Woomera Prohibited Zone - 2021/2022

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Woomera Prohibited Zone - 2021/2022

OFFICIAL

Dear Sir / Madam     

WOOMERA PROHIBITED AREA – EXCLUSION PERIODS FOR FINANCIAL YEAR 2021-22

Exclusion period notification

Access to the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) in South Australia is subject to exclusion periods during which the Department of Defence may undertake war materiel testing.

For safety and security reasons, designated zones within the WPA will be closed and you may be required to evacuate the area during the notified exclusion periods. Permission or permits may also not be granted to access the WPA during the exclusion periods.

Amber Zone exclusion periods for Financial Year 2021-22

Defence’s exclusion periods within WPA Amber Zones 1 and 2 for the financial year 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 are listed in Attachment A.

The exclusion periods are published on the Federal Register of Legislation at:https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/F2021L00227.

Updates to exclusion periods are also published at: www.defence.gov.au/woomera. Please check this website before seeking to access the WPA.

You can also subscribe to exclusion period updates by emailing WPACO@defence.gov.au.

Remaining exclusion periods for Financial Year 2020-21

The remaining exclusion periods for the financial year 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 that remain in force are:

Amber Zone 1:  8 March 2021 to 9 May 2021 inclusive

The financial year 2021-22 exclusion periods commence on 1 July 2021.

Updates to exclusion periods are also published at: www.defence.gov.au/woomera. Please check this website before seeking to access the WPA.

Map of WPA access zones

The access zone boundaries are shown in the map at Attachment B.

The Amber Zone is made up of two sub-zones: Amber Zone 1 and Amber Zone 2. Different periods of exclusion may apply to each sub-zone.

A more detailed map showing the WPA and access zone boundaries is available from the South Australian Resources Information Geoserver (SARIG) site at: https://map.sarig.sa.gov.au/:

Select the ‘All Map Layers’ tab and then type Woomera in the ‘Search map catalog’ box; then Select ‘outer boundary’ and ‘access zones’ boxes

Notifications and exclusion period variations

Defence will endeavour to give permit holders and non-Defence users affected by exclusion periods as much notice as possible, including when Defence cancels a published exclusion period.

You are encouraged to regularly review the exclusion period information published on the WPA website at: www.defence.gov.au/woomera.

Further information or advice

Further information about the exclusion periods and the zones is available on the WPA website at:www.defence.gov.au/woomera.

If you have any queries, please contact the WPA Coordination Office by phone on 1300 727 420 or by email to WPACO@defence.gov.au.

When exclusion periods are underway, you may also call the Woomera Test Range on 1300 972 335 (select option 1) to check daily information about any access restrictions.

Tourist permit enquiries: woomera.enquiries@defence.gov.au

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