A 21-year-old man is in custody accused of plotting a terror attack on the NSW south coast.
Police pounced on the former Nowra High School student, fearing he may have greenlit a plan to coincide with the anniversary of the Christchurch mass shootings on Sunday.
Joshua Lucas was arrested at his Sanctuary Point home on Saturday. Police allege he was trying to source military weapons and materials for a bomb on the dark web.
One of his alleged plans was to target an electricity substation at West Tomerong.
Assistant Commissioner Scott Lee, AFP, said: “We will also allege the man expressed support of extreme right-wing ideology as well as neo-Nazi and anti-government movements.”
Australian Federal police seized electrical items and illegal paintball guns from his house, and searched a paddock in nearby Parma after Lucas allegedly began writing extremist posts in an online forum.
Police allege Lucas ramped up his online posts referencing the Christchurch terror attack in the past week and they arrested him the day before the anniversary.
Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton, NSW Police said the online environment “is the petri dish of hate in our community”.
His mother smoked and and smiled after his brief appearance at Nowra Local Court where he was refused bail.
He could face life in prison if found guilty.