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WA Govt chips in for Sydney search

The search for HMAS Sydney could be under way within months with the Western Australian Government committing $500,000 to the project.

The ship and its 645 crew sunk after a battle with the German raider Kormoran off the mid-west coast during World War II.

The funding comes a month after the Federal Government announced funding worth $1.3 million towards the search, half of what is needed.

Another $8 million is needed, which the HMAS Sydney Search company will try to secure through private funds.

The company and shipwreck hunter David Mearns plan to look for the Kormoran in deep water off Shark Bay, hoping it will lead them to the Sydney.

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