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Third South Coast arrest by NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team

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A third South Coast man has been arrested over an alleged terror plot. The 19-year-old from Falls Creek near Nowra was arrested  on Saturday and subsequently charged with one count of possession of an unauthorised firearm, contrary to Section 7 (1) of the Firearms Act 1996. The offence carries a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment. He is due to face court in June after being granted strict bail conditions. 

A 23-year-old man from the Far South Coast was arrested last week and is due to face court again today, after being refused bail in a special court sitting at Nowra on Saturday. During a search of the man’s home, police allegedly seized electronic items, hunting knives, survivalist equipment and a replica firearm, and say an initial forensic examination of the electronic items uncovered a large quantity of extreme right-wing and anti-government material.

He is charged with one count of acts done in preparation for, or planning, terrorist acts,  This offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. It is alleged he was working with a third man, a Sanctuary Point man, to acquire military equipment, including firearms and other items capable of making improvised explosive devices and was involved in early-stage planning and preparation for a terrorist act.

The 21-year-old Sanctuary Point man was charged with a terrorism offence on Sunday the 15th of March.

Police say investigations are ongoing.

Anyone with information about extremist activity or possible threats to the community should come forward, no matter how small or insignificant you may think the information may be.

The National Security Hotline is 1800 123 400.