic shipwrecks to join this exciting initiative.

The program aims to establish an expanded body of shipwreck enthusiasts to provide first-hand advice on local discoveries and the condition of visible sites. We would like to invite you to become involved in the Program as a voluntary Wreck Spotter.

Introducing Wreck Spotters (NSWWreckSpottersIntro.pdf, 167KB) outlines the aims, objectives and benefits of becoming involved.

If this is of interest to you, please send an email to Brad Duncan, confirming same, and enclose your landline and address details. Please also include a mobile number, and importantly an email address. If you go on to become a Wreck Spotter, the email address will be used to disseminate information about the Program, and will be our primary method of contact.

Once your participation is confirmed, you will receive a copy of our ‘Guidance for Wreck Spotters’, a ‘Wreck Spotters Agreement’ (to be signed and returned) and a current ‘Wreck Spotters Resource Kit’.

We understand your time is valuable and look forward to your assistance in reporting and recording local discoveries, and in developing your strong local network of contacts to further promote the sound management of our unique underwater heritage.

If you have any questions about the Wreck Spotters Program, please do not hesitate to contact Brad Vale on 02 9873 8552 or

Page last updated: 31 August 2012