The Top Ender Magazine June July 2021 Edition

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June July 2021 Edition - Featuring Sports/Fitness Guide for the NT

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FEATURES

06 AIRMAN OF THE YEAR + RAAF AWARDS

18 MILITARY WORKING DOG DAY

19 EXPLOSIVE RESCUE FOR KELPIE

40 SURVIVING MWD(U)

41 EDWARD ‘TEDDY’ SHEEAN

46 TALES OF A TOP END MUM - PART 4

52 RAAF AMATEUR RADIO

SUPPORT

20 DMFS (FORMERLY DCO)

22 DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS

24 DEFENCE FAMILIES AUSTRALIA

25 DEFENCE DANDELIONS

26 NETWORK TINDAL

27 LARRAKEYAH NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE

28 ROBERTSON BARRACKS FAMILY GROUP

29 CHAT WITH THE CHAPLAIN

30 MEET YOUR DSM - LUDMILLA

37 HELPFUL TIPS: SUPPORTING KIDS

COMMUNITY

03 FROM THE COMMITTEE

04 BIOGRAPHY: LT COL DEAN CLARK

09 SLEEPING LIKE A BABY

10 1CER: WELCOME TO THE TOP END

11 DEFENCE KIDZ

13 SEARCH THE STARS WITH SKYVIEW

CONTENTS

39 COMMITTEE IN THE COMMUNITY

42 WOMEN IN DEFENCE EXPO

45 SELENA UIBO MP

48 HOME BUSINESS HERO

49 COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE DIRECTORY

55 TEST YOUR TRIVIA

58 CRAIG’S FISHING

59 WHAT’S ON

62 HANDY DIRECTORY

SPOTLIGHT

TOP END SPORTS LIST - P31

BATTLE OF LONG KHANH - P43

BATTLE OF FROMELLES AND

POZIERES - P43

WELCOME TO THE WORLD - P8

TERRITORY DAY - P13

GIRLS GONE FISHING - P12

WELLNESS RETREAT - P48

LIFESTYLE

ADF FINANCIAL SERVICES - P47

DOCTOR’S NOTE - P50

PETS IN DARWIN - P51

GROOTE EYLANDT - P54

MOSQUITO WATCH - P56

TIDES & FISHING - P57

FROM THE COMMITTEE

Photo Credit: DMFS (formerly DCO) Easter Event celebrations

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JUNE JULY 2021

WELCOME

Happy Dry Season!

We hope you are all enjoying the glorious weather

and many activities that the Top End has to offer at

this time of year.

In this edition of The Top Ender Magazine, we have

competitions, interesting feature articles, plus support

and essential information about military life in the NT.

The Top Ender Magazine aims to support the Defence

community through community houses, fundraising

activities and more. If you have ideas to help Defence

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Photo: Airman of the Year. Commonwealth of Australia © Defence.gov.au

Photo: Explosive Rescue for Kelpie. Commonwealth of Australia © Defence.gov.au

13 TERRITORY HERO AWARDS

Come along to our next committee meeting where

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15 NATIONAL TRUST (NT)

WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN

and magazine planning. You can input as much or as

16 KOREAN VETERANS DAY

little as you like. Light dinner is provided and children

are always welcome. Each meeting is held on the last

17 LUKE GOSLING OAM MP

COMPETITIONS KIDS + TEENS

Tuesday of each month.

35 THE TRUTH ABOUT BLIND SPOTS

HIDDEN HEELER - P11

KIDS CORNER - P60

2021: 29 June, 27 July.

COUNT THE DRAGONFLIES - P14 TEEN SCENE - P61

36 STARFISH SWIM GROUP

WIN JB HIFI VOUCHER - P57 MOVIE REVIEW - P61

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Lieutenant Colonel Dean Clark has

recently taken command of the 1st

Combat Service Support Battalion.

The Battalion provides essential support to the

1st Brigade by delivering supply, maintenance

and transportation support when and where it

is needed. This is often a complex and

dangerous task, which results in the constant

requirement to synchronise and prioritise

support to fighting units of the 1st Brigade.

Dean’s last posting was to Kuwait, where he

worked within a US Joint Headquarters

coordinating logistics support to Iraq and

Eastern Syria.

Biography

Commanding Officer

1 CSSB

Dean’s wife, Anita, has also had a varied

career having worked as a nurse and is now

an Australian Public Servant. Although Dean

is unsure how many removals he has had,

he believes it is around 16. His family are

aware of the challenges of service life, with

his 16 year old son having attended seven

different schools. While there have been

many challenges, Dean and his family are

appreciative of the experiences and

adventures that service life has afforded.

Anita and the children have travelled the

world, even living in Cyprus for six months.

As a commanding officer, it will be difficult

to strike a balance between family

commitments and work. From a work

perspective, Dean is now developing training

that builds on the great work completed by

his predecessors.

Dean has had a long and varied career, having

served almost three decades as both a soldier

and officer. He first developed an interest in

the Army during discussions with his

Grandfather, who served in the New Zealand

Army during The Second World War. His

Grandfather worked on the desert railway that

supported Allied forces in Tobruk, El Alamein,

Palestine and Syria. The railway crews were

constantly attacked by Axis forces. His

Grandfather’s stories of his time in North Africa

were both humorous and exciting.

After attending high school on the Gold Coast,

Dean accompanied a friend to recruiting with

the intention of supporting his friend and

spending the day wandering around Brisbane.

On arrival at the Defence Recruiting, the Army

recruiter convinced him to take the entry tests

and two months later he found himself at basic

training confused as to how he arrived there.

Now, after eight different ranks and 26 years

of service, he feels honoured and privileged to

lead the men and women of the 1st Combat

Service Support Battalion.

Dean has always sought challenges and

adventure in his work. He has been fortunate in

that his desires have been fulfilled beyond his

wildest expectations. He has deployed on

multiple operations all across the world. His

most challenging and rewarding deployment

was to Syria in 2012, where he was able to visit

the places that were so vividly described by his

Grandfather. It was during this deployment that

his grandfather passed away. Although terribly saddened by his

passing, Dean was able to retrace the steps his Grandfather took in

the same region, 70 years ago. After returning from Syria, Dean

served as the Officer Commanding 1st Transport Squadron, the lead

logistics planner for the 7th Brigade and the Chief of Current Global

Logistics Operations in Headquarters Joint Operations Command.

PHOTO: DEAN’S GRANDFATHER

Having come from humble

beginnings, Dean is extremely

grateful for the opportunities

Defence has provided to him and

his family. Dean has served in

Darwin,Townsville,Wagga,

Melbourne,Wodonga, Sydney,

Canberra and Brisbane. His wife

and three children are thrilled to

be back in Darwin. They enjoy the

relaxed atmosphere, travel

opportunities and coastal living.

Having been recently posted to

Canberra, Dean is also very pleased

that he does not have to suffer

through another Canberra winter.

Dean is intently focussed on ensuring that the 1st Combat

Service Support Battalion is prepared to support the 1st

Brigade when and wherever it is required. He has

developed this year’s training to ensure that the Battalion

can achieve its difficult mission in any operational context.

He believes that this requires the development of resilient

teams that can quickly adapt to unforeseen circumstances.

Dean will challenge his officers and soldiers this year to

ensure that they remain prepared should Government

require the 1st Brigade to deploy domestically in support of

the Australian population, or overseas. Dean understands

the impact of training absences on families and is keen to

involve the Battalion’s families in as many social activities

as possible to build strong support networks.

Dean values everyone’s opinion, regardless of position. He

is particularly passionate about strengthening Defence

through encouraging diversity of thought. He regularly

holds discussions with all ranks to identify areas that can

be improved. He advocates a workplace where people

care, are competent and communicate effectively. While

this may seem counter to the hierarchical structure of the

Army, it is coupled with tough and realistic training to

ensure that the Battalion is prepared to conduct its

complex tasks in a wide variety of circumstances. He is

developing individual leadership, physical fitness, morale

courage and resilience.

Submitted by CAPT Carla Armenti

Public Affairs Officer

Robertson Barracks

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AIRMAN OF THE YEAR

RAAF AWARDS

Recognised for service excellence,

Communication Electronic Technician

Corporal Daniel Loane has been

named the Air Force Airman of the

Year for 2020.

Corporal Loane enlisted into the Air

Force in 2011 and is based at RAAF

Base Darwin as the No. 114 Mobile

Control and Reporting Unit

(114MCRU) Maintenance Manager

within the Tactical Air Defence

System Section.

Reflecting on his career, Corporal

Loane says that military service played

a significant role in his personal

development and he was honoured

to receive the Airman of the Year

Award. “In today’s RAAF, becoming a

confident speaker, leader, coach,

mentor and manager are all part of

standard progression and you receive all the resources you

need to achieve success in your life,” Corporal Loane

explains. “I don’t know if there is any greater confidence that

can be bestowed on someone in my position as a relatively

new Corporal. It makes me feel confident in my ability,

trusted by the organisation to be a role model for those

around me and encourages me to share what I have learned

and experienced.”

Corporal Loane said his nomination refers to his

response to a civilian vehicle accident near a remote

Northern Territory checkpoint during Operation

COVID-19 Assist - “As Joint Task Unit 629.7.2

Detachment Commander at the remote Tanami

checkpoint in the Northern Territory, I was

certainly out of my technician comfort zone,

however, to be part of a whole-of-government operation

was an amazing experience and one that I am proud to have

been involved in,”

Commanding Officer 114MCRU, Wing Commander Sean

Gell, observed that “Corporal Loane set an exceptional

standard throughout 2020 and, with a significantly reduced

team, maintained the section output while fostering an

exceptional rapport with the operations team. Additionally,

his development and implementation of the Mobile Control

and Reporting Unit deployment guide has ensured that his

efforts to drive technical mastery will endure beyond his

tenure within the unit.”

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

Airman of the Year for 2020. Photo by Sergeant Pete Gammie. Commonwealth of Australia ©

Defence.gov.au

Commander Surveillance and Response Group, Air

Commodore Barbara Courtney, also extended her

congratulations to Corporal Loane - “As Commander of our

incredible Surveillance and Response Group team, it gives

me no greater pleasure than to witness the

acknowledgement of our bright young talent and the

incredible work they do.”

Reflecting Defence Values through his service contributions

and community efforts, Corporal Loane also regularly

volunteers to represent Air Force within the wider

community.

The Air Vice Marshal B.A. Eaton 'Airman of the Year' Award

is awarded to an airman of the rank of corporal or below to

recognise the calibre of the individual and their significant

contribution to the Service and community.

Written by Bettina Mears

Public Affairs Officer

Royal Australian Air Force

Air Force APS Team Member of the Year Award

Michael Docherty, Air Force Training Group, awarded to an APS employee who

exemplifies APS and Air Force values and makes an outstanding contribution to Air Force.

Chief of Air Force Instructor of the Year Award

Flight Lieutenant Adon Lumley, Air Mission Training School, this award highlights the

unquestionable importance of training and education to the Air Force and formally

recognises the commissioned officer who has excelled in this field.

Warrant Officer of the Air Force Instructor of the Year Award

Sergeant Bree Godfrey, School of Postgraduate Studies, this award highlights the

unquestionable importance of training and education to the Air Force and formally

recognises the instructor who has excelled in this field.

Her Majesty the Queen’s Gold Medal

Pilot Officer Cameron Clark, No. 79 Squadron, awarded by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth

II to the most outstanding officer trainee from OTS or ADFA to recognise exemplary

conduct, outstanding performance of duty, and influence on fellow officers.

Squadron Leader WT Riggs Trophy

Sergeant Chris Dickson, No. 464 Squadron, awarded for the best official photograph of

the year.

Lipshut Family Bursary

Corporal Megan MacAuslan, Defence Force Recruiting, provides an education bursary to

an outstanding airman or airwoman of the rank of corporal and below.

Air Force Association Trophy

Headquarters Air Force Training Group, awarded for proficiency and contribution by

Force Element Groups and Wing Headquarters.

Duke of Gloucester Cup

No. 10 Squadron, awarded to the most proficient flying squadron.

Hawker Siddeley Trophy

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

functions.

Markowski Cup

No. 3 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, awarded to the most proficient specialist

support unit.

RAAF Maintenance Trophy

No. 36 Squadron, awarded to the most proficient Air Force maintenance unit in

recognition of their engineering and technical excellence.

Stonehaven Trophy

Air Mobility Training and Development Unit, awarded to the most proficient training unit

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

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Say ‘hello’ to the newest members of the Darwin Defence

family!

If you would like your newborn to feature in the next edition,

please email us a photo, name and birthday to

admin@thetopendermagazine.org.au

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Sleep is a biological need for humans of all ages. Good quality sleep allows children to physically grow, develop emotionally

and mentally, and function at their optimum levels. Each child and family is different, therefore I create individualised and

personalised sleep plans to suit your parenting style and child’s temperament. I am certified to work with Newborns

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Frequent night disturbances and feedings

Dependence on associations to fall asleep

Settling unsettled newborns

Self-settling and re-settling skills

Toddlers resisting bedtime, frequently up during the

night, not staying in bed/leaving their room

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A Fun Welcome

to the Top End

The 1st Combat Engineer

Regiment (1CER) in Darwin

held a Family Day on February

11 to welcome those who are

new to the Top End, and to

showcase the unit’s capability.

Commanding Officer 1CER, Lieutenant

Colonel Samuel Padman, said the focus

for the activity was the development of

the regiment’s people and capability.

“We chose to focus on two elements for our Family Day -

promotion and awareness of support agencies and the ability

for families and children to interact with some of the

regiment’s main equipment,” Lieutenant Colonel Padman

announced. “This is what being part of this organisation is

about - meeting new people and bringing our families and

friends together so that we remain connected in the

communities in which we serve.”

Children were treated to face painting, balloon twisting,

slushie machines, popcorn, fairy floss and a water slide, while

the technical engineer equipment piqued the interest of

many guests. The regiment also used some creative ideas to

showcase their capability and equipment used in training and

operations. In one activity, mine labs were turned into lolly

finders!

Families were invited to ride in Protected Mobility Vehicles

(PMV’s) and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC’s),

providing an opportunity for family members to understand

what serving personnel do at work each day.

Children of soldiers of the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment make bubbles during the regiment's

family day. Commonwealth of Australia © Defence.gov.au

Fourteen support agencies were represented at the event,

including Defence Community Organisation. The regiment

will host another family day later this year.

Submitted by Nyssa Whiley

Community Contributor

1CER

Defence Kidz creator Hayley

Ann Boswell is the partner of

Chief Petty Officer Bradley

Lynch, who has served in the

Royal Australian Navy for the

last 22 years. She is also a mum of two young

‘Defence Kidz’.

With the birth of her first child, Hayley could see first-hand how

Bradley’s periodic absences and deployments affected her child.

She would miss her dad, struggle to understand why he was

away and even experience stress and anxiety over his absence.

Hayley researched heavily and couldn’t find the right resources

she was seeking to assist her child. Hayley decided to put pen to

paper and wrote her first children’s book, My Dad’s in the

Australian Navy as a resource to help her child understand what

her dad does and why it’s so important.

The book was an instant success, so more books followed,

including mum and dad versions of the books for each arm of

defence. She has now also released a bedtime story for defence

children and free ANZAC Day colouring-in pages via her

Defence Kidz Facebook page.

The books are selling daily and the colouring templates have

been very popular, reaching over 92,000 people on Facebook”

Hayley says.

Following on from the success of her books, Hayley established

a Youtube Channel ‘Defence Kidz’, where children can access

videos of her book readings and other defence specific

resources.

Defence Kidz

“Defence Kidz has received a large amount of positive feedback

from defence families throughout Australia and overseas. They

send me photos and tell me how the books have assisted their

family (especially children) to feel connected to their parent,

especially when they are deployed”, explains Hayley. Defence

Kidz has become an essential go-to resource for many

families.

“We have other exciting ventures in the works for Defence

Families, so follow the Defence Kidz Facebook page to stay

updated”.

The books are currently available to purchase via their

Facebook page at www.facebook.com/defencekidz or webpage

www.thepoppyemporium.com.au. Check out the other social

platforms including YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/

channel/UCRAV2-rK487VQudJh9gC8CQ and Instagram:

@defencekidz

Submitted by Hayley Boswell

Founder and Executive Producer

Defence Kidz

Kids Competition

The 1CER Recon Team organised an activity to test how

well attendees could judge distance and demonstrated the

capability of their drones. Engineer Support Squadron

demonstrated its combat rescue capability, while the Plant

Troop exhibited its extensive range of heavy equipment.

Executive Officer Major Stephen Lomas said the

coordination of such an event was rewarding.

“This was an extremely successful activity and afforded the

1CER family, old and new, the opportunity to understand

our serving members’ roles and responsibilities,” Major

Lomas remarked. “It also provided an opportunity to

display our appreciation for the continued support of our

families, friends and support agencies.”

Find the Heeler dog hidden somewhere in the pages of

this magazine and you could win a Bluey Prize Pack!

Open to ages 0 - 5 years. Email your answer, name and age

to admin@thetopendermagazine.org.au before 4 July 2021 to be in the draw.

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

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

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Have You Heard of the SkyView App?

Reeling Veterans

And Girls Gone Fishing 2021

I first heard about Reeling Veterans while listening to the radio

at work. Michael Hurren was talking to Mix 104.9’s Katie Woolf

about the charity and what they do for the veteran community.

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

chance to go since discharging from the Navy in 2014.As soon

as I got home that night, I looked for them on Facebook and

that’s how I found out they were looking for females to apply

with expressions of interest for the Girls Gone Fishing 2020

competition.

I wrote my heart out, submitted my application and eagerly awaited a

response. This was right up my alley; having suffered from mental illness post

deployments, I was at a point in my life where I was losing contact with

serving friends but hadn’t connected with the veteran community either.

Making friends outside of ADF service is an entirely new experience and a

challenge that I know a lot of veterans struggle with, especially finding a new

support network of friends who understand your lived experiences.

After a few hiccups from the world-wide pandemic, I was accepted into the

competition team for 2021, which was hosted at Banyan Farm on the Daly

River. I attended the competition with the Reeling Veterans support crew -

Michael Hurren (skipper) and two other female veterans Samantha Cooper

and Nicole Langton. The competition consisted of three full days of fishing, 50

boats and over 150 women from all over the Northern Territory. The fishing

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

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

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

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

don’t think anyone had ever heard louder screaming than what came from

our boat during those moments, and we celebrated even harder.

The fishing trip had been a huge success! Not only because we finally caught

the elusive Barra, but because all three of us ladies had forged friendships that

will continue long after the competition. Samantha quoted to me; “one friend

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

not only ‘fishing for therapy’ and

‘veterans helping veterans’ - it’s about Written by Sarah Reese

creating new social connections and

fostering mateship, which is so

important for wellbeing!

Community Contributor

We live in one of the most beautiful places in

Australia, surrounded by blue skies, stretches of

wonderful beaches and the mighty outback.

Unfortunately, we all live busy lives and often forget

or do not have the time to stop for hours and marvel

at the stars...The SkyView Lite app (free to iOS and

Android users) gives us the ability to star gaze at any

time of the day.

The app proves that you do not need to be an

Astronomer to learn about celestial beings. It uses your

phone camera to precisely spot and identify popular

constellations, planets, satellites in orbit (including ISS and

Hubble) and each individual star as you see it. It also gives

you as much information available on every object you

see. Although SkyView seems to be the most user friendly

‘space app’ available, there are many other free options

that provide a similar experience:

Territory Day 2021

For those of you who are new to the Top End, you

will quickly realise that the Territory Day celebrations

are not to be missed! On 1st of July 2021,Territorians

of all ages celebrate the anniversary of their

independence from the Commonwealth Government

(since 1978) with fireworks, concerts and community

events in many areas across the Top End.

At the time of printing, the NT Government have

approved the purchase of fireworks and public gatherings

for Territory Day 2021, however there are a number of

things to consider if you are planning to join in the

festivities:

• Always light fireworks away from your body and face

• Always point the fireworks in a safe direction away

from people and buildings

• Keep a bucket of water nearby to extinguish any fires

• Ensure that you ignite fireworks in a space that is free

from flammable materials and exhilarants

• Do not pick up fireworks or debris immediately after

lighting as they can cause severe burns

• Do not purchase illegal fireworks. Only use a

reputable supplier with the correct licence to sell

fireworks

• Soak ‘faulty’ fireworks in water for 24 hours prior to

disposing

• Be safe - look out for your mates and other people

• You can hashtag your photos of #territoryday on

social media

Find out more information on the Facebook page:

@territoryday2021.

NASA is also available on iOS and Android where users

can watch NASA TV, explore over 16,000 images from

NASA’s probes and missions while also being able to

check out the latest space news.

SkySafari provides a large database of stars, planets, and

celestial objects available to view with complete animated

visuals and information on the history, mythology and

science behind all the objects found in space.

Sky Walk 2 details the history and mythology of the many

constellations, stars and planets you can see, and has a

‘co-ordinates viewer’ for easy reference.

With the amazing technology behind these apps, it

doesn’t matter if it is cloudy and raining or you are

relaxing on the deck after a long week at work, you can

enjoy the wonders of the night sky without having to

leaving the comfort of your home.

Written by Madison Collier

Committee Member

The Top Ender Magazine

Territory Hero Awards

Did you know about the Territory Hero Awards? You

can nominate an ‘everyday’ hero under the following

three categories:

Outstanding Contribution by an Individual – For

individuals aged 17 and over:

This award recognises the extraordinary contribution by

an individual to the Northern Territory. We want to hear

inspirational stories of how this individual has made the

Territory a better place because of their actions.

Neighbourhood Hero - for individuals or group:

This award recognises that special neighbour or group

that goes over and above to support others and make

your community a happier and more vibrant place to live.

Junior Hero - For individuals or group aged 17 and

under:

This award is presented to a group of young people or an

individual aged 17 or under. They may have made a

difference to their community or have inspired others

through their achievements.

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

for more information

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The National Trust

of Australia

Count the Dragonflies

The Dry Season is here and the dragonflies have filled the

skies over Darwin!

Can you count how many dragonflies appear throughout

this edition of The Top Ender? Send us your answer to win

a $50 Cotton On Voucher!

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

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

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

The National Trust of Australia (NT) has undergone some changes

in 2020 and has hit the ground running in 2021.

We have historical locations across Darwin, Pine Creek and Katherine offering

opportunities to engage with the history, culture and environment in the NT.

• Experience a railway discovery adventure at the Old Katherine Railway Station

and Pine Creek Railway Precinct.

• Learn about the gold rush at the Pine Creek Museum that sparked a

population boom and enticed migrants to the Top End.

• Enjoy the ambiance of the O’Keeffe House gardens situated along the

Katherine River.

• Learn about the development and infrastructure of Darwin at the Roadmasters

House at the Darwin Waterfront.

• Soak in the 1930a ambiance at the Myilly Point Heritage Precinct in Larrakeyah.

Offering a range of self-guided and guided tours, linger longer and experience

preserved treasures of NT ingenuity, architecture and practicality.

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

the Myilly Point Heritage Precinct (and online) offers a smorgasbord of unique

products, made from Territory materials by Territory locals

https://www.nationaltrustntstore.com/

Our Facebook and Instagram pages are

continuously updated with our latest

events and promotions, so be sure to

follow us @nationaltrustnt.

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Korean Veterans Day

The Korean War is often referred to as the “forgotten war” because it was overshadowed by both

the Second World War and the Vietnam War. Regardless of whether the war may have been

forgotten, those who served are never forgotten.

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

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

spread of communism.

3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, Kapyong Day Parade

Photographer: PTE Smith. Commonwealth of Australia © Defence.gov.au

Around 18,000 Australian personnel served during the

Korean war and post-armistice period, resulting in more

than 350 deaths and over 1500 wounded personnel. The

Hon Dan Tehan MP has been quoted as saying; “our

soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses made an important

contribution to the international effort and furthered our

reputation as a nation willing and able to do its part”.

On the 27th of July every year, we pause to reflect on the

service and sacrifice of the men and women who served in

the Korean War and will never forget those who paid the

ultimate price for our country.

Written by Madison Collier

Committee Member

The Top Ender Magazine

A Message From Luke...

We’ve had some big recent wins for our defence and veterans

community. The decision not to strip medals from serving personnel was

a welcome announcement and one that I wholeheartedly agree with.

After 18 long months, the Coalition Government finally relented and

agreed to hold a Royal Commission into veteran and defence suicide. It’s

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

deep-rooted systemic issues and give our service people the best

possible support.

It was a big April in the Top End, with one of the best-ever attended

dawn services in Darwin. It was an honour to march in Palmerston

alongside many of my veteran friends. And we marked the 100th

anniversary of the dedication of Darwin’s cenotaph, as well as the 70th

anniversary of the battle of Kapyong in Korea.

Enjoy the dry season in the Top End,

which is a magnificent time of the year

to explore this amazing part of

Australia!

Luke Gosling OAM MP

Federal Member for Solomon

Co-Chair Parliamentary Friends of Veterans

Luke Gosling represents Darwin and Palmerston

in the federal parliament in Canberra.

He served in the ADF for 13 years.

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From the First World War to more

recent operations in Afghanistan

and East Timor, the Australian

Defence Force has a long tradition

of working with dogs. National

Military Working Dog Day is

celebrated annually on June 7,

recognising and honouring the

valuable contribution by working

dogs to the Australian Defence

Force.

The day also marks the anniversary of

the death of Sapper Darren Smith and

his Explosive Detection Dog “Herbie”.

Darren was reportedly the first dog

handler to be killed in action whilst

working with Herbie during operations

in Afghanistan.

There are several memorials dedicated

to military working dogs and war

animals around the country. The

Service Working Dog monument

(located at the Wacol RSPCA Animal

Care Campus in Queensland) honours

RAAF and Army Military Dogs, along

with other Service Dogs.

National Military

Working Dog Day

7 JUNE

On 24th of February 2020, the

Australian War Memorial

commemorated the National Day for

War Animals in Australia by unveiling

Circling Into Sleep - a memorial

dedicated to military working dogs.

The Australian Defence Force Trackers

& War Dogs Association (ADFTWDA)

was formed in 2001 to promote

awareness of the use of Military

Working Dogs within the Australian

Defence Force. Representatives from

the association regularly engage with

community organisations and schools

across Australia, sharing information on

the history and role of Military Working

Dogs within the Defence Force.

In 2008, the association commenced

awarding medals to working dogs for

their service as there was no formal

award recognising their contribution.

There are two categories under the

ADFTWDA awards systems:

• Canine Service Medal for dogs

who have served for at least 5

years

• War Dog Operational Medal for

those dogs who have served on

overseas operations for a period of

28 days.

Since the inception of the program,

over 530 Canine Service Medals have

been issued and 230 War Dog

Operational Medals have been

awardediv. For more information on

ADFTWDA, visit aussietrackers.org

In June 2017, the Australian Defence

Force launched the Defence Canine

Operational Medal, becoming the first

defence force to implement such a

reward.

Written by Deb Muir

Explosive Rescue for Kelpie

A lively pooch with a love for fetch has found a new use

for his energy after becoming a fully certified Explosives

Detection Dog (EDD) with the Australian Army.

Cheese (the kelpie) was well known to staff at Campbelltown

Council’s Animal Care Facility in southwest Sydney as a serial

escape artist who could climb and jump fences of any height, finding

himself back at the shelter on numerous occasions after several

attempts to re-home him.

The staff at the facility noticed Cheese’s intense prey-drive and

love of catching and retrieving. So, in 2019, they contacted

Holsworthy Army Barracks to have him assessed for his

suitability as an EDD.

Cheese impressed the Army handlers and, after an intensive

training program, has now graduated as an EDD and is posted

to the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment in Darwin. 1st Combat

Engineer Regiment EDD Section Commander, Corporal Kim

James, says that dogs are recruited from a variety of different

avenues.

“We use a mixture of breeders and rescues to identify

potential dogs,” Corporal James explains. “From there, we

screen for key traits to ensure we get a dog that will pass the

course.”

There are many stories like Cheese’s in the Royal Australian

Engineers; each EDD detachment is constantly on the

lookout for dogs to be trained.

Cheese excelled during his training, of which only 50 per cent

of selected dogs complete to become qualified as an EDD.

The new recruit will work alongside sappers from the Royal

Australian Engineer search teams in urban and field environments.

“We never stop training to ensure the dogs are ready for the

next operation,” ~ Corporal James.

Written by CAPT Maddison Cullen

Community Contributor

1CER

Photo: Explosive Detection Dog, Cheese, of the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment,

and his handler Sapper Luke Saxton prepare for a search task during training at

Kangaroo Flats Training Area, NT. Photo by Corporal Rodrigo Villablanca.

Commonwealth of Australia © Defence.gov.au

Committee Member

The Top Ender Magazine

Australian War Memorial - Circling into Sleep monument

Belgian Malinois puppies

DID YOU KNOW

The Malinois is the preferred breed for

working dogs and are known for their

intelligence, athleticism and ability.

The Malinois reportedly gets its name from the city

of Malines, Belgium. The breed was first bred in

the1880s and used as herding dogs across Europe.

An adult Belgian Malinois has a bite force of

approximately 195 PSI.

Belgian Malinois

RSPCA Wacol Queensland Monument

References:

Australian Defence Force Trackers & War Dogs Association - aussietrackers.org

Defence Connect - Military working dogs honoured by the Australian War Memorial

The average lifespan is 12-14 years, with an average

working life of 9 years. Many handlers apply to have

their military working dog released from service

into the individual handlers care.

They are used by many military and law

enforcement agencies around the world, carrying

out a range of functions including security, policing,

explosives detection and many other functions.

Where possible, the dog and handler are matched with

consideration to the handler’s physical abilities,

personality and experience levels. Over time, the team

form a strong bond, and continue to develop proficiency

in training in order to meet operational readiness.

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Defence Member

and Family Support

Formerly DCO National

Our DCO teams in the Northern Territory have

been having a great time getting to know new

families and catching up with those that have

been in the area a while.

DMFS NT

Formerly DCO NT

Defence Member and Family Support is the new

name for Defence Community Organisation.

You’re probably aware by now that from 1 July 2021

we will officially change our name from Defence

Community Organisation (DCO) to Defence Member

and Family Support (DMFS).

DCO was formed in 1996 when the three Services’

family support organisations were brought together.

Since then, DCO has grown to have a nation-wide

presence with on-the-ground services delivered from

local area offices and ADF Transition centres.

It’s important that Defence members and their families

see DCO’s services as something accessible to them as

part of their community. We’ve received some

feedback that families may think DCO is not part of

Defence and that our programs and services are not

available to them. To overcome that misconception,

last year we undertook staff and stakeholder

consultation within Defence and also with Defence

Families of Australia, the Department of Veterans’

Affairs and a number of ex-service organisations. This

consultation helped us develop a new name that

people could look at or hear and immediately know

what we do and who we do it for.

The services we currently provide to Defence

members and their families will continue unchanged.

The local area offices around Australia will remain and

there will be no changes to the Defence Family

Helpline number 1800 624 608.

Leading up to our name change, you’ll start to see

DMFS increasingly used so by the time 1 July rolls

around there won’t be any surprises. You can expect

to see a couple of changes online as we change

our factsheets, guides, forms and office email

addresses to the new name. You’ll also see name

changes to our social media channels, google

business listings and on ForceNet.

The date of 1 July 2021 has been chosen to

officially change our name because it coincides

with DCO’s 25th anniversary. This is a chance to

look back on where we’ve come from, where we

are and where we are going in the future.

Stay tuned for updates on our social media

channels. For more information about this or any

of our programs for ADF families, please call the

all-hours Defence Family Helpline on

1800 624 608 or email

defencefamilyhelpline@defence.gov.au.

Darwin

RAAF Darwin Cinema and grounds was the perfect

backdrop for Defence families to enjoy an egg-cellent

morning at ‘Egg-citing Easter’, an Easter activity cohosted

by DCO Darwin, Larrakeyah Neighbourhood

House, Robertson Barracks Family Group, The Top

Ender Magazine and NT Play Group. Defence families

relaxed to the tunes of the 1st Brigade band, enjoyed a

coffee (many with ice blocks) and a delicious hot cross

bun, while the children prepared for the Easter Egg

Hunt.

ADF families had an egg-cellent time at ‘Egg-citing

Easter’ in Darwin.

Photos by Lisa Hill

Tindal

DCO Tindal and Network Tindal hosted morning tea

for local families to gather and meet new and existing

ADF members and families living in Tindal and

Katherine.

Families had a great time in a casual, relaxed

environment, where they enjoyed sweets, toasties and

a cuppa while catching up and having a laugh. The kids

also had fun playing together and dressing up in their

favourite costume characters.

ADF families in Tindal and Katherine enjoyed toasties

and dress-ups at morning tea.

Photos by Sarah Jacka

defence.gov.au/dco

Defence Community Organisation hosts events

around the country to help families connect to

their new community. Darwin families had the

opportunity to have close up encounters with

some of the unique animals found in the

Northern Territory at our ‘Meet your local DCO

team’ event.

Photos by Lisa Hill.

To get up-to-date event

information about what’s

coming up for families

around Australia, you can

follow us on Facebook,

Instagram,Twitter and

ForceNet where you’ll

find links to register for

our events through

Eventbrite.You can also

find out what events are

coming up by checking

out the national events

calendar on our website:

defence.gov.au/dco.

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Welcoming Repatriation Commissioners

to Darwin

In early March 2021, the Department of Veterans’

Affairs (DVA) NT Branch was pleased to host two

recently appointed Repatriation Commissioners.

Ms Gwen Cherne and Major General Stuart Smith AO DSC (Retd)

both bring expertise and passion to their roles, which was evident

in the relationships they built with the Darwin community. The

Repatriation Commission sits independently to DVA, advocating on

behalf of veterans and their families, by listening to their needs and

experiences, and feeding these collective views to the Minister,

DVA and the Department of Defence.

Both Ms Cherne, the Veteran Family Advocate and Mr Smith, the

Defence Engagement Commissioner, have a rich understanding in

the holistic consideration of every member’s health and well-being

and appreciates the importance of supporting family members.

Their successful visit consisted of a variety of comprehensive

meetings and events that allowed the Commissioners to focus on

and hear directly from Defence personnel, family members and

the veteran community in Darwin.

Their schedule included a series of meetings and visits to all three

Darwin bases, conversations with families at Defence Dandelions,

attending the 5 RAR Family Day, celebrating Billeroy House 2nd

birthday by participating in the fun run and finishing with a coffee

catch up with Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House before flying

home. All of these occasions provided valuable information and

understanding of local needs.

I would like to thank the Australian Defence Force and the Darwin

veteran community who supported and accommodated the visit.

The Commissioners found their time in Darwin valuable and

appreciate the effort and input from everyone they met.

Living in the NT can come with some challenges, including being

so distanced from family and loved ones. This became even more

apparent when COVID-19 put extra pressure around travel

restrictions. Meeting the people on the ground and having

meaningful conversations assisted the Repatriation

Commissioners to leave the Territory with a deeper

understanding of the unique nature of living and serving in the

Top End.

If you have any questions about entitlements you

may be eligible for, transitioning from the ADF, or

what veteran support services are available in

your local area call DVA on 1800 VETERAN (1800

838 372). For mental health and wellbeing

support for current and ex-serving Australian

Defence Force personnel and their families

contact Open Arms 1800 011 046.

Experience the Taste of the Top End

We are so lucky to be living in the Territory and

having access to amazing tropical foods that are

easy to use and affordable. Eating right improves

your mental outlook, gives you more energy and

can even make it easier to manage chronic health

conditions. So often we avoid new tastes and

foods due to purely not being able to identify the

vegetable or knowing how to cook them.A good

place to start is going to the local markets and

talking to the stall holders, doing a tour of a

community garden or a tropical food cooking

class.

GULP (growing and understanding local produce) is a great

online resource to help guide you through your tropical food

journey.

Here are some for my favourite tropical foods

Snake Beans and Wing Beans:

This bean originates from Southeast Asia and grows all year.

They are fantastic raw in salads, as a side with other steamed

greens and curries. They are high in vitamin C, A, iron, and

magnesium. Wing Beans are fantastic for kids. They make

lovely star shapes when sliced up. Both types of beans are

available at your local Asian food market.

Jackfruit:

Traditionally eaten as a sweet fruit similar to pineapple,

banana and mango. Personally, my favourite way to consume

jackfruit is in a curry. Jackfruit soaks up herbs, spices and

other flavours. When cooked, it has a similar texture to

pulled meat, making jackfruit curry the perfect meal for both

vegetarians and meat eaters. Jackfruit curry is a popular dish

in Southeast Asia, especially in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Kang Kong:

This popular water spinach can be cooked with garlic, chilli,

ginger and soy sauce. It is cheap and easy side dish that is

rich in vitamin A, iron, calcium and antioxidants.

The Territory has a lot to offer when it comes to unique

cuisine. As the dry season approaches us, exploring the food

gardens and events that celebrate local produce is a fun way

to engage your family in healthy eating with tropical and bush

foods.

If you are a veteran, you may be eligible for dietetic and

nutritional services that help to manage your health

through dietary and nutritional support. To learn more

about eligibility, contact DVA by visiting the Darwin office,

call 1800 555 254 or visit our website https://

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

They complimented the work the NT Defence and veteran

community are doing to improve the support to emerging veterans

and synchronising that support with ex-serving organisations. The

Commissioners look forward to future visits to the Northern

Territory. In the meantime, if you have any feedback for the

Repatriation Commission, please feel free to pass this on via me or

the DVA team.

Written by Meghan Bailey

Deputy Commissioner, NT

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Pitaya (also known as Dragon Fruit):

These vibrant fruits grow on a cactus in the tropics.

They come in two variations of white or red flesh,

both full of nutrient dense black edible seeds. They

are known to have a high antioxidant content and

they are excellent for heart health and the skin. They

are fantastic in smoothies, on their own or to add

variety in a fruit salad.

Written by Jacqueline Cleghorn

Community Support Advisor

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

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Defence Families of Australia (DFA) is the official ADF

family advisory body to the Minister for Defence

Personnel and Chief of the Defence Force (CDF).

Our organisation sits outside of Defence systems, allowing DFA

independence and impartiality to act in the best interests of ADF

families. Our aim is to inform the Australian Government and the

ADF on the needs of the family. Our goal is to ensure quality of life

for all defence families by providing a recognised forum for their views

and by reporting, making recommendations and influencing policy that

directly affects families. In turn, this enhances the capability within the

Australian Defence Force.

Our team are all Defence partners of current serving members.

We advocate for Defence members and their families at a local level.

Your local delegate for the Northern Territory is Jessica Hanison.

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

Territory Facebook page.

DRY SEASON

If you like the sound of clear blue skies, warm days and cool nights

– the Top End’s ‘Dry season’ is for you. That’s between May and

October.

While southern Australia are wearing jumpers and freezing

through winter, the dry season in Darwin and the Top End offers

relaxed balmy warm sunny days and cool nights.

The average temperature ranges from about 21C (70F) overnight,

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

cool nights in June and July, so don’t be surprised if you reach for a

jumper on some mornings! Humidity

levels are much lower in the dry

season, at around 60–65%.

Darwin and the Top End are bustling

in the dry season, with a packed

calendar of events and festivals

drawing visitors from near and far to

make the most of the balmy outdoor

celebrations. We hope you enjoy

everything that the Top End has to

offer during this amazing time of year.

https://northernterritory.com/plan/

weather-and-seasons

Photo: Tropical paradise in East Arnhem Land

Jessica Hanison

NT Delegate

DFA

OUR ADVOCACY

When you look at all of DFA’s communications, you often see

our national advocacy and relationship building activities. In the

background, our National Delegates are helping individual families

to navigate more complex situations that Defence life can

sometimes present.

DFA’s National Delegates typically take on a case manager-type

role, gathering information from all of the relevant parties, using

that information to figure out what to do next, and liaising with

stakeholders about a course of action. All of our National

Delegates have extensive local networks and a few go-to

contacts in Canberra as well that they draw upon. Families often

appreciate that a fellow ADF partner (who gets this ‘life’) has

their best interests in mind. Due to the global pandemic, 2020

and 2021 have been very different from previous years and much

of our interactions with families and stakeholders have moved to

virtual platforms. Many of our advocacy cases are sensitive in

nature and we appreciate the trust families place in us when they

disclose their issues and reach out for help, as we know this can

often be difficult.

The National Convenor is the only Executive with an office, so

we were already largely operating remotely. It’s normal business

for us. We also send out our thanks to all the individuals within

the wider Defence system who help us figure out the best way

forward. Our advocacy work highlights the unique position DFA

holds in the regions and nationally. We are at times linking many

services and touch points together in order to achieve positive

outcomes for families. The ability of partners and families to

achieve these outcomes themselves are limited by many factors

such as: struggling to maintain a support network due to multiple

relocations; awareness of complex policies and procedures;

inability to make local contacts or understand the process

involved to resolve their situation; and the

need to contact multiple organisations while

dealing with emotionally charged situations

at the same time. This can be overwhelming

for families and cause further distress. We

are here to help Defence families.

Playgroup with

Defence Dandelions

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

Jessica Schultz

Playgroup House, Marrara.We are looking forward to another amazing term of playgroup

Defence Community Support Coordinator

Playgroup NT

with lots of new activities to come and try!

What an amazing adventure we have had for term 1,

2021! Thank you to all who have participated and

become a part of our Defence Dandelions community!

Here at Playgroup NT, we LOVE creative and messy play. So, each

week we implement activities that are not usually done at home.

The messier and stickier the better and the kids love every minute!

We have a large secure outdoor area which is perfect for the dry

season weather, and we will start to get a lot more creative with

outside activities to burn off some energy in our toddlers.

Defence Dandelions has also hosted some interactive and engaging

morning teas. Our families participated in International Women’s

Day and Harmony Day, with an incredible selection of cultural

dishes served as part of our morning tea.

WHAT WE ARE UP TO

We hosted The Circle of Security Program in May. If you

missed out and would be interested in participating in

this program, please email me your expression of

interest to defence@playgroupnt.com.au and we can

assess the possibility of running another program later

in the year.

FOR THE LITTLE ONES

Water play

Ice play

Sensory experiences

Arts & crafts with a focus on improving motor skills

Emotional awareness activities

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Network Tindal

The end of another couple of months and a very

happy welcome to the dry! We have felt the cooler

mornings and there are certainly more kids out in the

streets instead of in front of the air conditioners!

I’d like to introduce myself to those who I am yet to meet in my

new role as network Tindal coordinator! I’m Sarah, after finishing

school I worked at a smash repairer and decided on a whim to join

the Army ! 10 years later I left to become a Homeschooling mummy

kiddos are now 7 & 5 and love coming to all the events at the

community house!

Our Tindal groups have been gaining momentum as we sink our

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

have had so many amazing craft, sewing, gaming, teens and tweens

events its hard to keep up!

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

cookies on the side of the oval for the ANZAC AFL games. I think

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

what was going on but I enjoyed the atmosphere and most of all I

enjoyed the people!

For all updates please visit our “Network Tindal Buddies” facebook

group, and feel free to say hello to me as “Tindal Coordinator”.

Just for coming to the House and signing in via our QR code on

your phone you go into the monthly draw to win a voucher for the

Black Russian coffee van.

Remember! Network Tindal does not function without volunteers!

If you have an hour to spare, or more we would love to hear from

you!

With so Many opportunities to connect here at Network Tindal- if

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

WHAT’S ON

Playgroup- Mondays and Thurdays 9am

Gamers -alternate Saturdays 11am - late

Teens and tweens- fortnightly on Fridays during school

terms 5-7pm

Bubs and bumps -Wednesday 930am

Sewing group - fortnightly Wednesday night

Creative craft - fortnightly Monday nights

Mini musos - Tuesday mornings 930

Book club -Monthly second Tuesday of the month 7pm

Tindal’s got talent!- last Thursday of the month 7pm

After school drop ins- Wednesday afternoons school

terms 3-430pm

Sunday Morning Open house 9-11am games and craft

Written by Lauren Bruhwiller

Centre Coordinator

Network Tindal

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood

House

Living in Darwin has certainly been a unique experience for me.

One of the many things I have enjoyed about being posted to

Darwin is that it has allowed me the opportunity to connect

with families from other forces. In many other ADF locations,

you are usually part of a Navy,Air Force or Army community,

rather than mingling with families who represent all tri-services.

Our team enjoy the opportunity to engage with all three forces stationed in

the Top End and there is a unique understanding and appreciation for

Defence from the wider Darwin community. It has given me an insight into

what family life is like being married or partnered to someone in the Navy

or Army! We all have our challenges and I admire all my friends for the

support they provide to their partner and to other families. There is an

opportunity here to create an amazing tribe who become your emergency

contacts, late-night messenger friends, family dinner friends, sweet treats

supplier, the shoulder to cry on, the shopping angel, the one who brings you

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

you can go to the Doctor or just have a shower in peace! Finding a

supportive tribe certainly makes the journey a little easier!

Our centre has been closed since the beginning of March for some muchneeded

repairs, however we have continued to organise

activities and events for the Defence community. It is

wonderful to see all the friendships being made and I love

hearing that our families have been spending time together

on weekends and catching up as a group on Monday and

Tuesday mornings.

Our highlights over the past few months, include:

• Our ever-growing Bumps and Bubs and Playgroup

activities

• Restarting our Book Club

• Weekly lunches and coffee catch ups

And our exciting Easter Event that we co-hosted with Robertson

Barracks Family Group, DMFS / DCO Darwin, The Top Ender

Magazine and Defence Dandelions Playgroup. More than 250

people attended a fun morning filled with face painters, eggs

hunts, hot cross buns, delicious coffee and our Lego Play activity!

We are looking forward to our monthly ladies nights, craft

evenings and clothing swap afternoon when we settle back into

our centre very soon.

If you have not attended any of our activities or events yet, you

are always welcome to pop in and see what fun we have! Please

follow us on Facebook or contact the Larrakeyah Neighbourhood

House directly if you would like any information about our

services and activities.

Written by Charné Saunders

Centre Coordinator

LNH

Facebook: Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House Community Group

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Robertson Barracks

Family Group

Our mission is to provide a range of

great opportunities to help kids make

new friends and create a comfortable

environment for spouses to meet

and connect.

We support families from all services in the

NT, with activities for all ages!

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Submitted by Samantha Maloney

Centre Coordinator

RBFG

How to make Anzac Biscuits

You’ll

Need

1. Preheat oven to 170C

1 1/4 cup sifted plain flour

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup caster sugar

3/4 cup Desiccated Coconut

150g unsalted butter, chopped

2 tbsp golden syrup

1 1/2 tbsp water

1/2 tsp Bicarbonate Soda

2. Place flour, oats, sugar and coconut in a large

bowl and stir to combine

3. In a small saucepan place the golden syrup

and butter and stir over low heat until the

butter is completely melted.

4. Mix bi-carb soda with 1½ tablespoons of

water, and add to the butter/syrup mixture.

Turn off heat and stir.

5. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix

together until combined. Roll tablespoons of

mixture into balls and place on baking trays

lined with non stick baking paper. Press them

down slightly to flatten.

6. Cook for 12 minutes or until golden brown.

What’s On at RBFG

Monday

Coffee & Catch Up

Wednesday

various week-to-week activities

Friday

Playgroup 0-5 year olds

Saturday

Lego Club - all ages / Kids Club 6-

15 year olds / Brunch out and

about

Plus monthly lunches and dinners

for adults

Chat with the Chaplain

Happy Dry Season to you all! I hope you’ve been able to get

out and about and are enjoying this wonderful time of the

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

Air Force Chaplain at RAAF Base Tindal. My wife, Emma, and I

have been at Tindal since the beginning of 2019.We have felt

incredibly welcome and have enjoyed the many adventures

that the Top End has to offer.

When I arrived in the Territory, I knew that Chaplaincy would bring about

some incredible opportunities. Interestingly, when I joined the Air Force as a

Chaplain, I didn’t think I would ever become a Workplace Welfare Dog

Handler to Mac. We have Military Working Dogs within Defence, but Mac is

most certainly not one of those.

What is a Workplace Welfare Dog? Great question! Mac is a Yellow

Labrador Retriever who spent the first 4 years of his life with Guide Dogs

Victoria as an ‘Ambasadog’, and was one of the faces of the organisation for

community outreach events and fundraisers.

Mac then came to me through a newly developed (and still developing)

program within Air Force Chaplaincy. The benefits of Therapy Dogs in

schools, hospitals and nursing homes have been well documented, and these

benefits have translated well into the workplace. The Workplace Welfare

Dog program was born and launched between Air Force and Integra Service

Dogs, who are based in Canberra.

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

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

meeting our Prime Minister, our Minister for Defence and our Chief of Air

Force, which was a welcomed surprise on all counts.

When I attend a meeting and Mac walks a lap of the room, he brings a

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

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

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

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

side.

Sure, Chaplaincy with a WWD is a little bit different. But beyond the morale

boost, Mac has enabled me to build connections. Defence Chaplains have a

great opportunity to do life with the members of our Defence Force. At the

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

lucky that I get Mac to help me do it. If you see

me out and about – feel free to come and say

hi and meet my little mate, Mac.

Written by Mitchell Herps

Chaplain

RAAF Tindal

ADF Chaplains in the NT

Navy On-call: 0409 662 823

Shaun Foster HMAS Coonawarra

Australian Christian Churches

0400 514 375

Kelvin Harris Fleet North/HMAS Coonawarra

Anglican

0457 712 743

Army On-call: 0427 713 963

Glen Elsegood 8/12 Regiment

Anglican

0429 345 167

Joel Vergara Regional Support

Roman Catholic

0409 778 462

Chris Lindsay 1 CER

Presbyterian

0418 428 337

Garth Mayger 1 CSSB

Roman Catholic

0419 869 187

Phil Riley HQ1 BDE

Anglican

0407 283 050

Steve Maggs 5 RAR

Baptist

0408 684 783

Roger Cowan 1 AVN

Baptist

0429 891 274

Airforce Darwin On-call:

0477 308 064

Airforce Tindal On-call:

0427 890 054

Mitchell Herps RAAF Tindal

Anglican

0438 493 232

Andrew Knox RAAF Tindal

Anglican

0457 803 372

Angela Stanfield RAAF Darwin

Anglican

0417 953 396

All three services provide a 24/7 on-call number

for emergencies. Each Unit/Ship/Base has its

own chaplain who can assist. If you chaplain is

not available, please contact the on-call number

for your Service. Denominational or faithspecific

ministry can be arranged as required.

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Meet your DSM - Ludmilla

Hi, my name is Jacinta Stewart and I am the

Defence School Mentor at Ludmilla Primary School.

I have been employed as a Pre-School Assistant at Ludmilla

Primary School for 3 years, and recently commenced as the

DSM in February 2021. I provide support to our defence

students from preschool through to year 6. I believe that each

child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and

stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature

emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially. I enjoy working

in-class alongside our students, providing one-on-one support,

small group activities and lunchtime projects in the school

library. I have a background in early childhood education and

never miss an opportunity to join in our school’s Family as First

Teachers (FaFT) program. This program played a valuable role

in supporting my family and ensuring a smooth school

transition for both of my children when posting into Darwin in

2018.

Ludmilla is an innovative school that provides exciting

educational experiences for a diverse group of students from

the local area, including Ludmilla, The Narrows, Bagot

Community and the ADF community. We are a small school of

140 students with a rich diversity of cultures that makes our

school unique. All students are integrated into classroom

learning with provision for special needs offered in a supportive

environment. The students benefit from the smaller groupings

and intensive teaching.

We have fantastic programs for all our

students including robotics and coding, music,

Indonesian, kitchen garden and a strong

partnership with AFL Northern Territory and

Corrugated Iron Youth Arts.

Children can start their education journey

from birth through our Families as First

Teachers program delivered in our beautiful

newly redeveloped Ludmilla Early Education

Precinct (LEEP). This program is facilitated by an

Early Childhood Teacher and Assistant Teacher

providing rich learning opportunities and

pathways for 0 – 4 years of age and their

families. It is a valuable opportunity to assist

APOLLO AND

GRIFFIN

your child’s emotional and social skills, communication and early

literacy/numeracy skills. We also provide parent capacity building

sessions, which include cooking, craft, sewing and the

opportunity to share experiences with other parents and carers.

FaFT sessions are for local families in the Ludmilla, Eaton,

Coconut Grove, The Narrows, Parap, Stuart Park, Bayview,

Larrakeyah and Darwin City area. They run Monday-Friday

during school terms.

Jacinta Stewart

Defence School Mentor

Ludmilla Primary School

jacinta.stewart@education.nt.gov.au

ADELINE AND MADDI

ABBEY AND ISABEL

Athletics

Katherine Athletics Centre

www.facebook.com/KatherineAthleticsCentre

Darwin Athletics (Marrara)

darwinathletics.org.au

Palmerston Athletics Club

www.facebook.com/PalmerstonAthleticsClub

Rural Athletics Centre

www.revolutionise.com.au/ruralathleticscentre

Basketball

Razzle Storm/Thunder

Palmerston Lightning Power/ Panthers

Ellas Titans

Eagles

Uni Rebels

Essington Cannons

TV Jets

Ansett

Haileybury Rendall school

Social Basketball Darwin Waterfront

www.waterfront.nt.gov.au/sports-facilities

Katherine Basketball

www.facebook.com/katherinebasketball

Bike Riding & BMX

Big River BMX Club (Katherine)

www.facebook.com/BigRiversBMX

Jingili BMX Club

www.bmxnt.org.au/jingili/en-au/clubhome.aspx

Satellite City BMX Club

www.facebook.com/SatelliteCityBMXClub

Darwin Cycling Club

darwincyclingclub.com.au

Top End Sports List

Our guide to fitness and sports teams and clubs

Soccer

Mindil Aces

Casuarina Rowdies

University Azzuri

Hellenic

Darwin Olympic

Port Darwin

Palmerston

Top End Multi-Sports (competitions)

topendmultisports.com.au/soccer

Katherine Football Club www.facebook.com/

katherine-football-club-348370095369452/

Football - AFL

Football Northern Territory

www.footballnt.com.au/

Southern Districts Football Club

(Litchfield)

www.facebook.com/SDFCCROCS/

Big Rivers Football Team AFLNT

(Katherine)

www.facebook.com/BiGRiVERSFL/

Rugby - NRL

Nightcliff Dragons

Darwin Brothers R.L.F.C.

Litchfield Bears

Palmerston Raiders

Northern Sharks

South Darwin Rabbitohs Rugby League

https://www.nrlnt.com.au/

Katherine Junior Rugby League

www.nrlnt.com.au/katherine-junior-rugby-league

Katherine Touch Football Association

touchfootball.com.au/Competitions/Association/

katherine-touch-association-

6395?type=competitions

Rugby Union

Katherine Krocs Golden Oldies

Brahmans Rugby Union FC (Katherine)

Barbarians Rugby Union FC (Katherine)

Pirates Rugby Union FC (Katherine)

Tindal Lions Rugby Union FC (Katherine)

Tennis

Top End Multi Sports

topendmultisports.com.au/tennis/

Katherine Tennis Club www.facebook.com/

pages/category/tennis-court/katherine-tennis-club-

251955191612382/

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Volleyball

Darwin Volleyball Association

darwinvolleyballassociation.wordpress.com

Darwin Indoor Beach Volleyball (Winnellie)

www.dibv.com.au/

Top End Multi Sports (Coconut Grove) -

topendmultisports.com.au/volleyball/

Beach Volleyball – Mindil Beach

Beach Volleyball – Darwin Waterfront -

www.waterfront.nt.gov.au/sports-facilities

Hardcourt Adults - Marrara

Hardcourt Juniors - Marrara

Palmerston Indoor Sports Centre

www.pisc.com.au/beach-volley-ball

Sailing

Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Club

www.dbcya.com.au

Netball

Darwin Netball Association

www.darwin-netball.com

Katherine Netball Association

Litchfield Bears

Palmerston Crocs

Nightcliff Tigers

Banks Bulldogs

Hoggies

Mash

Tracy Village Falcons

Pints

Northern Districts Eagles

Warratah

Palmerston Indoor Netball

www.pisc.com.au/indoor-netball

Firearms & Shooting

NT Field & Game

ntfieldandgame.com.au

Katherine Pistol Club

Fishing

Katherine Game Fishing Club

kgfc.com.au

Reeling Veterans

reelingveterans.com.au

Darwin Game Fishing Club

www.darwingamefishingclub.com.au

Palmerston Game Fishing Club

palmerstongamefishing.com.au

Darwin Flyrodders

www.darwinflyrodders.org.au

Roller Skating

Katherine Derby Dolls

www.facebook.com/katherinederbydolls

Badminton

NT Badminton Association

www.ntbadminton.org.au

Darwin Badminton Club

www.ntbadminton.org.au/darwin-venue

Lawn Bowls

Darwin Bowls & Social Club (Barefoot

Bowls)

www.darwinbowlsclub.com.au

Katherine Bowls Club

katherinebowlsclub.bowls.com.au

Hockey

East Darwin Storm Hockey Club

www.edhc.com.au

Gymnastics

Katherine Gymnastics Club

www.facebook.com/Active-Feet-Katherine-

1562189284047936/

Elemental Gymnastics (Millner)

www.revolutionise.com.au/elementalgym

Darwin Gymnastics Club (Marrara)

https://darwingym.com/

Territory Gymnastics Academy (Winnellie)

www.tgadarwin.com

ENRG Gymnastics (Yarrawonga)

enrgymnastics.com.au

Dance

3D Fitness Studio (Berrimah)

www.3dfitnessstudio.com.au

Rix Kix Arts (Coconut Grove)

rixkixarts.com

Furlanos (DARWIN)

0414 813 996 Private in home dance tuition

MFK Academy of Irish Dance (DARWIN)

0438 32 5883

Salsita Dance School (Woolner)

www.salsitadarwin.com.au

Darwin Performance Academy (Woolner)

dpa-dance.com.au

Keltikka Performance Dance Company

(Berrimah & Humpty Doo)

www.keltikka.com

Line Dancing with Bobbie (Winnellie)

0407 61 3062

Top End Mustangs Linedancing

www.topendmustangs.com.au

Darwin Line Dancers (Coconut Grove)

0417 08 8477

Free2Dance (Coconut Grove)

0402 23 6174

Tara Academy Irish Dancing (The Gardens)

www.taraacademydarwin.com.au

Roberts Academy of Irish Dancing (Malak)

0417 28 3639

Scottish Country Dance Society lnc

(Malak)

08 8927 9203

Jamealah Bellydancers (Leanyer)

0418 850 441

Champagne Pole Dance Fitness Studio

(Yarrawonga)

www.champagnepoledancefitnessstudio.com.au

Darwin Dance & Drama Academy (Gunn)

08 8931 1333

Express Studios (Darwin) – Breakdancing

www.facebook.com/expressstudiosdarwin/

Sam’s Dance Studio (Gray)

samsdancestudio.com.au

Cricket

Palmerston Cricket Club

palmerstoncc.nt.cricket.com.au

Palmerston Indoor Cricket

www.pisc.com.au/indoor-cricket

Southern Districts Cricket Club

(Litchfield)

southerndistrictscc.nt.cricket.com.au

Katherine & District Cricket Association

Baseball

Tracy Village Rebels

www.tracyvillage.com.au/baseball-tracy-villagerebels

https://www.baseballnt.com.au/home/

Softball

Katherine Softball Club

www.facebook.com/katherine.softball

Swimming

Katherine Aquatic Centre

www.katherine.ymca.org.au

Katherine ‘Turtles’ Swimming Club

www.facebook.com/

katherineturtlesswimmingclub/

Life Saving Society / Water Safety (Parap)

www.royallifesaving.com.au

Darwin Stingers (Parap, Casuarina &

Nightcliff)

mastersswimmingnt.org.au/darwin-stingers/

Goldfishbowl Swim School (Yarrawonga)

www.learntoswimdarwin.com.au

Darwin Swimming Club Parap

www.facebook.com/pages/category/Amateur-

Sports-Team/Darwin-Swimming-Club-

182033734465/

Casuarina Storm Swimming Club

www.facebook.com/

CasuarinaStormSwimmingClub/

Palmerston Sharks Swimming Club

mastersswimmingnt.org.au/palmerston-sharks/

Martial Arts

Blue Eagle Training & Fitness -Muay Thai

(Katherine)

United Taekwondo Darwin (Palmerston)

unitedtaekwondo.com.au/locations/palmerstondojang/

NT Tang Soo Do Karate Academy

(Palmerston)

darwinkarate.com.au

Darwin Shotokan Karate (Karama)

www.darwinshotokankarate.com.au

KMA Martial Arts Academy Darwin

(Berrimah)

www.kmadarwin.com.au

De Been 100% Jiujitsu Darwin (Stuart

Park)

www.dbjjdarwin.com

Darwin Jiu Jitsu Academy (Marrara)

facebook.com/darwinbjj.com.au

Tanner Tang Soo Do (Leanyer)

tannertangsoodo.com

Darwin Aikido (Darwin)

www.aikikaintincorporated.org.au

Progressive Combat Centre (Pinelands)

www.progressivecombatcentre.com.au

Darwin Judo Club (Berrimah)

darwinjudo.wixsite.com/home

Performance Gym Muay Thai (Winnellie)

www.performancegym.com.au

Australian Karate Federation Northern

Territory

www.akfnt.com.au

Shim Jang Taekwondo Palmerston

www.shimjang.com

Reiko Martial Arts (Palmerston)

bjmant.com.au

The Jiu Jitsu Studio (Palmertson)

www.thejiu-jitsustudiodarwin.com

Kokoro Busshu Karate (Palmerston)

kokorobusshukarate.wixsite.com/home

Green Plum Tai Chi (Palmerston)

greenplumtaichi.weebly.com

Austin Martial Arts

www.austinmartialartsnt.com

Man Ho Academy of Martial Arts

www.manhomartialarts.com.au

Boxing

Palmerston Boxing Club

boxingnt.org.au/our-clubs/

Chuisle Boxing & Fitness (Pinelands)

chuisle-boxing-and-fitness.business.site/

Archery

Fred’s Pass Field Archers

NT Bowhunters Association ntarchery.org.au

Darwin Top End Bowhunters Club

www.topendbowhunters.com.au

Katherine Archery Club

www.visitkatherine.com.au/katherine-archery-club

Motorcycle & MotoX

Katherine Motorbike Club

Katherine Motorsports Group

Hidden Valley Go Karts

Equestrian

Katherine Horse & Pony Club

Katherine Rope and Barrel Horse Club

Darwin Equestrian Academy

darwinequestrianacademy.com.au

Darwin Dressage Club

www.darwindressageclub.com

Darwin Equestrian Centre

darwin-equestrian-center.weebly.com

Equestrian Northern Territory

www.nt.equestrian.org.au

Darwin Showjumping Club

www.darwinshowjumping.org.au

Darwin Horse & Pony Club

www.facebook.com/pages/Darwin-Horse-and-

Pony-Club/130253937047454

Noonamah Horse & Pony Club

www.facebook.com/

NoonamahHorseAndPonyClub/

Litchfield Horse & Pony Club

www.facebook.com/Litchfield-Horse-Pony-Club-

252731824225/

Katherine Horse & Pony Club

www.facebook.com/groups/170733332710/

Pony Club NT

ponyclubnt.org.au

NT Showhorse Association

www.ntshowhorse.com.au

Northern Territory Polocrosse Association

www.ntpolocrosse.com.au

Yarraman Territory

yarramanterritory.com.au

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Golf

Mach1 Fitness Pilates (Coconut Grove)

mach1fitness.net/about/

Snap Fitness 24/7 Winnellie

www.snapfitness.com/au/gyms/winnellie

Golf - Palmerston Golf Club

Golf - Berrimah Flight Path Golf &

Outdoor

Darwin Golf Club www.darwingolfclub.com.au

Garden Park Golf Links

www.gardensparkgolflinks.com.au

Katherine Country Golf Club

www.katherinecountryclub.com.au

Katherine Golf Club

Yoga & Alternative Therapies

Darwin Yoga Space (Coconut Grove)

www.darwinyogaspace.com/

Yoga Territory (Darwin)

www.yogaterritory.com.au/

Karuna Yoga (Darwin)

www.karunayogawellness.com/about

Darwin Yoga & Meditation (Wanguri) -

www.asmy.org.au/darwin

Om Yoga Darwin (Nightcliff)

omdesigns.com.au/om-yoga/

Flametree Yoga Studio (Woolner)

flametreeyogastudio.com.au/

Yoga with Anne (Nightcliff)

www.yogawithanne.com/

Encore Pilates & Wellness (Stuart Park) -

www.encorepilates.com.au/

Vidya Outdoor Yoga (East Point)

vidyayogaretreat.com/outdoor-yoga/

Sky Barre (Darwin)

www.skybarre.net.au/

180 Yoga & Meditation (Durack)

www.180yogaandmeditation.com.au/

Agoy Yoga (Woolner)

agoyyoga.com.au/

Orion Studio Pilates (Yarrawonga)

orionstudiopilates.com.au/

City Yoga Zone (Darwin)

Healthy Darwin

www.darwin.nt.gov.au/community/programs/

healthy-darwin

The Bliss Centre (Katherine)

theblisscentre.org/contact.htm

YMCA Katherine

www.nt.ymca.org.au/where-we-are/katherine/

Pages/default.aspx

YMCA Palmerston

www.nt.ymca.org.au/where-we-are/darwinpalmerston/Pages/default.aspx

Katherine Multi Sports Club (Kayak, BMX,

Running,Triathlon)

www.facebook.com/groups/

katherinemultisportsclub/

Fitness Gyms & Clubs

Fernwood Fitness (Millner)

www.fernwoodfitness.com.au/clubs/darwin

iFitness 24/7 (Darwin)

www.ifitness247.com.au/

FitnessWorks NT (Darwin,Alawa &

Nightcliff)

www.fitnessworksnt.com.au/

Edge Fitness (Casuarina)

www.edgehealthclubs.com.au/

CrossFit Darwin

www.crossfitdarwin.com/

Anytime Fitness (Stuart Park)

www.anytimefitness.com.au/gyms/au-1150/

darwin-cbd-nt-0820/

F45 Training Darwin (Stuart Park)

www.f45training.com.au/darwin

PhilFit NT (Woolner)

www.philfit.com.au/

iFitness 24/7 (Millner)

www.ifitness247.com.au/millner/

Fitness Hub Darwin – Zumba, Box Fit &

Bootcamp (Malak)

f45training.com.au/northernsuburbsdarwin/home

Snap Fitness (Parap)

www.snapfitness.com/au/gyms/darwin-cbd/

iFitness 24/7 (Gray)

www.ifitness247.com.au

CrossFit Palmerston

crossfitpalmerston.com

CrossFit Territory (Yarrawonga)

crossfit-territory.com

Fitness Playground (Palmerston Gateway)

www.fitnessplayground.com.au/nt/darwin/

palmerston/gateway-gym

Next Level Gym 24/7 (Rosebery)

nextlevelgym.com.au

Evolve Fitness (Darwin)

www.evolve-fitness.com.au

Krav Maga Gym (Coconut Grove)

www.kravmagadarwin.com.au/

CrossFit Abode (Winnellie)

www.crossfitabode.com/

Core Body Health & Fitness (Rosebery)

www.corebodyhealthandfitness.com/

To The Beat Dance Fitness (Darwin &

Palmerston)

www.tothebeat.com.au/about

Holistic Health Klub (Darwin)

www.holistichealthklub.com.au/

Snap Fitness 24/7 (Yarrawonga)

www.snapfitness.com/au/gyms/yarrawonga/

Palmerston Swimming & Fitness Centre

ymcatopend.org.au/locations/palmerstonswimming-and-fitness-centre

YMCA Katherine

www.nt.ymca.org.au/where-we-are/katherine/

Pages/default.aspx

YMCA Palmerston

www.nt.ymca.org.au/where-we-are/darwinpalmerston/Pages/default.aspx

TERRITORY SPORTS

Mind Over Matter Fitness (Katherine)

www.localsearch.com.au/profile/mind-overmatter-fitness-katherine-nt/katherine-nt/EkO7

https://www.enjoy-darwin.com/sportsrecreation.html

https://www.activeactivities.com.au/

directory/category/sports/location/nt/

darwin-area/darwin/

As we already know, blind

spots are those areas of a

vehicle which either obscure

our direct vision or other

areas that can’t be seen to

the rear of the vehicle.

Engineered parts of the

motor vehicle’s structure,

called pillars (similar to

house pillars), are the upright

support beams required for

stability. They ensure that the

weight of the vehicle frame is

supported and increases the

structural integrity of the

vehicle. In an accident, they

are designed to protect the

occupants in a strong shell.

Over the years, pillars have become

wider as airbags and self-tensioning

seatbelts have been included into

vehicle design to improve occupant

survivability. These features are now

the minimum that consumers

expect. If you flick through the

owners-manual of a modern car, it

is unsurprising to see the number

of pages describing the semiautonomous

operation of these

driver aids. Here are some

examples of modern safety features;

brake assist, Forward-

Collision Warning (FCW),

Automatic Emergency Braking

(AEB), adaptive cruise control,

Blind-Spot Warning (BSW), rear

cross-traffic alert and Lane-

Departure Warning (LDW). To me

(a motorcycle rider), I am thankful

for the Blind-Spot Warning, which

usually alerts drivers to the

presence of a motorcyclist travelling

in a vehicle blind-spot. I also

understand how it is possible to

miss motorcyclists, so I tend to be

ultra-cautious and do my headchecks

religiously, before changing

lanes.

Forcing a motorcyclist out of their

lane due to a lane

change error is

something that every

motorcyclist needs to

be aware of - this is an

ever-present risk if

you choose to travel

in a blind-spot. But the

most common causes

of motorcycle

accidents are running

wide on corners,

failing to negotiate a

corner or not ending a corner

completely.

Statistically, motorcyclists don’t

always finish corners and we can’t

always blame it on other road users,

road conditions, environmental

factors or roaming wildlife.

Sometimes it depends on our

“blind-spots”. Yep, that’s right,

blind-spots - the things we can’t

see. One of the more common

blind-spots for riders is skill. Skill

isn’t just about having the ability to

operate a motorcycle (especially in

all types of weather conditions); it is

the skill of understanding your

strengths and weaknesses in terms

of your riding ability and having the

foresight and discipline to be a

conscious motorcyclist. The first

part of this is being aware of our

own “self-talk” and whether you

blame near misses and accidents

on other road users. You may

need to ask yourself “what can I

control and what can’t I control?”,

from both an internal and external

outlook. I can control my attitude

as a road user and my self-discipline

to the required road-craft

techniques - these get me home

each day. My external control

relates to not letting luck or chance

be my ‘rider aid’.

Written by GROM

Community Contributor

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HELPFUL

TIPS

Supporting Children

When a Parent is Away

The Starfish Swim Group was founded by Donna

Rousham in 2007 to provide an opportunity for

children with a disability to participate in healthy

activities and access a cost-free water skills

program that is self-paced with a qualified Swim

Instructor.

Sessions are available every weekday afternoon with a focus

on social inclusion, increasing confidence in the water and

teaching survival skills, which promotes enjoyment of the

Territory lifestyle.

The Starfish program started with 10 children and now has

over 70 participants, with a waiting list of 40 children.

Lessons are focused on meeting the specific needs of every

child and the extent of the child’s disability, including;

Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Down Syndrome,

Asperger syndrome, Autism Spectrum, Partial Chromosome

Deletion, ADHD, SPD, APD, and Global Development

Delay. Children who participate in this program are referred

by professionals in the Children and Disability sectors and

word of mouth.

Swim Instructor Paid Positions

with Starfish

Due to the constant growth and success of the program,

Starfish is urgently seeking the services of Austswim

Teachers with their TAI Accreditation to join our program.

If you have any questions regarding Starfish, please contact

Donna: 0437 112 633 or follow Variety NT Starfish Swim

Group on Facebook.

Written by Donna Rousham

Program Coordinator

Starfish Swim Group

Have the serving member record mini videos for the

children before leaving on duty.

Examples:

• Singing their favourite Nursery Rhyme

• Reading a book

• Good morning/night messages

• Be good for Mummy/Daddy

The little children will watch your body language,

big smile and wave at the end will help them.

Make a “tell mum/dad” list – Allow your

kids to keep a running list of things they

really want to tell their mum/dad. They

can then share those things in a letter/

phone/video call when they speak next.

Have the children write a list of the things that they love

about their mum/dad, they can read the list out. Another

great one is memories for the slightly older kids.

These help to open the conversation even for the shy

talkers.

A Mums and Bubs session is also available every Saturday

morning (consisting of 3 sessions with 6 children) and

focuses on children with disabilities aged between 6 months

to 5 years. A Mums Luncheon is also a regular activity to

support mothers who have children with disability.

The Starfish Swim program and Founder, Donna Rousham,

has been recognised for her work as the recipient of a

number of awards:

• Nominee Finalist Darwin’s Citizen of the Year 2020

• Winner Human Rights Award for Social Change 2019

• Highly Commended Disability Services Awards 2018

• Winner Statewide Super & LGANT Heroes Awards 2017

Donna volunteers her time to manage grant applications and

generate funding to cover the operational costs of the

programs (including; Swim Instructors, insurances and

materials), which is an ongoing process to ensure

sustainability of the program and eliminate fees for families

who wish to participate. Fortunately, the two pool venues

used are generously sponsored in kind by Department of

Education.

Lessons are held Monday to Friday

inc.1.00pm – 6.30pm for school age

children.

A Mums and Bubs Saturday morning

program, consisting of 3 sessions of 6

kids per group.The sessions are

specifically for children with disability

from 6 months to 5 years with each

session being 45 minutes with a

qualified infant Inclusion Teacher.

Session 1 – 4 to 5 years

Session 2 - 2 to 4 years

Session 3 - 6 months to 2 years

Variety NT Starfish SwimGroup

Fun . Fitness . Health . Safety

Aswim program

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Surviving MWD(U)

Before I begin, this article is not for the faint

hearted...Thanks to the global pandemic that

stopped all reunion travel throughout 2020, the

only reason that our family reunited was a result

of my hip replacement surgery mid-November. I

was hoping to make this “light-hearted and

positive,” but it might be a struggle at times... I’ll

do my best.

I have been following ‘hubby’ around the country for the last

2 decades of his 33-year career with the RAAF. I am from

Townsville originally, but will have spent 17yrs in NT by the

time I leave at the end of this year [insert tears & foot

stamping]. It had come to a time in our family dynamics that

the last 2 of our 3 children were approaching the important

years of senior schooling, so I knew that posting out of

Tindal was going to require a 5-year commitment in the new

location to support both of our children through to

graduation. After so many years of meeting ‘service needs’,

we felt confident that we would be given our first posting

preference........[drumroll]......... Darwin here we come (for the

3rd time)!!

If I was to be staying in location on my own, it was my

preference to be somewhere I felt comfortable without too

much disruption to our family and within arm's reach of my

support network. I needed to embrace my independence,

regardless of whether my husband was home with us or

not.

After only six months of settling into life in Darwin, my

husband unexpectedly posted to Bandiana/Wodonga to

“play with the Army” as an Instructor, which was an

interesting and rewarding opportunity for his career with a

short-term posting to fill a COPAS vacancy. This all

transpired when our daughter was halfway through Year 12...

[insert grimace face] … perfect timing!

Before he departed, I decided that I would cope. In fact, I

was fearful that I would cope a little too well.... I felt scared

that I wouldn’t be able to live with him again as we will have

been apart for 2 and a half years by the time our youngest

graduates at the end of this year. I also like having a clean

house (that stays clean!), less washing and choosing meals

that I like for dinner – just some of the perks of MWD(U)!

How did I cope during the time apart...? Focusing on my

career, kid’s sporting commitments, ladies' lunches, morning

teas and hosting lunches for anyone who wants to socialise...

The time passes quickly when you are busy, setting new

goals and focused on managing a household!

I feel that it’s quite normal to question the decision about

MWD(U). Yes, you will question whether you will cope,

especially when you spend some nights feeling alone. Yes,

you will kick yourself at times when you need an extra pair

of hands or an additional chauffeur to run the kids around in

3 different directions. But, deep down, you know you are

doing it for a good reason - the stability of our children for

the final years of schooling was my motivation to keep

persevering.

It will either strengthen your relationship or it can sometimes

lead you in different directions in life... Sorry, MWD(U) is not

“light-hearted, happy & flowery” - it is challenging and can

really test a marriage and a family.

Would I recommend MWD(U)?

It’s not ideal for families, but in our situation, it needed to be

done. Our children did not ask for this lifestyle; they were

born into it & have had to adapt, overcome, and build so

much resilience throughout most of their lives... There are so

many heartbreaking and challenging moments because you

naturally want the best for your children.

Only you can decide what’s best for your family unit. My

experience is just that; mine. I like to think I’m very

resilient after experiencing many challenges that I would

never wish upon anyone else, but it has made me who I

am today. You may be able to cope with the time apart,

you may not.... You may even realise that your partner is

not able to cope with living away from his family. Will it

be a good decision for everyone overall to live apart?

You will find out just how strong you can

be and sometimes it can feel quite liberating

to be independent. I am immensely

proud of my husband for his 33 years

of service, so the sacrifice is

definitely worthwhile!

Written by P

Community Contributor

Darwin

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Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean

Victoria Cross Recipient

Edward “Teddy”

Sheean was born on

28 December 1923 at

Lower Barrington,

Tasmania. He enlisted

in the Royal

Australian Naval

Reserve as an

Ordinary Seaman at

Hobart in April 1941,

and subsequently

joined HMAS

Armidale, a new

Bathurst-class corvette.Teddy was an Oerlikon

anti-aircraft gun loader. On 29th of November

1942, HMAS Armidale sailed for Timor to assist

in the withdrawal of Australian and Portuguese

troops as part of Operation Hamburger.

At about 3pm on 1 December 1942, HMAS Armidale was

attacked by approximately thirteen Japanese aircraft. The

order to abandon ship was given, however, when the

survivors entered the sea, they were machine-gunned by

Japanese aircraft. According to survivors, Teddy had already

left the ship, but then scrambled back to his gun. He was

wounded in the chest and back, but shot down one bomber

and kept other aircraft away from his comrades in the water.

He was seen still firing his gun as Armidale sank and claimed

his life.

Although Armidale’s Captain specifically noted Teddy’s

actions in his report, the description only totalled two

sentences. Under the Awards rules, Teddy was only eligible

for either a ‘Mention in dispatches’ (MID) or the Victoria

Cross (VC). There were no interviews with survivors and

Teddy was awarded a MID.

In 2011, the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal

opened an inquiry into cases of unresolved recognition for

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Image Credits: Teddy Sheean (left) Artist Dale Marsh’s depiction of Teddy

Sheean, on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra (right).

past acts of gallantry, and found that no new evidence

existed to change the original award for Teddy. Another

inquiry was conducted in 2019 and recommended that

Teddy be awarded the Victoria Cross, however the

recommendation was rejected.

In June 2020, the case was re-examined and again

recommended. This was accepted by the Prime Minister

who recommended that the Queen posthumously award

Teddy the VC. The Queen approved the award on 12

August, 2020 and a ceremony was held on 1 December

2020 in Canberra to mark the 78th anniversary of Teddy’s

heroic death. Governor-General David Hurley presented the

award to Teddy’s nephew, Garry Ivory. Teddy’s medal was

the first VC awarded to a Royal Australian Navy crew

member.

A painting of Teddy Sheean lying strapped into his Oerlikon

anti-aircraft gun, firing at Japanese aircraft as his ship sank

beneath him, would seem the epitome of self-sacrifice, and

deserving of a Victoria Cross for bravery. But it took 78 years

for him to receive it. The iconic painting by Dale Marsh

hangs on display in the Australian War Memorial in

Canberra.

Written by Dave Clements

Community Contributor

Darwin

REFERENCES: N. Watson, 'Sheean, Edward (Teddy) (1923–1942)', Australian

Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National

University, https://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/sheean-edward-teddy-11671/

text20855, published first in hardcopy 2002, accessed online 25 April 2021.

Australian Government Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal: THE

REPORT OF THE INQUIRY INTO UNRESOLVED RECOGNITION FOR PAST

ACTS OF NAVAL AND MILITARY GALLANTRY AND VALOUR 2013

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The Battle of Long Khanh

Women in Defence - ADF Careers Expo

Ever considered what a career in the Australian Defence Force is really like?

Join us at the Darwin ADF Careers Expo and discover what life is like in the Navy, Army or Air Force. Come and meet

current serving personnel, interact with military demonstrations and learn more about a rewarding career in the ADF.

The 7th of June this year will mark the 50th anniversary

of Operation Overlord, Vietnam, and subsequently The

Battle of Long Khanh. It is a day to reflect on the

sacrifice of those who fought and commemorate their

service.

Operation Overlord was undertaken after intelligence

discovered that the North Vietnamese Army was using

a buffer zone between the provinces of Phuoc Tuy and

Long Khanh to train and equip Vietnamese troops. This

operation required special permission from Prime

Minister John Gorton (1968-1971), as it was the first

time Australian Troops would enter Long Khanh

province during the Operation.

Australian troops were deployed on June 5th 1971 to

prevent the enemy from taking over the province of

Phuoc Tuy. The operation comprised members of the

3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment and HQ 1st

Australian Task Force along with armoured personnel

carriers from 3rd Cavalry Regiment(A Sqn), tanks from

1st Armoured Regiment (C Sqn), ‘sappers’ from Royal

Australian Engineers (1st Field Sqn), artillery support

from 12th Field Regiment, and air support from No 9

Squadron RAAF and 161 Recce Flight.

On the 7th of June 1971, troops experienced over

eight hours of extreme fighting, which resulted in the

defeat of enemy soldiers. Upon this defeat, Australian

troops also discovered a system of more than 100

bunkers which were later explored and destroyed.

Written by Madison Collier

Committee Member

The Top Ender Magazine

During the expo, you will be able to experience and engage

with Army, Navy, Air Force and NORFORCE military

vehicles and equipment displays, Army Aviation STEM

Helicopter Simulators, Submariner VR Simulators, Australian

Army Band performances, Tri Service Cadets, Defence

Member & Family Support (DMFS – formally DCO),

Defence Work Experience Program and Defence Force

Recruiting specialists.

Date: Saturday 12th June 2021

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Where: Darwin Convention Centre,

10 Stokes Hill Road, Darwin City

Cost: Free Entry

The Battles of

Fromelles and Pozières

The Battles of Fromelles and Pozières were fought as part of

the Battles of the Somme - the largest offensive on the

Western Front during the first World War. Today these

battles are remembered as some of the bloodiest in history.

The Battle of Fromelles took place on July 19, 1916, where

the 5th Australian Division together with the British 61st

Division attacked German frontline positions near Auber’s

Ridge in French Flanders to hold German reserves from

moving South to a large, allied offensive which had begun.

This battle proved horrific for the Australian Division who

suffered over 5000 casualties in less than 24 hours.

The Attack on Pozières occurred not long after the Battle of

Fromelles. On July 23, 1916, the 1st Australian Division

captured the French village of Pozieres from occupying

German forces. In the six weeks following, the 1st, 2nd and

4th Australian Divisions slowly advanced northwards gaining

a little more than two kilometres. While the battle ended on

September 3, 1916, it caused over 23,000 casualties.

This year marks the 105th anniversary of both battles.

Although time marches on, we continue to honour their

duty and their sacrifice.

Written by Madison Collier

Committee Member

The Top Ender Magazine

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To the constitutes of Tindal RAAF Base,

Selena Uibo

SITTING DATES

Tales of a Top End Mum

Part 4

Firstly, as your local Member of Parliament, I would like to welcome you

to the Electorate of Arnhem, which covers Tindal RAAF Base,

Mataranka, Barunga, Bulman, Weemol, Beswick, Manyallaluk, Gapuwiyak

and surrounding homelands, Ngukurr, Urapunga, Numbulwar, Groote

Eylandt communities of: Angurugu, Alyangula, and Umbakumba,

Miliyakburra on Bickerton Island, Minyerri, Jilkminggan and Werenbun in

Nitmiluk National Park.

In addition to being your Local Member, I am honoured to be working

in the Ministerial Portfolios of Attorney-General and Minister for

Justice, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Treaty and Local-

Decision Making and Minister for Parks and Rangers.

March 23rd-25th

May 4th-6th and 11th- 13th

June 15th-17th and June 22nd-25th

August 10th-12th and 17th- 19th

September 21st-23rd

October 26th-28th

November 30th-December 1st-2nd

I succumbed to peer pressure and stuffed my city

slicker vibes into the back of the wardrobe so I

could go camping. Sorta.

Our family stayed in a tiny donga at Douglas Daly

which had creepy crawlies in it, so it’s kinda the

same thing – yeah?

If I am not in the Electorate Office, I will be on the road visiting

communities in the Arnhem Electorate, meeting with people, building

relationships and representing the electorate during Parliament sittings.

If you are in Darwin during the sitting dates (shown opposite), please

contact the Electorate Office to let me know as I would be happy to

say g’day if you visit Parliament. Also, Parliament House offer free

guided tours. Please contact us if you would like any further information.

My Electorate Office is based in Katherine at Shop 1, 27 Katherine

Terrace. The office is open Monday to Friday - you are most welcome

to come in for a chat or raise an issue. You can also contact my

Electorate Officers on (08) 8973 8780 or electorate.arnhem@nt.gov.au

I wish you all the best for 2021 and look forward to getting to know the

people of Tindal RAAF base as your local Member.

As the Local Member for Arnhem, it was a pleasure to visit Little

Geckos (Tindal) earlier this year. I donated flags and copies of Johanna

Bell and Dion Beasley's "Bigismob Jigiwan Dog" book, which has been

translated into Kriol language by liguists in Ngukurr Community. A big

thank you to Sarah who showed me around the childcare centre.

Recently, I was honoured to attend the Air Force 2021 Centenary

reception at Godinyayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre in

Katherine. It was a pleasure to celebrate 100 years of the Royal

Australia Air Force with Officers from Tindal RAAF Base and to learn

about the diverse roles of our servicemen and women in the Air Force.

At this time of year, the dry season in the Northern Territory is a

beautiful time to explore the natural surrounding areas of the Arnhem

Electorate. I encourage you to take the opportunity to visit some of the

stunning gorges and waterfalls in Nitmiluk National Park or have a

swim at the thermal springs at Bitter Springs and Mataranka

Homestead. The Territory is also home to some brilliant festivals,

including local events that are happening over the next few months;

Barunga Festival 11-13 June 2021 and Katherine Junk Festival 5 June

2021. Tickets for Barunga Festival can be purchased at

www.barungafestival.com.au or at the gate.

I look forward to being your Local Member for our four-year term in

Government and encourage RAAF Tindal residents to reach out to the

Electorate office for any support.

Selena presenting Tindal RAAF Wing Commander

Shane Smith with a bird carving from Beswick

Community from The Arnhem Electorate.

Selena with Tynisha Kodi

Douglas Daly was a 2-hour drive North/West of

Katherine, which made for a great start to the long

weekend after a short distance to travel with 3

kids onboard. We stayed at the Douglas Daly

Tourist Park, which was larger than I expected!

There was a pool so we could swim without the

danger of any ‘snap snaps’ and a communal

outside kitchen area which consisted of a fridge,

kettle, toaster, bench space and a large table with

chairs. They even had a small convenience store

just in case I hadn’t packed enough food!

Emphasise ‘small’ - I still fully recommend packing

everything you need.

We went with a group of friends which made our

experience even better. Most of our group had

4WD’s, so we were able to visit Crystal Falls and

check out the creepy croc creek which was

apparently safe enough for us to put our feet in

(and yes, it was terrifying). We also travelled down

to see the ‘Golden Arches’ - a picturesque river

with large rocks that created an ‘arch’ effect on

certain angles.

Across the little dirt road from our donga was

where all the ‘real campers’ hung out. Our little

kids roamed back and forth between the two

campsites, then out to the bunnies at reception

and back to the big patch of grass, which was the

perfect spot for running and playing while we

supervised from our camping chairs - the

opportunities were endless. They had so much fun

they didn’t want to leave!

Photo Credit: Katie B.

Our evenings were spent around the campfire

trading stories, winding down, toasting

marshmallows and discussing that maybe we need

to do this again and explore a new place. I don’t

even recognise myself anymore – who have I

become??

I can confirm the outdoor experience inspired me

to finally get out and see Edith Falls too. A

terrifyingly scenic swim, a grassy picnic spot, and a

lovely kiosk with an impressive range of ice creams

- a must do if you are ever in the area!

#teamtindal getting out and exploring... Who

knew?

Written by Katie B.

Community Contributor

Tindal

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Have you Heard About

ADF Financial Services?

The ADF Financial Services Consumer Centre is

a Department of Defence initiative established in

2006, which provides financial and consumer

information to ADF members.The centre also

provides advice to the Chief of the Defence

Force and Service Chiefs and maintains

relationships with relevant external agencies

including the Australian Securities and Investment

Commission (ASIC) and the Australian

Competition and Consumer Commission

(ACCC), with a focus on addressing the financial

issues experienced by the ADF community.

The user-friendly website includes a range of

educational material and credible resources to help you

make the best financial decisions for you and your

family.

• Some of the resources include:

• Goalsetting and saving

• Budgeting strategies

• Financial calculators

The ADF Consumer Centre also offers a range of

information designed specifically for different stages of

your military career, including initial training, pre

deployment, career progression, post deployment,

promotion, transition (out of defence) and various

service categories. The website also provides guidance

and a checklist for military leaders who wish to educate

their team about financial issues, as well as an online

form to order printed materials for your workplace.

If you are interested in learning more and taking control

of your financial future, you can review the resources

available via the website: https://adfconsumer.gov.au/

To stay informed throughout your ADF career, you can

also sign up for a monthly eNewsletter with topical

articles written by a range of experts. The eNewsletter

provides advice and resources to address specific

financial issues or opportunities that are relevant to

ADF members and their families.

Written by Madison Collier

Committee Member

The Top Ender Magazine

• Managing debt

• Personal insurance

• Finding financial advice

• Investing

• Superannuation

• ADF Financial Helpline

• Wills and Power of Attorney

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Home Business Hero

Precious Poppies Family Day Care

Defence Community

Enterprise Directory

CONTACT PERSON: Bronte Wilson

FACEBOOK: Precious Poppies FDC (also includes

additional resources and parenting support)

EMAIL: precious.poppies2020@gmail.com

LOCATION: Palmerston (pick up is available)

ABOUT: Bronte is an approved Family Day Care

provider (including CCS) and now offers night time

enrolments for anyone needing a midweek break or

flexible options to suit night shift schedules. Weekend

availability is subject to demand. With so many defence

households lacking the support of their usual networks,

Bronte’s service is available to provide much needed

assistance. Please contact Bronte for a confidential

discussion about your requirements.

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Saturday 28 August 9am

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Open to all current serving, ex-serving ADF personnel, as

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Babysitting may become available based on demand -

please notify us if you are interested in babysitting services.

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FAMILY DAY CARE

Precious Poppies Family Day Care

Bronte Wilson

Facebook: Precious Poppies FDC

Location: Palmerston

Day and night care available – CCS approved

HOMEMADE CRAFT

Top End Collective Indoor Markets

Facebook: Top End Collective

Location: Regular craft markets at Gateway Home

(Palmerston) every Sunday between 9am - 1pm

MAKEUP ARTISTRY

Florence & Co - Cassandra

Facebook: Florenceandcomakeup

Location: Moore Beautiful Salon Berrimah

Makeup artistry for special events, including natural makeup,

bridal and eyelash extensions

BODY SHOP & DOTERRA OILS

Jessica Halbert

Facebook: The Body Shop with Jessica Halbert

Location: Greater Darwin area

Local Body Shop and Doterra representative

SLEEP CONSULTANT

Rockabye Baby Sleep Solutions

Rachel Thompson

Website: https://rockabyebabysleepsolutions.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/rockabyebabysleepsolutions

https://www.instagram.com/rockabye_baby_sleep_solutions

Location: Darwin & online Australia wide

Assistance and support with developing healthy sleep

routines

NUTRIMETICS & BEAUTY

Hannah Davey – 0409 302 748

Facebook: Hannah’s Nutri Updates

Website: www.nutrimetics.com.au/hannahdavey

Location: Greater Darwin, Palmerston & Rural areas

REAL ESTATE

DC Real Estate Services

Dan Campbell

Facebook: DC Real Estate Services

Location: Greater Darwin, Palmerston and rural areas

Veteran owned agency with a strong knowledge of Defence

housing entitlements and investing

CARD MAKING & CRAFTS

Kaszazz Consultant - Stamp - Scrap - Embellish

Stacey Hutchinson

Phone: 0401 506 636

Email: Acedonald19@gmail.com

Webstore: www.kaszazz.com

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Doctor’s Note

Men’s Health Week 2021

This year Men’s Health Week will be running

from 14-20 June 2021 and it’s a good time to

raise awareness about of some issues facing

men’s health.

Men have a life expectancy of four years less than

women and despite only making up 49% of the

population, men account for 53% of the total

burden of disease.

Compared to women, men are more likely to die

of skin cancer, liver disease, lung disease, blood

cancer and diabetes. For those men who live to

old age, the last 11 years are more likely to be in

poor health. And at younger ages, men are more

likely to die in motor vehicle accidents, and

account for 80% of all spinal cord injuries and 94%

of all workplace deaths.

In terms of mental health, one in eight Australian

men suffer from depression at any given time, with

men from 35 to 55 years at greater risk. Men are

also four times more likely to take their own life,

and sadly, five men will take their own life every

day.

So why the difference? While the causes of disease

are complex, three quarters of men are

overweight or obese, only fifty percent are

sufficiently physically active, and fewer than one in

three hundred eat the recommended amount of

fruit and vegetables. And although rates are

continuing to decrease, still one in six men smoke

daily and more than a quarter of men drink at risky

levels. Men are also less likely to have regular

contact with doctors and might view seeking help

as a sign of weakness.

As we approach the middle of the year, men’s

health week is a good reminder to all of us to

prioritise our health, as well as raise awareness of

the health issues facing Australian men. The dry

season is the perfect time to work on those health

and fitness goals we set at the start of the year,

and improve our mental health and work-life

balance.

To find out more about Men’s Health Week and

to get ideas for possible events you can organise at

work or in the community, please see the Men’s

Health Week website.

Written by LEUT Andrew Flint, FRACGP

Medical Officer, RAN

HMAS Coonawarra

If you are new to Darwin, there are some additional

things you might not yet be aware of when it comes

to caring for your dog or cat in our tropical

environment. Some things to consider are:

Leptospirosis vaccinations for dogs

In addition to the C5 vaccination which is given Australia wide, we

recommend vaccinating dogs for an additional disease called

Leptospirosis (“Lepto”). Leptospirosis is caused by Leptospira

bacteria, which are mainly spread via the urine of infected rats (as

well as mice, and some of our native animals). Dogs tend to get it

from drinking contaminated water, or walking through

contaminated water or soil when they have cuts or abrasions.

In the tropical areas of Northern Australia, we vaccinate for

Leptospira Australis, as this is the most common type here. There

are many different types of Leptospira bacteria and vaccinations for

other types such as Leptospira Copenhageni are given in some

areas of Australia (we still need to give the Lepto Australis vaccine

to dogs that have had this).

Leptospirosis is a very severe disease. Clinical signs can sometimes

be very vague initially such as lack of appetite, lethargy, vomiting and

diarrhoea. Ultimately this can progress to acute kidney failure and

liver disease causing jaundice (yellow discoloration of the skin).

Mortality rate is high in these cases.

Many species (including humans) can develop leptospirosis. It is

much less common in cats , so you don’t need to vaccinate cats

against this disease.

Pets in Darwin

Heartworm in dogs and cats

Heartworm can be fatal for dogs and cats, and because it’s spread

by mosquitoes and thrives in warm environments, it’s very

important to protect our pets in Darwin. Treatment of heartworm

disease is difficult and there are significant risks involved, so it is

much better to prevent it from occurring. For dogs there are two

options for preventing heartworm – a yearly injection which is a

very reliable way of preventing heartworm disease, or a monthly

tablet or spot-on (they must be given on time every month to be

effective).

For cats we don’t have an injectable option, but there are spot-on

treatments (usually the easiest option for cats) or monthly tablets.

Intestinal worms in dogs and cats

Intestinal worms are very common in warm, moist environments

like Darwin. As well as causing disease in your pet, they can also

pass on to humans, especially children. More frequent intestinal

worming is recommended in Darwin, particularly in the wet season.

Not all worming products are effective enough in the Top End, so

please ask your vet for advice on which products to use.

Another intestinal worm that you may not have heard of is

Spirometra tapeworm. Spirometra tapeworm is a common

problem in cats and dogs in Darwin and is not covered by any of

the usual worming products. Dogs and cats get infected when they

ingest larvae from an intermediate host such as lizards or frogs.

Indoor cats often get infected when catching little geckos around

the house. Spirometra can be associated with gastrointestinal

disease (such as diarrhoea, vomiting and weight loss) in dogs and

cats. A specific tapewormer tablet available from your vet is

recommended every 3 months for Spirometra tapeworm.

Tick control in dogs

In Darwin, the most common type of ticks we see on dogs are the

brown dog tick. In addition to causing significant irritation, the

brown dog tick can transmit other diseases. Dog owners in the

Northern Territory should have their dogs on a tick control

program and regularly check their dogs for ticks.

Ehrlichiosis is a disease spread by the brown dog tick and is now

present in the Northern Territory and Western Australia (in

addition to other tick-borne diseases such as anaplasmosis and

babesiosis). Some symptoms of ehrlichiosis infection in dogs can

include fever, lethargy, appetite loss and bleeding disorders.

To protect your dog from ticks and from tick-borne diseases such

as ehrlichiosis, it is recommended to use a combination of tablets or

chews registered for tick control, as well as a tick collar to repel

ticks and try to stop them biting your dog. Speak to your vet about

the best products for your pet.

If tick infestations occur around your home, organise for a pest

controller to treat your house and yard.

Speak to your vet if you have any concerns about your dog - early

treatment gives the best chance of recovery from tick-borne

diseases.

Written by All Pets Veterinary Hospital

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Celebrating RAAF Centenary

on Amateur Radio

The 100th birthday of the RAAF has been

celebrated in many ways during 2021, however

not many people would be aware that Amateur

Radio is currently being used by a team of

operators to share the celebrations with many

Amateur Radio Operators from all over the

world.

In September 2020, a RAAF member and local Amateur

Stuie (VK8NSB), contacted Lee (VK3GK), the Vice President

of the Wireless Institute of Australia, requesting his assistance

in obtaining 2 special event callsigns to be used in 2021 to

celebrate the centenary of the Air Force in Australia.

Approval was granted for use of these two special callsigns

to be used on air: VI100AF for 100 days from March 1 – May

29, 2021, and VK100AF for March 1 – August 31, 2021.

Using social media, radio operators were recruited from

around Australia to donate their time to assist in getting

these callsigns on air as much as possible. Many ex-serving

and current serving ADF amateurs volunteered to become

part of the 47 strong team. A roster was created to share

the callsigns between operators to maximise their use over

many frequencies and modes.

For the full list of operators please visit VI100AF on https://

www.qrz.com/DB/VI100AF

In Australia, Amateur Radio Operators have access to many

High Frequency bands which allow signals to be bounced all

around the world, even using small wire antennas at home

or vehicle mounted equipment. There are VHF and UHF

frequencies and repeater towers which are used to either

communicate locally or to connect around the world.

These frequency bands allow even smaller equipment (such

as; handheld radios) to communicate locally or around the

world when using internet based linking systems to connect.

There are even several satellites, which fly overhead daily,

that are being activated with the VK100AF and VI100AF to

contact stations up to 3000km away.

In the first month of operation, the team made 15,429

QSO’s (amateur radio contact or conversation) into 117

countries. And, as of April 10, 2021, we have worked 18,680

QSO’s into 126 countries. The operators continue to

conduct an amazing team effort.

Special activations of the callsign VI100AF have also been

conducted over the month of March. The first being on

Sunday March 21, 2021 with Adam (VK5GA); Chris

(VK5FR); Tony (VK5FBIC); and Tom (VK5TOM) activating

VI100AF from the National Military Vehicle Museum in

South Australia. The second special activation was

conducted by Ray (VK4TPT) and David (VK4WP),

representing club station VK4MB, who activated VI100AF for

the weekend of March 27/28 from Ex Air Force Base

Maryborough in Queensland.

The final special activation was a very special operation.

After 2 Months of negotiations, Stuie (VK8NSB) was able to

obtain permission for himself, Joel (VK8JG), Simon (VK8ZJZ)

and Mal (VK8MT), to operate from the Truscott

Club, RAAF Base Darwin, on the Royal Australian Air

Force 100 year anniversary - March 31, 2021.

This operation provided a great opportunity to

demonstrate different aspects of Amateur Radio as

a hobby and what types of communications are

possible, even with small and portable equipment.

Listen out for other team members who are planning

activations from other historic military locations

around Australia over the coming months. Some

team members will also be active from summits and

Parks on the Air over the next few months.

For anyone interested in participating with this

amazing hobby or wanting to find out more about

getting started and obtaining a licence, please visit

www.wia.org.au

Written by Joel Graham

Amateur Radio

RAAF Darwin

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Test your Trivia

1. What country ceased to exist following conflicts between 1991 and 2001?

2. How many Australians were awarded the VC in the Vietnam war?

3. Germany lost 178 of these in combat during WW2. What were they?

4. What was the seaborne operation which delivered Operation overlord on D-Day in WW2?

Groote Eylandt

In my quest to experience the best the Top End has to offer

before posting out, we recently took the opportunity to

visit Groote Eylandt for a few days.

Groote Eylandt (meaning great island in Dutch), was named by Abel

Tasman in 1644. It is located in the Gulf of Carpentaria on the eastern side

of Arnhem Land, about 630klms from Darwin. The traditional owners are

the Warnindhilyagwa people, who have occupied the archipelago for over

8,000 years.

Groote Eylandt is probably best known for two things:

• Mining - Groote Eylandt Mining Company (GEMCO) was set up in

the 1960s to mine a rich reserve of manganese ore. Today, the mine

produces approximately ¼ of the world’s supply.

• Fishing – Groote offers some of the best sports fishing including

sailfish, marlin, giant trevally, queenfish, and coral trout.

5. German Chief of General Staff, von Falkenhayn in WW1 said he was going to bleed France white. At

which battle was he planning to do this?

6. The first Royal Australian Navy battle occurred on 9 November 1914. What ship was sunk by HMAS

Sydney during that battle?

7. The Soviet Sukhoi-34 fighter was the world's first fighter plane with a what in it?

8. How many ANZAC pilots took part in the Dambuster raid?

9. Which Australian did Sir Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris describe as ‘The most efficient airman I have ever

seen.’?

10. What naval incident occurred on 3 June 1969?

ANSWERS: 1. Yugoslavia 2. Four 3. U-boats 4. Neptune 5. Verdun 6. The German cruiser Emden 7. Toilet 8. 5 (4 Aust, 1 NZ) 9.

Air Vice Marshall Don Bennett 10. HMAS Melbourne and USS Frank E Evans collided

We stayed at the Groote Eylandt Lodge (formerly Dugong Resort), just a

few minutes from the main town of Alyungula. The resort is tucked away in

bush land, bordered by the sea facing west towards the mainland. It is a

peaceful place, temperature much cooler and less humid than Darwin

and an ideal spot for a bit of rest and recuperation.

We were fortunate to join a tour of the island, passing through Angurugu

community heading out to view Hanging Rock cave paintings. Our tour

guide explained that the outer rim of the cave had been sealed with tree

sap to form a drip line barrier, which protects the paintings from water

damage.

Some important points to note: There are many restricted areas so it’s

best to have a tour guide show you around. There are also restrictions in

place around alcohol, so NO ALCOHOL is to be brought on to the island

and can only be purchased/consumed at licensed venues.

For the war history buffs, Groote Eylandt played an important role in

WWII as a valuable resource of surveillance information to the Naval

Intelligence Division. For a great read, check out the Naval History of

Australia website, Simply a Question of Duty: A Coastwatcher in North

Australia Part 2: Coastwatching on Groote Eylandt during WWII.

Written by Deb Muir

Committee Member

The Top Ender Magazine

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Mosquitos and Midgies

Thank you to the Department of Health for supplying the calendars of the Salt Marsh Mosquitos and

the Biting Midges. For more information on either of these pests, visit the Department of Health’s

website referenced below.

TIDES

NORTH COAST - DARWIN 2021

TIMES AND HEIGHTS OF HIGH AND LOW WATERS

TIME ZONE - 0930

JUNE

JULY

RECREATIONAL

FISHING

There are rules you need to know before you go

recreational fishing in the Northern Territory.

In the NT rules apply to recreational fishing about:

• the types of fish you may catch

• how many fish you may catch

• where you may catch fish

• the fishing equipment you may use.

• Safety while fishing

While you do not need a recreational fishing licence or a recreational

boat licence in the NT, you must follow recreational boat laws. You

must follow boat rules and carry the right boat safety equipment.

Refer to the safety guide for recreational boating for details.

You should also learn about crocodile safety.

BITING MIDGES

Relatively low numbers occur during the wet

season, with an increase from April to July,

nevertheless, most active in the 2 hour period

before and after sunrise and sunset.

Biting midges do not transmit diseases to humans

in Australia, but scratching of the bites may lead to

secondary bacterial infection.

SALT MARSH MOSQUITOS

Beginning of June we may see a moderate

activity of Salt Marsh Mosquitos, best way to

protect your self is avoidance.

Next best thing is:

Personal protection, such as full-length trousers,

long-sleeved shirts, socks and shoes, and the use

of insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin or

PMD (extract of lemon eucalyptus - at a

minimum concentration of 30%) is needed to

provide protection from salt marsh mosquitoes.

Fishing in Aboriginal areas

There are rules you must follow about how to access fishing areas in

or near Aboriginal land.

Protected fish species

Protected species must be released unharmed. You must not keep

any of these protected species:

• all species of cod or groper longer than 1.2m

• sawfish

• northern river and speartooth sharks

• giant clams.

• Sea turtles and dugongs

Sea turtles and dugongs are protected species that nest and feed in

our waters. To help preserve their habitat you must not:

• speed through the nesting and feeding grounds

• anchor in narrow channels.

MOON PHASES

NEW MOON

FIRST QUARTER

FULL MOON

LAST QUARTER

Fishing regulations

You must follow the Fisheries Act NT Fishing Regulations. Read the

Fisheries Act 1988.

Compliance and policing

REFERENCES

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/11460

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/11459

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/741

The Bureau of Meteorology gives no warranty of any kind

whether express, implied, statutory or otherwise in respect to

the availability, accuracy, currency, completeness, quality or

reliability of the information or that the information will be fit for

any particular purpose or will not infringe any third party

intellectual property rights. The Bureau's liability for any loss,

damage, cost or expense resulting from use of, or reliance on, the

information is entirely excluded. Tidal predictions for Northern

Territory Ports are supplied by the National Tidal Centre of the

Bureau of Meteorology, copyright reserved.

Tides provided with permission of NT Government, Department of Transport

https://nt.gov.au/marine/for-all-harbour-and-boat-users/check-the-tides

Water police patrol boat ramps and waterways including Darwin

Harbour and remote rivers. Police and government boating

inspectors can give you a fine if you don't follow marine regulations.

Indigenous marine rangers also assist the police by reporting

offenders.

References:

https://nt.gov.au/marine/recreational-fishing/rules/aboutrecreational-fishing

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The Fabulous

Dry is Here!

What’s On

The Dry Season means the Top End is alive with special events! We have listed some important dates and

upcoming events so you can plan ahead, including some events specific to the Defence community.

Defence Related Events

17 MAY - 15 JUNE

Operation Arnhem Thunder, RAAF

11 JUNE

Wild in the NT, DCO/DMFS Eventbrite

Well, what a run-off for the end of the

wet season …… Shady Camp has

been going crazy with big barra

coming from the coastal creeks and

run-off drains along Chambers Bay.

The good ‘ol XM7 16A Bomber, 008 Reidys

Big B52 and Raptor Patriots have been the

best seller for the trolling fans, the 6inch Pro

Lure XL Shads doing it on the cast. These

new 6 inch Pro Lure XL Shads have been

absolutely dynamite everywhere during this

run-off season, The Daly River no exception

with 90cm Barra a common catch around

the mouth of Lizzy.

Up top of The South is also going well, the

rockbars just starting to fire now following

some explosive casting sessions off the edge

of the floodplains recently.

As we head into the dry, the big Spaniards

will set the bluewater alight around our

inshore reefs, as will the Snapper and

Jewfish. The Sailfish and Marlin will be a hot

target this year as many fisho’s turn a new

hand from Barra fishing into the blue

yonder. Dundee Wide, Fenton, The Trench

and more will be home to many trolling

skip-baits and teasers in search of the

monster. Chasing ‘Beakies’ has taken a

massive increase in popularity following a

few lame previous wet seasons on the Barra

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Photo: ‘Mr Raptor’ Peter Davis with another monster fish fallen victim to a Raptor

Patriot lure! Supplied by Craig’s Fishing Warehouse.

and it’s definitely stuck in their veins now!

Corroboree Billabong has just opened and

it will be a good year there following a great

flush. Green Bling 15A Bombers, Reidys

Little Lucifers and Junior B52’s and the

trusty Killalure Terminators are all good

producers here. Take some 80mm plastics,

weedless frogs and surface walkers and you

should catch fish quite easily.

I’m set for more Darwin and Bynoe

Harbour action this year. I’ve got Rapala Flat

Raps, Gulp 4” Swimming Mullets and Zerek

Flat Shads ready to go on the yellow tailed

saltwater fish that just keep inviting me

back!!

Get into Craig’s for the latest up to date

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Business Owner

Craig’s Fishing Warehouse

16 JUNE

All About Special Needs, DCO/DMFS Eventbrite

24 JUNE

Botanic Gardens Discovery Walk, DCO/DMFS Eventbrite

25 JUNE

Harbour Wildlife Encounter, DCO/DMFS Eventbrite

JUNE EVENTS & IMPORTANT DATES

Migraine Awareness Month

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

3rd – Mabo Day

5th – World Environment Day

8th – World Oceans Day

11th - 13th - Barunga Festival

12th - 14th Greek Glenti

12th – World Day Against Child Labour

14th – World Blood Donor Day

15th – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

15th - Global Wind Day

15th - National Buddy Day raises awareness of bullying

amongst primary school children and promotes the

importance of friendship

14th – 20th – International Men’s Health Week

20th - Refugee Day

17th – 23rd – World Continence Week

18th - 20th Darwin Triple Crown

20th – World Refugee Day

21st – International Day of Yoga

23rd – International Widows Day

25th – Bring your dog to work day

27th – PTSD Awareness Day

25th – 27th – Katherine to Darwin Challenge (to be

confirmed)

For more information and to find out about other events in the region

during 2021, check out the Tourism Top End Website

www.tourismtopend.com.au/event

We also recommend checking the websites in different towns and

councils, as well as organisations like the Waterfront Precinct. This is not

a complete list of events, and they are subject to change. Please confirm

with the organisation before attending.

Did you read our

Ultimate Dry Season

Guide in the last

edition?

With over 150 things to

do in the Top End, it’s

easy to find something

for everyone!

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our website today!

JULY EVENTS & IMPORTANT DATES

Dry July

National Desexing Month

Great Northern Darwin Cup Carnival

1st - Territory Day

2nd - 11th - Darwin Fringe Festival

4th – 11th – NAIDOC Week

14th – 20th – National Diabetes Week

16th - 18th - Katherine Show

17th – National Pyjama Day

18th – Nelson Mandela International Day

22nd – 24th – Royal Darwin Show

26th – 1st Aug – National Pain Week

24th – Lifelines Stress Down Day

26th – Crazy Hair and Sock Day (In support of

Children’s Cancer)

28th – 4th August – Donate Life Week raises awareness

and promotes organ and tissue donation

30th - Garma Festival

30th – International Day of Friendship (UN)

31st – World Ranger Day commemorates rangers killed

or injured while on duty

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ORs’ Mess.................................................................................08 8935 5088

Sergeants’ Mess.......................................................................08 8935 5580

RAAF Base Darwin

Airmen‘s Mess.........................................................................08 8923 5517

Front Gate................................................................................08 7929 4463

Officers Mess...........................................................................08 8923 5482

Sergeants’ Mess.......................................................................08 8923 5505

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Airmen‘s Mess.........................................................................08 8973 6240

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Defence Community Houses

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CIP (Exchanges)......................................................................08 8925 8823

Tailor...........................................................................................08 8925 8831

Tim’s Medal Mounting.....................................................................0448 129 531

Bulletproof NT..................................................................................08 8947 0935

Chaplains

Army On-call......................................................................................0427 713 963

Navy On-call......................................................................................0409 662 823

RAAF Darwin On-call.....................................................................0477 308 064

RAAF Tindal On-call.......................................................................0427 890 054

Helplines

Lifeline (24hr)..........................................................................................131 114

Kids Helpline (24hr)...................................................................1800 551 800

Parent Helpline – Karitane (24hr)........................................1300 227 464

Parentline.......................................................................................1300 301 300

Defence Community and Veterans

Support Services

Defence Member and Family Support (formerly DCO)

Website................................................................www.defence.gov.au/dco

Defence Family Helpline......................................................1800 624 608

Darwin Office..........................................................................08 8935 7900

Tindal/Katherine Office........................................................08 8973 6353

Defence Families of Australia (DFA)

National Convenor................................................................1800 100 509

National Delegate NT and Kimberly – Jessica Hanison......0418 807 548

Email............................................................................................nt@dfa.org.au

Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)..................................1800 555 254

Website.................................................................................www.dva.gov.au

Defence Service Home Loans.....................................................1800 722 000

Provider Enquiries..................................................................1800 550 457

Kookaburra Kids................................................................................1300 566 525

Website...........................................................www.kookaburrakids.org.au

Open Arms (24hrs) ...........................................................................1800 011 046

Website........................................................................www.openarms.gov.au

Legacy Northern Territory..............................................................08 8948 0830

Website........................................................................www.legacy.com.au/nt

National ADF Family Health Program.........................................02 6266 3547

Website..................................................................www.adffamilyhealth.com

Red Shield Defence Services – Salvation Army

Gerald & Mairi Mitchell...........................................................0400 642 881

Returned Services League (RSL)

Darwin...............................................................................darwin@rslsa.org.au

Darwin North.............................................................................08 8945 0701

Katherine (via Secretary)........................................................0407 130 095

Nhulunbuy...................................................................................08 8987 0600

Palmerston...................................................................................0488 001 862

Tennant Creek...........................................................................0499 564 031

Veterans Australia (NT) ........................sec@veteransaustraliant.org.au

Advocacy Assistance........................smatdp@veteransaustraliant.org.au

Useful Defence Contacts

Comsuper

ADF Cover..................................................................................1300 001 977

ADF Super...................................................................................1300 203 439

DFRDB..........................................................................................1300 001 677

Military Super (MSBS).............................................................1300 006 727

Defence Housing Australia (DHA)...........................................................133 342

Website....................................................................................www.dha.gov.au

Defence Relocations and Housing Manager NT......................0458 241 867

Toll Transitions.....................................................................................1800 819 167

Defence Tax Management Office (CTMO)...............................1800 806 053

Health

Australian Breastfeeding Association...........................................1800 686 268

Autism NT.............................................................................................08 8948 4424

Bereaved Parent Support NT|SIDS and Kids NT....................08 8948 5311

24-hour Emergency Support Line.......................................0448 849 234

Birthline Pregnancy Support............................................................1300 655 156

Cancer Council NT

Alice Springs...............................................................................08 8953 5920

Darwin..........................................................................................08 8944 1800

Katherine......................................................................................08 8971 2022

Website..........................................................................www.nt.cancer.org.au

Carers Australia NT......................................................................08 8944 4888

Website......................................................................www.carersnt.asn.au

Childbirth Education Association Darwin.............................08 8948 3043

Website..................................................................www.ceadarwin.asn.au

Community Care Centres

Alice Springs Community Health Centre...................08 8951 6711

Casuarina Community Care Centre.............................08 8922 7301

Katherine Community Health Centre..........................08 8973 8570

Karama Child and Family Health Clinic.......................08 8922 7301

Nhulunbuy Community Health Centre.......................08 8987 0435

Nylander Child Health Clinic..........................................08 8922 7301

Palmerston Community Care Centre..........................08 8999 3344

Tennant Creek Community Health Care...................08 8962 4218

Cradle Support Group.................................................................0438 272 353

Website..........................................................................www.cradle.org.au

Darwin Homebirth Group ........................................................08 8922 5522

Website..................................darwinhomebirthgroup.wordpress.com

Defence Special Needs Support Group (DSNSG)

Website...........................................................................www.dsnsg.org.au

National Coordinator........................................................1800 037 674

Darwin Coordinator.............................................darwin@dsnsg.org.au

Katherine/Tindal Coordinator......................katherine@dsnsg.org.au

Down Syndrome Association NT............................................08 8985 6222

Website.................................................www.downsyndroment.com.au

Epilepsy Centre – Epilepsy Association of SA & NT........1300 850 081

Website.........................................................www.epilepsycentre.org.au

Family Planning NT.......................................................................08 8948 0144

Website.........................................................................www.fpwnt.com.au

Hearing Australia.......................................................................................134 432

Northern Territory Department of Health (DOH)..........08 8999 2400

Website....................................................................www.health.nt.gov.au

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline........................................1800 882 436

Top End Mental Health Service................................................08 8999 4988

Wellness Centre............................................................................08 8946 7176

Website..............................................www.cdu.edu.au/wellness-centre

Sports and Activities

Australian Air Force Cadets 8 Wing

AAFC 801 Squadron – Winnellie..................................08 8923 5713

AAFC 802 Squadron – Driver........................................0473 816 694

AAFC 803 Squadron – Tindal........................................0427 397 495

AAFC 804 Squadron – Alice Springs...........................08 8953 4484

Australian Army Cadets..............................08 8935 5174 / 08 8935 5488

Email............................................................aachq-nt@armycadets.gov.au

Australian Navy Cadets

Training Ship Darwin...........................TSDarwin@navycadets.gov.au

Training Ship Melville Bay...........TSMelvilleBay@navycadets.gov.au

Girl Guides NT...............................................................................08 8981 3628

Website...................................................................www.girlguides.org.au

Playgroups Association NT (PANT).......................................08 8945 7775

Website............................................................www.playgroupnt.com.au

RAAF Darwin Fishing Club – Sgt Tracy Sylvester..............08 8924 2045

RAAF Darwin Golf Club.............................................................0459 746 306

Swimming

Masters Swimming..............................................................08 8981 5919

Alice AUSSI..........................................thecullenanes@ozemail.com.au

Darwin Stingers.......................................................stingers@iinet.net.au

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Palmerston Sharks.................................info@palmerstonsharks.com.au

Goldfishbowl Swim School.................................................08 8931 1000

NT Swim School.....................................................................08 8948 1000

Website.................................................www.ntswimschool.com.au

Palmerston & Rural Swimming Club

Head Coach Daniel Gerlach....................................0400 299 622

Swim Dynamics Swim School............................................0421 631 624

Website......................................................www.swimdynamics.com

Scouts NT...........................................................................................08 8948 0994

Website.....................................................................www.nt.scouts.com.au

Surf Life Saving NT..........................................................................08 8985 6588

Website.................................................................www.lifesavingnt.com.au

Local Government and Regional Councils

Alice Springs Town Council..........................................................08 8950 0500

Barkly Regional Council..................................................................08 8962 0000

Belyuen Community Government Council.............................08 8978 5061

Central Desert Regional Council................................................1300 360 605

City of Darwin...................................................................................08 8930 0300

City of Palmerston...........................................................................08 8935 9922

Coomalie Community Government Council..........................08 8976 0058

East Arnhem Regional Council....................................................08 8986 8986

Katherine Town Council................................................................08 8972 5500

Litchfield Council..............................................................................08 8983 0600

MacDonnell Regional Council......................................................08 8958 9600

Nhulunbuy Corporation.................................................................08 8939 2200

Roper Gulf Regional Councils......................................................08 8972 9000

Tiwi Regional Council.....................................................................08 8970 9500

Victoria Daly Regional Council....................................................08 8972 0777

Wagait Shire Council......................................................................08 8978 5185

West Arnhem Regional Council.................................................08 8979 9444

West Daly Regional Council.........................................................08 8901 3920

Government

Bureau of Meteorology..................................................................1800 659 214

Website...............................................................................www.bom.gov.au

Department of Human Services.............................................................132 468

Centrelink

Medicare

Carers..........................................................................................132 717

Families........................................................................................136 150

Complaints and Feedback.........................................1800 132 468

General Enquiries....................................................................132 011

myGov Helpdesk...............................................................................132 307

Motor Vehicle Registry NT...........................................................1300 654 628

Website............................................................................www.mvr.nt.gov.au

Road Report ......................................................................................1800 246 199

Website.............................................................www.roadreport.nt.gov.au

Animal Services and Animal Care

Injured Wildlife

Wildcare Alice Springs.........................................................0419 221 128

Wildcare Darwin....................................08 8988 6121 / 0408 885 341

Darwin Wildlife Sanctuary..................................................0473 992 581

Katherine Wildlife Rescue Services.................................0412 955 336

RSPCA (Darwin)....................................................................08 8984 3795

Pounds and Animal Shelters

Have we missed something?

Alice Springs Animal Shelter..............08 8950 0500 / 08 8953 4430

Darwin........................................................................................08 8947 2099

Katherine...................................................................................08 8972 5500

Palmerston................................................................................08 8935 9977

Snake Catcher....................................................................................1800 453 210

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