Queensland man accused of plotting a terrorist attack in Bundaberg is named

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Queensland man accused of plotting a deadly terrorist attack in a sleepy country town is identified as it is revealed he allegedly sought firearms training

  • Queensland man James Michael Waugh, 29, charged with a terrorism offence 
  • Police will allege he was planning a terrorist act in the Bundaberg region
  • The terrorism charge charge carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment

The identity of a man accused of plotting a terrorist attack in the Queensland regional city of Bundaberg has been revealed. 

James Michael Waugh, 29, was charged with preparing or planning terrorist acts following a joint operation involving the Australian Federal Police and Queensland Police Service.

Waugh allegedly planned a terrorist act and sought firearms training earlier this year. 

James Michael Waugh, (pictured above) was recently charged with a terrorism offence after allegedly plotting an attack in Bundaberg

Waugh first came to attention of Australian Federal Police when he allegedly made threats towards a member of the public.

This prompted a search of his property on November 3.

Police will allege electronic devices seized contained documents indicating a desire to undertake acts of violent extremism. 

Waugh was remanded in custody after his matter was heard in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday, The Courier Mail reported.

Waugh’s lawyer did not apply for bail. 

The terrorism charge carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. 

Bundaberg (pictured above) is a regional city in Queensland with a population of over 70,000 people

Bundaberg (pictured above) is a regional city in Queensland with a population of over 70,000 people

Bundaberg (pictured above) is a regional city in Queensland with a population of over 70,000 people

AFP Assistant Commissioner Counter Terrorism Scott Lee said the arrest was made with community safety in mind. 

Queensland Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman described the charges as ‘incredibly serious’, before thanking the Queensland Police, the Australian Federal Police and ASIO for their teamwork. 

Waugh’s case is due to return to court on Friday December 4. 

Police will allege James Michael Waugh was planning a future terrorist attack in Bundaberg before he was charged by the Australian Federal Police and Queensland Police Service. Pictured: Historic building of the School of Arts, dating from 1888, in Bundaberg

Police will allege James Michael Waugh was planning a future terrorist attack in Bundaberg before he was charged by the Australian Federal Police and Queensland Police Service. Pictured: Historic building of the School of Arts, dating from 1888, in Bundaberg

Police will allege James Michael Waugh was planning a future terrorist attack in Bundaberg before he was charged by the Australian Federal Police and Queensland Police Service. Pictured: Historic building of the School of Arts, dating from 1888, in Bundaberg

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