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Defence force assistance for plague locust control



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EFENCE press release DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE CANBERRA

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1979. NO. 206/79

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DEFENCE FORCE ASSISTANCE FOR PLAGUE LOCUST CONTROL

Defence force assistance is being mobilised to

assist landholders through the State Agriculture departments

in South Australia and New South Wales in spotting and

controlling locust infestations in the two states.

A group of ,124 soldiers drawn from 3rd Battalion,

The Royal Australian Regiment, Woodside, South Australia,

will set up a headquarters at Jamestown, north of Adelaide.

From there, 20 three-quarter ton Army vehicles,

each carrying three-man spraying teams, ‘ will operate into

pastoral and agricultural areas seeking locust infestations.

As well, a 10-man detachment of radio operators will

provide ground to air communications for SA Department of

Agriculture control officers and state government chartered

spraying aircraft.

An Army light observation·"Kiowa" helicopter from

the Royal Australian Air Force Base, Edinburgh, will also

be available to carry out reconnaissance, casualty evacuation

and liaison operations.

In New South Wales, three Iroquois helicopters from No.

5 Squadron RAAF Base Fairbairn, ACT, will be available for

spotting operations1 in association^with Department of

Agriculture officials.

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These helicopters will be self-contained and be

able to operate from various centres throughout the state.

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Further Inquiries: Captain Brian Cummins 65 2999 (office hours)

26 2161 (after hours)

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