F-111 put together for Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Museum

F-111 A8-147 arrives by low-loader on the 5th of August 2013 and is prepared for unloading on the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Apron to the north of the now restored Bellman Hangar

F-111 A8-147 arrives by low-loader on the 5th of August 2013 and is prepared for unloading on the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Apron to the north of the now restored Bellman Hangar

A large crane was used to lift the fuselage of the F-111 of the low-loader.  There was no stuffing around.  It all happened very quickly.  The RAAF team assembled to do the job really demonstrated an integrated team performance.  It was impressive

A large crane was used to lift the fuselage of the F-111 of the low-loader then the truck was driven away leaving the F-111 suspended in the air…..probably for the last time! There was no stuffing around. It all happened very quickly. The RAAF team assembled to do the job really demonstrated an integrated team performance. It was impressive to watch.

The fuselage was lifted off the truck and lowered onto the apron.

The fuselage was lifted off the truck and lowered onto the apron.

Touchdown....but without a tail or wings

Touchdown….but without a tail or wings

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The F-111 has landed at Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome

F-111 A8-147 finally arrived at Evans on the 5th of August 2013 after a low-loader trip from Amberley

F-111 A8-147 finally arrived at Evans on the 5th of August 2013 after a low-loader trip from  RAAF Base Amberley.  The truck left at 3am and came from the Qld NSW border at sunrise with a NSW Police Escort

Well the last of the F-111’s has arrived at Evans Head.  Six were given on permanent loan to Museums around Australia with Evans Head being the lucky recipient for one of them.

F-111 sits on apron outside the one remaining Bellman hangar

F-111 sits on apron outside the one remaining Bellman hangar

The fuselage of the F-111 arrived without the tail or wings which were shipped on separate trucks for assembly at Evans Head

The fuselage of the F-111 arrived without the tail or wings which were shipped on separate trucks for assembly at Evans Head

Now to put it all together.

A8-147 was a frequent visitor to Evans Head to use the RAAF’s Evans Head Weapons Range for practice.

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F-111 Wings Arrive at Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome

Wings for the Iconic RAAF F-111 arrived this morning 4 August 2013 at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome

Wings for the Iconic RAAF F-111 arrived this morning 4 August 2013 by truck and with escort at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome

It was an exciting morning with the wings for the F-111 A8-147 arriving at the State Heritage Listed Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome. Quite a number of onlookers were on hand to watch the large semi with boxed wings on board manoeuvre into position on the apron in preparation for tomorrow’s arrival of the fuselage and crane.

Semi enters the apron area of the aerodrome in preparation for tomorrow's arrival of the rest of the aircraft. The semi had two escorts from RAAF Base Amberley

Semi enters the apron area of the aerodrome in preparation for tomorrow’s arrival of the rest of the aircraft. The semi had two escorts from RAAF Base Amberley

The crane will lift the wings and fuselage off the trucks and put them in position for assembly of the aircraft over the coming week. Continue reading

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Bellman Hangar Restoration at Evans Head Nearing Completion

Neglected  Bellman Hangar at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome before restoration

Neglected Bellman Hangar at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome before restoration

In April VWD reported that the last of the Bellman Hangars at the State Heritage Listed  Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome was being restored and would soon become home to the one remaining F-111 of six being loaned out to various museums around Australia by Defence.

In that picture story the hangar had been taken down for sand-blasting and repainting before being put back up again. Some parts which were beyond recovery were replaced with similar or identical parts from the former Council Works Depot Bellman Hangar which was dismantled by Council in 2010 (see below).   Continue reading

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Annual Fish Kill, Sorry, ‘Fishing Competition’ at Evans Head

Part of the amusement program at the 'competition

Part of the amusement program at the ‘competition’

The Annual ‘Fish Kill’ is on  again with hundreds of competitors descending on Evans Head to try their luck from the 5th to the 12th of July at the local ‘Fishing Classic’.

More than 200 boats went to sea in perfect conditions to open the killing season.

More than 200 boats went to sea in perfect conditions to open the ‘killing season’ on Saturday.  This picture was taken in one of the parking lots near the northern boat ramp.  It was standing room only with competitors having to park considerable distances from the boat ramp while they put to sea

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State Government Raises Spectre of OFF-SHORE DRILLING PLATFORMS

The NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure has raised the spectre of Offshore Drilling Platforms for the Far North and Mid North Coasts of NSW in a Draft Marine-Based Industry Policy currently on exhibition for public comment until 17 June.

Extract from Draft Industry Policy.  Now why would the NSW government mention OFFSHORE PLATFORMS if they didn't have some plan in mind, for example the sale of the Port of Yamba owned by the Sydney Ports Corporation

Extract from Draft Marine-Based Industry Policy document. Now why would the NSW government mention OFF-SHORE DRILLING PLATFORMS if they didn’t have some plan in mind!

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Shitting in our own nest

Recent 'East Coat Lows' have not only eroded local beaches but have washed ashore lots of 'European Cultural Heritage', that is, rubbish

Recent ‘East Coat Lows’ have not only eroded local beaches but have washed ashore lots of ‘European Cultural Heritage’, that is, rubbish

Local beaches around Evans Head are being fowled by thousands of bits of rubbish, much of it plastic, which is not about to ‘degrade’ anytime soon. Continue reading

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Valley Council’s Loaded CSG Question Which Won’t Go Away

It’s pretty clear now that Richmond Valley Council’s in bed with the Coal Seam Gas Industry.

At the Regional Development Australia meeting at the Casino RSM in April 2010 CSG was a major topic.  But did the community know?

At the Regional Development Australia meeting at the Casino RSM in April 2010 CSG was a major topic. But did the community know?

 

The picture in the local paper of the General Manager  looking all festive and jolly with the Christmas Tree provided by Metgasco, the unannounced “Positioning Statement” on Coal Seam Gas introduced by the mayor  in the middle of the December Council  Meeting  at Evans Head, and the RDA Meeting in April 2010 at the Casino RSM where CSG development was pushed by Council to an invited audience out of the public view,  are pretty good indications that Council and the industry are more than passing acquaintances.

But the clincher for VWD that Council’s the gas industry’s bed partner  is the current Richmond Valley Council survey which has a LOADED question about CSG: Continue reading

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General Manager Gets 9.675% Pay Increase

Richmond Valley Council General Manager John Walker 2012

Richmond Valley Council General Manager John Walker 2012

Richmond Valley General Manager John Walker was awarded, unanimously, close to a 10% pay increase by councillors at the April 16th meeting of council held at Coraki.

The resolution of council is shown in full below and consisted of a $14,000 pay increase on top of his estimated pay of $200,000 plus a 2.5% increment for a total pay rise of $19,350. Continue reading

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ANZAC Day Evans Head 2013

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Wreaths and Flowers Evans Head Dawn Service 2013

The Dawn Service for ANZAC Day at Evans Head was well attended by the local community including local schools and emergency services with the support of serving personnel from the RAAF led by Flt/Lt Jason van Rysbergen.

Two World War II Veterans Frank Johns and Joy Sivertsen who served at Evans Head during the War were present for the occasion.

World War II WAAAF Joy Sivertsen and RAAF Frank Johns

World War II WAAAF Joy Sivertsen and RAAF Frank Johns.  Joy was “housekeeper” for the South African Embassy in Canberra for many years where she exercised her superb skills as cook for many guests including HRH Prince Phillip and Prime Minister Bob Menzies.  Frank Johns who served with 32 Squadron during the War in Darwin is also a well known entertainer and actor.  His contribution to entertainment was recognised at the Tamworth Country Music Festival this year

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