Public Environment Report released for public comment
27 September 2012
The Exercise Talisman Sabre 2013 Public Environment Report has been released for public comment.
Excerise Talisman Sabre is held every two years and is the largest combined air, land and sea military training exercise regularly undertaken by the Australian Defence Force in conjunction with forces from the United States. Exercise Talisman Sabre 2013 will be conducted from 15 July to 6 August next year. Its primary aim is to improve training and interoperability between the Australian Defence Force and United States Armed Forces.
Defence’s environmental vision is to be a leader in sustainable environmental management to support its capability to defend Australia and its national interests. As good stewards of the environment, Defence will conduct the Exercise in accordance with the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The draft Public Environment Report has been prepared to inform Defence, the Australian public and relevant stakeholders of potential environmental and heritage issues relating to the conduct of Talisman Sabre 13 and mitigation strategies.
All interested community members are encouraged to view the draft Public Environment Report and provide feedback by 26 October 2012. Copies of the draft report as well as supporting fact sheets will be available at local libraries in regions hosting major exercise activity and at http://www.aurecongroup.com/talismansabre2013.
A 24 hour a day, seven days a week exercise information line has also been established to provide a direct line of communication to Defence during the public comment period.
In addition, public information sessions will be held in Rockhampton and Yeppoon in September and October 2012, at the following times and locations:
27 September 2012 - Thursday 4pm – 7pm - Stockland Rockhampton
29 September 2012 - Saturday 10am – 2pm - Stockland Rockhampton
11 October 2012 - Thursday 4pm – 7pm - Yeppoon Central Shopping Centre
13 October 2012 - Saturday 10am – 2pm - Yeppoon Central Shopping Centre
Feedback on the draft report can be provided by contacting the project team on 1800 724 862, by reply paid mail or online, contact details can be found at http://www.aurecongroup.com/talismansabre2013. Feedback received will be used by Defence to inform the final Public Environment Report.
Key activity sites for the 2013 exercise include:
• Waters in the Coral, Timor and Arafura Seas.
• Shoalwater Bay Training Area in central Queensland
• Townsville Field Training Area, RAAF Base Townsville and the Cowley Beach Training Area in north Queensland
• Delamere Range Facility, Bradshaw Field Training Area and Mount Bundey Training Area in the Northern Territory may also be used.
Support activities will also be undertaken at Rockhampton and Gladstone; at port facilities in Queensland and the Northern Territory, including the Port of Cairns, Port of Townsville, Port Alma, Port of Gladstone and Port of Brisbane; and at RAAF bases in Darwin, Tindal, Townsville, Amberley, Williamtown and Richmond.
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