Arrest stopped Queensland terror attack: Police

Aerial view of Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia - stock photo Getty Images
The city of Bundaberg was on Saturday identified as the target of the attack. Photo: Getty Images
Regional Queensland was to have been the setting for a terrorist attack, say police who have charged a man with making preparations for violent extremism.

The city of Bundaberg was on Saturday identified as the target of the attack.

Police charged a 29-year-old man on Friday with preparing or planning terrorist acts.

He had planned a terrorist act in the Bundaberg region and sought firearms training, police say.

The man's property was searched after he reportedly made threats to a member of the public.

Officers allegedly found electronic devices containing information "indicating a desire to undertake acts of violent extremism".

"The decision to charge this man was made to prevent a terrorist attack in Australia and to protect the community," Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Scott Lee said.

If found guilty of the charges, the man faces a penalty of up to life imprisonment.

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