MUSTERING is the key word the Defence Department is hanging onto in relation to military aircraft activities in the Shoalwater Bay.
Graziers are now required to give 48 hours notice to the ADF for a “no fly area” over their property ahead of mustering events.
But according to Shoalwater Bay land owner and aviation expert Roger Toole, who is also the spokesman for Shoalwater Bay landowners for this issue, 48-hours notice doesn’t work in the real world of grazing.
“Mustering activities could need to take place at a moment’s notice,” he said.
Mr Toole explained cattle get spooked by other animals or noisy large military aircraft and bolt, requiring landholders to mustering back to their paddocks.
Mr Toole has raised his concerns with Capricornia MP Michelle Landry.
“As for noise complaints and concerns regarding mustering, I will be discussing this in Canberra next Thursday with both the Minister for Agriculture and the Minister for Defence,” Ms Landry said.
“Both of these industries are extremely important to our local economy and I would not want to see either of them compromised.
”I will be speaking to landholders over the coming days about the specific circumstances that place stress on cattle to understand the circumstances during normal mustering and transport situations, compared to during military exercises.”
Mr Toole pointed out that the noise from a helicopter, which were sometimes used for mustering cattle, was a lot different and a lot quieter than the noise from a four-engine C-130 Hercules.
He said the noise from the turboprop military transport aircraft was so loud, it scared cattle and horses into running – sometimes through fences causing injuries to…
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