Military training areas and Conservation - Unexploded Reality

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Subject: Military training areas and Conservation - Unexploded Reality
From: "Robert Inglis" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:29:36 +1000
Interesting comment by Stephen Brooking about the practise bombing range at 
North Bundjalung NP.

I can remember an event in that location during the 1960s when, as a training 
officer, I was intimately involved in a 3” mortar live firing exercise which 
was intended to provide some experience for a newly formed Citizens Military 
Force Mortar Platoon based in Northern NSW.
In those days I was more interested in blowing things up than in observing or 
photographing birds.

Live firing 3” mortars is always an exciting event but this time we increased 
our “excitement” by setting fire to, probably, half the bombing range.
My excuse was that, as a junior officer, I was acting under orders.

We eventually had to evacuate our operations area.

I have no idea what damage was done to the fauna of the area but we were never 
invited back.

Thinking back now I remember the area as being quite beautiful but I really 
don’t think I would like to do any birdwatching there, even on the quiet days.

Bob Inglis
Sandstone Point

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