Evans Head Submission Period A Great Success

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Issued by Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545

MSPA 489/10

Monday, 18 October 2010

Evans Head submission period a great success

Air Force has commended the people of Evans Head for their part in the success of the

public submission period into activation times of the Evans Head Air Weapons Range.

Commander Air Combat Group, Air Commodore Mel Hupfeld, said the submission

period, which was open for four weeks from mid-August, was a great success.

“I am very pleased with the outcome of the submission period, which has provided Air

Force with great insight into when waterways users are most active in the Defence

Practice Area off Evans Head,” AIRCDRE Hupfeld said.

“It has been a great demonstration of the way in which Air Force and the community can

work together and it reinforces the positive relationship we enjoy with the people of

Evans Head.”

While the number of respondents was relatively small, the information provided was very

valuable to Air Force.

“It means we can go forward with our planning for Super Hornet operations on the range

in a way that causes the least possible disruption to the community,” AIRCDRE Hupfeld


Overall, 12 respondents provided submissions to help inform the development of the

range activation calendar should Super Hornet operations be approved at Evans Head by

the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water.

While activation times will be refined as the range planning progresses, current

recommendations are for strafing runs to be scheduled between the hours of 1pm and 4pm

on weekdays outside of NSW and QLD school holidays, public holidays and major

fishing events.

AIRCDRE Hupfeld said the range would be activated for periods of approximately one

hour, twice a day for around eight weeks of the year. 

“This submission period represents the beginning of Air Force’s consultation with the

community regarding its future use of Evans Head range,” AIRCDRE Hupfeld said.

“I look forward to speaking with more local people as our range review progresses and

opportunities for further input into the process will be announced as they are scheduled.”

For more information on Air Force’s use of Evans Head Air Weapons Range go to

Media contact: Defence Media Liaison: (02) 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

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