The Environmental Report (ER) for TS19 has been prepared through an iterative process of exercise design, assessment, review and update. It is based on an appreciation of environmental risk posed by the Exercise which is informed through the experience gained in previous iterations of the Talisman Sabre series of exercises. The ER addresses the Commonwealth regulatory requirements relevant to Defence for activities comprising the Exercise on Defence training areas. It also considers the State and local requirements for other locations that are not owned by Defence.
The ER is a live document which is subject to ongoing review and amendment in response to exercise design changes. This enables the military planning process to proceed with an appreciation of the environmental implications of proposed activities.
Comment by interested parties is sought on the ER and comments received prior to 17 May 2019 will be addressed in a Consultation Report that will be published prior to commencement of the Exercise in July 2019. Notwithstanding, Defence welcomes comment at any time.
Comments can be submitted to email@example.com.
Submissions received during the advertised exhibition period have been summarised and issues raised addressed through a supplementary report to the ER. The Consultation Report provided below addresses issues and also provides updates to the current design for TS19 where substantial design changes have occurred since release of the ER. The Consultation Report should be read in conjunction with the ER.
Also included is a copy of desktop assessment reports generated through the Protected Matters Search Tool (PMST) and which contributed to the baseline of information referred to by the ER. The addendum is provided to indicate the scope of considerations with respect to matters of national environmental significance and other matters relevant to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).