Defence shoots down air force base rumour
THE Department of Defence has quashed a social media whisper that Clarence Valley Council refused Royal Australian Air Force plans to build a resupply base in the Clarence Valley.
During the past week, the rumour attracted a large amount of discussion on Facebook page Clarence Valley Residents, Ratepayers and Business Owners.
One of the group's members, Ursula Tunks, posted on Facebook:
"Is it a fact that the Clarence Valley Council was recently approached by the Department of Defence, in particular the RAAF, requesting approval for a resupply base in the Clarence Valley and that this request was denied? (my source is A1 under the Admiralty Scale of rating Intelligence - which in layman's terms equates to 99.9% accuracy)," Ms Tunks posted.
The question was then forwarded to the defence force's media operations unit, which made the following reply.
"The air force is not aware of any plans to build a resupply base in Clarence Valley."
The claim was also denied by staff members from the council, who said they had no recollection of any such proposal, and in any case such a decision would have to be made by elected councillors.