The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will be making use of the Old Bar airfield for flight training exercises from 28 February to 8 April.
MidCoast Council advises that the site will not be accessible to the public during this time. Fencing will be erected around the site, with a seven metre ‘hazard zone’ sectioned off with signage.
Residents should expect some aircraft noise during the flight training exercises from 14 March – 1 April. Generators will be running 24 hours a day at the airfield to support the radar while the RAAF operation is underway.
Old Bar’s airfield has a long history of use by the RAAF.
The Old Bar Airstrip was created in 1925 by George Bunyan and was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 25 February 2000.
From 1931 until the Taree Aerodrome at Cundletown was opened, Old Bar was often used by the RAAF as a refuelling base. RAAF aircraft were based at Old Bar during the first year of World War II and Old Bar was a designated ’emergency airfield’ for the duration of the War.
A volunteer management committee operates and maintain the grounds on behalf of MidCoast Council.