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<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong><br />

<strong>Ender</strong><br />

Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Inc<br />

APRIL | MAY <strong>2021</strong><br />

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FROM THE COMMITTEE<br />

APRIL MAY <strong>2021</strong><br />

WELCOME<br />

Welcome to our two new Community Coordinators;<br />

Hannah and James! Please say ‘hello’ to them at our next<br />

event. <strong>April</strong> and <strong>May</strong> will see us move closer to the cooler<br />

weather of the Dry Season and observe a day of<br />

remembrance on ANZAC Day.<br />

This edition features a 12-page pull out of things to do this<br />

Dry Season. We recommend planning and booking your<br />

adventures soon, as this Dry Season is sure to be a busy one<br />

with Australians ‘holidaying at home’ this year. We also have<br />

some exciting new competitions, interesting feature articles,<br />

plus support and essential information about military life in<br />

the NT.<br />

Photo Credit: Walking Off <strong>The</strong> War Within - Page 10<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> aims to support the Defence<br />

community through community houses, fundraising activities<br />

and more. If you have ideas to help Defence organisations,<br />

support networks and build stronger relationships with our<br />

community, we would love to hear from you!<br />

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ideas for the next edition of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong>, please contact us. Submission Deadline<br />

for June/July edition is: 21 <strong>April</strong> <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

DISTRIBUTION DAYS<br />

Distribution Day (formerly known as Stuffing Day) is<br />

a chance for you to meet our community and make<br />

new friends, while we label the magazine for posting.<br />

Light refreshments are provided and children are<br />

always welcome. Follow us on Facebook or visit our<br />

website to find out more.<br />

MONTHLY MEETING<br />

Come along to our next committee meeting where<br />

we finalise article selections, discuss community work<br />

and magazine planning. You can input as much or as<br />

little as you like. Light dinner is provided and children<br />

are always welcome. Follow us on Facebook or<br />

contact us to find out more.<br />

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53 Years On<br />

<strong>The</strong> Battle of Fire Support Patrol Base<br />

Coral Balmoral<br />

A Good Read<br />

Maria Augustus-Dunn<br />

You only need to listen to<br />

Redgum’s I was Only 19 and<br />

Cold Chisel’s Khe Sanh to get a<br />

sense of Australia’s involvement<br />

in the Vietnam War.<br />

Perhaps unfairly, less is known of<br />

the Battle of Fire Support<br />

Patrol Bases Coral and Balmoral<br />

– a series of actions fought by<br />

the 1st Australian Task Force<br />

against North Vietnamese and<br />

Viet Cong Forces between 12th<br />

<strong>May</strong> and 6th June 1968.<br />

After South Vietnamese and<br />

allied forces successfully repelled<br />

Viet Cong forces from Saigon<br />

(inflicting some 5500 dead in<br />

one week of fighting), the 1st<br />

Photo Credit: Australian War Memorial, Public Domain Image. Bien Hoa<br />

Provience, South Vietnam. 1968-05. Gunners from the 12 th Field<br />

Regiment (RAA), watch and wait at Fire Support Base (FSB) Coral,<br />

where two large Viet Cong assaults were driven back.<br />

Australian Task Force had<br />

planned to deploy into an area<br />

referred to by the Americans as<br />

the ‘Catcher’s Mitt’. Intelligence<br />

reports indicated that the Task<br />

Force would encounter small<br />

groups of North Vietnamese and<br />

Viet Cong forces weary from<br />

defeat in Saigon...<br />

Based on this advice, the Task<br />

Force positioned itself via<br />

helicopter on the night of<br />

11/12th <strong>May</strong> 1968. However, a<br />

combination of delays<br />

and a lack of<br />

experience in<br />

helicopter operations<br />

resulted in the Task<br />

Force deploying to<br />

different locations than<br />

originally planned. This<br />

included the guns of<br />

102 Field Battery,<br />

which were eventually<br />

brought into action late on 12th<br />

<strong>May</strong> with limited defensive<br />

preparations (shell scrapes and<br />

the digging in of 3 out of 6<br />

Artillery guns). Unbeknownst to<br />

the Australians, the<br />

Task Force had just<br />

landed amongst the<br />

North Vietnamese 7th<br />

Division, who had<br />

observed their arrival<br />

and were ready to<br />

fight.<br />

What followed over<br />

the next 26 days was<br />

some of the bloodiest<br />

fighting of Australia’s<br />

involvement in the<br />

Vietnam War. ‘Human<br />

waves’ of enemy were<br />

repeatedly repelled<br />

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COMMUNITY<br />

CONTRIBUTOR<br />

VOUCHER<br />

with lethal<br />

Splintex rounds,<br />

often over the heads of friendly<br />

positions, as they fought for<br />

their lives against a vastly<br />

superior sized enemy.<br />

Similar attacks were experienced<br />

at Balmoral, but eventually,<br />

Centurion Tanks from C<br />

Squadron (1st Armoured<br />

Regiment) and US Gunships<br />

were called in to finally disperse<br />

the enemy.<br />

In total, 26 Australians were<br />

killed and 99 wounded during<br />

the largest loss of life in a single<br />

battle for Australian’s during the<br />

Vietnam War. On the eve of the<br />

50th anniversary of the battle, all<br />

units involved were recognised<br />

and awarded the Unit Citation<br />

for Gallantry. 102 Field Battery<br />

was later awarded the honour<br />

title ‘Coral’ and today serves as<br />

102 (Coral) Battery as part of<br />

the 8th/12th Regiment RAA.<br />

Written by a valued Contributor<br />

<strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Community Contributor<br />

“Write what you know” is Maria Augustus-<br />

Dunn’s mantra.With this in mind, she wrote her<br />

first book Married Quarter – Boots, Berets and<br />

Bloody Uniforms in 2016, which details her 21<br />

years as a military spouse.<br />

Married Quarter is a glimpse into the world of<br />

military families who endure postings,<br />

deployments, long periods of separation and often<br />

loneliness.<br />

A diagnosis of a benign brain tumour in 2008<br />

turned her life upside down and forced some<br />

pretty serious issues. It was time to rethink life.<br />

What was important? Was it time to think about<br />

retirement? After many postings, it was time to<br />

think about life after the military. What would it<br />

look like?<br />

Married Quarter finishes in 2011 when Maria and<br />

her husband decided to retire for a life on the<br />

road, travelling around Australia as permanent<br />

adventurers. <strong>The</strong>y sold up and gave away all their<br />

worldly possessions and have been travelling<br />

around Australia ever since.<br />

In 2018, Maria picked up the pen again and<br />

started writing her second book; Dunnarunna –<br />

A Retirement Dunn Right, which follows their<br />

first five years of travelling around Australia. <strong>The</strong><br />

highs, the lows and everything in between, written<br />

in Maria’s voice. You can hear her talking when<br />

you read her personal diaries and experiences of<br />

her travelling life. <strong>The</strong>re is never a dull moment,<br />

according to Maria. Life on the road is never<br />

boring... It can be challenging, rewarding, funny and<br />

sometimes downright scary, but never boring.<br />

Dunnarunna will have you laughing, crying,<br />

cheering, and may also have you wanting to take<br />

that leap of faith and head off travelling too.<br />

Dunnarunna is for those who wonder what it is<br />

like to give up all your security and become of no<br />

fixed address. Travel around Australia with Maria<br />

and her hubby while you read Dunnarunna – you<br />

won’t be disappointed!<br />

Available on: https://www.amazon.com.au/<br />

s?k=maria+augustusdunn&crid=2XSU1JJ87KYRP&sprefix=maria+augus<br />

tus-dunn%2Caps%2C376&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doap_1_19<br />

https://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/mariaaugustus-dunn/<br />

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You can also connect with Maria via:<br />

Facebook: Maria Augustus-Dunn – Author<br />

Instagram: maria_augustus_dunn_author<br />

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On the 19th February, 1942 at<br />

9:58am, the Japanese conducted<br />

their first of more than 100 air<br />

raids against Australia, dropping<br />

bombs over Darwin, killing more<br />

than 240 servicemen and civilian<br />

men, women and children.<br />

Between 300-400 were wounded and 30<br />

aircraft and 11 vessels were destroyed.<br />

This attack on Darwin is considered the<br />

biggest in Australia’s history, and<br />

continued for 21 months.<br />

On 7th December 2011, the Governor<br />

General of the Commonwealth of<br />

Australia, declared 19 February as a<br />

national day of observance to be known<br />

as Bombing of Darwin Day. Every year<br />

on this date, Darwin City holds a<br />

commemorative service at the Cenotaph<br />

on the Esplanade. <strong>The</strong> community are<br />

invited to take part in Bombing of Darwin<br />

Day to commemorate those who<br />

courageously defended our country, those<br />

who selflessly helped others, those who<br />

dealt with the aftermath, and those who<br />

lost their lives.<br />

This National Day of Observance is a time<br />

to learn about the significance of the<br />

Bombing of Darwin in Australia’s military<br />

history. It is a time to understand the<br />

sacrifices made of those who contributed<br />

to the defence of Australia during World<br />

War II, and to reflect on the value of<br />

peace.<br />

Wanguri Primary School in Darwin’s<br />

Northern Suburbs, attended the 79th<br />

Commemorative Service with their year<br />

5 defence students. Students were<br />

accompanied by Principal Tim Morgan and<br />

Defence School Mentor Amanda Metcalfe.<br />

When reflecting on their experience after<br />

attending the ceremony, some of the<br />

children wrote down their thoughts.<br />

Amanda Metcalfe<br />

Defence School Mentor<br />

Wanguri Primary School<br />

Wanguri Students Remember<br />

E: amanda.metcalfe@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Photo: Wreath Layers, Grace Muxlow and<br />

Cooper Wills<br />

Photo: CPL Deanne Davey, Alexis Murphy, Alexander Jacob, Dylan Schoenmaker, Cooper Wills, Graice<br />

Halhead, SGT Narissa Muxlow, Grace Muxlow, WO1 Kirstin Tanner, Scott Tanner<br />

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

Part 3<br />

Tindal wet season doesn’t come<br />

without its challenges, but I’ve<br />

still been doing my best to<br />

make sure we don’t spend our<br />

days hiding inside Tindal’s<br />

“golden gates”.<br />

Have you heard about the crocodiles?<br />

Don’t swim in the water. Don’t even<br />

look at the water. BE CAREFUL NEAR<br />

THE WATER BECAUSE OF THE<br />

CROCODILES. My anxiety has<br />

absorbed all of the public safety<br />

announcements and I can no longer<br />

enjoy a refreshing swim without my<br />

heart pounding as I continually search<br />

the water for lurkers. Mosquitos are<br />

drawn to my blood, so what if<br />

crocodiles find the same allure? I can’t<br />

blame them, I’m sure I’d be a tasty,<br />

sweaty snack, so I’ve labelled myself as<br />

prime prey. In fact, I can’t even see a<br />

video of someone swimming at a<br />

natural waterhole without assuming<br />

the worst.<br />

Being in the middle of the wet season<br />

means that most of the swimming holes<br />

are closed for safety measures, which<br />

doesn’t leave a great deal of things to<br />

do. Luckily, there are still some great<br />

options, including a Nitmiluk Gorge<br />

Tour we were able to do during the<br />

school holidays. I pictured a little dinghy<br />

powering down the giant Gorge and<br />

was secretly scared at the thought of a<br />

crocodile knocking the boat over to the<br />

point that I even considered cancelling<br />

our tour*. Obviously, I was being<br />

completely paranoid because the boat<br />

was in fact a regular sized tour boat,<br />

and I felt even more blessed because<br />

the weather turned out to be beautiful.<br />

If you get a chance to do this tour, I<br />

absolutely recommend it! We had a<br />

boat load of kids on the tour<br />

(literally) and they all loved it and<br />

were so well behaved. Don’t<br />

forget to slip, slop, slap of course.<br />

A key point that wasn’t<br />

mentioned to me prior to our<br />

arrival in the NT is that the dirt<br />

turns to lava during the wet<br />

season – aka Melioidosis, a<br />

disease caused by the germs that<br />

live deep in the soil. <strong>The</strong><br />

refreshing rain reduces the<br />

muggy air, but the intense<br />

pounding of the rain also brings<br />

those unwelcome germs up to<br />

the surface. Granted, you need<br />

an open wound for the germs to<br />

infect you, but I wouldn’t have<br />

taken my family for a hilarious<br />

“dirt smearing” activity had I<br />

known that beforehand - Oops!<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are also Vampire Flies<br />

(more commonly known as<br />

March Flies) that give you a<br />

nasty sting of a bite, plus disease<br />

carrying mosquitoes, so I guess the air<br />

is lava too. Yet, I still love it here!<br />

I’m a little sad that all the rain must be<br />

providing enough food for the roo’s<br />

because I haven’t seen them venture to<br />

our back fence for a few weeks now.<br />

We miss them. On the brighter side, I<br />

have seen two dingos! I’m happy to<br />

cross that off my to-do list, though I’m<br />

sure I’ll see plenty more throughout this<br />

posting.<br />

Over the next few months, I’m hoping<br />

to check out Edith Falls, Southern<br />

Rock Hole, and maybe another trip up<br />

to Darwin. (Although I might wait until<br />

the dry season, because driving through<br />

the rain is like being trapped inside a<br />

washing machine and you can’t see<br />

out!) Speaking of the dry season, I’ve<br />

heard it’s beautiful - I’m hanging out for<br />

it!<br />

* I am never watching the movie Rogue<br />

ever again<br />

Written by Katie B.<br />

<strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Community Contributor<br />

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Walking Off <strong>The</strong><br />

War Within<br />

Walking Off <strong>The</strong> War Within has transformed from one<br />

man's movement to a series of events, where people of all<br />

ages and fitness levels get together and walk and talk<br />

about ending the stigma that is often associated with<br />

mental health. We hope that each year, the walk continues<br />

to grow so that more people are encouraged to have a<br />

conversation about mental health, depression and suicide.<br />

This year, the event is being held on Saturday<br />

1 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong> at East Point Reserve. This is a<br />

family friendly, community event. You can walk<br />

5km, 10km, 15km or take the ultimate<br />

challenge of walking 20km with a 20kg pack.<br />

<strong>The</strong> pack symbolises the ‘weight’ of<br />

depression. Participants can wear their<br />

‘colours’ or uniform to display a united front in<br />

tackling depression and PTSD head on!<br />

With a focus on raising awareness, WOTWW<br />

is about being a part of something that truly<br />

changes lives - we are taking a stand, making a<br />

difference and building supportive connections<br />

while walking and talking together.<br />

Further information can be found at:<br />

https://walkoffww.com/<br />

If you are interested in supporting the event,<br />

please contact us on wotww.nt@gmail.com or<br />

0400 268 012 .<br />

Share the Burden, Walk as One.<br />

<strong>The</strong> community impact from this event is<br />

significant. We donate funds from the event to<br />

support mental health charities, which is<br />

potentially life changing for many participants.<br />

Most of the participants have first-hand<br />

experience with mental illness, so it can be<br />

helpful and comforting to see a community of<br />

thousands come out to support mental health,<br />

which might also help to start them on a<br />

pathway to recovery.<br />

Our vision is to encourage people to speak up<br />

and to create inclusive community events that<br />

stomp out the stigma associated with mental<br />

illness and suicide - we encourage people to<br />

share the burden and walk as one. Being part of<br />

this movement and raising awareness for mental<br />

illness helps to break down barriers for anyone<br />

who is silently suffering and battling the war<br />

within.<br />

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Stress-free Bills<br />

Preventing Burnout<br />

It’s no surprise that paying bills<br />

is a pretty ordinary experience<br />

that doesn’t bring much joy to<br />

our lives. Even though we<br />

receive the benefits and<br />

comfort of air conditioning,<br />

Netflix and mobile use, the<br />

reality of paying for it can hurt!<br />

Here’s some tips to take the sting out<br />

of paying bills:<br />

RAINY DAY<br />

It’s a super smart strategy to calculate a<br />

realistic amount to cover all of your<br />

bills on an annual basis and then divide<br />

by the number of pay cycles<br />

throughout the year (fortnightly). For<br />

example; if your mobile phone bill is<br />

$80 per month x 12 = $960, then<br />

divide by 26 fortnights = $36.92 (plus a<br />

little bit extra as a buffer, just in case).<br />

Once you have worked this out for<br />

every bill that you usually pay, you can<br />

create a completely separate bank<br />

account to keep your bill funds aside<br />

for a ‘rainy day’ (ie; when your bills<br />

arrive in your mailbox). If you ever<br />

receive a bill that you weren’t<br />

expecting, you might have some<br />

additional funds available in your bills<br />

account to cover it, without stress! <strong>The</strong><br />

best part about this strategy is realising<br />

how much you actually spend on bills<br />

per year, which can be an eye-opener!<br />

NEEDS ASSESSMENT<br />

When you have an idea of what you<br />

spend on bills each year, it’s a good<br />

time to consider whether everything is<br />

necessary. Do you have monthly<br />

subscriptions that you don’t use? Are<br />

you regularly exceeding your data plan<br />

and paying a premium when there are<br />

better plans that suit your needs?<br />

Keeping a separate account for bills is<br />

an easy way to identify miscellaneous<br />

costs (forgotten subscriptions) and to<br />

quickly address any bills that are<br />

draining your funds (insurance<br />

premiums that continue to rise<br />

dramatically on an annual basis). Are all<br />

of your expenses still relevant to your<br />

current lifestyle and situation? Are you<br />

still paying house & contents insurance<br />

in your previous location? It happens…!<br />

PAYING ATTENTION<br />

Once you have set up a separate bills<br />

account and you know the cost of each<br />

of your bills on a fortnightly basis, you<br />

can schedule automatic payments<br />

directly out of the account on a regular<br />

basis (recommended per pay cycle) to<br />

significantly reduce each bill and your<br />

stress levels! If the allocated funds are<br />

already sitting in the account, it makes<br />

sense to take a proactive approach to<br />

managing your bills. Just remember: the<br />

cost of regular Bpay transfers is a better<br />

alternative to a late bill payment (ie;<br />

$25) and/or credit card interest (ie;<br />

16%). Some providers also offer direct<br />

debit options, however the entire bill<br />

amount is usually deducted from your<br />

account in one transaction, which can<br />

be damaging for your cash flow to<br />

cover other bills. If you can organise<br />

regular direct debits of a set amount,<br />

this will help to mitigate large bill<br />

payments at the end of each billing<br />

cycle. Just like an energetic puppy<br />

without a lead, your money will run<br />

away from you if you don’t pay<br />

attention to it.<br />

CONSUMER LEVERAGE<br />

As consumers, we are fortunate that<br />

we are spoilt for choice and can usually<br />

find a number of service providers that<br />

compete for our business. This is<br />

especially true for mobile phone<br />

carriers and insurance companies.<br />

When you pay your bills regularly and<br />

on time, you become a ‘customer of<br />

choice’ with service providers and you<br />

can leverage this position to negotiate<br />

better deals and discounts. As an added<br />

bonus - for every bill that you pay on<br />

time, your credit rating also increases,<br />

which is helpful for any big financial<br />

decisions you wish to make in the<br />

future.<br />

Managing your money is much easier<br />

when you have a realistic plan and you<br />

take a proactive approach to bill<br />

payments.<br />

Written by Deb Herring (CDDA)<br />

Career Development Association of Australia<br />

<strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Community Contributor<br />

Are you Feeling the Burn?<br />

As we move into <strong>2021</strong> and embrace<br />

life in the <strong>Top</strong> End, we are not immune<br />

from the fatigue and burnout caused by<br />

a rigorous training calendar and months<br />

of managing everything ‘alone’. For<br />

those who are not familiar with the<br />

term, “burnout”<br />

is caused by<br />

prolonged stress,<br />

constant activity<br />

and lack of<br />

resources.<br />

<strong>The</strong> risk of burnout is real for many<br />

military families in the <strong>Top</strong> End, so if<br />

you experience burnout from time to<br />

time, we have some basic strategies<br />

that may help.<br />

RESOURCES – do you have resources<br />

available to support you when you are<br />

feeling overwhelmed with excessive<br />

demands? For example; do you have a<br />

friend who can babysit for you on the<br />

odd occasion or can you order<br />

groceries online during your lunch<br />

break to avoid running around? What<br />

other resources can help you and make<br />

life easier?<br />

PLANNING – It might help to create<br />

daily or weekly task lists to stay<br />

organised and prioritise what really<br />

needs your focus. Investing in a userfriendly<br />

planner could save you time<br />

and reduce the likelihood of feeling ‘out<br />

of control’ when life gets busy.<br />

OUTLET – When life gets busy<br />

with constant work and chores, it<br />

can be hard to maintain fun<br />

activities and invest in an outlet<br />

you enjoy, such as; exercise, art,<br />

dancing or socialising. If you can<br />

plan some time<br />

for a fun outlet, it can<br />

significantly boost your<br />

mood and reduce your stress levels.<br />

GRIT – As with all military families,<br />

sometimes you just have to grit your<br />

teeth, shift into survival mode and<br />

celebrate every achievement, big or<br />

small!<br />

If none of these strategies have worked<br />

for you and you still feel overwhelmed,<br />

please reach out to a number of<br />

support services who are available for<br />

an open discussion. You do not have to<br />

struggle on your own and help is always<br />

available!<br />

Written by Deb Herring (CDDA)<br />

Career Development Association of Australia<br />

<strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Community Contributor<br />

Have you ever wanted to be a tour guide?<br />

Do you like engaging with visitors from all over Australia and<br />

the World? If yes, then<br />

WE NEED YOU!<br />

Myilly Point Heritage Precinct is on the lookout for<br />

enthusiasc Heritage Ambassadors to support the Naonal<br />

Trust by fulfilling guide roles for the magnificent Burne<br />

House and its gardens. Volunteers play an important role at<br />

the Naonal Trust NT enhancing our overall visitor<br />

experience at Myilly Point Heritage Precinct. We do not<br />

require special skills, just a posive atude. We will provide<br />

training, guidance and support and we will give you the<br />

tools to provide visitors with factual, historical knowledge<br />

and heritage value about Myilly Point Heritage Precinct and<br />

the Naonal Trust of Australia (NT).<br />

If you wish to assist in serving the community, make new<br />

friends, build your resume and be of service to others and<br />

share your knowledge; we would love to hear from you!<br />

For more informaon; please contact Tourism and Educaon<br />

Officer Lucy Wilson- Wells on 08 8981 2848.<br />

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Home Business Hero<br />

We love empowering and supporting Defence business owners to thrive, and encourage<br />

the Defence community to support each other.<br />

If you would like to tell us about a <strong>Top</strong> End based home business hero, please email us at:<br />

admin@topendermagazine.org.au<br />

TOP END KIDS EVENTS<br />

Having a party at home or a local venue? No matter the venue, even if is a<br />

corporate fun day or in-store promotion, the <strong>Top</strong> End Kids Events team can help<br />

with your needs, big or small.<br />

All your event and party entertainment problems are solved with Darwin's Magical<br />

Fairies & Princesses, Super Heroes, Mascots and other Character Staff. As well as<br />

Festive Helpers, Face Painters, Activation Hosts and engaging Event & Promotional<br />

Staff.<br />

Contact them today!<br />

Website: www.topendkidsevents.com.au<br />

Email: info@topendevents.com.au<br />

Phone: 0458 615 330<br />

ADVERTISE<br />

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For Advertising Rates for<br />

your business. please see<br />

the inside back cover or<br />

contact us for more<br />

information!<br />

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Have you heard about Darwin Adult Short<br />

Courses?<br />

Are you bored and looking for something engaging to do in<br />

your spare time? Darwin Adult Short Courses offer a range<br />

of face-to-face courses from local facilitators, which include:<br />

• Arts – pottery, photography and drawing<br />

• Language – Indigenous languages of the NT, Spanish,<br />

Italian, German, Greek, Korean and MORE<br />

• Cooking – Pasta, Dumplings, Desserts, Chinese, Sushi,<br />

Pastry and MORE<br />

• Sewing & Craft – Sewing Essentials and Garment Making<br />

• Health & Wellbeing – Meditation, Remedial Massage and<br />

Foot Reflexology<br />

• Music – Guitar<br />

Darwin Adult Short Courses<br />

• Technology – Adobe Photoshop, Computer Games and<br />

Home Networking<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s no need to put your interests and hobbies on hold<br />

during your posting to the <strong>Top</strong> End when there are plenty of<br />

options available to keep you entertained all year long!<br />

Located in Ludmilla, courses are run regularly throughout the<br />

year at a very affordable price. Not sure what to give for a<br />

birthday or special occasion? Course gift vouchers are also<br />

available for that special person who seems to have<br />

everything!<br />

Please refer to the website for further information about<br />

each course and how to book: www.adultshortcourses.com<br />

Do you have a specialist skill that you would<br />

like to share?<br />

Darwin Adult Short Courses also encourage tutor<br />

applications for new courses that may interest the Darwin<br />

community! If you have a skill to share, passion for teaching<br />

others, an interest in our diverse community and would like<br />

to earn some pocket money, you might like to apply. Tutor<br />

Applications forms are available through the website:<br />

www.adultshortcourses.com/tutor-applications<br />

Luke Gosling<br />

Amessage<br />

fromLuke<br />

<strong>The</strong>Ultimate<br />

Sacrifice<br />

OnANZACDaywe<br />

rememberallAustralians<br />

whoserved,particularly<br />

thosewhopaidtheultimate<br />

pricetosecurethepeaceful<br />

futureofourcountry.<br />

Today,weareremindedof<br />

thespiritoftheANZACs:<br />

courage,mateship,<br />

endurance,andsacrifice<br />

continuetobeatinthe<br />

heartsofallAustralians.<br />

IservedintheAustralian<br />

DefenceForce(ADF)for13<br />

yearsintheParachute<br />

Infantry,Commandos,and<br />

DefenceCooperation<br />

ProgramsinPapuaNew<br />

Guinea,Malaysia,and<br />

Timor-Leste.Ialsohadthe<br />

opportunitytoworkabroad<br />

inAfghanistan,andother<br />

countries.<br />

That’swhyANZACDay<br />

holdsaspecialplaceinmy<br />

heart;it’sawayformeto<br />

paymyrespectsandalso<br />

remembermycolleagues<br />

andthetimeIservedin<br />

theAustralianDefence<br />

Force.<br />

EveryyearIattendthe<br />

AnzacDayDawnService<br />

inDarwin,oratthe<br />

NationalWarMemorialin<br />

Canberra.<br />

Territoriansare<br />

encouragedtounitewith<br />

Australiansaroundthe<br />

nationtoshareaminute's<br />

silencetoreflectuponall<br />

thosewhomakethis<br />

countrysowonderful.<br />

Onthisday,andeveryday,<br />

werememberall<br />

Australianswhoserved,<br />

andhonourthededication<br />

andsacrificeofourservice<br />

people.<br />

Lestweforget.<br />

Luke Gosling OAM MP<br />

Federal Member for<br />

Solomon<br />

Co-Chair Parliamentary<br />

Friends of Veterans<br />

Luke Gosling is the Federal<br />

Member for Solomon,<br />

representing Darwin and<br />

Palmerston. He served in the<br />

ADF for 13 years.<br />

CONTACT LUKE<br />

Luke.gosling.mp@aph.gov.au<br />

08 8928 0180<br />

lukegosling.com.au<br />

Remembering Our<br />

Military Heroes<br />

Darwin was Australia’s battlefield in World War Two. It<br />

had more bombs dropped on it over 18 months than<br />

Pearl Harbor.<br />

On 19 February 1942, 242 Japanese warplanes in two waves<br />

buzzed in over the Tiwi Islands and hit Darwin Harbour.<br />

<strong>The</strong> bombs they dropped killed about 1,000 people, sank the<br />

USS Peary, an American Navy destroyer, killing 88 people on<br />

board, and almost destroyed the city and its airfields.<br />

Thousands of Territorians were forced to flee south. Upon<br />

returning home, they found a city ravaged by war.<br />

In many ways, Darwin today is a testament to the resilience of<br />

those Territorians who rebuilt our city, making it the modern and<br />

welcoming city it is today.<br />

I’ve been encouraging as many Territorians as possible to invite<br />

their friends and family to the <strong>Top</strong> End to explore our city and<br />

discover the historic sites that made the <strong>Top</strong> End such an<br />

important part of Australia’s war history.<br />

Darwin has always been a critically important strategic location<br />

for Australia, far closer to Dili and Denpasar than it is to Sydney<br />

or Melbourne. It is home to major Army, Navy, and Air Force<br />

bases, thousands of ADF members and their families, who call the<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End home.<br />

On February 19 each year, we commemorate the tragedy and<br />

loss suffered during the Japanese bombing of Darwin, the largest<br />

attack ever mounted by a foreign power on Australia. When the<br />

air raid sirens sound at the Cenotaph just before 10am, we<br />

reflect on all, civilian and military, whose lives were lost or forever<br />

altered.<br />

In Canberra I’ve been working with the Australian War Memorial<br />

to improve our telling of the nation’s World War Two history.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y have agreed to upgrade the Bombing of Darwin and the<br />

War In <strong>The</strong> North exhibitions and that work has begun.<br />

I acknowledge all those that defended, that fought, those that<br />

suffered and all those who rebuilt our wonderful home.<br />

Lest we forget.<br />

Luke Gosling OAM MP<br />

Federal Member for Solomon<br />

Co-Chair Parliamentary Friends of Veterans<br />

Luke Gosling is the federal Member for Solomon, representing<br />

Darwin and Palmerston. He served in the ADF for 13 years.<br />

Photos: At a previous Bombing of Darwin ceremony with the president of<br />

the Melbourne branch of the Darwin Defenders Alan Day and<br />

parliamentary colleagues.<br />

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Defence Community<br />

Organisation<br />

A reminder that (as mentioned on<br />

page 29 in the last Defence Family<br />

Matters magazine), on 1 July <strong>2021</strong> we<br />

are changing our name from Defence<br />

Community Organisation and will be<br />

known as Defence Member and<br />

Family Support (DMFS) Branch. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

will be no change to the range of<br />

services and programs that we offer.<br />

It was wonderful to meet the ADF<br />

members and families new to the area<br />

at our “Meet your local DCO team”<br />

events at Crocosaurus Cove and<br />

RAAF Tindal pool. We enjoyed<br />

meeting new community members<br />

and catching up with familiar faces.<br />

Hello from the DCO NT team!<br />

To all the new families, a huge welcome to the Northern Territory from the Defence<br />

Community Organisation NT team.We have some exciting events and activities planned for<br />

<strong>2021</strong>, with something for everyone. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram,Twitter or ForceNet<br />

for up-to-date event information and links to registration through Eventbrite. You can also<br />

find out what events are coming up by checking out the national events calendar on our<br />

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

RAAF Tindal pool was the perfect place for families to meet the local Defence<br />

Community Organisation team on a hot summer’s day. Photo by DSW Kiana<br />

ADF families in the Northern Territory enjoyed animal encounters and crocodile<br />

feeding at Defence Community Organisations “Meet your local DCO team” event.<br />

Photo by: Lisa Hill.<br />

<strong>The</strong> pool in Tindal was an ideal place<br />

to cool off and have some fun under<br />

the blistering Tindal sun! It was also a<br />

great opportunity for the kids who had<br />

attended KidSMART earlier in the<br />

week to reconnect and introduce their<br />

parents to each other.<br />

In Darwin, families experienced close<br />

up encounters with baby crocodiles,<br />

other reptiles and the many unique<br />

animals found in the NT. <strong>The</strong>y also<br />

had a chance to connect with Defence<br />

Families of Australia, Larrakeyah<br />

Neighbourhood House, Playgroup NT<br />

and Robertson Barracks Family Group.<br />

Are you looking for work and want to become<br />

job-ready?<br />

Our Partner Employment Assistance Program (PEAP)<br />

provides funding for initiatives to assist ADF partners with<br />

employment when they are relocated on posting, or if their<br />

ADF member is medically transitioning. <strong>The</strong> two support<br />

initiatives offered under PEAP are:<br />

• professional employment services<br />

• professional re-registration—re-registration must be<br />

state-based and required by legislation.<br />

Support under the professional employment services is for<br />

a maximum of $1,500 per posting. Support for reregistration<br />

costs can be provided in addition to the $1,500.<br />

Partners have the flexibility of opting to receive services<br />

from Defence’s professional employment services provider<br />

or a provider of their choice.<br />

PEAP has also been expanded to include new employment<br />

services for ADF partners from Defence’s service<br />

provider. <strong>The</strong> benefits of using Defence’s service provider<br />

are:<br />

• you can access services within 48 hours of application<br />

approval<br />

• you do not need to provide a quote for services<br />

• you do not need to request payment of an invoice or<br />

seek reimbursement<br />

• you will work with a professional, quality assured<br />

provider.<br />

You can find a range of information and resources about<br />

PEAP on the DCO website, see www.defence.gov.au/<br />

DCO/Family/Partners/PEAP.asp for more information or<br />

to download the factsheets, guidelines or application forms.<br />

Credit: iStock/shapcharge<br />

Introducing our Education Liaison Officer<br />

We know that it has been a busy time for ADF members<br />

and their families settling into a new posting location, jobs,<br />

routines, and for many schools.<br />

Now that school has been back for a few weeks, you may<br />

be looking for additional information and support,<br />

particularly if your school does not have a Defence School<br />

Mentor (DSM). As part of the local multi-disciplinary team<br />

we have our Education Liaison Officer (EdLO), Annick.<br />

You may have seen Annick out and about at our briefs,<br />

meet and greets, or unit welcomes. <strong>The</strong> EdLOs are a<br />

wealth of knowledge and will share with you the range of<br />

services and resources that can assist with the transition<br />

between schools and education systems, and provide<br />

support for the unique needs of Defence students. Services<br />

and resources include:<br />

• informing, preparing and empowering families about<br />

local schools and education systems, and working with<br />

parents, students and teachers to manage the<br />

transition when relocating to a new school<br />

• linking families with education providers, resources or<br />

support agencies according to their children's individual<br />

needs—including students with special needs<br />

• working with schools to ensure a supportive<br />

educational environment and to raise awareness of<br />

issues Defence children may face<br />

• informing families about the Defence support services<br />

available, including the financial assistance available<br />

under the Education Assistance Scheme.<br />

You can find a range of information and resources about<br />

Education on the DCO website. Visit defence.gov.au/<br />

DCO/Family/Kids/Education for more information or to<br />

download factsheets, guidelines or application forms. You<br />

can also contact the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624<br />

608 for assistance.<br />

We look forward to seeing you out and about!<br />

Di Elson<br />

Area Manager<br />

<strong>The</strong> Defence Community Organisation NT team<br />

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Robertson Barracks<br />

Family Group<br />

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood<br />

House<br />

If you are new to the NT and looking to get out and<br />

make friends within the Defence community, RBFG<br />

hold weekly social activities for the whole family.<br />

Our mission is to provide a range of great<br />

opportunities to help kids make new friends and<br />

create a comfortable environment for spouses to meet<br />

and connect.<br />

We support families from all services here in the NT,<br />

not just families who are connected to Robertson<br />

Barracks. <strong>The</strong>re are activities for all ages, from infant<br />

through to adult. We offer a warm and welcoming<br />

space, with a great community of people who are<br />

wanting to make lifelong friendships and support each<br />

other through challenging times.<br />

For further information please see our Facebook page:<br />

Robertson Barracks Family Group or alternatively, our<br />

website: www rbfg.com.au.<br />

Our Community Support<br />

Coordinator, Sam, is<br />

always available for any<br />

queries you may have<br />

and can be emailed at<br />

any time! If you are<br />

wanting to attend any<br />

activities on base, but<br />

are yet to organise a<br />

base pass, Sam is also<br />

available to sign you into<br />

base so you don’t miss<br />

out on any activities.<br />

<strong>The</strong> RBFG committee<br />

are always looking for awesome new team members,<br />

regardless of experience, education or background! If you<br />

love being involved with your community and have some<br />

free time to give to attend committee meetings or some<br />

ideas and knowledge to share, we would love to hear<br />

from you! Volunteering can also be a great way to learn<br />

new skills for future employment if you have been out of<br />

the workforce for some time - our door is always open!<br />

We look forward to meeting you soon!<br />

Samantha Maloney<br />

Centre Coordinator<br />

RBFG<br />

We have enjoyed a fabulous start to the year!<br />

We re-opened towards the end of the school<br />

holidays to give all the Defence families a chance<br />

to venture out the house and socialise with other<br />

Defence families before school started.<br />

We were pleasantly surprised to see many new<br />

families visiting the House and were delighted<br />

that our regulars returned to welcome everyone<br />

with open arms.<br />

On Australia day, we hosted our annual<br />

Welcome to the North event at the Club<br />

Tropical Resort, which was attended by over 125<br />

members of our community! We organised a<br />

delicious BBQ lunch and entertainment, including<br />

Hyper the Clown (sponsored by Defence<br />

Health), inflatable water slides into the resort<br />

pool and an Australian themed craft table<br />

(sponsored by Playgroup NT). Congratulations<br />

to all Thong Throwing Competition Winners - we<br />

hope you loved your prizes!!<br />

Our first Ladies Dinners was held at Picnic at<br />

Cullen Bay where we were treated to a special<br />

Bali style picnic, which included a 3 course BBQ<br />

buffet. <strong>The</strong> food was delicious and there was a<br />

‘buzz’ around the table as we all made some new<br />

social connections. With such a fantastic start to<br />

<strong>2021</strong>, our regular programmes have already<br />

kicked off, so please keep an eye out for our<br />

regular and one-off events on our Facebook page.<br />

We are currently working on our Easter event,<br />

which looks like it is going to be a fantastic fun<br />

filled morning for everyone.<br />

We hope that all the new families have started to<br />

settle, and that you are finding some time to get<br />

out and about to explore all the wonderful places<br />

and food Darwin has to offer. One of our family<br />

favourites is watching the sunset at the Trailer<br />

Boat Club or trying the delicious food from Parap<br />

Markets!<br />

If you have not made it to our Neighbourhood<br />

House yet, hopefully it is on your list to do soon<br />

- we would love to meet you!<br />

Charné Saunders<br />

Centre Coordinator<br />

LNH<br />

Along with our special events<br />

and holiday activities, we offer<br />

a range of weekly and<br />

monthly activities too!<br />

What’s On at LNH<br />

MONDAY: 9am - Bumps and Bubs<br />

TUESDAY: 9am – Playgroup<br />

FRIDAY: Alternating Lunches and Coffees out<br />

and about in Darwin<br />

Monthly Calendar<br />

- Ladies Dinners<br />

- Craft Nights<br />

- Kids Club<br />

- Book Club<br />

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Anzac Day your way in <strong>2021</strong><br />

Body positivity without the diets<br />

Last year saw Australia as a nation come<br />

together to mark Anzac Day in ways we had<br />

not seen before. While many of the traditional<br />

Anzac Day services, including marches, were<br />

cancelled, we remained united in ensuring the<br />

day was not forgotten, and in remembering our<br />

service personnel both past and present.<br />

This year, we are still faced with some of the<br />

same limitations as last year, but as a Territory<br />

and nation we will once again mark this<br />

important day in our national calendar. Before<br />

Anzac Day arrives, I want to share with you<br />

some of the history behind the Anzac Day<br />

tradition reminding us why we continue to pay<br />

our respects on this very important day.<br />

<strong>The</strong> origins of the Anzac Day tradition goes<br />

back to 25 <strong>April</strong> 1915, when the Australian and<br />

New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) landed<br />

on the Gallipoli Peninsula. It was the start of a<br />

campaign that lasted eight months and resulted<br />

in some 26,000 Australian casualties, and over<br />

8,000 who were killed or died of wounds or<br />

disease. <strong>The</strong> men who served on the Gallipoli<br />

Peninsula created a legend, adding the word<br />

‘Anzac’ to our vocabulary and creating the<br />

notion of the Anzac spirit - the ideals of<br />

courage, endurance and mateship. Today, over<br />

100 years later, Anzac Day is a national day of<br />

commemoration and this Anzac spirit is still alive<br />

in our current serving Australian Defence Force<br />

(ADF) members.<br />

To help Australians mark Anzac Day this year,<br />

the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has<br />

produced a range of new and creative<br />

resources that have been sent out to more<br />

than 17,000 community groups and schools<br />

across the nation. <strong>The</strong>se resources include<br />

posters, educational materials including flyers and<br />

the book ‘Shifting Tides: Australia and the Pacific<br />

in the Second World War’. <strong>The</strong>re is a special<br />

focus on the Royal Australian Air Force<br />

Centenary, the War in the Pacific and the end of<br />

the Second World War.<br />

DVA also encourages schools to get involved in<br />

the annual Anzac Day Schools’ Awards which<br />

invites teachers and their students to investigate<br />

a particular theme and showcase their findings in<br />

an innovative and creative way. This year’s theme<br />

is, ‘What does commemoration look like in<br />

your community?’ Schools have up until the 30<br />

June <strong>2021</strong> to submit their entry to have a chance<br />

to win up to $5000.<br />

To find out more information about the Awards,<br />

or to download the abovementioned resources,<br />

head to: anzacportal.dva.gov.au.<br />

This Anzac Day, I encourage<br />

all of us in the<br />

Northern Territory<br />

to tune in to<br />

the nationally<br />

televised Dawn<br />

Service from<br />

the Australian<br />

War Memorial<br />

in Canberra,<br />

with details to be<br />

confirmed closer to the<br />

date. In addition, I<br />

encourage you to mark<br />

the day in your own way, whether<br />

that be attending the service at the<br />

Cenotaph, on your driveway with<br />

neighbours, or at home reflecting on<br />

the service of a family member.<br />

However you choose to<br />

commemorate is up to you, but let’s<br />

do so in a way that is fitting of the<br />

legacy left behind by those who have<br />

served our nation.<br />

Lest we forget.<br />

Meghan Bailey<br />

Deputy Commissioner<br />

Department of Veteran Affairs<br />

In a society fixated on body image and the<br />

latest weight loss diet trends, International No<br />

Diet Day reminds us to celebrate what is truly<br />

important; a healthy relationship with food and<br />

compassion to yourself and others.<br />

International No Diet Day is celebrated on <strong>May</strong><br />

6, and embraces the message that health can be<br />

achieved in all body types and encourages<br />

people to let go of negative thoughts towards<br />

food and body image.<br />

Food is supposed to be fun and pleasurable, and<br />

it can help to bring loved ones together. Giving<br />

yourself permission to eat food because it tastes<br />

good helps you enjoy every bite, without the<br />

guilt of making “should” or “should not” choices.<br />

Many adults and youth want to engage in healthy<br />

eating to optimise their wellbeing, although it is<br />

important to understand that healthy eating isn’t<br />

about unrealistic limitations, restricting food<br />

intake or setting unhealthy goals. Healthy eating<br />

is about feeling great, having more energy,<br />

enjoying a wide variety of food and listening to<br />

your body.<br />

Studies indicate that fad diets are an ineffective<br />

way to lose weight long term and could damage<br />

your relationship with food. Health (at every<br />

size) is about taking care of your body without<br />

worrying whether you are too big or small, and<br />

seeing the beauty and diversity in all body types.<br />

By following the recommended servings in the<br />

Australian Dietary Guidelines and tuning in to<br />

what your body really needs, nourishing your<br />

body can be simple.<br />

International No Diet Day also raises awareness<br />

of weight discrimination and various eating<br />

disorders. As a community, if we embrace the<br />

‘health at every size’ movement, have a positive<br />

relationship with food (without demonising<br />

certain foods and eliminating obsessive eating),<br />

we can model healthy body image for our<br />

children in the future.<br />

Take some time out to celebrate your healthy<br />

body image on <strong>May</strong> 6 by recognising that your<br />

body is beautiful exactly how it is. Find<br />

an active hobby that makes you happy<br />

and free yourself from restricting fad diets<br />

that make you judge yourself by a<br />

number on the scales. Make a list of all<br />

the things you love about your body,<br />

start focusing on the positive rather than<br />

the negative, and practice self-care.<br />

For further information and to seek assistance<br />

relating to body image, go to<br />

www.butterfly.org.au or, for general nutrition<br />

information and recipes, go to<br />

www.nutritionaustralia.org.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Government’s Department of Veterans’<br />

Affair’s (DVA) also provides a free Heart Health<br />

Program to eligible members of the veteran<br />

community. <strong>The</strong> goal of the program is to help<br />

get you started with a daily routine of exercise<br />

and balanced nutrition.<br />

Check out the DVA website for more<br />

information and also stay tuned for updates as<br />

we standby to announce the theme of this year’s<br />

Veteran Health Week!<br />

Jacqui Cleghorn<br />

Community Support Advisor<br />

Department of Veteran Affairs<br />

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AMW Choir<br />

“First we sing for our HEARTS. Second we sing for our VOICES. Third we sing for OTHERS.”<br />

Defence Families of Australia<br />

(DFA) is the official ADF family<br />

advisory body to the Minister for<br />

Defence Personnel and Chief of<br />

the Defence Force (CDF).<br />

Our organisation sits outside of Defence<br />

systems, allowing DFA independence and<br />

impartiality to act in the best interests of<br />

ADF families.<br />

Our aim is to inform the government and<br />

Defence on the needs of the family. Our<br />

goal is to ensure quality of life for all<br />

Defence families by providing a<br />

recognised forum for their views and by<br />

reporting, making recommendations and<br />

influencing policy that directly affects<br />

families. In turn, this enhances the<br />

capability of the Australian Defence<br />

Force.<br />

Our team are all Defence partners of<br />

current serving members. We advocate<br />

for Defence members and their families at<br />

a local level.<br />

Your local delegate for the Northern<br />

Territory is Jessica Hanison. Contact<br />

Jessica via nt@dfa.org.au or follow her on<br />

the DFA Northern Territory Facebook<br />

page.<br />

Out and About in our Defence<br />

Community<br />

<strong>2021</strong> has started off in the most<br />

wonderful way meeting new families to<br />

the NT and catching up with families still<br />

here. In the DFA Charter, we are to<br />

perform the task of Informing Defence<br />

Families. I am here to assist families of<br />

ADF members who seek a delegate to<br />

help with advocacy to obtain information<br />

on the benefits and assistance available to<br />

them from Defence, their rights and<br />

responsibilities, and the Defence policy<br />

that affects them. This may include DFA<br />

assisting Defence and other stakeholders<br />

in their efforts to inform all families of<br />

these benefits, assistance, rights and<br />

responsibilities, and policies.<br />

Defence community houses, unit family<br />

days and DCO events allow me to listen<br />

to issues affecting Defence families in the<br />

NT and inform families of how DFA can<br />

help.<br />

ADF Partner Employment<br />

At DFA, we put ADF Partner<br />

Employment at the top of our advocacy<br />

agenda.<br />

We are thrilled about the increased<br />

investment into supporting employment<br />

for ADF Partners in expanding the<br />

Partner Employment Assistance Program<br />

(PEAP)<br />

<strong>The</strong> Government is enhancing the<br />

Defence Partner Employment Assistance<br />

Program to include more services<br />

including virtual job search preparation<br />

workshops and access to employment<br />

support and connection with job<br />

opportunities. This program is available to<br />

help partners of our ADF personnel find<br />

employment when the member is<br />

relocated on posting or medically<br />

transitioning.<br />

Thank you to everyone who<br />

has continued to help support<br />

our advocacy, especially in the<br />

ADF partner employment<br />

space.<br />

We will continue to advocate<br />

for ADF Partner employment,<br />

to let employers know about<br />

the talent in the Defence<br />

partner community, and to<br />

advocate with government and<br />

industry for improved support.<br />

More information on what is<br />

now available is on the DCO<br />

website.<br />

https://www.defence.gov.au/<br />

DCO/Family/Partners/<br />

PEAP.asp<br />

Find out about our advocacy.<br />

https://dfa.org.au/partneremployment<br />

Webinars<br />

We are stepping back into webinars.<br />

On Tuesday 9 February we held an<br />

Employment focussed webinar with two<br />

of our Defence Partner Friendly<br />

Employers – YNA and Work Rehab.<br />

Both organisations are encouraging and<br />

supportive of Defence partner<br />

employment and understand the<br />

complexities of Defence life. Both have<br />

personal connections to the Defence<br />

community.<br />

We are so grateful for the time YNA and<br />

Work Rehab have given us to help<br />

present this webinar.<br />

We hope to bring a few more employers<br />

online for our community in the coming<br />

weeks. We recorded the webinar for<br />

watching at a later date. Find the link on<br />

our Facebook page.<br />

Register in advance for our webinars.<br />

After registering, you will receive a<br />

confirmation email containing information<br />

about joining the webinar.<br />

Jessica Hanison<br />

NT Delegate<br />

DFA<br />

ABOUT THE AMWC<br />

<strong>The</strong> AMWC is a choir for any females, of<br />

any age, with a significant connection to<br />

Defence.This includes serving members,<br />

reservists, wives, partners, mothers,<br />

daughters, sisters. <strong>The</strong> choir is Australia<br />

wide, in 12 Defence locations across<br />

Australia, and has over 130 members, and<br />

growing every year. We are all volunteers<br />

who just have a passion for singing.<br />

<strong>The</strong> idea behind the choir is to connect<br />

women together, who understand the<br />

challenges we face as part of the Defence<br />

life, and to create friendships and support<br />

systems both within your local area and<br />

across Australia. We also have lots of fun<br />

doing it!<br />

We have a yearly National Workshop,<br />

where we meet other choir members<br />

from around Australia, which helps make<br />

connections as we get moved around the<br />

country through postings. We all rehearse<br />

the same selection of songs, so we know<br />

if we get moved to another location that<br />

has a AWMChoir, we can join up and<br />

already be part of something familiar, plus<br />

the added benefit of already knowing<br />

some of the people.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is a common misconception about<br />

the choir and needing to be able to sing<br />

to join - this is not true at all! Most of us<br />

are not trained singers, we are down-toearth<br />

women who love to sing. We all<br />

have varying singing experience (from<br />

beginner to expert), but with guidance<br />

from our Choir Directors and through<br />

regular rehearsals, it is amazing just how<br />

beautiful we sound (please search some<br />

of our videos on YouTube to see for<br />

yourself!).<br />

<strong>The</strong> benefits of the choir are twofold -<br />

first, the connection, friendships and<br />

support systems built with other women,<br />

and second, the positive health benefits<br />

that come from singing together. Singing<br />

makes you feel good, it lifts your mood, it<br />

decreases anxiety and stress, improves<br />

brain function & cognition! Not to<br />

mention... it’s loads of fun! <strong>The</strong>re is also<br />

opportunity to participate in significant<br />

performances both within your local<br />

community, and nationally, including the<br />

Australian War Memorial in Canberra.<br />

However, performing is not compulsory,<br />

it’s up to you.<br />

<strong>The</strong> songs we sing mostly represent our<br />

life in some way. We have a varied and<br />

growing repertoire, from modern songs<br />

to old time songs, with the aim to cover<br />

all audiences.<br />

DARWIN AWMC<br />

We rehearse every 1st, 3rd and 5th<br />

Thursday evenings of the month from<br />

7pm to 8:30pm across 12 locations in<br />

Australia, including Darwin. No<br />

experience required, no auditions.<br />

<strong>The</strong> AMWChoir is for female voices with<br />

a connection to a currently serving<br />

Australian Defence Force member or a<br />

foreign defence force member stationed<br />

in Australia.<br />

“Building circles of song for women and<br />

girls connected to currently serving<br />

members of the ADF since 2012”<br />

“I can’t recommend the Australian Military<br />

Wives Choir enough for any female<br />

connected to Defence, who is looking for<br />

friendship, support and heaps of fun. For<br />

me, the AMWC has been life changing! As I<br />

continue to get moved around this beautiful<br />

country of ours, I know the AMWC and my<br />

‘Choir Sisters’ will always be there for<br />

me. I have made many lifelong friends,<br />

enjoyed singing beautiful and uplifting<br />

songs, had heaps of fun (and giggles!),<br />

and had opportunities to perform at<br />

many special events around the country.<br />

If you like to sing, (you don’t need to<br />

have any experience), why not come<br />

along to one of our rehearsals and see<br />

what we’re all about? We have also now<br />

introduced our ‘Online’ choir which has<br />

been made available for those in more<br />

remote locations who still want to keep<br />

singing and be part of the Choir. <strong>The</strong><br />

AMWC is an amazing organisation which I<br />

feel privileged to be part of. Joining the<br />

AMWC has been, and continues to be, one<br />

of the best things I have ever done in my<br />

life. I know that after every choir rehearsal, I<br />

leave feeling happy and that is truly<br />

amazing! “ - Tina Roney - Singing Leader<br />

- Darwin<br />

NEW ONLINE AWMC<br />

Are you in Tindal and wanting to join<br />

the Australian Military Wives Choir? <strong>The</strong><br />

AMWChoir is launching new Online<br />

rehearsals in March <strong>2021</strong>!<br />

Monthly online rehearsals will begin on<br />

11 March <strong>2021</strong> and continue every 2nd<br />

Thursday of the month from then<br />

onwards.<br />

AMWChoir Online is intended for<br />

anyone who cannot get to a physical<br />

rehearsal; whether that is due to distance<br />

from your closest choir gathering, family/<br />

work commitments or a preference for<br />

singing online - all members are welcome.<br />

If there is anyone in Tindal or other areas<br />

who is interested in joining, please<br />

contact our Darwin Coordinator,<br />

Hannah.<br />

If there is enough interest from members<br />

in Tindal and two people willing to<br />

volunteer as Singing Leader and<br />

Coordinator, there is potential for you to<br />

form your very own AMWChoir branch<br />

too!<br />

“My name is Hannah and I’m the<br />

coordinator for the AMWChoir Darwin in<br />

<strong>2021</strong>. Back in 2019 I joined the Australian<br />

Military Wives Choir in Darwin. <strong>The</strong> choir is<br />

a welcoming and friendly community of<br />

women & girls connected to past & present<br />

ADF members, sharing a love for song. I<br />

learned singing is good for my heart and<br />

hearing our voices together brings me joy.<br />

Despite the unprecedented challenges<br />

during the COVID-19 crisis, our choir has<br />

FIND US ON<br />

FACEBOOK:<br />

AMWChoirDarwin<br />

- or -<br />

AustralianMilitary<br />

WivesChoir<br />

been resilient and flexible. We have<br />

continued our rehearsals online in a<br />

successful and fun format and kept our<br />

community strong. This is continuing in <strong>2021</strong><br />

with a dedicated online choir for remote<br />

members who are unable to make<br />

rehearsals in current choir locations. We<br />

have resumed in-person rehearsals and<br />

performances here in Darwin and we are<br />

looking forward to strengthening our<br />

connections in <strong>2021</strong>. For those who are<br />

interested in joining us in Darwin, we<br />

rehearse at Billeroy Veterans & Families<br />

Community Centre (just outside RAAF Base<br />

Darwin) - 12 Billeroy Road, Eaton, 0820.<br />

I really hope you will join us!” - Hannah<br />

Davey - Coordinator - AMWC Darwin<br />

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Defence Dandelions<br />

Defence Dandelions Playgroup runs at Playgroup House during the school<br />

term on Thursday mornings from 09:30am to 11:30am on the corner of<br />

McMillans Road and Marrara Drive.<br />

What an amazing turn out for the start of <strong>2021</strong><br />

Defence Dandelion Playgroup! It is good to see<br />

so many families utilising our playgroup and<br />

facilities forming new friendships and taking a<br />

break from the stressors of life.<br />

Defence Dandelion Playgroup is a peer support<br />

group for family wellbeing (particularly those<br />

families experiencing PND, PTSD, Anxiety and/or<br />

Depression, however no diagnosis is necessary).<br />

We have created a safe space where Defence<br />

families are invited to enjoy a cuppa while their<br />

children play happily in our amazing, newly<br />

renovated space. We have four large areas for<br />

families to spread out and cater for every child’s<br />

interest, including an indoor play gym, a toy<br />

room filled with dress ups/ books/ toys and a<br />

pretend kitchen, and a baby area set up for<br />

newborns to walkers! We also have a fully<br />

fenced outdoor area with a bike track and large<br />

playground - You will find something for every<br />

member of the family!<br />

We also love messy play at Playgroup NT, so if<br />

you decide to come along, please ensure you<br />

bring some spare clothes. Every week, we have<br />

new and exciting craft and activities to explore<br />

with Cindy, our very engaging Playgroup<br />

Facilitator.<br />

This year we will be hosting a few big events,<br />

including First Aid for Babies and Children – this<br />

will be non-accredited training for parents to<br />

ensure that you know what to do in the<br />

event of an emergency concerning your<br />

children.<br />

Also, this year, we will be organising<br />

<strong>The</strong> Circle of Security Program running<br />

one session per week for 8 weeks. This<br />

program is based on decades of<br />

research to support and strengthen<br />

parent-child relationships, build capacity,<br />

and enhances social and emotional<br />

development in children. Dates and<br />

times for these events are still to be<br />

finalised, however expressions of<br />

interest are always welcome.<br />

Looking forward to seeing you all at Playgroup.<br />

Jessica Schultz<br />

Defence Community Support Coordinator<br />

Playgroup NT<br />

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Your Complete Guide to the<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End Dry Season<br />

If you are someone who thinks that the <strong>Top</strong> End is boring with nothing to do – think again! We<br />

have compiled the most comprehensive list of entertaining, fun, relaxing, unique and awesome<br />

experiences that will keep you busy throughout the entire dry season! Keep this Liftout next to<br />

your car keys and strap yourself in for a wild adventure in the <strong>Top</strong> End that you cannot find<br />

anywhere else in Australia! ENJOY!!<br />

Don’t forget to keep us updated on your crazy adventures!<br />

Please send your article contributions to: admin@topendermagazine.org.au<br />

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Animals<br />

<strong>The</strong> Territory has some seriously WILD animals! Feed a<br />

croc, hold a snake or feed some fish...<strong>The</strong>re’s so much<br />

to see and do at these iconic attractions!<br />

TERRITORY WILDLIFE PARK $$<br />

Spend an entire day at the Territory Wildlife Park. Consider buying a locals pass<br />

for multiple visits so you can visit as often as you like. <strong>The</strong>re is a shuttle bus<br />

within the park that travels around every half hour if you don't want to walk<br />

between exhibits. Check out the amazing birds of prey, hand feed the wallabies<br />

and some rare animals - there's a lot to do. Make sure you have sturdy walking<br />

shoes and lots of water for a full day of fun. territorywildlifepark.com.au/<br />

CROCOSAURUS COVE<br />

$$<br />

No posting to the <strong>Top</strong> End is complete without visiting Crocosaurus Cove in<br />

the heart of Darwin (Mitchell St). <strong>The</strong>re’s also a large reptile display, daily<br />

attractions and the Cage of Death. An annual locals pass is also available.<br />

www.crocosauruscove.com/<br />

AQUASCENE<br />

Come and feed the friendly wild fish at Doctor’s Gully, which is fun for all ages!<br />

aquascene.com.au/<br />

INDO PACIFIC MARINE (STOKES WHARF)<br />

Learn about the marine environment in the NT at this indoor aquatic education<br />

centre and museum. www.tropicaldarwin.com/Indo-Pacific-Marine.htm<br />

$$<br />

CROCODYLUS PARK<br />

Feed or hold a crocodile and check out the range of other animals around the<br />

park, including monkeys, lions and reptiles! www.crocodyluspark.com.au/<br />

$$<br />

JUMPING CROC CRUISE<br />

Jump onboard the Adelaide River Queen for a relaxing cruise with the<br />

excitement of a hungry crocodile! Helicopter tours are also available.<br />

www.jumpingcrocodilecruises.com.au<br />

$<br />

FREE<br />

$<br />

$$<br />

$$$<br />

A<br />

LEGEND<br />

Free entry<br />

Up to $50<br />

$50 -$100<br />

$100 +<br />

Food / Cafe<br />

BBQ facilities<br />

Swimming<br />

Camping<br />

Wheelchair Access<br />

Outdoors, hat required<br />

Defence Discount<br />

Age Restrictions may Apply<br />

Keeping Cool<br />

Need to cool off? Our hot tropical climate is ideal for enjoying a splash in the<br />

pool or a swim in one of the naturally beautifully swimming holes in our<br />

National Parks. Remember to be Croc-wise and only swim in designated areas!<br />

$<br />

WAVE POOL<br />

Splash around in the safety of the wave pool at the Waterfront. <strong>The</strong>re is also a shallow undercover area without waves for little<br />

ones and a great place to cool off without worrying about crocodiles! <strong>The</strong> Waterfront also has a small recreational lagoon and<br />

new Aqua Park Inflatable. www.waterfront.nt.gov.au/wave-lagoon<br />

PALMERSTON WATERPARK FREE<br />

Spend the day at Palmerston waterpark has plenty of parking, lawn areas, BBQ facilities, skate park and a café, with free entry!<br />

LEANYER WATERPARK FREE<br />

Leanyer waterpark has plenty of parking, lawn areas, BBQ facilities, skate park and a café, with free entry for all ages!<br />

MATARANKA THERMAL POOL FREE<br />

Take the time to relax and unwind in this incredible thermal pool in Elsey National Park -<br />

northernterritory.com/katherine-and-surrounds/destinations/mataranka-thermal-pool<br />

BITTER SPRINGS FREE<br />

Immerse yourself in the natural surroundings of the Never Never Region and Elsey National Park, while<br />

relaxing in this crystal clear, thermal swimming hole about 2km from Mataranka and camping facilities.<br />

northernterritory.com/katherine-and-surrounds/see-and-do/bitter-springs<br />

BERRY SPRINGS SWIMMING HOLE FREE<br />

Cool off in this amazing, natural waterhole with picnic areas and facilities.<br />

nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/find-a-park-to-visit/berry-springs-nature-park<br />

NITMILUK NATIONAL PARK FREE<br />

Spend an entire weekend exploring this incredible region in the <strong>Top</strong> End. Swim or kayak in<br />

waterholes, explore on foot and visit the Nitmiluk Centre. <strong>The</strong>re is so much to see and do!<br />

nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/find-a-park-to-visit/nitmiluk-national-park<br />

LELIYN / EDITH FALLS FREE<br />

Explore the incredible sights of Leliyn / Edith Falls and a dip in the refreshing waterhole.<br />

northernterritory.com/katherine-and-surrounds/see-and-do/leliyn----nitmiluk-national-park<br />

KATHERINE HOT SPRINGS FREE<br />

Relax and unwind in this incredible natural swimming hole, only open during the dry season!<br />

www.katherine.nt.gov.au/our-town/tourism/katherine-hot-springs.aspx<br />

TJUWALIYN (DOUGLAS) HOT SPRINGS FREE<br />

currently closed due to environmental issues, however may reopen during the dry season for swimming and camping.<br />

nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/find-a-park-to-visit/tjuwaliyn-douglas-hot-springs-park<br />

BUTTERFLY GORGE NATURE PARK FREE<br />

Cool off in this amazing gorge which is home to thousands of Common Crow Butterflies living in the towering rock face -<br />

northernterritory.com/katherine-and-surrounds/see-and-do/butterfly-gorge-nature-park<br />

INFINITY FREE<br />

Relax by the pool at Mindil Beach Resort with the added luxury of a weekend DJ, pool bar and incredible afternoon sunsets.<br />

www.mindilbeachcasinoresort.com.au/bars/infinity<br />

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Kid Friendly<br />

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PLANET TENPIN NIGHTCLIFF<br />

Darwin’s original bowling alley! Enjoy a day of fun in air-conditioned comfort with a couple of games of bowling!<br />

Plus, glow in the dark and disco bowling on Friday and Saturday nights - planettenpin.com.au/<br />

NIGHTCLIFF JETTY ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND FREE<br />

Venture out to Banksia St, Nightcliff to find a fun adventure playground for all ages, nestled amongst the trees -<br />

www.weekendnotes.com/nightcliff-jetty-playground/<br />

DARWIN ESPLANADE ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND / BICENTINNIAL PARK<br />

Explore the Darwin Esplanade and adventure playground<br />

northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/see-and-do/bicentennial-park<br />

$<br />

PLAYSHACK<br />

Let your kids run wild at this air-conditioned indoor playground,<br />

complete with café and party rooms theplayshack.com.au/<br />

$<br />

ADVENTURELAND (GATEWAY)<br />

Your kids can explore this multi-level, indoor adventure playground for all ages while<br />

you relax at the café. Party rooms also available - adventurelandplay.com.au/<br />

$<br />

KING PIN<br />

For those who want as much entertainment within four walls as possible, this indoor play<br />

centre has tenpin bowling, arcade games, karaoke, laser tag, party rooms, table tennis, billiard<br />

tables, café and a bar for big kids! www.kingpinplay.com/en-au/venues/nt/darwin<br />

$<br />

FLIP OUT<br />

Come and jump for joy in this airconditioned playground, including a separate play<br />

arena for smaller kids. www.flipout.net.au/locations/nt/nt-darwin/darwin<br />

$<br />

TIMEZONE<br />

Head to the Quarter at Casuarina Shopping Centre for some<br />

old school arcade games! www.timezonegames.com/<br />

MINI GOLF GARDENS PARK GOLD LINKS<br />

Play a round of mini golf amongst the swaying palm trees near Mindil Beach<br />

www.gardensparkgolflinks.com.au/golf/#mini-golf<br />

MINI GOLF FLIGHTPATH BERRIMAH<br />

Have some fun at Flightpath mini golf, archery or the driving range -<br />

www.flightpathgolf.com.au<br />

CHOCOLATE FACTORY TOURS & WORKSHOPS $<br />

Spend the day learning about chocolate in air conditioned comfort with a<br />

tour, tasting and workshops available! www.darwinchocolatefactory.com.au<br />

$<br />

FRESH POINT CO CAFE<br />

Take the kids to indulge in a Super Freak Shake with a range of flavours to<br />

choose from! Located at Bellamack and Parap - www.freshpointco.com/<br />

$<br />

$<br />

$<br />

FREE<br />

SPORTS PROGRAMS<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s a huge range of indoor and<br />

outdoor sports porgrams available<br />

year round. Check out <strong>Top</strong> End<br />

Multi Sports or get in touch with<br />

your local sports team to see what is<br />

available.<br />

topendmultisports.com.au/<br />

JAPE VILLAGE CENTRAL MARKETS FREE<br />

Explore the indoor markets of local artisans and the indoor playground for all ages.<br />

www.homemakervillage.com.au/shop-categories/village-central-markets<br />

DARWIN ICE SKATING CENTRE<br />

Really cool off and enjoy a skate at Darwin’s only ice rink! <strong>The</strong>re’s even snow play for the<br />

little ones and parties available for all ages. www.darwiniceskating.com.au/<br />

BOWL PATROL @ PLANET TENPIN<br />

Treat your kids to an 8 week bowling program with qualified coaches<br />

(during school terms) - bowlpatrol.com.au/about-bowl-patrol/<br />

DARWIN SURF LIFE SAVING - NIPPERS & CADETS<br />

$<br />

GEOCACHING FREE<br />

Download a Geocaching app and get started while exploring the <strong>Top</strong> End!<br />

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS<br />

Keep a look out for some excellent school<br />

holiday activities and programs run by<br />

Activate Darwin, the Darwin Waterfront,<br />

City of Darwin and City of Palmerston.<br />

Upcoming School Holidays:<br />

10 <strong>April</strong> - 18 <strong>April</strong> (inclusive)<br />

26 June - 19 July (inclusive)<br />

$<br />

$<br />

BUMBLE BEAN CHOCOLATE FACTORY<br />

Visit this factory shop front to satisfy your sweet tooth with some locally made chocolates - bumblebeanchocolates.com/<br />

GEORGE BROWN DARWIN BOTANIC GARDENS FREE<br />

Immerse yourself in nature at the botanic Gardens Adventure Playground, including a fun tree house for little ones and an<br />

education centre. northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/see-and-do/george-brown-darwin-botanic-gardens<br />

PINE CREEK GOLD RUSH FESTIVAL FREE<br />

Bring the kids to learn about the gold rush era at Pine Creek for a day of gold panning, damper making, competitions, an art<br />

exhibition and local entertainment, Friday17 – Sunday 19 June (annual event).<br />

www.visitkatherine.com.au/events/all-events/event/103441-pine-creek-goldrush<br />

A<br />

LITTLE TACKERS SAILING<br />

the Darwin Sailing Club has a sailing program teaching 7-12 year old children how to sail - www.darwinsailingclub.com.au/<br />

CITY OF DARWIN “FUN BUS” FREE<br />

This travelling playgroup is packed with activities for little ones aged between 0-5 years old. Available in various locations around<br />

Darwin - www.darwin.nt.gov.au/explore/whats-on/fun-bus-indoor-activities-20<br />

Markets<br />

KATHERINE COMMUNITY MARKETS<br />

Saturdays | Dry Season Only<br />

Come and explore the range of local stalls from around Katherine and a<br />

range of entertainment and activities for all ages. katherinemarkets.com.au/<br />

PARAP VILLAGE MARKETS<br />

Saturdays | Year Round<br />

Enjoy local produce, arts and crafts, entertainment and delicious food,<br />

including the iconic breakfast laksa! parapvillage.com.au/saturday-markets/<br />

MINDIL BEACH SUNSET MARKETS<br />

Thursday & Sunday | Dry Season Only<br />

Meander through the Mindil Beach Markets with over 50 food stalls and enjoy watching the sun set from the beach. You can<br />

also enjoy live music and amazing performances, or join in the community Volleyball game on the beach! www.mindil.com.au/<br />

NIGHTCLIFF MARKETS<br />

Sunday | Year Round<br />

Enjoy the range of local treasures with about 30 stalls and a small playground area www.onlydarwin.com.au/nightcliff-markets<br />

PALMERSTON MARKETS<br />

Friday | Dry Season Only<br />

Live music, amazing food trucks and a sunset picnic at the Palmerston markets. www.palmerstonmarkets.org.au<br />

RAPID CREEK MARKETS<br />

Saturday & Sunday | All Year Round<br />

Surround yourself with the tastes of Asia in the <strong>Top</strong> End. rapidcreekmarkets.com.au/<br />

ADELAIDE RIVER MARKETS<br />

Saturday & Sunday | All Year Round<br />

Treat yourself to some local homemade produce and gift ideas. www.facebook.com/AdelaideRiverMarkets/<br />

COOLALINGA CENTRAL MARKETS<br />

Sunday | Dry Season Only<br />

Wander through 70 stalls of local produce and handmade items in this undercover market. <strong>The</strong>re’s also a jumping castle for kids<br />

and various entertainment each week. www.facebook.com/CoolalingaM/<br />

FREDS PASS RURAL MARKETS<br />

Saturday| Year Round<br />

Head down to Fred’s Pass to find amazing handmade products from local artisans. northernterritory.com/darwin-andsurrounds/see-and-do/freds-pass-rural-market<br />

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Relaxing Entertainment<br />

$$$<br />

MINDIL BEACH CASINO RESORT<br />

(formerly Sky City Casino) – Pamper yourself at the Lagoon Day Spa, then relax by the lagoon style pool. You can also<br />

dine at a number of restaurants within the Casino (<strong>The</strong> Vue restaurant overlooks Mindil Beach and the amazing sunset).<br />

www.mindilbeachcasinoresort.com.au<br />

$<br />

DECKCHAIR CINEMA<br />

Enjoy a unique experience watching a movie under the stars, including a number<br />

of independent Australian screen movies! www.deckchaircinema.com<br />

$<br />

$<br />

BROWNSMART THEATRE<br />

Attend one of the many amazing and entertaining presentations by local artists at<br />

the iconic theatre, located in the heart of Darwin city. www.brownsmart.com.au<br />

DARWIN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE<br />

Keep an eye out for a constant stream of highly entertaining events and productions in this<br />

airconditioned space. <strong>The</strong>re’s something for all ages and interests. www.yourcentre.com.au<br />

$<br />

DARWIN SAILING CLUB<br />

Visit this picturesque sailing club and learn how to sail or relax at the bar. Check out the stream of live music and events<br />

throughout the dry season, including Jazz Club, Cocktail Parties and themed events. www.darwinsailingclub.com.au<br />

ADELAIDE RIVER .303 BAR<br />

Check out the iconic and historic ‘.303 Bar’ and ‘Diggers Bistro’ at Adelaide River, including<br />

regular events and live music during the dry season. www.adelaideriverresort.com.au<br />

$<br />

$$<br />

DOUBLE DECKER BUS<br />

Jump on the Big Bus Tour Explorer to hop on/hop off at various sights around Darwin city.<br />

www.tourismtopend.com.au/things-to-do/tours/darwin-cbd/darwin-explorer-big-bus-darwin<br />

SUNSET CRUISE - DARWIN HARBOUR<br />

Relax onboard the Cape Adieu as it sails around Darwin Harbour at sunset,<br />

including an amazing dinner cooked by your onboard chef. www.capeadieu.com.au<br />

$$$<br />

DARWIN STREET ART FESTIVAL FREE<br />

Check out the range of amazing local artists while also exploring the <strong>Top</strong> End. www.darwinstreetartfestival.com.au<br />

NIGHTCLIFF FORESHORE FREE<br />

Enjoy a range of fun activities along the Nightcliff foreshore, including cycling, beachcombing, entertaining or swimming in the<br />

indoor pool overlooking the beach and sunset. www.darwin.nt.gov.au/explore/out-and-about/find-a-facility/nightcliff-foreshore<br />

$<br />

DARWIN STREET FOOD TRIAL<br />

Sample from the amazing selection of food trucks around the Darwin area including Nightcliff, Millner, Darwin City, Rapid<br />

Creek Foreshore and East Point Reserve. www.darwin.nt.gov.au/explore/out-and-about/street-food/street-food-map<br />

$<br />

BAREFOOT BOWLS<br />

New and experienced bowlers of all ages are welcome! Have some fun whilst learning lawn bowls.<br />

Thursday nights and Tuesday and Sunday mornings are good comps where you can participate with a<br />

friendly group of people. Free coaching, bowls, matts and kittys provided. www.darwinbowlsclub.com.au<br />

$<br />

DARWIN SKI CLUB<br />

Relax and unwind at the outdoor Bali Bar, overlooking the amazing Darwin Harbour. <strong>The</strong>re’s also a<br />

large lawn area and swimming pools, as well as many events throughout the year. It is also the home<br />

of the Darwin Sub Aqua Club and Darwin Outrigger Canoe Club. www.darwinskiclub.com.au<br />

$<br />

NIGHTCLIFF RAILWAY CLUB<br />

Visit this historic indoor/outdoor social club for a range of entertaining events such as; Swing dancing,<br />

Burlesque shows, music trivia nights, Celtic music, local bands and billiards. www.darwinrailwayclub.org<br />

$$<br />

DINAH BEACH CRUISING YACHT ASSOCIATION<br />

Sit back and relax while listening to local music and bands on a weekly schedule. Do not miss the annual Viking Funeral, which is<br />

a highly entertaining dress up party for all ages that cannot be missed! www.dbcya.com.au/entertainment<br />

MAD SNAKE CAFE<br />

This veteran run cafe has two cool locations in Darwin city to connect over<br />

gaming, cosplay, movies and more! www.facebook.com/madsnakecafe<br />

STREETER PEARL LUGGER CRUISES<br />

Jump on board this 65ft pearling lugger for an informative and relaxing evening<br />

cruise. streetercruisers.com.au<br />

$$<br />

DARWIN TURF CLUB<br />

Enjoy a day at the Turf Club with a number of events throughout the year,<br />

including St Patricks Day Cup, ANZAC Day Races, Ladies Day and the Annual<br />

Gala Ball. Keep an eye on their busy events calendar during the dry season.<br />

darwinturfclub.org.au<br />

TERRITORY ARTS TRAIL<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are hundreds of amazing historical, cultural and artistic sights to see around<br />

the <strong>Top</strong> End, which will keep you busy every weekend during the dry season!<br />

northernterritory.com/things-to-do/art-and-culture/territory-arts-trail<br />

Fishing<br />

Remember to be Croc-wise and cautious around natural<br />

waterways and do not enter the water at any time.<br />

MANTON DAM FREE<br />

Spend the day enjoying watersports and fishing (no swimming).<br />

nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/find-a-park-to-visit/manton-dam-recreation-area<br />

FREE<br />

Free entry<br />

Up to $50<br />

$50 -$100<br />

$100 +<br />

Food / Cafe<br />

BBQ facilities<br />

Swimming<br />

Camping<br />

FISHING CHARTERS<br />

Jump on board one of the many fishing charters available in the <strong>Top</strong> End, full day or half day trips available.<br />

www.arafurablue.com.au/charters<br />

$<br />

$$$<br />

CATAMARAN CRUISE<br />

Indulge yourself in the magical Darwin sunsets on a catamaran cruise around<br />

Darwin Harbour. cityofdarwincruises.com.au<br />

$$$<br />

$<br />

$$$<br />

$$<br />

$$<br />

TIWI ISLANDS<br />

Catch the Sealink ferry to the Tiwi Islands for a weekend of exploring the rich<br />

cultural history of the region. northernterritory.com/tours/sealink-northernterritory/tiwi-by-design---tiwi-islands-day-tour<br />

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NATIONAL INDIGENOUS FASHION AWARDS<br />

This annual event showcases local and emerging Indigenous talent in textile art and<br />

fashion design. Stay tuned for updates on the <strong>2021</strong> program and events nifa.com.au<br />

$$<br />

Wheelchair Access<br />

Outdoors, hat required<br />

Defence Discount<br />

Age Restrictions may Apply<br />

OOLLOO CROSSING FREE<br />

A great place for barra and black bream fishing. www.tourismtopend.com.au/regions/katherine-region/douglas-a-daly-river<br />

DALY RIVER FREE<br />

A terrific spot for barra fishing, which is also the location of the ‘Barra Classic’ and ‘Barra Nationals’ annual fishing competitions -<br />

www.tourismtopend.com.au/regions/katherine-region/douglas-a-daly-river<br />

$$$<br />

$<br />

$$<br />

$$$<br />

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LEGEND<br />

REELING VETERANS<br />

Reeling Veterans is a good place to start for some fishing advice, activities and mateship, including fishing trips! All while<br />

supporting our veterans. reelingveterans.com.au<br />

CRAB CLAW ISLAND<br />

Spend the weekend at Crab Claw Island with loads of fishing, grabbing and photography<br />

opportunities, then relaxing in the elavated restaurant to watch the sunset. crabclawisland.com.au<br />

EQUINOX FISHING CHARTERS<br />

Visit page 5 to enter our full day Fishing Charter Competition! You and a mate could be reeling in a big one this<br />

Dry Season! www.equinoxcharters.com.au<br />

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Outdoors & Camping<br />

GEORGE BROWN DARWIN BOTANIC GARDENS FREE<br />

Immerse yourself in nature at the Royal Botanical Gardens (free entry), there’s a fun tree house<br />

playground for little ones, an education centre, orchid house and lovely café to enjoy.<br />

northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/see-and-do/george-brown-darwin-botanic-gardens<br />

CASUARINA COASTAL RESERVE FREE<br />

Walk or ride throughout the Casuarina Coastal Reserve with historical markers from WW2, playground<br />

and picnic areas. nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/find-a-park-to-visit/casuarina-coastal-reserve<br />

FOGG DAM CONSERVATION RESERVE & WETLANDS FREE<br />

Jump in the car and travel out to Fogg Dam wetlands (40min drive) for a day of birdwatching, bushwalking and<br />

reptile spotting! nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/find-a-park-to-visit/fogg-dam-conservation-area<br />

LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK FREE<br />

Schedule a few weekends to explore Litchfield National Park, including; Wangi Falls, Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole, Tolmer Falls<br />

and the giant termite mounds! <strong>The</strong> Tolmer Falls lookout is a short walking distance from the carpark, however Tolmer Falls is a<br />

bit of a hike! nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park/find-a-park-to-visit/litchfield-national-park<br />

$<br />

CULLEN BAY<br />

Feed the fish out front of Yots Greek Tavern in Cullen Bay Marina (byo breadcrumbs), then wander over the sand dunes to<br />

look for shells on the beach. You can also purchase ice-creams in the local fish and chip shop. cullenbaymarina.com.au<br />

$$<br />

MANDORAH<br />

Catch the passenger ferry from Cullen Bay to Mandorah for a day of exploring. Pack a picnic, fishing rods and your bicycles to<br />

explore the Cox Peninsula Coast and visit the Charles Point Lighthouse. www.australias.guide/nt/location/mandorah<br />

WAGAIT BEACH FREE<br />

You can drive on Wagait Beach (4WD only). <strong>The</strong> Cox Peninsula Country Club has live music and events throughout the year.<br />

This is also a WW2 historical area. northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/destinations/wagait-beach<br />

DUNDEE BEACH FREE<br />

Enjoy live music and good food, rock fishing, a boat ramp, beautiful beach views and a popular camp ground (fees apply).<br />

northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/accommodation/dundee-beach-holiday-park<br />

$<br />

KATHERINE GORGE / NITMILUK NATIONAL PARK<br />

Explore this amazing region filled with natural wonders and incredible landscapes, including Katherine Gorge, Sweetwater Pool<br />

and Shady Camp. northernterritory.com/katherine-and-surrounds/destinations/nitmiluk-national-park<br />

$$<br />

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK<br />

Spend a few weekends exploring the incredible landscapes within Kakadu National Park, including the Bowali Visitor Centre,<br />

Aboriginal rock art and a number of spectacular waterfalls. parksaustralia.gov.au/kakadu/<br />

CHARLES DARWIN NATIONAL PARK FREE<br />

Visit this hidden sanctuary with cycling tracks, WW2 sites and a lookout over Darwin. nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-apark/find-a-park-to-visit/charles-darwin-national-park<br />

$<br />

KATHERINE TURF CLUB<br />

Keep an eye open for a number of events and race days to keep you entertained during the dry. katherineturfclub.com.au<br />

$$$<br />

KATHERINE OUTBACK EXPERIENCE<br />

Make sure you book your tickets to this entertaining outback event, which is only available during the<br />

dry season. www.katherineoutbackexperience.com.au<br />

MARKSIE’S STOCKMAN CAMP TUCKER NIGHT<br />

A unique outback dining and cultural experience for all ages. marksiescamptucker.com.au<br />

$$$<br />

DARWIN<br />

KATHERINE<br />

KAKADU<br />

LAKE ALEXANDER FREE<br />

Visit this manmade lake in East Point Reserve. Swimming in the lake is safe and kids can enjoy the adventure<br />

playground with shade sails. northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/see-and-do/lake-alexander<br />

JINGILI WATER GARDENS FREE<br />

This peaceful sanctuary nestled in the suburbs of Darwin includes a shaded playground, water<br />

fountain, skate park and walking track. www.darwin.nt.gov.au/explore/out-and-about/find-afacility/jingili-water-gardens<br />

History & Culture<br />

Darwin’s rich culture and history is like nothing else you’ll find in Australia. From<br />

devastating bombings and cyclones that flattened much of the <strong>Top</strong> End, to the<br />

incredible indigenous culture and unique artworks.<br />

FANNIE BAY GAOL FREE<br />

Learn about the fascinating history of Fannie Bay Gaol, open every Saturday. www.magnt.net.au/fannie-bay-gaol<br />

DARWIN MILITARY MUSEUM / EAST POINT RESERVE<br />

Darwin Military museum is great for the young and old, you also receive a free 12 month locals pass when paying admission.<br />

<strong>The</strong> East Point Recreation Area is a significant area of historical interest and well worth exploring with a number of historical<br />

sites from WW2 (magazine shelters, bunkers and communication tower). northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/seeand-do/darwin-military-museum<br />

DARWIN ESPLANADE / BICENTENNIAL PARK FREE<br />

Wander along the Esplanade in Darwin city and learn about Darwin’s rich military history, including lookouts, memorials and the<br />

Cenotaph. You can also walk through Parliament House and learn about the damage caused by Cyclone Tracy in 1974.<br />

northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/see-and-do/bicentennial-park<br />

MAGNT - MUSEUM & ART GALLERY NT FREE<br />

Explore Museum and Art Gallery NT (MAGNT). Meet Sweetheart the Salt Water Croc, wander around the Cyclone Tracy<br />

exhibit and a range of interesting exhibits throughout the year. northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/see-and-do/<br />

museum-and-art-gallery-of-the-northern-territory<br />

ADELAIDE RIVER WAR CEMETERY FREE<br />

Take the time to visit this historical cemetery with over 400 unmarked graves of fallen service personnel during WW2 from the<br />

Timor and North Australian regions. www.cwgc.org/visit-us/find-cemeteries-memorials/cemetery-details/2023510/<br />

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$$<br />

RFDS MUSEUM / STOKES HILL WHARF<br />

Learn more about the Royal Flying Doctor at this interactive museum with virtual reality displays, including the Bombing of<br />

Darwin experience.<br />

northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/see-and-do/royal-flying-doctor-service-darwin-tourist-facility<br />

DARWIN AVIATION MUSEUM<br />

Explore the amazing collection of Aviation artefacts and interactive displays,<br />

including a fully refurbished B-52G Bomber!<br />

www.darwinaviationmuseum.com.au<br />

$<br />

WW2 OIL TUNNELS<br />

Learn more about Darwin’s military history with a trip to the WW2 Oil<br />

Tunnels. northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/see-and-do/wwiinavy-oil-storage-tunnels-5--6-darwin<br />

$$<br />

PINE CREEK FREE<br />

Explore the historical sights of Pine Creek during the gold rush era, including<br />

the annual Pine Creek Goldrush Festival in June. www.victoriadaly.nt.gov.au/<br />

pine-creek<br />

WW2 AIR STRIPS / STUART HWY FREE<br />

Learn about the history of the WW2 airstrips along the Stuart Highway.<br />

northernterritory.com/articles/up-the-track---the-stuart-highway<br />

STOCKYARD GALLERY FREE<br />

Spend the day at Mataranka <strong>The</strong>rmal Pool and drop into this gallery for a<br />

bite to eat and soak up the history and culture of the area with Aboriginal<br />

artworks and exhibits. northernterritory.com/katherine-andsurrounds/see-and-do/the-stockyard-gallery<br />

$$$<br />

NORTHERN TERRITORY INDIGENOUS TOURS<br />

Access a range of cultural tours available around the <strong>Top</strong> End, which<br />

includes many unknown and hidden gems. www.ntitours.com.au<br />

$$<br />

Credit: Commonwealth of Australia © Defence Image Library<br />

Credit: Pixabay<br />

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Thrill Seeking & Clubs<br />

$$$<br />

$$<br />

GO KARTING HIDDEN VALLEY<br />

Grab some friends and race your go karts around Hidden Valley Go-Kart track. darwinkarthire.com.au<br />

$$<br />

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UNITED PAINTBALL<br />

Head out to Fred’s Pass for a day of paintballing in the scrub. www.unitedpaintball.com.au<br />

NOONAMAH RODEO<br />

Keep an eye on the Facebook page for event information and updates: Noonamah Tavern<br />

$$<br />

$$$<br />

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SKY DIVING AT BATCHELOR<br />

Would you like to see 200km of <strong>Top</strong> End beaches from the sky? (Please note that Defence Force<br />

personnel require ADF permission prior to participating in this activity). topendtandems.com.au<br />

ROBBIE ROBINS RODEO<br />

Organised by the Australian Pro Rodeo Association.<br />

$<br />

$<br />

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TRIPLE CROWN SUPERCARS<br />

Scheduled for 18-20 JUNE <strong>2021</strong>. northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/events/darwin-triple-crown-supercars<br />

FROG RACES AT NOONAMAH PUB<br />

Melbourne Cup Day Event. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for event information and updates: Noonamah Tavern<br />

$<br />

ICE SKATING<br />

Forget about the heat once you arrive at the indoor ice skating centre, including<br />

public skating, activities and ice hockey programs. www.darwiniceskating.com.au<br />

DARWIN LIONS BEER CAN REGATTA<br />

SUN 5 SEP <strong>2021</strong> – This one event that cannot be missed. A hilariously fun and<br />

entertaining day for all ages, including water and beach activities. beercanregatta.org.au<br />

$<br />

DARWIN HELICOPTER PUB TOUR<br />

Airborne Solutions offer a range of helicopter adventures around the <strong>Top</strong> End. www.airbornesolutions.com.au<br />

$$$<br />

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TOP END SAFARI CAMP DAY TOUR<br />

Spend a day in the wild, including a helicopter flight, croc encounter and boat cruise. topendsafaricamp.com.au/daytour<br />

TOP END SAFARI CAMP OVERNIGHT TOUR<br />

Go wild with this overnight safari camp tour. topendsafaricamp.com.au/overnighttour<br />

$$$<br />

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$<br />

DRIVING RANGE / MINI GOLF / ARCHERY<br />

Choose between the driving range, mini golf course or archery at Flight Path Golf. www.flightpathgolf.com.au<br />

$<br />

ARCHERY<br />

Darwin <strong>Top</strong> End Bowhunters Club. Check out the website for the <strong>2021</strong> events calendar. topendbowhunters.com.au<br />

$<br />

ROCK CLIMBING<br />

Learn how to rock climb or have a fun day out with friends. Facebook: Rock Centre Darwin<br />

DARWIN RIFLE CLUB<br />

Come along to the rifle club and participate in their weekly competitions. Check<br />

out the website for their <strong>2021</strong> competition calendar. www.darwinrifleclub.org.au<br />

BEACH VOLLEYBALL<br />

Every Sunday at Mindil Beach.<br />

$<br />

DARWIN COMEDY CLUB<br />

come along to support some local comedians and bring some friends for a night of laughter! Facebook: Darwin Comedy Club<br />

$<br />

TRIVIA & BINGO NIGHTS<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are many pubs around Darwin and Palmerston that organise Trivia and Bingo nights with amazing meals and great<br />

company! Keep an eye out for weekly events at your local pubs. Quiz Nights in Darwin & Northern Territory | QuizFinder<br />

$$$<br />

DARWIN AIR BOAT TOURS<br />

Get your engines racing on this custom built V8 airboat for a one hour cruise around Darwin Harbour. mattwright.com.au<br />

A<br />

A<br />

Festivals<br />

MUSIC GIGS & THEATRE<br />

Get your hands on a copy of Off <strong>The</strong> Leash magazine for music gigs and performing<br />

arts around the <strong>Top</strong> End. <strong>The</strong>re are loads of grass roots events happening throughout<br />

the dry season. www.offtheleash.net.au<br />

<strong>The</strong> Darwin Entertainment Centre also features many great events throughout the<br />

year. www.yourcentre.com.au<br />

A<br />

A<br />

OKTOBERFEST<br />

Dates to be confirmed. darwinturfclub.org.au/events<br />

FREDS PASS RURAL SHOW<br />

22-23 MAY - fredspassruralshow.com.au<br />

MUFF - MANDORAH UKELELE FOLK FESTIVAL<br />

Dates to be confirmed. Facebook – Mandorah Ukulele and Folk Festival MUFF<br />

ROYAL DARWIN SHOW<br />

22-24 JULY <strong>2021</strong> - darwinshow.com.au<br />

KATHERINE SHOW<br />

16-17 JULY <strong>2021</strong> - katherineshow.org.au<br />

$$$<br />

MANGO MADNESS FESTIVAL<br />

25 OCT <strong>2021</strong> at the Darwin Waterfront - mangomadnessfestival.com.au<br />

DARWIN FESTIVAL<br />

5-22 AUG <strong>2021</strong> - darwinfestival.org.au<br />

A<br />

BASS IN THE GRASS<br />

15 MAY <strong>2021</strong>(tickets sold out) - northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/events/bassinthegrass<br />

DARWIN STREET ART FESTIVAL<br />

20 MAY -30 SEPT <strong>2021</strong> - darwinstreetartfestival.com.au<br />

A<br />

DARWIN FRINGE FESTIVAL<br />

2-11 JULY - darwinfringe.org.au<br />

FREEDOM DAY FESTIVAL (KATHERINE)<br />

27-29 AUG <strong>2021</strong> - 55th Anniversary - freedomday.com.au<br />

A<br />

A<br />

FREE<br />

$<br />

$$<br />

$$$<br />

A<br />

LEGEND<br />

Free entry<br />

Up to $50<br />

$50 -$100<br />

$100 +<br />

Food / Cafe<br />

BBQ facilities<br />

Swimming<br />

Camping<br />

Wheelchair Access<br />

Outdoors, hat required<br />

Defence Discount<br />

Age Restrictions may Apply<br />

PINE CREEK GOLD RUSH FESTIVAL FREE<br />

Learn about the gold rush era at Pine Creek and try your luck gold panning. With damper making, competitions, an art<br />

exhibition and local entertainment. visitkatherine.com.au/events/all-events/event/103441-pine-creek-goldrush<br />

$<br />

BARUNGA FESTIVAL<br />

11-13 JUNE – Immerse yourself in this three day festival of modern and traditional culture in the Barunga community (80km<br />

South of Katherine). This annual event showcases new and emerging talent as well as loads of entertainment and activities for all<br />

ages. barungafestival.com.au<br />

DARWIN ABORIGINAL ART FAIR<br />

6-8 AUG – Get involved with interactive workshops, demonstrations,<br />

children's activities and loads of cultural performances. daaf.com.au<br />

APRIL/MAY <strong>2021</strong> 37


Health & Wellbeing<br />

WHAT’S ON - TOP ENDER MAGAZINE<br />

TOPEND COMEDY<br />

YO PALMY<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> End has a range of sports, health and fitness activities, a number of 24-hour gyms,<br />

yoga classes, arts, crafts and more.Take care of your physical and mental wellbeing by<br />

getting active or starting a new hobby!<br />

RUNNERS & WALKERS CLUB $<br />

Come along and meet loads of new people while also exploring the Greater Darwin area and staying fit. darwinrunners.com.au<br />

DARWIN PARK RUN FREE<br />

Join in with the healthy and active community for the weekly park run every Saturday morning. parkrun.com.au/darwin<br />

DARWIN RUNNING EVENTS CALENDAR<br />

Keep an eye out for other running events throughout the dry season, including the Mother’s Day<br />

Classic and Hot 100 Santa Fun Run. runningcalendar.com.au/calendar/running/northern-territory<br />

OFF THE LEASH<br />

DARWIN ADULT SHORT COURSES<br />

DARWIN CITY COUNCIL<br />

PALMERSTON CITY COUNCIL<br />

KATHERINE CITY COUNCIL<br />

DARWIN WATERFRONT<br />

TOP END COLLECTIVE<br />

$<br />

Stay in the know<br />

$<br />

DARWIN COLOUR RUN<br />

Make sure you attend the Darwin Colour Frenzy for a fun community event. Pets welcome. colourfrenzy.com.au/darwin<br />

$$$<br />

TIWI ISLAND RETREAT<br />

Take some time out for you and relax for a few days at the magnificent Tiwi Island Retreat. You can<br />

also add a beach buggy cruise, cheese platter and mud crabbing adventure! tiwiislandretreat.com.au<br />

$<br />

DARWIN CYCLING CLUB<br />

Check out the range of events and activities with the Darwin Cycling<br />

Club, including Junior groups and activities. darwincyclingclub.com.au<br />

DARWIN LANGUAGES CENTRE / ADULT SHORT COURSES<br />

Find a new hobby, learn a new skills and meet new people. <strong>The</strong>re’s lots of courses to choose from<br />

including arts, languages, photography and something for every adult. adultshortcourses.com<br />

TOP END MULTI SPORTS $<br />

Check out the range of outdoor sports available in the <strong>Top</strong> End, for every age and ability. topendmultisports.com.au<br />

$$$ A<br />

YOGA & WELLNESS RETREAT<br />

Balance for Life runs regular Yoga & Wellness Retreats near the city or out at<br />

Dundee Beach. Enjoy restorative yoga sessions, guided meditation, breathwork<br />

and some yummy lunch and snacks through the day. balanceforlife.com.au<br />

You’ve reached the end of our Ultimate Guide to the Dry Season.This list featured our<br />

recommendations, but there are still a great range of events, activities, sports and hobbies<br />

to enjoy in the <strong>Top</strong> End. Keep up to date by checking out the social media and websites of<br />

the following valuable sources;<br />

DEFENCE/VETERAN DISCOUNT DIRECTORY<br />

BOM<br />

TOP END TIDE TIMES<br />

TOP END SHOWS<br />

BROWNSMART<br />

TOP END THEATRE COMPANY<br />

DARWIN TURF CLUB<br />

ACTIVATE DARWIN<br />

DARWIN FAMILY LIFE<br />

A<br />

DARWIN LIFE MAGAZINE<br />

12 PAGE<br />

PULL-OUT<br />

Going Bush<br />

I do remember as a young<br />

lad learning the intricacies of<br />

the manual gearbox and<br />

clutch in a dynamic sense.<br />

Dynamic being that I was on the<br />

front of the motorcycle and my<br />

friend, who owned the classic Jawa<br />

350 motorcycle, was screaming<br />

instructions to me from the pillion<br />

seat. <strong>The</strong> unsafe part of this<br />

process, was that it was on public<br />

roads and neither he, nor I, were<br />

licensed, and the motorcycle was<br />

not registered. Things became<br />

worse when acceleration was added<br />

(without thinking) and we entered a<br />

known, long left hand sweeper, at<br />

speed, in top gear. It didn’t quite go<br />

the way we intended - we had<br />

failed to consider classic SWIFT<br />

cornering actions that occur on the<br />

road. SWIFT, by the way, is a<br />

standard road cornering acronym<br />

used to train Learner Riders. It is<br />

short for: Start Wide and Intend to<br />

Finish Tight.<br />

On this occasion, it was a SWAFW,<br />

ending up on the wrong side of the<br />

road. What’s worse, the<br />

approaching work ute on the other<br />

side of the road, was driven by my<br />

father... We eventually regained our<br />

track, but my father undertook his<br />

accident avoidance actions<br />

(thankfully!) and found himself<br />

parked in a cloud of dust on the<br />

offside of the road. It was eerily<br />

quiet at the dinner table that night.<br />

As I reflect back on that story, it has<br />

taught me many lessons about rider<br />

responsibility and the importance of<br />

manoeuvring every corner as<br />

technically correct as possible.<br />

Sadly, accident statistics indicate<br />

that riders make their most<br />

independent and life changing<br />

mistakes on corners.<br />

On the street, each curve we<br />

approach and safely pass through is<br />

a product of the lean angle you<br />

choose (which is generally one that<br />

you are comfortable with and feels<br />

safe), and the appropriate trajectory<br />

path you follow. Add more speed<br />

and one of these variables has to<br />

change. More speed equates to a<br />

greater degree of lean or a change<br />

of path, body positioning and/or<br />

steering effort. <strong>The</strong> lean angle you<br />

choose will be dependent on the<br />

weather conditions, the capability of<br />

the machine and rider, the available<br />

traction and any observed hazards<br />

you must deal with. This<br />

information all comes together to<br />

develop your Cornering Plan. Your<br />

Cornering Plan starts as you<br />

approach the corner and well<br />

before the straight line begins to<br />

curve. It involves your speed<br />

management, setting up of the bike<br />

and your ability to see as far<br />

through the corner as humanly<br />

possible. If you have no plan, it may<br />

end like my previously shared<br />

childhood experience. This initial<br />

plan, combined with your ability to<br />

detect and judge potential dangers,<br />

while also taking appropriate<br />

actions to reduce speed or path if<br />

danger presents itself (without<br />

panicking!), will be your recipe for<br />

staying upright. This is your<br />

Cornering Response Plan. During all<br />

of this visual scanning effort, the<br />

little microprocessor in your brain is<br />

quickly using your eyes to detect<br />

and mark critical reference points<br />

around the corner. <strong>The</strong> best riders<br />

can quickly put together a visual<br />

path through a corner, which<br />

connects the corner exit, back<br />

through the apex to the corner<br />

entry point. <strong>The</strong> path needs to be<br />

completely safe and not impinge on<br />

either side of the lane, as we share<br />

the road. <strong>The</strong>se points, when<br />

identified, allow a rider to make<br />

precisely timed, metered steering<br />

inputs and actions through every<br />

phase of the corner. <strong>The</strong> bike will<br />

give you feedback through your<br />

bars, pegs and backside. When it all<br />

comes together; it is magic.<br />

Remember, a corner that you ride<br />

through every day can quickly<br />

change due to physical and<br />

environmental hazards, such as<br />

road-borne hazards, weather or the<br />

actions of other road users. But its<br />

“engineering aspects” will generally<br />

not change, unless some road<br />

works or a traffic detour has been<br />

added on a section of the corner.<br />

Any corner you have not previously<br />

ridden through can differ from what<br />

you assume from an engineering<br />

point of view, based on its radius,<br />

camber and elevation factors. It is<br />

generally the corners we don’t<br />

know that catch us by surprise, or<br />

the ones we know, but dismissed<br />

the Cornering Plan from the start.<br />

<strong>The</strong> trick is to learn how to<br />

corner well and not “Go Bush”!<br />

Written by GROM<br />

38 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated APRIL/MAY <strong>2021</strong> 39


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helpful guides to living in the NT, family<br />

experiences, travel adventures and more. If<br />

you have something you’d like to share in the<br />

next edition of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong>, submit it today. If published,<br />

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hobby or passion that you’d<br />

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Get in touch now to be featured<br />

for free in the next edition of <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>.<br />

We’re launching a classified section<br />

specifically to support businesses<br />

run by our Defence community.<br />

A new year<br />

brings new<br />

opportunities<br />

to give our<br />

children the<br />

very best<br />

start in life<br />

If you would like to increase your volunteer hours, contact us<br />

today or come along to our next committee meeting (also<br />

available via Zoom) to find out more.<br />

Winner Winner<br />

Congratulations to the competition winners<br />

from our February/March <strong>2021</strong> edition.<br />

FIND THE EASTER EGGS<br />

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WELCOME TO THE TEAM<br />

We’d like to say thank you to those who applied<br />

for our Community Coordinator position. We’re<br />

pleased to announce that due to the high calibre<br />

of applicants, we now have two amazing new<br />

team members; James and Hannah. Welcome to<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>!<br />

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By providing feedback on <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong><br />

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early learning and care for children<br />

from six weeks to school age in a welcoming,<br />

safe and nurturing environment.<br />

Our qualified educators help your child grow, develop and<br />

learn through intentional and inspiring play-based learning<br />

experiences.<br />

We’re for children, not for profit, so we can put our<br />

children, families and communities at the heart of<br />

everything we do.<br />

Find a Goodstart centre near you:<br />

• Bakewell<br />

• Bees Creek<br />

• Berrimah<br />

• Darwin<br />

• Moulden<br />

• Nightcliff<br />

• Palmerston<br />

• Stuart Park<br />

• Tiwi<br />

We offer:<br />

• Early learning and care from six weeks<br />

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• Preschool program led by a qualified Teacher<br />

• Nappies, wipes and sunscreen supplied<br />

• Nutritious meals prepared by a qualified Cook<br />

• No fees on public holidays<br />

• Help transferring you to another Goodstart<br />

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• Woolner<br />

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What’s On<br />

Darwin Surf<br />

Life Saving Club<br />

9 th – 18 th <strong>April</strong><br />

Parrtjima - a Festival in Light,Alice Springs<br />

<strong>The</strong> annual festival takes over Alice Springs<br />

with ten nights of light installations from a<br />

number Aboriginal artists set against the<br />

majestic MacDonnell Ranges.<br />

25 th <strong>April</strong><br />

6am (Dawn)<br />

ANZAC Dawn Services, Various Locations<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are multiple Dawn services throughout<br />

the region, many of which are arranged through<br />

Defence. <strong>The</strong> largest public service is located at<br />

the Cenotaph on the Darwin Esplanade.<br />

22 nd <strong>May</strong><br />

Noonamah Tavern Rodeo<br />

One of the top rodeo's in the Country, with<br />

Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc's, Freestyle<br />

motocross, Burn out Competition, Mechanical<br />

Bull and Live Band.<br />

29 th <strong>May</strong><br />

Uluru Camel Cup <strong>2021</strong>, Pioneer Park<br />

Racecourse<br />

A fun filled weekend of activities and the ninth<br />

year of the Camel Cup, a must-do on every<br />

outback travellers list.<br />

Formed in 1982, Darwin Surf Lifesaving Club (DSLSC) has<br />

provided a volunteer beach safety service of the highest<br />

standard to the community of Darwin. In that time DSLSC<br />

has provided in excess of 25,000 hours of patrol time at no<br />

cost to the community.<br />

Our volunteer Lifesavers patrol Casuarina and Nightcliff<br />

Beach on Sunday mornings and afternoons from June to<br />

September.<br />

DSLSC currently has a membership of 198 which is made up<br />

of Junior members (5-13 years), youth members (U15s, U17s<br />

& U19s), Senior members (19 years upwards), Associate and<br />

Social members.<br />

<strong>The</strong> clubhouse is situated on Daribah Rd in the Casuarina<br />

Coastal Reserve. <strong>The</strong> bar and clubhouse are open on Friday<br />

and Sunday evenings from 5pm and available for function hire<br />

on Saturday night<br />

Nippers aged 5 – 13yrs<br />

Cadets aged 14 – 16yrs<br />

All participants must complete a swim proficiency<br />

assessment before participating in beach training starting on<br />

Sunday 6 June <strong>2021</strong>. Swim proficiency assessments are done<br />

by the surf club as detailed in the table below.<br />

9am - 10:30am<br />

ANZAC Day March, Darwin Esplanade<br />

Parade moves off from Esplanade, along<br />

Knuckey Street, right into Cavenagh Street<br />

finishing at Bennett St/Civic Centre area.<br />

Dates to Remember<br />

2 - 5 Apr Easter<br />

25 Apr ANZAC Day<br />

10 - 18 Apr NT School Holidays<br />

9 th <strong>May</strong><br />

30 Apr End of Wet Season<br />

Mother’s Day Classic<br />

This annual running event offers a 4km and<br />

8km run or walk, starting and finishing at Mindil<br />

Beach.<br />

Registration is required via<br />

www.mothersdayclassic.com.au<br />

1 <strong>May</strong> Start of Dry Season<br />

3 <strong>May</strong> <strong>May</strong> Day Public Holiday<br />

9 <strong>May</strong> Mother’s Day<br />

14 h - 23 rd <strong>May</strong><br />

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

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

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

Mataranka Never Never Festival, Mataranka<br />

Showgrounds<br />

<strong>The</strong> family friendly festival will be full of culture,<br />

music, food, art, dance and sport.<br />

We also recommend checking the websites and<br />

social media of different towns and city councils. This<br />

is not a complete list of events. All events listed are<br />

subject to change without notice. Please confirm<br />

with the event organiser before attending.<br />

TICKET REQUIRED<br />

42 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated APRIL/MAY <strong>2021</strong> 43


Local employment and education support<br />

If you or a family member have recently posted to<br />

the NT, are transitioning out of the ADF, or are<br />

looking ahead to a career after the ADF, Soldier On’s<br />

Pathways team offers practical employment<br />

assistance and education support to assist in<br />

upskilling, re-training, and securing future<br />

employment. All Soldier On’s support services are<br />

available to serving and ex-serving personnel,<br />

Credit: Soldier On. Coffee Catch Ups and more.<br />

Soldier On has been supporting serving and exserving<br />

veterans and their families, enabling them<br />

to thrive since 2012. Soldier On is Australia’s only<br />

national, fully integrated and holistic support<br />

services provider for our service personnel and their<br />

families. Our services aim to HELP individuals build<br />

resilience and create, and expand meaningful<br />

connections with family, community and employers<br />

through our Health and Wellbeing services,<br />

Employment programs, Learning opportunities, and<br />

Participation activities.<br />

At Soldier On, we continue to adapt to meet the<br />

needs of Defence personnel, contemporary<br />

veterans, and their families. This means providing<br />

services for the entire family, in areas that truly<br />

support connection with the greater community,<br />

whether participants are still serving or have<br />

separated from service.<br />

Participants can access our services to our key areas<br />

of assistance, where our staff help them connect<br />

with others to enable them to thrive. <strong>The</strong>se areas<br />

include:<br />

Health and Wellbeing –Soldier On provides inhouse,<br />

evidence-based psychology treatments to<br />

Defence personnel, contemporary veterans, and<br />

their families, who have been impacted by their<br />

service to Australia.<br />

Soldier On Support here in NT<br />

Soldier On’s Northern Territory Pathways team is<br />

here to help Defence families with employment<br />

transitions and education journeys. Working closely<br />

with other ex-service organisations, Soldier On is<br />

building a stronger Defence support network in the<br />

Territory to ensure that current and ex-serving ADF<br />

members and their families thrive.<br />

Credit: Soldier On. March On Event.<br />

Credit: Soldier On. Remembrance Day.<br />

Defence Partners and immediate family members.<br />

This means that if your partner has recently been<br />

posted to Darwin and you’re looking for your next<br />

job, we’re here to help.<br />

Soldier On recognises that the transition from<br />

military to civilian life presents complex and<br />

significant practical and emotional challenges which<br />

can impact the whole family. Many of our staff are<br />

Veterans or Defence Partners themselves and have<br />

a deep understanding of the Defence lifestyle and<br />

its challenges.<br />

How Pathways can help you thrive<br />

Soldier On’s Pathways Program enables veterans<br />

and their families to secure their future careers, in<br />

collaboration with veteran-supportive Pledge<br />

companies and Education partners. Pathways staff<br />

support Veterans and their family members with<br />

free practical employment and education support,<br />

enabling participants to secure long-term<br />

meaningful employment. Whatever stage of the<br />

transition process, we can assist with practical<br />

career advice and employment assistance.<br />

Through our veteran-supportive organisation,<br />

Soldier On now has more than1,000 jobs across<br />

Australia advertised on our digital Jobs Board.<br />

Register today for support from Soldier On’s<br />

Pathways Program, designed to help veterans and<br />

their families to secure meaningful long-term<br />

employment. Contact our friendly local team on<br />

employment@soldieron.org.au<br />

Employment –Our dedicated Employment Officers<br />

provide one-on-one employment support to<br />

Defence personnel, contemporary veterans, and<br />

their family members via phone, email, Skype or<br />

face-to-face meetings at one of our centres.<br />

Learning –Our incredible Education officers can<br />

assist with finding you the best course for your<br />

personal or professional development to Defence<br />

personnel, contemporary veterans, and their<br />

families.<br />

Credit: Soldier On. Guitar Project.<br />

Soldier On staff work side by side with individuals<br />

and families, to strengthen resilience and develop<br />

meaningful connections with family members, mates,<br />

and the local community, through a diverse range of<br />

health and wellbeing services, employment<br />

opportunities, learning and education programs, and<br />

participation in social and sporting activities.<br />

Participation –Soldier On offers a range of social<br />

connection activities and programs to encourage<br />

Defence personnel, contemporary veterans, and<br />

their family members to reconnect with themselves<br />

and each other, and to build links with the wider<br />

community.<br />

Grounded in the principles of Trauma Informed Care,<br />

Soldier On’s model of care ensures individuals and<br />

family members are at the centre of all our services.<br />

Two Soldier On Pathways Officers are working here<br />

in Darwin, providing local employment and education<br />

support across the Territory. Soldier On will also be<br />

one of the Veteran support services based in the<br />

Territory’s first Veteran and Family Wellbeing Centre<br />

opening in 2022.<br />

Credit: Soldier On. 101 year old SGT Bert Le-Merton Marching On.<br />

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Defence School Mentors<br />

Directory<br />

Meet your DSM - Sacred Heart<br />

Hi, my name is Margaret Howe and I am the<br />

Defence School Mentor at Sacred Heart<br />

Catholic Primary School.<br />

I have been employed at Sacred Heart more than<br />

12 years and have been the DSM/DSTA for<br />

many of those. I offer support to students who<br />

are beginning at our school with help to integrate<br />

into our school community, through to those<br />

students who are posting out, and all that entails<br />

in between. I will offer support by way of small<br />

groups activities/programs, one to one support<br />

sessions, in class support and be contactable<br />

through phone, email, skype or in person for<br />

parents.<br />

Sacred Heart Catholic School is a well established<br />

primary school in the heart of Palmerston. In<br />

2019, it celebrated 25 years of teaching and<br />

learning and continues to provide quality<br />

education with the emphasis on building faithfilled,<br />

respectful and resilient learners. Our<br />

school is part of our local community with strong<br />

connections to our vibrant parish and enjoys<br />

plenty of community engagement. Classes are<br />

transition to year 6, with an Early Learning Centre<br />

for children aged 3 & 4.<br />

DARWIN PRIMARY SCHOOLS<br />

Alawa Primary<br />

Katie Wedel<br />

katie.wedel@ntschools.net<br />

Durack Primary<br />

Cassie Knight<br />

cassie..knight@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Essington College<br />

Chris <strong>May</strong>es<br />

chris.mayes@essington.nt.edu.au<br />

Holy Spirit Primary<br />

Christine Crimmings<br />

christine.crimmings@nt.catholic.edu.au<br />

Larrakeyah Primary<br />

Jodie Murdoch<br />

jodie.murdoch@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Leanyer Primary<br />

Christos Kastaniotis<br />

christos.kastaniotis@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Ludmilla Primary<br />

Jacinta Stewart<br />

jacinta.stewart@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Rosebery Primary<br />

Amanda Guerin<br />

amanda.guerin@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Sacred Heart Primary<br />

Margaret Howe<br />

margaret.howe@nt.catholic.edu.au<br />

St Mary’s Catholic Primary<br />

Louise MacLellan<br />

louise.maclellan@nt.catholic.edu.au<br />

Wanguri Primary<br />

Amanda Metcalfe<br />

amanda.metcalfe@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Palmertson Christian / Marrara Christian<br />

/ Sattler Christian Colleges<br />

Alice Kempster<br />

alice.kempster@education.nt.gov.au<br />

DARWIN MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOLS<br />

Darwin High<br />

Kerry Gray<br />

kerry.gray@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Darwin Middle<br />

Carolyn Mu<br />

carolyn.mu@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Dripstone Middle<br />

Richard Swindell<br />

richard.swindell@education.nt.gov.au<br />

O’Loughlin Catholic College<br />

Jennifer Quinn-Kent<br />

jennifer.quinn-kent@nt.catholic.edu.au<br />

Palmerston College<br />

Sheryl Schmode<br />

sheryl.schmode@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Mackillop Catholic College<br />

Sue Lowery<br />

sue.lowery@nt.catholic.edu.au<br />

Casuarina Senior College<br />

Mike Whitmee<br />

mike.whitmee@ntschools.net<br />

Margaret Howe<br />

Defence School Mentor<br />

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School<br />

E: margaret.howe@nt.catholic.edu.au<br />

TINDAL/KATHERINE SCHOOLS<br />

Casuarina Street Primary<br />

Renee Lace<br />

renee.lace@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Katherine South Primary<br />

Leonnie Matthews<br />

leonine.matthews@education.nt.gov.au<br />

St Joseph’s College<br />

Tammy Taylor<br />

tammy.taylor@nt.catholic.edu.au<br />

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Pets in the NT<br />

Getting your dogs out and about safely.<br />

Tips for playtime with a group of furry friends:<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> End - better or worse for allergies?<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are lots of great things to do with your pet in Darwin!<br />

If you are wondering where to go for some off-leash fun, here<br />

are some favourites dog friendly areas and designated off-leash<br />

areas in the Greater Darwin:<br />

Casuarina Coastal Reserve<br />

George Brown Botanic Gardens (not in the children’s playground)<br />

Holmes Jungle Nature Park<br />

Marlow Lagoon (Elrundie Ave)<br />

Muirhead (Mahoney St)<br />

You can also find a map of other<br />

dog parks and further information<br />

on the City of Darwin website:<br />

darwin.nt.gov.au/live/pets-wildlife/<br />

great-pets-start-with-you/<br />

exercising-your-dog<br />

• Don’t allow your dog to run full speed at another dog,<br />

watch how the other dog responds to your dog and look<br />

for signs of fear and anxiety.<br />

• Don’t let your dog steal other dog’s toys!<br />

• Don’t let your dog be pushy towards a dog that is clearly<br />

not enjoying the interaction.<br />

• Don’t ignore your dog - watch for the early signs that your<br />

dog is pushy or scared, and remove them before a fight<br />

breaks out.<br />

Written by All Pets Veterinary Hospital<br />

Many patients I’ve come across say their allergies<br />

improved after moving to the NT. Unfortunately,<br />

some say that their allergies get worse, and there<br />

are a number of reasons why.<br />

An important difference is the amount of mould we are<br />

exposed to in the <strong>Top</strong> End and this can be a trigger for many<br />

people’s allergies. Fortunately, as we move into the dry and<br />

less hot and humid conditions, the prevalence of allergies<br />

starts to improve.<br />

Going from cool, dry air conditioned rooms to hot, humid<br />

conditions outside can dry out our skin and trigger allergic<br />

skin conditions, such as eczema. <strong>The</strong> best defence against skin<br />

irritation is making sure that skin doesn’t dry out by using<br />

moisturisers regularly and sometimes using a steroid cream<br />

for persistent inflammation.<br />

So, do allergies tend to improve in the <strong>Top</strong> End? I couldn’t<br />

find any published data, but anecdotally, many patients I<br />

have met seem to say they get better. It’s important to note<br />

that individual circumstances vary and often depend on the<br />

time of year or season. If you are finding it difficult to<br />

manage your allergies - don’t suffer through it! Make sure<br />

you seek help from the range of local resources available.<br />

Written by Dr Andrew Flint<br />

HMAS Coonawarra<br />

Medical Officer, Royal Australian Navy<br />

Please ensure that you check all signs and designated areas<br />

before letting your dog off the leash. <strong>The</strong>re are a number of bilaws<br />

and infringements relating to animal control in the NT.<br />

Before your take your pet out and about, it is important to<br />

ensure that they are up to date with their vaccinations (in<br />

Darwin we recommend the C5 vaccination, and also<br />

vaccination for a disease called Leptospirosis Australis),<br />

worming, and flea and tick control. With our tropical climate,<br />

we see more infectious diseases and parasites than in most<br />

other parts of Australia.<br />

Speak to a Vet about the best parasite control products for<br />

your dog, some products are much more effective than others.<br />

In Darwin, we see lots of brown dog ticks which can transmit<br />

potentially deadly diseases such as Ehrlichiosis. Ehrlichiosis has<br />

recently been confirmed in numerous dogs in the NT - check<br />

your dog carefully for ticks and use effective tick control<br />

products.<br />

While the dry season is usually a celebrated time of year for<br />

most, it does unfortunately mean more bush fires and that<br />

familiar, almost daily, smell of smoke in the air. This can trigger<br />

lung diseases such as asthma, and in recent years there have<br />

even been warnings about our air quality!<br />

Adding to this, while pollen counts in southern states tend to<br />

only be very high in Spring, the <strong>Top</strong> End tends to have high<br />

pollen counts throughout most of the year. This can cause<br />

hay fever and also trigger asthma.<br />

Allowing your pet to run off-leash and socialise with other dogs<br />

is great exercise, and can be great way to release energy.<br />

However, if you let your dog off the-leash they must be under<br />

your control and supervised at all times.<br />

Unfortunately, dog fights can occur. Sometimes it can be<br />

difficult to assess whether dogs are getting along or not. Even if<br />

you think your dog is being friendly, he may be ignoring another<br />

dog’s social cues and/or scaring other dogs.<br />

Fortunately, we do have some great resources available if<br />

you’re finding it difficult to cope with your allergies. First of all,<br />

GP’s do a lot of allergy and asthma management, and should<br />

be your first point of call. <strong>The</strong>re’s also a terrific GP allergist<br />

and allergy clinic in Darwin, an allergy and immunology service<br />

at Royal Darwin Hospital and some fantastic local<br />

dermatologists. In addition, the Asthma Foundation NT<br />

(located in Parap), is a great resource for anyone who has<br />

asthma.<br />

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This is a question that I am<br />

faced with daily, along with a<br />

look of shear confusion.<br />

Doula work dates back to the<br />

1970’s and is described as, “a<br />

woman who is trained to<br />

provide support to women and<br />

their families during pregnancy,<br />

childbirth, and the period of time<br />

following the birth” (Collins<br />

Dictionary Online, <strong>2021</strong>).<br />

This is a simplistic version of<br />

where my passion lies and as the<br />

years roll on, the requirements<br />

of a Doula seem to evolve and<br />

grow with the needs of women<br />

birthing in the present day.<br />

For me personally, I found there<br />

to be a lack of general support &<br />

lack of education for women<br />

surrounding pregnancy, labour,<br />

birth and beyond.<br />

Most women seem to ‘go with<br />

the flow’ & put the outcome of<br />

their birth in the hospital’s hands,<br />

without a second thought. Yet,<br />

more often than not, the birthing<br />

experience is not what they<br />

envisioned and disappointment<br />

(and sometimes trauma) follows.<br />

Health & Wellbeing<br />

What is a Doula?<br />

Like you, I am a Defence spouse.<br />

I know what it is like and<br />

understand all the emotions<br />

when it comes to experiencing<br />

birth in a state where you have<br />

no family, only a small group of<br />

friends and a feeling of isolation.<br />

A Doula’s support can be a great<br />

asset during pregnancy, birth and<br />

the fourth trimester, when your<br />

partner is working, away on<br />

exercise or deployed.<br />

My love is for education;<br />

empowering you and your<br />

partner so you can embrace<br />

your birthing experience with<br />

the utmost confidence in your<br />

birth plan, your mind and your<br />

body, as well as managing<br />

unexpected changes that you<br />

may face on the day.<br />

I will support you through the<br />

miracle of childbirth and the<br />

magic of bringing new life into<br />

your world. I will empower you<br />

with research and knowledge by<br />

giving you the resources you<br />

need and having conversations<br />

you need to have, so you don’t<br />

need to trawl the internet for<br />

hours during your pregnancy. I<br />

offer relevant information and<br />

support sessions, which include<br />

resources that are easy to<br />

navigate and simple to<br />

comprehend. I found that<br />

information within the ‘birth<br />

world’ can, at times, be<br />

overwhelming, confusing and<br />

confronting, which is an issue<br />

that I am focused on changing<br />

for new parents.<br />

My hope is to provide options<br />

and education about birth to<br />

parents who are unsure of what<br />

is possible. I will support your<br />

needs and give you more power<br />

to take back your rights, while<br />

also encouraging you to believe<br />

that a positive birth is within<br />

your control. I can attend your<br />

birth, or I can not. I can chat with<br />

you over a coffee or Zoom. I<br />

can attend appointments with you before and<br />

after birth. I can be a shoulder to cry on or an<br />

‘ear’ that genuinely understands. You can see me<br />

often or only when you need me. I have packages<br />

available for all these options or we can tailor one<br />

to suit your needs - I am simply here to make your<br />

birthing experience easier!<br />

Written by Emma Nickholds<br />

From Womb to World<br />

P: 0401 347 984<br />

Reference: Collins English Dictionary Online (HarperCollins Publishers),<br />

retrieved 05 Feb <strong>2021</strong> - https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/<br />

english/doula<br />

Have you Checked Your Freckle?<br />

Have you had your skin checked recently? Did<br />

you know that Melanoma, a form of deadly skin<br />

cancer, is the third most common cancer in<br />

Australian men & women. However, it is most<br />

common in 15-39 year olds within Australia.<br />

In December 2020, I was brushing my hair and noticed a<br />

freckle in the centre of my back had changed. It had changed<br />

size & colour, it was just different. I booked into the GP,<br />

thinking “better safe than sorry”. <strong>The</strong> GP reassured me that<br />

it was most likely “nothing to worry about”, but perhaps we<br />

should do a biopsy “just in case”. Prior to the appointment, I<br />

had googled (yes, yes, I know Dr Google) and knew that<br />

removal of a suspect cancer was the gold standard<br />

treatment, however my GP had pushed for a punch biopsy.<br />

<strong>The</strong> freckle was removed and 3 stitches later, my freckle was<br />

on its way to Adelaide for testing. Fast forward to January<br />

7th (3 weeks later), we final received the results!<br />

I went in bracing for whatever my<br />

GP needed to tell me. She<br />

forewarned me; “it’s not the ideal<br />

news, it is confirmed Melanoma”.<br />

<strong>The</strong> words didn’t shock me, but I<br />

immediately realised that I needed<br />

to have another procedure to<br />

remove the remaining area of skin<br />

surrounding the Melanoma. My GP offered me another<br />

appointment a week later to have the additional excision<br />

surgery, however I was desperate to have it removed that<br />

day!<br />

Luckily, another GP was able to squeeze me in the same day<br />

and ‘voila’, the procedure was done!<br />

This time, I was left with 4 stitches and a much larger scar<br />

next to my spine. I received the additional results one week<br />

later, which confirmed that all the cancer had been removed<br />

with clear borders. Relief was certainly felt this time! I was<br />

sent on my way with 3 monthly skin checks scheduled in my<br />

diary and I have invested in a collection of 50+ tops, a<br />

selection of sunscreen products displayed in strategic places<br />

(the car, side table, nappy bag, bathroom), wide brim hat and<br />

the words ‘Slip Slop Slap & Shade’ etched into my mind. I<br />

also utilise my Smart Watch as it has an option to show the<br />

UV Index throughout the day, so I can monitor when the UV<br />

Index increases and I can be more conscious of protection<br />

and prevention!<br />

Please take my story as a timely reminder to schedule your<br />

annual “skin check” appointment, commit to prevention and<br />

more importantly, learn how to self-check!<br />

Stay safe in the sun!<br />

Written by Amanda Letcher<br />

Chairperson & Committee Member<br />

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

DID YOU KNOW?<br />

Facts about Melanoma<br />

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer.<br />

In 2019, it was expected that there would be 15,229 diagnoses of<br />

melanoma of the skin - close to one diagnosis every half hour.<br />

Melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australian men and<br />

women.<br />

If detected early more than 90% of melanoma cases can be successfully<br />

treated with surgery.<br />

Australia has one of the highest melanoma rates in the world.<br />

Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians<br />

(15–39 year olds) but incidence for people over 60 is also high and increasing.<br />

In Australia, 1 person dies from melanoma every 5 hours<br />

Most melanomas are caused by prolonged and repeated exposure to UV<br />

radiation in sunlight.<br />

Find out more and join the Melanoma Movement today<br />

melanomapatients.org.au<br />

National Melanoma Support Line: 1300 88 44 50<br />

Melanoma<br />

Movement<br />

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From the Padre’s Pen<br />

What does Easter mean?<br />

Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the belief in the<br />

resurrection of Jesus Christ. <strong>The</strong> resurrection taking place<br />

several days after his death at the hands of the Romans.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are lots of terms that we can read about concerning<br />

Easter. Terms like Shrove Tuesday, Palm Sunday, Maundy<br />

Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Eastertide, Ascension,<br />

Paschal and Pentecost Sunday to name a few. Additionally,<br />

some websites explain other intricacies of Easter, such as the<br />

date and the reason the date changes, the origins of the name<br />

and the many Easter-time traditions. Traditions traced to non-<br />

Christian and even pagan or non-religious celebrations like hot<br />

cross buns, Easter eggs, Rabbits, and the list goes on. However,<br />

like many historical customs, the exact reasons are often<br />

unknown, and some articles do not let truth stand in the way of<br />

a good story. Nevertheless, often these topics do not answer<br />

the question regarding the meaning of Easter. <strong>The</strong>y frequently<br />

only provide factual or semi-factual data.<br />

For Christians, Easter is an event that demonstrates the radical<br />

love of God. <strong>The</strong> story of Easter asks us to love and forgive<br />

one another in the same way God loves and reconciles us.<br />

Hopefully, the following story illustrates this response of love to<br />

the Easter message.<br />

On <strong>April</strong> 25th 1958, a young Korean exchange student at the<br />

University of Pennsylvania was killed by 11 teenage boys after<br />

posting a letter to his parents in Korea. All over the city of<br />

Philadelphia, there were cries for vengeance against this gang of<br />

young hoodlums. <strong>The</strong> District Attorney secured legal authority<br />

to try these teenage boys as adults, as they would be eligible for<br />

the death penalty if found guilty.<br />

In a much-publicised trial, the boys were found guilty and were<br />

awaiting sentencing when a most unusual letter arrived from<br />

Korea addressed to the judge. <strong>The</strong> letter was signed by the<br />

parents of the murdered student and 20 other relatives living in<br />

Korea. In part, it read: Our family has met together, and we<br />

have decided to petition the Court for the most generous<br />

treatment possible for these young men who took the life of<br />

our son. We have decided to send money to start a fund for<br />

the religious, educational, vocational, and social guidance of<br />

these young men. We have dared to express our hope with a<br />

spirit received from the Gospel of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, who<br />

died for the sins of us all.<br />

<strong>The</strong> story of Easter is a challenge to make a radical break with<br />

the world around us, and to love others in the same amazing<br />

way God has loved us.<br />

Written by Kelvin Harris<br />

PBGRP Support Chaplain<br />

HMAS Coonawarra<br />

ADF Chaplains in the NT<br />

Navy On-call: 0409 662 823<br />

Shaun Foster HMAS Coonawarra<br />

Australian Christian Churches<br />

08 8935 5388 | 0400 514 375<br />

Kelvin Harris Fleet North/HMAS Coonawarra<br />

Anglican<br />

08 8935 5183 | 0457 712 743<br />

Army On-call: 0427 713 963<br />

Glen Elsegood 8/12 Regiment<br />

Anglican<br />

08 8925 2457 | 0429 345 167<br />

Joel Vergara Regional Support<br />

Roman Catholic<br />

08 8925 2662 | 0409 778 462<br />

Chris Lindsay 1 CER<br />

Presbyterian<br />

08 8925 6414 | 0418 428 337<br />

Garth <strong>May</strong>ger 1 CSSB<br />

Roman Catholic<br />

08 8925 9005 | 0419 869 187<br />

Phil Riley HQ1 BDE<br />

Anglican<br />

08 8925 2018 | 0407 283 050<br />

Steve Maggs 5 RAR<br />

Churches of Christ<br />

08 8925 2754 | 0408 684 783<br />

Roger Cowan 1 AVN<br />

Baptist<br />

0429 891 274<br />

Airforce Darwin On-call:<br />

0477 308 064<br />

Airforce Tindal On-call:<br />

0427 890 054<br />

Mitchell Herps RAAF Tindal<br />

Anglican<br />

08 8973 6032 | 0438 493 232<br />

Andrew Knox RAAF Tindal<br />

Anglican<br />

08 8973 6033 | 0457 803 372<br />

Angela Stanfield RAAF Darwin<br />

Anglican<br />

08 7929 4059 | 0417 953 396<br />

All three services provide a 24/7 on-call number<br />

for emergencies. Each Unit/Ship/Base has its<br />

own chaplain who can assist. If you chaplain is<br />

not available, please contact the on-call number<br />

for your Service. Denominational or faithspecific<br />

ministry can be arranged as required.<br />

Airforce Cadets<br />

I recently attended a Junior Non-Commissioned<br />

Officer (JNCO) Promotion Course with the<br />

Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) at RAAF<br />

Base Darwin, which taught us all the necessary<br />

skills required to become a Cadet Corporal.<br />

As a new recruit in the era of COVID19, this was the first<br />

extended training opportunity I had since joining Cadets. I<br />

was really impressed at how much I learnt, including how to<br />

live on base, eating in the mess and marching to our<br />

destinations. This gave me an excellent<br />

perspective of daily RAAF life and has inspired<br />

me to pursue a career within the Royal<br />

Australian Air Force. <strong>The</strong> training united me<br />

with like-minded youth and we all came away<br />

with a mountain of knowledge and new<br />

friendships.<br />

Our promotion course was run in 8 Wing at the<br />

same time as the promotion courses for<br />

Corporals, Sergeants, Warrant Officers and<br />

Cadet Under Officers, so our training was<br />

accelerated. <strong>The</strong> support that we received from<br />

the more experienced Cadets and Staff was<br />

phenomenal and helped us greatly to improve<br />

our learning outcomes.<br />

During our training, we acquired a range of skills, including<br />

how to teach a class, teamwork, personal organisation and<br />

fieldcraft, as well as how to lead a section of cadets on<br />

parade nights and field activities. I found the leadership<br />

section of the course especially helpful as we learnt about<br />

the importance of maintaining morale and what we can do<br />

to increase morale for our subordinates. We also learned<br />

about the three types of leadership styles that we will use in<br />

our time as Cadet Corporals. By learning how to use these<br />

skills effectively, we can help our sections to work efficiently<br />

during activities and challenges.<br />

Another highlight of our training was learning how to<br />

collaborate with course mates to complete tasks as quickly<br />

as possible. This skill also helped us to streamline our study<br />

goals as we were able to organise study groups to complete<br />

our assignments on time and have team members available<br />

to critique them. Working together as a team added to the<br />

positive culture of the course.<br />

Throughout the course, we invested as much effort as<br />

possible as there was never any guarantee of passing - this<br />

was a challenging experience, though very rewarding. This<br />

course was everything I expected and more, and I would<br />

highly recommend attending if ever given the opportunity<br />

to do so.<br />

Written by CCPL W. Gee<br />

802 Squadron<br />

Australian Air Force Cadets<br />

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announced in the next edition of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong>.<br />

As a Defence wife, it can be hard to hold down a<br />

job when you’re posting all over the country<br />

every few years – especially when you also need<br />

to manage a household and kids! It is also<br />

challenging to focus on a career with an<br />

unpredictable lifestyle and limited family support.<br />

Sometimes you have to be creative and see what<br />

else you can do!<br />

I’ve got a lot of words in my head all of the time, to the<br />

point that I can see everyone’s eyes start to glaze over as I<br />

continually spew out word vomit. After giving myself a stern<br />

talking to, I began writing on social media to release all the<br />

thoughts in my mind – mainly about motherhood. My profile<br />

grew with tens of thousands of followers over the year and I<br />

received motivational comments that I should write a book.<br />

<strong>The</strong> more I thought about it, the more it made sense. I could<br />

do this from home, in any posting location, at any time, and<br />

find a positive outlet for all of the words swirling in my head.<br />

Despite my busy lifestyle - including a global pandemic, sleep<br />

regressions (that didn’t actually make a difference because<br />

my twins have continually woken through the night since<br />

they were born), multiple lockdowns, an interstate<br />

relocation, two weeks in quarantine, and my husband being<br />

sent away for a couple of months – I was finally ready to<br />

publish it. Sounds easy, right?<br />

I had written down bits and pieces at random waking’s<br />

through the night, during a 5-minute break when the kids<br />

went outside and a bit more after they went to bed at<br />

night... Basically, any spare moment I had - I was working on<br />

it.<br />

I found a brilliant illustrator in the Ukraine and a book<br />

designer in Barbados, and together they helped bring all my<br />

words to life. Communicating across the world with<br />

contrasting time differences meant it took some time<br />

between messaging and approving sketches, but patience<br />

was indeed a virtue because the end result was definitely<br />

worth waiting for!<br />

Two brothers set out<br />

With ten bucks and a wagon<br />

To adopt a new cat<br />

But came home with a dragon!<br />

We love supporting a community of home-based businesses<br />

and believe in Defence families supporting Defence families.<br />

If you are wanting to entertain your little ones with a new<br />

picture book or looking for a great gift idea, you can order a<br />

copy online here:<br />

https://www.amazon.com.au/<br />

s?k=9780645045000&i=stripbooks&linkCode=qs<br />

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Defence Families.<br />

No fees, no uniforms, no yearly memberships, no competition seasons, just<br />

good fun doing swimming, cycling or running activities (not triathlon).<br />

Parents do the activities as well. It is a community that has 'family' at the<br />

centre.<br />

Check out the fun activities available on their Facebook page.<br />

facebook.com/Mov3.Program<br />

Visit their website and join their newsletter for the most up to date<br />

information on upcoming sessions!<br />

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For your chance to<br />

win 1 of 5 copies of<br />

“Ember the Dragon”,<br />

tell us in 25 words or<br />

less what you would<br />

do if you had a pet<br />

dragon for a day!<br />

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Pathways Management Services<br />

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Mosquitos and Midgies<br />

Thank you to the Department of Health for supplying the calendars of the Salt Marsh Mosquitos and<br />

the Biting Midges. For more information on either of these pests, visit the Department of Health’s<br />

website referenced below.<br />

Planning on camping this dry season? Here are some tips to avoid nasty bites!<br />

A sensible precaution is to avoid areas that are<br />

known to have high biting insect activity.<br />

<strong>The</strong> upper high tide areas near creeks or low-lying<br />

areas can be significant sources of mosquitoes.<br />

Generally, they are prevalent for one to two weeks<br />

after the full moon or after significant rainfall. Dense<br />

vegetation near the breeding sites should be avoided<br />

over this period. Pest problems during the evening<br />

and night can occur within 3 km of breeding sites.<br />

Other areas of high mosquito activity are large,<br />

seasonally flooded areas associated with rivers or<br />

drainage lines, flooded coastal swamps, extensive reed<br />

swamps and lagoons, poorly draining creeks, extensive<br />

irrigation areas and wastewater disposal facilities.<br />

If camping near creeks, rivers or lagoons choose a<br />

location near the water body which has steep margins<br />

or small amounts of vegetation, or swiftly running<br />

water without pooling or vegetation that does not<br />

arise from or empty into a nearby swamp area.<br />

Exposed beaches or cliffs away from mangrove or<br />

estuary areas are preferred sites. In more inland areas,<br />

locations on hills or rises at least 3 km from from the<br />

aforementioned areas should avoid the worst<br />

mosquito problems.<br />

Midges have seasonal and monthly population peaks<br />

with the monthly peaks usually associated with the<br />

tidal regime.<br />

In Residential Areas<br />

TIDES<br />

NORTH COAST - DARWIN <strong>2021</strong><br />

TIMES AND HEIGHTS OF HIGH AND LOW WATERS<br />

TIME ZONE - 0930<br />

APRIL<br />

MAY<br />

HUNTING<br />

Owning a Firearm in the Northern Territory<br />

To apply for a firearms licence, you must meet basic requirements.<br />

All recreational shooter licence applicants must pass a questionnaire<br />

based on the National Firearms Safety Code booklet. You may also<br />

need to attend a Firearm Safety Training Course for some categories of<br />

firearms under a corporate employee licence.<br />

Genuine requirement<br />

You must have a genuine reason or requirement to hold a firearms<br />

licence, which could include any of the following;<br />

sports shooting<br />

recreational shooting and hunting<br />

occupational requirements<br />

vertebrate pest animal control<br />

business or employment<br />

primary production<br />

animal welfare<br />

firearm collection<br />

museum display<br />

inheritance<br />

Your genuine reason or requirement for a licence will determine:<br />

BITING MIDGES<br />

SALT MARSH MOSQUITOS<br />

Check residential areas for potential<br />

sources of mosquito larvae such as;<br />

disused swimming pools, receptacles such<br />

as tyres, drums, fallen palm fronds, pot<br />

plant drip trays, animal water, garden<br />

equipment, plastic sheeting, blocked roof<br />

gutters, old fishponds, or localised<br />

ponding of drains. Sites with mosquitoes<br />

breeding can be rectified by physically<br />

removing the source or through the use<br />

of insecticides. Fish ponds or ponds used<br />

for frogs can be rectified by the addition<br />

of a few fish.<br />

Try to avoid Mosquito and Midge bites<br />

where possible by regularly applying<br />

Insect Repellent. You can support a<br />

Darwin-based business by purchasing<br />

non-toxic, environmentally friendly insect<br />

repellent through Natural Territory -<br />

https://www.naturalterritory.com.au/<br />

REFERENCES<br />

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/11460<br />

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/741<br />

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/11459<br />

MOON PHASES<br />

NEW MOON<br />

FIRST QUARTER<br />

FULL MOON<br />

LAST QUARTER<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bureau of Meteorology gives no warranty of any kind<br />

whether express, implied, statutory or otherwise in respect to<br />

the availability, accuracy, currency, completeness, quality or<br />

reliability of the information or that the information will be fit for<br />

any particular purpose or will not infringe any third party<br />

intellectual property rights. <strong>The</strong> Bureau's liability for any loss,<br />

damage, cost or expense resulting from use of, or reliance on, the<br />

information is entirely excluded. Tidal predictions for Northern<br />

Territory Ports are supplied by the National Tidal Centre of the<br />

Bureau of Meteorology, copyright reserved.<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 />

- the type of licence you may be issued<br />

- the category of firearm you can use<br />

Storage requirements<br />

To be issued a firearms licence in the NT, you must satisfy safe<br />

storage requirements.<br />

A wide range of commercial gun cabinets and safes in the Northern<br />

Territory have been approved by police and can be bought through<br />

most gun shops or locksmiths. Police can also approve custom-built<br />

safes as long as they meet the safe storage requirements.<br />

For more information about firearm licencing<br />

and the application process, refer to the<br />

Northern Territory Police website and the<br />

Weapons Control Act 2001.<br />

References:<br />

https://pfes.nt.gov.au/police/firearmsweapons<br />

https://nt.gov.au/law/crime/firearms-licences-andweapons<br />

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Pet Insurance<br />

As much as we try to keep our<br />

pets healthy and safe, the<br />

inevitable happens. Pets get sick<br />

and accidents happen.<br />

As a vet, the hardest part of my<br />

job is having to euthanise an<br />

animal because the necessary<br />

treatment is not affordable for<br />

their owner. It is understandable<br />

that not everyone has the<br />

disposable income or savings on<br />

hand to deal with the<br />

unexpected injuries or illnesses<br />

of their pets. That’s where pet<br />

insurance helps!<br />

1. Be prepared for the<br />

unexpected<br />

Imagine your beloved dog gets<br />

hit by a car. He needs<br />

emergency treatment and then<br />

orthopaedic surgery. If you have<br />

pet insurance, you won’t have to<br />

choose between Buster’s care<br />

and your financial stability.<br />

2. Save money<br />

Your cat needs vaccinations<br />

every year and as she gets older<br />

you want to make sure you<br />

monitor her kidney function. If<br />

you have pet insurance, you can<br />

claim back the cost of her<br />

vaccinations and routine health<br />

check-ups.<br />

3. Peace of mind<br />

You don’t want to make big<br />

financial decision about your sick<br />

or injured pet while your serving<br />

family member is away. It can be<br />

challenging enough to manage<br />

life on the ‘homefront’ on your<br />

own, but your ‘future self’ with<br />

appreciate pet insurance if<br />

something happens to your pet<br />

when your support network is<br />

already limited.<br />

4. Focus on the important<br />

things<br />

Your family has decided to get a<br />

new fur baby. If you have pet<br />

insurance, you can prioritise their<br />

health and wellbeing over what it<br />

will cost to care for them over<br />

the next decade.<br />

Unfortunately in Australia,<br />

approximately only 8% of pet<br />

owners have insurance for their<br />

pets. Can you imagine if this<br />

statistic applied to cars, homes,<br />

businesses? We insure all of the<br />

things that are important to us<br />

and our pets are equally as<br />

important. A lot of the time, I<br />

hear people say they don’t have<br />

pet insurance because of the<br />

cost of the premiums.<br />

To put things into perspective,<br />

you might pay $400-1000 per<br />

year for insurance (depending on<br />

what policy you select). Without<br />

insurance, just one emergency<br />

procedure for a dog or cat could<br />

cost you thousands of dollars, or<br />

you may be faced with a difficult<br />

decision. So, I encourage you to<br />

do your research and find the<br />

right insurance policy for you and<br />

your pet.<br />

Something only seems expensive<br />

if the cost is higher than its value.<br />

So look at your pet and think;<br />

“how much do you mean to<br />

me?” I think you’ll find that pet<br />

insurance is worth it.<br />

Dr Georgia Priest<br />

Parap Veterinary Hospital<br />

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Phone.......................................................................................................0419274735<br />

Email..........................................................admin@thetopendermagazine.org.au<br />

Website........................................................www.thetopendermagazine.org.au<br />

Emergencies and Useful Contacts<br />

Emergency Services..............................................................................................000<br />

Police Assistance Line................................................................................131 444<br />

1800 IMSICK.......................................................................................1800 467 425<br />

All Hours Support Line..................................................................1800 626 036<br />

COVID-19 Helpline, NT.............................................................1800 0008 002<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..............................................08 8920 6011<br />

Hospital, Palmerston Regional Hospital...................................08 7979 9200<br />

Hospital, Royal Darwin Hospital.................................................08 8922 8888<br />

Lifeline..............................................................................................................131 114<br />

Night Patrol........................................................................................1800 101 645<br />

Poisons Information Line .........................................................................131 126<br />

Power and Water.............................................................................1800 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 />

NT Defence Bases and Establishments<br />

Defence Establishment Berrimah<br />

Front Gate................................................................................08 8935 4269<br />

Mess Manager..........................................08 8935 4422 / 0437 795 258<br />

Larrakeyah Defence Precinct<br />

Front Gate................................................................................08 8935 5598<br />

Officers’ Mess..........................................................................08 8935 5570<br />

ORs’ Mess.................................................................................08 8935 5591<br />

Sergeants’ Mess.......................................................................08 8935 5580<br />

RAAF Base Darwin<br />

Airmen‘s Mess.........................................................................08 8923 5517<br />

Front Gate................................................................................08 8923 5549<br />

Officers Mess...........................................................................08 8923 5482<br />

Sergeants’ Mess.......................................................................08 8923 5505<br />

RAAF Base Tindal<br />

Airmen‘s Mess.........................................................................08 8973 6240<br />

Front Gate................................................................................08 8973 6228<br />

Sergeants’ Mess.......................................................................08 8973 6385<br />

Robertson Barracks<br />

Front Gate................................................................................08 8925 3700<br />

Officers’ Mess..........................................................................08 8925 3548<br />

ORs’ Mess.................................................................................08 8925 2514<br />

Sergeants’ Mess.......................................................................08 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 />

Robertson Barracks Family Group..............................................0490 151 944<br />

Email............................................................................rbfg07@yahoo.com.au<br />

On-base Services<br />

Canteens<br />

AAFCANS<br />

Robertson Barracks, Cafe Central....................................08 8925 2542<br />

RAAF Darwin, Darwin Canteen........................................08 8981 2508<br />

Robertson Barracks, Shout VC Canteen........................08 8925 6720<br />

Tindal Cafe, Convenience & Fuel Station......................08 8973 6201<br />

Navy Canteens<br />

National Operations Manager...........08 8935 5144 / 0477 477 147<br />

Larrakeyah, Outpipes............................................................08 8935 5144<br />

Military Banks<br />

Australian Military Bank<br />

Larrakeyah Defence Precinct.............................................08 8981 2245<br />

Robertson Barracks...............................................................08 8995 7800<br />

Defence Bank<br />

Larrakeyah Defence Precinct.............................................08 8935 5499<br />

RAAF Darwin...........................................................................08 7923 2500<br />

Robertson Barracks...............................................................08 8936 6400<br />

Tindal..........................................................................................08 8965 1600<br />

Hairdressers<br />

Larrakeyah Defence Precinct........................................................08 8935 5596<br />

RAAF Darwin – Julie-Anne...........................08 8923 5153 / 0402 235 731<br />

Robertson Barracks – Hair Dooz................................................08 8925 3300<br />

Robertson Barracks – South End Barber Shop......................08 8925 6723<br />

Uniform and Equipment<br />

Robertson Barracks, Regional Clothing Store<br />

Retail (Purchases)...................................................................08 8925 8828<br />

CIP (Exchanges)......................................................................08 8925 8823<br />

Tailor...........................................................................................08 8925 8831<br />

Tim’s Medal Mounting.....................................................................0448 129 531<br />

Bulletproof NT..................................................................................08 8947 0935<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 />

Helplines<br />

Lifeline (24hr)..........................................................................................131 114<br />

Kids Helpline (24hr)...................................................................1800 551 800<br />

Parent Helpline – Karitane (24hr)........................................1300 227 464<br />

Parentline.......................................................................................1300 301 300<br />

Defence Community and Veterans<br />

Support Services<br />

Defence Community Organisation (DCO)<br />

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

Darwin Office..........................................................................08 8935 7900<br />

Tindal/Katherine Office..............................................08 8973 6186<br />

Defence Families of Australia (DFA)<br />

National Convenor................................................................1800 100 509<br />

National Delegate NT and Kimberly – Jessica Hanison......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 />

Open Arms (24hrs) ...........................................................................1800 011 046<br />

Website........................................................................www.openarms.gov.au<br />

Legacy Northern Territory..............................................................08 8948 0830<br />

Website........................................................................www.legacy.com.au/nt<br />

National ADF Family Health Program.........................................02 6266 3547<br />

Website..................................................................www.adffamilyhealth.com<br />

Red Shield Defence Services – Salvation Army<br />

Gerald & Mairi Mitchell...........................................................0400 642 881<br />

Returned Services League (RSL)<br />

Darwin...............................................................................darwin@rslsa.org.au<br />

Darwin North.............................................................................08 8945 0701<br />

Katherine (via Secretary)........................................................0407 130 095<br />

Nhulunbuy...................................................................................08 8987 0600<br />

Palmerston...................................................................................0488 001 862<br />

Tennant Creek...........................................................................0499 564 031<br />

Veterans Australia (NT) ........................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 />

Website....................................................................................www.dha.gov.au<br />

Defence Relocations and Housing Manager NT......................0458 241 867<br />

Toll Transitions.....................................................................................1800 819 167<br />

Defence Tax Management Office (CTMO)...............................1800 806 053<br />

Health<br />

Australian Breastfeeding Association......................................1800 686 268<br />

Autism NT.............................................................................................08 8948 4424<br />

Bereaved Parent Support NT|SIDS and Kids NT....................08 8948 5311<br />

24-hour Emergency Support Line.......................................0448 849 234<br />

Birthline Pregnancy Support......................................................1300 655 156<br />

Cancer Council NT<br />

Alice Springs...............................................................................08 8953 5920<br />

Darwin..........................................................................................08 8944 1800<br />

Katherine......................................................................................08 8971 2022<br />

Website..........................................................................www.nt.cancer.org.au<br />

Carers Australia NT...........................................................................08 8944<br />

4888<br />

Website......................................................................www.carersnt.asn.au<br />

Childbirth Education Association Darwin.............................08 8948 3043<br />

Website..................................................................www.ceadarwin.asn.au<br />

Community Care Centres<br />

Alice Springs Community Health Centre...................08 8951 6711<br />

Casuarina Community Care Centre.............................08 8922 7301<br />

Katherine Community Health Centre..........................08 8973 8570<br />

Karama Child and Family Health Clinic.......................08 8922 7301<br />

Nhulunbuy Community Health Centre.......................08 8987 0435<br />

Nylander Child Health Clinic..........................................08 8922 7301<br />

Palmerston Community Care Centre..........................08 8999 3344<br />

Tennant Creek Community Health Care...................08 8962 4218<br />

Cradle Support Group.................................................................0438 272 353<br />

Website..........................................................................www.cradle.org.au<br />

Darwin Homebirth Group ........................................................08 8922 5522<br />

Website..................................darwinhomebirthgroup.wordpress.com<br />

Defence Special Needs Support Group (DSNSG)<br />

Website...........................................................................www.dsnsg.org.au<br />

National Coordinator........................................................1800 037 674<br />

Darwin Coordinator.............................................darwin@dsnsg.org.au<br />

Katherine/Tindal Coordinator......................katherine@dsnsg.org.au<br />

Down Syndrome Association NT............................................08 8985 6222<br />

Website.................................................www.downsyndroment.com.au<br />

Epilepsy Centre – Epilepsy Association of SA & NT........1300 850 081<br />

Website.........................................................www.epilepsycentre.org.au<br />

Family Planning NT.......................................................................08 8948 0144<br />

Website.........................................................................www.fpwnt.com.au<br />

Hearing Australia.......................................................................................134 432<br />

Northern Territory Department of Health (DOH)..........08 8999 2400<br />

Website....................................................................www.health.nt.gov.au<br />

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline........................................1800 882 436<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End Mental Health Service................................................08 8999 4988<br />

Wellness Centre............................................................................08 8946 7176<br />

Website..............................................www.cdu.edu.au/wellness-centre<br />

Sports and Activities<br />

Australian Air Force Cadets 8 Wing<br />

AAFC 801 Squadron – Winnellie..................................08 8923 5713<br />

AAFC 802 Squadron – Driver........................................0473 816 694<br />

AAFC 803 Squadron – Tindal........................................0427 397 495<br />

AAFC 804 Squadron – Alice Springs...........................08 8953 4484<br />

Australian Army Cadets..............................08 8935 5174 / 08 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...........TSMelvilleBay@navycadets.gov.au<br />

Girl Guides NT...............................................................................08 8981 3628<br />

Website...................................................................www.girlguides.org.au<br />

Playgroups Association NT (PANT).......................................08 8945 7775<br />

Website............................................................www.playgroupnt.com.au<br />

RAAF Darwin Fishing Club – Sgt Tracy Sylvester..............08 8924 2045<br />

RAAF Darwin Golf Club.............................................................0459 746 306<br />

Swimming<br />

Masters Swimming..............................................................08 8981 5919<br />

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Alice AUSSI.............................................thecullenanes@ozemail.com.au<br />

Darwin Stingers..........................................................stingers@iinet.net.au<br />

Palmerston Sharks.................................info@palmerstonsharks.com.au<br />

Goldfishbowl Swim School.................................................08 8931 1000<br />

NT Swim School.....................................................................08 8948 1000<br />

Website.................................................www.ntswimschool.com.au<br />

Palmerston & Rural Swimming Club<br />

Head Coach Daniel Gerlach....................................0400 299 622<br />

Swim Dynamics Swim School............................................0421 631 624<br />

Website......................................................www.swimdynamics.com<br />

Scouts NT...........................................................................................08 8948 0994<br />

Website.....................................................................www.nt.scouts.com.au<br />

Surf Life Saving NT..........................................................................08 8985 6588<br />

Website.................................................................www.lifesavingnt.com.au<br />

Local Government and Regional Councils<br />

Alice Springs Town Council..........................................................08 8950 0500<br />

Barkly Regional Council..................................................................08 8962 0000<br />

Belyuen Community Government Council.............................08 8978 5061<br />

Central Desert Regional Council................................................1300 360 605<br />

City of Darwin...................................................................................08 8930 0300<br />

City of Palmerston...........................................................................08 8935 9922<br />

Coomalie Community Government Council..........................08 8976 0058<br />

East Arnhem Regional Council....................................................08 8986 8986<br />

Katherine Town Council................................................................08 8972 5500<br />

Litchfield Council..............................................................................08 8983 0600<br />

MacDonnell Regional Council......................................................08 8958 9600<br />

Nhulunbuy Corporation.................................................................08 8939 2200<br />

Roper Gulf Regional Councils......................................................08 8972 9000<br />

Tiwi Regional Council.....................................................................08 8970 9500<br />

Victoria Daly Regional Council....................................................08 8972 0777<br />

Wagait Shire Council......................................................................08 8978 5185<br />

West Arnhem Regional Council.................................................08 8979 9444<br />

West Daly Regional Council.........................................................08 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 />

Wildcare Alice Springs.........................................................0419 221 128<br />

Wildcare Darwin....................................08 8988 6121 / 0408 885 341<br />

Darwin Wildlife Sanctuary..................................................0473 992 581<br />

Katherine Wildlife Rescue Services.................................0412 955 336<br />

RSPCA (Darwin)....................................................................08 8984 3795<br />

Pounds and Animal Shelters<br />

Alice Springs Animal Shelter..............08 8950 0500 / 08 8953 4430<br />

Darwin........................................................................................08 8947 2099<br />

Katherine...................................................................................08 8972 5500<br />

Palmerston................................................................................08 8935 9977<br />

Snake Catcher....................................................................................1800 453 210<br />

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