An Air Force review has examined the issues surrounding the future use of the weapons range. The review included environmental consultants and considered the Final Environmental Impact Assessment completed in November 2011.
There are no current plans for the Super Hornets or any other aircraft to use high explosive weapons on the range. However, as part of our ongoing committment to reduce the impact of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) on training areas, any heritage UXO located within the Evans Head Range may be disposed of by controlled detonation.
Defence is working towards the recommendations from the Environmental Impact Assessment and meeting NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and National Parks and Wildlife Service requirements.
More information about the operation of the Super Hornet is available in the F/A-18F Super Hornet Public Environment Report in 2009.