Aircraft from RAAF bases throughout Australia took part in a fly-over of country towns as a prelude to Operation Jubilee Salute - the Australia-wide tribute to the Queen from the men and women of the defence forces.
Two aircraft from No.35 Squadron based in Townsville did their part by flying over towns in North Queensland.
The aircraft flew over Ayr, Bowen, Collinsville, Charters Towers, Julia Creek, Hughenden and Mount Isa.
After an overnight stop at Mount Isa the planes completed the journey via Normanton, Burketown, Cooktown, Cairns, Innisfail and Ingham.
The Australian Woolgrowers and Graziers Council issued a stern warning to the government: reduce the high levels of protection given to inefficient manufacturers or risk AWGC pressing strongly for full compensation for the disadvantages imposed on rural exporters.
"Primary producers are being crippled by high protection given to inefficient manufacturing industries," AWGC executive officer David Trebeck said.
"In the national interest it is quite ridiculous to penalise efficient, export oriented rural industries in order to prop up ailing uncompetitive manufacturers. This gets us nowhere, it doesn't even maintain employment in those highly protected industries as the recent annual report clearly showed."
Japanese cattlemen boarded a chartered light aircraft at Emerald during their trip of Central Queensland beef producing areas.
The group was part of an 80 strong team visiting Queensland to assess the feasibility of exporting live cattle to Japan.
They inspected John Mayne's property in the Springsure district.
A Data General Nova 312 mini-computer was installed at the DPI Animal Health Station in Townsville.
Senior veterinary officer I. D. Wells said the computers produced the results of laboratory testing in the brucellosis eradication campaign.
A machine had already been installed at the Animal Research Institute at Yeerongpilly wth another bound for the Rockhampton Laboratory.
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