Local Island is located inside Joyce Bay off Koki (2-Mile) and Ela Beach near Port Moresby. Known as "Manubada" in Motu language meaning "big bird island" due to the island's birdlike shape. To the northeast is Scone Island.
Ray Fairfield recalls from the 1960-1970s:
"Bombs were dropped seemingly indiscriminately, either for practice or to unload before landing. I was in the SCUBA club, and we had a standing arrangement if we found any ordnance in relatively shallow water or where it might be a problem. If the area could be cleared an [Australian] Army Sergeant would bring a selection of explosives, & we would set a demolition charge and 'light the blue touchpapaer'. We found bombs of varying sizes on most islands, including Local Island and Idihi Island. I still remember the safety radius for a 500-pounder was two miles."
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October 23, 2019