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Up to 30,000* US and Australian troops will be practicing bombing, landing and raiding at Shoalwater Bay in Central Queensland – just north of Rockhampton- in the NT and in WA as part of Australia-US Joint Military Exercises Operation Talisman Sabre 2009 from JULY 6 – 26 this year.
When will TS09 be held?
Australian and US forces assigned to Talisman Saber 2009 will begin to concentrate from 6 July 2009. The period between the 6 – 12 July will be used to conduct workup and force integration training to allow the armed forces of Australia and the US to act as a single cohesive and coherent force. The live phase of the Exercise will conducted from 13 – 25 July 2009. Approximately 30,000 personnel from the Australian and US forces will be participating in TS09 although this number will fluctuate depending on tasks. This number includes the crews of the naval units and the personnel supporting military aircraft. In the lead up to TS09, a number of planning events and tasks will see an increase in military personnel in some areas around Australia.
Where will TS09 be held?
TS09 will be held at a number of different locations around Australia, primarily in Queensland, Northern Territory, and the Coral Sea. Key sites include the Australian Defence Force’s Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Townsville Field Training Area, Cowley Beach Training Area, Bradshaw Field Training area, Delamere Range Facility, and RAAF Bases Tindal, Darwin and Townsville. There will also be a number of support sites which will be used for staging and other activities including airports in Queensland and Northern Territory (RAAF Townsville, Rockhampton, Brisbane and RAAF Darwin); Port facilities in Queensland (Brisbane, Gladstone… Some info about TS09 @ http://www.defence.gov.au/opEx/exercises/ts09/index.htm )
What’s on in Brisbane:
Peace Convergence Working Bee and Meeting
Date: Weds June 24 , 2009
Brisbane Peace Convergence WORKING BEE and MEETINGs will take place EVERY WEDS from now until the Peace Convergence.
More info: 0411 118 737
Brisbane Peace Convergence Banner Launch
Date: Thursday 25 June
Place: Kangaroo Point
A crowd would help. Bring a placard, wear a hat for peace. Bring light refreshments. Tea will be served from the Peacebus.com street cafe afterwards. Weather permitting.
Peace Convergence Banner Blessing
Date: Sunday 28 June
Place: St Mary’s in Exile at TLC- 16 Peel Street South Brisbane
Film Screening and Public Meeting
Film: Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War
Guest Speakers: Dr. Sue Wareham, OAM & Judith Le Blanc (more info below)
Date: July 7, 2009 (Tues)
Place: LHMU Building
27 Peel St
(just 2.5 blocks from South Brisbane station)
Dr. Sue Wareham, OAM President of Medical Association for the Prevention of War, the Australian affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.
Judith Le Blanc: Native American activist & Organising Co-ordinator for the US peace group United for Peace and Justice. Judith will be in Australia to support the campaign to stop US –Australia war games.
What’s on in Shoalwater Region:
July 3-5 Committed 2 Change Festival @ Byfield
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