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JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER
displayed to public
Josh, 10, Sarah,7 and Matthew Clayton, 9, of Amaroo under the landing
gear bay of the full-size mockup of a Royal Australian Air Force F-35A
Lightning II on public display at Blamey Square in Russell.
Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Kids and aircraft enthusiasts crowded
around to see the future of Australia s
air defence last week at Blamey
A full-size mock-up of the Royal
Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning
II (also known as the Joint Strike
Fighter) went on public display from
A RAAF spokeswoman said the
model didn t come to Canberra very
"We have it on display so more
people have the opportunity to have a
look at the aircraft and see up close
what Australia is purchasing, she
"Children looking at the aircraft
may well be flying the Joint Strike
Fighter if they choose to have a career
in the Royal Australian Air Force.
She said Canberra didn t have
military aircraft, unlike other parts of
the country, and because the fighter jet
was just a mock-up there weren t the
security issues that would prevent
people from getting close and taking
The fighter will replace the ageing
The first Australian fighter rolled
off the production line in July at Fort
Worth, Texas, in the United States and
made its maiden flight last October.
On January 26, 2015, Australia s
first F-35A pilot started training at
Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
The first of the F-35A aircraft will
arrive in Australia at the end of 2018
at RAAF Base Williamtown with the
first operational squadron to be
established by 2020.
The $12.4 billion price tag makes
the Joint Strike Fighters makes it the
country s most expensive Defence
Students to make song and dance about 150th anniversary
Gundaroo Public School is preparing
to celebrate 150 years of education on
Principal Sue Kominek said it was
going to be a momentous occasion for
She said the school almost closed in
1972 before the community rallied and
ensured its survival.
It has gone from seven students to
85, Ms Kominek said.
The fact we ve got a school is
The anniversary celebration will
include a gala lunch and a musical
performance from students.
That is a musical that has been
written by one of our ex-teachers and
current grandparents of the school,
Ms Kominek said.
It is a whole history in song that is
totally historically correct.
There will also be a cake cutting
involving the oldest living principal
youngest student, and a bush dance in
Ms Kominek said Gundaroo was
once described in newspapers as the
centre of the universe.
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A big change in
Behind the blue line
Alcohol-fuelled violence has been less
in the news of late because of a strong
commitment by police, pubs and clubs
some time ago.
The number of criminal
infringement notices issued over
summer declined dramatically
compared to 2013-14.
There was a 47.5 per cent reduction
in notices issued when ACT Policing s
Safe Summer three-month campaign
ended in February.
The big change in behaviour was
that relating to the consumption of
alcohol in a public place. During the
2013-14 summer, police handed out 40
fines but only 15 were imposed during
the most recent period.
There was an increase in the number
of people who failed to leave premises
when directed (up from 10 fines in
2013-14 to 18 this year).
The acting Officer-in-Charge of
City Station, Sergeant Carol Uhe, said
that a combination of uniformed police
presence, an education campaign and
the support of licensees had given the
summer message extra impetus.
"Our precinct patrolling activity is
as active as ever so the stats don t lie;
the messages around excessive alcohol
consumption and its links to anti-
social behaviour are getting through.
"We wanted to ensure that bar staff
no longer had to put up with abuse and
threats from drunken patrons
demanding more alcohol.
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supplied by ACT Policing.
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