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Community Information

The Australian Defence Force is conscious that activities such as Talisman Saber have an effect on the day-to-day activities of the local communities that we operate in. We'd firstly like to acknowledge the Australian public for the continued support shown for the conduct of our vital domestic training activities. This page provides information for local communities likely to affected by activities associated with Talisman Saber 2017.

We encourage members of the public to get in contact with us on the below details should you have a question in relation to activities in your area or if an issue emerges in your area. We will look to address any concerns as early as we can, as best we can.

Public Enquiries (all areas) – Call 1300 333 362 – ask to be transferred to your local base.

Public Enquiries (Rockhampton, Shoalwater Bay and surrounding areas) – Call 1800 426 352.

The following information is provided for public awareness and will be updated throughout the exercise.

Talisman Saber 2017 – Road Movements/Convoys

Please keep an eye out for large military vehicle convoys on the roads over the next month. This will include Australian, US and New Zealand military vehicles. Safety of the Australian public and Exercise participants is our highest priority.

Around 30,000 soldiers, sailors and airmen from Australia, and our coalition partners, are making their way to Rockhampton and Shoalwater Bay (and surrounding areas) in Queensland, and other training areas in the Northern Territory, to conduct Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017.

For the public, this means military vehicles will be on major highways, often travelling in convoys at reduced speeds due to military vehicle speed requirements.

Military vehicles will be travelling on roads between Darwin, Adelaide, Townsville, Brisbane and Rockhampton between now and the end of July.

Talisman Saber 2017 - Flying and Other Military Activities

The Australian Defence Force takes noise conscious approach when conducting flying activities. Every effort is made to minimise any inconvenience to residents and the ongoing support from local communities is appreciated. The following non-routine flying and ground activities will occur

RAAF Base Amberley

The planned flying dates and timeframes for areas surrounding RAAF Base Amberley are as follows:

  • 10 - 12 July –morning and afternoon
  • 13 -14 July – very early morning, afternoon and evening
  • 16 – 21 July – very early morning and afternoon

Please be advised our notifications are subject to change due to weather and operational considerations.

For more information on military aircraft flying activities go to our Flying Operations page or contact the RAAF Base Amberley Airbase Command Post on (07) 5361 2888.

Gladstone Area

The planned flying dates and timeframes for rotary wing aircraft are as follows:

  • 25 – 26 July - morning, afternoon and evening

Please be advised our notifications are subject to change due to weather and operational considerations.

Mackay Area

The planned flying dates and timeframes for fixed wing aircraft are as follows:

  • 11 – 26 July – early morning and evening

Please be advised our notifications are subject to change due to weather and operational considerations

Rockhampton and Shoalwater Bay Area

There will be light towers, high pressure water and vehicle operations between 0700 and 2200 from June until early August at Defence Establishment Rockhampton. All efforts will be made to focus light inwards and control the volume of any activities.

The planned flying dates and timeframes for rotary and fixed wing aircraft are as follows:

  • 4 – 21 Jul 17 rotary wing movements during hours of darkness near Rockhampton Airport and SWBTA
  • 7 – 8 July – morning, afternoon and evening
  • 11 July – very early morning and afternoon
  • 13 – 14 July – very early morning, afternoon and evening
  • 16 - 21 July – very early morning and afternoon
  • 24 – 27 July – morning, afternoon and evening
  • 7 – 27 July – Various aircraft movements within Shoalwater Bay area
  • Early June – Late July – Increased aircraft movements of military aircraft at Rockhampton Airport (fixed and rotary)

Please be advised our notifications are subject to change due to weather and operational considerations.

RAAF Base Townsville

The planned flying dates and timeframes for rotary and fixed wing aircraft at RAAF Base Townsville and surrounds are as follows:

  • 29 June – morning and afternoon
  • 1-10 July –morning, afternoon and late evening
  • 11 July – morning and afternoon
  • 13 -14 July – morning, afternoon and evening
  • 24-27 July - morning, afternoon and evening

Please be advised our notifications are subject to change due to weather and operational considerations.

For more information on Royal Australian Air Force flying activities go to our Flying Operations page or contact the RAAF Base Townsville Airbase Command Post on (07) 4572 1888 or  0418 405 948.

RAAF Base Williamtown

The planned flying dates and timeframes are as follows:

  • 13 July – very early morning, afternoon and evening
  • 20 - 21 July – very early morning and afternoon

Please be advised our notifications are subject to change due to weather and operational considerations.

For more information on military aircraft flying activities go to our Flying Operations page or contact 1800 033 200.

Upstart Bay - Wunjunga

During Talisman Saber 2017 between 6 and 11 July 2017, amphibious beach landing rehearsals will be conducted in Upstart Bay on Wunjunga Beach. The beach landing rehearsals precede the main activities forming Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 which will be conducted in the Shoalwater Bay area. The rehearsals will involve the use of amphibious landing craft during daylight hours and movement of vehicles and troops within the intertidal zone of an approximately 2000 metre section of the beach.

While Defence seeks to minimise disruptions to the general public there may be periods during which sections of the beach will have limited access as a result of the activity and the need to maintain a safe distance.