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12 RELOCATION HACKS /P32<br />

TALES OF A TOP END MUM /P18<br />

CONTENTS<br />

FEATURES<br />

04<br />

WET SEASON IN THE NT<br />

45<br />

46<br />

CADETS & SCOUTS<br />

TRAVEL SNACKS<br />

06<br />

POSTING CARE PACKAGES<br />

49<br />

CHANGES - NT DRIVERS LICENCE<br />

08<br />

OUT & ABOUT IN THE NT - KAKADU<br />

50<br />

IN SUPPORT OF THE ADF<br />

12<br />

ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME - OVERSEAS<br />

56<br />

COMMITTEE IN THE COMMUNITY<br />

13<br />

BAND IN TUNE WITH NEW HOME<br />

62<br />

DIRECTORY<br />

16<br />

GEOCACHE<br />

SUPPORT<br />

17<br />

BILLEROY RSL<br />

20<br />

DCO NT - SUKHJOT KAHLON<br />

21<br />

23<br />

DFA NT - JESSICA HANISON<br />

NETWORK TINDAL<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Image from Jessica Stary- Page 12<br />

24<br />

LARRAKEYAH NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE<br />

25<br />

26<br />

ROBERTSON BARRACKS FAMILY GROUP<br />

LIFESTYLE<br />

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS<br />

CHRISTMAS CRAFT / P15<br />

COMMUNITY<br />

/ P42<br />

BUDGET<br />

/ P47<br />

RECIPES<br />

30<br />

31<br />

DOCTORS NOTE<br />

Christmas Craft page 15<br />

HEALTH & WELLBEING / P54<br />

34<br />

PETS IN THE NT<br />

36<br />

DEFENCE DANDELIONS PLAYGROUP<br />

38<br />

PADRE PEN & CHAPLAIN CONTACTS<br />

GET A GRIP BY GROM<br />

39<br />

40<br />

CAT ASSOC NT<br />

LAUNDRY BAG<br />

RBFG Meet Up 2020<br />

COMPETITIONS<br />

R U OK? Day Mornning Tea 2020<br />

KIDS CORNER<br />

44<br />

THE BALANCING ACT<br />

CHRISTMAS / P7<br />

FOR THE ADULTS / P19<br />

CADETS & SCOUTS / P45<br />

KIDS ENTERTAINMENT / P60<br />

FOR THE FAMILY/ P58<br />

TEEN SPACE / P61<br />

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year<br />

From the Committee <strong>2021</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> committee would like to thank the past Editor &<br />

Graphic Designer for their valued contributions and assistance in<br />

past editions.<br />

<strong>The</strong> committee acknowledge our 25 year history and aim to<br />

continue supporting all defence families within the Northern<br />

Territory. As we conclude our 25th year, you may start to notice<br />

some changes within <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Tri-service <strong>Magazine</strong>. We<br />

have established a new website which includes digital versions<br />

of current and past editions and current events. We encourage<br />

you to subscribe free online to keep up to date between<br />

publications.<br />

We want your help! <strong>The</strong> magazine aims to support the defence<br />

community through the community houses, fundraising<br />

activities and more. If you have ideas to support defence<br />

organisations, support networks and build stronger relationships<br />

with our community, we want to hear from you!<br />

IMPORTANT DATES<br />

SUBMISSION CUT OFF DATES<br />

If you wish to submit an article, event details, photo's or perhaps wanting<br />

to input some ideas to the next edition. Please contact <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong> deadlines for submitting articles for the February/March:<br />

18 <strong>December</strong> 2020<br />

DISTRIBUTION DAY<br />

Distribution Day (formerly known as Stuffing Day) is a chance for you to<br />

meet and get to know other Defence spouses, and make new friends.<br />

Come along to the Sahara Room, in the Defence Establishment Berrimah,<br />

joining us for morning tea.<br />

Light refreshments are provided, children are always welcome,<br />

We will provide all thats required to prepare the magazine ready<br />

for distribution far & wide.<br />

<strong>2021</strong>: 11 February <strong>2021</strong><br />

COMMITTEE MONTHLY MEETING<br />

Every month the committee meets for an hour or two to make key<br />

decisions about article selections, community work, magazine creation<br />

and so much more. You can input as much or as little as you like if you<br />

would like to join us. <strong>The</strong> meeting is held on the last Thursday of each<br />

month.<br />

<strong>2021</strong>: 28 <strong>January</strong>, 25 February, 25 March, 29 April, 27 May<br />

Contact admin@thetopendermagazine.org.au for further details.<br />

Menz Family - Remembrance Day 2020<br />

Photo by Kylie Kurtz 2020<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Committee Christmas Party 2020<br />

DECEMBER/JANUARY <strong>2021</strong> 3


Feature<br />

Wet Season<br />

If you are new or old to the <strong>Top</strong> End the ‘troppo<br />

(build-up) season may feel like it will never end.<br />

Here are a few things that can help you organise your<br />

family, pets and home for the coming seasons. Don’t<br />

forget Darwin can have as many as 3-4 cyclones come<br />

near our coast so it pays to be ready rather than wait<br />

till the last possible moment.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Build Up<br />

October to <strong>December</strong> is the pre-monsoon period with<br />

high humidity and the odd rain shower. It is very important<br />

to remember to keep hydrated, keep cool where possible<br />

and rest! Looking after our physical and mental well-being<br />

is important during these hotter months when patience<br />

is tested more so.<br />

Taking a walk in the early morning or evening can be a<br />

great way to experience our gorgeous coastline, along<br />

Nightcliff is a great place to watch the sun go down.<br />

Remember our water safety and being croc aware is vitally<br />

important this time of year.<br />

• Tips for the Build Up:<br />

• Drink plenty of water<br />

• Watch out for mould<br />

• Leave fans on to keep the dampness away<br />

<strong>The</strong> Wet<br />

Just because we are in the Wet Season does not<br />

mean we cannot get out and explore, it is possible to<br />

do with some foreplaning. Watch a storm roll in over<br />

casuarina beach, check out the floodplains from Window<br />

on the Wetlands or take a drive to<br />

Litchfield and see the Waterfalls in all<br />

their glory. It’s easy to check the road<br />

conditions for your trip, head over to<br />

www.roadreport.nt.gov.au then follow<br />

the links, simple!<br />

Cyclone season, as it is also<br />

known, means we need to be smart<br />

about our planning around the home.<br />

Are your cyclone kits ready, evacuations plan updated, tie<br />

down and tidy up around the home completed?<br />

If the other half is away and you need a hand, call out to a neighbour,<br />

a friend or someone to help you prepare. Everyone needs to do<br />

their part to keep our neighbourhoods safe during a cyclone because<br />

small projectiles are dangerous. As children we always used to place<br />

tape in an X shape across windows in case of projectiles outside, fill<br />

the bath tub and laundry sinks full of water (keep this for washing,<br />

cooking, bathing as needed as some water supplies can be polluted),<br />

maintain the gardens and tie down anything loose outside so nothing<br />

was able to fly away (this included the trampoline and dinghy).<br />

Check out the NT Government website for your closest cyclone<br />

shelter, make sure phones are charged, keep vehicles fueled, food<br />

and water bottles stocked, batteries or other portable gas bottles are<br />

full, remember stores can be closed with no power after a cyclone<br />

so make sure you have enough supplies including pet food. In the<br />

event of a cyclone, you should monitor civilian warnings and follow<br />

directions given by civilian authorities such as the NT Emergency<br />

Services and the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM website listed below).<br />

Tips for the Wet Season:<br />

• Invest in surge protectors for all electrical appliances<br />

• In severe storms/cyclones, unplug all appliances<br />

• Check torches and batteries are functioning<br />

• Invest in a power bank for mobile phones and other devices<br />

• Cyclone prep your yard, pack away items not regularly used<br />

as some storms don’t come with a lot of warning, this time<br />

can be used to stock up on other supplies<br />

• Cyclone Kits are very important. It is never too early to prepare<br />

your kit, update your kit from last year ensuring everything is<br />

in date and in working order<br />

From November through to<br />

April we will experience the<br />

monsoon season. Delivering<br />

us some great storms,<br />

amazing weather shows, lush<br />

tropical gardens, waterfalls<br />

and rivers.<br />

Continued on page 8 | Wet Season<br />

Darwin Storm Clouds<br />

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Regular<br />

What's On<br />

in <strong>December</strong> and <strong>January</strong><br />

27 November - 31 <strong>December</strong><br />

6pm - 8pm | Light up the Waterfront<br />

Join us as we count down with Santa to the lighting<br />

of our Christmas wonderland at the Darwin Waterfront!<br />

https://www.waterfront.nt.gov.au/christmas-at-the-waterfront<br />

11 <strong>December</strong> - 24 <strong>December</strong><br />

Santa's Grotto<br />

6pm -8pm | Friday 11 - Sunday 13 <strong>December</strong><br />

6pm - 8pm | Friday 18 - Sunday 20 <strong>December</strong><br />

5pm - 8pm | Monday 21 - Thursday 24 <strong>December</strong><br />

Visit Santa at the Waterfront! Santa has created a magical<br />

grotto on the Podium next to Surf Dive N Ski.<br />

https://www.waterfront.nt.gov.au/<br />

5 <strong>December</strong><br />

Darwin Symphony Orchestra-Family Proms<br />

Family Proms concert will spark intrigue in classical music<br />

for kids and grown-ups alike.<br />

This special event introduces the whole symphony<br />

orchestra to new listeners, with a chance to hear each<br />

instrument. Young audience members will be able to<br />

participate and might even get a chance to conduct the<br />

orchestra. Ideal for families; children aged 0-8. Presented<br />

by Darwin Symphony Orchestra<br />

https://northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/events/<br />

6 <strong>December</strong><br />

4.30pm Gates Open | Carols by Candlelight<br />

Botanic gardens amphitheatre<br />

6.30pm and finishes at 8.30pm<br />

followed by a fireworks display.<br />

Free Entry<br />

https://darwintickets.com.au/event/city-of-darwin-carols-by-candlelight-12054<br />

13 <strong>December</strong><br />

4pm - 7pm | Nhulunbuy Community<br />

Christmas Markets<br />

Venue to be confirmed<br />

https://www.ncl.net.au/recreation-and-events/events-calendar/<br />

31 <strong>December</strong><br />

Darwin Waterfront<br />

Bring in 2020 at the Darwin Waterfront this New Year’s Eve.<br />

Come down to the Waterfront and Welcome in the new year<br />

26 <strong>January</strong><br />

6am Gates Open | HOT 100 Australia Day<br />

Ute Run<br />

Hidden Valley<br />

<strong>The</strong> Hot 100 Australia Day Ute run is a street parade that entertains<br />

spectators as it winds its way through Darwin and Palmerston<br />

culminating in a community celebration at Noonamah Tavern!!<br />

Until 31 <strong>January</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait<br />

Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) exhibition,<br />

captures the attention of the nation, with an inspiring<br />

breadth of work from emerging and established artists.<br />

Each year Telstra NATSIAA sees an increasing variety of art<br />

forms and media, collectively demonstrating the richness<br />

and diversity of current contemporary Indigenous artistic<br />

practice, and the pre-eminence of Aboriginal and Torres<br />

Strait Islander voices, nationwide, within the visual arts.<br />

https://www.magnt.net.au/natsiaa?fbclid=IwAR3Hzsb6J-jAa-<br />

VosPVQwqsH1lfKRlP0ETQS77Q63ufsfD7O-X41Ref212A0<br />

For more information and to find out about other<br />

events in the region during 2020/<strong>2021</strong>, check the<br />

Tourism <strong>Top</strong> End Website. www.tourismtopend.com.<br />

au/events.<br />

Also check the websites in the different towns and<br />

councils. This list is not a complete list of events, and<br />

they are subject to change. Please confirm before<br />

attending.<br />

DECEMBER/JANUARY <strong>2021</strong> 5


Feature<br />

Posting Care Packages<br />

Australia Post - Medium parcel box (240mm x 190mm x 120mm)<br />

Copyright – Australia Post<br />

We have your Family Covered<br />

Sending care packages to deployed members is an<br />

important way of acknowledging their efforts, lifting their<br />

spirits and providing a reminder of home and loved ones.<br />

As the next JTF deploys, I thought it might be a good idea<br />

to get ready to send care packages, especially as this group<br />

will be away from their families over the Christmas period.<br />

My partner deployed on JTF633, leaving the week after<br />

Easter 2020 and should arrive back around late October, early<br />

November (depending on COVID quarantining). Over this<br />

time, I have sent a care package every month to keep him<br />

in good supply of his favourite treats and necessary items. I<br />

thought I would share my experience using the postal service<br />

and what you can’t send through the postal system.<br />

What size can the letter/parcel be?!<br />

Australia Posts sells the medium parcel box (240mm x<br />

190mm x 120mm) for $2.40. <strong>The</strong>re is a strict weight limit of<br />

up to 2kg, anything over this you will be required to pay the full<br />

cost of postage, plus the box. Postage up to 2kg is free of charge.<br />

Where do I post to?<br />

You will be provided an address to send all correspondence<br />

to, which includes Serial number, rank and name of member. For<br />

address options, refer to Australia Post https://auspost.com.au/<br />

sending/check-sending-guidelines/mail-for-defence-personnel<br />

Are there any items prohibited or suitable<br />

for transit?<br />

• Perfume/aftershave<br />

• Pressurised spray cans<br />

• Tobacco/alcohol<br />

• Knives or any type of weapon<br />

• Supplements which may contain illegal ingredients<br />

• Pornography<br />

• Items which may offend other cultures (Islamic culture)<br />

• Port products<br />

• Cordial<br />

• Fragile items<br />

• Canteen stores<br />

• Unit apparel<br />

• Military equipment<br />

• Humanitarian aid<br />

Before sealing up the box<br />

Whenever I lodged a parcel with Australia Post, I would<br />

present the filled box unsealed and open to ensure that I hadn’t<br />

gone over the limit. It was easier to do this, than cut open to<br />

remove an item to reduce the weight, avoiding the chance of<br />

displeased looks from other customers waiting in line.<br />

Do you need a custom declaration?<br />

For anything other than printed or written materials under the<br />

value of $500, a green CN22 customs declaration will need to<br />

be completed and attached to the parcel. For items over 2kg or<br />

over $500 in value, a blue CP72 customs declaration is required.<br />

Ensure you write a full description of the items contained to<br />

avoid the parcel being returned.<br />

How many can I send?<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s no limit as to how many you can send, you only need<br />

to pay the cost of the boxes. You could also thriftily recycle and<br />

reuse boxes sent to you with gifts.<br />

How long does it take?<br />

From my experience, parcels took approximately 4-6 weeks<br />

to arrive after lodging at Darwin GPO, bearing in mind the parcels<br />

travelled from Darwin to Sydney, then loaded onto aircraft which<br />

travels back through Darwin on its journey overseas. Each week,<br />

deployed members eagerly anticipate the arrival of the aircraft<br />

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signifying two exciting things….parcels and changeover of staff.<br />

What did I send over?<br />

Mostly food items such as Vegemite Shapes, mixed salted nuts, Tim<br />

Tams, boiled fruit cake, snakes, Twisties, and muesli bars. I also sent over<br />

essentials such as spare boot laces, Mechanix gloves (COVID19 PPE), soap<br />

(his favourite Palmolive Gold) and empty Tupperware containers to keep<br />

his snacks fresh and ant free.<br />

By Deb Muir<br />

Committee Member for <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

Source - Veterans 360 Facebook<br />

Example gift ideas - Sourced "Meandmysmiffies" blog<br />

H R I S M A S<br />

C O M P E T I T I O N<br />

Wow what a year it has been, 2020 has been one to<br />

remember. Most of us would be travelling this<br />

year, but are now exploring our own back yard.<br />

Q U E S T I O N<br />

“If you could go anywhere for Christmas<br />

where would you go and why?”<br />

Celebrating over 30 years of quality Christian Education in<br />

Palmerston.<br />

R I Z E S P<br />

1st Prize: $200 gift card<br />

2nd Prize: $100 gift card<br />

3rd Prize: $50 gift card<br />

For your chance to win a prize send us a 50 word answer to<br />

admin@thetopendermagazine.org.au by close of business<br />

Monday 4th <strong>January</strong> <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

DECEMBER/JANUARY <strong>2021</strong> 7


continued from page 4 | Wet Season<br />

Cyclone Kits<br />

Preparing a cyclone kit should be at the highest of your priorities.<br />

Here are some examples of what to have prepared:<br />

• Portable Radio + Batteries (yes they are still around)<br />

• Torches + spare batteries<br />

• Fresh water (aim for 10ltrs per person)<br />

• Canned and dried Foods<br />

• Matches, Lighter, Fire starters and coals<br />

• Portable stove or BBQ<br />

• Can opener and Cooking utensils<br />

• Masking tape (for windows)<br />

• Pet supplies<br />

• Sleeping gear inc sleeping bags<br />

• Change of clothes and towel for each person, toiletries<br />

• List of emergency numbers and house evacuation plan<br />

Remember this is just an example and we recommend for you to visit<br />

the NT Government website listed below for more information. Also, if<br />

you know someone who experienced cyclones, ask them for advice or<br />

help.<br />

Driving During the Wet<br />

<strong>The</strong> wet season can certainly bring challenges with driving, especially<br />

those not experienced to sudden heavy downpours, flash flooding<br />

and frequent storms – these all require adjustment to your regular<br />

driving. We have put together some tips to help you drive in the wet:<br />

• Make sure your brakes, windscreens wipers, and lights are all functioning<br />

properly.<br />

• Look at water repellents for your windscreen to keep visibility clearer<br />

• Ensure your vehicle tyres have sufficient tread and pressure to<br />

maintain grip and traction<br />

• During the rain, increase distance between vehicles, as it takes<br />

longer to brake and roads can be slippery.<br />

• In a downpour please turn on your lights and slow down to your<br />

driving ability. It is ok to stop and pullover when safe, remember<br />

your hazard lights when doing this.<br />

• Do not attempt to drive through water across roads unless you are<br />

CERTAIN of the conditions. Water across roads can be fast flowing,<br />

hide dangers, be deeper than expected which may lead to stalling<br />

or being swept away.<br />

House Insurance<br />

It is particularly important to ensure your home insurance is up to date<br />

and covering your home, contents and valuables sufficiently. It’s important<br />

to check you are covered for cyclone, flood and storm surges within your<br />

current policy. Be smart, prepared and review your policy!<br />

By Amanda Letcher & Committee<br />

www.bom.gov.au<br />

https://securent.nt.gov.au/prepare-for-an-emergency/emergency-kits<br />

https://nt.gov.au/emergency/cyclones<br />

www.roadreport.nt.gov.au<br />

Kakadu - Deb Muir<br />

Staycation<br />

One of the many trips on my bucket<br />

list was to venture down to Kakadu<br />

National Park, to see and experience<br />

ancient landscapes and enrich my<br />

knowledge of Aboriginal culture and<br />

traditions.<br />

Kakadu National Park is roughly 250klms or<br />

3 hours’ drive from Darwin. Heading out<br />

of Darwin, we turn onto the Arnhem Highway<br />

(36), passing through Humpty Doo, where<br />

there are mango orchards as far as the eye can<br />

see. About 60klms into your trip, Window to<br />

the Wetlands appears to your left, overlooking<br />

the northern coastal wetlands where you can<br />

spot many native animals and birdlife, especially<br />

during early morning or late afternoon.<br />

Continuing on, we pass through the spanse of<br />

the Marrakai Plains, bounded by Adelaide River,<br />

the Van Diemen Gulf coastline and Mary River<br />

before stopping at Corroboree Park Tavern - a<br />

classic Territory pub and a welcome sight for a<br />

quick coffee and snack. Back on the road, we<br />

officially entered into Kakadu National Park,<br />

heading towards Cooinda. Kakadu is derived<br />

from Gagudju , an Aboriginal language originating<br />

from Arnhem Land. Others believe it<br />

to be derived from the translation of cockatoo<br />

– German Kakadu, Indonesian kakatuwah<br />

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Feature<br />

Out & About in the NT<br />

Kakadu<br />

or Dutch kaketoe . Kakadu National Park is listed on the<br />

UNESCO World Heritage List for its cultural and ecological<br />

diversity, with the Traditional<br />

Custodians being the Bininj/<br />

Mungguy people.<br />

Just before Jabiru, we turned<br />

into Kakadu Highway (21) on our<br />

final approach towards Cooinda. We<br />

arrived at the highlight of our trip –<br />

Kakadu - Deb Muir<br />

Kakadu National<br />

Park is roughly<br />

250klms or 3<br />

hours’ drive from<br />

Darwin.<br />

a cruise on the Yellow Water billabong and tributaries. Yellow<br />

Water Cruises, an Indigenous owned tourism company offers a<br />

unique experience of the South Alligator River floodplain. Yellow<br />

Water or Ngurrungurrudjba, is famous for its impressive array of<br />

wildlife, including around 60 species of birdlife, thousands of<br />

saltwater crocodiles and great barramundi fishing .<br />

We embarked on a flat bottom boat before receiving the<br />

Do’s and Don’ts of the cruise, somewhat tongue in cheek, but<br />

nonetheless extremely important. Our host, Denis (with one ‘N’)<br />

had a great sense of humour, which made the trip all so more<br />

enjoyable. We traversed the billabong and water tributaries, pinpointing<br />

items of interest using the clock system. Denis, being a<br />

local indigenous man, would speak about his childhood hunting,<br />

fishing, and collecting bush tucker in the area. His knowledge of<br />

the land and connection to country was evident and inspiring<br />

After the cruise, we headed to Cooinda Lodge for a<br />

buffet lunch before heading Nourlangie rock art site, where<br />

there are a number of World Heritage listed artworks and<br />

Kakadu - Deb Muir<br />

camp sites dating back tens of thousands of years. <strong>The</strong><br />

1.5klm flat walking circuit meanders through a number<br />

of galleries, including Anbangbang gallery, where<br />

you will see the Lightning Man. A little further<br />

down the track, we climbed to Gunwarddehwarde<br />

Lookout, taking in an impressive view over rocky<br />

escarpments, before descending back to the walking<br />

track and making the journey back to Darwin.<br />

‘Tips from our adventure'<br />

• Before you go, arrange your Kakadu Park permit through<br />

Parks Australia at https://book.parksaustralia.gov.au/<br />

passes/kakadu/. NT residents are free of charge, however<br />

you will still need to apply for a permit.<br />

• Keep hydrated - take and drink plenty of water. It’s hot<br />

and humid!<br />

• Slip Slop Slap<br />

• Show respect for Aboriginal people, culture, artefacts<br />

and sacred sites.<br />

By Deb Muir<br />

Committee Member for <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

• https://parksaustralia.gov.au/kakadu/discover/history/<br />

• https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakadu_National_Park<br />

• http://www.worldeasyguides.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Map-of-Kakadu-<br />

National-Park.jpg<br />

• https://parksaustralia.gov.au/kakadu/discover/regions/yellow-water/#:~:text=%20<br />

Yellow%20Water%20%28Ngurrungurrudjba%29%20%201%20Walks%20<br />

and,a%20dip%20in%20the%20pool%2C%20top...%20More%20<br />

• https://parksaustralia.gov.au/kakadu/pub/nourlangie.pdf<br />

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Feature<br />

Adventure of a lifetime,<br />

with an overseas posting<br />

Congratulations<br />

on your posting<br />

to ...<br />

<strong>The</strong> act of spending a year or two living and<br />

working in another country is something most<br />

Australians dream of. “Where do I sign up?”<br />

were the words that escaped my lips when<br />

I was informed, we were<br />

selected to do staff course<br />

in the United Kingdom.<br />

“Where do I sign<br />

up?” were the words<br />

that escaped my lips<br />

I was working as a scientist at Royal<br />

North Shore Hospital at the time. My<br />

manager was extremely supportive<br />

and assisted me in getting a year’s<br />

sabbatical leave, which is unpaid leave and I will still have<br />

my job once we return back to Australia.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Defence Academy of the UK is headquartered at<br />

Shrivenham in southwestern Oxfordshire. Joint Services<br />

Command and Staff College (JSCSC) is a British military<br />

academic establishment providing training and education<br />

to experienced officers and serving officers of other states.<br />

Family for Sale - Jessica Stary<br />

Rolling lush green hills, fat furry bumble bees buzzing<br />

loudly at flora in all shades of the rainbow is the epitome<br />

of the picturesque English garden. <strong>The</strong>n the rain starts<br />

and you realise why the hills are so lush and green – it’s<br />

because it’s always raining.<br />

We were allocated a house in the married quarters in<br />

Watchfield which was next to the academy. Our direct<br />

neighbours were from Italy and Oman, and our street had<br />

people from Canada, Jordan, North Macedonia, Kuwait<br />

and Scotland. You can imagine the variety of food and<br />

beverages on offer.<br />

Every family was in the same position as<br />

we were. It was a good opportunity to get<br />

to know and make friends with families<br />

from all over the world, many of who we<br />

still keep in contact with. Some of the<br />

spouses didn’t speak English or had very<br />

limited English, but through kindness,<br />

patience and lots of food, we got though<br />

that barrier. I had to learn how to make lamingtons and<br />

Anzac cookies to share with the other families, offering a<br />

little taste of Australia.<br />

I also got to meet a few Australian families over in the<br />

UK, who were there studying different courses offered by<br />

the academy, and we became quite close due to our kids<br />

being similar ages who played well together. We bonded<br />

over our love of pizza shapes, Tim Tams and Fantales.<br />

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Feature<br />

Band in<br />

tune with new<br />

home<br />

<strong>The</strong> academy provided clubs for kids and adults alike. <strong>The</strong>re were<br />

clubs like quilting, photography, singing, art and pony clubs and all kinds<br />

of sport on offer. I even had a go at clay target shooting! It was a chance<br />

to learn a new skill and to also meet the locals as well. You’re never too<br />

old to learn something new!<br />

We had lots of travel plans for the Spring, but alas, covid hit and we were<br />

confined to our houses. <strong>The</strong> sense of community in this little town was<br />

overwhelming. Neighbours checked on each other to see if they needed<br />

anything before going to the shops. It was strange living in a time when<br />

toilet paper and flour are scarce. Our once-daily exercise was an excuse<br />

to ride our bikes and wave to people in their houses.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> sense of community in this little town<br />

was overwhelming".<br />

It was sad saying goodbye to all our new found friends in the UK, but<br />

it was time to head back home to Australia.<br />

It was an unexpected posting to Darwin but it has grown on us. Having<br />

never been to Darwin before I found the people are so very friendly and<br />

helpful. Going to playgroups hosted by Larrakeyah and Robertson Barracks<br />

has helped us meet other Defence families and it’s such a great space for<br />

young children not yet of school age.<br />

By Jessica Stary<br />

Contributor to <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

Family- Jessica Stary<br />

<strong>The</strong> Australian Army Band<br />

Darwin has a new name<br />

and postcode after being seen<br />

and heard at a variety of events<br />

around the Northern Territory<br />

for the past three decades.<br />

<strong>The</strong> band was officially welcomed to the 1st<br />

Brigade family during a re-naming ceremony held at<br />

Binh Ba Lines on Robertson Barracks on October 23.<br />

Commander 1 Brigade Brigadier Ash Collingburn<br />

welcomed the band, now known as the “Band of<br />

the 1st Brigade”.<br />

“I am delighted to see you settled in your new<br />

home and to have you as part of 1 Brigade,” Brigadier<br />

Collingburn said.<br />

<strong>The</strong> band supports soldiers, sailors, airmen and<br />

women, as well as the community, all-year-round<br />

by raising morale and honouring the customs and<br />

traditions of the ADF.<br />

“Each time I hear the band, especially during a<br />

parade, the nostalgic feeling stirs and the connection<br />

to those who served before us and those we serve<br />

beside are felt more deeply,” Brigadier Collingburn<br />

said.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Australian Army Band Corps was first established<br />

on August 2, 1968, with the Darwin band<br />

established in 1988 – one of the Australian Army<br />

Band’s 11 sub-units across the nation.<br />

Commanding Officer Australian Army Band<br />

Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hiscock said the band would<br />

continue its important role for Army in the <strong>Top</strong> End<br />

community, continuing to perform at all the calendar<br />

events including Territory Day and the Bombing of<br />

Darwin Commemoration.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> band remains the same; they will still look<br />

and sound the same, now they just have a new home<br />

and postcode,” Lieutenant Colonel Hiscock said.<br />

“I thank 1 Brigade for this wonderful welcome to<br />

their family.”<br />

Following formalities, the band played their first<br />

tune, Australian Army Band Corps March, <strong>The</strong> Minstrel<br />

Boy, followed by a top 20 pop compilation.<br />

<strong>The</strong> band’s next community event is<br />

the Darwin Carols by Candlelight on<br />

<strong>December</strong> 6.<br />

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DECEMBER/JANUARY <strong>2021</strong> 13


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Feature<br />

GeoCaching for all ages<br />

It doesn't matter how old you are, it's always<br />

fun to get involved with a treasure hunt<br />

If you haven’t heard<br />

of Geocaching<br />

before, your life is<br />

about to change<br />

forever……!<br />

Geocaching is a worldwide<br />

activity that includes a downloadable<br />

app to track and locate<br />

‘hidden treasures’. <strong>The</strong>re are various<br />

levels of difficulty, but the<br />

majority of Geocaches are accurately<br />

located and relatively easy<br />

to find.<br />

Geocaches with a difficulty level<br />

of 1 are suitable for people with<br />

mobility issues, however a difficulty<br />

level of 5 could be tucked high in<br />

a tree, so please ensure that you<br />

take care when searching.<br />

GeoCaching is a<br />

worldwde activity<br />

Here are some basic steps from<br />

the Geocache website:<br />

1. Create a Geocache account<br />

and team name.<br />

2. Choose any geocache from the<br />

list and click on its name.<br />

3. Enter the coordinates of the<br />

geocache into your GPS device<br />

or load the geocache into a<br />

geocaching app on your smart<br />

phone.<br />

4. Navigate to the geocache.<br />

5. Sign the logbook and return<br />

the geocache to its original<br />

location.<br />

6. Log your adventure online.<br />

7. Search for your next one!<br />

Some Geocache terminology and tips:<br />

TRADITIONAL CACHE – a good starting<br />

point for beginners.<br />

LOG – Check the Geocache log to make<br />

sure that it’s not missing or hazardous (ie;<br />

bee hive)<br />

ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS – when<br />

searching for Geocaches, please ensure that<br />

you do not disturb or destroy the surrounding<br />

environment, including driving over undefined<br />

tracks<br />

BE PREPARED – Before you take off for a<br />

day or weekend of Geocaching in the <strong>Top</strong><br />

End, ensure that you have plenty of food and<br />

water, as well as a torch for searching in dark<br />

places. Always be careful when searching for<br />

caches with a difficulty higher than 3 as there<br />

may be a danger of falling from heights or<br />

other hazards. It is recommended that you<br />

Geocache with atleast 2 people.<br />

MAGNETS – some Geocaches are magnetic<br />

and can be stuck to metal objects, which can<br />

make them hard to find.<br />

PUZZLES – some geocaches are cryptic and<br />

have some a riddle to solve before finding it.<br />

TREASURES – Create your own labels with<br />

your team name or keep a stockpile of treasure<br />

to leave in the Geocaches you find.<br />

CREATE YOUR OWN – You can also create<br />

your own Geocache and register it on the<br />

Geocache website for other people to find.<br />

You will need to determine the difficulty.<br />

GeoCache Apps - According to the<br />

Geocaching Australia website, there<br />

are three apps available for Geocaching<br />

Australia, which are all owned and<br />

developed independently of Geocaching<br />

Australia:<br />

1. GA Cacher for Android<br />

2. Geocube for iPhone and iPad<br />

3. Geosphere for iPhone<br />

GeoCaching is a FUN<br />

family activity<br />

If you’re interested in learning more<br />

about Geocaching as a fun family activity<br />

or a way to relieve loneliness while<br />

posted to the <strong>Top</strong> End, check out the<br />

Geocaching website: www.geocaching.<br />

com.au, then jump in your car and go<br />

hunting! You’ll be amazed when you<br />

realise that Geocaches are literally<br />

EVERYWHERE!<br />

By Deb Herring<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Committee Member<br />

Geocache - Pixabay<br />

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Billeroy House<br />

Billeroy Veterans & Families Community Centre!<br />

Billeroy House offers wellbeing advocacy services to<br />

veterans (current and ex-serving), police, fire, emergency<br />

services & their families in the Darwin region.<br />

Morning Tea, Every Wednesday<br />

10am - 12pm, Drop in for cuppa<br />

& a chat<br />

Our team of volunteers:<br />

Dan Tellam Billeroy Co-Ordinator/ Wellbeing Advocate Level 2<br />

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Events/ Facebook<br />

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Please note Billeroy House will be<br />

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<strong>December</strong> 2020.<br />

Re-opening on the 25th <strong>January</strong><br />

<strong>2021</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Group Program Schedule for all states is also<br />

available on the Open Arms Website at www.openarms.gov.au,<br />

scroll down to find the button for the<br />

section you want.<br />

Expressions of Interest for the Group Programs<br />

can be submitted on the Open Arms Website or<br />

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direct on 1800 011 046.<br />

Suicide Alertness for everyone - SafeTALK<br />

A half-day workshop that helps you become more<br />

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Darwin<br />

Friday, 11 <strong>December</strong><br />

Register online for further details<br />

Please visit the Open Arms website in the New Year<br />

for future events<br />

Our team of advocates are here to listen and support, provide<br />

information and guidance and refer our clients to agencies in<br />

the community.<br />

Some of the services we can assist with include;<br />

Mental health support Open Arms assistance<br />

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Health & community support Hospital visits<br />

Financial support<br />

Education assistance<br />

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Group programs<br />

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DECEMBER/JANUARY <strong>2021</strong> 17


Regular<br />

Tales of a <strong>Top</strong> End Mum<br />

Part 1<br />

When I first found out we<br />

were posting to Tindal, I<br />

cried.<br />

It wasn’t my greatest moment, but all I’d heard about was<br />

the bad, the worst and the ugly, so naturally this posting<br />

felt like a big pile of “nope” coming my way.<br />

Of course, I dried my tears, put on my big girl pants, and<br />

we left our lockdown life in frosty Victoria for a 2-week quarantine<br />

in Darwin. Prepared for the<br />

A call out<br />

to fellow<br />

defence<br />

spouses<br />

had us<br />

treated<br />

to a wine<br />

delivery<br />

feeling particularly guilty about it.<br />

worst and expecting the worst, we<br />

were delighted to find that quarantine<br />

wasn’t actually too bad<br />

.<br />

We’d packed light on the clothes and<br />

heavy on the activities so each day<br />

we had something new to pull out<br />

and entertain the kids with for a bit.<br />

Admittedly there was loads more<br />

screen time than normal, but we’re<br />

not going for sainthood so I’m not<br />

finds through our remote posting in Tindal, suitable for 3 kids<br />

under 5, and doesn’t involve an online order from Kathmandu.<br />

<strong>The</strong> fact that crocodiles are lurking scares the pants off me (jokes<br />

- it’s boiling here, pants aren’t required), but there are meant<br />

to be some beautiful swimming spots to visit; <strong>The</strong> Hot Springs,<br />

Katherine Gorge, Mataranka <strong>The</strong>rmal Pool, Bitter Springs, Kakadu<br />

– all plus more on my pounding hearts list of places to visit.<br />

Surely, it’s not possible to scare myself into a heart attack?<br />

I've even developed a<br />

permanent sweat moustache...<br />

"Perspiring Penny".<br />

As I write this, we’re 2 weeks into our posting and I’m feeling<br />

surprisingly content! I’ve even developed a permanent sweat<br />

moustache, which I have named ‘Perspiring Penny’ and we’re<br />

getting along just fine. Living in the patch, we’re within walking<br />

distance to everything and our house is designed to combat<br />

the constant battle with heat.<br />

An online order set us up with food and snacks so the kids<br />

would eat without complaining, and a call out to fellow defence<br />

spouses had us treated to a wine delivery. With a little balcony<br />

to escape our four walls (even though in the daytime it felt like<br />

mini visits to the pits down under), us alternating a sleep-in for<br />

each other, and not needing to cook any of our meals meant<br />

we had a pretty good little set up. Not to mention - it probably<br />

helped that we were already used to being in lockdown back<br />

in Australia’s personal state of disaster.<br />

I wouldn’t call myself an ‘outdoor’ person (and neither is<br />

my husband), so the chances of searching for the best places<br />

to go camping or four-wheel-driving were slim to none.<br />

In fact, upon further consideration, the chances are none.<br />

Instead, I’ll be writing about the adventures my city slicker family<br />

<strong>The</strong> fact that crocodiles are<br />

lurking scares the pants off<br />

me!.<br />

Family - Katie B<br />

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My kids have never spent so much time outside and that alone<br />

makes this posting feel like a victory. I lather them up with sunscreen<br />

each day, invest their pocket money in sunscreen shares,<br />

throw a hat on their heads, and release them into the not so<br />

wild of our backyard at the fresh hour of 7am. Our yard looks<br />

onto the dusty outcrop and a scattering of hardy tree’s, which<br />

doesn’t sound very appealing, but it looks appealing. <strong>The</strong> red<br />

dirt feels wholesome, the trees are home to chirping birds, and<br />

we have little skippy roo visitors that hop past occasionally. I’m<br />

yet to spot a Dingo, but it’s on my ‘want to see’ list.<br />

Cold drinks outside are a<br />

necessity<br />

We sit on our back patio enjoying the climate, turning<br />

on the two ceiling fans to get the air moving only to realise<br />

that it simulates what it must be like inside a clothes dryer,<br />

so cold drinks outside are a necessity.<br />

I won’t lie, of course that heat is exhausting, but it’s<br />

nothing a Hydralyte cocktail and seven air conditioners<br />

can’t fix. Don’t forget to have an extra shot of Hydralyte to<br />

replenish your fluids after crying about your energy bill too<br />

apparently (although we haven’t been here long enough<br />

for that yet).<br />

Who knows, maybe in a few years my final contribution<br />

will consist of me counting down the days till we get to<br />

leave, but for now, I’m Team Tindal!<br />

Happy exploring!<br />

Katie. B<br />

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Support | DCO NT<br />

Defence Community Organisation<br />

Darwin, NT<br />

Well, it’s that time of year again! Time<br />

for tinsel, Christmas trees and spending<br />

time with family.<br />

Looking back, the year has brought many new challenges<br />

and has tested many families’ resilience. <strong>The</strong> COVID-19<br />

virus has placed restrictions around travel and with social<br />

distancing just being able to reach out and touch family and<br />

friends has been a challenge. <strong>The</strong> Northern Territory though<br />

has fared better than most states and territories and in reflection<br />

we should be grateful for the freedoms we have enjoyed.<br />

<strong>The</strong> year has provided a very clear reminder of the importance<br />

of mental health and I encourage anybody with any concerns<br />

regarding their own or a loved ones situation to reach out to<br />

DCO and contact the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624<br />

608 and seek assistance.<br />

Many families will be cleaning, planning, organising and<br />

looking forward to posting to a new location. This has also<br />

brought challenges regarding posting and holiday travel, and<br />

in many instances being required to fly, rather than drive,<br />

to new locations. <strong>The</strong> good news is this is only required for<br />

relocation travel and families can, prior to relocation, or after<br />

arriving in their new location, undertake personal travel but<br />

of course must adhere to state and territory entry and quarantine<br />

requirements.<br />

DCO has developed a number of products, including fact<br />

sheets and webinars to assist ADF members and their families<br />

manage this posting and relocation period. This information<br />

can be found on the DCO webpage or through the links below:<br />

• https://www.defence.gov.au/DCO/coronavirus.asp<br />

• https://www.defence.gov.au/DCO/_Master/documents/Factsheets/Moving-with-kids-during-COVID-19.pdf<br />

• https://www.defence.gov.au/DCO/_Master/documents/Factsheets/Quarantining-with-kids.pdf<br />

• https://www.defence.gov.au/dco/Events/webinar.asp<br />

Some of our recent live webinars have been recorded so<br />

families can watch it at their leisure and from the comfort of<br />

home. Families who are preparing to post to new location<br />

may be interested in watching the DCO webinar that was<br />

streamed live on 8 October 2020 called Preparing for posting<br />

– Moving with a plan.<br />

<strong>The</strong> webinar provides practical tips and strategies on<br />

how to navigate challenging or unexpected times during<br />

posting, including a segment from the Posting Cycle<br />

Movement Control Cell (PCMCC) and information about<br />

the support available along the way. <strong>The</strong> webinar is available<br />

to view online until 8 <strong>January</strong> <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

DCO has also developed the DCO Posting and Relocating<br />

Workbook which is also a good tool.<br />

• <strong>The</strong> DCO Posting and Relocating Workbook located<br />

at https://www.defence.gov.au/DCO/Resources/Default.<br />

asp https://www.defence.gov.au/DCO/_Master/documents/Books/Posting-and-relocating-workbook.docx<br />

On a final note, at this time of year the Northern<br />

Territory is also known for its hazardous weather conditions.<br />

<strong>The</strong> BOM webpage http://www.bom.gov.au/<br />

climate/outlooks/#/overview/summary/ details that with<br />

La Nina underway in the tropical Pacific the likelihood of<br />

above average rainfall increases. I encourage all families<br />

to have a cyclone plan in place. <strong>The</strong> following webpage<br />

from the NT Government provides information on how to<br />

create a household emergency plan and emergency kit<br />

and also how to prepare for disasters and emergencies,<br />

https://nt.gov.au/emergency/cyclones.<br />

Stay Safe and enjoy some relaxation and family time in<br />

<strong>December</strong> and <strong>January</strong>.<br />

See you out and about in <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Di Elson<br />

DCO has developed the DCO<br />

Posting and Relocating ...<br />

Area Manager<br />

Defence Community Organisation - NT<br />

www.defence.gov.au/dco<br />

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Quarantine 2020 Style<br />

Sponsored by DFA NT<br />

Support | DFA<br />

Written by ADF Partner Katie<br />

Hearing the words ‘quarantine’ and ‘kids’ in the one<br />

sentence had ‘MWDU’ enter my mind like a flashing<br />

neon sign, while I pictured myself hiding in the dishwasher<br />

trying to get some space.<br />

Postings are hard enough and I wasn’t sure my pants could<br />

stretch any further from my stress eating, but they pulled<br />

I felt pretty prepared coming<br />

from Victoria...<br />

through – and so did we.<br />

Whilst I wouldn’t say it was overly enjoyable, I felt pretty<br />

prepared coming from Victoria and having already spent<br />

most of the year in lockdown (never thought that would<br />

come in handy).<br />

Let’s start with the best part of quarantine. All meals are<br />

provided so you don’t need to cook! Maybe we were just<br />

lucky, but our food was awesome (although you eventually<br />

get that feeling when you’ve been eating at restaurants<br />

too long).<br />

Housework is minimal. If you’ve got a washing machine<br />

you might want to wash some clothes, you might have a<br />

few little dishes to wash each night, and you may want to<br />

ask to borrow the vacuum every second day if your kids eat<br />

like mine, but it’s nothing compared to normal life at home.<br />

One of our biggest problems was quarantining with 3<br />

kids aged under 5 years old who<br />

built up a lot of energy, which<br />

always resulted in a daily Fight Club.<br />

"sit with an organic<br />

smoothie made of<br />

fortified grapes...."<br />

We set up obstacle courses using<br />

chairs, pillows, the couch, towels,<br />

etc and let them do as many laps as<br />

they could. We had dance parties, workouts, Cosmic Yoga,<br />

and just plain silly games.<br />

Unless you’re attempting to become a Saint, wipe away<br />

any restrictions you currently have with screen time. I’m not<br />

even going to justify it, just pack the gadgets and let it be.<br />

are snack queens, so adding all their favourite snacks to the<br />

order made life easier. <strong>The</strong>n there was also the problem of<br />

the kids not liking what was served.<br />

We all know kids can be picky so I made sure I ordered<br />

some simple things I could cook for them in our little<br />

kitchen. If you prefer to be super efficient, you could check<br />

with the hotel prior to your stay about organising food delivery<br />

prior to check-in. Housekeeping can then stock your<br />

apartment prior to your arrival, which will be a godsend<br />

when you all arrive tired and hungry.<br />

Pick your battles. It sounds petty and basic but it’s true. I<br />

could just picture some moments where reception probably<br />

held their finger hesitantly over the phone, contemplating<br />

calling our room to remind us other people were trying to<br />

We try to alternate giving each<br />

other a sleep-in...<br />

enjoy their time so could we please keep it down.<br />

I’ve become my toddlers personal poo holders as we<br />

don’t have a toilet step stool (or anything I’m willing to get<br />

covered from their disgrace). <strong>The</strong>re’s not a whole lot you<br />

can do for that, so I’m just mentally preparing you.<br />

We packed light on the clothes so that we could dedicate<br />

an entire suitcase to new and exciting toys and activities<br />

because an activity a day keeps the crazy away - Play-Doh,<br />

puzzles, water painting, beading kit, drawing books, activity<br />

books etc. Have no shame in becoming the proud owner<br />

of the crafting aisle from Kmart. It’s worth it.<br />

We try to alternate giving<br />

each other a sleep-in. If we don’t<br />

manage a sleep-in, even just a<br />

chance to be alone because it’s<br />

important to recharge before we<br />

crack it from the mayhem.<br />

Once the kids are asleep each night, we normally sit on<br />

the balcony with an organic smoothie made from fortified<br />

grapes and cheers each other as we cross off another day.<br />

It doesn’t matter what you do, but I strongly recommend<br />

something to look forward to once the kids are in bed.<br />

Online supermarket orders are worth the time and effort<br />

to organise. My kids are like fruit bats, but we only get 1<br />

fresh piece of fruit a day so that definitely went on our order.<br />

<strong>The</strong> meals only come between certain times and my kids<br />

It doesn't matter what you do, but<br />

I strongly recommend something<br />

to look forward to ....<br />

continued on page 22<br />

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Support | DCO<br />

From your Delegate<br />

continued on page 21<br />

It makes a big difference to our mental<br />

health knowing we have a nice moment<br />

to look forward to each evening.<br />

Lastly, remember on the 14th day you<br />

will be released back into civilisation. I’m<br />

probably 10kg heavier and 10 times crazier,<br />

but we survived!<br />

Thank you so much to ADF<br />

Partner Katie who blogs at Living<br />

My Family Life for her insight and<br />

general hilarity into quarantining<br />

as a Defence family.<br />

Posting in 2020?<br />

Your Toll Case Manager will support<br />

and guide ADF Members and their<br />

families, who are posting into a location<br />

that requires a quarantine period.<br />

Please do not hesitate to contact<br />

Toll with any concerns or uncertainty<br />

you have about your relocation.<br />

Defence Families of Australia<br />

(DFA) is an advisory body that was<br />

established in 1986 to advocate for<br />

Defence families.<br />

DFA’s aim is to improve the quality<br />

of life for Defence families by providing<br />

a recognised forum for their views<br />

and by reporting, making recommendations<br />

and influencing policy that<br />

directly affects families.<br />

If you have other questions, make<br />

sure you check in with Defence Housing<br />

Australia, Defence Housing Relocations<br />

Manager, Toll, or the Defence Family<br />

Get in touch<br />

Contact Jessica Hanison<br />

Mobile: 0418 807 548<br />

Email: nt@dfa.org.au<br />

Facebook: www.facebook.com/<br />

DefenceFamiliesofAustralia<br />

Helpline at Defence Community<br />

Organisation<br />

We’re also here to advocate for you<br />

should you need us.<br />

Contact DFA if you have been<br />

unsuccessful in resolving a concern<br />

through either your local relevant channels<br />

or national channels.<br />

Your local delegate for the Northern<br />

Territory is Jessica Hanison.<br />

Contact Jessica via nt@dfa.org.au<br />

or follow her on the DFA Northern<br />

Territory Facebook page.<br />

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Support | Comnunity House<br />

Community Houses | Support<br />

Network Tindal<br />

Network Tindal is now back up and<br />

running in the community centre.<br />

However, due to COVID-19 we do have<br />

some restrictions.<br />

What a busy month we have had!<br />

We said goodbye to Yoshi as Community Coordinator<br />

and were unable to secure any body to fill her shoes!<br />

As such, you may notice some differences in the way<br />

Network Tindal is operating! <strong>The</strong> Community House is<br />

not open as often; however, we are still operating our<br />

fabulous groups and activities – please keep you eyes<br />

out on facebook and Forcenet for our weekly posts.<br />

<strong>The</strong> school holiday program that was offered in partnership<br />

with DCO and RAAF Indigenous Liaison Officers<br />

(ILOs) was very well attended and we look forward to<br />

continuing a similar program over the summer holidays.<br />

We enjoyed celebrating Book Week with Chaplain Mitch<br />

Herps and Mack, as well as Patricia Thompson our ILO.<br />

Colleen from the town library also joined in the fun!<br />

We were delighted at the commencement of our 10<br />

week self-care program, and trust that participants<br />

are loving working with each other and taking time to<br />

focus on themselves. Thanks go to Emily Nicholls and<br />

Katherine Town Council for ensuring we can offer this<br />

service to our members.<br />

We have added a children’s Music, Movement session<br />

on Tuesdays at 9.30 – the 23 people who joined us on<br />

Tuesday worked up a sweat and had a great time with<br />

the parachute and instruments!<br />

<strong>The</strong> Community House is also now open on Wednesday afternoons<br />

for drop ins, with an activity planned each week, focusing<br />

on older children. Due to duty of care requirements, we do<br />

require children to attend with a carer.<br />

Looking for something to do on Sundays? Come down to the<br />

House and make a coffee, chat with friends, play a board game<br />

or complete a puzzle! It’s open from 9-11.<br />

We are looking forward to Veterans’ Health Week and participating<br />

in a ceramics workshop held at the Katherine Regional<br />

Arts Centre on Monday 26th of October!<br />

Lauren Bruhwiller<br />

Coordinator | Network Tindal<br />

Contact information:<br />

Email: networktindal@gmail.com<br />

www.facebook.com/networktindal<br />

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Support | Community Houses<br />

Larrakeyah<br />

Neighbourhood House<br />

<strong>The</strong> past few months have flown by, we<br />

have been busy with our regular activities<br />

and have enjoyed meeting new families<br />

and love getting to know all our regulars.<br />

In the beginning of September, we celebrated the 30th Birthday<br />

of the Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House! What a milestone for<br />

a community centre that supports Defence Families.<br />

We shared some of the photos from the celebrations<br />

on our group Facebook page and I was delighted to<br />

receive some feedback from a family who used<br />

to visit the house almost 20 years ago!<br />

<strong>The</strong> day was filled with activities for the kids<br />

with Fairy Jill and her fairy friends (sponsored<br />

by <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>) doing a wonderful<br />

job keeping the kids entertained before and<br />

after our Birds and reptile show.<br />

As with any birthday celebration, you must<br />

have cake! We were spoilt by the incredibly talented<br />

Justine from Justine Mitchell Cake Design who created<br />

an amazing and delicious Light Box cake for us. Our<br />

day continued to be filled with sweet treats with more<br />

delicious cupcakes created by a volunteer, Amanda. No<br />

event this big could have happened if it were not for our<br />

amazing volunteers behind the scenes - Thank you ladies<br />

and gents!<br />

Our families have been enjoying<br />

many exciting activities over the past<br />

two months!<br />

To get the creative juices flowing, we hosted a Paint ‘n Sip Night<br />

at the end of September where a fantastic group of ladies were<br />

taught how to paint a Protea by the talented Anneke Jamieson.<br />

Anneke just loves to share her passion and I believe everyone<br />

went home with their very own masterpiece! A special thank you<br />

to Julie from Integrity Hair Studio who sponsored the evening!<br />

During the October school holidays we decided to run some<br />

activities and hosted a morning of Archery and Mini Golf at Flight<br />

Path and a morning at FlipOut Darwin! Both activities<br />

were sold out and we hope me managed to tire<br />

the children out just a little bit!! Thank you for<br />

all your support.<br />

As Christmas is just around the corner, we<br />

are busy planning our Annual Christmas Lunch<br />

so please pop the 28th of November into your<br />

diaries! <strong>The</strong>re is a special Santa visit and many<br />

other activities planned for the day!<br />

Email: larrakeyahhouse@hotmail.com<br />

Mobile: 0447 586 591<br />

For those families posting out at the end of 2020;<br />

thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey<br />

here in Darwin - you will be missed, but in<br />

true Defence style, I am sure our paths will cross<br />

again soon!<br />

To the new families posting into the Northern<br />

Territory we look forward to meeting you and<br />

hopefully we can assist you in settling down in this<br />

beautiful place! Please join our Facebook group<br />

– Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House Community<br />

Group to ensure you are up to date with all our<br />

activities! Our first big event will be our Annual<br />

Welcome to the <strong>Top</strong> End function on Australia Day!<br />

We look forward to meeting you!<br />

For those travelling to new locations or<br />

just venturing out for a holiday please stay<br />

safe!<br />

Charné Saunders<br />

Co-ordinator | Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House<br />

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Community Houses | Support<br />

Robertson Barracks<br />

Family Group<br />

Welcome to Robbo<br />

Robertson Barracks Family Group is currently undergoing<br />

some massive changes on base! <strong>The</strong> new deck, which has<br />

been a long time in planning and developing is finally going<br />

ahead. <strong>The</strong> Centre is currently closed and we will re-open in<br />

<strong>January</strong> <strong>2021</strong> to showcase the developments to our members,<br />

spouses and families.<br />

We can’t wait to share a coffee with you on the new deck<br />

talking about everything that’s happened over the Christmas<br />

break and meeting the new partners and families that have<br />

recently arrived in Darwin.<br />

While the Centre has been closed, we have still been holding<br />

our regular events off-site and have also found various locations<br />

to hold one-off events. Although we may be closed on base, we<br />

are still offering exciting activities for our member and families<br />

elsewhere around Darwin and Palmerston.<br />

We are still open<br />

to our members<br />

and families ’<br />

Our Monday coffee<br />

sessions have been held<br />

in new cafes around the<br />

area to enjoy, while our<br />

littlies in our Playgroup<br />

have been loving the<br />

nature playtime, bear<br />

hunts at the Botanical Gardens and generally being outside<br />

making a mess!<br />

We haven’t forgotten the spouses either – monthly lunches<br />

have come back and we look forward to working our way<br />

around restaurants and cafes (let us know if there is one you<br />

want us to try!).<br />

<strong>The</strong> RBFG AGM was held in October and we would like to<br />

welcome our new Committee:<br />

Chairperson: Ann Khuu<br />

Vice Chairperson: Angela Gordon<br />

Treasurer: Tamika Costas<br />

Secretary: James Pace<br />

Playgroup Coordinator: Brooke Christie<br />

Fundraising: TIarnie McKenzie and Cassy Turnbull<br />

General Committee: Katherine Arnold and Melissa<br />

McConville<br />

If you would like to join the Committee to help make our<br />

Centre even better, pop along to one of our meetings and see<br />

what it’s all about. Meetings are generally held on the first<br />

Adjacent Lone Pine Chapel, Robertson Barracks<br />

email: robertsonbarracksfamilygroup@gmail.com | Contact: 0490 151 944<br />

Wednesday evening of each month – keep an eye out on the<br />

RBFG Facebook page for further details!<br />

Samantha Maloney<br />

Centre Coordinator | Robertson Barracks Family Group<br />

What’s on each week<br />

at the RBFG centre<br />

Mondays<br />

9–10am<br />

10am–12pm<br />

Fit for Robbo group workout<br />

Coffee & Cake<br />

Every second Tuesday<br />

5–7pm<br />

Fridays<br />

8.30am–12.30pm<br />

Kids Club (for ages 1–12 years)<br />

0–5s Playgroup<br />

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Support | DVA<br />

Department of Veterans' Affairs<br />

Looking after<br />

yourself and<br />

others over<br />

Christmas<br />

Christmas is a time of bonding with friends and family<br />

and creating memories. For most, this time of year<br />

brings joy, although, we understand it can be a tough time<br />

for others. Especially if you are away from family and loved<br />

ones. This year has been an unpredictable and testing time<br />

with bushfires, floods and COVID-19. All of Australia’s first<br />

responders have been working hard to ensure the safety of<br />

the population. To all the Australian Defence Force members<br />

who have assisted with these events – we thank you<br />

for your service.<br />

If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that as a nation we<br />

a resilient and adaptable. Finding new ways to connect with<br />

others socially and emotionally without physically seeing<br />

each other. It is important that you look after your mental<br />

health during the Christmas period, maintaining contact with<br />

family and friends. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help<br />

you stay positive and always reach out for support when you<br />

need<br />

Give a mate a call or message<br />

them to let them know your<br />

thinking of them<br />

it. Look<br />

out for<br />

your<br />

friends,<br />

neighbours<br />

and colleagues. Give a mate a call or a message to let them<br />

know you are thinking of them. All veterans can access free<br />

mental health care and Open Arms is available 24 hours a<br />

day 7 days a week for veterans and their families.<br />

Families play a critical role in supporting current and<br />

former ADF members, it is vital that they are supported as<br />

well. In addition to Open Arms services, DVA and Phoenix<br />

Australia have developed a series of booklets which can<br />

be a useful resource to assist loved ones in understanding<br />

trauma. <strong>The</strong> series is called “Coping with trauma in a<br />

military family”. <strong>The</strong> series includes 5 booklets specifically<br />

designed to assist children, teenagers, parents and partners<br />

of loved ones. You can download the books though<br />

the Open Arms website (https://www.openarms.gov.au/<br />

resources/publications/mental-health-booklets).<br />

If you are posting out of the Territory in 2020, we encourage<br />

you to get in contact with your local veteran or defence<br />

family community group in your new town. DVA is accessible<br />

in most major towns with Veteran Support Officers<br />

located on more than 50 bases around Australia. If you<br />

would like to book an appointment on base you can email<br />

VSO@dva.gov.au or contact DVA on 1800 VETERAN (1800<br />

838 372).<br />

From everyone in the Darwin DVA team, we would like<br />

to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. <strong>The</strong><br />

DVA office will be closed over the Christmas period from<br />

the 25th of <strong>December</strong> to the 3rd of <strong>January</strong>. Although some<br />

services will be reduced during this period, we understand<br />

it is crucial that the veteran community still have support.<br />

Contact 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372) for further information.<br />

Jacqueline Cleghorn<br />

Community Support Advisor | Department of Veterans’ Affairs<br />

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Department of Veterans' Affairs<br />

Welcom to Darwin from DVA<br />

From all of us at Darwin DVA, we would like to welcome all the new families<br />

to the Northern Territory. We trust that you will have a great time during your<br />

stay. We encourage you to get involved in the community, enjoy the spectacular<br />

landscape and celebrate the unique environment the Territory has to offer.<br />

At the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) we want to make it easier for veterans<br />

and their families to engage with us. In 2017, we started making changes to the way we<br />

do things. We have been listening to you and improving services so we can meet your<br />

needs in a way that suits you.<br />

So far we have been making progress in this multi-year transformation process that<br />

puts veterans and their families at the heart of what we do. To date we have established<br />

a clear direction so clients can have faster and easier access to the services that they<br />

need, when they need them. Implementing changes to the way we operate by introducing<br />

new technology and systems to help staff focus on what matters. Although we<br />

are proud of what we have achieved, there is still a way to go. We want to support the<br />

wellbeing and success of veterans and their families in every way we can.<br />

When you transition from the ADF, we now send you a Veteran White Card automatically.<br />

Anyone with a single day of full-time service can also access free mental health care<br />

through DVA. In addition, Reservist who have been involved with disaster relief service,<br />

border protection service or involvement in a serious service-related training accident<br />

may also have access to funded mental health care.<br />

In the Territory, you can access DVA in a variety of ways. We are making it easier for<br />

you to connect with us online using MyService or calling us on 1800 VETERAN (1800<br />

838 372). Our Veteran Support Officers are located on all bases in Darwin and Tindal.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y can help you work out what benefits and entitlements you can apply for. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

are available to offer you support and guidance. <strong>The</strong>y can also help you prepare for life<br />

after service by submitting claims before you leave the ADF. For an appointment, send<br />

an email to vso@dva.gov.au.<br />

Throughout 2020, we have all faced many challenges and quickly adapted to new<br />

ways of living. We acknowledge the sacrifice and hard work of the Australian Defence<br />

Force (ADF) throughout the year. We would like to thank those ADF members and their<br />

families for their service. As we move into a new year stronger as a community, we hope<br />

you embrace everything the Territory has to offer in <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

If you have any questions about your transition, or any entitlements you may be<br />

eligible for or even suggestions on what veteran support services are available in your<br />

local area call DVA on 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372).<br />

Meghan Bailey<br />

Deputy Commissioner NT | Department of Veterans’ Affairs<br />

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<br />

“Continuing to support Defence staff by providing an honest<br />

professional service in a language that can be understood”<br />

MARK WINN formerly at<br />

RAAF BASE SERVICE STATION<br />

PHONE: 8981 4630<br />

FAX: 8941 2124 PO Box 39872 WINNELLIE 0821<br />

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What’s the Tide Doin’<br />

NORTH COAST – DARWIN 2020<br />

TIMES AND HEIGHTS OF HIGH AND LOW WATERS | TIME ZONE – 0930<br />

<strong>December</strong> <strong>January</strong><br />

HuntingRegular<br />

You may need a permit<br />

to hunt in the NT.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are two types of hunting permits available:<br />

• pig hunting permit for reserves<br />

• waterfowl hunting permit.<br />

Animals you can hunt<br />

<strong>The</strong> above permits allow you to legally hunt feral pigs on nominated<br />

reserves and the following waterfowl during the declared<br />

season:<br />

• magpie geese<br />

• grey teal duck<br />

• pink-eared duck<br />

• hardhead duck - also called white-eye duck<br />

• maned duck - also called wood duck<br />

• wandering whistle duck - also called water whistle duck<br />

• plumed whistle duck - also called grass whistle duck<br />

• pacific black duck.<br />

Hunting rules<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are restrictions about where and when you can hunt<br />

for these animals. You should learn the rules about hunting<br />

practices in the NT, including which guns you can use. please<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bureau of Meteorology gives no warranty of any kind whether express, implied, statutory or<br />

otherwise in respect to the availability, accuracy, currency, completeness, quality or reliability of the<br />

information or that the information will be fit for any particular purpose or will not infringe any third party<br />

Intellectual Property rights. <strong>The</strong> Bureau's liability for any loss, damage, cost or expense resulting from use<br />

of, or reliance on, the information is entirely excluded. Tidal predictions for Northern Territory Ports are<br />

supplied by the National Tidal Centre of the Bureau of Meteorology, copyright reserved.<br />

© Copyright Commonwealth of Australia 2016 represented by the Bureau of Meteorology<br />

visit the websie below for further information.<br />

https://nt.gov.au/leisure/<br />

hunting-and-shooting<br />

Moon Symbols New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter<br />

Tides provided with permission of NT Government, Department of Transport<br />

https://nt.gov.au/marine/for-all-harbour-and-boat-users/check-the-tides/tidal-information-nt-ports<br />

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Regular<br />

Doctor's Notes<br />

Christmas <strong>Edition</strong><br />

It’s almost that time of the year again and so<br />

I thought I would write a Christmas themed<br />

special edition of the doctor’s notes.<br />

To start with, there’s Christmas Disease. Sounds okay, right?<br />

Unfortunately — like all other diseases — there’s nothing very<br />

merry about it. It’s a type of haemophilia, a rare genetic bleeding<br />

disorder. It can even be fatal. So why is it called Christmas<br />

Disease then? Well, nothing to do with Christmas Day, it’s named<br />

after the doctor who described it — Dr Stephen Christmas.<br />

someone with a<br />

vivid imagination<br />

once said the<br />

rash looked like a<br />

christmas tree....<br />

Next up is the so-called<br />

Christmas Tree Rash of a skin<br />

condition called Pityriasis<br />

Rosea. It’s a harmless viral<br />

rash that is fairly common in<br />

teenagers and young adults.<br />

Again, nothing really to do<br />

with Christmas — someone<br />

with a very vivid imagination<br />

once said the rash looked like a Christmas tree (I’ve never<br />

been able to see it), and it’s been a permanent fixture in medical<br />

textbooks ever since.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n there’s the Christmas Study, a large clinical trial<br />

of heart failure patients published in the year 2000.<br />

What does it have to do with Christmas? Again, nothing.<br />

<strong>The</strong> authors somehow made Christmas out of the title<br />

— Carvedilol Hibernation Reversible ISchaemia Trial,<br />

MArker of Success.<br />

Finally, there’s Santa Clause. He’s not doing too bad<br />

for a guy who’s at least 180 years old and he’s got doctors<br />

baffled how he does it. So much so, he’s even been<br />

the subject of at least two medical research papers.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first article I came across was in the British Medical<br />

Journal published in 2009 called “Santa Claus: A Public<br />

Health Pariah?”. This basically talks about how Santa’s<br />

habits and lifestyle make him a not very good medical<br />

role model. <strong>The</strong> other article I found was published<br />

in 2017 in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-term<br />

Care Medicine (JAMDA) called “Is it time to retire Santa<br />

Claus?”. Again, not the type of thing you want to read<br />

to put you in the spirit of Christmas. I have included<br />

their diagram from the article where they’ve tried to<br />

represent all of Santa’s potential health issues.<br />

So, there you have it, the connection between<br />

medicine and Christmas isn’t a strong<br />

one, and is mostly pretty miserable.<br />

On that note, I wish you all a merry<br />

and healthy Christmas, hopefully spent<br />

with friends and family, and have a<br />

safe and happy holiday season. Merry<br />

Christmas everyone!<br />

Dr Andrew Flint<br />

Medical Officer | HMAS Coonawarra<br />

diagram from the<br />

article where they’ve<br />

tried to represent all<br />

of Santa’s potential<br />

health issues.<br />

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Regular<br />

Regular<br />

Pets in the NT<br />

For residents living within the Darwin,<br />

Palmerston and Katherine Municipality, dog<br />

registration must be applied for within one<br />

(1) month of arriving and/or over three (3)<br />

months of age then renewed annually. Cats<br />

do not need to be registered in Palmerston<br />

or Katherine.<br />

You can register your pet at your local council, via online<br />

registration forms or check their individual website for<br />

other options. <strong>The</strong>re are a number of microchip registries<br />

in Australia, so it is important to find out which one your<br />

pet belongs to. Microchip details must also be provided to<br />

Council as part of the registration. Ensure you contact the<br />

microchip company to update your new contact details.<br />

When registering you will need to provide information as<br />

to whether the animal has been desexed. Ensure you have<br />

the desexed certificates available as well as the microchip<br />

information as you may be eligible<br />

for a discount or concession. It is also<br />

worth asking whether defence members<br />

receive a discount, as some<br />

councils will apply a further discount<br />

or concession upon ID being shown.<br />

When you register your dog or<br />

cat for the first time you may receive<br />

an information package which outlines<br />

registration conditions and your responsibilities as<br />

an owner.<br />

• To register your animal you commit to practising<br />

responsible pet ownership by -<br />

• Managing your animal to prevent noise nuisance<br />

• Taking appropriate steps should verified complaints<br />

be made<br />

• Meeting the requirements for your animals health<br />

and well-being<br />

• Providing continued physical and mental exercise<br />

and stimulation for my animals<br />

• Walking your animals on a leash<br />

• Educating your family to care for the animal<br />

• Keeping your animals vaccinations up to date<br />

You will need to<br />

provide information<br />

as to whether the<br />

animal has been<br />

desexed...<br />

• Watching your animal when in the presence of<br />

children or strangers<br />

• Collecting faeces and dispose of in a sanitary<br />

manner<br />

• Continuing the training and socialisation process<br />

• Ensuring your animal is appropriately contained.<br />

Please ensure you read your local<br />

council animal managment policies<br />

You must renew your pet registration every year by 1<br />

September. Typically, you will receive a notice 1 month prior.<br />

Some councils will work out a Pro-Rata rate if registering<br />

after the 30 November.<br />

Different states and territories have different laws and<br />

Council requirements please ensure you read your local<br />

council animal management policies. For prices of registration<br />

and further information, please visit the council’s<br />

website for your area listed below:<br />

For more information contact your local council and<br />

visit their website<br />

• www.darwin.nt.gov.au<br />

• https://www.palmerston.nt.gov.au/live/<br />

animals/registration<br />

• https://www.katherine.nt.gov.au/<br />

By Denna Menz<br />

Community Co-Ordinator for <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong><br />

Bella - Best friend for humans<br />

DECEMBER/JANUARY <strong>2021</strong> 31


Feature<br />

12 Relocation Hacks<br />

So, it’s that time of the year again when some of us are packing our homes<br />

and relocating! Although it can be a stressful time, we have pulled together<br />

a number of ‘relocation hacks’ to make life a lot easier during the transition!<br />

1 SAFE PLACE – it’s a great idea to book an extra night of accommodation at your own<br />

cost the night before pre-pack to allow enough time to wash bedlinen and towels prior to<br />

uplift. This also provides an opportunity to remove all items that will travel with you to avoid<br />

packing your necessities.<br />

2. DECLUTTER – this is a very basic relocation hack; however, it can be a good reminder<br />

before arriving in your new location without loads of clutter to unpack. Try selling some things<br />

or donate to an Op Shop in the lead up to your removal. Not only will you have less things to<br />

unpack, but it is also good for your wellbeing to have less clutter in your home. If you can’t<br />

part with things prior to your removal, dedicate a couple of boxes and clearly label with ‘clutter’<br />

to give you time to sort out in your new location. Officeworks sell small shredders for your<br />

personal papers or you can utilise their shredding service at the Copy Counter for a small fee.<br />

3. PREVENT MOULD – when moving appliances, it always helps to store a dry toilet roll<br />

in each compartment to help reduce mould during storage and transportation. Even in mild<br />

locations, shipping containers provide the perfect conditions to grow mould – dark and stuffy.<br />

4. HOUSE TOUR – prior to commencing any pre-packing or removal, it’s a great idea to<br />

conduct a house tour for the removal team to explain anything that they need to know. This<br />

is a perfect opportunity to identify anything you do not want packed (ie; your lunch or handbag<br />

– it has happened) or to point out any items that require extra special care (ie; canvas<br />

paintings, antiques etc).<br />

5. COLOUR CODING - it’s a super smart strategy to colour code your rooms and boxes<br />

to make unpacking a breeze. Simply select a different coloured tape for each room and label<br />

boxes as the removalists pack. You can also put tape on furniture to help the unpack team in<br />

your new location. To simply the process even further, count the number of boxes for each<br />

colour code to ensure that each box is accounted for when being unloaded from the truck.<br />

This is much easier than searching for labels and gives your unpack team a clear idea of which<br />

boxes need to go to which room.<br />

6. PERSONAL DOCUMENTS – It may sound like a simple “hack” but keeping your personal<br />

documents in a brightly coloured, hard carry case can significantly reduce stress during<br />

the removal and while traveling to your new location. This carry case can be used to store<br />

important personal documents (passports, birth certificates, insurance policies), movement<br />

plan letter, boarding passes etc.<br />

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7. RESEARCH – take some time to research the location of houses in relation to public<br />

transport, busy roadways, parks, shopping centres, beaches, schools and employment opportunities.<br />

Although you may like the look or floorplan of a property, it may not suit you for a<br />

number of reasons when you arrive in location. To save yourself a lot of time and stress, make<br />

sure to look at whether your next home is going to suit your lifestyle. <strong>The</strong> size and design of<br />

roads on Google maps provides a good insight into traffic expectations and whether you are<br />

living on a thoroughfare or quiet location.<br />

8. TEMPORARY TABLES – when you opt for the unpack option with your removal company,<br />

they are only contracted to unpack all items to a flat surface. Unless your alter-ego is<br />

“superwoman”, your ability to keep up with their unpacking and put everything away before<br />

bedtime is a little bit hopeful. If you are like most of us who require a few days to fully unpack,<br />

consider the option of a couple of foldable tables that can be used for unpacking. This also<br />

helps to keep your dining table and bench space uncluttered and clear for everyday use. Ask<br />

the removalists to place the tables in the truck last to ensure they are first off the truck in your<br />

new location.<br />

9. “FIRST NIGHT” BOX – it is such a simple idea, but packing yourself a “first night box”<br />

will help to make your first night in your new home a lot more comfortable and familiar for you<br />

and your family while you take some time to unpack everything else. This relocation hack can<br />

be especially helpful when relocating alone with children. Not sure what to pack in the “first<br />

night box”, consider; bed linen, electric blankets, towels, tea towel, mugs, kettle, tea/coffee/<br />

sugar, some bowls and cutlery, dishwashing liquid, laundry powder, cleaning products, toilet<br />

paper. Label this box with bright tape and place it on the truck last to ensure that it comes off<br />

first and you can find it easily when you need it.<br />

10. TASK LIST – As soon as you find out about your relocation, create a task list of everything<br />

that needs to be done beforehand (such as; school research, DHA tasks, redirecting mail,<br />

returning library books etc.) to avoid last minute rushing and stress. <strong>The</strong> last few days before<br />

uplift can become a blur with things to do, so having a list will keep you organised well in<br />

advance and keep you on track for a stress-free relocation.<br />

11. GROUPING – for ease of unpacking and staying organised, it helps to move “like”<br />

things together like artworks and kitchen utensils. Without grouping things together, you may<br />

find that you have a number of boxes with a random assortment of items thrown in amongst<br />

a significant amount of packing paper. This tip is also highly effective when wrapping cutlery<br />

and utensils in Cling Wrap or placing utensils in a large plastic container to keep them together.<br />

And that messy drawer? Place in a basket, container or plastic bag to sort out at a later stage<br />

instead of fishing around for random items lying at the bottom of a box.<br />

12. SURVIVAL KIT – if you’re traveling by road to your new location, it’s a smart idea to<br />

pack a ‘survival kit’ filled with random things that could be extremely useful in an emergency<br />

or inconvenient situation. You could include things like; headlamp, batteries, paper clips,<br />

twine, scissors, notebook, sewing kit, permanent marker, tape, tissues, mirror, lighter, earplugs,<br />

superglue etc. It may sound ridiculous, but you never know when you might need to channel<br />

your inner MacGyver if you ever become stranded somewhere in the middle of Australia.<br />

Wherever you are going and<br />

whatever adventures await you, we<br />

wish you safe and happy travels over<br />

the silly season.<br />

By Deb Herring<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Committee Member<br />

Please feel free to send your ideas and feedback<br />

about relocations to: admin@thetopendermagazine.<br />

org.au<br />

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Feature – Support<br />

Defence Dandelions<br />

NT Playgroups<br />

Defence Dandelions Playgroup runs at Playgroup House<br />

during the school term on Thursday mornings from 09:30<br />

to 11:30 on the corner of McMillans Road and Marrara<br />

Drive, Marrara (next to Darwin Toy Library).<br />

Parenting is a significant and challenging experience for many. Throw in the<br />

demands of being a Defence family - often far away from the support of<br />

family and friends and with a partner who goes away regularly, sometimes with<br />

little contact and for long periods of time, and a whole range of other unique<br />

circumstances – and it is easy to understand why it is a struggle. Caring for<br />

babies and children who are under school age can be an isolating experience,<br />

so the Playgroup Association of the Northern Territory exists to connect and<br />

support families with children aged 0-5 years.<br />

Defence Dandelion Playgroup is a peer support<br />

group for family wellbeing (particularly those families<br />

experiencing PND, PTSD, Anxiety and/or Depression,<br />

however no diagnosis is necessary). It is a safe space<br />

where Defence families are invited to enjoy a cuppa<br />

while the kids play happily in our amazing, newly<br />

renovated space. We have a large outdoor area with a sandpit and playground<br />

where we often set up messy and water play activities to cool down in the<br />

steamy Darwin weather. Inside we have a comfortable area with lounges and<br />

carpet for babies to kick around on while the bigger kids enjoy the playroom<br />

which is filled with toys, books, dress- ups, and a home corner, and the highly<br />

popular play gym featuring soft gym flooring, padding on the walls and obstacle<br />

courses set up to burn all that energy in airconditioned comfort.<br />

Playgroups are relaxed sessions where parents, caregivers and children can<br />

socialise and learn through play in<br />

a fun environment. Each week we<br />

love planning themes and activities to<br />

provide an enriching playgroup experience<br />

for our members and to foster<br />

a safe, caring community space where we can support each other. Jess and<br />

Frances facilitate these playgroup sessions and as Defence spouses themselves,<br />

understand the unique circumstances faced by Defence families.<br />

If Defence Dandelions is not the most suitable playgroup for you, Playgroup<br />

NT have many other programs, from relaxed community playgroups that are run<br />

by volunteer parents or caregivers, to playgroups specific to families with special<br />

needs, those who are culturally and linguistically diverse, and those with post-natal<br />

depression and/or anxiety. <strong>The</strong>se playgroups are run at various locations around<br />

Darwin, Palmerston, and the rural area, and we also support playgroups run by other<br />

organisations, such as those specific to Defence families, including the Larrakeyah<br />

Neighbourhood House, Robertson Barracks Family Group, and Network Tindal.<br />

Frances Cummings<br />

Defence Community Support Coordinator at Playgroup NT<br />

it can be an<br />

isolating<br />

experience<br />

peer support group<br />

for family well being<br />

Children's Water Play - Defence Dandelions<br />

Contact information:<br />

If you are interested in attending or<br />

would like further information please<br />

contact Frances<br />

Email: defence@playgroupnt.com.au,<br />

Phone: (08) 8945 7775<br />

Facebook Contact “Defence-Dandelions<br />

Playgroup”<br />

or join Defence Dandelions Playgroup<br />

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Regular<br />

Know the Territory<br />

Know Watch the Territory<br />

Out!<br />

Watch Out! Two Insects<br />

Regular<br />

Thank you to the Department of Health for supplying the calendars of the Salt Marsh Mosquitoes and Biting Midge.<br />

For more information on either of these pests, visit the Department of Health’s website referenced below.<br />

osquito - <strong>The</strong> highest risk period for the below<br />

Salt Marsh Mosquito Mviruses in the <strong>Top</strong> End is <strong>December</strong> and <strong>January</strong>.<br />

Aedes vigilax can transmit Ross River and Barmah Forest<br />

virus. Older mosquitoes present at the tail ends of the highest<br />

pest periods pose a higher potential risk for Ross River virus<br />

transmission, as they have had more time to acquire the<br />

virus from animal reservoirs.<br />

Mangrove biting midge abundance is usually highest 3<br />

days either side of the full moon and to a lesser extent<br />

3 days either side of the new moon. Relatively low numbers<br />

occur during the wet season, with an increase from April to<br />

July. Highest numbers occur between August and <strong>December</strong>,<br />

coinciding with the increase in high tide levels each month<br />

during this period. Biting Midges (culicoides ornatus) are most<br />

active in the 2 hour period before and after sunrise and sunset.<br />

MAKE LEARNING<br />

AN ADVENTURE<br />

FOR YOUR CHILD.<br />

IT’S THE<br />

ESSINGTON WAY.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Essington School has delivered<br />

unrivalled academic success and inspired<br />

learning to Darwin families for over 30 years.<br />

Personal protection<br />

• Personal protection, such as full-length trousers, longsleeved<br />

shirts, socks and shoes.<br />

• socks and shoes,<br />

• insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin or PMD<br />

(extract of lemon eucalyptus - at a minimum concentration<br />

of 30%) is needed to provide<br />

• Protection is also provided by mosquito lanterns and<br />

electric plug in devices, Barrier sprays near outdoor<br />

patio or recreation areas applied to screening shrubs<br />

and external walls and fences up to 2m high can also<br />

offer very good protection for extended periods. protection<br />

from salt marsh mosquitoes.<br />

Biting Midges<br />

Join our vibrant community in <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Defence families are a very important and<br />

dynamic part of Essington and we heartily<br />

welcome students from Defence families<br />

into our school.<br />

Global thinking, Territory spirit.<br />

All years enrolling now.<br />

enrolments@essington.nt.edu.au<br />

08 8985 0100<br />

essington.nt.edu.au<br />

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/11382 https://hdl.handle.net/10137/11459<br />

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/11453 https://hdl.handle.net/10137/11460<br />

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From the<br />

Padre’s Pen<br />

This time of year in the <strong>Top</strong> End there is a lot of talk about ‘the build-up’.<br />

I like to go to the gym at lunch time. Some days I’m just too busy but<br />

I feel guilty about it all afternoon. I like to phone my kids every other day.<br />

Sometimes I forget and do I feel guilty about it.<br />

Sadly we still live in a world where mums are meant to be super<br />

human. Have a career, be the world’s greatest mum, perfect spouse<br />

and lover. But if one of the kids get sick and they have to leave work<br />

early, they feel guilty. Many of us are often live with feelings of failure, a<br />

build-up of guilt, not living up to some self-imposed ideal.<br />

We are often assaulted with internal noise in our heads; the build-up<br />

of guilt screaming at us!<br />

In his book “Cut the Noise” author Chris Helder shares the idea of only<br />

allowing yourself the luxury of ‘ten second of guilt’. Guilt is not useful. All<br />

we do is become so much less effective in what we are trying to do right<br />

now. We’re often trapped in a vicious cycle: playing with the kids but<br />

thinking about work; at work feeling guilty about a missed appointment;<br />

spending money you don’t have trying to impress people who are not<br />

important in your life or feeling guilty about lying to someone so you<br />

could just have 15 minutes to yourself.<br />

Get rid of guilt and we’ll all be so much more effective at home, at<br />

work, in everything we are doing. If someone has intentionally done<br />

something wrong or bad it is important for them to feel guilt to learn a<br />

lesson but there is a point where it is no longer useful to continue to beat<br />

yourself up. Helder says “If guilt relates to one of two critical situations<br />

then we should use the ‘10 Seconds of Guilt” technique and move on.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Two Critical Situations<br />

1. Feeling Guilty about something we Cannot Change<br />

For example: If you are on a business trip there is no sense in feeling<br />

guilty about not being home. You are not at home. Nothing will get you<br />

home. Have your 10 Seconds of Guilt – AND MOVE ON! Focus on the<br />

task at hand. Feeling guilty doesn’t help anyone. It doesn’t help your<br />

family and it doesn’t help your employer.<br />

2. Feeling Guilty about failing to be Perfect<br />

We can often feel guilty about our failure to meet an unrealistic standards<br />

based on the idea that we should be perfect. It’s not normal to be perfect.<br />

It is human to make mistakes. It is human to have imperfections.<br />

I love the John Legend song: “All of me, loves all of you, all your curves<br />

and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections….”<br />

We all have perfect imperfections. Get rid of guilt. Many people think the<br />

Bible is all about making you feel guilty. <strong>The</strong> total opposite is true. John<br />

3:17 says “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the<br />

world, but that the world through Him might be saved”. Romans 8:1 is<br />

similar, “<strong>The</strong>re is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in<br />

Christ Jesus.”<br />

Chaplain Garth Mayger<br />

S08 | 1 CSSB<br />

<strong>The</strong> Build Up<br />

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Due to alterations in telephone numbers and recent<br />

postings, the updated contact list for Chaplains is given<br />

below.<br />

ADF Chaplains in the NT<br />

Navy On-call: 0409 662 823<br />

Shaun Foster HMAS Coonawarra<br />

Australian Christian Churches 8935 5388<br />

| 0400 514 375<br />

Kelvin Harris Fleet North/ HMAS<br />

Coonawarra Anglican 8935 5183 | 0457<br />

712 743<br />

Army On-call: 0427 713 963<br />

James Hall 8/12 Anglican<br />

8925 2457 | 0429 345 167<br />

Piotr Kowalczyk Regional Support,<br />

Roman Catholic 8925 2662 | 0409 778<br />

462<br />

Chris Lindsay 1 CER Presbyterian<br />

8925 6414 | 0418 428 337<br />

Garth Mayger 1 CSSB Roman Catholic<br />

8925 9005 | 0419 869 187<br />

Phil Riley HQ1 BDE Anglican<br />

8925 2018 | 0407 283 050<br />

Ricky Su 5 RAR Baptist<br />

8925 2754 | 0408 684 783<br />

Airforce On-call Darwin:<br />

0477 308 064<br />

Airforce On-call Tindal:<br />

0427 890 054<br />

Mitch Herps RAAF Tindal Anglican<br />

8973 6032 | 0438 493 232<br />

Andrew Knox RAAF Tindal Anglican<br />

8973 6033 | 0457 803 372<br />

Nathan Runham RAAF Darwin<br />

Presbyterian 8923 5015 | 0419 694 178<br />

Angela Stanfield RAAF Darwin<br />

Anglican<br />

8923 5016 | 0417 953 396<br />

All three services provide a 24/7 on-call number for emergencies.<br />

Each unit / Ship / Base has its own chaplain who<br />

can assist. If your chaplain is not available, please contact<br />

the on-call number for your Service. Denominational or<br />

faith-specific ministry can be arranged as required.


Adverorial<br />

Marrara Christian College<br />

and NT Christian College<br />

Alice Kempster<br />

Welcome to<br />

Beautiful Darwin!<br />

We know posting is never easy! !<br />

<strong>The</strong> stress of the move, meeting new people, finding where<br />

the local shops and restaurants are. It’s a lot to take in.<br />

Fortunately, Marrara Christian College and NT Christian College<br />

can take a bit of this stress out of the move.<br />

Meet Alice Kempster, their Defence School Mentor. Alice’s<br />

husband has served for over 20 years, so she certainly knows<br />

the ups and downs that come with being an army wife and<br />

mum. With 4 kids of her own she understands exactly what<br />

it’s like for kids to have to transfer between schools, having to<br />

find their feet and make new friends.<br />

Part of Alice’s work entails assisting and encouraging students<br />

as they transition into their new school, access support<br />

programs and adapt to changes that arise throughout the year<br />

due to parent deployment, training exercises and unaccompanied<br />

postings. She also assists families and helps them integrate<br />

into their new community and transition between schools and<br />

the different education systems.<br />

If you’re looking for a school another stress relief is that<br />

Marrara Christian College and NT Christian College are conveniently<br />

located on one campus, the College accommodates for<br />

children from ELC all the way to Year 12. <strong>The</strong> Early Learning<br />

Centre, Kingdom Kids, is open to enrolment for children from 3<br />

to 5 years of age with convenient operational hours from 7am<br />

to 6pm. In the NT, children begin their full-time schooling in<br />

Transition from 5 years old (must turn 5 before 30th June of<br />

enrolment year). For over 40 years, Marrara Christian College<br />

has provided high quality Christian Education for students from<br />

Transition to Year 9 with NT Christian College being their Senior<br />

Years Education Provider for Years 10-12.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Marrara Campus is centrally located to all Service<br />

Residence locations and close to RAAF Base Darwin and<br />

Robertson Barracks. <strong>The</strong> school bus service is easily accessible<br />

from the Larrakeyah Barracks and HMAS Coonawarra, with<br />

routes that cover Darwin and Palmerston. For those that need<br />

it, there is also Outside School Hours Care services available<br />

after school.<br />

Marrara is also the sporting hub of Darwin with the Marrara<br />

Sporting Complex minutes away. Here you will find everything<br />

from netball, rugby, soccer, athletics, gymnastics and so much<br />

more. Making your child’s after school sports activities easily<br />

accessible from the College.<br />

“Marrara Christian College is a place where young people are<br />

loved, valued, disciplined, encouraged and nurtured throughout<br />

every stage of their education. This is achieved through the provision<br />

of a challenging, broad-based Christian curriculum which<br />

is delivered by dedicated teachers, working in close partnership<br />

with students and their families,” says Principal Joel van Bentum.<br />

Marrara Christian College and NT Christian College are part<br />

of the NT Christian Schools family which have schools in Darwin,<br />

Palmerston, Coolalinga, Alice Springs, Nhulunbuy and Gäwa<br />

and are part of the Christian Education National (CEN) network.<br />

For more information contact Marrara Christian College on<br />

(08) 8920 2000, admin.mcc@ntschools.net or visit mcc.nt.edu.<br />

au or ntcc.nt.edu.au<br />

DECEMBER/JANUARY <strong>2021</strong> 37


Regular<br />

Get a Grip<br />

Pirelli & C. S.p.A. - Pirelli Tyre S.p.A. (2020). DiabloRossoIII [Image].<br />

https://www.pirelli.com/tyres/en- ww/motorcycle/all-tyres/<br />

As we head into the seasonal wet, it’s<br />

probably as good as time as any, to get a<br />

bit more familiar with your most important<br />

part of your motorcycle – your tyres.<br />

Motorcycles are limited by their tyre contact patch size<br />

as this determines how much braking,<br />

accelerating and lean angle, can be<br />

achieved, through two very small rubber<br />

footprints, on the road. Tyre construction is<br />

a critical part of this traction equation, as is<br />

rider input.<br />

Motorcycle Riders must come to terms with the ability<br />

to weight their tyres progressively, by smoothly loading<br />

and unloading their tyres, during normal riding accelerations,<br />

decelerations and cornering. By doing this, they<br />

achieve a better feel for the amount of traction available<br />

on wet or less than perfect surfaces when smooth riding,<br />

is most important. With this understanding,<br />

may come further interest and respect for<br />

these black round rubber hoops, they rely<br />

on when riding.<br />

Tyres are manufactured in a very precise and complex<br />

five-step process, which starts with the sourcing and collection<br />

of the raw materials. From this process extrusion<br />

occurs, where the materials are stretched and blended, into<br />

plies. Plies of different materials, which can be a mixture<br />

of polyester, aramid, kevlar and steel, are belted, to make<br />

up your tyres skeleton. <strong>The</strong> skeleton or carcass stretches<br />

circumferentially around the tyre and from either sides,<br />

bead. <strong>The</strong> bead of the tyre, is the inner most flange of the<br />

tyre, where it seats against the rim.<br />

Manufactured by numerous manufacturers, who are<br />

highly secretive about the proportions of natural (milky<br />

white latex) and synthetic rubber blends, they use which<br />

are further mixed with carbon (durability and colour), Sulfur<br />

(for tyre hardening) and Silica (for wet grip), to support the<br />

tyres intended purpose. <strong>The</strong> tyres are then cured, by heating,<br />

moulded to form the required tyre shape and profile, before<br />

lastly cooling. From this mostly mechanised production<br />

line process, workers then inspect the tyres to check for<br />

manufacturing flaws. We trust our faith in “grip”, to these<br />

individuals and their attention to detail.<br />

"windows to<br />

our motorcycles<br />

soul"<br />

As you have probably guessed, tyres are<br />

a science within themselves. For us average<br />

punters though, checking that they<br />

are still attached and pumping them up<br />

every now and then is about as far as<br />

our interest goes. For those that wish to understand their<br />

motorcycles more, tyres really can be the windows to our<br />

motorcycles soul, so to speak. <strong>The</strong>y can tell us so much<br />

about our riding ability and riding habits, if we listen. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

give us insight into the condition of our machines suspension<br />

and the type of riding we like to do. <strong>The</strong>y will also tell<br />

us if we have made a correct tyre choice or are we just<br />

throwing precious money away.<br />

We trust our faith<br />

in ''Grip"<br />

Several things are true with tyres. Choose<br />

the best tyres you can afford that suits<br />

your machine, your intended riding style<br />

and climate. Choose those tyres that match your existing<br />

front tyre choice also. As most rear tyres are changed twice<br />

as often as the front. Check your tyre pressures regularly<br />

and look for any signs of physical damage, such as bulging<br />

at the sidewall (the side of the tyre where all the writing is<br />

located), cracks inside the sipes (the grooves in your tyre<br />

profile) cuts and screws or other foreign objects embedded<br />

in the casing. Make sure you have more than 1.5mm of<br />

tread available at the most worn position of the tyre. And<br />

lastly, remember to allow your tyres to warm up and grip<br />

the road, to get a grip.<br />

Check your GRIP and Ride safely!<br />

Grom<br />

38 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated


Cat Association NT<br />

(C.A.NT)<br />

Advertorial<br />

Girls at the Cat Show<br />

Girls at the Cat Show<br />

Early 2018 we posted with our family to<br />

Darwin, welcomed by cyclone Marcus and<br />

the lovely wet season. <strong>The</strong> children started<br />

their new school and their afterschool<br />

activities. Our eldest daughter struggled<br />

a bit with making new friends and fitting<br />

in, she begged us for a cat. For a while we<br />

hesitated and then her desire for a cat was<br />

answered.<br />

We extended our family with one of the many rescue<br />

cats from Darwin, and it did not take long before one<br />

cat became two cats - there are so many rescue cats in<br />

need of a good loving home. Later the same year, our eldest<br />

daughter heard about a cat show coming up on the TV. I<br />

was convinced that this was nothing for our moggies. How<br />

wrong I was.<br />

After a phone call to the Cat Association NT (CANT) I<br />

found out that domestic cats are welcome in shows and, as<br />

it turned out, our rescue moggies were good show material.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first show we entered that year was the 50th anniversary<br />

of the club which was judged by our local judge and an<br />

international judge from Germany. Priya did brilliantly with<br />

our cat Lexie. She took home a lot of prizes and she smiled<br />

from ear to ear for about a week after, proudly showing all<br />

her ribbons to the children in her class.<br />

Since then we have been an active member of CANT,<br />

both our girls show our two cats and it is an affordable and<br />

enjoyable family outing. <strong>The</strong> CANT has normally 4 onsite<br />

shows a year and some virtual. <strong>The</strong> members are very<br />

welcoming and there are all sorts of cats and cat people.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are various purebreds entered in the show as well<br />

as domestic cats. <strong>The</strong>re are owners that just like having a<br />

cat, to purebred breeders and cat enthusiasts.<br />

We thoroughly enjoy it as a family outing; the kids have<br />

to take responsibility for their pet and get to play with other<br />

children that love cats. Mum and dad get to have a chat<br />

with people, lend a hand where needed and share a cuppa.<br />

It has helped my girls to settle in and to do something<br />

they now absolutely love, be successful at and connect<br />

with others. I highly encourage anyone who has a cat to<br />

be involved in and support this organisation as a means<br />

of both socialisation and club involvement. Find CANT on<br />

Facebook as Cat Association Northern Territory or at www.<br />

cant.asn.au<br />

By Petra Bookall<br />

CANT Committee Member<br />

www.cant.asn.au<br />

Cat Associaon Northern Territory<br />

0447373659<br />

Cat show open to public<br />

21 March <strong>2021</strong><br />

23 May <strong>2021</strong><br />

Everyone welcome<br />

DECEMBER/JANUARY <strong>2021</strong> 39


Community<br />

Hero Quilts & Laundry bags<br />

Putting the final touches on the Rising<br />

Bev putting the final touches on<br />

Supporting our troops abroad one stitch at a time<br />

Husband and wife team - Bev and Geoff Coates have been actively involved<br />

in supporting our troops since 2011 when Bev first learnt of the ‘Aussie Hero<br />

Quilts (and Laundry Bags)’ cause. My partner received a customised laundry<br />

bag from Bev and Geoff on his recent deployment, so I decided to contact<br />

them to find a bit more about their support for the Defence community.<br />

AHQ started out small in 2011, with a quilting group sewing several laundry<br />

bags for a deployed Defence member and his team in Afghanistan to add a<br />

little Christmas cheer. <strong>The</strong> group also decided at the time to sew a number of<br />

quilts to help keep the troops warm in the subzero winter temperatures. From<br />

there it grew and today has many contributors like Bev and Geoff volunteering<br />

their time, materials and expertise to the cause.<br />

Geoff knew firsthand the challenges service personnel face when being<br />

Volunteer their time and expertise to<br />

produce intricately designed laundry<br />

bags and quilts<br />

away from their home and families, having been conscripted into compulsory<br />

national service in 1966. Bev and Geoff decided to volunteer their time and<br />

expertise to produce intricately designed laundry bags and quilts as a way of<br />

saying thank you to our deployed Service men and women. <strong>The</strong>y own and<br />

run Mulberry Lane Quilting and Crafts located in Kangaroo Flat, Victoria, specialising<br />

in quilt kits and stock everything required for patchwork and quilting<br />

projects, including a wonderful collection of colourful and patterned fabrics.<br />

Both talented quilters, Geoff has been quilting for over 18 years, specialising<br />

in custom quilting and long arm quilting.<br />

Numbers of completed laundry bags and quilts sent to deployed Defence<br />

members are many and they enjoy the challenge of every request. Both in<br />

their 70’s, they intend to continue volunteering and sharing their expertise for<br />

as long as possible.<br />

This year alone, AHQ have sent around<br />

1,200 quilts and 3,300 laundry bags to<br />

our troops, thanks to wonderful talented<br />

volunteers like Bev and Geoff.<br />

• For more information on<br />

Bev and Geoff’s quilting visit<br />

www.mulberrylanequilting.com.<br />

au<br />

• For more information on Aussie<br />

Hero Quilts (and Laundry Bags)<br />

visit https://aussieheroquilts.blogspot.com<br />

By Deb Muir<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Committee Member<br />

40 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated<br />

Geoff Operating the Long Arm Quilting Machine


Advertorial<br />

Luke Gosling<br />

<strong>The</strong> Mission - <strong>The</strong> best system of support we can get.<br />

In my life, when I've had<br />

times of difficulty, I always<br />

thought that I needed to<br />

maintain control. I had<br />

responsibilities, so I had<br />

to keep my act together.<br />

But someone once wisely<br />

pointed out that taking<br />

control is seeking help,<br />

because you're then<br />

better able to discharge<br />

your duties and responsibilities.<br />

So, I say to everyone: seek support<br />

when you need it, because that's<br />

what everyone around you who loves<br />

you is hoping that you do, because<br />

they want you to be well. Sadly, for<br />

so many of our ex-servicepeople, that<br />

proves to be out of reach.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re have been 465 reported<br />

suicides of servicepeople between<br />

2001 and 2018, 33 deaths in 2018<br />

alone. And what’s worse is we know<br />

that there are many others who go<br />

unreported.<br />

When it comes to protecting,<br />

supporting, and helping<br />

our veterans, Australia is<br />

losing the war.<br />

As a veteran who’s mates with<br />

hundreds of veterans, and as the<br />

brother, son, and grandson of veterans,<br />

depression and suicide is an<br />

all too familiar story. I really wish it<br />

wasn’t.<br />

That’s why I’m calling for a royal<br />

commission into veteran suicide.<br />

That’s why I’m calling for<br />

a royal commission into<br />

veteran suicide.<br />

We have a problem. And we need<br />

a full royal commission to fix it, to hear<br />

from experts and families, so that the<br />

public understand the suffering of<br />

some – not all, but some – of the<br />

people that have served our nation,<br />

protecting us and our interests, and<br />

to get enforceable recommendations<br />

on how we can prevent these tragic,<br />

avoidable deaths.<br />

I encourage businesses and organisations<br />

to employ veterans, because<br />

of the awesome drive and task focus<br />

of our servicepeople. But it’s true that<br />

some need our help to prepare them<br />

for life after the military, to manage<br />

their mental health and wellbeing, to<br />

heal any injuries, to make sure they’re<br />

fairly compensated, to set them on<br />

new employment pathways, and to<br />

ensure they have stable housing.<br />

Male veterans are 21 per cent more<br />

likely to die by suicide than men generally,<br />

but alarmingly they had a 66<br />

per cent higher suicide rate when<br />

they discharged for medical reasons<br />

compared to men who discharged<br />

voluntarily.<br />

<strong>The</strong> rate of suicide among ex-serving<br />

women is twice as high than the<br />

general female population.<br />

That is appalling and so very sad. It’s<br />

why the work of the Soldier Recovery<br />

Centre and the future Wellbeing<br />

Centre is so important.<br />

With a Royal Commission we have<br />

an opportunity to learn from the<br />

experience of our veterans and their<br />

families, and we can also give the parents<br />

of young Australians considering<br />

serving our country the confidence<br />

that the system has been reviewed<br />

and fixed, and that they’ll be looked<br />

after.<br />

Luke Gosling<br />

<strong>The</strong> rate of suicide among<br />

ex-serving women is twice<br />

as high than the general<br />

female population.<br />

I back the ADF. I back the<br />

Department of Veterans Affairs and<br />

Open Arms. I back ex-service organisations<br />

and acknowledge the significant<br />

work they’ve all done in improving the<br />

systems that help our veterans and<br />

their families.<br />

We’re doing a lot better than we<br />

have in the past, so it’s not all bad.<br />

But the evidence is overwhelming.<br />

Now more than ever, we need a royal<br />

commission to get the best possible<br />

system of resilience and support from<br />

recruiting through to the last post.<br />

Lest we forget.<br />

Luke Gosling<br />

OAM MP is the Federal Member for<br />

Solomon (representing Darwin and<br />

Palmerston)<br />

DECEMBER/JANUARY <strong>2021</strong> 41


GIFT BUDGETING TEMPLATE<br />

Use this simple template to manage your gift budget for Christmas!<br />

Cut between each template and attach to the front of cash envelopes or include in your money wallet.<br />

Manage your gift ideas, money and receipts in one place, year after year!<br />

1)<br />

2)<br />

3)<br />

4)<br />

5)<br />

Recipient Name Age / Interests Budget<br />

$<br />

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Estimated<br />

Cost<br />

Where to Buy Purchased? Spent $ Details<br />

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42 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated


<strong>2021</strong>: New Year = New Budget<br />

Feature<br />

Well, wasn’t 2020 a fun year for<br />

most!?! <strong>The</strong>re were so many unexpected<br />

twists and turns, especially for<br />

anyone who was financially impacted by<br />

COVID-19. Regardless of whether you have<br />

just arrived from interstate or enjoyed the<br />

safety of Darwin throughout the pandemic,<br />

it is likely that your personal circumstances<br />

were impacted in some way.<br />

This is a perfect<br />

time to review your<br />

finances<br />

With the summer holidays behind us and<br />

the new year underway, this is a perfect<br />

time to review your finances and plan for<br />

the year ahead. Budgeting is a simple and<br />

smart strategy to track your outgoings and<br />

minimise the impact of costly surprises<br />

throughout the year. If you haven’t budgeted<br />

using the “bucket” method before, it<br />

may be a good time to review your finances<br />

and include some additional buckets to<br />

reduce financial pressure throughout <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Christmas: wouldn’t it be nice to have<br />

a credit free Christmas? Calculate the<br />

approximate cost of your recent Christmas<br />

spending and divide by the number of pay<br />

checks left until <strong>December</strong>, which could<br />

include; purchasing gifts, groceries, alcohol,<br />

social outings, taxis, cleaners, gardeners,<br />

equipment hire etc. Now is the time to<br />

start budgeting for next Christmas. As an<br />

example; $50 per fortnight is achieveable<br />

and equates to $1300, which is a great step<br />

towards a stress free Christmas!<br />

musical instruments, tutors, stationery,<br />

clothing, shoes, sports club membership<br />

fees, camps or other expenses. This should<br />

reduce any nasty surprises throughout<br />

<strong>2021</strong> and also help with the cost of preparing<br />

your children for school next <strong>January</strong>.<br />

Kids Fun: use this account to deposit a<br />

small amount per pay to cover weekend<br />

fun and school holiday activities, such as;<br />

movies, mini golf and tickets to see the<br />

travelling circus. It can also be used to<br />

cover the costs of organising children’s<br />

birthday parties. It does not need to equate<br />

to much, but it will save you a lot of stress<br />

when the kids are suffering from ‘cabin<br />

fever’ when funds are low!<br />

If you are wondering whether a budget<br />

is only for households with children, you<br />

don’t need a family to work out a clever<br />

savings strategy for <strong>2021</strong>, so you may consider<br />

some of the following ‘buckets’:<br />

Fitness/Wellbeing: if your New Years resolution<br />

included health and fitness goals,<br />

now is the perfect time to start a seperate<br />

Start a seperate<br />

well-being account<br />

wellbeing account. This account can be<br />

used for gym memberships, health insurance,<br />

massages, yoga, fitness equipment<br />

(ie; new fitness clothes and shoes), sports<br />

club fees, dance lessons and anything that<br />

makes you feel good! Self-care is a necessity<br />

and something that you may want to<br />

prioritise in <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

little bit counts and you will be surprised<br />

how quickly you can save some funds for<br />

further education. As an added bonus,<br />

additional training and development will<br />

lead to skills acquisition, increased employability,<br />

promotion opportunities or salary<br />

increases, so it is worth the investment<br />

into your future.<br />

Every little bit<br />

counts and you will<br />

be surprised how<br />

quickly you can<br />

save<br />

Although this budgeting method may seem<br />

trivial and segmented, it is satisfying to<br />

know that you have funds available for<br />

expenses that are often overlooked (ie;<br />

kids bills or fitness). <strong>The</strong>se ideas should be<br />

included as part of your annual household<br />

budget for living expenses. Remember: failing<br />

to plan is planning to fail, so it’s time<br />

to make <strong>2021</strong> your year to prosper and<br />

conquer your financial goals!<br />

Kids Bills: with the cost of starting a new<br />

school year following Christmas and<br />

summer holidays, this account is used for<br />

the cost of education, sports and extra curricular<br />

activities for your children, including;<br />

school/child care fees, uniforms, books,<br />

Professional Development: You may have<br />

plans to study throughout <strong>2021</strong>, however<br />

the upfront costs of professional development<br />

can be prohibitive. If you would like<br />

to start a short course or higher education,<br />

it may help to put some funds aside for<br />

fees, books and other training costs. Every<br />

By Deb Herring<br />

Extracted from article by Deb Herring -<br />

Money <strong>Magazine</strong> Jan 2018 https://www.<br />

moneymag.com.au/money-buckets<br />

DECEMBER/JANUARY <strong>2021</strong> 43


Community<br />

<strong>The</strong> Balancing Act<br />

Photos by Kylie<br />

Life between being a Defence spouse and<br />

following your dreams can be challenging,<br />

however, it is as equally the most rewarding<br />

experience.<br />

My name is Kylie, I am 35 years old and I have always<br />

wanted to pursue a career as a Registered Nurse. My<br />

husband and I have been together since school, almost 20<br />

years now and he has been serving in the Royal Australian<br />

Airforce for the past 17 years. We have welcomed two boys<br />

in this time and he has had two careers in Defence during<br />

this time, so the act of balance has been one of a waiting<br />

"IT WAS FINALLY MY TIME TO<br />

FOLLOW MY LIFELONG DREAM"<br />

game and one of a juggle.<br />

Nevertheless, this was a challenge I was up for. I was at a life<br />

point whereby we had our children; my husband had completed<br />

his second lot of training and it was finally my time to follow<br />

my lifelong dreams. In July 2017 I applied to Charles Darwin<br />

University for the Bachelor of Nursing degree. Merely three days<br />

later I began to study full time. I took on four subjects each<br />

semester whilst running a before school care business, raising<br />

two children and having a husband on a rotating 24-hour shift.<br />

Thus whilst having no family support which I am sure is an all<br />

too familiar story for many spouses.<br />

I always studied overnight and involved my children during<br />

the day or afternoon to still be mum and wife. My little one<br />

enjoyed watching lectures with me and adding his thoughts<br />

into the discussion bar!! He became quite the class clown!<br />

Along with this, I would set up fun craft activities, outdoor play<br />

or homework so we could be together and be productive as<br />

well. <strong>The</strong>re have even been times deadlines have been due<br />

during family holidays. In Singapore I made small sacrifices<br />

while the boys spent time in the pool mummy quickly finished<br />

up an assignment, mind you the view was pretty amazing so<br />

that made it better.<br />

Moving forward I would like to highlight the support I<br />

received from some beautiful people in our community who<br />

are now lifelong friends. In times of exams and placements,<br />

this is when my defence spouse friends offered to take the<br />

children for an hour or two, here and there. Thus enabling<br />

me to be able to commit to my exams or placement subjects<br />

and for my husband to remain at work. This is something I am<br />

forever grateful for because without them there was no time,<br />

they gave me time to do it all.<br />

"late nights and lots of tears of joy<br />

and sadness, However...."<br />

<strong>The</strong>re may have been late nights and lots of tears of joy<br />

and sadness, however, I would not have it any other way,<br />

at any other time. I have been blessed with the support of<br />

friends (our Defence family) and learnt to ask for help when I<br />

needed it. I am happy to say playing a balancing act has paid<br />

off because I finished my final day of University on October<br />

23rd and I will now be a Registered Nurse. If your thinking of<br />

following a dream whether it involves university or not, there<br />

is support in our Defence network. Were all in the same or a<br />

similar situation and I for one will always pay it forward to those<br />

who need support.<br />

By Kylie Kurtz<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Committee member<br />

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CADETS & SCOUTS<br />

O P T I O N S I N T H E N T<br />

A I R F O R C E C A D E T S<br />

Ages 12-16yrs<br />

AAFC 801SQN Darwin<br />

Admin.801sqn@airfocecad<br />

ets.gov.au<br />

A R M Y C A D E T S<br />

Ages 13-17yrs<br />

Armycadets.gov.au<br />

Acc.hqnt@defence.gov.au<br />

1800 800 102<br />

N T P F E S<br />

NT Police Fire and<br />

Emergency<br />

Darwin and Alice Springs<br />

<strong>The</strong> NT Police, Fire and<br />

Emergency Services<br />

(NTPFES) Cadet program is a<br />

two-year program for<br />

students commencing year 11.<br />

https://pfes.nt.gov.au/cadets<br />

Joeys 6-8yrs<br />

Cubs 7.5-11yrs<br />

Scouts 10.5-15yrs<br />

N T S C O U T S<br />

admin@nt.scouts.com.<br />

au<br />

0889480994<br />

1st Darwin Sea are<br />

seeking leaders, please<br />

see advert on page 19<br />

for further details<br />

G I R L G U I D E S<br />

Pre Junior Guides 5-7yrs<br />

Junior Guides 7-10yrs<br />

Guides 10-14yrs<br />

guides@girlguidesnswactnt.org.au<br />

1300 447 548<br />

S T J O H N A M B U L A N C E<br />

Junior 8-11yrs<br />

Cadets +11yrs<br />

Email:<br />

volunterrs@stjohnnt.asn.au<br />

Call (08) 8922 6205<br />

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Regular<br />

Recipes<br />

TRAVEL SNACKS<br />

If the thought of a roadhouse meat pie sends shivers<br />

down your spine, you might benefit from a list<br />

of travel-friendly foods that are easy to transport<br />

and reasonably light on the waistline.<br />

If you are travelling with an esky or car fridge,<br />

you could consider:<br />

• Yoghurt<br />

• Cheese and crackers<br />

• Fresh fruit – apples, kiwi fruit & berries are<br />

easy to eat on the go<br />

• Up & Go (ready to drink cereal)<br />

• Long life milk in small portions<br />

• Portion control/ prepacked deli meats<br />

And if you are NOT travelling with an esky or<br />

car fridge, you could consider:<br />

• Prepacked fruit muffins<br />

• Vegemite scrolls<br />

• Pizza rolls<br />

• Bananas<br />

• Smoothie powder<br />

• Muesli bars<br />

• Portion control cereals<br />

• Dried fruit and nuts, including banana chips<br />

and dried mango<br />

• Cup of noodles / cup of soup<br />

• Tinned spaghetti / baked beans<br />

• Plain croissants<br />

longer than a couple of days<br />

• Pack resealable bags or containers for unused<br />

food<br />

• Consider storage temperatures in your vehicle as<br />

most food will perish in the summer heat<br />

• Check use by dates at the supermarket before<br />

purchasing<br />

• Create a meal plan to ensure that you use fresh<br />

and perishable foods first<br />

• Pack atleast 20 litres of drinking water<br />

In the event that you find yourself staying in motel/<br />

hotel accommodation with limited catering facilities,<br />

you might like to consider the idea of creating a travel<br />

catering pack with cleaning wipes, dishwashing liquid,<br />

sponges, travel cutlery and eating utensils.<br />

By Deb Herring<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Committee Member<br />

Other things to consider:<br />

• Pack a jaffle or toastie machine<br />

• Pack freezer blocks or bottles of water for<br />

freezing<br />

• Look for portion control options to avoid<br />

wastage<br />

• Keep a container in the car for rubbish, then<br />

empty at each stop<br />

• Travel with a food thermometer to ensure<br />

that food is safe to consume<br />

• Avoid traveling with fresh meat and dairy for<br />

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Mini Strawberry Santas<br />

Here is a fantastic recipe to get the kids involved. Enjoy<br />

eating these simple and fun christmsa treats!<br />

Ingredients<br />

• 1 container of strawberries with the tops cut off<br />

• 1 cup of whipping cream<br />

• 1 tablespoon of icing sugar<br />

• 1 Tablespoon of chocolate sprinkles.<br />

Method<br />

1. Cut the hulled-side strawberries so they can stand up<br />

on a plate. Slice the tip off each strawberry to make<br />

the 'hat'; set aside.<br />

2. Beat cream and icing sugar in a glass or bowl until it<br />

becomes soft. Lift your beater or whisk straight up: the<br />

whipped cream will form soft mounds.<br />

3. Spoon a large dollop of whipped cream on top of strawberry<br />

base for the 'face' and 'beard'. Set the 'hat' atop<br />

the 'face'. Add a dot of whipped cream, using a toothpick,<br />

on top of the 'hat' for the 'pom-pom' and 2 dots<br />

on the strawberry base for 'buttons'. Place 2 sprinkles<br />

on the 'face' for 'eyes'.<br />

Contributed by Denna Menz<br />

... For Christmas Day<br />

Kylies Simple Prawn Skewers<br />

Cheats Berry Trifle<br />

Searching the cupboard for something simple and special<br />

to eat on Christmas Day (or any day for that matter)?<br />

Here is a simple recipe that even under 10's can help with.<br />

Ingredients<br />

• Berries or mango (fresh or frozen)<br />

• Meringue (homemade or bought) crumbled Yoghurt,<br />

cream, ice cream, kefir or custard<br />

Method<br />

1. Layer the fruit and whichever milk product you are<br />

using in a tall glass<br />

2. Chill then decorate with whipped cream, fruit and<br />

meringue just before serving.<br />

Contributed by Deborah Muir<br />

Here is a great recipe to tantilise the tastebuds on christmas day or in fact any<br />

time you want to entertain...<br />

Ingredients:<br />

1x Packet of skewers<br />

Dried chilli flakes<br />

Approx. 300g raw prawns (any kind you desire) ¼ cup toasted coconut<br />

2 x limes Salt and pepper<br />

3 x garlic cloves Thai basil to serve<br />

Method<br />

1. Juice the two limes and add to a bowl.<br />

2. Crush the garlic cloves and add to bowl.<br />

3. Peel the prawns and add to the bowl and mix through.<br />

4. In the meantime toast the coconut in a small frypan, set aside.<br />

5. Pierce desired amount onto 1 skewer then repeat until all prawns are used.<br />

6. Place onto a cutting board or plate and sprinkle with chilli and salt and pepper as desired.<br />

7. Cook on BBQ, smoker, coals, fry pan (how you wish) until cooked.<br />

8. Thinly slice the Thai basil.<br />

9. Serve with coconut and Thai basil sprinkled on top. Turn them over if you desire and repeat.<br />

Contributed by Kylie Kurtz<br />

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Changes to the NT Drivers<br />

Licence<br />

Community<br />

From November 2020, the Northern Territory<br />

(NT) driver licence, evidence of age card and all<br />

other occupational authority ID cards issued by<br />

the Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) will change.<br />

All new and replacement cards will have a refreshed<br />

design and added security features. <strong>The</strong> new-look cards<br />

will be sent by post directly to your nominated postal<br />

address from a secure location. You can use your receipt<br />

as your authority to drive for up to 28 days while you<br />

wait for your new card to arrive.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se changes are to help protect Territorians from<br />

identity crime. Cards that will change are:<br />

• Driver licence<br />

• Evidence of age card<br />

• Alcohol Ignition Lock (AIL) driver licence<br />

• Occupational authority ID cards:<br />

o CPV ID card<br />

o DriveSafe ID card<br />

o Oversize load escort ID card<br />

o Oversize load pilot ID card<br />

o Work Zone Traffic Management ID card<br />

o CPV inspector ID card (NTG employees only)<br />

o Transport inspector ID card (NTG employees<br />

only).<br />

Features/changes on the driver licence include:<br />

• card colour<br />

• new security features<br />

• pictograms alongside each licence class to provide<br />

visual identification of the types of vehicles that<br />

may be driven with the class of licence held (aligns<br />

with international design)<br />

• when used overseas, the inclusion of the Australian<br />

and NT flag provides greater recognition that the<br />

licence has been issued by a jurisdiction within<br />

Australia.<br />

Remember you must transfer your interstate or overseas<br />

driver licence within three months of living in the<br />

Northern Territory (NT).<br />

For more information please visit<br />

https://nt.gov.au/news/2020/changes-to-nt-driver-licences-and-photo-id-cards<br />

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In Support of the ADF<br />

R U OK?<br />

´ R U OK? Day Morning Tea<br />

Larrakeyah Defence Precinct and HMAS<br />

Coonawarra held RUOK? DAY for the key focal<br />

point to promote awareness of mental health and<br />

suicide and encourage all ADF members to reach<br />

out to those at risk in their workplace and local<br />

community’s.<br />

RUOK? DAY mission is to inspire and empower<br />

everyone to meaningfully connect with people<br />

around them and support anyone struggling with life.<br />

It’s not always easy to keep the conversation going when<br />

someone says they’re not OK, but it could change a life.<br />

Got a feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t<br />

behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out<br />

of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not<br />

themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on it.<br />

By starting a conversation and commenting on the<br />

changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member,<br />

friend or workmate open up. If they say they are not ok,<br />

you can follow the four conversation steps to show them<br />

they’re supported and help them find strategies to better<br />

manage the load. If they are ok, that person will know<br />

you’re someone who cares enough to ask.<br />

Getting Ready to Ask<br />

Before you can look out for others, you need to look<br />

out for yourself. And that’s ok. If you're not in the right<br />

headspace or you don't think you're the right person to<br />

have the conversation, try to think of someone else in<br />

their support network who could talk to them.<br />

To help you decide whether you’re ready to start a<br />

meaningful conversation, ask yourself:<br />

Am I Ready?<br />

Am I in a Good headspace?<br />

Am I willing to genuinely listen?<br />

Can I give as much time as needed?<br />

Am I Prepared?<br />

Do I understand that if I ask how someone’s going, the<br />

answer could be: “No, I’m not”?<br />

Do I understand that you can’t ‘fix’ someone’s problems?<br />

Do I accept that they might not be ready to talk? Or they<br />

might not want to talk to me?<br />

Picked My Moment?<br />

Have I chosen somewhere relatively private and comfy?<br />

Have I figured out a time that will be good for them to<br />

chat?<br />

Have I made sure I have enough time to chat properly?<br />

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Image Left and Above - R U OK? morning Tea<br />

Supplied by Jimmy Fitzgerald<br />

Don’t judge their experiences or reactions<br />

but acknowledge that things seem tough for<br />

them.<br />

If they need time to think, sit patiently with<br />

the silence.<br />

Encourage them to explain: "How are you<br />

feeling about that?" or "How long have you<br />

felt that way?"<br />

Show that you've listened by repeating back<br />

what you’ve heard (in your own words) and<br />

ask if you have understood them properly.<br />

3. Encourage Action<br />

1. ASK R U OK?<br />

Ask: “What have you done in the past to<br />

Be relaxed, friendly and concerned in your approach.<br />

manage similar situations?”<br />

Help them open up by asking questions like "How are you going?"<br />

Ask: “How would you like me to support<br />

or "What’s been happening?"<br />

you?"<br />

Mention specific things that have made you concerned for them, Ask: “What’s something you can do for<br />

like "You seem less chatty than usual. How are you going?"<br />

yourself right now? Something that’s<br />

enjoyable or relaxing?”<br />

IF<br />

You could say: "When I was going through a<br />

If they don’t want to talk, don’t criticise them.<br />

difficult time, I tried this... You might find it<br />

Tell them you’re still concerned about changes in their behaviour<br />

useful too."<br />

and you care about them.<br />

If they've been feeling really down for more<br />

than 2 weeks, encourage them to see a<br />

Avoid a confrontation.<br />

health professional. You could say, "It might<br />

You could say: “Please call me if you ever want to chat” or “Is be useful to link in with someone who can<br />

there someone else you’d rather talk to?”<br />

support you. I'm happy to assist you to find<br />

the right person to talk to.”<br />

2. Listen with and Open Mind<br />

Be positive about the role of professionals in<br />

Take what they say seriously and don't interrupt or rush the<br />

getting through tough times.<br />

conversation. continued on page 52<br />

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Feature<br />

Regular<br />

In Support of the ADF<br />

continued from page 51<br />

IF THEY NEED EXPERT HELP<br />

Some conversations are too big for family and friends to<br />

take on alone. If someone’s been really low for more than<br />

2 weeks - or is at risk - please contact a professional as<br />

soon as you can.<br />

4. Check In<br />

Stay in touch and be there for them<br />

Pop a reminder in your diary to call them in a couple of<br />

weeks. If they're really struggling, follow up with them<br />

sooner.<br />

You could say: "I've been thinking of you and wanted to<br />

know how you've been going since we last chatted."<br />

Ask if they've found a better way to manage the situation.<br />

If they haven't done anything, don't judge them. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

might just need someone to listen to them for the<br />

moment.<br />

Stay in touch and be there for them. Genuine care and<br />

concern can make a real difference.<br />

What should I do if I'm worried about someone's<br />

immediate safety?<br />

Keep them safe, do not leave them alone.<br />

Get them immediate professional help.<br />

If you think someone is having thoughts of suicide, don’t<br />

be afraid to ask them if they are. Asking the question<br />

does not lead to suicide.<br />

It’s not an easy question to ask, so if you don’t feel<br />

confident, a good first step is to call a crisis helpline to<br />

seek some immediate advice.<br />

How do I ask?<br />

“People in situations like this may be thinking about<br />

suicide. Have you thought about killing yourself?”<br />

If they say yes, the most important things for you to do<br />

are to:<br />

1. Keep them safe – do not leave them alone.<br />

2. Get them some immediate professional help.<br />

To keep them safe, remove any dangerous items from<br />

their physical location, particularly if they have mentioned<br />

a suicide plan.<br />

If they share details of their plan with you, don’t agree to<br />

keep these or their suicidal thoughts a secret.<br />

Keep talking and listening to them. Be positive about the<br />

role professionals can play in helping them through tough<br />

times. You can say things like:<br />

“I think it’s time to link in with someone who can<br />

support you. I can help you find the right person to talk<br />

to.”<br />

“You’re not alone. We can figure this out together”<br />

“Who’s a person you trust? I would like to call them so<br />

we can both help.”<br />

Getting them to professional help can start with any of<br />

these options:<br />

Calling a crisis support line together<br />

Going with them to an Emergency Department<br />

Going with them to a community centre or recovery<br />

centre<br />

Taking them somewhere that feels safe to them but<br />

where they won’t be alone.<br />

If you believe their life is in immediate danger or you<br />

are finding the situation difficult to manage, call 000.<br />

Upon becoming aware that a member is at risk<br />

of suicide or self-harm, follow your mandatory<br />

awareness training.<br />

In particular:<br />

1. Call emergency services and ensure the member is<br />

not left alone until they arrive.<br />

2. Encourage the member to call the All-hours Support<br />

Line on 1800 628 036 for interim support.<br />

3. Report the risk of suicide, self-harm or harm to<br />

others to the Commander, Supervisor or Manager of<br />

the member at risk<br />

Always treat every threat or attempt as serious,<br />

and requiring immediate attention.<br />

Where a threat or attempted suicide is reported, the<br />

following actions are to be initiated:<br />

1. Verify the information (remember the messenger<br />

may be emotional, distressed or in shock).<br />

2. Arrange for a MO to examine the member.<br />

3. Inform the CO.<br />

4. Grant the member privacy and respect<br />

Finally, Larrakeyah Defence Precinct and HMAS<br />

Coonawarra want to thank all who supported this<br />

event from the BBQ helpers, Chaplains, DCO, Open<br />

Arms and <strong>The</strong> Smoothie Van. Your efforts in helping<br />

with support are much appreciated.<br />

Jimmy Fitzgerald<br />

Lieutenant<br />

RAN / Maritime Logistics Officer<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Essington School<br />

Advertorial Regular<br />

Defence Children with Teddies<br />

Proud dad with his Children<br />

<strong>The</strong> life of a Defence Family is constantly<br />

evolving and ever-changing. From relocations<br />

to deployments, there are many<br />

challenging factors for families within the<br />

Australian Defence Force.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Essington School understands the unique challenges<br />

Defence Families face when relocating to the <strong>Top</strong> End.<br />

<strong>The</strong> School was created over thirty years ago by passionate<br />

locals seeking an exemplary education for their children<br />

in the <strong>Top</strong> End. This Territory Spirit continues to guide<br />

the School today. Essington looks to support all Darwin<br />

families, particularly those who may only be in Darwin for<br />

a relatively short period. <strong>The</strong> School is always ready to welcome<br />

and support new families into the vibrant community.<br />

“Over the years, Essington has supported our family<br />

during difficult times and understands the challenges faced<br />

when the serving member is away. It is fantastic to have a<br />

DSM program operating at Essington, our girls really enjoy<br />

attending Defence Club” – Lisa, Defence spouse and parent<br />

Essington is particularly committed to supporting<br />

Defence Families. <strong>The</strong> Defence School Mentor (DSM) program<br />

is a Department of Defence funded initiative aimed<br />

at supporting dependent children from Defence members<br />

and is a feature of the School.<br />

<strong>The</strong> on-campus role of the DSM is to work with teachers,<br />

staff, students, parents, and support services to ensure<br />

direct assistance for families is available when needed – at<br />

any stage of their Essington journey.<br />

Essington’s program is led by Chris Mayes, a current<br />

Defence spouse, parent, and veteran. Having recently<br />

relocated to the <strong>Top</strong> End with his family, Chris is in the<br />

perfect position as Essington’s DSM, to understand the<br />

intricate needs of a Defence family first-hand.<br />

“Having relocated multiple times for Defence, I don’t<br />

think there is a corner of this great country I haven’t lived<br />

in. Having a strong support network really helps assist with<br />

the transition, and this is where the DSM program thrives.<br />

I’m incredibly excited to bring this additional support to<br />

Essington families” – Chris Mayes, Defence School Mentor.<br />

Essington’s lunchtime Defence Club, run by Chris, is one<br />

of the many facets of the School’s multi-layered wellbeing<br />

program. <strong>The</strong> club is a place for students from Defence<br />

families to connect with other students with similar backgrounds,<br />

to build relationships and share experiences.<br />

Through this program, students engage in special events<br />

and projects, and share what it means to be a Defence<br />

student with the broader school community.<br />

Chris is actively involved in Essington’s teaching and<br />

learning programs and is an avid participant at school<br />

events. Chris’ presence around the School allows him to<br />

work with key staff and ensure Defence Students (particularly<br />

those who are new to the community) feel supported<br />

and are engaged and happy with their Essington journey.<br />

Principal Brian Kennelly says “Essington takes pride in<br />

providing a responsive wellbeing program that adapts to<br />

the needs of families. We are very proud to expand the<br />

program to include the Defence School Mentor”.<br />

If you would like to learn more about how Essington<br />

can support your family, contact Essington’s Admissions<br />

Centre on 08 8985 0100, or email enrolments@essington.<br />

nt.edu.au<br />

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Regulars – Explore the NT<br />

Feature<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Dance, Get Fit, Have Fun.<br />

Just over four years ago I started doing Pole Fitness for<br />

exercise, at the time I was angry at my body for all the<br />

things it couldn’t do and feeling quite lonely and friendless<br />

after 9 months in location at our Perth posting.<br />

Pole Fitness was something I had wanted to do but I hadn’t had the<br />

confidence – I thought I was too weak, too uncoordinated and too<br />

shy to put myself out there like ‘other people’. One day at the end of<br />

a really bad day at work I decided to just do it and booked and paid<br />

for a six month membership (I had paid so I had to go now, right?)<br />

I turned up to my first class terrified but the one thing I noticed<br />

right away was how different everyone was – younger and older, tall<br />

and short, skinny and curvy – everyone was welcome here! After my<br />

first class I was hooked instantly, I began training three days a week<br />

and a year later I began teaching Beginners classes at the studio<br />

where I was training.<br />

When we got our posting order to Darwin late in 2018 my immediate<br />

thought was ‘right, time to find a new pole studio’. Upon arriving<br />

in Darwin I met up with Sarah Schultz, the owner of 3D Fitness studio<br />

in Berrimah and I knew I had found my new studio right away -<br />

everyone there was just as inclusive and welcoming as I had hoped.<br />

<strong>The</strong> studio was a great way for me to make friends in a new location<br />

and keep my fitness up (in air conditioned comfort) and before long<br />

I was teaching again.<br />

As an instructor I love teaching Beginners<br />

classes, I enjoy seeing people come along for the<br />

first time just like I did, a bit nervous and unsure<br />

and by the end of the 6 week term their strength<br />

and confidence has grown significantly. <strong>The</strong>y have<br />

often also found some new friends and a sense<br />

of community which can be quite a big thing for<br />

people who are new to Darwin.<br />

If you would like to meet new people and try<br />

something new, we would love for you to join us.<br />

Annalisse Wirtz<br />

Instructor<br />

3D Fitness Studio<br />

3/11 Miles Rd, Berrimah<br />

www.3dfitnessstudio.com.au<br />

As an instructor I often get questions from people who have<br />

thought about trying pole fitness but aren’t quite sure if it is ‘for<br />

them’:<br />

1 – I have no upper body strength, can I still do it?<br />

Most of us don’t have upper body strength when we start, so we<br />

start from the beginning to slowly build the strength to do the<br />

moves safely.<br />

2 – Do I have to wear skimpy clothing?<br />

What you wear is up to you – we recommend starting off in active<br />

wear such as shorts, a singlet top and bare feet to<br />

make gripping the pole easier. As long as you are comfortable and<br />

what you are wearing doesn’t have metal buttons or zips it is fine<br />

(they scratch the pole).<br />

3 – Can males join classes too?<br />

Our classes are open to all adults who want to come and participate<br />

in classes.<br />

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Regulars – Explore the NT<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

Feature<br />

Holistic Life<br />

Coaching with<br />

Laura Rose<br />

People often turn to life coaching<br />

because they feel unsatisfied<br />

in their life, career or relationships,<br />

they feel stuck or unsure<br />

about which direction to take, or<br />

they have goals and dreams but<br />

don’t know how to reach them.<br />

Often, we can block our own success and happiness<br />

without even being aware of it, and<br />

self-doubt, fear or lack of confidence can take the<br />

reins, keeping us from where we truly want to be.<br />

support you to achieve<br />

goals, build positive<br />

habits and overcome<br />

any blocks<br />

A life coach will support you to achieve your goals,<br />

build positive habits and overcome any blocks getting<br />

in the way of success. Holistic Life Coaching goes<br />

a step further and works with people to come to a<br />

place of body, mind and spirit wellbeing. Holistic life<br />

coaching recognises that body, mind and spirit are<br />

interconnected and that our emotional and spiritual<br />

health directly impacts on our physical and mental<br />

health and happiness.<br />

conditioning are explored, and the person is supported to connect with<br />

their own authentic self and wisdom, to resolve and heal deep issues<br />

in a safe environment. <strong>The</strong> client is able to come back into alignment<br />

with their own truth, rather than living by unconscious rules and beliefs<br />

which can often be the basis of anxiety, depression, guilt and shame.<br />

Laura Rose is a Holistic Life Coach, Reiki Energy Healer, Social Worker<br />

and Wayapa® Practitioner. Laura utilises a range of techniques and<br />

modalities in her work including Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP),<br />

Timeline therapy, M-Braining, meditation, hypnosis and energy healing,<br />

to support and guide people to break free of old patterns and limiting<br />

beliefs and realise their fullest potential. Laura examines the whole picture,<br />

looking at all of the different areas of the person’s life, supporting<br />

them to tap into their own inner wisdom in bringing more balance, joy<br />

and confidence into their life. Laura’s background in Social Work with<br />

people who have experienced complex trauma means that she comes<br />

from a trauma-informed perspective in her work.<br />

Laura is a Navy wife....<br />

Laura is a Navy wife, currently living at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria<br />

with her husband and two young daughters. Laura and her family lived<br />

in Darwin for a number of years and have moved around the country<br />

as part of Defence life. Having personally experienced many of the<br />

challenges that Defence families face, Laura has a particular passion for<br />

working with partners of Defence personnel.<br />

Laura’s offers all of her coaching programs and healing online, meaning<br />

her clients can access her services from the comfort of their own<br />

home anywhere in Australia. Laura offers the initial session free of charge<br />

to give potential clients the opportunity to work out if they are the right<br />

fit for each other.<br />

If you are interested in learning more, you can contact Laura on 0422<br />

192 311 or visit her website www.laurarose.com.au.<br />

It is a joint process whereby the coach helps the<br />

client to define their goals and dreams, identify what is<br />

stopping them, and remove the blocks so the person<br />

can move forward.<br />

As part of the process, difficult emotions and unhelpful<br />

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Community<br />

Committee in the<br />

Community<br />

Secretary Role<br />

(Vacant Committee Position)<br />

am Kylie, the current Secretary at the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>. I have been a part of<br />

I supporting the magazine on distribution days since 2016. I then joined magazine<br />

committee in 2018 initially as a general member until 2019 when I started as the<br />

Secretary. In my current role I record the meeting minutes using a template during<br />

face to face meetings and video meetings. I ensure the minutes are accurate, edited<br />

and forward to the Administrator for distribution to the rest of the committee.<br />

<strong>The</strong> committee at the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> have always been strong men and<br />

women who uphold respectable positions in the community both professionally and<br />

privately. <strong>The</strong>y are kind people who work well together to produce a product that is<br />

focused on defence and for defence families.<br />

I have enjoyed my time as part of this committee over the years and am saddened<br />

to be leaving at the end of 2020. This will be my last edition and I would like to<br />

personally thank all members both present and past for their kindness and support<br />

over the last 5 years. I will miss everyone very much.<br />

If anyone would wish to be a part of the community during their posting in the<br />

Northern Territory I cannot recommend the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> committee enough. <strong>The</strong>ir<br />

professionalism is unlike any other experience I have had in a committee, you will<br />

not regret joining.<br />

By Kylie Kurtz<br />

Kylie Kurtz<br />

(outgoing Secretary & <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Committee Member)<br />

QUARANTINE BAGS<br />

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the NT, <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> has sent out over 100<br />

“self-isolation” packs for Defence members isolating in hotels<br />

around Darwin.<br />

Additional packs will be sent out over the posting season,<br />

including 20 family packs to keep little ones entertained.<br />

Stay tuned for competitions and more community activities<br />

in the coming months!<br />

Have you received a Quarantine bag ? We would love to hear<br />

your feedback if it helped in your time. If you would like to receive<br />

a family bag please email Admin@thetopendermagazine.org.au<br />

Quarantine Bags<br />

Community Initiative By Deb Herring<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Committee Member<br />

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Advertorial<br />

Craig's Fishing<br />

Barramundi Bonanza<br />

Predictions and rumours are rife that we are in for a bonza<br />

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Teen<br />

Scene<br />

Regular<br />

How to get your Drivers Licence<br />

Before you can be issued your learner driver licence, you<br />

will need to become a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) customer.<br />

To become an MVR customer, you will need to provide<br />

evidence of your identity and evidence of your NT residency.<br />

Learn the road rules<br />

You must learn the road rules before you take the theory<br />

test. This is called the driver knowledge test.<br />

To learn the road rules, you can either:<br />

• Learn the road rules in the NT Road User's handbook<br />

and take a practice driver knowledge test.<br />

• or enrol in DriveSafe NT<br />

DriveSafe NT is a driver education training and licensing program<br />

for all motorists in Darwin, Palmerston Katherine and<br />

Alice Springs.<br />

Pass a theory test<br />

When you feel confident that you know all of the information<br />

in the NT Road Users Handbook, you can sit your driver theory<br />

test to get your learner licence.<br />

This is called a driver knowledge test. It is a computer-based<br />

test on the road rules in the Northern Territory (NT). <strong>The</strong> test<br />

has 30 multiple choice questions (you will need to get 26<br />

correct). <strong>The</strong> questions are selected at random from a pool of<br />

more than 300 questions.<br />

Pass an eye test<br />

You must pass an eye test when applying for your driver<br />

licence in the Northern Territory (NT) for the first time.<br />

Pay a fee and receive your learner driver licence<br />

If you are a DriveSafe NT participant, the first issue of your<br />

learner licence is free. If you are not enrolled in DriveSafe NT,<br />

you will have to pay the learner licence fee before you will be<br />

issued with your licence. After you have been issued with your<br />

learner driver licence, you can start learning to drive.<br />

Learn to drive<br />

To get your P plates, you must hold your learner driver<br />

licence continuously for at least six months.<br />

You should get as much practice as possible in different driving<br />

conditions and use the Learner Drivers' Guide to record your<br />

progress.<br />

It can take about 20 hours to learn how to operate the controls<br />

of a car and another 80 hours to learn how to become a lowrisk<br />

driver.<br />

Your supervising driver must have a full Australian driver<br />

licence and can be any of the following:<br />

• an adult relative<br />

• a friend<br />

• a driving instructor.<br />

Sit a driving test, pay a fee and receive your<br />

provisional licence<br />

After you pass the driving test, you may take your test sheet<br />

to an MVR office where you must pay a provisional licence fee<br />

to be issued with your provisional driver licence.<br />

Upgrade to a full licence<br />

After you have completed your provisional licence period,<br />

you will be eligible for a full Northern Territory (NT) driver licence.<br />

You will also need to pay the NT open licence fee unless<br />

you qualify for the free licence for safe P-plate drivers.<br />

SAFE DRIVING !!<br />

Palmerston Library<br />

https://nt.gov.au/driving/driverlicence/new-licences-and-visitors/getyour-driver-licence/introduction<br />

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Regular<br />

Handy Directory<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong><br />

Office...................................................................................................0419 274 735<br />

Advertising.............................................. admin@thetopendermagazine.org.au<br />

Website.......................................................... www.thetopendermagazine.org.au<br />

Editor..................................................................................................0447 324 984<br />

Emergencies and Useful Contacts<br />

Emergency Services........................................................................................... 000<br />

Police Assistance Line................................................................................ 131 444<br />

1800 IMSICK..............................................................................................................<br />

1800 467 425<br />

All Hours Support Line..................................................................... 1800 626 036<br />

COVID-19 Helpline, NT..................................................................1800 0008 002<br />

Website....................................................................... www.coronavirus.nt.gov.au<br />

Crime Stoppers NT........................................................................... 1800 333 000<br />

Defence Family Helpline.................................................................. 1800 624 608<br />

Defence Housing Australia (DHA)............................................................ 139 342<br />

Defence Switchboard....................................................................... 1300 333 362<br />

Family Violence and Counselling................................................... 1800 737 732<br />

Health Direct .................................................................................... 1800 022 222<br />

Hospital, Darwin Private Hospital.........................................................8920 6011<br />

Hospital, Palmerston Regional Hospital..............................................7979 9200<br />

Hospital, Royal Darwin Hospital.......................................................... 8922 8888<br />

Lifeline........................................................................................................... 131 114<br />

Night Patrol.........................................................................................1800 101 645<br />

Poisons Information Line............................................................................131 126<br />

Power and Water............................................................................... 800 245 090<br />

Secure NT....................................................................... www.securent.nt.gov.au<br />

SES Emergency Helpline........................................................................... 132 500<br />

Snake Catcher................................................................................... 1800 453 210<br />

Tropical Cyclone Information NT.....................................................1300 659 211<br />

Defence Bases and Establishments<br />

Defence Establishment Berrimah<br />

Front Gate.......................................................................................... 8935 4269<br />

Mess Manager........................................................8935 4422 / 0437 795 258<br />

Larrakeyah Defence Precinct<br />

Front Gate.......................................................................................... 8935 5598<br />

Officers’ Mess.....................................................................................8935 5570<br />

ORs’ Mess............................................................................................8935 5591<br />

Sergeants’ Mess................................................................................. 8935 5580<br />

RAAF Base Darwin<br />

Airmen’s Mess.................................................................................... 8923 5517<br />

Front Gate.......................................................................................... 8923 5549<br />

Officers Mess..................................................................................... 8923 5482<br />

Sergeants’ Mess................................................................................. 8923 5505<br />

RAAF Base Tindal<br />

Airmen‘s Mess....................................................................................8973 6240<br />

Front Gate...........................................................................................8973 6228<br />

Sergeants’ Mess..................................................................................8973 6385<br />

Robertson Barracks<br />

Front Gate...........................................................................................8925 3700<br />

Officers’ Mess.................................................................................... 8925 3548<br />

ORs’ Mess............................................................................................ 8925 2514<br />

Sergeants’ Mess..................................................................................8925 6702<br />

Defence Community Houses<br />

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House............................................... 0447 586 591<br />

Email.............................................................. larrakeyahhouse@hotmail.com<br />

Network Tindal................................................................................... 0412 619 277<br />

Email.......................................................................networktindal@gmail.com<br />

Website......................................................................... www.networktindal.net<br />

Robertson Barracks Family Group..................................................0490 151 944<br />

Email..........................................robertsonbarracksfamilygroup@gmail.com<br />

On-base Services<br />

Canteens<br />

AAFCANS<br />

Robertson Barracks, Cafe Central.......................................... 8925 2542<br />

RAAF Darwin , Darwin Canteen..............................................8981 2508<br />

Robertson Barracks, Shout VC Canteen.................................8925 6720<br />

Tindal Cafe, Convenience & Fuel Station...............................8973 6201<br />

Navy Canteens<br />

National Operations Manager...................... 8935 5144 / 0477 477 147<br />

Larrakeyah, Outpipes...............................................................8935 5144<br />

Hairdressers<br />

Larrakeyah Defence Precinct........................................................... 8935 5596<br />

RAAF Darwin – Julie-Anne.....................................8923 5153 / 0402 235 731<br />

Robertson Barracks – Hair Dooz..................................................... 8925 3300<br />

Robertson Barracks – South End Barber Shop..............................8925 6723<br />

Military Banks<br />

Australian Military Bank<br />

Larrakeyah Defence Precinct...................................................8981 2245<br />

Robertson Barracks.................................................................. 8995 7800<br />

Defence Bank<br />

Larrakeyah Defence Precinct.................................................. 8935 5499<br />

RAAF Darwin..............................................................................7923 2500<br />

Robertson Barracks.................................................................. 8936 6400<br />

Tindal..........................................................................................8965 1600<br />

Uniform and Equipment<br />

Robertson Barracks, Regional Clothing Store<br />

Retail (Purchases)..................................................................... 8925 8828<br />

CIP (Exchanges)........................................................................ 8925 8823<br />

Tailor...........................................................................................8925 8831<br />

Email................................................jlun.clothingstore@defence.gov.au<br />

Tim’s Medal Mounting.................................................................0448 129 531<br />

Email............................................................. timsmedals@bigpond.com<br />

Bulletproof NT....................................................................................8947 0935<br />

Email............................................................info@bulletproof-nt.com.au<br />

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Defence Support Services<br />

National ADF Family Health Program............................................ 02 6266 3547<br />

Email...........................................................adf.familyhealth@defence.gov.au<br />

Website.................................................................... www.adffamilyhealth.com<br />

Defence Community Organisation (DCO)<br />

Website......................................................................www.defence.gov.au/dco<br />

Darwin Office..................................................................................... 8935 7900<br />

Email.........................................................DCO.darwin@defence.gov.au<br />

Tindal/Katherine Office..................................................................... 8973 6186<br />

Email........................................................... DCO.tindal@defence.gov.au<br />

Defence Families of Australia (DFA)<br />

National Convenor........................................................................1800 100 509<br />

Email...................................................................... convenor@dfa.org.au<br />

National Delegate NT and Kimberly – Denisa Cochran Spadova<br />

Mobile....................................................................................0418 807 548<br />

Email................................................................................... nt@dfa.org.au<br />

Chaplains<br />

Army On-call......................................................................................0427 713 963<br />

Navy On-call......................................................................................0409 662 823<br />

RAAF Darwin On-call....................................................................... 0477 308 064<br />

RAAF Tindal On-call.........................................................................0427 890 054<br />

Defence Community and Veterans<br />

Support Services<br />

Defence Community Organisation (DCO)<br />

Website.................................................................www.defence.gov.au/dco<br />

Darwin Office..................................................................................... 8935 7900<br />

Email..............................................................DCO.darwin@defence.gov.au<br />

Tindal/Katherine Office..................................................................... 8973 6186<br />

Email................................................................ DCO.tindal@defence.gov.au<br />

DCO Family Helpline................................................................... 1800 624 608<br />

Defence Families of Australia (DFA)<br />

National Convenor........................................................................1800 100 509<br />

Email........................................................................... convenor@dfa.org.au<br />

National Delegate Northern Territory and Kimberly – Jessica Hanison<br />

Mobile........................................................................................0418 807 548<br />

Email........................................................................................ nt@dfa.org.au<br />

Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).......................................... 1800 555 254<br />

Website................................................................................ www.dva.gov.au<br />

Defence Service Home Loans......................................................... 1800 722 000<br />

Provider Enquiries........................................................................ 1800 550 457<br />

Kookaburra Kids............................................................................... 1300 566 525<br />

Website............................................................www.kookaburrakids.org.au<br />

Email............................................................... info@kookaburrakids.org.au<br />

Legacy Northern Territory.................................................................... 8948 0830<br />

Email.............................................................................legacy@legacynt.org<br />

Website..................................................................... www.legacy.com.au/nt<br />

National ADF Family Health Program............................................ 02 6266 3547<br />

Email..................................................adf.familyhealth@defence.gov.au<br />

Website........................................................... www.adffamilyhealth.com<br />

Open Arms (24hrs)...........................................................................1800 011 046<br />

Website.....................................................................www.openarms.gov.au<br />

Red Shield Defence Services – Salvation Army<br />

Gerald Mitchell............................................................................. 0400 642 881<br />

Email...............................................gerald.mitchell@salvationarmy.org.au<br />

Mairi Mitchell................................................................................ 0400 642 881<br />

Email............................................mairi.mitchell@salvationarmy.org.au<br />

Returned Services League (RSL)<br />

Darwin.............................................................................. darwin@rslsa.org.au<br />

Darwin North .....................................................................................8945 0701<br />

Katherine (via Secretary)............................................................ 0407 130 095<br />

Nhulunbuy......................................................................................... 8987 0600<br />

Palmerston.................................................................................... 0488 001 862<br />

Tennant Creek .............................................................................. 0499 564 031<br />

Veterans Australia (NT).......................................................................................<br />

Email..................................................... sec@veteransaustraliant.org.au<br />

Advocacy Assistance.................................smatdp@veteransaustraliant.org.au<br />

Useful Defence Contacts<br />

Comsuper<br />

ADF Cover......................................................................................1300 001 977<br />

ADF Super..................................................................................... 1300 203 439<br />

DFRDB............................................................................................1300 001 677<br />

Military Super (MSBS)................................................................. 1300 006 727<br />

Defence Housing Australia (DHA)............................................................ 133 342<br />

Email......................................................................... drhm.nt@defence.gov.au<br />

Defence Tax Management Office (CTMO).................................... 1800 806 053<br />

Email.................................................taxation.management@defence.gov.au<br />

Toll Transitions.................................................................................... 1800 819 167<br />

Defence Tax Management Office (CTMO).................................... 1800 806 053<br />

Email.................................................taxation.management@defence.gov.au<br />

Health<br />

Australian Breastfeeding Association ........................................... 1800 686 268<br />

Autism NT............................................................................................... 8948 4424<br />

Email.................................................................autismnt@autsismnt.org.au<br />

Website........................................................................www.autismnt.org.au<br />

Bereaved Parent Support NT|SIDS and Kids NT ...............................8948 5311<br />

24-hour Emergency Support Line.........................................0448 849 234<br />

Email.................................................................................info@bpsnt.org.au<br />

Cancer Council NT<br />

Alice Springs...................................................................................... 8953 5920<br />

Darwin.................................................................................................8944 1800<br />

Katherine.............................................................................................8971 2022<br />

Website.......................................................................www.nt.cancer.org.au<br />

Carers Australia NT............................................................................... 8944 4888<br />

Website........................................................................ www.carersnt.asn.au<br />

Childbirth Education Association Darwin........................................... 8948 3043<br />

Email........................................................................ info@ceadarwin.asn.au<br />

Website ................................................................... www.ceadarwin.asn.au<br />

Community Care Centres<br />

Alice Springs Community Health Centre.........................................8951 6711<br />

Casuarina Community Care Centre................................................8922 7301<br />

Katherine Community Health Centre..............................................8973 8570<br />

Karama Child and Family Health Clinic..........................................8922 7301<br />

Nhulunbuy Community Health Centre.......................................... 8987 0435<br />

Nylander Child Health Clinic............................................................8922 7301<br />

Palmerston Community Care Centre............................................. 8999 3344<br />

Tennant Creek Community Health Care.........................................8962 4218<br />

Cradle Support Group......................................................................0438 272 353<br />

Website............................................................................ www.cradle.org.au<br />

Darwin Homebirth Group.................................................................... 8922 5522<br />

Email............................................................................dhbginfo@gmail.com<br />

Website..........................................darwinhomebirthgroup.wordress.com<br />

Defence Special Needs Support Group (DSNSG)<br />

Website.............................................................................www.dsnsg.org.au<br />

National Coordinator....................................................................1800 037 674<br />

Email................................................... national.coordinator@dsnsg.org.au<br />

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Darwin Coordinator......................................................darwin@dsnsg.org.au<br />

Katherine/Tindal Coordinator.................................katherine@dsnsg.org.au<br />

Down Syndrome Association NT......................................................... 8985 6222<br />

Email..................................................... admin@downsyndroment.com.au<br />

Website .....................................................www.downsyndroment.com.au<br />

Epilepsy Centre – Epilepsy Association of SA & NT......................1300 850 081<br />

Email........................................................enquiries@epilepsycentre.org.au<br />

Website............................................................. www.epilepsycentre.org.au<br />

Family Planning NT................................................................................8948 0144<br />

Website........................................................................... www.fpwnt.com.au<br />

Hearing Australia........................................................................................ 134 432<br />

Helplines<br />

Birthline Pregnancy Support ......................................................1300 655 156<br />

Breastfeeding Helpline................................................................ 1800 686 268<br />

Kids Helpline (24hr).....................................................................1800 551 800<br />

Lifeline (24hr).......................................................................................... 131 114<br />

Parent Helpline – Karitane (24hr)............................................. 1300 227 464<br />

Parentline.......................................................................................1300 301 300<br />

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline......................................... 1800 882 436<br />

Northern Territory Department of Health (DOH)............................. 8999 2400<br />

Website....................................................................... www.health.nt.gov.au<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End Mental Health Service............................................................ 8999 4988<br />

Wellness Centre ......................................................................................8946 7176<br />

Email..................................................... cdu.psychology.clinic@cdu.edu.au<br />

Website...................................................www.cdu.edu.au/wellness-centre<br />

Sports and Activities<br />

Australian Air Force Cadets 8 Wing<br />

AAFC 801 Squadron – Winnellie...................................................... 8923 5713<br />

AAFC 802 Squadron – Driver......................................................0473 816 694<br />

AAFC 803 Squadron – Tindal.....................................................0427 397 495<br />

AAFC 804 Squadron – Alice Springs.............................................. 8953 4484<br />

Australian Army Cadets .................................................. 8935 5174 / 8935 5488<br />

Email............................................................. aachq-nt@armycadets.gov.au<br />

Australian Navy Cadets ...........................................................................................<br />

Training Ship Darwin..................................... TSDarwin@navycadets.gov.au<br />

Training Ship Melville Bay, Nhulunbuy.TSMelvilleBay@navycadets.gov.au<br />

Girl Guides NT.........................................................................................8981 3628<br />

Email......................................................................... girlguidesnt@iinet.net.au<br />

Website...........................................................................www.girlguides.org.au<br />

Playgroups Association NT (PANT)......................................................8945 7775<br />

Website.....................................................................www.playgroupnt.com.au<br />

Email...................................................................admin@playgroupnt.com.au<br />

RAAF Darwin Fishing Club – Terry Maher........................................8924 2374<br />

RAAF Darwin Golf Club...................................................................0459 746 306<br />

Email............................................................................. raafgolf16@Gmail.com<br />

Swimming<br />

Masters Swimming............................................................................. 8981 5919<br />

Alice AUSSI...........................................thecullenanes@ozemail.com.au<br />

Darwin Stingers..................................................... stingers@iinet.net.au<br />

Palmerston Sharks..............................info@palmerstonsharks.com.au<br />

Goldfishbowl Swim School...............................................................8931 1000<br />

Email.......................................................................gfish2@bigpond.com<br />

NT Swim School.................................................................................8948 1000<br />

Email............................................................info@ntswimschool.com.au<br />

Website.........................................................www.ntswimschool.com.au<br />

Palmerston & Rural Swimming Club<br />

Head Coach Daniel Gerlach.......................................................0400 299 622<br />

Email.....................................................info@palmerstonsharks.com.au<br />

Swim Dynamics Swim School.....................................................0421 631 624<br />

Email............................................................... info@swimdynamics.com<br />

Website.............................................................www.swimdynamics.com<br />

Scouts NT................................................................................................ 8948 0994<br />

Email.................................................................... admin@nthq.scouts.com.au<br />

Website...........................................................................www.nt.scouts.com.au<br />

Surf Life Saving NT................................................................................ 8985 6588<br />

Email.........................................................................surf@lifesavingnt.com.au<br />

Website...................................................................... www.lifesavingnt.com.au<br />

Local Government and Regional Councils<br />

Alice Springs Town Council.................................................................. 8950 0500<br />

Barkly Regional Council........................................................................ 8962 0000<br />

Belyuen Community Government Council.........................................8978 5061<br />

Central Desert Regional Council .................................................... 1300 360 605<br />

City of Darwin........................................................................................ 8930 0300<br />

City of Palmerston................................................................................. 8935 9922<br />

Coomalie Community Government Council .....................................8976 0058<br />

East Arnhem Regional Council ........................................................... 8986 8986<br />

Katherine Town Council.........................................................................8972 5500<br />

Litchfield Council .................................................................................. 8983 0600<br />

MacDonnell Regional Council ............................................................. 8958 9600<br />

Nhulunbuy Corporation....................................................................... 8939 2200<br />

Roper Gulf Regional Councils ..............................................................8972 9000<br />

Tiwi Regional Council ............................................................................8970 9500<br />

Victoria Daly Regional Council .............................................................8972 0777<br />

Wagait Shire Council ............................................................................. 8978 5185<br />

West Arnhem Regional Council ...........................................................8979 9444<br />

West Daly Regional Council .................................................................8901 3920<br />

Government<br />

Bureau of Meteorology.....................................................................1800 659 214<br />

Website ..............................................................................www.bom.gov.au<br />

Department of Human Services .............................................................. 132 468<br />

Centrelink<br />

Carers................................................................................................... 132 717<br />

Families................................................................................................136 150<br />

Complaints and Feedback...........................................................1800 132 468<br />

Medicare<br />

General Enquiries...............................................................................132 011<br />

myGov Helpdesk.................................................................................... 132 307<br />

Motor Vehicle Registry NT............................................................... 1300 654 628<br />

Website................................................................................ www.mvr.nt.gov.au<br />

Road Report .......................................................................................1800 246 199<br />

Website....................................................................www.roadreport.nt.gov.au<br />

Animal Services and Animal Care<br />

Injured Wildlife<br />

Darwin Wildlife Sanctuary.......................................................... 0473 992 581<br />

Katherine Wildlife Rescue Services.............................................0412 955 336<br />

Wildcare Alice Springs.................................................................. 0419 221 128<br />

Wildcare Darwin......................................................8988 6121 / 0408 885 341<br />

Pounds and Animal Shelters<br />

Alice Springs Animal Shelter......................................8950 0500 / 8953 4430<br />

Darwin.................................................................................................8947 2099<br />

Katherine.............................................................................................8972 5500<br />

Palmerston..........................................................................................8935 9977<br />

RSPCA (Darwin).................................................................................8984 3795<br />

While the information contained in the Handy Directory is considered by the employees and<br />

committee of the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Inc to be true and correct at the date of<br />

publication, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may render the information<br />

inaccurate. <strong>The</strong> information may change without notice, and the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Tri-Services<br />

<strong>Magazine</strong> and those working on its behalf, cannot be held in any way liable for the accuracy of<br />

any information printed and stored, or in any way interpreted and used, by the reader.<br />

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