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Military exercise at Puckapunyal postponed

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The Australian Army has postponed its planned Exercise Chong Ju at Puckapunyal Military Area, which was scheduled to take place between August 8 and 17.

The exercise will now take place next year.

A Defence Force spokesman said the effect of frequent rainfall on the Puckapunyal training area combined with more rain forecast in the next few days, was the reason for the postponement.

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“There is a heightened risk of injury and damage to the environment and equipment,” he said.

“These conditions have prevented access to the training area for industry spectators and safety vehicles, which were critical to the exercise’s successful conduct.”

Information on the postponed exercise will be available in 2023.

The exercise involves live-fire training rehearsals, which would significantly increase noise heard in the wider area.

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