The Evans Head Air Weapons Range Community Advisory Panel met in December 2013 Nominations were called for local representation on the Evans Head Air Weapons Range Community Advisory Panel from August to October 2013 Key representatives from the local community including Evans Head Aerodrome Committee, fishers, tourism, the local Aboriginal community, neighbours and businesses were encouraged to apply.
The primary role for panel members is to assist Air Force to plan range use for gunnery sorties over the southern Defence Practice Area over a 12-month period while accommodating community use of the area.
Air Force conducted a community meeting in July 2013 at Evans Head to provide information regarding planned use of the range by F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft from RAAF Base Amberley
Defence Practice Areas are public safety exclusion zones located over the Evans Head Air Weapons Range and its adjacent waters to protect the public from the effects of weapons training.
Defence has established the Evans Head Air Weapons Range Community Advisory Panel to assist with identifying key times each year when the waters within the Defence Practice Area public safety exclusion zones are required for community-based activities.
Panel members met in December 2013 and contributed to the development of a range use calendar for February to June 2014. The calendar was published in January 2014 to allow for planning of recreational and commercial activities within the waters of the Defence Practice Area public safety exclusion zones.
Air Force published the calendar on this website. QR coding - for use with mobile phones - has also been embedded in the boat ramp signage from Yamba to Ballina enabling people to source the most up-to-date information via a link to this website.
The range use calendar is published in the Northern Star newspaper on a monthly basis and email alerts are issued to key local stakeholders such as council, businesses, NSW Roads and Maritime Services and a Notice to Mariners (NOTMAR) when there is a change to published times to assist with providing up-to-date information.