20 December 2006
Twelve thousand Australian soldiers and nearly fourteen thousand US troops and sailors will be involved. Military exercises will include firing live ammunition and explosives from both land bases and aircraft, sinking of decommissioned vessels at sea, the use of high power sonar and active sonobuoys, amphibious assaults, parachuting and land force manoeuvres, much of it in the pristine Shoalwater Bay Training Area near Rockhampton, Qld.
Despite the public environment report commissioned by the Department of Defence which claims such war games can be compatible with environmental protection Friends of the Earth and other environmental groups have expressed concern at the risks posed to a range of wildlife including the endangered dugong and green turtle, as well as to the adjacent Great Barrier Reef marine park.
Both the Department of Defence report and the Friends of the Earth response to the report can be viewed at the above website.
Peace Convergence is an activist group which is mounting a campaign to oppose the Talisman Sabre 07 exercise.