Goulburn resident ‘alarmed’ by armed soldiers hiding in bushes

Hannah Sparks 16 April 2021 23
Trainee soldier

A trainee soldier from the Royal Military College at Duntroon during a training exercise. Photo: Department of Defence.

It’s not every day you see armed soldiers appear from the bushes in the dark while driving home from work.

Yet that’s exactly what Kate Sneddon-Phillips saw at 6:50 pm on Hume Street in Goulburn on Wednesday, 14 April.

“I saw a group step out from the bushes – about five in uniform with what looked like machine guns in their hands,” she told Region Media.

Her response to the unusual sight was to turn to the community for answers via Facebook.

“It scared the sh*t out of me… I realise it’s probably just an exercise but it’s still a little alarming,” Ms Sneddon-Phillips wrote on the Goulburn Community Noticeboard.

READ MORE: Australian Army to set up camp in Goulburn

Many responded to let Ms Sneddon-Phillips know that letters had been posted to some residents saying 160 trainee soldiers from the Royal Military College at Duntroon, in Canberra, would soon be completing part of their training in Goulburn.

The letter from the college said realistic training scenarios could include shooting drills, rescuing casualties and crowd control.

Goulburn residents could also expect to see light and heavy Defence vehicles operating around the city and hear cadets practising shooting with blank-fire rounds during the three-and-a-half week exercise between 12 April and 6 May.

“You are receiving this letter because it is likely that the cadets will be located close to your home conducting operations 24 hours a day,” the letter said.

“Scenarios will be kept to the minimum between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am, however, disruption to your daily activities may occur.

“The cadets will be accompanied by experienced officers and non-commissioned officers. These individuals are responsible for the safety and conduct of the cadets.”

However, residents living on Auburn and Broughton Streets, Braidwood Road and in Run-O-Waters said they didn’t receive letters.

Region Media understands Defence only posted letters to residents it thought would be affected by the exercises.

A spokesperson said it’s not uncommon for Defence to run training exercises in cities and towns to provide cadets within urban environments.

“As part of their training at Royal Military College Duntroon, staff cadets routinely exercise at Defence establishments around Australia, depending on the nature of the training.”

“This year, locations for training include Majura Training Area, Tin Can Bay in Queensland, and Goulburn,” the spokesperson said.

Defence had consulted with Goulburn Mulwaree Council and local police ahead of the training exercise and spread the word via local newspapers, radio, social media and letterbox drops.

There’s also a hotline for concerned residents to contact during the exercise.

Some residents have been excited by the college’s presence and eager to see the cadets in action, with a handful even hoping to be invited to join the exercises.

Original Article published by Hannah Sparks on About Regional.

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23 Responses to Goulburn resident ‘alarmed’ by armed soldiers hiding in bushes
Christopher Cuba Rabanal Christopher Cuba Rabanal 6:10 pm 18 Apr 21

What happened boys, broken compass?

I’ll call you an Uber

Anthea Guthrie Anthea Guthrie 4:56 pm 17 Apr 21

Melissa Scott was this you 😆

AJ Roberts AJ Roberts 10:18 am 17 Apr 21

Still waiting on our letter 😂. They'd have been better off including it with the junk mail drop than relying on Auspost to get them out to everyone.

HiddenDragon HiddenDragon 7:05 pm 16 Apr 21

So the Big Merino will be the command HQ for Gilead Down Under – and they said it couldn’t happen here………

Capital Retro Capital Retro 5:55 pm 16 Apr 21
Capital Retro Capital Retro 5:52 pm 16 Apr 21

“………..when the communist Chinese bullies invade.”

That won’t be necessary because they will simply hack into our banks, utilities, fuel suppliers, toilet paper warehouses etc. and turn everything off.

Roderick Fraser Roderick Fraser 5:41 pm 16 Apr 21

Lived in Darwin years ago and had the tanks roll down our street one night, it was cool as.

Liam O'Toole Liam O'Toole 3:56 pm 16 Apr 21

GUNS. All Australian run for your lives.

Anthea Smith Anthea Smith 1:38 pm 16 Apr 21

The town I grew up in had an Army exercise around 1994. Helicopters, Trucks, Parachutes, fake fighting in the street etc it was eye opening.

Greg Ophel Greg Ophel 1:23 pm 16 Apr 21

Give me a password friend or foe ...

Andrea Mya Riboust Andrea Mya Riboust 11:51 am 16 Apr 21

Know they're probably our courageous and noble ADF training for when the communist Chinese bullies invade.

    Matt Parkinson Matt Parkinson 6:48 pm 16 Apr 21

    This is either satire at its finest or you are incredibly special

    Andrea Mya Riboust Andrea Mya Riboust 11:27 pm 16 Apr 21

    Matt the former I assure you 😄

Daniel Balaban Daniel Balaban 11:37 am 16 Apr 21

Trade their weapons for a Big Mac

Stephen Matthews Stephen Matthews 11:20 am 16 Apr 21

I would use the Brave Sir Robin option

Daniel Martinez Daniel Martinez 10:21 am 16 Apr 21

Where they expecting them to be twerking and wearing bright red clothes?

David Aked David Aked 10:07 am 16 Apr 21


    Robert Knight Robert Knight 10:53 am 16 Apr 21

    David Aked and be recognised!

    Sean XG Sean XG 11:31 am 16 Apr 21

    Imagine if she did this, it’ll been a total cracker!

    Timothy Bailey Timothy Bailey 2:57 pm 04 Sep 21

    David Aked That's the old way, the h'army have updated all this stuff. I've not been in - for over 4 decades. "Hold, Advance One!" is later than my time.

Gareth Rowlands Gareth Rowlands 9:53 am 16 Apr 21

I'd say oh cool, a training exercise?

Ryan Hardy Ryan Hardy 9:29 am 16 Apr 21

We all got letters in the mail.. shouldn't be a shock

Karen Feng Karen Feng 9:15 am 16 Apr 21

what would I do? 🤔 yell them "dont shoot i saw nothing"

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