These Guys Act On Their Belief

Military watches for Shoalwater Bay trespassers

By Paul Robinson & Maria Hatzakis

Posted Mon Jul 13, 2009 1:04pm AEST
Updated Mon Jul 13, 2009 1:16pm AEST

Shoalwater Bay protesters Jarrod McKenna, Rev. Simon Moyle, Jessica Morrison and Margaret Pestorius

Shoalwater Bay protesters Jarrod McKenna, Rev. Simon Moyle, Jessica Morrison and Margaret Pestorius who say they have trespassed into the military training area (Supplied)

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Defence authorities are investigating claims that four protesters have broken into the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area in Central Queensland.

A Christian group opposed to Exercise Talisman Sabre say they plan to stay for as long as possible and intend to go into areas where live firing is being conducted.

Captain Brian Lewis from the United States Airforce says any unauthorised people in the training area will be handed over to local police.

“We’re going to make sure that the area’s safe and clear and if there is anyone in the area that’s unauthorised, we’ll escort them out and turn them over to the civilian police,” he said.

“Well as in any exercise there are possibilities for dangers for anyone participating but our safety measures are in place to make sure the area’s safe and secure for those involved in anything that could arise.”

Meanwhile, two peace activists who were arrested after a protest against Exercise Talisman Sabre at Shoalwater Bay last week have been released from police custody.

Jim Dowling, 53, and 49-year-old Ciaron O’Reilly appeared in court last Thursday to face charges of contravening a move-on order.

Mr O’Reilly says the pair was granted bail but refused to sign their bail papers until today so they could stay in custody.

“We were refusing to cooperate with bail conditions and calling for further non cooperation with this exercise and we’ve been asked by other sections of the movement to come out of jail and to help with further non violent resistance,” he said.

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