A Tiger attack helicopter.
A Tiger attack helicopter.

Nimbin festival founder faces trial over helicopter attack

ONE OF the founders of Nimbin's Aquarius Festival will stand trial in Rockhampton District Court for allegedly assisting a tricycle-riding fellow peace activist to damage an Army helicopter in 2011.

Graeme Dunstan has entered a not guilty plea to the charge of aiding or abetting Bryan Law to damage Commonwealth property at Rockhampton Airport on July 21, 2011.

It is alleged Mr Dunstan threatened to damage the helicopter before assisting Mr Law to gain access to the helicopter by breaking an airport gate padlock.

Mr Law, who died on March 26 this year, rode a red tricycle across the tarmac to the $36 million Tiger attack helicopter involved in the biennial Talisman Saber war games between Australia and the United States and allegedly damaged the aircraft with a mattock.

Mr Dunstan, captain of Peacebus arrived in Rockhampton last week to organise protests in the lead-up to the 2013 Talisman Saber exercise that run from July 15 to August 5.

He will face court on August 19.