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April 20, 2016

Gippslanders will be given access to RAAF Base East Sale next month at a community open day on May 8 to celebrate major developments at the site.

The RAAF Base East Sale open day will give a rare insight to the operations of the defence base and include static displays of aircraft. The community will also be able to inspect major upgrades to base infrastructure which have been recently completed.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said he approached the Chief of Air Force late last year about allowing public access to the base to give the community a greater understanding of the base’s importance to the local community.

Mr Chester said he was delighted the concept of an open day had been embraced.

“I suggested to Air Marshal Leo Davies late last year that the local community was keen to access the base and get a first-hand appreciated of the scope of works occurring at East Sale,” Mr Chester said.

“The $185 million development has been recently completed, and further works are now underway to facilitate a new pilot training school at East Sale.

“The East Sale RAAF Base has long enjoyed strong community support and I am pleased that the community will be able to learn more about the important role of the base to Australia’s Defence Force needs.”

The RAAF Base East Sale Community Open Day will be held on May 8, 2016, from 10am to 3pm. Free tickets will be available at www.eventbrite.com.au between April 19 and May 3, 2016, unless claimed earlier. A total of 5,000 tickets will be issued.

Federal Member for Gippsland Daren Chester pictured with Chief of Air Force , Air Marshal Leo Davies, at RAAF Base East Sale late last year.  Mr Chester discussed the benefits of a community open day with Air Marshal Davies late year.


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