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FEATURES<br />

06 AIRMAN OF THE YEAR + RAAF AWARDS<br />

18 MILITARY WORKING DOG DAY<br />

19 EXPLOSIVE RESCUE FOR KELPIE<br />

40 SURVIVING MWD(U)<br />

41 EDWARD ‘TEDDY’ SHEEAN<br />

46 TALES OF A TOP END MUM - PART 4<br />

52 RAAF AMATEUR RADIO<br />

SUPPORT<br />

20 DMFS (FORMERLY DCO)<br />

22 DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS<br />

24 DEFENCE FAMILIES AUSTRALIA<br />

25 DEFENCE DANDELIONS<br />

26 NETWORK TINDAL<br />

27 LARRAKEYAH NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE<br />

28 ROBERTSON BARRACKS FAMILY GROUP<br />

29 CHAT WITH THE CHAPLAIN<br />

30 MEET YOUR DSM - LUDMILLA<br />

37 HELPFUL TIPS: SUPPORTING KIDS<br />

COMMUNITY<br />

03 FROM THE COMMITTEE<br />

04 BIOGRAPHY: LT COL DEAN CLARK<br />

09 SLEEPING LIKE A BABY<br />

10 1CER: WELCOME TO THE TOP END<br />

11 DEFENCE KIDZ<br />

13 SEARCH THE STARS WITH SKYVIEW<br />

CONTENTS<br />

39 COMMITTEE IN THE COMMUNITY<br />

42 WOMEN IN DEFENCE EXPO<br />

45 SELENA UIBO MP<br />

48 HOME BUSINESS HERO<br />

49 COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE DIRECTORY<br />

55 TEST YOUR TRIVIA<br />

58 CRAIG’S FISHING<br />

59 WHAT’S ON<br />

62 HANDY DIRECTORY<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

TOP END SPORTS LIST - P31<br />

BATTLE OF LONG KHANH - P43<br />

BATTLE OF FROMELLES AND<br />

POZIERES - P43<br />

WELCOME TO THE WORLD - P8<br />

TERRITORY DAY - P13<br />

GIRLS GONE FISHING - P12<br />

WELLNESS RETREAT - P48<br />

LIFESTYLE<br />

ADF FINANCIAL SERVICES - P47<br />

DOCTOR’S NOTE - P50<br />

PETS IN DARWIN - P51<br />

GROOTE EYLANDT - P54<br />

MOSQUITO WATCH - P56<br />

TIDES & FISHING - P57<br />

FROM THE COMMITTEE<br />

Photo Credit: DMFS (formerly DCO) Easter Event celebrations<br />

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JUNE JULY <strong>2021</strong><br />

WELCOME<br />

Happy Dry Season!<br />

We hope you are all enjoying the glorious weather<br />

and many activities that the <strong>Top</strong> End has to offer at<br />

this time of year.<br />

In this edition of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>, we have<br />

competitions, interesting feature articles, plus support<br />

and essential information about military life in the NT.<br />

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hear from you!<br />

Photo: Airman of the Year. Commonwealth of Australia © Defence.gov.au<br />

Photo: Explosive Rescue for Kelpie. Commonwealth of Australia © Defence.gov.au<br />

13 TERRITORY HERO AWARDS<br />

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

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15 NATIONAL TRUST (NT)<br />

WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN<br />

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

16 KOREAN VETERANS DAY<br />

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

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17 LUKE GOSLING OAM MP<br />

COMPETITIONS KIDS + TEENS<br />

Tuesday of each month.<br />

35 THE TRUTH ABOUT BLIND SPOTS<br />

HIDDEN HEELER - P11<br />

KIDS CORNER - P60<br />

<strong>2021</strong>: 29 <strong>June</strong>, 27 <strong>July</strong>.<br />

COUNT THE DRAGONFLIES - P14 TEEN SCENE - P61<br />

36 STARFISH SWIM GROUP<br />

WIN JB HIFI VOUCHER - P57 MOVIE REVIEW - P61<br />

Photo: Celebrating RAAF Centenary on Amateur Radio.<br />

38 COMMITTEE NOTICEBOARD<br />

CRACK THE CODE - P61<br />

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Lieutenant Colonel Dean Clark has<br />

recently taken command of the 1st<br />

Combat Service Support Battalion.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Battalion provides essential support to the<br />

1st Brigade by delivering supply, maintenance<br />

and transportation support when and where it<br />

is needed. This is often a complex and<br />

dangerous task, which results in the constant<br />

requirement to synchronise and prioritise<br />

support to fighting units of the 1st Brigade.<br />

Dean’s last posting was to Kuwait, where he<br />

worked within a US Joint Headquarters<br />

coordinating logistics support to Iraq and<br />

Eastern Syria.<br />

Biography<br />

Commanding Officer<br />

1 CSSB<br />

Dean’s wife, Anita, has also had a varied<br />

career having worked as a nurse and is now<br />

an Australian Public Servant. Although Dean<br />

is unsure how many removals he has had,<br />

he believes it is around 16. His family are<br />

aware of the challenges of service life, with<br />

his 16 year old son having attended seven<br />

different schools. While there have been<br />

many challenges, Dean and his family are<br />

appreciative of the experiences and<br />

adventures that service life has afforded.<br />

Anita and the children have travelled the<br />

world, even living in Cyprus for six months.<br />

As a commanding officer, it will be difficult<br />

to strike a balance between family<br />

commitments and work. From a work<br />

perspective, Dean is now developing training<br />

that builds on the great work completed by<br />

his predecessors.<br />

Dean has had a long and varied career, having<br />

served almost three decades as both a soldier<br />

and officer. He first developed an interest in<br />

the Army during discussions with his<br />

Grandfather, who served in the New Zealand<br />

Army during <strong>The</strong> Second World War. His<br />

Grandfather worked on the desert railway that<br />

supported Allied forces in Tobruk, El Alamein,<br />

Palestine and Syria. <strong>The</strong> railway crews were<br />

constantly attacked by Axis forces. His<br />

Grandfather’s stories of his time in North Africa<br />

were both humorous and exciting.<br />

After attending high school on the Gold Coast,<br />

Dean accompanied a friend to recruiting with<br />

the intention of supporting his friend and<br />

spending the day wandering around Brisbane.<br />

On arrival at the Defence Recruiting, the Army<br />

recruiter convinced him to take the entry tests<br />

and two months later he found himself at basic<br />

training confused as to how he arrived there.<br />

Now, after eight different ranks and 26 years<br />

of service, he feels honoured and privileged to<br />

lead the men and women of the 1st Combat<br />

Service Support Battalion.<br />

Dean has always sought challenges and<br />

adventure in his work. He has been fortunate in<br />

that his desires have been fulfilled beyond his<br />

wildest expectations. He has deployed on<br />

multiple operations all across the world. His<br />

most challenging and rewarding deployment<br />

was to Syria in 2012, where he was able to visit<br />

the places that were so vividly described by his<br />

Grandfather. It was during this deployment that<br />

his grandfather passed away. Although terribly saddened by his<br />

passing, Dean was able to retrace the steps his Grandfather took in<br />

the same region, 70 years ago. After returning from Syria, Dean<br />

served as the Officer Commanding 1st Transport Squadron, the lead<br />

logistics planner for the 7th Brigade and the Chief of Current Global<br />

Logistics Operations in Headquarters Joint Operations Command.<br />

PHOTO: DEAN’S GRANDFATHER<br />

Having come from humble<br />

beginnings, Dean is extremely<br />

grateful for the opportunities<br />

Defence has provided to him and<br />

his family. Dean has served in<br />

Darwin,Townsville,Wagga,<br />

Melbourne,Wodonga, Sydney,<br />

Canberra and Brisbane. His wife<br />

and three children are thrilled to<br />

be back in Darwin. <strong>The</strong>y enjoy the<br />

relaxed atmosphere, travel<br />

opportunities and coastal living.<br />

Having been recently posted to<br />

Canberra, Dean is also very pleased<br />

that he does not have to suffer<br />

through another Canberra winter.<br />

Dean is intently focussed on ensuring that the 1st Combat<br />

Service Support Battalion is prepared to support the 1st<br />

Brigade when and wherever it is required. He has<br />

developed this year’s training to ensure that the Battalion<br />

can achieve its difficult mission in any operational context.<br />

He believes that this requires the development of resilient<br />

teams that can quickly adapt to unforeseen circumstances.<br />

Dean will challenge his officers and soldiers this year to<br />

ensure that they remain prepared should Government<br />

require the 1st Brigade to deploy domestically in support of<br />

the Australian population, or overseas. Dean understands<br />

the impact of training absences on families and is keen to<br />

involve the Battalion’s families in as many social activities<br />

as possible to build strong support networks.<br />

Dean values everyone’s opinion, regardless of position. He<br />

is particularly passionate about strengthening Defence<br />

through encouraging diversity of thought. He regularly<br />

holds discussions with all ranks to identify areas that can<br />

be improved. He advocates a workplace where people<br />

care, are competent and communicate effectively. While<br />

this may seem counter to the hierarchical structure of the<br />

Army, it is coupled with tough and realistic training to<br />

ensure that the Battalion is prepared to conduct its<br />

complex tasks in a wide variety of circumstances. He is<br />

developing individual leadership, physical fitness, morale<br />

courage and resilience.<br />

Submitted by CAPT Carla Armenti<br />

Public Affairs Officer<br />

Robertson Barracks<br />

4 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated JUNE/JULY <strong>2021</strong> 5


AIRMAN OF THE YEAR<br />

RAAF AWARDS<br />

Recognised for service excellence,<br />

Communication Electronic Technician<br />

Corporal Daniel Loane has been<br />

named the Air Force Airman of the<br />

Year for 2020.<br />

Corporal Loane enlisted into the Air<br />

Force in 2011 and is based at RAAF<br />

Base Darwin as the No. 114 Mobile<br />

Control and Reporting Unit<br />

(114MCRU) Maintenance Manager<br />

within the Tactical Air Defence<br />

System Section.<br />

Reflecting on his career, Corporal<br />

Loane says that military service played<br />

a significant role in his personal<br />

development and he was honoured<br />

to receive the Airman of the Year<br />

Award. “In today’s RAAF, becoming a<br />

confident speaker, leader, coach,<br />

mentor and manager are all part of<br />

standard progression and you receive all the resources you<br />

need to achieve success in your life,” Corporal Loane<br />

explains. “I don’t know if there is any greater confidence that<br />

can be bestowed on someone in my position as a relatively<br />

new Corporal. It makes me feel confident in my ability,<br />

trusted by the organisation to be a role model for those<br />

around me and encourages me to share what I have learned<br />

and experienced.”<br />

Corporal Loane said his nomination refers to his<br />

response to a civilian vehicle accident near a remote<br />

Northern Territory checkpoint during Operation<br />

COVID-19 Assist - “As Joint Task Unit 629.7.2<br />

Detachment Commander at the remote Tanami<br />

checkpoint in the Northern Territory, I was<br />

certainly out of my technician comfort zone,<br />

however, to be part of a whole-of-government operation<br />

was an amazing experience and one that I am proud to have<br />

been involved in,”<br />

Commanding Officer 114MCRU, Wing Commander Sean<br />

Gell, observed that “Corporal Loane set an exceptional<br />

standard throughout 2020 and, with a significantly reduced<br />

team, maintained the section output while fostering an<br />

exceptional rapport with the operations team. Additionally,<br />

his development and implementation of the Mobile Control<br />

and Reporting Unit deployment guide has ensured that his<br />

efforts to drive technical mastery will endure beyond his<br />

tenure within the unit.”<br />

Photo: Corporal Daniel Loane has been awarded the Air Vice Marshal B.A. Eaton Award, Air Force<br />

Airman of the Year for 2020. Photo by Sergeant Pete Gammie. Commonwealth of Australia ©<br />

Defence.gov.au<br />

Commander Surveillance and Response Group, Air<br />

Commodore Barbara Courtney, also extended her<br />

congratulations to Corporal Loane - “As Commander of our<br />

incredible Surveillance and Response Group team, it gives<br />

me no greater pleasure than to witness the<br />

acknowledgement of our bright young talent and the<br />

incredible work they do.”<br />

Reflecting Defence Values through his service contributions<br />

and community efforts, Corporal Loane also regularly<br />

volunteers to represent Air Force within the wider<br />

community.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Air Vice Marshal B.A. Eaton 'Airman of the Year' Award<br />

is awarded to an airman of the rank of corporal or below to<br />

recognise the calibre of the individual and their significant<br />

contribution to the Service and community.<br />

Written by Bettina Mears<br />

Public Affairs Officer<br />

Royal Australian Air Force<br />

Air Force APS Team Member of the Year Award<br />

Michael Docherty, Air Force Training Group, awarded to an APS employee who<br />

exemplifies APS and Air Force values and makes an outstanding contribution to Air Force.<br />

Chief of Air Force Instructor of the Year Award<br />

Flight Lieutenant Adon Lumley, Air Mission Training School, this award highlights the<br />

unquestionable importance of training and education to the Air Force and formally<br />

recognises the commissioned officer who has excelled in this field.<br />

Warrant Officer of the Air Force Instructor of the Year Award<br />

Sergeant Bree Godfrey, School of Postgraduate Studies, this award highlights the<br />

unquestionable importance of training and education to the Air Force and formally<br />

recognises the instructor who has excelled in this field.<br />

Her Majesty the Queen’s Gold Medal<br />

Pilot Officer Cameron Clark, No. 79 Squadron, awarded by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth<br />

II to the most outstanding officer trainee from OTS or ADFA to recognise exemplary<br />

conduct, outstanding performance of duty, and influence on fellow officers.<br />

Squadron Leader WT Riggs Trophy<br />

Sergeant Chris Dickson, No. 464 Squadron, awarded for the best official photograph of<br />

the year.<br />

Lipshut Family Bursary<br />

Corporal Megan MacAuslan, Defence Force Recruiting, provides an education bursary to<br />

an outstanding airman or airwoman of the rank of corporal and below.<br />

Air Force Association Trophy<br />

Headquarters Air Force Training Group, awarded for proficiency and contribution by<br />

Force Element Groups and Wing Headquarters.<br />

Duke of Gloucester Cup<br />

No. 10 Squadron, awarded to the most proficient flying squadron.<br />

Hawker Siddeley Trophy<br />

No. 26 Squadron, awarded to the most proficient unit with primarily whole-of-base<br />

functions.<br />

Markowski Cup<br />

No. 3 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, awarded to the most proficient specialist<br />

support unit.<br />

RAAF Maintenance Trophy<br />

No. 36 Squadron, awarded to the most proficient Air Force maintenance unit in<br />

recognition of their engineering and technical excellence.<br />

Stonehaven Trophy<br />

Air Mobility Training and Development Unit, awarded to the most proficient training unit<br />

References: https://news.defence.gov.au/service/airman-year-announced<br />

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A Fun Welcome<br />

to the <strong>Top</strong> End<br />

<strong>The</strong> 1st Combat Engineer<br />

Regiment (1CER) in Darwin<br />

held a Family Day on February<br />

11 to welcome those who are<br />

new to the <strong>Top</strong> End, and to<br />

showcase the unit’s capability.<br />

Commanding Officer 1CER, Lieutenant<br />

Colonel Samuel Padman, said the focus<br />

for the activity was the development of<br />

the regiment’s people and capability.<br />

“We chose to focus on two elements for our Family Day -<br />

promotion and awareness of support agencies and the ability<br />

for families and children to interact with some of the<br />

regiment’s main equipment,” Lieutenant Colonel Padman<br />

announced. “This is what being part of this organisation is<br />

about - meeting new people and bringing our families and<br />

friends together so that we remain connected in the<br />

communities in which we serve.”<br />

Children were treated to face painting, balloon twisting,<br />

slushie machines, popcorn, fairy floss and a water slide, while<br />

the technical engineer equipment piqued the interest of<br />

many guests. <strong>The</strong> regiment also used some creative ideas to<br />

showcase their capability and equipment used in training and<br />

operations. In one activity, mine labs were turned into lolly<br />

finders!<br />

Families were invited to ride in Protected Mobility Vehicles<br />

(PMV’s) and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC’s),<br />

providing an opportunity for family members to understand<br />

what serving personnel do at work each day.<br />

Children of soldiers of the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment make bubbles during the regiment's<br />

family day. Commonwealth of Australia © Defence.gov.au<br />

Fourteen support agencies were represented at the event,<br />

including Defence Community Organisation. <strong>The</strong> regiment<br />

will host another family day later this year.<br />

Submitted by Nyssa Whiley<br />

Community Contributor<br />

1CER<br />

Defence Kidz creator Hayley<br />

Ann Boswell is the partner of<br />

Chief Petty Officer Bradley<br />

Lynch, who has served in the<br />

Royal Australian Navy for the<br />

last 22 years. She is also a mum of two young<br />

‘Defence Kidz’.<br />

With the birth of her first child, Hayley could see first-hand how<br />

Bradley’s periodic absences and deployments affected her child.<br />

She would miss her dad, struggle to understand why he was<br />

away and even experience stress and anxiety over his absence.<br />

Hayley researched heavily and couldn’t find the right resources<br />

she was seeking to assist her child. Hayley decided to put pen to<br />

paper and wrote her first children’s book, My Dad’s in the<br />

Australian Navy as a resource to help her child understand what<br />

her dad does and why it’s so important.<br />

<strong>The</strong> book was an instant success, so more books followed,<br />

including mum and dad versions of the books for each arm of<br />

defence. She has now also released a bedtime story for defence<br />

children and free ANZAC Day colouring-in pages via her<br />

Defence Kidz Facebook page.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> books are selling daily and the colouring templates have<br />

been very popular, reaching over 92,000 people on Facebook”<br />

Hayley says.<br />

Following on from the success of her books, Hayley established<br />

a Youtube Channel ‘Defence Kidz’, where children can access<br />

videos of her book readings and other defence specific<br />

resources.<br />

Defence Kidz<br />

“Defence Kidz has received a large amount of positive feedback<br />

from defence families throughout Australia and overseas. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

send me photos and tell me how the books have assisted their<br />

family (especially children) to feel connected to their parent,<br />

especially when they are deployed”, explains Hayley. Defence<br />

Kidz has become an essential go-to resource for many<br />

families.<br />

“We have other exciting ventures in the works for Defence<br />

Families, so follow the Defence Kidz Facebook page to stay<br />

updated”.<br />

<strong>The</strong> books are currently available to purchase via their<br />

Facebook page at www.facebook.com/defencekidz or webpage<br />

www.thepoppyemporium.com.au. Check out the other social<br />

platforms including YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/<br />

channel/UCRAV2-rK487VQudJh9gC8CQ and Instagram:<br />

@defencekidz<br />

Submitted by Hayley Boswell<br />

Founder and Executive Producer<br />

Defence Kidz<br />

Kids Competition<br />

<strong>The</strong> 1CER Recon Team organised an activity to test how<br />

well attendees could judge distance and demonstrated the<br />

capability of their drones. Engineer Support Squadron<br />

demonstrated its combat rescue capability, while the Plant<br />

Troop exhibited its extensive range of heavy equipment.<br />

Executive Officer Major Stephen Lomas said the<br />

coordination of such an event was rewarding.<br />

“This was an extremely successful activity and afforded the<br />

1CER family, old and new, the opportunity to understand<br />

our serving members’ roles and responsibilities,” Major<br />

Lomas remarked. “It also provided an opportunity to<br />

display our appreciation for the continued support of our<br />

families, friends and support agencies.”<br />

Find the Heeler dog hidden somewhere in the pages of<br />

this magazine and you could win a Bluey Prize Pack!<br />

Open to ages 0 - 5 years. Email your answer, name and age<br />

to admin@thetopendermagazine.org.au before 4 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2021</strong> to be in the draw.<br />

Winners will be notified by email/phone and announced in the next edition of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong>.<br />

Reference: https://news.defence.gov.au/service/fun-welcome-top-end<br />

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Have You Heard of the SkyView App?<br />

Reeling Veterans<br />

And Girls Gone Fishing <strong>2021</strong><br />

I first heard about Reeling Veterans while listening to the radio<br />

at work. Michael Hurren was talking to Mix 104.9’s Katie Woolf<br />

about the charity and what they do for the veteran community.<br />

My ears suddenly perked up; I love fishing, but I hadn’t had the<br />

chance to go since discharging from the Navy in 2014.As soon<br />

as I got home that night, I looked for them on Facebook and<br />

that’s how I found out they were looking for females to apply<br />

with expressions of interest for the Girls Gone Fishing 2020<br />

competition.<br />

I wrote my heart out, submitted my application and eagerly awaited a<br />

response. This was right up my alley; having suffered from mental illness post<br />

deployments, I was at a point in my life where I was losing contact with<br />

serving friends but hadn’t connected with the veteran community either.<br />

Making friends outside of ADF service is an entirely new experience and a<br />

challenge that I know a lot of veterans struggle with, especially finding a new<br />

support network of friends who understand your lived experiences.<br />

After a few hiccups from the world-wide pandemic, I was accepted into the<br />

competition team for <strong>2021</strong>, which was hosted at Banyan Farm on the Daly<br />

River. I attended the competition with the Reeling Veterans support crew -<br />

Michael Hurren (skipper) and two other female veterans Samantha Cooper<br />

and Nicole Langton. <strong>The</strong> competition consisted of three full days of fishing, 50<br />

boats and over 150 women from all over the Northern Territory. <strong>The</strong> fishing<br />

was fierce, the run-off was flowing fast and the fish seemed to be biting for<br />

every boat... except for ours! On the final day of the competition (when all<br />

hope seemed to be lost), victory was suddenly in our hands! Samantha and<br />

Nicole both managed to land a Barra, putting us on the scoreboard (finally!). I<br />

don’t think anyone had ever heard louder screaming than what came from<br />

our boat during those moments, and we celebrated even harder.<br />

<strong>The</strong> fishing trip had been a huge success! Not only because we finally caught<br />

the elusive Barra, but because all three of us ladies had forged friendships that<br />

will continue long after the competition. Samantha quoted to me; “one friend<br />

can change your life”, and this is exactly what Reeling Veterans is about. It is<br />

not only ‘fishing for therapy’ and<br />

‘veterans helping veterans’ - it’s about Written by Sarah Reese<br />

creating new social connections and<br />

fostering mateship, which is so<br />

important for wellbeing!<br />

Community Contributor<br />

We live in one of the most beautiful places in<br />

Australia, surrounded by blue skies, stretches of<br />

wonderful beaches and the mighty outback.<br />

Unfortunately, we all live busy lives and often forget<br />

or do not have the time to stop for hours and marvel<br />

at the stars...<strong>The</strong> SkyView Lite app (free to iOS and<br />

Android users) gives us the ability to star gaze at any<br />

time of the day.<br />

<strong>The</strong> app proves that you do not need to be an<br />

Astronomer to learn about celestial beings. It uses your<br />

phone camera to precisely spot and identify popular<br />

constellations, planets, satellites in orbit (including ISS and<br />

Hubble) and each individual star as you see it. It also gives<br />

you as much information available on every object you<br />

see. Although SkyView seems to be the most user friendly<br />

‘space app’ available, there are many other free options<br />

that provide a similar experience:<br />

Territory Day <strong>2021</strong><br />

For those of you who are new to the <strong>Top</strong> End, you<br />

will quickly realise that the Territory Day celebrations<br />

are not to be missed! On 1st of <strong>July</strong> <strong>2021</strong>,Territorians<br />

of all ages celebrate the anniversary of their<br />

independence from the Commonwealth Government<br />

(since 1978) with fireworks, concerts and community<br />

events in many areas across the <strong>Top</strong> End.<br />

At the time of printing, the NT Government have<br />

approved the purchase of fireworks and public gatherings<br />

for Territory Day <strong>2021</strong>, however there are a number of<br />

things to consider if you are planning to join in the<br />

festivities:<br />

• Always light fireworks away from your body and face<br />

• Always point the fireworks in a safe direction away<br />

from people and buildings<br />

• Keep a bucket of water nearby to extinguish any fires<br />

• Ensure that you ignite fireworks in a space that is free<br />

from flammable materials and exhilarants<br />

• Do not pick up fireworks or debris immediately after<br />

lighting as they can cause severe burns<br />

• Do not purchase illegal fireworks. Only use a<br />

reputable supplier with the correct licence to sell<br />

fireworks<br />

• Soak ‘faulty’ fireworks in water for 24 hours prior to<br />

disposing<br />

• Be safe - look out for your mates and other people<br />

• You can hashtag your photos of #territoryday on<br />

social media<br />

Find out more information on the Facebook page:<br />

@territoryday<strong>2021</strong>.<br />

NASA is also available on iOS and Android where users<br />

can watch NASA TV, explore over 16,000 images from<br />

NASA’s probes and missions while also being able to<br />

check out the latest space news.<br />

SkySafari provides a large database of stars, planets, and<br />

celestial objects available to view with complete animated<br />

visuals and information on the history, mythology and<br />

science behind all the objects found in space.<br />

Sky Walk 2 details the history and mythology of the many<br />

constellations, stars and planets you can see, and has a<br />

‘co-ordinates viewer’ for easy reference.<br />

With the amazing technology behind these apps, it<br />

doesn’t matter if it is cloudy and raining or you are<br />

relaxing on the deck after a long week at work, you can<br />

enjoy the wonders of the night sky without having to<br />

leaving the comfort of your home.<br />

Written by Madison Collier<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

Territory Hero Awards<br />

Did you know about the Territory Hero Awards? You<br />

can nominate an ‘everyday’ hero under the following<br />

three categories:<br />

Outstanding Contribution by an Individual – For<br />

individuals aged 17 and over:<br />

This award recognises the extraordinary contribution by<br />

an individual to the Northern Territory. We want to hear<br />

inspirational stories of how this individual has made the<br />

Territory a better place because of their actions.<br />

Neighbourhood Hero - for individuals or group:<br />

This award recognises that special neighbour or group<br />

that goes over and above to support others and make<br />

your community a happier and more vibrant place to live.<br />

Junior Hero - For individuals or group aged 17 and<br />

under:<br />

This award is presented to a group of young people or an<br />

individual aged 17 or under. <strong>The</strong>y may have made a<br />

difference to their community or have inspired others<br />

through their achievements.<br />

Head to https://territoryday.nt.gov.au/territory-heroawards/<br />

for more information<br />

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<strong>The</strong> National Trust<br />

of Australia<br />

Count the Dragonflies<br />

<strong>The</strong> Dry Season is here and the dragonflies have filled the<br />

skies over Darwin!<br />

Can you count how many dragonflies appear throughout<br />

this edition of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong>? Send us your answer to win<br />

a $50 Cotton On Voucher!<br />

Open to all ages! Email your name, phone number and the total number of dragonflies you’ve found to<br />

admin@thetopendermagazine.org.au by close of business <strong>July</strong> 4 th <strong>2021</strong> to be in the draw. Winners will<br />

be notified by email/phone and announced in the next edition of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong> National Trust of Australia (NT) has undergone some changes<br />

in 2020 and has hit the ground running in <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

We have historical locations across Darwin, Pine Creek and Katherine offering<br />

opportunities to engage with the history, culture and environment in the NT.<br />

• Experience a railway discovery adventure at the Old Katherine Railway Station<br />

and Pine Creek Railway Precinct.<br />

• Learn about the gold rush at the Pine Creek Museum that sparked a<br />

population boom and enticed migrants to the <strong>Top</strong> End.<br />

• Enjoy the ambiance of the O’Keeffe House gardens situated along the<br />

Katherine River.<br />

• Learn about the development and infrastructure of Darwin at the Roadmasters<br />

House at the Darwin Waterfront.<br />

• Soak in the 1930a ambiance at the Myilly Point Heritage Precinct in Larrakeyah.<br />

Offering a range of self-guided and guided tours, linger longer and experience<br />

preserved treasures of NT ingenuity, architecture and practicality.<br />

If you are searching for the perfect Territory gift, our gift store at Audit House in<br />

the Myilly Point Heritage Precinct (and online) offers a smorgasbord of unique<br />

products, made from Territory materials by Territory locals<br />

https://www.nationaltrustntstore.com/<br />

Our Facebook and Instagram pages are<br />

continuously updated with our latest<br />

events and promotions, so be sure to<br />

follow us @nationaltrustnt.<br />

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Korean Veterans Day<br />

<strong>The</strong> Korean War is often referred to as the “forgotten war” because it was overshadowed by both<br />

the Second World War and the Vietnam War. Regardless of whether the war may have been<br />

forgotten, those who served are never forgotten.<br />

Despite Australia’s steady recovery from the losses suffered in World War II, it was the second of twenty-one United<br />

Nations to commit troops, ships, aircrafts and medical units at the beginning of the conflict to defend South Korea from the<br />

spread of communism.<br />

3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, Kapyong Day Parade<br />

Photographer: PTE Smith. Commonwealth of Australia © Defence.gov.au<br />

Around 18,000 Australian personnel served during the<br />

Korean war and post-armistice period, resulting in more<br />

than 350 deaths and over 1500 wounded personnel. <strong>The</strong><br />

Hon Dan Tehan MP has been quoted as saying; “our<br />

soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses made an important<br />

contribution to the international effort and furthered our<br />

reputation as a nation willing and able to do its part”.<br />

On the 27th of <strong>July</strong> every year, we pause to reflect on the<br />

service and sacrifice of the men and women who served in<br />

the Korean War and will never forget those who paid the<br />

ultimate price for our country.<br />

Written by Madison Collier<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

A Message From Luke...<br />

We’ve had some big recent wins for our defence and veterans<br />

community. <strong>The</strong> decision not to strip medals from serving personnel was<br />

a welcome announcement and one that I wholeheartedly agree with.<br />

After 18 long months, the Coalition Government finally relented and<br />

agreed to hold a Royal Commission into veteran and defence suicide. It’s<br />

long overdue. We need an arm’s-length and broad-ranging review to fix<br />

deep-rooted systemic issues and give our service people the best<br />

possible support.<br />

It was a big April in the <strong>Top</strong> End, with one of the best-ever attended<br />

dawn services in Darwin. It was an honour to march in Palmerston<br />

alongside many of my veteran friends. And we marked the 100th<br />

anniversary of the dedication of Darwin’s cenotaph, as well as the 70th<br />

anniversary of the battle of Kapyong in Korea.<br />

Enjoy the dry season in the <strong>Top</strong> End,<br />

which is a magnificent time of the year<br />

to explore this amazing part of<br />

Australia!<br />

Luke Gosling OAM MP<br />

Federal Member for Solomon<br />

Co-Chair Parliamentary Friends of Veterans<br />

Luke Gosling represents Darwin and Palmerston<br />

in the federal parliament in Canberra.<br />

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

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From the First World War to more<br />

recent operations in Afghanistan<br />

and East Timor, the Australian<br />

Defence Force has a long tradition<br />

of working with dogs. National<br />

Military Working Dog Day is<br />

celebrated annually on <strong>June</strong> 7,<br />

recognising and honouring the<br />

valuable contribution by working<br />

dogs to the Australian Defence<br />

Force.<br />

<strong>The</strong> day also marks the anniversary of<br />

the death of Sapper Darren Smith and<br />

his Explosive Detection Dog “Herbie”.<br />

Darren was reportedly the first dog<br />

handler to be killed in action whilst<br />

working with Herbie during operations<br />

in Afghanistan.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are several memorials dedicated<br />

to military working dogs and war<br />

animals around the country. <strong>The</strong><br />

Service Working Dog monument<br />

(located at the Wacol RSPCA Animal<br />

Care Campus in Queensland) honours<br />

RAAF and Army Military Dogs, along<br />

with other Service Dogs.<br />

National Military<br />

Working Dog Day<br />

7 JUNE<br />

On 24th of February 2020, the<br />

Australian War Memorial<br />

commemorated the National Day for<br />

War Animals in Australia by unveiling<br />

Circling Into Sleep - a memorial<br />

dedicated to military working dogs.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Australian Defence Force Trackers<br />

& War Dogs Association (ADFTWDA)<br />

was formed in 2001 to promote<br />

awareness of the use of Military<br />

Working Dogs within the Australian<br />

Defence Force. Representatives from<br />

the association regularly engage with<br />

community organisations and schools<br />

across Australia, sharing information on<br />

the history and role of Military Working<br />

Dogs within the Defence Force.<br />

In 2008, the association commenced<br />

awarding medals to working dogs for<br />

their service as there was no formal<br />

award recognising their contribution.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are two categories under the<br />

ADFTWDA awards systems:<br />

• Canine Service Medal for dogs<br />

who have served for at least 5<br />

years<br />

• War Dog Operational Medal for<br />

those dogs who have served on<br />

overseas operations for a period of<br />

28 days.<br />

Since the inception of the program,<br />

over 530 Canine Service Medals have<br />

been issued and 230 War Dog<br />

Operational Medals have been<br />

awardediv. For more information on<br />

ADFTWDA, visit aussietrackers.org<br />

In <strong>June</strong> 2017, the Australian Defence<br />

Force launched the Defence Canine<br />

Operational Medal, becoming the first<br />

defence force to implement such a<br />

reward.<br />

Written by Deb Muir<br />

Explosive Rescue for Kelpie<br />

A lively pooch with a love for fetch has found a new use<br />

for his energy after becoming a fully certified Explosives<br />

Detection Dog (EDD) with the Australian Army.<br />

Cheese (the kelpie) was well known to staff at Campbelltown<br />

Council’s Animal Care Facility in southwest Sydney as a serial<br />

escape artist who could climb and jump fences of any height, finding<br />

himself back at the shelter on numerous occasions after several<br />

attempts to re-home him.<br />

<strong>The</strong> staff at the facility noticed Cheese’s intense prey-drive and<br />

love of catching and retrieving. So, in 2019, they contacted<br />

Holsworthy Army Barracks to have him assessed for his<br />

suitability as an EDD.<br />

Cheese impressed the Army handlers and, after an intensive<br />

training program, has now graduated as an EDD and is posted<br />

to the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment in Darwin. 1st Combat<br />

Engineer Regiment EDD Section Commander, Corporal Kim<br />

James, says that dogs are recruited from a variety of different<br />

avenues.<br />

“We use a mixture of breeders and rescues to identify<br />

potential dogs,” Corporal James explains. “From there, we<br />

screen for key traits to ensure we get a dog that will pass the<br />

course.”<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are many stories like Cheese’s in the Royal Australian<br />

Engineers; each EDD detachment is constantly on the<br />

lookout for dogs to be trained.<br />

Cheese excelled during his training, of which only 50 per cent<br />

of selected dogs complete to become qualified as an EDD.<br />

<strong>The</strong> new recruit will work alongside sappers from the Royal<br />

Australian Engineer search teams in urban and field environments.<br />

“We never stop training to ensure the dogs are ready for the<br />

next operation,” ~ Corporal James.<br />

Written by CAPT Maddison Cullen<br />

Community Contributor<br />

1CER<br />

Photo: Explosive Detection Dog, Cheese, of the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment,<br />

and his handler Sapper Luke Saxton prepare for a search task during training at<br />

Kangaroo Flats Training Area, NT. Photo by Corporal Rodrigo Villablanca.<br />

Commonwealth of Australia © Defence.gov.au<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

Australian War Memorial - Circling into Sleep monument<br />

Belgian Malinois puppies<br />

DID YOU KNOW<br />

<strong>The</strong> Malinois is the preferred breed for<br />

working dogs and are known for their<br />

intelligence, athleticism and ability.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Malinois reportedly gets its name from the city<br />

of Malines, Belgium. <strong>The</strong> breed was first bred in<br />

the1880s and used as herding dogs across Europe.<br />

An adult Belgian Malinois has a bite force of<br />

approximately 195 PSI.<br />

Belgian Malinois<br />

RSPCA Wacol Queensland Monument<br />

References:<br />

Australian Defence Force Trackers & War Dogs Association - aussietrackers.org<br />

Defence Connect - Military working dogs honoured by the Australian War Memorial<br />

<strong>The</strong> average lifespan is 12-14 years, with an average<br />

working life of 9 years. Many handlers apply to have<br />

their military working dog released from service<br />

into the individual handlers care.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are used by many military and law<br />

enforcement agencies around the world, carrying<br />

out a range of functions including security, policing,<br />

explosives detection and many other functions.<br />

Where possible, the dog and handler are matched with<br />

consideration to the handler’s physical abilities,<br />

personality and experience levels. Over time, the team<br />

form a strong bond, and continue to develop proficiency<br />

in training in order to meet operational readiness.<br />

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Defence Member<br />

and Family Support<br />

Formerly DCO National<br />

Our DCO teams in the Northern Territory have<br />

been having a great time getting to know new<br />

families and catching up with those that have<br />

been in the area a while.<br />

DMFS NT<br />

Formerly DCO NT<br />

Defence Member and Family Support is the new<br />

name for Defence Community Organisation.<br />

You’re probably aware by now that from 1 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

we will officially change our name from Defence<br />

Community Organisation (DCO) to Defence Member<br />

and Family Support (DMFS).<br />

DCO was formed in 1996 when the three Services’<br />

family support organisations were brought together.<br />

Since then, DCO has grown to have a nation-wide<br />

presence with on-the-ground services delivered from<br />

local area offices and ADF Transition centres.<br />

It’s important that Defence members and their families<br />

see DCO’s services as something accessible to them as<br />

part of their community. We’ve received some<br />

feedback that families may think DCO is not part of<br />

Defence and that our programs and services are not<br />

available to them. To overcome that misconception,<br />

last year we undertook staff and stakeholder<br />

consultation within Defence and also with Defence<br />

Families of Australia, the Department of Veterans’<br />

Affairs and a number of ex-service organisations. This<br />

consultation helped us develop a new name that<br />

people could look at or hear and immediately know<br />

what we do and who we do it for.<br />

<strong>The</strong> services we currently provide to Defence<br />

members and their families will continue unchanged.<br />

<strong>The</strong> local area offices around Australia will remain and<br />

there will be no changes to the Defence Family<br />

Helpline number 1800 624 608.<br />

Leading up to our name change, you’ll start to see<br />

DMFS increasingly used so by the time 1 <strong>July</strong> rolls<br />

around there won’t be any surprises. You can expect<br />

to see a couple of changes online as we change<br />

our factsheets, guides, forms and office email<br />

addresses to the new name. You’ll also see name<br />

changes to our social media channels, google<br />

business listings and on ForceNet.<br />

<strong>The</strong> date of 1 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2021</strong> has been chosen to<br />

officially change our name because it coincides<br />

with DCO’s 25th anniversary. This is a chance to<br />

look back on where we’ve come from, where we<br />

are and where we are going in the future.<br />

Stay tuned for updates on our social media<br />

channels. For more information about this or any<br />

of our programs for ADF families, please call the<br />

all-hours Defence Family Helpline on<br />

1800 624 608 or email<br />

defencefamilyhelpline@defence.gov.au.<br />

Darwin<br />

RAAF Darwin Cinema and grounds was the perfect<br />

backdrop for Defence families to enjoy an egg-cellent<br />

morning at ‘Egg-citing Easter’, an Easter activity cohosted<br />

by DCO Darwin, Larrakeyah Neighbourhood<br />

House, Robertson Barracks Family Group, <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong><br />

<strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> and NT Play Group. Defence families<br />

relaxed to the tunes of the 1st Brigade band, enjoyed a<br />

coffee (many with ice blocks) and a delicious hot cross<br />

bun, while the children prepared for the Easter Egg<br />

Hunt.<br />

ADF families had an egg-cellent time at ‘Egg-citing<br />

Easter’ in Darwin.<br />

Photos by Lisa Hill<br />

Tindal<br />

DCO Tindal and Network Tindal hosted morning tea<br />

for local families to gather and meet new and existing<br />

ADF members and families living in Tindal and<br />

Katherine.<br />

Families had a great time in a casual, relaxed<br />

environment, where they enjoyed sweets, toasties and<br />

a cuppa while catching up and having a laugh. <strong>The</strong> kids<br />

also had fun playing together and dressing up in their<br />

favourite costume characters.<br />

ADF families in Tindal and Katherine enjoyed toasties<br />

and dress-ups at morning tea.<br />

Photos by Sarah Jacka<br />

defence.gov.au/dco<br />

Defence Community Organisation hosts events<br />

around the country to help families connect to<br />

their new community. Darwin families had the<br />

opportunity to have close up encounters with<br />

some of the unique animals found in the<br />

Northern Territory at our ‘Meet your local DCO<br />

team’ event.<br />

Photos by Lisa Hill.<br />

To get up-to-date event<br />

information about what’s<br />

coming up for families<br />

around Australia, you can<br />

follow us on Facebook,<br />

Instagram,Twitter and<br />

ForceNet where you’ll<br />

find links to register for<br />

our events through<br />

Eventbrite.You can also<br />

find out what events are<br />

coming up by checking<br />

out the national events<br />

calendar on our website:<br />

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

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Welcoming Repatriation Commissioners<br />

to Darwin<br />

In early March <strong>2021</strong>, the Department of Veterans’<br />

Affairs (DVA) NT Branch was pleased to host two<br />

recently appointed Repatriation Commissioners.<br />

Ms Gwen Cherne and Major General Stuart Smith AO DSC (Retd)<br />

both bring expertise and passion to their roles, which was evident<br />

in the relationships they built with the Darwin community. <strong>The</strong><br />

Repatriation Commission sits independently to DVA, advocating on<br />

behalf of veterans and their families, by listening to their needs and<br />

experiences, and feeding these collective views to the Minister,<br />

DVA and the Department of Defence.<br />

Both Ms Cherne, the Veteran Family Advocate and Mr Smith, the<br />

Defence Engagement Commissioner, have a rich understanding in<br />

the holistic consideration of every member’s health and well-being<br />

and appreciates the importance of supporting family members.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir successful visit consisted of a variety of comprehensive<br />

meetings and events that allowed the Commissioners to focus on<br />

and hear directly from Defence personnel, family members and<br />

the veteran community in Darwin.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir schedule included a series of meetings and visits to all three<br />

Darwin bases, conversations with families at Defence Dandelions,<br />

attending the 5 RAR Family Day, celebrating Billeroy House 2nd<br />

birthday by participating in the fun run and finishing with a coffee<br />

catch up with Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House before flying<br />

home. All of these occasions provided valuable information and<br />

understanding of local needs.<br />

I would like to thank the Australian Defence Force and the Darwin<br />

veteran community who supported and accommodated the visit.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Commissioners found their time in Darwin valuable and<br />

appreciate the effort and input from everyone they met.<br />

Living in the NT can come with some challenges, including being<br />

so distanced from family and loved ones. This became even more<br />

apparent when COVID-19 put extra pressure around travel<br />

restrictions. Meeting the people on the ground and having<br />

meaningful conversations assisted the Repatriation<br />

Commissioners to leave the Territory with a deeper<br />

understanding of the unique nature of living and serving in the<br />

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

If you have any questions about entitlements you<br />

may be eligible for, transitioning from the ADF, or<br />

what veteran support services are available in<br />

your local area call DVA on 1800 VETERAN (1800<br />

838 372). For mental health and wellbeing<br />

support for current and ex-serving Australian<br />

Defence Force personnel and their families<br />

contact Open Arms 1800 011 046.<br />

Experience the Taste of the <strong>Top</strong> End<br />

We are so lucky to be living in the Territory and<br />

having access to amazing tropical foods that are<br />

easy to use and affordable. Eating right improves<br />

your mental outlook, gives you more energy and<br />

can even make it easier to manage chronic health<br />

conditions. So often we avoid new tastes and<br />

foods due to purely not being able to identify the<br />

vegetable or knowing how to cook them.A good<br />

place to start is going to the local markets and<br />

talking to the stall holders, doing a tour of a<br />

community garden or a tropical food cooking<br />

class.<br />

GULP (growing and understanding local produce) is a great<br />

online resource to help guide you through your tropical food<br />

journey.<br />

Here are some for my favourite tropical foods<br />

Snake Beans and Wing Beans:<br />

This bean originates from Southeast Asia and grows all year.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are fantastic raw in salads, as a side with other steamed<br />

greens and curries. <strong>The</strong>y are high in vitamin C, A, iron, and<br />

magnesium. Wing Beans are fantastic for kids. <strong>The</strong>y make<br />

lovely star shapes when sliced up. Both types of beans are<br />

available at your local Asian food market.<br />

Jackfruit:<br />

Traditionally eaten as a sweet fruit similar to pineapple,<br />

banana and mango. Personally, my favourite way to consume<br />

jackfruit is in a curry. Jackfruit soaks up herbs, spices and<br />

other flavours. When cooked, it has a similar texture to<br />

pulled meat, making jackfruit curry the perfect meal for both<br />

vegetarians and meat eaters. Jackfruit curry is a popular dish<br />

in Southeast Asia, especially in Indonesia and Malaysia.<br />

Kang Kong:<br />

This popular water spinach can be cooked with garlic, chilli,<br />

ginger and soy sauce. It is cheap and easy side dish that is<br />

rich in vitamin A, iron, calcium and antioxidants.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Territory has a lot to offer when it comes to unique<br />

cuisine. As the dry season approaches us, exploring the food<br />

gardens and events that celebrate local produce is a fun way<br />

to engage your family in healthy eating with tropical and bush<br />

foods.<br />

If you are a veteran, you may be eligible for dietetic and<br />

nutritional services that help to manage your health<br />

through dietary and nutritional support. To learn more<br />

about eligibility, contact DVA by visiting the Darwin office,<br />

call 1800 555 254 or visit our website https://<br />

www.dva.gov.au/health-and-treatment/injury-or-healthtreatments/health-services/dietetic-services.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y complimented the work the NT Defence and veteran<br />

community are doing to improve the support to emerging veterans<br />

and synchronising that support with ex-serving organisations. <strong>The</strong><br />

Commissioners look forward to future visits to the Northern<br />

Territory. In the meantime, if you have any feedback for the<br />

Repatriation Commission, please feel free to pass this on via me or<br />

the DVA team.<br />

Written by Meghan Bailey<br />

Deputy Commissioner, NT<br />

Department of Veterans’ Affairs<br />

Pitaya (also known as Dragon Fruit):<br />

<strong>The</strong>se vibrant fruits grow on a cactus in the tropics.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y come in two variations of white or red flesh,<br />

both full of nutrient dense black edible seeds. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

are known to have a high antioxidant content and<br />

they are excellent for heart health and the skin. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

are fantastic in smoothies, on their own or to add<br />

variety in a fruit salad.<br />

Written by Jacqueline Cleghorn<br />

Community Support Advisor<br />

Department of Veterans’ Affairs<br />

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Defence Families of Australia (DFA) is the official ADF<br />

family advisory body to the Minister for Defence<br />

Personnel and Chief of the Defence Force (CDF).<br />

Our organisation sits outside of Defence systems, allowing DFA<br />

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

families. Our aim is to inform the Australian Government and the<br />

ADF on the needs of the family. Our goal is to ensure quality of life<br />

for all defence families by providing a recognised forum for their views<br />

and by reporting, making recommendations and influencing policy that<br />

directly affects families. In turn, this enhances the capability within the<br />

Australian Defence Force.<br />

Our team are all Defence partners of current serving members.<br />

We advocate for Defence members and their families at a local level.<br />

Your local delegate for the Northern Territory is Jessica Hanison.<br />

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

Territory Facebook page.<br />

DRY SEASON<br />

If you like the sound of clear blue skies, warm days and cool nights<br />

– the <strong>Top</strong> End’s ‘Dry season’ is for you. That’s between May and<br />

October.<br />

While southern Australia are wearing jumpers and freezing<br />

through winter, the dry season in Darwin and the <strong>Top</strong> End offers<br />

relaxed balmy warm sunny days and cool nights.<br />

<strong>The</strong> average temperature ranges from about 21C (70F) overnight,<br />

up to 33C (90F) during the day. It can get down to 16C on really<br />

cool nights in <strong>June</strong> and <strong>July</strong>, so don’t be surprised if you reach for a<br />

jumper on some mornings! Humidity<br />

levels are much lower in the dry<br />

season, at around 60–65%.<br />

Darwin and the <strong>Top</strong> End are bustling<br />

in the dry season, with a packed<br />

calendar of events and festivals<br />

drawing visitors from near and far to<br />

make the most of the balmy outdoor<br />

celebrations. We hope you enjoy<br />

everything that the <strong>Top</strong> End has to<br />

offer during this amazing time of year.<br />

https://northernterritory.com/plan/<br />

weather-and-seasons<br />

Photo: Tropical paradise in East Arnhem Land<br />

Jessica Hanison<br />

NT Delegate<br />

DFA<br />

OUR ADVOCACY<br />

When you look at all of DFA’s communications, you often see<br />

our national advocacy and relationship building activities. In the<br />

background, our National Delegates are helping individual families<br />

to navigate more complex situations that Defence life can<br />

sometimes present.<br />

DFA’s National Delegates typically take on a case manager-type<br />

role, gathering information from all of the relevant parties, using<br />

that information to figure out what to do next, and liaising with<br />

stakeholders about a course of action. All of our National<br />

Delegates have extensive local networks and a few go-to<br />

contacts in Canberra as well that they draw upon. Families often<br />

appreciate that a fellow ADF partner (who gets this ‘life’) has<br />

their best interests in mind. Due to the global pandemic, 2020<br />

and <strong>2021</strong> have been very different from previous years and much<br />

of our interactions with families and stakeholders have moved to<br />

virtual platforms. Many of our advocacy cases are sensitive in<br />

nature and we appreciate the trust families place in us when they<br />

disclose their issues and reach out for help, as we know this can<br />

often be difficult.<br />

<strong>The</strong> National Convenor is the only Executive with an office, so<br />

we were already largely operating remotely. It’s normal business<br />

for us. We also send out our thanks to all the individuals within<br />

the wider Defence system who help us figure out the best way<br />

forward. Our advocacy work highlights the unique position DFA<br />

holds in the regions and nationally. We are at times linking many<br />

services and touch points together in order to achieve positive<br />

outcomes for families. <strong>The</strong> ability of partners and families to<br />

achieve these outcomes themselves are limited by many factors<br />

such as: struggling to maintain a support network due to multiple<br />

relocations; awareness of complex policies and procedures;<br />

inability to make local contacts or understand the process<br />

involved to resolve their situation; and the<br />

need to contact multiple organisations while<br />

dealing with emotionally charged situations<br />

at the same time. This can be overwhelming<br />

for families and cause further distress. We<br />

are here to help Defence families.<br />

Playgroup with<br />

Defence Dandelions<br />

Defence Dandelions is held every Thursday during school terms from 9:30am-11:30am at<br />

Jessica Schultz<br />

Playgroup House, Marrara.We are looking forward to another amazing term of playgroup<br />

Defence Community Support Coordinator<br />

Playgroup NT<br />

with lots of new activities to come and try!<br />

What an amazing adventure we have had for term 1,<br />

<strong>2021</strong>! Thank you to all who have participated and<br />

become a part of our Defence Dandelions community!<br />

Here at Playgroup NT, we LOVE creative and messy play. So, each<br />

week we implement activities that are not usually done at home.<br />

<strong>The</strong> messier and stickier the better and the kids love every minute!<br />

We have a large secure outdoor area which is perfect for the dry<br />

season weather, and we will start to get a lot more creative with<br />

outside activities to burn off some energy in our toddlers.<br />

Defence Dandelions has also hosted some interactive and engaging<br />

morning teas. Our families participated in International Women’s<br />

Day and Harmony Day, with an incredible selection of cultural<br />

dishes served as part of our morning tea.<br />

WHAT WE ARE UP TO<br />

We hosted <strong>The</strong> Circle of Security Program in May. If you<br />

missed out and would be interested in participating in<br />

this program, please email me your expression of<br />

interest to defence@playgroupnt.com.au and we can<br />

assess the possibility of running another program later<br />

in the year.<br />

FOR THE LITTLE ONES<br />

Water play<br />

Ice play<br />

Sensory experiences<br />

Arts & crafts with a focus on improving motor skills<br />

Emotional awareness activities<br />

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Network Tindal<br />

<strong>The</strong> end of another couple of months and a very<br />

happy welcome to the dry! We have felt the cooler<br />

mornings and there are certainly more kids out in the<br />

streets instead of in front of the air conditioners!<br />

I’d like to introduce myself to those who I am yet to meet in my<br />

new role as network Tindal coordinator! I’m Sarah, after finishing<br />

school I worked at a smash repairer and decided on a whim to join<br />

the Army ! 10 years later I left to become a Homeschooling mummy<br />

kiddos are now 7 & 5 and love coming to all the events at the<br />

community house!<br />

Our Tindal groups have been gaining momentum as we sink our<br />

teeth into the year, a lot of our events have been sell outs! We<br />

have had so many amazing craft, sewing, gaming, teens and tweens<br />

events its hard to keep up!<br />

Our latest event was a “craft” (its food!) event where we painted<br />

cookies on the side of the oval for the ANZAC AFL games. I think<br />

it was the first time I’ve ever attended an AFL match- I had no idea<br />

what was going on but I enjoyed the atmosphere and most of all I<br />

enjoyed the people!<br />

For all updates please visit our “Network Tindal Buddies” facebook<br />

group, and feel free to say hello to me as “Tindal Coordinator”.<br />

Just for coming to the House and signing in via our QR code on<br />

your phone you go into the monthly draw to win a voucher for the<br />

Black Russian coffee van.<br />

Remember! Network Tindal does not function without volunteers!<br />

If you have an hour to spare, or more we would love to hear from<br />

you!<br />

With so Many opportunities to connect here at Network Tindal- if<br />

you haven’t Had a chance to stop in, What are you waiting for!<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

Playgroup- Mondays and Thurdays 9am<br />

Gamers -alternate Saturdays 11am - late<br />

Teens and tweens- fortnightly on Fridays during school<br />

terms 5-7pm<br />

Bubs and bumps -Wednesday 930am<br />

Sewing group - fortnightly Wednesday night<br />

Creative craft - fortnightly Monday nights<br />

Mini musos - Tuesday mornings 930<br />

Book club -Monthly second Tuesday of the month 7pm<br />

Tindal’s got talent!- last Thursday of the month 7pm<br />

After school drop ins- Wednesday afternoons school<br />

terms 3-430pm<br />

Sunday Morning Open house 9-11am games and craft<br />

Written by Lauren Bruhwiller<br />

Centre Coordinator<br />

Network Tindal<br />

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood<br />

House<br />

Living in Darwin has certainly been a unique experience for me.<br />

One of the many things I have enjoyed about being posted to<br />

Darwin is that it has allowed me the opportunity to connect<br />

with families from other forces. In many other ADF locations,<br />

you are usually part of a Navy,Air Force or Army community,<br />

rather than mingling with families who represent all tri-services.<br />

Our team enjoy the opportunity to engage with all three forces stationed in<br />

the <strong>Top</strong> End and there is a unique understanding and appreciation for<br />

Defence from the wider Darwin community. It has given me an insight into<br />

what family life is like being married or partnered to someone in the Navy<br />

or Army! We all have our challenges and I admire all my friends for the<br />

support they provide to their partner and to other families. <strong>The</strong>re is an<br />

opportunity here to create an amazing tribe who become your emergency<br />

contacts, late-night messenger friends, family dinner friends, sweet treats<br />

supplier, the shoulder to cry on, the shopping angel, the one who brings you<br />

meals when you’re sick, the one who will offer to watch your children so<br />

you can go to the Doctor or just have a shower in peace! Finding a<br />

supportive tribe certainly makes the journey a little easier!<br />

Our centre has been closed since the beginning of March for some muchneeded<br />

repairs, however we have continued to organise<br />

activities and events for the Defence community. It is<br />

wonderful to see all the friendships being made and I love<br />

hearing that our families have been spending time together<br />

on weekends and catching up as a group on Monday and<br />

Tuesday mornings.<br />

Our highlights over the past few months, include:<br />

• Our ever-growing Bumps and Bubs and Playgroup<br />

activities<br />

• Restarting our Book Club<br />

• Weekly lunches and coffee catch ups<br />

And our exciting Easter Event that we co-hosted with Robertson<br />

Barracks Family Group, DMFS / DCO Darwin, <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong> and Defence Dandelions Playgroup. More than 250<br />

people attended a fun morning filled with face painters, eggs<br />

hunts, hot cross buns, delicious coffee and our Lego Play activity!<br />

We are looking forward to our monthly ladies nights, craft<br />

evenings and clothing swap afternoon when we settle back into<br />

our centre very soon.<br />

If you have not attended any of our activities or events yet, you<br />

are always welcome to pop in and see what fun we have! Please<br />

follow us on Facebook or contact the Larrakeyah Neighbourhood<br />

House directly if you would like any information about our<br />

services and activities.<br />

Written by Charné Saunders<br />

Centre Coordinator<br />

LNH<br />

Facebook: Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House Community Group<br />

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Robertson Barracks<br />

Family Group<br />

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

great opportunities to help kids make<br />

new friends and create a comfortable<br />

environment for spouses to meet<br />

and connect.<br />

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

NT, with activities for all ages!<br />

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

Submitted by Samantha Maloney<br />

Centre Coordinator<br />

RBFG<br />

How to make Anzac Biscuits<br />

You’ll<br />

Need<br />

1. Preheat oven to 170C<br />

1 1/4 cup sifted plain flour<br />

1 cup rolled oats<br />

1/2 cup caster sugar<br />

3/4 cup Desiccated Coconut<br />

150g unsalted butter, chopped<br />

2 tbsp golden syrup<br />

1 1/2 tbsp water<br />

1/2 tsp Bicarbonate Soda<br />

2. Place flour, oats, sugar and coconut in a large<br />

bowl and stir to combine<br />

3. In a small saucepan place the golden syrup<br />

and butter and stir over low heat until the<br />

butter is completely melted.<br />

4. Mix bi-carb soda with 1½ tablespoons of<br />

water, and add to the butter/syrup mixture.<br />

Turn off heat and stir.<br />

5. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix<br />

together until combined. Roll tablespoons of<br />

mixture into balls and place on baking trays<br />

lined with non stick baking paper. Press them<br />

down slightly to flatten.<br />

6. Cook for 12 minutes or until golden brown.<br />

What’s On at RBFG<br />

Monday<br />

Coffee & Catch Up<br />

Wednesday<br />

various week-to-week activities<br />

Friday<br />

Playgroup 0-5 year olds<br />

Saturday<br />

Lego Club - all ages / Kids Club 6-<br />

15 year olds / Brunch out and<br />

about<br />

Plus monthly lunches and dinners<br />

for adults<br />

Chat with the Chaplain<br />

Happy Dry Season to you all! I hope you’ve been able to get<br />

out and about and are enjoying this wonderful time of the<br />

year in the Territory. My name is Mitchell Herps, I’m a full-time<br />

Air Force Chaplain at RAAF Base Tindal. My wife, Emma, and I<br />

have been at Tindal since the beginning of 2019.We have felt<br />

incredibly welcome and have enjoyed the many adventures<br />

that the <strong>Top</strong> End has to offer.<br />

When I arrived in the Territory, I knew that Chaplaincy would bring about<br />

some incredible opportunities. Interestingly, when I joined the Air Force as a<br />

Chaplain, I didn’t think I would ever become a Workplace Welfare Dog<br />

Handler to Mac. We have Military Working Dogs within Defence, but Mac is<br />

most certainly not one of those.<br />

What is a Workplace Welfare Dog? Great question! Mac is a Yellow<br />

Labrador Retriever who spent the first 4 years of his life with Guide Dogs<br />

Victoria as an ‘Ambasadog’, and was one of the faces of the organisation for<br />

community outreach events and fundraisers.<br />

Mac then came to me through a newly developed (and still developing)<br />

program within Air Force Chaplaincy. <strong>The</strong> benefits of <strong>The</strong>rapy Dogs in<br />

schools, hospitals and nursing homes have been well documented, and these<br />

benefits have translated well into the workplace. <strong>The</strong> Workplace Welfare<br />

Dog program was born and launched between Air Force and Integra Service<br />

Dogs, who are based in Canberra.<br />

So, with all that in mind what does an Air Force Chaplain do with a dog like<br />

Mac? I get to take Mac everywhere with me. Mac’s even had the privilege of<br />

meeting our Prime Minister, our Minister for Defence and our Chief of Air<br />

Force, which was a welcomed surprise on all counts.<br />

When I attend a meeting and Mac walks a lap of the room, he brings a<br />

sense of calm. He’s with me when an Air Force member is going through a<br />

time of crisis and need. He’s by my side at 7:30 in the morning when I take<br />

him to the Gym for a physical training session. I often hear excited voices -<br />

‘Mac’s here!’ It’s times like this I am extremely proud to have Mac by my<br />

side.<br />

Sure, Chaplaincy with a WWD is a little bit different. But beyond the morale<br />

boost, Mac has enabled me to build connections. Defence Chaplains have a<br />

great opportunity to do life with the members of our Defence Force. At the<br />

end of the day, we’re here to care and support you the best we can. I’m just<br />

lucky that I get Mac to help me do it. If you see<br />

me out and about – feel free to come and say<br />

hi and meet my little mate, Mac.<br />

Written by Mitchell Herps<br />

Chaplain<br />

RAAF Tindal<br />

ADF Chaplains in the NT<br />

Navy On-call: 0409 662 823<br />

Shaun Foster HMAS Coonawarra<br />

Australian Christian Churches<br />

0400 514 375<br />

Kelvin Harris Fleet North/HMAS Coonawarra<br />

Anglican<br />

0457 712 743<br />

Army On-call: 0427 713 963<br />

Glen Elsegood 8/12 Regiment<br />

Anglican<br />

0429 345 167<br />

Joel Vergara Regional Support<br />

Roman Catholic<br />

0409 778 462<br />

Chris Lindsay 1 CER<br />

Presbyterian<br />

0418 428 337<br />

Garth Mayger 1 CSSB<br />

Roman Catholic<br />

0419 869 187<br />

Phil Riley HQ1 BDE<br />

Anglican<br />

0407 283 050<br />

Steve Maggs 5 RAR<br />

Baptist<br />

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 />

0438 493 232<br />

Andrew Knox RAAF Tindal<br />

Anglican<br />

0457 803 372<br />

Angela Stanfield RAAF Darwin<br />

Anglican<br />

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 />

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Meet your DSM - Ludmilla<br />

Hi, my name is Jacinta Stewart and I am the<br />

Defence School Mentor at Ludmilla Primary School.<br />

I have been employed as a Pre-School Assistant at Ludmilla<br />

Primary School for 3 years, and recently commenced as the<br />

DSM in February <strong>2021</strong>. I provide support to our defence<br />

students from preschool through to year 6. I believe that each<br />

child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and<br />

stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature<br />

emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially. I enjoy working<br />

in-class alongside our students, providing one-on-one support,<br />

small group activities and lunchtime projects in the school<br />

library. I have a background in early childhood education and<br />

never miss an opportunity to join in our school’s Family as First<br />

Teachers (FaFT) program. This program played a valuable role<br />

in supporting my family and ensuring a smooth school<br />

transition for both of my children when posting into Darwin in<br />

2018.<br />

Ludmilla is an innovative school that provides exciting<br />

educational experiences for a diverse group of students from<br />

the local area, including Ludmilla, <strong>The</strong> Narrows, Bagot<br />

Community and the ADF community. We are a small school of<br />

140 students with a rich diversity of cultures that makes our<br />

school unique. All students are integrated into classroom<br />

learning with provision for special needs offered in a supportive<br />

environment. <strong>The</strong> students benefit from the smaller groupings<br />

and intensive teaching.<br />

We have fantastic programs for all our<br />

students including robotics and coding, music,<br />

Indonesian, kitchen garden and a strong<br />

partnership with AFL Northern Territory and<br />

Corrugated Iron Youth Arts.<br />

Children can start their education journey<br />

from birth through our Families as First<br />

Teachers program delivered in our beautiful<br />

newly redeveloped Ludmilla Early Education<br />

Precinct (LEEP). This program is facilitated by an<br />

Early Childhood Teacher and Assistant Teacher<br />

providing rich learning opportunities and<br />

pathways for 0 – 4 years of age and their<br />

families. It is a valuable opportunity to assist<br />

APOLLO AND<br />

GRIFFIN<br />

your child’s emotional and social skills, communication and early<br />

literacy/numeracy skills. We also provide parent capacity building<br />

sessions, which include cooking, craft, sewing and the<br />

opportunity to share experiences with other parents and carers.<br />

FaFT sessions are for local families in the Ludmilla, Eaton,<br />

Coconut Grove, <strong>The</strong> Narrows, Parap, Stuart Park, Bayview,<br />

Larrakeyah and Darwin City area. <strong>The</strong>y run Monday-Friday<br />

during school terms.<br />

Jacinta Stewart<br />

Defence School Mentor<br />

Ludmilla Primary School<br />

jacinta.stewart@education.nt.gov.au<br />

ADELINE AND MADDI<br />

ABBEY AND ISABEL<br />

Athletics<br />

Katherine Athletics Centre<br />

www.facebook.com/KatherineAthleticsCentre<br />

Darwin Athletics (Marrara)<br />

darwinathletics.org.au<br />

Palmerston Athletics Club<br />

www.facebook.com/PalmerstonAthleticsClub<br />

Rural Athletics Centre<br />

www.revolutionise.com.au/ruralathleticscentre<br />

Basketball<br />

Razzle Storm/Thunder<br />

Palmerston Lightning Power/ Panthers<br />

Ellas Titans<br />

Eagles<br />

Uni Rebels<br />

Essington Cannons<br />

TV Jets<br />

Ansett<br />

Haileybury Rendall school<br />

Social Basketball Darwin Waterfront<br />

www.waterfront.nt.gov.au/sports-facilities<br />

Katherine Basketball<br />

www.facebook.com/katherinebasketball<br />

Bike Riding & BMX<br />

Big River BMX Club (Katherine)<br />

www.facebook.com/BigRiversBMX<br />

Jingili BMX Club<br />

www.bmxnt.org.au/jingili/en-au/clubhome.aspx<br />

Satellite City BMX Club<br />

www.facebook.com/SatelliteCityBMXClub<br />

Darwin Cycling Club<br />

darwincyclingclub.com.au<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End Sports List<br />

Our guide to fitness and sports teams and clubs<br />

Soccer<br />

Mindil Aces<br />

Casuarina Rowdies<br />

University Azzuri<br />

Hellenic<br />

Darwin Olympic<br />

Port Darwin<br />

Palmerston<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End Multi-Sports (competitions)<br />

topendmultisports.com.au/soccer<br />

Katherine Football Club www.facebook.com/<br />

katherine-football-club-348370095369452/<br />

Football - AFL<br />

Football Northern Territory<br />

www.footballnt.com.au/<br />

Southern Districts Football Club<br />

(Litchfield)<br />

www.facebook.com/SDFCCROCS/<br />

Big Rivers Football Team AFLNT<br />

(Katherine)<br />

www.facebook.com/BiGRiVERSFL/<br />

Rugby - NRL<br />

Nightcliff Dragons<br />

Darwin Brothers R.L.F.C.<br />

Litchfield Bears<br />

Palmerston Raiders<br />

Northern Sharks<br />

South Darwin Rabbitohs Rugby League<br />

https://www.nrlnt.com.au/<br />

Katherine Junior Rugby League<br />

www.nrlnt.com.au/katherine-junior-rugby-league<br />

Katherine Touch Football Association<br />

touchfootball.com.au/Competitions/Association/<br />

katherine-touch-association-<br />

6395?type=competitions<br />

Rugby Union<br />

Katherine Krocs Golden Oldies<br />

Brahmans Rugby Union FC (Katherine)<br />

Barbarians Rugby Union FC (Katherine)<br />

Pirates Rugby Union FC (Katherine)<br />

Tindal Lions Rugby Union FC (Katherine)<br />

Tennis<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End Multi Sports<br />

topendmultisports.com.au/tennis/<br />

Katherine Tennis Club www.facebook.com/<br />

pages/category/tennis-court/katherine-tennis-club-<br />

251955191612382/<br />

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Volleyball<br />

Darwin Volleyball Association<br />

darwinvolleyballassociation.wordpress.com<br />

Darwin Indoor Beach Volleyball (Winnellie)<br />

www.dibv.com.au/<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End Multi Sports (Coconut Grove) -<br />

topendmultisports.com.au/volleyball/<br />

Beach Volleyball – Mindil Beach<br />

Beach Volleyball – Darwin Waterfront -<br />

www.waterfront.nt.gov.au/sports-facilities<br />

Hardcourt Adults - Marrara<br />

Hardcourt Juniors - Marrara<br />

Palmerston Indoor Sports Centre<br />

www.pisc.com.au/beach-volley-ball<br />

Sailing<br />

Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Club<br />

www.dbcya.com.au<br />

Netball<br />

Darwin Netball Association<br />

www.darwin-netball.com<br />

Katherine Netball Association<br />

Litchfield Bears<br />

Palmerston Crocs<br />

Nightcliff Tigers<br />

Banks Bulldogs<br />

Hoggies<br />

Mash<br />

Tracy Village Falcons<br />

Pints<br />

Northern Districts Eagles<br />

Warratah<br />

Palmerston Indoor Netball<br />

www.pisc.com.au/indoor-netball<br />

Firearms & Shooting<br />

NT Field & Game<br />

ntfieldandgame.com.au<br />

Katherine Pistol Club<br />

Fishing<br />

Katherine Game Fishing Club<br />

kgfc.com.au<br />

Reeling Veterans<br />

reelingveterans.com.au<br />

Darwin Game Fishing Club<br />

www.darwingamefishingclub.com.au<br />

Palmerston Game Fishing Club<br />

palmerstongamefishing.com.au<br />

Darwin Flyrodders<br />

www.darwinflyrodders.org.au<br />

Roller Skating<br />

Katherine Derby Dolls<br />

www.facebook.com/katherinederbydolls<br />

Badminton<br />

NT Badminton Association<br />

www.ntbadminton.org.au<br />

Darwin Badminton Club<br />

www.ntbadminton.org.au/darwin-venue<br />

Lawn Bowls<br />

Darwin Bowls & Social Club (Barefoot<br />

Bowls)<br />

www.darwinbowlsclub.com.au<br />

Katherine Bowls Club<br />

katherinebowlsclub.bowls.com.au<br />

Hockey<br />

East Darwin Storm Hockey Club<br />

www.edhc.com.au<br />

Gymnastics<br />

Katherine Gymnastics Club<br />

www.facebook.com/Active-Feet-Katherine-<br />

1562189284047936/<br />

Elemental Gymnastics (Millner)<br />

www.revolutionise.com.au/elementalgym<br />

Darwin Gymnastics Club (Marrara)<br />

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

Territory Gymnastics Academy (Winnellie)<br />

www.tgadarwin.com<br />

ENRG Gymnastics (Yarrawonga)<br />

enrgymnastics.com.au<br />

Dance<br />

3D Fitness Studio (Berrimah)<br />

www.3dfitnessstudio.com.au<br />

Rix Kix Arts (Coconut Grove)<br />

rixkixarts.com<br />

Furlanos (DARWIN)<br />

0414 813 996 Private in home dance tuition<br />

MFK Academy of Irish Dance (DARWIN)<br />

0438 32 5883<br />

Salsita Dance School (Woolner)<br />

www.salsitadarwin.com.au<br />

Darwin Performance Academy (Woolner)<br />

dpa-dance.com.au<br />

Keltikka Performance Dance Company<br />

(Berrimah & Humpty Doo)<br />

www.keltikka.com<br />

Line Dancing with Bobbie (Winnellie)<br />

0407 61 3062<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End Mustangs Linedancing<br />

www.topendmustangs.com.au<br />

Darwin Line Dancers (Coconut Grove)<br />

0417 08 8477<br />

Free2Dance (Coconut Grove)<br />

0402 23 6174<br />

Tara Academy Irish Dancing (<strong>The</strong> Gardens)<br />

www.taraacademydarwin.com.au<br />

Roberts Academy of Irish Dancing (Malak)<br />

0417 28 3639<br />

Scottish Country Dance Society lnc<br />

(Malak)<br />

08 8927 9203<br />

Jamealah Bellydancers (Leanyer)<br />

0418 850 441<br />

Champagne Pole Dance Fitness Studio<br />

(Yarrawonga)<br />

www.champagnepoledancefitnessstudio.com.au<br />

Darwin Dance & Drama Academy (Gunn)<br />

08 8931 1333<br />

Express Studios (Darwin) – Breakdancing<br />

www.facebook.com/expressstudiosdarwin/<br />

Sam’s Dance Studio (Gray)<br />

samsdancestudio.com.au<br />

Cricket<br />

Palmerston Cricket Club<br />

palmerstoncc.nt.cricket.com.au<br />

Palmerston Indoor Cricket<br />

www.pisc.com.au/indoor-cricket<br />

Southern Districts Cricket Club<br />

(Litchfield)<br />

southerndistrictscc.nt.cricket.com.au<br />

Katherine & District Cricket Association<br />

Baseball<br />

Tracy Village Rebels<br />

www.tracyvillage.com.au/baseball-tracy-villagerebels<br />

https://www.baseballnt.com.au/home/<br />

Softball<br />

Katherine Softball Club<br />

www.facebook.com/katherine.softball<br />

Swimming<br />

Katherine Aquatic Centre<br />

www.katherine.ymca.org.au<br />

Katherine ‘Turtles’ Swimming Club<br />

www.facebook.com/<br />

katherineturtlesswimmingclub/<br />

Life Saving Society / Water Safety (Parap)<br />

www.royallifesaving.com.au<br />

Darwin Stingers (Parap, Casuarina &<br />

Nightcliff)<br />

mastersswimmingnt.org.au/darwin-stingers/<br />

Goldfishbowl Swim School (Yarrawonga)<br />

www.learntoswimdarwin.com.au<br />

Darwin Swimming Club Parap<br />

www.facebook.com/pages/category/Amateur-<br />

Sports-Team/Darwin-Swimming-Club-<br />

182033734465/<br />

Casuarina Storm Swimming Club<br />

www.facebook.com/<br />

CasuarinaStormSwimmingClub/<br />

Palmerston Sharks Swimming Club<br />

mastersswimmingnt.org.au/palmerston-sharks/<br />

Martial Arts<br />

Blue Eagle Training & Fitness -Muay Thai<br />

(Katherine)<br />

United Taekwondo Darwin (Palmerston)<br />

unitedtaekwondo.com.au/locations/palmerstondojang/<br />

NT Tang Soo Do Karate Academy<br />

(Palmerston)<br />

darwinkarate.com.au<br />

Darwin Shotokan Karate (Karama)<br />

www.darwinshotokankarate.com.au<br />

KMA Martial Arts Academy Darwin<br />

(Berrimah)<br />

www.kmadarwin.com.au<br />

De Been 100% Jiujitsu Darwin (Stuart<br />

Park)<br />

www.dbjjdarwin.com<br />

Darwin Jiu Jitsu Academy (Marrara)<br />

facebook.com/darwinbjj.com.au<br />

Tanner Tang Soo Do (Leanyer)<br />

tannertangsoodo.com<br />

Darwin Aikido (Darwin)<br />

www.aikikaintincorporated.org.au<br />

Progressive Combat Centre (Pinelands)<br />

www.progressivecombatcentre.com.au<br />

Darwin Judo Club (Berrimah)<br />

darwinjudo.wixsite.com/home<br />

Performance Gym Muay Thai (Winnellie)<br />

www.performancegym.com.au<br />

Australian Karate Federation Northern<br />

Territory<br />

www.akfnt.com.au<br />

Shim Jang Taekwondo Palmerston<br />

www.shimjang.com<br />

Reiko Martial Arts (Palmerston)<br />

bjmant.com.au<br />

<strong>The</strong> Jiu Jitsu Studio (Palmertson)<br />

www.thejiu-jitsustudiodarwin.com<br />

Kokoro Busshu Karate (Palmerston)<br />

kokorobusshukarate.wixsite.com/home<br />

Green Plum Tai Chi (Palmerston)<br />

greenplumtaichi.weebly.com<br />

Austin Martial Arts<br />

www.austinmartialartsnt.com<br />

Man Ho Academy of Martial Arts<br />

www.manhomartialarts.com.au<br />

Boxing<br />

Palmerston Boxing Club<br />

boxingnt.org.au/our-clubs/<br />

Chuisle Boxing & Fitness (Pinelands)<br />

chuisle-boxing-and-fitness.business.site/<br />

Archery<br />

Fred’s Pass Field Archers<br />

NT Bowhunters Association ntarchery.org.au<br />

Darwin <strong>Top</strong> End Bowhunters Club<br />

www.topendbowhunters.com.au<br />

Katherine Archery Club<br />

www.visitkatherine.com.au/katherine-archery-club<br />

Motorcycle & MotoX<br />

Katherine Motorbike Club<br />

Katherine Motorsports Group<br />

Hidden Valley Go Karts<br />

Equestrian<br />

Katherine Horse & Pony Club<br />

Katherine Rope and Barrel Horse Club<br />

Darwin Equestrian Academy<br />

darwinequestrianacademy.com.au<br />

Darwin Dressage Club<br />

www.darwindressageclub.com<br />

Darwin Equestrian Centre<br />

darwin-equestrian-center.weebly.com<br />

Equestrian Northern Territory<br />

www.nt.equestrian.org.au<br />

Darwin Showjumping Club<br />

www.darwinshowjumping.org.au<br />

Darwin Horse & Pony Club<br />

www.facebook.com/pages/Darwin-Horse-and-<br />

Pony-Club/130253937047454<br />

Noonamah Horse & Pony Club<br />

www.facebook.com/<br />

NoonamahHorseAndPonyClub/<br />

Litchfield Horse & Pony Club<br />

www.facebook.com/Litchfield-Horse-Pony-Club-<br />

252731824225/<br />

Katherine Horse & Pony Club<br />

www.facebook.com/groups/170733332710/<br />

Pony Club NT<br />

ponyclubnt.org.au<br />

NT Showhorse Association<br />

www.ntshowhorse.com.au<br />

Northern Territory Polocrosse Association<br />

www.ntpolocrosse.com.au<br />

Yarraman Territory<br />

yarramanterritory.com.au<br />

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Golf<br />

Mach1 Fitness Pilates (Coconut Grove)<br />

mach1fitness.net/about/<br />

Snap Fitness 24/7 Winnellie<br />

www.snapfitness.com/au/gyms/winnellie<br />

Golf - Palmerston Golf Club<br />

Golf - Berrimah Flight Path Golf &<br />

Outdoor<br />

Darwin Golf Club www.darwingolfclub.com.au<br />

Garden Park Golf Links<br />

www.gardensparkgolflinks.com.au<br />

Katherine Country Golf Club<br />

www.katherinecountryclub.com.au<br />

Katherine Golf Club<br />

Yoga & Alternative <strong>The</strong>rapies<br />

Darwin Yoga Space (Coconut Grove)<br />

www.darwinyogaspace.com/<br />

Yoga Territory (Darwin)<br />

www.yogaterritory.com.au/<br />

Karuna Yoga (Darwin)<br />

www.karunayogawellness.com/about<br />

Darwin Yoga & Meditation (Wanguri) -<br />

www.asmy.org.au/darwin<br />

Om Yoga Darwin (Nightcliff)<br />

omdesigns.com.au/om-yoga/<br />

Flametree Yoga Studio (Woolner)<br />

flametreeyogastudio.com.au/<br />

Yoga with Anne (Nightcliff)<br />

www.yogawithanne.com/<br />

Encore Pilates & Wellness (Stuart Park) -<br />

www.encorepilates.com.au/<br />

Vidya Outdoor Yoga (East Point)<br />

vidyayogaretreat.com/outdoor-yoga/<br />

Sky Barre (Darwin)<br />

www.skybarre.net.au/<br />

180 Yoga & Meditation (Durack)<br />

www.180yogaandmeditation.com.au/<br />

Agoy Yoga (Woolner)<br />

agoyyoga.com.au/<br />

Orion Studio Pilates (Yarrawonga)<br />

orionstudiopilates.com.au/<br />

City Yoga Zone (Darwin)<br />

Healthy Darwin<br />

www.darwin.nt.gov.au/community/programs/<br />

healthy-darwin<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bliss Centre (Katherine)<br />

theblisscentre.org/contact.htm<br />

YMCA Katherine<br />

www.nt.ymca.org.au/where-we-are/katherine/<br />

Pages/default.aspx<br />

YMCA Palmerston<br />

www.nt.ymca.org.au/where-we-are/darwinpalmerston/Pages/default.aspx<br />

Katherine Multi Sports Club (Kayak, BMX,<br />

Running,Triathlon)<br />

www.facebook.com/groups/<br />

katherinemultisportsclub/<br />

Fitness Gyms & Clubs<br />

Fernwood Fitness (Millner)<br />

www.fernwoodfitness.com.au/clubs/darwin<br />

iFitness 24/7 (Darwin)<br />

www.ifitness247.com.au/<br />

FitnessWorks NT (Darwin,Alawa &<br />

Nightcliff)<br />

www.fitnessworksnt.com.au/<br />

Edge Fitness (Casuarina)<br />

www.edgehealthclubs.com.au/<br />

CrossFit Darwin<br />

www.crossfitdarwin.com/<br />

Anytime Fitness (Stuart Park)<br />

www.anytimefitness.com.au/gyms/au-1150/<br />

darwin-cbd-nt-0820/<br />

F45 Training Darwin (Stuart Park)<br />

www.f45training.com.au/darwin<br />

PhilFit NT (Woolner)<br />

www.philfit.com.au/<br />

iFitness 24/7 (Millner)<br />

www.ifitness247.com.au/millner/<br />

Fitness Hub Darwin – Zumba, Box Fit &<br />

Bootcamp (Malak)<br />

f45training.com.au/northernsuburbsdarwin/home<br />

Snap Fitness (Parap)<br />

www.snapfitness.com/au/gyms/darwin-cbd/<br />

iFitness 24/7 (Gray)<br />

www.ifitness247.com.au<br />

CrossFit Palmerston<br />

crossfitpalmerston.com<br />

CrossFit Territory (Yarrawonga)<br />

crossfit-territory.com<br />

Fitness Playground (Palmerston Gateway)<br />

www.fitnessplayground.com.au/nt/darwin/<br />

palmerston/gateway-gym<br />

Next Level Gym 24/7 (Rosebery)<br />

nextlevelgym.com.au<br />

Evolve Fitness (Darwin)<br />

www.evolve-fitness.com.au<br />

Krav Maga Gym (Coconut Grove)<br />

www.kravmagadarwin.com.au/<br />

CrossFit Abode (Winnellie)<br />

www.crossfitabode.com/<br />

Core Body Health & Fitness (Rosebery)<br />

www.corebodyhealthandfitness.com/<br />

To <strong>The</strong> Beat Dance Fitness (Darwin &<br />

Palmerston)<br />

www.tothebeat.com.au/about<br />

Holistic Health Klub (Darwin)<br />

www.holistichealthklub.com.au/<br />

Snap Fitness 24/7 (Yarrawonga)<br />

www.snapfitness.com/au/gyms/yarrawonga/<br />

Palmerston Swimming & Fitness Centre<br />

ymcatopend.org.au/locations/palmerstonswimming-and-fitness-centre<br />

YMCA Katherine<br />

www.nt.ymca.org.au/where-we-are/katherine/<br />

Pages/default.aspx<br />

YMCA Palmerston<br />

www.nt.ymca.org.au/where-we-are/darwinpalmerston/Pages/default.aspx<br />

TERRITORY SPORTS<br />

Mind Over Matter Fitness (Katherine)<br />

www.localsearch.com.au/profile/mind-overmatter-fitness-katherine-nt/katherine-nt/EkO7<br />

https://www.enjoy-darwin.com/sportsrecreation.html<br />

https://www.activeactivities.com.au/<br />

directory/category/sports/location/nt/<br />

darwin-area/darwin/<br />

As we already know, blind<br />

spots are those areas of a<br />

vehicle which either obscure<br />

our direct vision or other<br />

areas that can’t be seen to<br />

the rear of the vehicle.<br />

Engineered parts of the<br />

motor vehicle’s structure,<br />

called pillars (similar to<br />

house pillars), are the upright<br />

support beams required for<br />

stability. <strong>The</strong>y ensure that the<br />

weight of the vehicle frame is<br />

supported and increases the<br />

structural integrity of the<br />

vehicle. In an accident, they<br />

are designed to protect the<br />

occupants in a strong shell.<br />

Over the years, pillars have become<br />

wider as airbags and self-tensioning<br />

seatbelts have been included into<br />

vehicle design to improve occupant<br />

survivability. <strong>The</strong>se features are now<br />

the minimum that consumers<br />

expect. If you flick through the<br />

owners-manual of a modern car, it<br />

is unsurprising to see the number<br />

of pages describing the semiautonomous<br />

operation of these<br />

driver aids. Here are some<br />

examples of modern safety features;<br />

brake assist, Forward-<br />

Collision Warning (FCW),<br />

Automatic Emergency Braking<br />

(AEB), adaptive cruise control,<br />

Blind-Spot Warning (BSW), rear<br />

cross-traffic alert and Lane-<br />

Departure Warning (LDW). To me<br />

(a motorcycle rider), I am thankful<br />

for the Blind-Spot Warning, which<br />

usually alerts drivers to the<br />

presence of a motorcyclist travelling<br />

in a vehicle blind-spot. I also<br />

understand how it is possible to<br />

miss motorcyclists, so I tend to be<br />

ultra-cautious and do my headchecks<br />

religiously, before changing<br />

lanes.<br />

Forcing a motorcyclist out of their<br />

lane due to a lane<br />

change error is<br />

something that every<br />

motorcyclist needs to<br />

be aware of - this is an<br />

ever-present risk if<br />

you choose to travel<br />

in a blind-spot. But the<br />

most common causes<br />

of motorcycle<br />

accidents are running<br />

wide on corners,<br />

failing to negotiate a<br />

corner or not ending a corner<br />

completely.<br />

Statistically, motorcyclists don’t<br />

always finish corners and we can’t<br />

always blame it on other road users,<br />

road conditions, environmental<br />

factors or roaming wildlife.<br />

Sometimes it depends on our<br />

“blind-spots”. Yep, that’s right,<br />

blind-spots - the things we can’t<br />

see. One of the more common<br />

blind-spots for riders is skill. Skill<br />

isn’t just about having the ability to<br />

operate a motorcycle (especially in<br />

all types of weather conditions); it is<br />

the skill of understanding your<br />

strengths and weaknesses in terms<br />

of your riding ability and having the<br />

foresight and discipline to be a<br />

conscious motorcyclist. <strong>The</strong> first<br />

part of this is being aware of our<br />

own “self-talk” and whether you<br />

blame near misses and accidents<br />

on other road users. You may<br />

need to ask yourself “what can I<br />

control and what can’t I control?”,<br />

from both an internal and external<br />

outlook. I can control my attitude<br />

as a road user and my self-discipline<br />

to the required road-craft<br />

techniques - these get me home<br />

each day. My external control<br />

relates to not letting luck or chance<br />

be my ‘rider aid’.<br />

Written by GROM<br />

Community Contributor<br />

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HELPFUL<br />

TIPS<br />

Supporting Children<br />

When a Parent is Away<br />

<strong>The</strong> Starfish Swim Group was founded by Donna<br />

Rousham in 2007 to provide an opportunity for<br />

children with a disability to participate in healthy<br />

activities and access a cost-free water skills<br />

program that is self-paced with a qualified Swim<br />

Instructor.<br />

Sessions are available every weekday afternoon with a focus<br />

on social inclusion, increasing confidence in the water and<br />

teaching survival skills, which promotes enjoyment of the<br />

Territory lifestyle.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Starfish program started with 10 children and now has<br />

over 70 participants, with a waiting list of 40 children.<br />

Lessons are focused on meeting the specific needs of every<br />

child and the extent of the child’s disability, including;<br />

Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Down Syndrome,<br />

Asperger syndrome, Autism Spectrum, Partial Chromosome<br />

Deletion, ADHD, SPD, APD, and Global Development<br />

Delay. Children who participate in this program are referred<br />

by professionals in the Children and Disability sectors and<br />

word of mouth.<br />

Swim Instructor Paid Positions<br />

with Starfish<br />

Due to the constant growth and success of the program,<br />

Starfish is urgently seeking the services of Austswim<br />

Teachers with their TAI Accreditation to join our program.<br />

If you have any questions regarding Starfish, please contact<br />

Donna: 0437 112 633 or follow Variety NT Starfish Swim<br />

Group on Facebook.<br />

Written by Donna Rousham<br />

Program Coordinator<br />

Starfish Swim Group<br />

Have the serving member record mini videos for the<br />

children before leaving on duty.<br />

Examples:<br />

• Singing their favourite Nursery Rhyme<br />

• Reading a book<br />

• Good morning/night messages<br />

• Be good for Mummy/Daddy<br />

• <strong>The</strong> little children will watch your body language,<br />

big smile and wave at the end will help them.<br />

Make a “tell mum/dad” list – Allow your<br />

kids to keep a running list of things they<br />

really want to tell their mum/dad. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

can then share those things in a letter/<br />

phone/video call when they speak next.<br />

Have the children write a list of the things that they love<br />

about their mum/dad, they can read the list out. Another<br />

great one is memories for the slightly older kids.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se help to open the conversation even for the shy<br />

talkers.<br />

A Mums and Bubs session is also available every Saturday<br />

morning (consisting of 3 sessions with 6 children) and<br />

focuses on children with disabilities aged between 6 months<br />

to 5 years. A Mums Luncheon is also a regular activity to<br />

support mothers who have children with disability.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Starfish Swim program and Founder, Donna Rousham,<br />

has been recognised for her work as the recipient of a<br />

number of awards:<br />

• Nominee Finalist Darwin’s Citizen of the Year 2020<br />

• Winner Human Rights Award for Social Change 2019<br />

• Highly Commended Disability Services Awards 2018<br />

• Winner Statewide Super & LGANT Heroes Awards 2017<br />

Donna volunteers her time to manage grant applications and<br />

generate funding to cover the operational costs of the<br />

programs (including; Swim Instructors, insurances and<br />

materials), which is an ongoing process to ensure<br />

sustainability of the program and eliminate fees for families<br />

who wish to participate. Fortunately, the two pool venues<br />

used are generously sponsored in kind by Department of<br />

Education.<br />

Lessons are held Monday to Friday<br />

inc.1.00pm – 6.30pm for school age<br />

children.<br />

A Mums and Bubs Saturday morning<br />

program, consisting of 3 sessions of 6<br />

kids per group.<strong>The</strong> sessions are<br />

specifically for children with disability<br />

from 6 months to 5 years with each<br />

session being 45 minutes with a<br />

qualified infant Inclusion Teacher.<br />

Session 1 – 4 to 5 years<br />

Session 2 - 2 to 4 years<br />

Session 3 - 6 months to 2 years<br />

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Surviving MWD(U)<br />

Before I begin, this article is not for the faint<br />

hearted...Thanks to the global pandemic that<br />

stopped all reunion travel throughout 2020, the<br />

only reason that our family reunited was a result<br />

of my hip replacement surgery mid-November. I<br />

was hoping to make this “light-hearted and<br />

positive,” but it might be a struggle at times... I’ll<br />

do my best.<br />

I have been following ‘hubby’ around the country for the last<br />

2 decades of his 33-year career with the RAAF. I am from<br />

Townsville originally, but will have spent 17yrs in NT by the<br />

time I leave at the end of this year [insert tears & foot<br />

stamping]. It had come to a time in our family dynamics that<br />

the last 2 of our 3 children were approaching the important<br />

years of senior schooling, so I knew that posting out of<br />

Tindal was going to require a 5-year commitment in the new<br />

location to support both of our children through to<br />

graduation. After so many years of meeting ‘service needs’,<br />

we felt confident that we would be given our first posting<br />

preference........[drumroll]......... Darwin here we come (for the<br />

3rd time)!!<br />

If I was to be staying in location on my own, it was my<br />

preference to be somewhere I felt comfortable without too<br />

much disruption to our family and within arm's reach of my<br />

support network. I needed to embrace my independence,<br />

regardless of whether my husband was home with us or<br />

not.<br />

After only six months of settling into life in Darwin, my<br />

husband unexpectedly posted to Bandiana/Wodonga to<br />

“play with the Army” as an Instructor, which was an<br />

interesting and rewarding opportunity for his career with a<br />

short-term posting to fill a COPAS vacancy. This all<br />

transpired when our daughter was halfway through Year 12...<br />

[insert grimace face] … perfect timing!<br />

Before he departed, I decided that I would cope. In fact, I<br />

was fearful that I would cope a little too well.... I felt scared<br />

that I wouldn’t be able to live with him again as we will have<br />

been apart for 2 and a half years by the time our youngest<br />

graduates at the end of this year. I also like having a clean<br />

house (that stays clean!), less washing and choosing meals<br />

that I like for dinner – just some of the perks of MWD(U)!<br />

How did I cope during the time apart...? Focusing on my<br />

career, kid’s sporting commitments, ladies' lunches, morning<br />

teas and hosting lunches for anyone who wants to socialise...<br />

<strong>The</strong> time passes quickly when you are busy, setting new<br />

goals and focused on managing a household!<br />

I feel that it’s quite normal to question the decision about<br />

MWD(U). Yes, you will question whether you will cope,<br />

especially when you spend some nights feeling alone. Yes,<br />

you will kick yourself at times when you need an extra pair<br />

of hands or an additional chauffeur to run the kids around in<br />

3 different directions. But, deep down, you know you are<br />

doing it for a good reason - the stability of our children for<br />

the final years of schooling was my motivation to keep<br />

persevering.<br />

It will either strengthen your relationship or it can sometimes<br />

lead you in different directions in life... Sorry, MWD(U) is not<br />

“light-hearted, happy & flowery” - it is challenging and can<br />

really test a marriage and a family.<br />

Would I recommend MWD(U)?<br />

It’s not ideal for families, but in our situation, it needed to be<br />

done. Our children did not ask for this lifestyle; they were<br />

born into it & have had to adapt, overcome, and build so<br />

much resilience throughout most of their lives... <strong>The</strong>re are so<br />

many heartbreaking and challenging moments because you<br />

naturally want the best for your children.<br />

Only you can decide what’s best for your family unit. My<br />

experience is just that; mine. I like to think I’m very<br />

resilient after experiencing many challenges that I would<br />

never wish upon anyone else, but it has made me who I<br />

am today. You may be able to cope with the time apart,<br />

you may not.... You may even realise that your partner is<br />

not able to cope with living away from his family. Will it<br />

be a good decision for everyone overall to live apart?<br />

You will find out just how strong you can<br />

be and sometimes it can feel quite liberating<br />

to be independent. I am immensely<br />

proud of my husband for his 33 years<br />

of service, so the sacrifice is<br />

definitely worthwhile!<br />

Written by P<br />

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Darwin<br />

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Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean<br />

Victoria Cross Recipient<br />

Edward “Teddy”<br />

Sheean was born on<br />

28 December 1923 at<br />

Lower Barrington,<br />

Tasmania. He enlisted<br />

in the Royal<br />

Australian Naval<br />

Reserve as an<br />

Ordinary Seaman at<br />

Hobart in April 1941,<br />

and subsequently<br />

joined HMAS<br />

Armidale, a new<br />

Bathurst-class corvette.Teddy was an Oerlikon<br />

anti-aircraft gun loader. On 29th of November<br />

1942, HMAS Armidale sailed for Timor to assist<br />

in the withdrawal of Australian and Portuguese<br />

troops as part of Operation Hamburger.<br />

At about 3pm on 1 December 1942, HMAS Armidale was<br />

attacked by approximately thirteen Japanese aircraft. <strong>The</strong><br />

order to abandon ship was given, however, when the<br />

survivors entered the sea, they were machine-gunned by<br />

Japanese aircraft. According to survivors, Teddy had already<br />

left the ship, but then scrambled back to his gun. He was<br />

wounded in the chest and back, but shot down one bomber<br />

and kept other aircraft away from his comrades in the water.<br />

He was seen still firing his gun as Armidale sank and claimed<br />

his life.<br />

Although Armidale’s Captain specifically noted Teddy’s<br />

actions in his report, the description only totalled two<br />

sentences. Under the Awards rules, Teddy was only eligible<br />

for either a ‘Mention in dispatches’ (MID) or the Victoria<br />

Cross (VC). <strong>The</strong>re were no interviews with survivors and<br />

Teddy was awarded a MID.<br />

In 2011, the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal<br />

opened an inquiry into cases of unresolved recognition for<br />

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Image Credits: Teddy Sheean (left) Artist Dale Marsh’s depiction of Teddy<br />

Sheean, on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra (right).<br />

past acts of gallantry, and found that no new evidence<br />

existed to change the original award for Teddy. Another<br />

inquiry was conducted in 2019 and recommended that<br />

Teddy be awarded the Victoria Cross, however the<br />

recommendation was rejected.<br />

In <strong>June</strong> 2020, the case was re-examined and again<br />

recommended. This was accepted by the Prime Minister<br />

who recommended that the Queen posthumously award<br />

Teddy the VC. <strong>The</strong> Queen approved the award on 12<br />

August, 2020 and a ceremony was held on 1 December<br />

2020 in Canberra to mark the 78th anniversary of Teddy’s<br />

heroic death. Governor-General David Hurley presented the<br />

award to Teddy’s nephew, Garry Ivory. Teddy’s medal was<br />

the first VC awarded to a Royal Australian Navy crew<br />

member.<br />

A painting of Teddy Sheean lying strapped into his Oerlikon<br />

anti-aircraft gun, firing at Japanese aircraft as his ship sank<br />

beneath him, would seem the epitome of self-sacrifice, and<br />

deserving of a Victoria Cross for bravery. But it took 78 years<br />

for him to receive it. <strong>The</strong> iconic painting by Dale Marsh<br />

hangs on display in the Australian War Memorial in<br />

Canberra.<br />

Written by Dave Clements<br />

Community Contributor<br />

Darwin<br />

REFERENCES: N. Watson, 'Sheean, Edward (Teddy) (1923–1942)', Australian<br />

Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National<br />

University, https://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/sheean-edward-teddy-11671/<br />

text20855, published first in hardcopy 2002, accessed online 25 April <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Australian Government Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal: THE<br />

REPORT OF THE INQUIRY INTO UNRESOLVED RECOGNITION FOR PAST<br />

ACTS OF NAVAL AND MILITARY GALLANTRY AND VALOUR 2013<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Battle of Long Khanh<br />

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<strong>The</strong> 7th of <strong>June</strong> this year will mark the 50th anniversary<br />

of Operation Overlord, Vietnam, and subsequently <strong>The</strong><br />

Battle of Long Khanh. It is a day to reflect on the<br />

sacrifice of those who fought and commemorate their<br />

service.<br />

Operation Overlord was undertaken after intelligence<br />

discovered that the North Vietnamese Army was using<br />

a buffer zone between the provinces of Phuoc Tuy and<br />

Long Khanh to train and equip Vietnamese troops. This<br />

operation required special permission from Prime<br />

Minister John Gorton (1968-1971), as it was the first<br />

time Australian Troops would enter Long Khanh<br />

province during the Operation.<br />

Australian troops were deployed on <strong>June</strong> 5th 1971 to<br />

prevent the enemy from taking over the province of<br />

Phuoc Tuy. <strong>The</strong> operation comprised members of the<br />

3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment and HQ 1st<br />

Australian Task Force along with armoured personnel<br />

carriers from 3rd Cavalry Regiment(A Sqn), tanks from<br />

1st Armoured Regiment (C Sqn), ‘sappers’ from Royal<br />

Australian Engineers (1st Field Sqn), artillery support<br />

from 12th Field Regiment, and air support from No 9<br />

Squadron RAAF and 161 Recce Flight.<br />

On the 7th of <strong>June</strong> 1971, troops experienced over<br />

eight hours of extreme fighting, which resulted in the<br />

defeat of enemy soldiers. Upon this defeat, Australian<br />

troops also discovered a system of more than 100<br />

bunkers which were later explored and destroyed.<br />

Written by Madison Collier<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

During the expo, you will be able to experience and engage<br />

with Army, Navy, Air Force and NORFORCE military<br />

vehicles and equipment displays, Army Aviation STEM<br />

Helicopter Simulators, Submariner VR Simulators, Australian<br />

Army Band performances, Tri Service Cadets, Defence<br />

Member & Family Support (DMFS – formally DCO),<br />

Defence Work Experience Program and Defence Force<br />

Recruiting specialists.<br />

Date: Saturday 12th <strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm<br />

Where: Darwin Convention Centre,<br />

10 Stokes Hill Road, Darwin City<br />

Cost: Free Entry<br />

<strong>The</strong> Battles of<br />

Fromelles and Pozières<br />

<strong>The</strong> Battles of Fromelles and Pozières were fought as part of<br />

the Battles of the Somme - the largest offensive on the<br />

Western Front during the first World War. Today these<br />

battles are remembered as some of the bloodiest in history.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Battle of Fromelles took place on <strong>July</strong> 19, 1916, where<br />

the 5th Australian Division together with the British 61st<br />

Division attacked German frontline positions near Auber’s<br />

Ridge in French Flanders to hold German reserves from<br />

moving South to a large, allied offensive which had begun.<br />

This battle proved horrific for the Australian Division who<br />

suffered over 5000 casualties in less than 24 hours.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Attack on Pozières occurred not long after the Battle of<br />

Fromelles. On <strong>July</strong> 23, 1916, the 1st Australian Division<br />

captured the French village of Pozieres from occupying<br />

German forces. In the six weeks following, the 1st, 2nd and<br />

4th Australian Divisions slowly advanced northwards gaining<br />

a little more than two kilometres. While the battle ended on<br />

September 3, 1916, it caused over 23,000 casualties.<br />

This year marks the 105th anniversary of both battles.<br />

Although time marches on, we continue to honour their<br />

duty and their sacrifice.<br />

Written by Madison Collier<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

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To the constitutes of Tindal RAAF Base,<br />

Selena Uibo<br />

SITTING DATES<br />

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

Part 4<br />

Firstly, as your local Member of Parliament, I would like to welcome you<br />

to the Electorate of Arnhem, which covers Tindal RAAF Base,<br />

Mataranka, Barunga, Bulman, Weemol, Beswick, Manyallaluk, Gapuwiyak<br />

and surrounding homelands, Ngukurr, Urapunga, Numbulwar, Groote<br />

Eylandt communities of: Angurugu, Alyangula, and Umbakumba,<br />

Miliyakburra on Bickerton Island, Minyerri, Jilkminggan and Werenbun in<br />

Nitmiluk National Park.<br />

In addition to being your Local Member, I am honoured to be working<br />

in the Ministerial Portfolios of Attorney-General and Minister for<br />

Justice, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Treaty and Local-<br />

Decision Making and Minister for Parks and Rangers.<br />

March 23rd-25th<br />

May 4th-6th and 11th- 13th<br />

<strong>June</strong> 15th-17th and <strong>June</strong> 22nd-25th<br />

August 10th-12th and 17th- 19th<br />

September 21st-23rd<br />

October 26th-28th<br />

November 30th-December 1st-2nd<br />

I succumbed to peer pressure and stuffed my city<br />

slicker vibes into the back of the wardrobe so I<br />

could go camping. Sorta.<br />

Our family stayed in a tiny donga at Douglas Daly<br />

which had creepy crawlies in it, so it’s kinda the<br />

same thing – yeah?<br />

If I am not in the Electorate Office, I will be on the road visiting<br />

communities in the Arnhem Electorate, meeting with people, building<br />

relationships and representing the electorate during Parliament sittings.<br />

If you are in Darwin during the sitting dates (shown opposite), please<br />

contact the Electorate Office to let me know as I would be happy to<br />

say g’day if you visit Parliament. Also, Parliament House offer free<br />

guided tours. Please contact us if you would like any further information.<br />

My Electorate Office is based in Katherine at Shop 1, 27 Katherine<br />

Terrace. <strong>The</strong> office is open Monday to Friday - you are most welcome<br />

to come in for a chat or raise an issue. You can also contact my<br />

Electorate Officers on (08) 8973 8780 or electorate.arnhem@nt.gov.au<br />

I wish you all the best for <strong>2021</strong> and look forward to getting to know the<br />

people of Tindal RAAF base as your local Member.<br />

As the Local Member for Arnhem, it was a pleasure to visit Little<br />

Geckos (Tindal) earlier this year. I donated flags and copies of Johanna<br />

Bell and Dion Beasley's "Bigismob Jigiwan Dog" book, which has been<br />

translated into Kriol language by liguists in Ngukurr Community. A big<br />

thank you to Sarah who showed me around the childcare centre.<br />

Recently, I was honoured to attend the Air Force <strong>2021</strong> Centenary<br />

reception at Godinyayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre in<br />

Katherine. It was a pleasure to celebrate 100 years of the Royal<br />

Australia Air Force with Officers from Tindal RAAF Base and to learn<br />

about the diverse roles of our servicemen and women in the Air Force.<br />

At this time of year, the dry season in the Northern Territory is a<br />

beautiful time to explore the natural surrounding areas of the Arnhem<br />

Electorate. I encourage you to take the opportunity to visit some of the<br />

stunning gorges and waterfalls in Nitmiluk National Park or have a<br />

swim at the thermal springs at Bitter Springs and Mataranka<br />

Homestead. <strong>The</strong> Territory is also home to some brilliant festivals,<br />

including local events that are happening over the next few months;<br />

Barunga Festival 11-13 <strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong> and Katherine Junk Festival 5 <strong>June</strong><br />

<strong>2021</strong>. Tickets for Barunga Festival can be purchased at<br />

www.barungafestival.com.au or at the gate.<br />

I look forward to being your Local Member for our four-year term in<br />

Government and encourage RAAF Tindal residents to reach out to the<br />

Electorate office for any support.<br />

Selena presenting Tindal RAAF Wing Commander<br />

Shane Smith with a bird carving from Beswick<br />

Community from <strong>The</strong> Arnhem Electorate.<br />

Selena with Tynisha Kodi<br />

Douglas Daly was a 2-hour drive North/West of<br />

Katherine, which made for a great start to the long<br />

weekend after a short distance to travel with 3<br />

kids onboard. We stayed at the Douglas Daly<br />

Tourist Park, which was larger than I expected!<br />

<strong>The</strong>re was a pool so we could swim without the<br />

danger of any ‘snap snaps’ and a communal<br />

outside kitchen area which consisted of a fridge,<br />

kettle, toaster, bench space and a large table with<br />

chairs. <strong>The</strong>y even had a small convenience store<br />

just in case I hadn’t packed enough food!<br />

Emphasise ‘small’ - I still fully recommend packing<br />

everything you need.<br />

We went with a group of friends which made our<br />

experience even better. Most of our group had<br />

4WD’s, so we were able to visit Crystal Falls and<br />

check out the creepy croc creek which was<br />

apparently safe enough for us to put our feet in<br />

(and yes, it was terrifying). We also travelled down<br />

to see the ‘Golden Arches’ - a picturesque river<br />

with large rocks that created an ‘arch’ effect on<br />

certain angles.<br />

Across the little dirt road from our donga was<br />

where all the ‘real campers’ hung out. Our little<br />

kids roamed back and forth between the two<br />

campsites, then out to the bunnies at reception<br />

and back to the big patch of grass, which was the<br />

perfect spot for running and playing while we<br />

supervised from our camping chairs - the<br />

opportunities were endless. <strong>The</strong>y had so much fun<br />

they didn’t want to leave!<br />

Photo Credit: Katie B.<br />

Our evenings were spent around the campfire<br />

trading stories, winding down, toasting<br />

marshmallows and discussing that maybe we need<br />

to do this again and explore a new place. I don’t<br />

even recognise myself anymore – who have I<br />

become??<br />

I can confirm the outdoor experience inspired me<br />

to finally get out and see Edith Falls too. A<br />

terrifyingly scenic swim, a grassy picnic spot, and a<br />

lovely kiosk with an impressive range of ice creams<br />

- a must do if you are ever in the area!<br />

#teamtindal getting out and exploring... Who<br />

knew?<br />

Written by Katie B.<br />

Community Contributor<br />

Tindal<br />

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Have you Heard About<br />

ADF Financial Services?<br />

<strong>The</strong> ADF Financial Services Consumer Centre is<br />

a Department of Defence initiative established in<br />

2006, which provides financial and consumer<br />

information to ADF members.<strong>The</strong> centre also<br />

provides advice to the Chief of the Defence<br />

Force and Service Chiefs and maintains<br />

relationships with relevant external agencies<br />

including the Australian Securities and Investment<br />

Commission (ASIC) and the Australian<br />

Competition and Consumer Commission<br />

(ACCC), with a focus on addressing the financial<br />

issues experienced by the ADF community.<br />

<strong>The</strong> user-friendly website includes a range of<br />

educational material and credible resources to help you<br />

make the best financial decisions for you and your<br />

family.<br />

• Some of the resources include:<br />

• Goalsetting and saving<br />

• Budgeting strategies<br />

• Financial calculators<br />

<strong>The</strong> ADF Consumer Centre also offers a range of<br />

information designed specifically for different stages of<br />

your military career, including initial training, pre<br />

deployment, career progression, post deployment,<br />

promotion, transition (out of defence) and various<br />

service categories. <strong>The</strong> website also provides guidance<br />

and a checklist for military leaders who wish to educate<br />

their team about financial issues, as well as an online<br />

form to order printed materials for your workplace.<br />

If you are interested in learning more and taking control<br />

of your financial future, you can review the resources<br />

available via the website: https://adfconsumer.gov.au/<br />

To stay informed throughout your ADF career, you can<br />

also sign up for a monthly eNewsletter with topical<br />

articles written by a range of experts. <strong>The</strong> eNewsletter<br />

provides advice and resources to address specific<br />

financial issues or opportunities that are relevant to<br />

ADF members and their families.<br />

Written by Madison Collier<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

• Managing debt<br />

• Personal insurance<br />

• Finding financial advice<br />

• Investing<br />

• Superannuation<br />

• ADF Financial Helpline<br />

• Wills and Power of Attorney<br />

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Doctor’s Note<br />

Men’s Health Week <strong>2021</strong><br />

This year Men’s Health Week will be running<br />

from 14-20 <strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong> and it’s a good time to<br />

raise awareness about of some issues facing<br />

men’s health.<br />

Men have a life expectancy of four years less than<br />

women and despite only making up 49% of the<br />

population, men account for 53% of the total<br />

burden of disease.<br />

Compared to women, men are more likely to die<br />

of skin cancer, liver disease, lung disease, blood<br />

cancer and diabetes. For those men who live to<br />

old age, the last 11 years are more likely to be in<br />

poor health. And at younger ages, men are more<br />

likely to die in motor vehicle accidents, and<br />

account for 80% of all spinal cord injuries and 94%<br />

of all workplace deaths.<br />

In terms of mental health, one in eight Australian<br />

men suffer from depression at any given time, with<br />

men from 35 to 55 years at greater risk. Men are<br />

also four times more likely to take their own life,<br />

and sadly, five men will take their own life every<br />

day.<br />

So why the difference? While the causes of disease<br />

are complex, three quarters of men are<br />

overweight or obese, only fifty percent are<br />

sufficiently physically active, and fewer than one in<br />

three hundred eat the recommended amount of<br />

fruit and vegetables. And although rates are<br />

continuing to decrease, still one in six men smoke<br />

daily and more than a quarter of men drink at risky<br />

levels. Men are also less likely to have regular<br />

contact with doctors and might view seeking help<br />

as a sign of weakness.<br />

As we approach the middle of the year, men’s<br />

health week is a good reminder to all of us to<br />

prioritise our health, as well as raise awareness of<br />

the health issues facing Australian men. <strong>The</strong> dry<br />

season is the perfect time to work on those health<br />

and fitness goals we set at the start of the year,<br />

and improve our mental health and work-life<br />

balance.<br />

To find out more about Men’s Health Week and<br />

to get ideas for possible events you can organise at<br />

work or in the community, please see the Men’s<br />

Health Week website.<br />

Written by LEUT Andrew Flint, FRACGP<br />

Medical Officer, RAN<br />

HMAS Coonawarra<br />

If you are new to Darwin, there are some additional<br />

things you might not yet be aware of when it comes<br />

to caring for your dog or cat in our tropical<br />

environment. Some things to consider are:<br />

Leptospirosis vaccinations for dogs<br />

In addition to the C5 vaccination which is given Australia wide, we<br />

recommend vaccinating dogs for an additional disease called<br />

Leptospirosis (“Lepto”). Leptospirosis is caused by Leptospira<br />

bacteria, which are mainly spread via the urine of infected rats (as<br />

well as mice, and some of our native animals). Dogs tend to get it<br />

from drinking contaminated water, or walking through<br />

contaminated water or soil when they have cuts or abrasions.<br />

In the tropical areas of Northern Australia, we vaccinate for<br />

Leptospira Australis, as this is the most common type here. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

are many different types of Leptospira bacteria and vaccinations for<br />

other types such as Leptospira Copenhageni are given in some<br />

areas of Australia (we still need to give the Lepto Australis vaccine<br />

to dogs that have had this).<br />

Leptospirosis is a very severe disease. Clinical signs can sometimes<br />

be very vague initially such as lack of appetite, lethargy, vomiting and<br />

diarrhoea. Ultimately this can progress to acute kidney failure and<br />

liver disease causing jaundice (yellow discoloration of the skin).<br />

Mortality rate is high in these cases.<br />

Many species (including humans) can develop leptospirosis. It is<br />

much less common in cats , so you don’t need to vaccinate cats<br />

against this disease.<br />

Pets in Darwin<br />

Heartworm in dogs and cats<br />

Heartworm can be fatal for dogs and cats, and because it’s spread<br />

by mosquitoes and thrives in warm environments, it’s very<br />

important to protect our pets in Darwin. Treatment of heartworm<br />

disease is difficult and there are significant risks involved, so it is<br />

much better to prevent it from occurring. For dogs there are two<br />

options for preventing heartworm – a yearly injection which is a<br />

very reliable way of preventing heartworm disease, or a monthly<br />

tablet or spot-on (they must be given on time every month to be<br />

effective).<br />

For cats we don’t have an injectable option, but there are spot-on<br />

treatments (usually the easiest option for cats) or monthly tablets.<br />

Intestinal worms in dogs and cats<br />

Intestinal worms are very common in warm, moist environments<br />

like Darwin. As well as causing disease in your pet, they can also<br />

pass on to humans, especially children. More frequent intestinal<br />

worming is recommended in Darwin, particularly in the wet season.<br />

Not all worming products are effective enough in the <strong>Top</strong> End, so<br />

please ask your vet for advice on which products to use.<br />

Another intestinal worm that you may not have heard of is<br />

Spirometra tapeworm. Spirometra tapeworm is a common<br />

problem in cats and dogs in Darwin and is not covered by any of<br />

the usual worming products. Dogs and cats get infected when they<br />

ingest larvae from an intermediate host such as lizards or frogs.<br />

Indoor cats often get infected when catching little geckos around<br />

the house. Spirometra can be associated with gastrointestinal<br />

disease (such as diarrhoea, vomiting and weight loss) in dogs and<br />

cats. A specific tapewormer tablet available from your vet is<br />

recommended every 3 months for Spirometra tapeworm.<br />

Tick control in dogs<br />

In Darwin, the most common type of ticks we see on dogs are the<br />

brown dog tick. In addition to causing significant irritation, the<br />

brown dog tick can transmit other diseases. Dog owners in the<br />

Northern Territory should have their dogs on a tick control<br />

program and regularly check their dogs for ticks.<br />

Ehrlichiosis is a disease spread by the brown dog tick and is now<br />

present in the Northern Territory and Western Australia (in<br />

addition to other tick-borne diseases such as anaplasmosis and<br />

babesiosis). Some symptoms of ehrlichiosis infection in dogs can<br />

include fever, lethargy, appetite loss and bleeding disorders.<br />

To protect your dog from ticks and from tick-borne diseases such<br />

as ehrlichiosis, it is recommended to use a combination of tablets or<br />

chews registered for tick control, as well as a tick collar to repel<br />

ticks and try to stop them biting your dog. Speak to your vet about<br />

the best products for your pet.<br />

If tick infestations occur around your home, organise for a pest<br />

controller to treat your house and yard.<br />

Speak to your vet if you have any concerns about your dog - early<br />

treatment gives the best chance of recovery from tick-borne<br />

diseases.<br />

Written by All Pets Veterinary Hospital<br />

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Celebrating RAAF Centenary<br />

on Amateur Radio<br />

<strong>The</strong> 100th birthday of the RAAF has been<br />

celebrated in many ways during <strong>2021</strong>, however<br />

not many people would be aware that Amateur<br />

Radio is currently being used by a team of<br />

operators to share the celebrations with many<br />

Amateur Radio Operators from all over the<br />

world.<br />

In September 2020, a RAAF member and local Amateur<br />

Stuie (VK8NSB), contacted Lee (VK3GK), the Vice President<br />

of the Wireless Institute of Australia, requesting his assistance<br />

in obtaining 2 special event callsigns to be used in <strong>2021</strong> to<br />

celebrate the centenary of the Air Force in Australia.<br />

Approval was granted for use of these two special callsigns<br />

to be used on air: VI100AF for 100 days from March 1 – May<br />

29, <strong>2021</strong>, and VK100AF for March 1 – August 31, <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Using social media, radio operators were recruited from<br />

around Australia to donate their time to assist in getting<br />

these callsigns on air as much as possible. Many ex-serving<br />

and current serving ADF amateurs volunteered to become<br />

part of the 47 strong team. A roster was created to share<br />

the callsigns between operators to maximise their use over<br />

many frequencies and modes.<br />

For the full list of operators please visit VI100AF on https://<br />

www.qrz.com/DB/VI100AF<br />

In Australia, Amateur Radio Operators have access to many<br />

High Frequency bands which allow signals to be bounced all<br />

around the world, even using small wire antennas at home<br />

or vehicle mounted equipment. <strong>The</strong>re are VHF and UHF<br />

frequencies and repeater towers which are used to either<br />

communicate locally or to connect around the world.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se frequency bands allow even smaller equipment (such<br />

as; handheld radios) to communicate locally or around the<br />

world when using internet based linking systems to connect.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are even several satellites, which fly overhead daily,<br />

that are being activated with the VK100AF and VI100AF to<br />

contact stations up to 3000km away.<br />

In the first month of operation, the team made 15,429<br />

QSO’s (amateur radio contact or conversation) into 117<br />

countries. And, as of April 10, <strong>2021</strong>, we have worked 18,680<br />

QSO’s into 126 countries. <strong>The</strong> operators continue to<br />

conduct an amazing team effort.<br />

Special activations of the callsign VI100AF have also been<br />

conducted over the month of March. <strong>The</strong> first being on<br />

Sunday March 21, <strong>2021</strong> with Adam (VK5GA); Chris<br />

(VK5FR); Tony (VK5FBIC); and Tom (VK5TOM) activating<br />

VI100AF from the National Military Vehicle Museum in<br />

South Australia. <strong>The</strong> second special activation was<br />

conducted by Ray (VK4TPT) and David (VK4WP),<br />

representing club station VK4MB, who activated VI100AF for<br />

the weekend of March 27/28 from Ex Air Force Base<br />

Maryborough in Queensland.<br />

<strong>The</strong> final special activation was a very special operation.<br />

After 2 Months of negotiations, Stuie (VK8NSB) was able to<br />

obtain permission for himself, Joel (VK8JG), Simon (VK8ZJZ)<br />

and Mal (VK8MT), to operate from the Truscott<br />

Club, RAAF Base Darwin, on the Royal Australian Air<br />

Force 100 year anniversary - March 31, <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

This operation provided a great opportunity to<br />

demonstrate different aspects of Amateur Radio as<br />

a hobby and what types of communications are<br />

possible, even with small and portable equipment.<br />

Listen out for other team members who are planning<br />

activations from other historic military locations<br />

around Australia over the coming months. Some<br />

team members will also be active from summits and<br />

Parks on the Air over the next few months.<br />

For anyone interested in participating with this<br />

amazing hobby or wanting to find out more about<br />

getting started and obtaining a licence, please visit<br />

www.wia.org.au<br />

Written by Joel Graham<br />

Amateur Radio<br />

RAAF Darwin<br />

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Test your Trivia<br />

1. What country ceased to exist following conflicts between 1991 and 2001?<br />

2. How many Australians were awarded the VC in the Vietnam war?<br />

3. Germany lost 178 of these in combat during WW2. What were they?<br />

4. What was the seaborne operation which delivered Operation overlord on D-Day in WW2?<br />

Groote Eylandt<br />

In my quest to experience the best the <strong>Top</strong> End has to offer<br />

before posting out, we recently took the opportunity to<br />

visit Groote Eylandt for a few days.<br />

Groote Eylandt (meaning great island in Dutch), was named by Abel<br />

Tasman in 1644. It is located in the Gulf of Carpentaria on the eastern side<br />

of Arnhem Land, about 630klms from Darwin. <strong>The</strong> traditional owners are<br />

the Warnindhilyagwa people, who have occupied the archipelago for over<br />

8,000 years.<br />

Groote Eylandt is probably best known for two things:<br />

• Mining - Groote Eylandt Mining Company (GEMCO) was set up in<br />

the 1960s to mine a rich reserve of manganese ore. Today, the mine<br />

produces approximately ¼ of the world’s supply.<br />

• Fishing – Groote offers some of the best sports fishing including<br />

sailfish, marlin, giant trevally, queenfish, and coral trout.<br />

5. German Chief of General Staff, von Falkenhayn in WW1 said he was going to bleed France white. At<br />

which battle was he planning to do this?<br />

6. <strong>The</strong> first Royal Australian Navy battle occurred on 9 November 1914. What ship was sunk by HMAS<br />

Sydney during that battle?<br />

7. <strong>The</strong> Soviet Sukhoi-34 fighter was the world's first fighter plane with a what in it?<br />

8. How many ANZAC pilots took part in the Dambuster raid?<br />

9. Which Australian did Sir Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris describe as ‘<strong>The</strong> most efficient airman I have ever<br />

seen.’?<br />

10. What naval incident occurred on 3 <strong>June</strong> 1969?<br />

ANSWERS: 1. Yugoslavia 2. Four 3. U-boats 4. Neptune 5. Verdun 6. <strong>The</strong> German cruiser Emden 7. Toilet 8. 5 (4 Aust, 1 NZ) 9.<br />

Air Vice Marshall Don Bennett 10. HMAS Melbourne and USS Frank E Evans collided<br />

We stayed at the Groote Eylandt Lodge (formerly Dugong Resort), just a<br />

few minutes from the main town of Alyungula. <strong>The</strong> resort is tucked away in<br />

bush land, bordered by the sea facing west towards the mainland. It is a<br />

peaceful place, temperature much cooler and less humid than Darwin<br />

and an ideal spot for a bit of rest and recuperation.<br />

We were fortunate to join a tour of the island, passing through Angurugu<br />

community heading out to view Hanging Rock cave paintings. Our tour<br />

guide explained that the outer rim of the cave had been sealed with tree<br />

sap to form a drip line barrier, which protects the paintings from water<br />

damage.<br />

Some important points to note: <strong>The</strong>re are many restricted areas so it’s<br />

best to have a tour guide show you around. <strong>The</strong>re are also restrictions in<br />

place around alcohol, so NO ALCOHOL is to be brought on to the island<br />

and can only be purchased/consumed at licensed venues.<br />

For the war history buffs, Groote Eylandt played an important role in<br />

WWII as a valuable resource of surveillance information to the Naval<br />

Intelligence Division. For a great read, check out the Naval History of<br />

Australia website, Simply a Question of Duty: A Coastwatcher in North<br />

Australia Part 2: Coastwatching on Groote Eylandt during WWII.<br />

Written by Deb Muir<br />

Committee Member<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong><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 />

TIDES<br />

NORTH COAST - DARWIN <strong>2021</strong><br />

TIMES AND HEIGHTS OF HIGH AND LOW WATERS<br />

TIME ZONE - 0930<br />

JUNE<br />

JULY<br />

RECREATIONAL<br />

FISHING<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are rules you need to know before you go<br />

recreational fishing in the Northern Territory.<br />

In the NT rules apply to recreational fishing about:<br />

• the types of fish you may catch<br />

• how many fish you may catch<br />

• where you may catch fish<br />

• the fishing equipment you may use.<br />

• Safety while fishing<br />

While you do not need a recreational fishing licence or a recreational<br />

boat licence in the NT, you must follow recreational boat laws. You<br />

must follow boat rules and carry the right boat safety equipment.<br />

Refer to the safety guide for recreational boating for details.<br />

You should also learn about crocodile safety.<br />

BITING MIDGES<br />

Relatively low numbers occur during the wet<br />

season, with an increase from April to <strong>July</strong>,<br />

nevertheless, most active in the 2 hour period<br />

before and after sunrise and sunset.<br />

Biting midges do not transmit diseases to humans<br />

in Australia, but scratching of the bites may lead to<br />

secondary bacterial infection.<br />

SALT MARSH MOSQUITOS<br />

Beginning of <strong>June</strong> we may see a moderate<br />

activity of Salt Marsh Mosquitos, best way to<br />

protect your self is avoidance.<br />

Next best thing is:<br />

Personal protection, such as full-length trousers,<br />

long-sleeved shirts, socks and shoes, and the use<br />

of insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin or<br />

PMD (extract of lemon eucalyptus - at a<br />

minimum concentration of 30%) is needed to<br />

provide protection from salt marsh mosquitoes.<br />

Fishing in Aboriginal areas<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are rules you must follow about how to access fishing areas in<br />

or near Aboriginal land.<br />

Protected fish species<br />

Protected species must be released unharmed. You must not keep<br />

any of these protected species:<br />

• all species of cod or groper longer than 1.2m<br />

• sawfish<br />

• northern river and speartooth sharks<br />

• giant clams.<br />

• Sea turtles and dugongs<br />

Sea turtles and dugongs are protected species that nest and feed in<br />

our waters. To help preserve their habitat you must not:<br />

• speed through the nesting and feeding grounds<br />

• anchor in narrow channels.<br />

MOON PHASES<br />

NEW MOON<br />

FIRST QUARTER<br />

FULL MOON<br />

LAST QUARTER<br />

Fishing regulations<br />

You must follow the Fisheries Act NT Fishing Regulations. Read the<br />

Fisheries Act 1988.<br />

Compliance and policing<br />

REFERENCES<br />

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/11460<br />

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/11459<br />

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/741<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<br />

Water police patrol boat ramps and waterways including Darwin<br />

Harbour and remote rivers. Police and government boating<br />

inspectors can give you a fine if you don't follow marine regulations.<br />

Indigenous marine rangers also assist the police by reporting<br />

offenders.<br />

References:<br />

https://nt.gov.au/marine/recreational-fishing/rules/aboutrecreational-fishing<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Fabulous<br />

Dry is Here!<br />

What’s On<br />

<strong>The</strong> Dry Season means the <strong>Top</strong> End is alive with special events! We have listed some important dates and<br />

upcoming events so you can plan ahead, including some events specific to the Defence community.<br />

Defence Related Events<br />

17 MAY - 15 JUNE<br />

Operation Arnhem Thunder, RAAF<br />

11 JUNE<br />

Wild in the NT, DCO/DMFS Eventbrite<br />

Well, what a run-off for the end of the<br />

wet season …… Shady Camp has<br />

been going crazy with big barra<br />

coming from the coastal creeks and<br />

run-off drains along Chambers Bay.<br />

<strong>The</strong> good ‘ol XM7 16A Bomber, 008 Reidys<br />

Big B52 and Raptor Patriots have been the<br />

best seller for the trolling fans, the 6inch Pro<br />

Lure XL Shads doing it on the cast. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

new 6 inch Pro Lure XL Shads have been<br />

absolutely dynamite everywhere during this<br />

run-off season, <strong>The</strong> Daly River no exception<br />

with 90cm Barra a common catch around<br />

the mouth of Lizzy.<br />

Up top of <strong>The</strong> South is also going well, the<br />

rockbars just starting to fire now following<br />

some explosive casting sessions off the edge<br />

of the floodplains recently.<br />

As we head into the dry, the big Spaniards<br />

will set the bluewater alight around our<br />

inshore reefs, as will the Snapper and<br />

Jewfish. <strong>The</strong> Sailfish and Marlin will be a hot<br />

target this year as many fisho’s turn a new<br />

hand from Barra fishing into the blue<br />

yonder. Dundee Wide, Fenton, <strong>The</strong> Trench<br />

and more will be home to many trolling<br />

skip-baits and teasers in search of the<br />

monster. Chasing ‘Beakies’ has taken a<br />

massive increase in popularity following a<br />

few lame previous wet seasons on the Barra<br />

15% OFF ALL LURES<br />

Present this voucher at Craig’s Fishing<br />

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Valid until 1 st August <strong>2021</strong><br />

This voucher is only found in <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> and as such, this<br />

offer is only applicable to recipients of this magazine.<br />

Photo: ‘Mr Raptor’ Peter Davis with another monster fish fallen victim to a Raptor<br />

Patriot lure! Supplied by Craig’s Fishing Warehouse.<br />

and it’s definitely stuck in their veins now!<br />

Corroboree Billabong has just opened and<br />

it will be a good year there following a great<br />

flush. Green Bling 15A Bombers, Reidys<br />

Little Lucifers and Junior B52’s and the<br />

trusty Killalure Terminators are all good<br />

producers here. Take some 80mm plastics,<br />

weedless frogs and surface walkers and you<br />

should catch fish quite easily.<br />

I’m set for more Darwin and Bynoe<br />

Harbour action this year. I’ve got Rapala Flat<br />

Raps, Gulp 4” Swimming Mullets and Zerek<br />

Flat Shads ready to go on the yellow tailed<br />

saltwater fish that just keep inviting me<br />

back!!<br />

Get into Craig’s for the latest up to date<br />

info on where they are biting and what you<br />

should use - we love it!<br />

Written by Craig Grosvenor<br />

Business Owner<br />

Craig’s Fishing Warehouse<br />

16 JUNE<br />

All About Special Needs, DCO/DMFS Eventbrite<br />

24 JUNE<br />

Botanic Gardens Discovery Walk, DCO/DMFS Eventbrite<br />

25 JUNE<br />

Harbour Wildlife Encounter, DCO/DMFS Eventbrite<br />

JUNE EVENTS & IMPORTANT DATES<br />

Migraine Awareness Month<br />

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month<br />

3rd – Mabo Day<br />

5th – World Environment Day<br />

8th – World Oceans Day<br />

11th - 13th - Barunga Festival<br />

12th - 14th Greek Glenti<br />

12th – World Day Against Child Labour<br />

14th – World Blood Donor Day<br />

15th – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day<br />

15th - Global Wind Day<br />

15th - National Buddy Day raises awareness of bullying<br />

amongst primary school children and promotes the<br />

importance of friendship<br />

14th – 20th – International Men’s Health Week<br />

20th - Refugee Day<br />

17th – 23rd – World Continence Week<br />

18th - 20th Darwin Triple Crown<br />

20th – World Refugee Day<br />

21st – International Day of Yoga<br />

23rd – International Widows Day<br />

25th – Bring your dog to work day<br />

27th – PTSD Awareness Day<br />

25th – 27th – Katherine to Darwin Challenge (to be<br />

confirmed)<br />

For more information and to find out about other events in the region<br />

during <strong>2021</strong>, check out the Tourism <strong>Top</strong> End Website<br />

www.tourismtopend.com.au/event<br />

We also recommend checking the websites in different towns and<br />

councils, as well as organisations like the Waterfront Precinct. This is not<br />

a complete list of events, and they are subject to change. Please confirm<br />

with the organisation before attending.<br />

Did you read our<br />

Ultimate Dry Season<br />

Guide in the last<br />

edition?<br />

With over 150 things to<br />

do in the <strong>Top</strong> End, it’s<br />

easy to find something<br />

for everyone!<br />

View a digital copy on<br />

our website today!<br />

JULY EVENTS & IMPORTANT DATES<br />

Dry <strong>July</strong><br />

National Desexing Month<br />

Great Northern Darwin Cup Carnival<br />

1st - Territory Day<br />

2nd - 11th - Darwin Fringe Festival<br />

4th – 11th – NAIDOC Week<br />

14th – 20th – National Diabetes Week<br />

16th - 18th - Katherine Show<br />

17th – National Pyjama Day<br />

18th – Nelson Mandela International Day<br />

22nd – 24th – Royal Darwin Show<br />

26th – 1st Aug – National Pain Week<br />

24th – Lifelines Stress Down Day<br />

26th – Crazy Hair and Sock Day (In support of<br />

Children’s Cancer)<br />

28th – 4th August – Donate Life Week raises awareness<br />

and promotes organ and tissue donation<br />

30th - Garma Festival<br />

30th – International Day of Friendship (UN)<br />

31st – World Ranger Day commemorates rangers killed<br />

or injured while on duty<br />

1 JULY<br />

DCO rebrand to ‘Defence Member and Family Support’<br />

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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 7971 0008<br />

Mess Manager..........................................08 8935 4422 / 0437 795 258<br />

Larrakeyah Barracks<br />

Front Gate................................................................................08 7971 1189<br />

Officers’ Mess..........................................................................08 8935 5570<br />

ORs’ Mess.................................................................................08 8935 5088<br />

Sergeants’ Mess.......................................................................08 8935 5580<br />

RAAF Base Darwin<br />

Airmen‘s Mess.........................................................................08 8923 5517<br />

Front Gate................................................................................08 7929 4463<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 6186<br />

Officers’ Mess..........................................................................08 8925 3650<br />

ORs’ Mess.................................................................................08 8925 2514<br />

Sergeants’ Mess.......................................................................08 8925 6703<br />

Defence Community Houses<br />

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House............................................0447 586 591<br />

Email...........................................................larrakeyahhouse@hotmail.com<br />

Network Tindal.............................................................................................................<br />

Email.....................................................................networktindal@gmail.com<br />

Robertson Barracks Family Group..............................................0490 151 944<br />

Email.....................................robertsonbarracksfamilygroup@gmail.com<br />

On-base Services<br />

Canteens<br />

AAFCANS<br />

Robertson Barracks, Cafe Central....................................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 Barracks...............................................................08 8981 2245<br />

Robertson Barracks...............................................................08 8995 7800<br />

Defence Bank<br />

Larrakeyah Barracks...............................................................08 8935 5499<br />

RAAF Darwin...........................................................................08 7923 2500<br />

Robertson Barracks...............................................................08 8936 6400<br />

Tindal..........................................................................................08 8965 1600<br />

Hairdressers<br />

Larrakeyah Barracks.........................................................................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 Member and Family Support (formerly DCO)<br />

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

Defence Family Helpline......................................................1800 624 608<br />

Darwin Office..........................................................................08 8935 7900<br />

Tindal/Katherine Office........................................................08 8973 6353<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 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 />

Alice AUSSI..........................................thecullenanes@ozemail.com.au<br />

Darwin Stingers.......................................................stingers@iinet.net.au<br />

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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 />

Medicare<br />

Carers..........................................................................................132 717<br />

Families........................................................................................136 150<br />

Complaints and Feedback.........................................1800 132 468<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 />

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