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Department of Defence

PACC 496/02

Wednesday, 18th September 2002

LOCAL VOLUNTEERS BRIEFED BY DEFENCE

Almost 1000 central Queensland residents met at local schools, RSL halls and entertainment centres last night for an Army briefing on their role in the major evacuation exercise, Swift Eagle 02.

The locals, who offered to be evacuees for a day, were given a demonstration of the Army's light armoured vehicles that will be used to secure areas during the exercise that commences September 19.

The exercise spokesperson, Captain Jason Logue, said the briefings were a great success.

"The central Queensland people and authorities have been overwhelmingly supportive of the exercise. It was a delight to meet all the local participants and show off some of the equipment that will be used during the exercise.

The public meetings were hosted at several locations throughout Central Queensland last night including Rockhampton High School, Gladstone Foyer Entertainment Centre, St Brendan's College in Yeppoon, Mt Morgan School of Arts, Calliope RSL Hall and Biloela High School.

"The soldiers enjoy opportunities like Ex Swift Eagle as it gives them the chance to interact with local residents, and it also gets the community involved in some of our activities, " said Captain Logue.

For information or images from the Public Meetings for Exercise Swift Eagle 02 contact: Lieutenant Gabrielle Turnbull, Military Public Affairs Officer 1JPAU on (07) 4999 1620 or fax (07) 4999 1630.

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Issued by Public Affairs and Corporate Communication, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT