09-Oct-2012 -- 9 Years have passed since Nod Parson and Targ Parson have carried out investigations for a possible visit. Prior to my planned visit to Tasmania I was hoping that the conditions might have changed, allowing now for a visit of this confluence point. Since the point still appeared to be located within the military training area called “Stony Head Artillery Range”, I wrote two emails to the Department of Defence. One email I send to the National UXO (Unexploded Ordnance) office and one to the Public Affairs Officer. I reused the wording of the excellent request letter written 9 years ago by Mr. Parson and modified it to my purpose.
I am writing formally to seek permission for a brief visit by myself to the Stony Head Artillery Range (ADF Training Area) east of Georgetown.
The specific purpose of the visit is to locate, using a hand-held Global Positioning System instrument, the exact point of intersection of latitude line 41°00'S and longitude line 147°00'E. This point is a short distance inland from the coast within the Range area.
I am currently working in Switzerland but will be in Australia during end of October. I am an enthusiastic participant in the "Degree Confluence Project" which provides a challenge to those with an interest in travel and adventure to visit and formally record such whole-number degree intersection points (or "confluences") across the globe. Formal reports of visits are submitted for inclusion in the Project's website at www.confluence.org.
I have already visited about 350 confluences in Europe and Asia. The reports of all these visits are readily accessible on the website and make interesting reading. A brief description is included of how arrival at the exact points is achieved--some confluences are in strange locations!
A tentative date for the proposed visit would be at Stony Head on 24th of October. This could be confirmed closer to that date if permission is granted, or changed by a few days if necessary to fit in with any specific Army requirements.
Normal website reports include five photographs, one close-up of the GPS unit showing the zero reading and a photograph looking in each of the north, south, east and west directions from the confluence. Should such photographs within the Range not be permitted, their absence from the report would be understood.
I imagine that the Army may require that I need to be accompanied by an escort while on the Range and this would be welcome because of that person's knowledge of the terrain. If the visit can proceed, I would be grateful for any advice about the best route for approach by road to the Range.
I would be pleased if you were to send me any application forms and advise of any other requirements as soon as convenient. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
The two answers however, made it clear that a visit is currently not possible.
The National UXO Office is not responsible for the Stoney Head Range. I have however contacted the relevant authority with your request.
I have been informed that the confluence point is within a Range Danger Area, and that due to this your request has not been approved due to an unacceptable level of risk of unexploded ordnance to both Defence, yourself and the escort that would be required for such a visit.
Environment and UXO Project Officer
Directorate of Environmental Remediation Programs
Environment and Engineering Branch
The Public Affairs Officer confirmed the impossibility for a visit.
Good morning Dr Mautz,
Stony Head Artillery Range is a high explosive impact area, as such Defence is unable to facilitate your visit to the site.
Public Affairs Officer
Media Operations | Department of Defence
With a remaining distance of exactly 16’666 km from the confluence point, this visit is possibly record-breaking.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to the coastline: 1.1 km
- Distance to houses: 2.8 km
- Distance: 16 665 753 m
- Given Name: The Artillery Range Confluence