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Australian Defence Force Training in the Mareeba Shire

Australian Defence Force personnel will conduct military training in and around the Mareeba Shire from 12 to 28 July 2024.

Exercise Austral Shield 2024 will be conducted during the day and night.

You may hear and see military vehicles, helicopters, watercraft and unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as military personnel carrying weapons.

Blank ammunition, pyrotechnics and simulated battle noise will be used during some aspects of the training.

You should not be alarmed if you hear or see any of the above.

The Australian Defence Force (Tag ‘Defence Australia) is working closely with the Queensland Government, Cairns Regional Council, Mareeba Shire Council, Queensland Police Service, media outlets and other emergency services to keep you informed of what is occurring. Keep an eye on our page for updates.

This essential training is vital to maintain Australia’s world-class military capability. We thank you for supporting this training.

Should you become concerned about any activity during this training exercise, please contact the Defence Joint Operations Support Services – Queensland team via email at