Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Community's A[euro][approximately]love Affair' with RAAF

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Community's A[euro][approximately]love Affair' with RAAF

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Byline: DOMINIC FEAIN dominic.feain@northernstar.com.au

THE Evans Head community has had a long and amicable relationship with the Royal Australian Air Force.

While there are issues around changes to practices at the range, and concerns about the effects on wildlife, the communityappears keen to continue its love affair with the fast jets a based on the feedback received through the consultation process.

While ecologists are keen to see adequate environmental assessment, some even acknowledge the RAAF's contribution to the local ecology.

SCU's Dr Kristin denExter said although research there stopped in the early 1990s, the absence of people and dogs had helped to create a high biodiversity area.

Cabinet-maker Justin Crisp grew up in Evans Head and recalls a childhood of adventure.

When a wayward bomb blew up a road near his school in the early 1970s, everyone seemed to love it.

"I remember it as clear as anything, the whole town came out to look," he laughed. …

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