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January 18, 2021

Second Phase Render Safe Operations Underway

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Preparations are underway for the second phase of Operation Render Safe in Bougainville in October.

Operation Render Safe is Australia’s commitment to help the ABG government dispose unexploded bombs from World War two, that are still undiscovered in Bougainville.


The locals also welcomed the operation to remove all unexploded bombs and artilleries as they have lost loved ones during unexpected explosions.


It will be led by Captain Jay Bannister from the Royal Australian Navy, who visited Bougainville recently.


The Render Safe Operation is taking place in Torokina upon the request of the Autonomous Bougainville Government to assist with the removal of unexploded World War Two ordinance, small arms and ammunition remaining in the District. 


In Buka, Captain Bannister and senior members of the his team met with the ABG Vice President, Patrick Nisira and other members of the Autonomous Bougainville government, where they discussed how they intend to clear out the unexploded bombs at Torokina where a large military base was located during World War Two. 


As there are large volumes of different unexploded bombs in Torokina, Captain Bannister met with District and community leaders including ABG Member for Torokina, Steven Suako, and discussed in detail how they will remove the bombs safely.


Render Safe Operation will be conducted in October but in the meantime, the Australian Defence Force personnel, with support from ABG Police, will be conducting more awareness.


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