Salt Ash Air Weapons Range

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"Salt Ash Air Weapons Range", Australian Defence Facilities, March 28, 2018,


Salt Ash Air Weapons Range is an ADF air to ground gunnery and bombing facility located about 6 km from RAAF Williamtown RAAF. The range is approximately 34 hectares in size, with a 2,790 hectare safety template zone. It is used regularly by the RAAF for bombing and strafing practice. Due to local pressure over excessive noise, the range is limited to a  maximum of 115 days of operational use each year over a 10 year rolling average. In 2017 it was used for 39 days. In April 2018 it was scheduled to be used by US Air Force B-52 bombers deployed to RAAF Darwin with RAAF F/A-18A Hornets, PC-9 aircraft and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers for training in close air support scenarios in regional coalition operations.


Salt Ash Air Weapons Range, New South Wales, Fact Sheet, Department of Defence.

GHD Ltd, RAAF Base Williamtown & Salt Ash Air Weapons Range 2025 ANEF — Summary Report, 10 August 2011.

2025 Australian Noise Exposure Forecast Williamtown, Department of Defence.

Department of Defence RAAF Base Williamtown and Salt Ash Air Weapons Range Groundwater Monitoring Program 2008-2009 Annual Report.

Salt Ash Air Weapons Range – Management Study, Appendix D, Brown & Root Services Australia, prepared for Defence Estate organisation, December 2000.

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Salt Ash Air Weapons Range 2015 Australian Noise Exposure Forecast map (2011)






























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