Canberra Grasslands Reopen After Decades, Unexploded Ammo Removed


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(ABC News) The tranquil grasslands in Canberra's north, now a protected conservation area, conceal a tumultuous past as a live military firing range in the early 20th century. West Majura Grasslands Reserve, used for synchronized firing practice until the 1960s, held the potential danger of unexploded ammunition.

Despite the area's historical significance, local residents were largely unaware, as it lacked proper signage due to safety concerns. The grasslands were closed last October for an extensive search, uncovering anomalies, and safely detonating five explosive devices. The conservation efforts aim to preserve the endangered grassland community housing rare species like the striped legless lizard.

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Published: Monday, January 15, 2024

Last Updated: Monday, January 15, 2024

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