Undetonated bombs dropped on the reef

Reefwalk 2013 Unarmed bombs dropped on the ReefWe were horrified to hear that four bombs had been dropped from a plane onto the reef in the joint US/ Australia training exercise Talisman Sabre.

There are so many threats to the reef already. How can we accept the placement of bombs in this World Heritage Area?


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4 Responses to Undetonated bombs dropped on the reef

  1. The four bombs dropped on the Great Barrier Reef are just the tip of the iceberg. They are a wake-up call to the fact that dropping of bombs and large scale military activity is a regular occurrence in the region, a region most people assume is protected. As a World Heritage Listed site, the Great Barrier Reef has been identified as significant to the whole planet -and, therefore, falls under global stewardship. The jettisoned bombs were part of planned military exercises and were intended to be dropped on Townshend Island, an island within the waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park- that has been designated for use as a bombing range. Whether officially designated “military land” or part of the Great Barrier Reef, the use of this region for these purposes is not acceptable. We cannot allow military posturing to destroy what rightly belongs to future generations.

  2. Helen. says:

    Sorry I am late in replying. How much publicity does this need and how much is being listened to. Wondering where all the sensible people are in Australia. Do they not ever learn what is so important for our country!!! Oh I get mad sometimes!!! No, lots of times!

  3. jane says:

    whaaat?? ….doesnt make sense, were they meant to go further out to sea, was it a mistake?

    • reefwalk says:

      Hi Jane
      Keep reading the blog. I attached a link to the ABC report. There was a problem with the plane and they needed to offload the bombs quickly. The question is why they do military training in a World Heritage Area.
      Thanks for your comment.

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