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

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

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JUNE | JULY <strong>2022</strong><br />

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FEATURES<br />

05 MAJOR MARK BERETTA OAM<br />

08 TOUR DE CURE<br />

09 PHIL KERR SERVICE CENTRE<br />

10 WIN WITH OUR SPONSORS<br />

12 1ST MARINE DIVISION<br />

16 WWII INDIGENOUS SERVICE LIST<br />

17 COMMEMORATING THE NACKEROOS<br />

SUPPORT<br />

13 BRAVERY TRUST<br />

15 MATES 4 MATES<br />

18 LEGACY NT<br />

20 DEFENCE MEMBER AND FAMILY SUPPORT<br />

22 DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS<br />

24 DEFENCE FAMILIES AUSTRALIA<br />

25 CHAPLAINS CHAT<br />

26 ROBERTSON BARRACKS FAMILY GROUP<br />

27 LARRAKEYAH NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE<br />

28 BILLEROY HOUSE<br />

28 REELING VETS<br />

29 LOCAL NDIS SUPPORT<br />

COMMUNITY<br />

14 GOLD MEDAL SERVICES<br />

19 BUYING A HOME TO LIVE IN<br />

31 NTYW <strong>2022</strong> REVIEW<br />

32 COMMITTEE NOTICEBOARD<br />

34 BROTHERS N BOOKS<br />

35 GROM<br />

36 WHAT’S ON<br />

37 TOP END JOBS BOARD<br />

38 PRINCES TRUST AUSTRALIA<br />

44 TALES OF A TOP END MUM<br />

CONTENTS<br />

45 VETERAN GAMING AUSTRALIA<br />

47 KATHERINE RECREATION<br />

52 DEFENCE HEALTH<br />

53 FLOAT THERAPY<br />

55 WHAT IS A BRAIN DUMP?<br />

56 PODCASTS<br />

59 FOSSICKING IN THE NT<br />

59 TOP END GEM CLUB<br />

62 HANDY DIRECTORY<br />

Photo: Mark Beretta - Supercars Channel 7 on Ride Day 2021<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

DARWIN TRIPLE CROWN GIVEAWAY - PG 4<br />

MAJOR MARK BERETTA OAM - PG 5<br />

COMMEMORATING THE NACKEROOS - PG 17<br />

CREATIVE SPOUSES SERIES - PG 40 - 43<br />

COMPETITIONS<br />

DARWIN TRIPLE CROWN - PG 4<br />

WIN WITH OUR SPONSORS - PG 10<br />

PRINCES TRUST CARE PACKAGE - PG 39<br />

KIDS ART PACK - PG 57<br />

LIFESTYLE<br />

PETS IN DARWIN - PG 46<br />

WHATS THE TIDE DOING? - PG 48<br />

MOSQUITO WATCH - PG 48<br />

CRAIG’S FISHING - PG 49<br />

TRIH: CHECK IN TO RECONNECT - PG 51<br />

KIDS + TEENS<br />

SUSTAINABLE LEGO - PG 50<br />

SCOUTS NT - PG 54<br />

CONNECTING TO COUNTRY - PG 57<br />

ADVICE FOR YOUNG DRIVERS - PG 58<br />

KIDS PUZZLES - PG 60 & 61<br />

FROM THE COMMITTEE<br />

Photo: Major Mark Beretta OAM - PG 5<br />

IMPORTANT DATES<br />

SUBMISSION DEADLINE<br />

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

for August/September edition is: 15th <strong>June</strong><br />

<strong>2022</strong>.<br />

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JUNE JULY <strong>2022</strong><br />

WELCOME<br />

Dry Season. <strong>The</strong> skies are filled with dragonflies<br />

instead of clouds and you can enjoy the balmy<br />

nights at the markets once again.<br />

In this edition, we turn to our creative spouses to<br />

highlight the amazing businesses they have built. We<br />

also chat with Major Mark Beretta OAM and, of<br />

course, the Darwin Triple Crown! We have jammed<br />

a whole heap of giveaways into this edition, all of<br />

which have been kindly donated by our amazing<br />

sponsors!<br />

Got a story? We want to hear it! Visit our website<br />

and discover all the ways you can get involved with<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> to support your local Defence<br />

community today.<br />

Creative Spouses Series - PG 40 -43<br />

Informal portrait of two Indigenous servicemen, NX31736 Private Frederick Beale<br />

(left) and his brother NX31660 Pte George Henry Beale (right), with NX31623<br />

Pte Michael Joseph (Joe) Lynch (centre) - PG 16<br />

DMFS Activities: Welcome to the <strong>Top</strong> End event at Crocosaurus Cove - PG 20<br />

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W I N<br />

3 - D AY H OT PA S S<br />

F O R YO U A N D A M AT E<br />

Supercars will head to Darwin for a huge weekend of racing, 17th –<br />

19th <strong>June</strong> <strong>2022</strong>. With the championship ladder taking shape, drivers<br />

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Access to multiple shaded and open<br />

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BONUS<br />

Free public transport to and from<br />

the event<br />

Free public parking<br />

TAKING A BREAK<br />

with<br />

Major<br />

MARK BERETTA<br />

We were lucky enough to catch up with Mark Beretta<br />

OAM somewhere in between his busy schedule with<br />

Sunrise 7,V8 Supercars,Tour de Cure and Army<br />

Reserves! With a life-long commitment to Journalism and<br />

Sport, it seemed like a natural decision to enlist as a<br />

Public Affairs Officer in 2019, and he hasn’t looked back!<br />

OAM<br />

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Winners will be notified by email/phone and announced in the next<br />

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE HOBBY / PAST TIME?<br />

Since I was 4 years old, I grew up water skiing. My dad taught me everything I<br />

needed to know, but I couldn’t swim, so it was a case of “sink or ski” while<br />

learning in the Barwon River near Geelong. I have spent my life skiing and have<br />

some really great mates from it. I have also been to some amazing water skiing<br />

spots and events, including the Darwin Water Ski Club, where I enjoy watching<br />

the sunset after the Supercars.<br />

WHAT DO YOU DO TO MANAGE STRESS?<br />

I find that exercise and staying fit helps me to manage stress, which includes a<br />

mixture of gym, cycling, running and swimming. Fitness is a good release for<br />

me and helps to reset my head when life gets really busy. My wife says that I<br />

am unbearable when I don’t exercise, so that’s enough motivation for me!<br />

I prefer to go to the gym straight after leaving work or before dinner. I<br />

also participate in Tour de Cure every year, which helps to raise much<br />

needed funding for cancer research, a cause that touches so many people.<br />

Sunrise’s Sports Presenter Mark Beretta<br />

Photos: Public Affairs Officer Major Mark Beretta<br />

Photo: Mark Beretta - TV Presenter for Channel 7 Sunrise Sport<br />

Photos: Mark Beretta - Supercars<br />

Channel 7 on Ride Day 2021<br />

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WHAT IS A COMMON QUESTION THAT<br />

PEOPLE ASK YOU?<br />

People often ask me what time I get up in the<br />

morning, and the answer is 3:35am (sometimes<br />

3:36am or 3:37am if I am lucky!). I arrive at the studio<br />

of Sunrise 7 at 4:30am to prepare for the day and<br />

start on air at 5:30am. You have to love this type of<br />

work and enjoy your team to stay motivated. We<br />

have an awesome team who have worked together<br />

for 20 years, however it has not been great for my<br />

social or family life at times. But, through this<br />

experience, I have had some amazing opportunities<br />

and met some incredible people over 18 years on<br />

Australian breakfast television.<br />

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?<br />

Firstly, staying healthy for my family and keeping up<br />

with my kids. I am also really inspired to work with<br />

charities to help raise awareness, especially the Tour<br />

de Cure, which I have participated in for over 14<br />

years.<br />

I find a huge sense of purpose when I get involved<br />

with something that doesn’t give me something in<br />

return (other than personal satisfaction). I have<br />

worked hard all my life, so I wanted to give back to<br />

the community, then I found Tour de Cure. Overall, I<br />

have helped to raise around $14m in cancer funding.<br />

This is an incredible result for cancer research, and it<br />

couldn’t happen without the support of Channel 7<br />

and our audience. I am easily inspired by inspiring<br />

people.<br />

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO JOIN ARMY<br />

RESERVES IN 2019?<br />

Enlisting into the Australian Defence Force (Reserves)<br />

was always something I had wanted to do, and I<br />

genuinely regret not doing it earlier. I was having a<br />

few drinks with some ADF recruiters and had the<br />

forms, but never sent them off. I have only been<br />

enlisted for a couple of years, but thoroughly enjoyed<br />

the opportunities and how much is possible within<br />

Defence. I have also been working with a group of<br />

veteran mentors in Queensland and have really<br />

enjoyed seeing veterans succeeding.<br />

WHAT SKILLS/LESSONS HAVE YOU LEARNED IN<br />

THE MILITARY THAT YOU USE REGULARLY?<br />

Being in public affairs, I am often dealing with crisis<br />

situations and managing unexpected situations. I have<br />

learned a lot about people management and trying<br />

something new, even when it is unfamiliar or seems<br />

challenging. It has been interesting to step outside my<br />

comfort zone, but I see a strong sense of service and<br />

dedication amongst my comrades and I admire that.<br />

Military training has really challenged me. I remember<br />

starting training to become a Specialist Service<br />

Officer at Duntroon, standing there at 6:00am in the<br />

morning with my sheet over my shoulder – it was an<br />

eye-opening experience for me. I had been so<br />

comfortable before I enlisted and competent in my<br />

day job that I had forgotten how to challenge my<br />

comfort zone. I realised things that I didn’t know I<br />

could do. My initial ‘fork and spoon’ camp was an<br />

eye-opener, but a great experience, except needing<br />

to get ready within15 minutes – that was fun! It was<br />

also refreshing to be a ‘recruit’ and not Mark Beretta<br />

the television personality. I was expected to do a job,<br />

learn my role and was not treated differently, which I<br />

love.<br />

I was working out at Holsworthy once and I<br />

noticed a mess lady looking at me strangely for<br />

quite some time... She finally approached me to tell<br />

me that I look exactly like my famous twin brother!<br />

That was a moment I will never forget and it always<br />

makes me laugh when I think about it.<br />

WHAT IS YOUR STRONGEST PERSONALITY<br />

TRAIT?<br />

Perseverance. My dad always told me that you may<br />

not be the most talented person in the room, but<br />

you can be the hardest working. I have always been<br />

willing to do what needs to be done and it has always<br />

paid off. You can work your way to where you want<br />

to be.<br />

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST WEAKNESS?<br />

Chocolate… definitely… No, I am working on that. I<br />

love to eat, but I need to work harder on my fitness<br />

to keep it off. Punctuality could be my greatest<br />

weakness.<br />

HOW WOULD YOUR BEST MATE DESCRIBE<br />

YOU?<br />

<strong>The</strong>y would probably say, “pretty much always late”.<br />

Don’t ever plan for me to be on time, but I am good<br />

fun to be around. I am also not the first to buy a<br />

round of beers, but I can often help out with sporting<br />

tickets and events. I’m a very loyal mate - if you ever<br />

need me, I’ll be there.<br />

Photo: Sunrise’s Mark Beretta OAM<br />

BEST MOMENTS OF YOUR LIFE?<br />

Struth! Ummm….. I think it’s magic when your kids<br />

are born. Finally finishing my Engineering Degree is<br />

also a highlight. I once sat on the back of Mick<br />

Doohan’s bike around Phillip Island at 300km per<br />

hour - that was pretty crazy!<br />

Any day of commentating the Olympics Games is<br />

also an amazing day! I have also been the MC at<br />

Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Baton launch of<br />

the Queensland Commonwealth Games, where I got<br />

the opportunity to introduce the Queen and Prince<br />

Phillip. Here I am, commentating live on BBC and she<br />

didn’t come out! Standing out the front of<br />

Buckingham Palace, sweating profusely, everyone<br />

waiting… 3 minutes later, she walked out when she<br />

was ready… It was quite surreal and an incredible<br />

opportunity for me.<br />

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER<br />

RECEIVED?<br />

To follow your dreams and give things a go.<br />

Someone needs to do it and it may as well be you.<br />

This was my Dad’s advice and I have seen him<br />

succeed so many times with hard work. I try to teach<br />

my own kids this as well - your dream job does exist<br />

and you can be happy at work, it might just require a<br />

bit of hard work to get there!<br />

Photos: Mark Beretta with Dick Johnson and the Peter Brock Trophy.<br />

Photos: Sunrise’s Mark Beretta OAM<br />

WHO IS YOUR HERO?<br />

Oooooooh geeez….. In life; probably my Dad. He<br />

did so much, not just for his family, but his<br />

community. He had his own plumbing business, three<br />

sons and managed to support his family in so many<br />

ways.<br />

In sporting: I have always been a fan of Greg<br />

Norman. He blazed his own trail and put Australian<br />

golf on the international stage. My favourite footballer<br />

is Gary Ablett Senior – amazing man. Roger Federer<br />

is awesome with his passion for sport. I am also a<br />

massive Steve Waugh fan. So many to mention, but<br />

Peter Brock was something else - I worked with him<br />

a lot earlier in my career.<br />

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE<br />

ABOUT YOUR CAREER / LIFE?<br />

To be honest, I love media and sport is my first love.<br />

If it wasn’t for that, I would have enlisted into the full<br />

time Army many years ago. In hindsight, I wish I had<br />

spent more quality time with my kids in the earlier<br />

years when my work consumed a lot of my time and<br />

I wasn’t home with my family. Life is always about<br />

balance, but I wouldn’t change much about my<br />

journey.<br />

FAVOURITE BAND?<br />

This is the easiest question you have asked me!<br />

AC/DC without a doubt. I have a treasured AC/DC<br />

Rock or Bust album, signed by the world's greatest<br />

EVER guitarist Angus Young. <strong>The</strong> last concert I went<br />

to was AC/DC and it was the best concert of my life.<br />

I interviewed Brian Johnson for Channel 7 –<br />

AMAZING!!<br />

FAVOURITE MOVIE?<br />

Hands down - Talledega Nights: <strong>The</strong> Ballad of Ricky<br />

Bobby.<br />

FAVOURITE PLACE IN AUSTRALIA?<br />

It would have to be Whitehaven Beach on Hamilton<br />

Island. It’s an incredible place to swim, gorgeous<br />

scenery and still so untouched.<br />

FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE TOP END?<br />

Of course this would have to be Hidden Valley<br />

Raceway (laughs)!<br />

I also love Cooinda Yellow Waters in Kakadu. We<br />

stayed overnight and went out to watch the sunrise. I<br />

love the <strong>Top</strong> End so much.<br />

I do have memories of driving with Mark Skaife when<br />

the NT was an autobahn, and we made the best time<br />

ever from Darwin to Kakadu. I have never been a<br />

racing driver myself, but I did participate in the Grand<br />

Prix celebrity race for a bit of a laugh.<br />

Interviewed by Deb Herring<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

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Tour de Cure<br />

We're a formidable force<br />

Tour de Cure raises vital funds to support<br />

the researchers, surgeons and clinicians<br />

who dedicate their lives to finding a cure<br />

for cancer.<br />

Through our magical, challenging and<br />

inspirational events we raise money to<br />

fund the boldest research, the most<br />

talented scientists and the groundbreaking<br />

projects that we believe will have<br />

the biggest impact on cancer.<br />

From humble beginnings in 2007, the Tour<br />

de Cure community has grown to<br />

become a national movement of<br />

thousands of people, walking, running,<br />

riding and swimming to raise awareness<br />

and inspire support in the fight to cure<br />

cancer.<br />

<strong>The</strong> generosity of our supporters has<br />

enabled us to raise $75 million, fund 563<br />

cancer projects, educate 175,000 school<br />

children on how to prevent cancer and<br />

we’re proud to have contributed to 70<br />

scientific cancer breakthroughs.<br />

We're building momentum<br />

Thanks to our supporters, we're getting<br />

closer to our dream of a world without<br />

cancer, but there's still an urgent need for<br />

more effective treatments to improve<br />

survival rates and quality of life.<br />

We're capturing people's<br />

imagination<br />

From humble beginnings in Sydney in<br />

2007, the TDC family has grown to<br />

become a national movement of more<br />

than 15,000 people, inspiring support<br />

across Australia.<br />

Some people ride with us. Others come<br />

to heal. Many give up their holidays to<br />

volunteer with us and want nothing in<br />

return. Regardless of our personal stories,<br />

we’re united by a shared purpose: to cure<br />

cancer.<br />

Tour de Cure is a registered Australian<br />

Tier 1 Charity with the Australian<br />

Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.<br />

For every dollar we receive:<br />

• 70.3 cents goes to cancer projects<br />

• 25 cents is invested in events to<br />

generate future income<br />

• 4.7 cents is spent on essential<br />

administration<br />

Thanks to the tireless fundraising efforts of<br />

our community over the years, Tour de<br />

Cure has now funded 563 cancer projects<br />

in research, support and prevention.<br />

We are extremely proud to announce<br />

that these research projects have led to<br />

70 major cancer breakthroughs. A<br />

breakthrough is a significant medical<br />

advancement, that increases our<br />

understanding of the causes, the treatment<br />

or the diagnosis of cancer.<br />

Each breakthrough takes us closer to our<br />

goals of curing cancer, changing lives.<br />

Whilst this is incredible news, there is so<br />

much more to do. Please donate to Tour<br />

de Cure so we can continue this<br />

important work.<br />

tourdecure.com.au/<br />

Phil Kerr Service Centre<br />

Celebrating 20 years of advertising support<br />

for <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong>!<br />

Phil Kerr Service Centre has been serving the<br />

automotive needs of the Darwin community for over<br />

40 years. Our team enjoy the opportunity to provide<br />

honest and reliable automotive services to the defence<br />

and emergency services community located around<br />

Greater Darwin.<br />

After serving in the Australian Army with RAEME for 21 years,<br />

Mark Winn ran the RAAF Base Service Station for over 13<br />

years and now operates the Phil Kerr Service Centre in Harriet<br />

Place, Darwin.<br />

Mark understands the challenges of defence relocations and<br />

finding reliable, local services that the defence community can<br />

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With the Merlin Triple Crown V8’s coming to Darwin<br />

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Have a chat to Mark to discuss your individual requirements.<br />

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In 1942, 1st Marine Division<br />

arrived in Australia for rest and<br />

refit following the Battle of<br />

Guadalcanal.<strong>The</strong>re, the division<br />

received the Presidential Unit<br />

Citation for the Marines’ bravery<br />

during the fight, and four Marines<br />

were presented the United<br />

States highest award for valor in<br />

combat, the Medal of Honor, for<br />

heroism on Guadalcanal.<br />

1st Marine Division<br />

United States Marine Corps<br />

Image: <strong>The</strong> official crest of the 1st<br />

Marine Division, affectionately known as<br />

the “Blue Diamond.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> 1st Marine Division maintains the Southern Cross as<br />

part of its crest, and Waltzing Matilda as the Division song,<br />

both testaments to the Division’s enduring bond with the<br />

people of Australia.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 1st Marine Division has three infantry regiments, each of<br />

which fought at Guadalcanal, New Britain, and throughout the<br />

war.<br />

Looking Toward the Future<br />

As MRF-D moves into this rotation, the<br />

Marines and Sailors that comprise its ranks<br />

remain committed to increasing our combined<br />

combat readiness, standing ready to respond to<br />

crisis, strengthening our long-standing<br />

relationship, and strengthening the relationships<br />

with our shared partners in the region.<br />

It is an honor for 5th Marines to return its flag<br />

to Australia and continue our shared march<br />

alongside our ADF teammates and the<br />

Australian people.<br />

Image: <strong>The</strong> official crests of the 1st, 5th, and 7th Marine Infantry Regiments of the<br />

1st Marine Division.<br />

Have you heard<br />

about Bravery Trust?<br />

Bravery Trust has been granted $2.1 million over three<br />

years to expand its veteran specific financial counselling<br />

service and support the move from welfare to<br />

independence.<br />

CEO Belinda Wilson said income, finance and employment are<br />

recognised as key factors to veteran wellbeing. She commended<br />

the Federal Government for recognising the need to evolve and<br />

find better ways of supporting veterans for the longer term, as<br />

demonstrated by the $2.1 million announcement.<br />

“Empowering veterans through financial counselling and financial<br />

literacy, rather than welfare alone, leads to a better financial<br />

outcome for families and, importantly, restores pride and<br />

increases confidence,” she said.<br />

Bravery Trust provides an immediate safety net such as food<br />

vouchers, emergency housing, utility bills and motor vehicle<br />

expenses when veterans face hardship, alongside providing<br />

financial counselling to help veterans out of hardship.<br />

“Financial matters can be complex, especially for those who have<br />

limited earning capacity due to illness or injury. When financial<br />

circumstances change suddenly and unexpectedly, it is essential<br />

that those affected can receive financial support as quickly as<br />

possible,” Ms Wilson said.<br />

“However, we’ve seen that welfare alone is not effectively<br />

supporting veterans to a sustainable future.<br />

“With the support of the Federal Government we’re now able<br />

to offer our services to more serving and ex-serving members of<br />

the Australian Defence Force, working alongside them for the<br />

longer term, both preventing financial crisis and better preparing<br />

families if crisis does hit.”<br />

Serving and ex-serving members of the ADF (or their families)<br />

facing financial hardship can call Bravery Trust on 1800<br />

BRAVERY (1800 272 837).<br />

ANZAC Day Fundraiser<br />

Bravery Trust has partnered with Coles in the lead-up to<br />

Anzac Day raising $150,000 to support Defence Force<br />

veterans injured during service.<br />

Coles has donated 50 cents from the sale of Anzac Biscuits and<br />

other Coles Bakery 12 packs of cookies and biscuits sold from<br />

April 20 to April 25 to Bravery Trust to support veterans in<br />

hardship.<br />

Kevin Sheedy, who is a Bravery Trust ambassador, said there has<br />

been a surge in demand for help this year as rent, fuel prices and<br />

other costs have soared.<br />

“Coming after a very tough two years of COVID, veterans who<br />

are injured and on a fixed income are too often faced with a<br />

difficult juggle,” Sheedy said.<br />

“We owe it to all our ex-service people to give them all the help<br />

that they need. <strong>The</strong>y deserve it.’’<br />

Coles Assistant State Manager for Victoria and Tasmania Rory<br />

McDonald, who is also a member of the Army Reserve, said<br />

Coles is proud to support our Aussie veterans and their families<br />

who have made significant personal sacrifices in their service.<br />

“Bravery Trust is about the individuals who have made the<br />

personal choice to devote themselves to the service of our<br />

country - often at great personal sacrifice - and to support them<br />

as they navigate any hardships post-service,” he said.<br />

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BY<br />

Image: <strong>The</strong> Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command stands with the Commanding<br />

Officer, MRF-D at Robertson Barracks, Darwin, NT, March 23, <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Image: To<br />

commemorate the 5th<br />

Marine Regiment return<br />

to Australia, a<br />

commemorative patch<br />

has been designed. <strong>The</strong><br />

design reflects our close<br />

relationship with the<br />

ADF, and the Australian<br />

people.<br />

Ms Wilson said the initial trial of a veteran specific financial<br />

counselling service, in partnership with the ADF Financial Services<br />

Consumer Centre, had reported 97% of those who initially<br />

required financial aid did not need to return for further<br />

welfare when they worked with veteran specific financial<br />

counsellors. Participants reported an improved outlook on life<br />

and their future. Around 60% of those reaching out to Bravery<br />

Trust are younger than 50 years old, 74% have children.<br />

www.braverytrust.org.au<br />

Bravery Trust CEO Belinda Wilson said Coles’ support for the<br />

charity was invaluable, raising vital funds to help the most at-risk<br />

veterans when faced with hardship.<br />

“Bravery Trust provides emergency financial support to veterans<br />

and their families for medical fees, utility bills, rent, motor vehicle<br />

expenses, education costs and food vouchers. <strong>The</strong> charity also<br />

offers a veteran-specific financial counselling service to help<br />

rebuild lives,’’ Ms Wilson said.<br />

“With the help of Coles and their customers, we can not only<br />

change the lives of veterans and their families – together, we can<br />

save lives.”<br />

Bravery Trust is supported by ambassadors including Governor-<br />

General David Hurley, former Governor-General Sir Peter<br />

Cosgrove and former Australian cricket coach Justin Langer.<br />

Coles has supported Bravery Trust since 2014 but Coles’<br />

connection to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) goes back<br />

to the First World War when Coles founder GJ Coles enlisted<br />

in the Australian Imperial Force at the age of 32 to serve on<br />

the Western Front in Europe. He was shot in the knee and<br />

sadly two of his brothers were killed during the war.<br />

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Gold Medal Services<br />

If you live or work on base –<br />

especially Defence Establishment<br />

Berrimah and Larrakeyah<br />

Barracks - you have probably<br />

seen our friendly plumbers fixing<br />

water leaks, servicing pumps and<br />

doing all the other things that<br />

plumbers do.<br />

Gold Medal Services has been working<br />

on Territory Defence bases since 2002.<br />

We have a passion for supporting<br />

Defence Operational Capability and<br />

were proud winners of the 2021<br />

Ministers Award for Excellence in the<br />

Defence Industry.<br />

In addition to plumbing, our group of companies also<br />

undertake jet vac truck hydro excavation, CCTV of<br />

underground services, ground penetrating radar (GPR), fire<br />

protection, electrical services and project management.<br />

Signing up to the Veterans Employment<br />

Program this year was an easy decision. We have<br />

always valued the significant skills and experience<br />

that Australian Veterans can offer. As a business<br />

committed to training, we also support all our staff<br />

to develop new skills and knowledge and be the<br />

best that they can be.<br />

So, if you are looking at<br />

transitioning out of Defence<br />

or a family member looking<br />

for a new challenge, give us a<br />

call to find out what<br />

opportunities we have<br />

available.<br />

Diving into it!<br />

A group of veterans recently took the plunge and<br />

completed an introduction to scuba diving session<br />

alongside the Mates4Mates team with the help of<br />

Learn to Dive Darwin.<br />

Image: Todd the dive instructor shows the veterans how it’s done.<br />

Mates4Mates Announces<br />

New Regional Manager<br />

Mates4Mates is excited to welcome a new Regional Manager for the Northern Territory,<br />

Marcia Morgan, who is based in Palmerston. A 15-year Australian Army veteran and the<br />

previous Mates4Mates North Queensland Regional Manager, Marcia steps into the role<br />

with a strong background in working with veterans.<br />

Marcia has been with Mates4Mates since 2018 and brings a deep passion for helping the veteran<br />

community and creating meaning through connection.<br />

Marcia will lead the Northern Territory Mates4Mates team to manage the growing services and<br />

activities, including the exercise physiology program, social connection activities, and various clinical<br />

recovery programs which are designed to provide veterans and their families with opportunities to<br />

develop new skills and learn techniques to help them move forward from the impacts of service.<br />

“As a fellow veteran, I realise the importance of the support and connection that Mates4Mates<br />

provides those of us who have served and our families. <strong>The</strong> positive impact I have seen over the<br />

years is truly inspiring and I look forward to working with veterans in the Territory to help improve<br />

the lives of many more in the future,” she said.<br />

Join Free Hydrotherapy and<br />

Group PT Sessions<br />

While it’s well and truly the dry season, which is the perfect time to enjoy long walks<br />

during the day, Mates4Mates has some other wellbeing options for veterans and their<br />

families to think about too.<br />

www.gmsnt.com.au | 08 8947 3000<br />

Mates4Mates is running free weekly group hydrotherapy and group physical therapy (PT)<br />

sessions supervised by exercise physiologists for registered Mates.<br />

Classes run every week through to the end of <strong>July</strong>, and offer a professional, safe and friendly<br />

environment to help you discover the benefits of physical rehabilitation.<br />

<strong>The</strong> hydrotherapy classes run every Thursday morning and are a low-impact, water-based activity<br />

that helps reduce pain and improves mental health for relaxation and recovery.<br />

<strong>The</strong> group PT classes, running every Wednesday morning, are designed for all levels of fitness and<br />

agility, and focus on exercises for cardiovascular fitness, strength, and mobility.<br />

<strong>The</strong> group PT classes are held at the Vitality Health & Rehab Clinic and group hydrotherapy<br />

classes will be held at the Palmerston Swimming & Fitness Centre.<br />

Image: Veteran Leon, left, and veteran Nicole, far right take their<br />

cues from the instructor, middle.<br />

To join Mates4Mates and access these classes, please email ntactivity@mates4mates.org and a<br />

team member will be in touch to see how they can help you.<br />

Darwin to Join Palmerston<br />

with Wellbeing Centre<br />

Mates4Mates has confirmed there will be two Veteran and Family Wellbeing Centres, one<br />

in Darwin and one in Palmerston, housing a number of support services to create a onestop<br />

provider for veterans and their families.<br />

A brand new centre will open in Darwin at 39 Stuart Highway and work is underway to create<br />

a safe space to access not only Mates4Mates services but other key ex-service organisations<br />

too.<br />

In Palmerston, the interim centre will continue to look after veterans and their families until a new<br />

site is confirmed.<br />

Image: From left to right: Veteran Darryl, instructor Todd, and<br />

veteran Lockie.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> two-centre model will provide the best outcomes for veterans and their families, and having<br />

a multi-provider centre with so many services available from a range of organisations is going to be<br />

fantastic,” said Mates4Mates Northern Territory Regional Manager, Marcia Morgan.<br />

Any current or ex-serving Defence Force members and their families<br />

who are looking for support or more information about Mates4Mates<br />

can email nt@mates4mates.org.au or visit www.mates4mates.org.<br />

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Second World War<br />

Indigenous Service List<br />

<strong>The</strong> Australian War Memorial<br />

has published its Second World<br />

War Indigenous Service List<br />

online.<br />

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander<br />

peoples have a long tradition of<br />

fighting for Country and have served<br />

in every conflict and commitment<br />

involving Australian defence<br />

contingents since Federation.<br />

When the Second World War broke<br />

out, Indigenous Australians were still<br />

not legally allowed to enlist, but many<br />

did so. In 1940 the Defence<br />

Committee decided the enlistment of<br />

Indigenous Australians was “neither<br />

necessary not desirable”, partly<br />

because they believed white<br />

Australians would object to serving<br />

with them.<br />

When Japan entered the war, however, the increased need for<br />

manpower forced the loosening of restrictions, and thousands of<br />

Indigenous Australians enlisted and served.<br />

Danusha Cubillo, a proud Larrakia woman, has been part of the team<br />

working on the list with the Australian War Memorial’s Indigenous<br />

Liaison Officer, Michael Bell.<br />

Cubillo was seconded to the AWM from the Department of Defence<br />

through Defence Indigenous Affairs. She has added hundreds of<br />

names to the list and helped confirm many others.<br />

“My work here is discovering or finding hidden names that we didn’t<br />

know before,” Cubillo said.<br />

“It’s been a team effort, and we have around 2,000 names now, but<br />

it’s a living document, and the research is ongoing, so if you have a<br />

name of someone who has served, we’d love to hear from you.”<br />

Image: Danusha Cubillo at the Memorial with Indigenous Liaison Officer Michael Bell.<br />

Images: (left) Aboriginal servicemen standing to attention, at No.9 Camp at the Wangaratta showgrounds in Victoria.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se men were mainly volunteers from the Lake Tyers mission, known as Bung Yarnda, by the local Gunai/ Kurnai<br />

community, in Eastern Victoria. All of these men were discharged on 22 March 1941, their records stating “Services no<br />

longer required: not due to misconduct or discreditable service”.<br />

(right) Informal portrait of two Indigenous servicemen, NX31736 Private Frederick Beale (left) and his brother<br />

NX31660 Pte George Henry Beale (right), with NX31623 Pte Michael Joseph (Joe) Lynch (centre), all of the 2/20th<br />

Battalion. All three were captured, and became prisoners of war in Singapore after its fall on 15 February 1942.<br />

Indigenous Australians who fought for their<br />

country returned to face discrimination when the<br />

war ended.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> work that we do is actually a step toward<br />

reconciliation, and what we are doing is putting<br />

an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander face on<br />

the Anzac legend,” Cubillo said.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>y fought for this country, and we want to<br />

acknowledge them for who they are, and be able<br />

to tell people proudly who this person was.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> Indigenous Service list is now available -<br />

https://www.awm.gov.au/people/indigenousservice-list<br />

For the purposes of this list, the term Indigenous<br />

is understood as referring to the Indigenous<br />

peoples of territories administered and/or<br />

occupied by Australian forces: Aboriginal, Torres<br />

Strait Islanders, South Sea islanders and Papuans.<br />

Supplied by Michael Bell<br />

Australian War Memorial’s Indigenous<br />

Liaison Officer<br />

www.awm.gov.au/media/press-releases/<br />

swwindigenous<br />

THEY WATCHED & W AITED<br />

Commemorating the Nackeroos<br />

Atop a hill overlooking the Roper River sat an<br />

unexpected team of soldiers and Aboriginal<br />

trackers. <strong>The</strong>ir camp reached along a track by<br />

horse and packhorse; the only sign of inhabitation<br />

is a stone table, which still remains today.<br />

It’s 1942, there is talk of Japanese invasion.<br />

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Stanner, an anthropologist with<br />

experience of the <strong>Top</strong> End and its people, proposed<br />

the establishment of a bush commando unit to survey<br />

the northern shores. Stanner’s vision was a highly<br />

mobile unit with good radio links, light weapons, local<br />

bush knowledge and adventurous spirit; they would<br />

need to operate in small groups and of their own<br />

initiative.<br />

To see without being seen...<br />

<strong>The</strong>se five-hundred and fifty men of Stanner’s Bush<br />

Commandos, later known as the Nackeroos (a<br />

combination of jackeroo and knackery), were charged<br />

with surveillance across NT and Qld, watching and<br />

reporting enemy movement along the coast.<br />

Images:<br />

NAOU Plaque - http://monumentaustralia.org.au/themes/conflict/ww2/display/<br />

115905-2nd---1st-north-australia-observer-unit-<br />

Timber Creek Memorial - https://www.exploroz.com/places/113678/nt+2-1-northaustralia-observer-unit-memorial-lookout<br />

Images: Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial - https://www.awm.gov.au/<br />

visit/exhibitions/underattack/mobilise/nackeroos<br />

With exact locations unknown to the Army hierarchy, the<br />

men mostly lived off the land for food and medicines. Once<br />

in location, they rarely encountered others. <strong>The</strong>y knew their<br />

duty and how to do it well; at no time were they all<br />

assembled at the same place.<br />

Armed with Indigenous knowledge to help them conquer the<br />

outback through safe passage, dangerous environment and<br />

bush tucker, the North Australia Observer Unit (NAOU)<br />

were successful in their taskings - patrol, report, rescue.<br />

By <strong>July</strong> 1943, the threat had decreased and the Nackeroos<br />

were reduced in strength, then disbanded in March 1945.<br />

However, during the 1970s, recommendations were made to<br />

raise a surveillance unit in the top end once again, thus<br />

NORFORCE began operating on 1st <strong>July</strong> 1981 and celebrates<br />

its 41st anniversary this year.<br />

This <strong>July</strong>, we recognise 80 years since the rise of the<br />

Nackeroos in <strong>July</strong> 1942, which is commemorated at the<br />

memorial alongside the Katherine River - the original site of<br />

the Nackeroo Wartime HQ.<br />

Lest We Forget<br />

Written by Char Carter<br />

Community Coordinator<br />

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

With thanks to Roger Harvey for your insight<br />

https://www.lighthorse.org.au/2-1st-north-australia-observer-unit/<br />

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Legacy Backyard Assist<br />

Buying a Home to Live In<br />

Legacy beneficiary, Apple<br />

Craufurd, recently had a great<br />

boost when teams from the<br />

Army’s 1CSSB and RPS Group’s<br />

project management team in<br />

Darwin did a ‘Backyard Blitz’<br />

clean-up for her.<br />

Apple’s garden had been one of<br />

Darwin’s open garden scheme<br />

locations, recognised as a top visit site<br />

for the annual program. However<br />

due to illness, Apple had not been<br />

able to it to give it the attention it had<br />

in the past so at the initiative of RPS<br />

and with the wonderful support of<br />

1CSSB, the yard had a much needed<br />

clean-up. Kennards Winnellie also<br />

helped out with a massive discount on<br />

the hire of the necessary line<br />

trimmers, saws and other equipment<br />

needed for the day.<br />

<strong>The</strong> teams were on the ground early,<br />

some with their own tools, and made<br />

short work of the big jobs. By midafternoon,<br />

the large skip bin had been<br />

filled and the garden had re-emerged<br />

in something like the perfect shape it<br />

had once shown.<br />

Legacy NT President, Scott Perkins<br />

thanked the teams. “Everyone<br />

involved deserves a massive thanks”<br />

he said. “Occasions like this just show<br />

how generous the support can be for<br />

a good cause.”<br />

RPS’s hard working team were proud<br />

to be involved: “RPS are proud of our<br />

ongoing partnership with Legacy and<br />

to support the great work they do<br />

helping families of veterans and those<br />

injured in service. Our Darwin team<br />

were thrilled with the opportunity to<br />

work alongside the soldiers from the<br />

1st Combat Service Support<br />

Battalion and to lend a helping hand<br />

to clean up Apple’s backyard as part<br />

of the Legacy Backyard Assist<br />

program. It was a great feeling to see<br />

how much the support meant to<br />

Apple. <strong>The</strong> RPS team are looking<br />

forward to the next joint team effort”<br />

says the team leader.<br />

Legacy - 99 and still going strong!<br />

Now in its 99th year, Legacy is still<br />

upholding the promise it made<br />

following WW1;“Don’t worry<br />

mate, we’ll look after the missus<br />

and kids”. Through its history, the<br />

Legacy Clubs of Australia have<br />

helped many thousands of children<br />

through school and provided much<br />

needed support to the families who<br />

lost a parent in war.<br />

This promise is still relevant although<br />

the demographic has changed a little. In<br />

the NT Legacy has some 120<br />

beneficiaries under its umbrella and this<br />

number is likely to remain at that level<br />

according to a recent demographic<br />

analysis. Currently the overwhelming<br />

number of beneficiaries are elderly, their<br />

partner having passed through the effect<br />

of war service however we also assist<br />

families of younger veterans residing in<br />

the Territory.<br />

Our local Club of 25 members, or<br />

Legatees as they are known, provide<br />

advice for and connection with a wide<br />

range of matters relating to aged care,<br />

DVA entitlements and disability care.<br />

<strong>The</strong> club also runs a social engagement<br />

program of monthly lunches and other<br />

functions to make sure that we don’t<br />

also deal with loneliness and isolation.<br />

www.legacy.com.au<br />

Photos: (top) Australian Army soldiers from 1st Combat<br />

Service Support Battalion and staff from Regional Planning<br />

Services with Mrs Apple as part of Legacy assistance in<br />

Darwin, NT.<br />

(bottom) Australian Army Private Benjamin Curtis from 1st<br />

Combat Service Support Battalion removes overgrowth as<br />

part of the clean up of Mrs Apple's garden in Darwin, NT.<br />

All this is possible through the generous<br />

support of the NT population who<br />

have been extremely generous over<br />

many decades, actively supporting our<br />

fundraising activities. We also very<br />

much appreciate the efforts of serving<br />

defence members who not only help<br />

out with fundraising but also many of<br />

the other tasks needed to assist in the<br />

Club’s efforts.<br />

We also have some important<br />

corporate supporters, notably RPS<br />

Group who are a national supporter of<br />

Legacy.<br />

Thank you!<br />

Buying a home can be very exciting and is also<br />

one of the biggest purchases you are ever likely<br />

to make. Buying a property comes with high entry<br />

and exit fees, so do your research before you<br />

commit.<br />

Before deciding on a property, consider the needs of you and<br />

your family. For example, do you need to evaluate access to<br />

schools, shops, transport and recreational facilities? Check<br />

local council websites for socio-economic data and planned<br />

developments – it may be wise not to buy a property if there<br />

are plans for a new freeway along your back fence. Is the area<br />

prone to flooding or bushfires, is it under a flight path? <strong>The</strong>se<br />

are some of the questions you might want to answer when<br />

making such a large investment.<br />

When buying a home to live in, there are a number of grants<br />

and subsidies that might be available to you, depending on<br />

your circumstances and where you are buying the property.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se include:<br />

• Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme<br />

(DHOAS) – a scheme to help ADF members own their<br />

own home. If you have a period of full-time service<br />

greater than 4 years, you may be eligible for assistance<br />

through the scheme. <strong>The</strong> assistance consists of a monthly<br />

subsidy paid directly into your qualifying home loan. <strong>The</strong><br />

longer your service, the higher your potential subsidy.<br />

You can also take up to four years of subsidy as an upfront<br />

lump sum, providing you have enough service<br />

credit, but this may have tax implications, so consider<br />

getting tax advice first. A DHOAS loan is only beneficial<br />

if the interest rate is competitive. If you can get a cheaper<br />

rate on a similar loan elsewhere, you don’t have to use<br />

DHOAS. Alternatively, negotiate a better rate with a<br />

DHOAS lender.<br />

• Home purchase assistance scheme (HPAS) – payable<br />

only once during a member’s ADF service, this provides<br />

a one-off payment to eligible members if they buy a<br />

home in their posting location and live in it.<br />

• Home purchase or sale expenses allowance (HPSEA) –<br />

reimbursement to an eligible member of the reasonable<br />

costs of selling a home, purchased under HPAS, and<br />

purchasing another home they will live in at the next<br />

posting location.<br />

• First home owner grant – is a national scheme,<br />

administered and funded by each state and territory,<br />

which provides a one-off grant to eligible first home<br />

owners.<br />

If you are thinking about buying a home, make a list of ‘must<br />

haves’ and ‘nice to haves’ as well as any deal breakers, such as<br />

ruling out properties without a backyard or less than 3<br />

bedrooms.<br />

You can also use the MoneySmart mortgage calculator to get<br />

an idea of how much you can afford to borrow or how much<br />

your repayments will be:<br />

https://moneysmart.gov.au/home-loans/mortgage-calculator<br />

By ADF Financial Services Consumer Centre<br />

https://adfconsumer.gov.au/duringcareer/<br />

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Stay Connected<br />

1800 624 608<br />

Defence Member<br />

and Family Support<br />

Where has the time gone? We are now in the dry<br />

season and units, members and families have had<br />

time to settle into operational tempo, work, school<br />

and study routines. <strong>The</strong> DMFS team has been out<br />

and about meeting new and returned ADF members<br />

and families, plus Command. <strong>2022</strong> (as predicted) is<br />

busy for many ADF members and families,<br />

punctuated by planned absences in support of<br />

deployments, courses and exercises, plus short<br />

notice absences due to operational contingencies,<br />

and visits interstate now that travel is again a reality.<br />

DMFS can assist you in preparing and planning for these<br />

absences and have a number of resources to share, plus<br />

programs to provide support in the event of an<br />

emergency.<br />

Take the time to look at the deployment support<br />

resources at defence.gov.au/members-families/Militarylife/deployment/default.asp<br />

and work through the<br />

Member and Family Care Plan contained at<br />

defence.gov.au/members-families/Resources/Default.asp<br />

Should there be a family emergency, please reach out<br />

and we can assist. Additional information is at<br />

defence.gov.au/members-families/emergency.asp<br />

Remember, Defence Member and Family Support are<br />

here to help. Reach out to the Defence Member and<br />

Family Helpline at any time for advice, support or<br />

connection with your local community.<br />

Our website is the best source of information on ADF<br />

member and family content so be sure to bookmark our<br />

URL. And follow us on social media to keep up-to-date<br />

on planned events.<br />

Photo: Fabulous earrings. By: Annick Beyderwellen<br />

DMFS Activities<br />

It has been a busy few months for our members and families with the<br />

rapid implementation of Operation Flood Assist and ongoing COVID<br />

Assist taskings. <strong>The</strong> DMFS team have been working closely with<br />

Headquarters 1 Brigade and units making sure that those members,<br />

partners and families affected have been given information about support<br />

and activities to attend while their loved ones, ADF personnel, are away<br />

from home.<br />

Information sessions for partners took place at the Rydges in Palmerston<br />

and sessions were held during the day and the evening to encourage a<br />

wider audience.<br />

DMFS_AusDefence<br />

DMFS_AusDefence<br />

Save the Date<br />

01/08/15 <strong>June</strong>: Munch to Music - Darwin & Tindal<br />

02 <strong>June</strong>: Sew-social Frocktails - Darwin<br />

04 <strong>June</strong>: Katherine Outback Experience Show - Tindal<br />

08 <strong>June</strong>: Darwin Gaol & Cool Spot Coffee - Darwin<br />

16 <strong>June</strong>: Transition Seminar Katherine - Tindal<br />

21 <strong>June</strong>: Evening Barefoot Bowls - Darwin<br />

22 <strong>June</strong>: Crafty Clay Creations Art Workshop - Tindal<br />

30 <strong>June</strong>: Resin Casting Workshop - Darwin<br />

10 <strong>July</strong>: Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Darwin - Darwin & Tindal<br />

13 <strong>July</strong>: Kids Crafting Workshop - Darwin<br />

27/28 <strong>July</strong>: Adults Epoxy Resin Workshop - Darwin<br />

ADF members and families are very welcome<br />

to register for events in both Darwin & Tindal<br />

Photo: Making itself at home. By: Di Elson<br />

Meanwhile, it has continued to be busy with<br />

events and activities from both our offices in<br />

Tindal and Darwin offering various workshops.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se have included a Meet and Greet at the<br />

RAAF Tindal Pool, coffee connections, jewellery<br />

making for teens and tweens, bowling and laser<br />

tag, ice skating and a sunset soiree at the Ski<br />

Club.<br />

We have been crafty too with our “take a<br />

break, let’s create” workshop offerings including<br />

the ever-popular jewellery making workshop, as<br />

well as our new sew-cial sewing workshop. We<br />

even thought about our amphibian friends and<br />

created a frog hotel workshop.<br />

Written by Di Elson<br />

We recently had the pleasure of our financial educator,<br />

Nicole Hoschke from ADF Consumer who came to<br />

Darwin for a couple of financial workshops sharing a<br />

plethora of information on all things financial, including<br />

Defence Home Owner Scheme, salary sacrifice and<br />

everything in between. Nicole also presented an Overseas<br />

Lateral Transfer financial workshop sharing her knowledge<br />

of how things can work a little differently from the<br />

countries people have moved from.<br />

We have met so many new and familiar faces in the last<br />

few months and the events have been snapped up at<br />

speed on Eventbrite. If you have not been able to get<br />

tickets, please remember to pop yourself on the waitlist<br />

through Eventbrite.<br />

Photo: Who is watching who? By: Liana Walker<br />

We had a wonderful time seeing you at our Welcome to<br />

the <strong>Top</strong> End event at Crocosaurus Cove. It was great to<br />

see so many visitors getting up close and personal with<br />

the reptiles. It was also an opportunity to introduce the<br />

various stakeholders who can assist with support and<br />

information while members and families are posted to the<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End, including Robertson Barracks Family Group,<br />

Larrakeyah House, Soldier On, Open Arms and Navy<br />

Health.<br />

In the coming months, look out for our new social events,<br />

including a possible trivia team night - it is guaranteed to<br />

be a lot of fun for our members and families.<br />

<strong>The</strong> best way to find out about our upcoming events is to<br />

register with Eventbrite via our DMFS Darwin or Tindal<br />

website or dropping us an email<br />

DMFS.darwin@defence.gov.au, we can add you to our<br />

mailing list for the DMFS eNews.<br />

Photo: Getting creative while listening to some tunes. By: Sarah Jacka<br />

Mums, dads, teens and tweens hung out at the DMFS office in<br />

Tindal and had some creative fun making jewellery with other ADF<br />

families. <strong>The</strong>re were some gorgeous creations made on the night<br />

with participants designing bracelets and earrings, and one of the<br />

teens had a go at making an eye-catching key chain.<br />

If you have a great idea for a teen and tween activity, email us at<br />

dmfs.tindal@defence.gov.au - we’d love to hear from you.<br />

DMFS Meet and Greet at the Pool, Tindal<br />

ADF Katherine families braved the heat and humidity to meet with<br />

the hosting DMFS team and support partners for a chat, snack and a<br />

dip in the pool at the DMFS meet and greet held at the RAAF<br />

Tindal Pool on Tuesday, 8 March.<br />

Families were able to meet some of the team from Open Arms,<br />

Network Tindal and learn more about the DMFS Partner<br />

Employment Assistance Program (PEAP) and the Defence School<br />

Mentor Program. It was a great opportunity for everyone to engage<br />

in a casual environment and find out about DMFS support services<br />

and partner programs available to ADF families living in Katherine.<br />

Photos: Cooling off and having a chat at the DMFS Meet and Greet held at<br />

the RAAF Tindal Pool. By: Liana Walker<br />

DMFS Webinars<br />

To support and stay connected with ADF families across Australia and around the<br />

world, we hold a number of webinars. During these webinars families can access<br />

some great tips, strategies and resources to help them know more about a range<br />

of topics like maintaining healthy relationships, the DMFS support available,<br />

children’s education during and after COVID-19, support for families with a loved<br />

one deployed, communication and healthy connections, returning to Australia from<br />

an overseas posting and how to stay physically, mentally and emotionally strong.<br />

Additional information is available at defence.gov.au/members-families/Events/<br />

Webinar.asp<br />

memberandfamilyhelpline@defence.gov.au DefenceMemberFamilySupport Area Manager NT<br />

Defence Member and Family Support<br />

defence.gov.au/members-families<br />

dmfs-darwin.eventbrite.com.au<br />

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Visit by Repatriation Commissioner<br />

and Defence Engagement Adviser<br />

To stay updated on the latest news and stories on DVA our<br />

leaders and the veteran community subscribe to our official e-<br />

newspaper Vetaffairs. You can do this be visiting our website<br />

www.dva.gov.au.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is<br />

dedicated to establishing and maintaining<br />

strong relationships with Defence, veterans,<br />

current serving personnel and their families.<br />

In February <strong>2022</strong>, the Repatriation<br />

Commissioner Mr Don Spinks and Veteran<br />

Engagement Adviser Mr Glen Ferrarotto<br />

spent time in Darwin engaging with the<br />

community.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Repatriation Commission is independent from DVA,<br />

advocating on behalf of veterans and their families,<br />

listening to their needs and experiences and feeding<br />

these views back to DVA. <strong>The</strong> Repatriation<br />

Commissioner has a rich understanding of veteran wellbeing<br />

and the importance of supporting families.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y also met with staff members in your local Darwin<br />

VAN (Veterans Access Network) office, discussing vital<br />

topics with key stakeholders relevant to the Northern<br />

Territory, commemorating the 80th anniversary of the<br />

Bombing of Darwin, and met with senior Defence<br />

personnel.<br />

Having these discussions plays a huge role in keeping<br />

veterans at the forefront of the work of the Repatriation<br />

Commission and DVA.<br />

We thank the Repatriation Commissioner and the<br />

Defence Engagement Adviser for their visit.<br />

We would like to thank the Australian Defence Force<br />

and the Darwin veteran community who supported this<br />

visit. <strong>The</strong> Repatriation Commissioner and Veteran<br />

Engagement Advisor are grateful for the time and input<br />

from everyone they spoke with.<br />

Contact Department of Veterans’ Affairs, NT<br />

1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372)<br />

Written by Louise Ruhl<br />

<strong>The</strong> Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Anzac Portal<br />

(https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/) acknowledges and<br />

commemorates all those who have served Australia in<br />

global wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.<br />

ANZAC Portal<br />

<strong>The</strong> website helps visitors understand Australia’s military and service<br />

history and hear firsthand from veterans. <strong>The</strong> Anzac Portal:<br />

• Provides information about Australia’s involvement in wars,<br />

conflicts and peacekeeping operations.<br />

• Produces educational resources for primary and secondary<br />

schools.<br />

• Shares veteran interviews and stories through videos and<br />

recounts of their experiences.<br />

• Offers ideas and resources to help Australians commemorate in<br />

their communities, including the popular Anzac Day Kitbag<br />

(https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/resources/anzac-day-kitbag). This<br />

includes orders of services, speeches, music, and other<br />

information to help people commemorate at home.<br />

Education specialists and historians at DVA are continuously<br />

developing a range of commemorative and education resources in<br />

both digital and print form to recognise the service and sacrifice of<br />

Australians. Free books and education resources aligned to the<br />

Australian curriculum are available to download from the Anzac<br />

Portal.<br />

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander veterans and<br />

their stories<br />

First Nations peoples have occupied and cared for Australia for<br />

over 65,000 years.<strong>The</strong>y also have a proud history of military<br />

service in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) which continues to<br />

this day. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have proudly<br />

served in every major war and conflict, and taken part in<br />

peacekeeping operations.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Anzac Portal provides a wealth of educational resources for<br />

students, parents and schools showcasing the experiences of<br />

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander veterans.<br />

Exploring their stories of service help all of us better understand the<br />

experiences of our Indigenous veterans, such as Torres Strait<br />

Islander Kapiu Masi Gagai, a skilled boatman and fearless soldier who<br />

served in the Second World War. Or Leonard Waters, a Kamilaroi<br />

(Gamilaraay) man from outback Queensland who became<br />

Australia’s first Indigenous fighter pilot during the Second World<br />

War.<br />

Teaching resources<br />

Teaching resources include three books designed for<br />

students. <strong>The</strong>re is a book for primary and one for<br />

secondary, which help students to investigate wartime<br />

experiences, providing the social and political context of<br />

service including discrimination faced by First Nations<br />

people. Each book contains sources and activity<br />

worksheets and is available to be downloaded from<br />

DVA’s Anzac portal. <strong>The</strong> newest education resource<br />

shares stories of Indigenous Service from the First and<br />

Second World Wars. This book, Stories of Indigenous<br />

Service has just been sent to schools, ex-service<br />

organisations, and community groups in hard copy in the<br />

<strong>2022</strong> Anzac Day resource pack.<br />

New Veteran Wellbeing Grants Program<br />

<strong>The</strong> Australian Government is investing $27 million to<br />

help fund bigger, better and more innovative programs<br />

to support the wellbeing of current and former<br />

Australian Defence Force personnel and their families.<br />

<strong>The</strong> new Veteran Wellbeing Grants program will<br />

develop new ways to help the veteran community.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re will be scope in the new grants program to target<br />

larger, longer-term projects with funding of up to $1.5<br />

million. From <strong>2022</strong>-23, funding will continue to be<br />

available for smaller grassroots projects when the<br />

Veteran Wellbeing Grants program will join with the<br />

Veteran and Community Grants and Supporting<br />

Younger Veterans programs.<br />

<strong>The</strong> additional funding provided by the Australian<br />

Government for the new Veteran Wellbeing Grants<br />

program is expected to open for applications in the<br />

coming months. Grants of between $150,000 and $1.5<br />

million will be offered over one or two years, to support<br />

innovative programs and projects. Eligibility for this<br />

funding will not be limited to ex-service organisations,<br />

but the key criteria will be funding for innovative<br />

programs and projects that benefit veterans and their<br />

families.<br />

More information about the Veteran Wellbeing Grants<br />

program will be released on the GrantsConnect website<br />

(www.grants.gov.au) when applications open.<br />

8:30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday<br />

A/G Deputy Commissioner, NT<br />

14 Winnellie Road, Winnellie 0820<br />

Department of Veterans’ Affairs<br />

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ADF Chaplains in the NT<br />

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

Shaun Foster HMAS Coonawarra<br />

Australian Christian Churches<br />

0400 514 375<br />

A fresh look for DFA<br />

Franco Siani Fleet North/HMAS Coonawarra<br />

Churches of Christ<br />

0400 514 375<br />

Contact Defence Families Australia<br />

Q2 Advocacy Map<br />

DFA released our second quarterly Advocacy<br />

Map in April, which outlines our current<br />

advocacy work. This document provides<br />

transparency and invites families and other<br />

stakeholders to further inform and support<br />

ongoing advocacy efforts.<br />

You can access the current version of the<br />

Advocacy Map at https://www.dfa.org.au/<br />

advocacy-map.<br />

If you want to discuss the advocacy work that<br />

DFA is undertaking or have a matter that you<br />

believe should be brought to our attention,<br />

please do not hesitate to contact me.<br />

Emma Milton<br />

National Delegate WA/NT<br />

and Kimberley<br />

nt@dfa.org.au<br />

0418 807 548<br />

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

Glen Elsegood 8/12 Regiment<br />

Anglican<br />

0429 345 167<br />

Joel Vergara Regional Support<br />

Roman Catholic<br />

0409 778 462<br />

Chris Lindsay 1CER<br />

Presbyterian<br />

0418 428 337<br />

Garth Mayger 1CSSB<br />

Roman Catholic<br />

0419 869 187<br />

Phil Riley HQ1 BDE<br />

Anglican<br />

0407 283 050<br />

Steve Maggs 5RAR<br />

Baptist<br />

0408 684 783<br />

Roger Cowan 1AVN<br />

Baptist<br />

0429 891 274<br />

Airforce Darwin On-call:<br />

0477 308 064<br />

Airforce Tindal On-call:<br />

0427 890 054<br />

Christopher Buckley-Wilkshire RAAF Tindal<br />

Churches of Christ<br />

0437 702 645<br />

Andrew Knox RAAF Tindal<br />

Anglican<br />

0457 803 372<br />

Angela Stanfield RAAF Darwin<br />

Anglican<br />

0417 953 396<br />

Chaplain’s Chat<br />

Welcome to the Dry Season!<br />

Darwin has a year round appeal, yet there is nothing quite like the<br />

dry. Grab your favourite guide to this year’s season and let me<br />

invite you to consider three relational aspects to include this year.<br />

Family and Friends<br />

Don’t miss the great opportunity in the dry season to relax and have<br />

some extended time to hang out with family and friends. Last year, we<br />

invited family to come up to Darwin and it was the perfect context to<br />

share a picnic, ask how things have really been going, go on some great<br />

hikes and enjoy some playful times reconnecting with the grandchildren!<br />

Personal Reflection<br />

Often we think of the end of the year for reflection and New Year’s<br />

resolutions, however December and January is typically too busy to give<br />

this much thought. Don’t miss how the dry season provides the ability to<br />

slow down, stop and reflect over this past year. Consider maybe<br />

journaling to better reflect, identify ways to build resilience and perhaps<br />

spend some time listing out things and<br />

people you have been thankful for. What<br />

are ways that people have encouraged<br />

you and ways you might plan to do the<br />

same for others?<br />

Spiritual Reflection<br />

Thirdly, consider maybe going a bit<br />

deeper and exploring what gives you<br />

meaning and purpose in life. For me, the<br />

dry season has been a timely reminder<br />

that I’m part of something much bigger<br />

than myself. A helpful passage for me has<br />

been Psalm 19 which begins with, ‘<strong>The</strong><br />

heavens declare the glory of God, and<br />

the sky above proclaims his handiwork.’<br />

<strong>The</strong> Northern Territory is packed with<br />

day trips that enable you to be immersed in God’s creation, yet often we<br />

don’t stop long enough to recognise the grandeur.<br />

Make a point to be intentional this dry season and consider these and<br />

other ways you can nurture relationships and make the most of the dry<br />

season this year!<br />

Get in touch with us:<br />

DefenceFamiliesofAustralia<br />

@defence_families_<br />

of_australia<br />

@DefenceFamilies<br />

Defence Families<br />

of Australia<br />

All three services provide a 24/7 on-call number for<br />

emergencies. Each Unit/Ship/Base has its own<br />

chaplain who can assist. If you chaplain is not<br />

available, please contact the on-call number for your<br />

Service. Denominational or faith-specific ministry can<br />

be arranged as required.<br />

Written by CHAP Roger Cowan<br />

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ADF, Darwin


Robertson Barracks<br />

Family Group<br />

Larrakeyah<br />

Neighbourhood House<br />

EVERY WEEK<br />

Monday<br />

9am – Bumps and Bubs, a<br />

social group for Bumps and 0-2<br />

yrs, older siblings welcome<br />

Tuesday<br />

9am- Playgroup, a social group<br />

with some structured play/<br />

activities for 0-5yrs<br />

Thursday<br />

8:45am – Bootcamp, all fitness<br />

levels welcome stay for coffee<br />

after, children welcome too<br />

Friday<br />

9am- Alternating with a Walk<br />

to Coffee, coffee and then<br />

lunch every 3 rd week<br />

EVERY MONTH<br />

Reading Between the Wines Book Club<br />

First Tuesday of every Month<br />

Monthly craft nights or cooking classes<br />

Monthly partner dinners<br />

Coming Up Soon<br />

<strong>June</strong>/<strong>July</strong> School Holiday<br />

Program<br />

WEEKLY SCHEDULE<br />

Monday 9am - 11am Coffee Catch Up | Tuesday 9am - 10am Hippy Program | Wednesday 9am - 10am Zumbini | Friday 9am - 11am Playgroup<br />

CONTACT: Sam Maloney, Centre Coordinator | www.rbfg.com.au<br />

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On Sunday 3rd of April, the Army Indigenous<br />

Development Program (AIDP) group volunteered<br />

their Sunday morning to help at Billeroy House. <strong>The</strong><br />

young men and women who volunteered have<br />

achieved an outstanding result for Billeroy House in a<br />

relatively short timeframe. <strong>The</strong> group weeded and<br />

installed weed matting to make the garden beds easier<br />

to maintain in the future. <strong>The</strong> house was also cleaned<br />

from top to bottom.After the work was completed,<br />

we enjoyed a well-deserved BBQ and soft drinks.<br />

Great work all round and I’m sure our Veteran<br />

community will enjoy the hard work of the AIDP team<br />

- a BIG thank you to all involved.<br />

Billeroy House is utilised by the Military Wives Choir (every<br />

2nd Thursday Night), RAAF Base Darwin Fishing Club (every<br />

Wednesday night & on weekends when they hold a fishing<br />

comp) and Veterans Motorcycle Club (one Wednesday night<br />

per month and Friday night BBQs). <strong>The</strong> NACKEROO and<br />

NORFORCE Associations are also utilising Billeroy House on<br />

one Thursday a month for their meetings.<br />

We are holding a community Morning Tea every Wednesday<br />

morning between 1000 – 1200hrs. Organised by “Tanks<br />

Demons”, it’s an old fashion feast of morning tea delights,<br />

just like the good old days at a Country Women’s<br />

Association (CWA). All the veterans and guests who attend<br />

Reeling Veterans assists Defence members and frontline<br />

personnel with support for mental health issues through<br />

fishing and mateship. Raise your reel and join them today.<br />

Benefits<br />

Billeroy House<br />

are pleasantly surprised with the home-made goodies, but<br />

you will have to call in to find out for yourself!<br />

Hoooorooo!<br />

Written by Dan Tellum<br />

Coordinator<br />

RSL Billeroy House<br />

Reeling Vets<br />

Sam was part of our team last year and after seeing how it<br />

helped her decided to put in her own team. After leaving<br />

defence Sam became a paramedic. Her team was made up of<br />

ambulance personnel that have been doing it tough since<br />

covid has been around.<br />

Dress Up Night<br />

Each year they have a dress up night and this year<br />

theme was something starting with G or F. We<br />

decided on Flintstones and the team member with<br />

the smallest fish of the day had to be Dino.<br />

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• Participation in community, social and civic<br />

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• <strong>The</strong>rapeutic supports<br />

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• Mental health<br />

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Our registered Support Coordinators assist<br />

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<strong>The</strong> purchase of merchandise will help to provide<br />

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and medical facilities to support the needs of<br />

veterans. If you wish to express your interest<br />

about the new range of merchandise and<br />

fundraising activities, please head to the VGA<br />

website or send an email.<br />

Founded in 2021, Veteran Gaming Australia’s mission is to<br />

develop a community around a shared love of gaming for<br />

current and ex-serving veterans. Our aim is to improve<br />

veteran wellbeing and decrease reasons for isolation,<br />

hardship and health issues experienced by members of our<br />

community.<br />

Throughout 2021, Veteran Gaming Australia has facilitated<br />

and donated a social gaming hub to the Sydney Veteran<br />

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accommodation for returned Veterans in times of need.<br />

Facilitated and organised a social gaming hub which was<br />

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Provided resources Australia wide to Veteran hospitals on<br />

how to access the NDIS portal and assist you<br />

to prepare for your next NDIS review<br />

meeting.<br />

Mental Health Clinicians<br />

Our mental health clinicians are registered with<br />

Medicare and NDIS. <strong>The</strong>y are highly<br />

experienced practitioners who empower<br />

individuals of all ages to lead fulfilling and<br />

independent lives.<br />

Positive Behaviour Support<br />

We support children and adults to participate<br />

in life by providing high quality positive<br />

behaviour support services to people with<br />

disabilities. We conduct thorough, high quality<br />

functional behaviour assessments to build<br />

positive behaviour support plans, in order to<br />

help our clients’ reach their individual<br />

behaviour goals.<br />

Early Childhood Intervention<br />

Our qualified and experienced key workers<br />

offer assistance to children aged 0-6 years old<br />

who have disabilities. Our friendly key workers<br />

support young children and their support<br />

teams to express and manage their concerns<br />

though a range of age-appropriate techniques<br />

and tools.<br />

benefits & community awareness. Provided care packages<br />

and support for Veterans doing it tough. Fun community<br />

events which are held fortnightly including in-person &<br />

online Dungeons & Dragons, Virtual Reality streams &<br />

community play sessions, PC & Console social play &<br />

tournament events.<br />

Statistics from IGEA 2019 – Digital Australia 2020 report<br />

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pass time, keep mind active and be challenged. <strong>The</strong> statistics<br />

also found that:<br />

• 83% of say video games can be effective in stress reduction<br />

• 73% say video games may improve life satisfaction<br />

• 87% say video games may increase mental stimulation<br />

• 74% say video games can help emotional wellbeing<br />

• 66% say video games can help social wellbeing<br />

• 58% say video games may help manage pain<br />

• 59% of parents play with children in the same room to spend<br />

time together<br />

• 47% of all players are female<br />

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NT YOUTH WEEK <strong>2022</strong><br />

Our very first NT Youth Week was a great success!<br />

Participants, parents and facilitators gave so much positive feedback,<br />

and I had a blast organising workshops, meeting our amazing<br />

creative spouses and laughing with all who attended. It was so great<br />

to see so many teens wanting to join in the fun. I get the feeling<br />

they would love us to do this every week, or at least every holidays!<br />

Here is a selection of feedback and photos from our activities:<br />

“<strong>The</strong> youth were fully engaged and<br />

looked to be having so much fun”<br />

“Our kids can’t wait for you to<br />

run the next event”<br />

“Thank you for allowing us to facilitate,<br />

we had great fun and loved how the<br />

youth interacted with each other”<br />

For the participants, there<br />

was so much on offer<br />

from photography to art,<br />

career exploration to<br />

driver safety, Zumba<br />

Fusion to sound healing,<br />

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It was such a pleasure to be able to offer these events to our Defence teens.<br />

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is a huge gap that we had hoped to fill with NT Youth Week, and I feel that<br />

we achieved our goal to deliver a fun program. <strong>The</strong> feedback received from<br />

our participants indicates there is a genuine need for more activities, so we<br />

have listened! Please keep an eye open for future events on our social media.<br />

If young people can be involved in various activities, even just for a day or<br />

two, they can broaden their social connections, learn new skills and find<br />

hobbies they enjoy. <strong>The</strong>se activities help youth to look forward to something<br />

different and it’s a step towards enjoying their posting to the <strong>Top</strong> End. We<br />

are thinking about their needs, which is an important part of our community<br />

focus.<br />

Thank you to all amazing volunteers, facilitators, parents and participants who<br />

assisted with our Youth Week event, especially NT Police Senior Sergeant<br />

John Ginnane for the road safety activity, FSGT Mark Lawlor for volunteering<br />

his time to the vehicle maintenance workshop and the Darwin Aviation<br />

Museum for donating competition prizes.<br />

We have some exciting things planned for the future, stay tuned!<br />

Written by Char Carter<br />

Community Coordinator<br />

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SHOWCASING THE DEFENCE ECO-SYSTEM<br />

With the evolution and transformation of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong><br />

<strong>Ender</strong> Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> over the last 18 months,<br />

our journey has been extremely rewarding and<br />

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the pieces of the ‘defence puzzle’ and support the<br />

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have spread the ‘content net’ far and wide to bring<br />

you stories and ideas from other posting locations,<br />

and to showcase the opportunities that exist within<br />

the wider defence eco-system.<br />

Gone are the days where traditional support methods in a<br />

clinical setting are the only source of therapy. Yes, these<br />

methods are still very relevant for those who can verbalise<br />

their challenges, but not always effective for those who are<br />

not ready to face clinical intervention. I have accessed Open<br />

Arms on a number of occasions and found it to be<br />

beneficial, however, we are realising that this is not the<br />

story for every veteran or ADF partner for whatever reason<br />

– we respect that every journey is personal.<br />

<strong>The</strong> transition of the magazine has always been focused on<br />

the defence eco-system and supporting a collaborative<br />

approach to improving the quality of life for veterans and<br />

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partner and child is doing their best to survive.<br />

Our competitions and events are designed to put smiles on<br />

faces. We encourage our local community to empower<br />

themselves with activities created by Larrakeyah<br />

Neighbourhood House, Robertson Barracks Family Group,<br />

Network Tindal, Defence Member & Family Support,<br />

Billeroy House, Mates4Mates etc. You may learn a new skill<br />

and develop a local support network of people who<br />

understand – it could potentially lead to an unexpected<br />

connection or experience that you needed to lift your<br />

mood. If it’s not your cup of tea, congratulate yourself for<br />

trying something new and continue attending other<br />

community events that might suit your individual needs and<br />

interests. Collaboration is KEY! Without it, we have a<br />

confusing system of silos and ‘bad blood’ that isn’t helping<br />

anyone.<br />

One of the most effective ways to address overall ADF<br />

community wellbeing is to showcase the incredible range<br />

of programs and resources that are available and<br />

encourage our community to try everything! Something<br />

may ‘click’, thus potentially saving a life and preventing an<br />

ADF family from gradual destruction - it’s time to<br />

reconnect.<br />

Our community is strong and resilient, but if you’re not<br />

feeling great – we get you. We will continue to bring you a<br />

diverse collection of ideas and resources to provide hope<br />

and inspiration, straight into your mailbox.<br />

Written by Deb Herring<br />

Committee Member<br />

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I recently had the pleasure of attending one of the<br />

ADF sponsored RideSAFE courses, which are held<br />

locally at our brilliant Hidden Valley circuit. I was<br />

interested to observe how our ADF rider’s use their<br />

brakes when they are confronted by a variety of<br />

riding situations.<strong>The</strong>se situations are setup so that<br />

the rider can practice and<br />

improve confidence and skills in<br />

situations which are coached<br />

and performed on the safe<br />

surface of the track. Check<br />

CAMPUS on the DPN to see<br />

the future course dates available<br />

for defence personnel.<br />

It is not uncommon for riders to<br />

have preconceptions on the braking<br />

systems of motorcycles. Few may<br />

have been challenged in the traffic<br />

environment to apply their brakes,<br />

to their best ability. This may be due<br />

to some previous bad experiences<br />

with the front brake, either from<br />

some previous dirt bike riding or bicycle experiences, or a<br />

distrust of their tyres and machine, or their own abilities. But<br />

it is pleasing to see riders encouraged to use their machines<br />

brakes, to their best abilities. It is not uncommon for<br />

motorcyclists to navigate emergency situations at<br />

intersections, where a vehicle crosses their path or visibility is<br />

poor. A rider’s confidence with stopping in an emergency<br />

situation will not wane if the rider practises various levels<br />

of emergency braking on a regular basis. Muscle memory<br />

and automated reactions will then be relied on when a<br />

situation quickly ensues.<br />

“After mastering the art of cornering, braking is<br />

the second most important skill to perfect with<br />

a lot of practice.”<br />

Modern tyres and ABS will also assist the rider, but an<br />

understanding of motorcycle physics will help to be a safer<br />

rider and could save a rider’s life. When a motorcycle is<br />

stationary or cruising on a steady throttle, there is usually an<br />

even weight distribution between the front and rear tyres, in<br />

a common naked style motorcycle. When you apply your<br />

brakes effectively (front brake before rear, and after setting<br />

up, squeeze both pedal levers progressively harder). This<br />

previous weight distribution changes to a 70:30 ratio in<br />

favour of the front tyre, as weight moves forward onto the<br />

front suspension, tyre and then contact patch, in this order.<br />

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This increase in traction, allows the front brake to be used<br />

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and try not to panic. Most motorcycles, like cars, have<br />

larger and stronger brakes on the front. This means that the<br />

rider is primarily focused on squeezing the front brake lever,<br />

up to a point where the ABS may detect an imminent wheel<br />

lock-up and intervene to manage braking force. With less<br />

weight over the rear wheel, it is not uncommon to feel the<br />

rear brake pedal pulsing as the ABS system takes over the<br />

role of braking force modulation. With practice the rider will<br />

learn to ignore pedal pulse or even beat the ABS system by<br />

threshold braking to the maximum degree of force, without<br />

wheel lock-up. Both brakes are used as common practice<br />

when braking on the road, and the front is often described as<br />

the “power brake”, where the rear is known as the “stability<br />

brake”. After mastering the art of cornering, braking is the<br />

second most important skill to perfect with a lot of<br />

practice.<br />

It’s time for you to ‘brake habits’, trust your machine and<br />

understand how to best stop your motorcycle.<br />

Stay Safe.<br />

Written by GROM<br />

Community Contributor<br />

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What’s On<br />

JUNE | JULY<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End Jobs Board<br />

JUNE<br />

VOLUNTEERING WITH US<br />

MIGRAINE AWARENESS MONTH<br />

BOWEL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH<br />

DARWIN TRIPLE CROWN<br />

MABO DAY - 3RD JUNE<br />

Commemorates Mer Island man Eddie Koiki Mabo and his<br />

successful efforts to overturn the legal fiction of terra nullius, or<br />

‘land belonging to no-one’.<br />

https://www.reconciliation.org.au/commemorating-mabo-day/<br />

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY - 5TH JUNE<br />

<strong>2022</strong> <strong>The</strong>me: Only One Earth<br />

It will focus on the need to live sustainably in harmony with nature,<br />

and our possibilities for shifting to a greener lifestyle through both<br />

policies and individual choices.<br />

https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/<br />

WORLD OCEANS DAY - 8TH JUNE<br />

<strong>2022</strong> <strong>The</strong>me: Revitalisation: Collective Action for the Ocean<br />

We need to conserve our wonderful marine resources for future<br />

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WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR - 12TH JUNE<br />

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WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY - 14TH JUNE<br />

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WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY - 15TH JUNE<br />

https://elderabuseawarenessday.org.au/<br />

GLOBAL WIND DAY - 15TH JUNE<br />

https://globalwindday.org/<br />

INTERNATIONAL MEN’S HEALTH WEEK - 13TH - 19TH JUNE<br />

https://menshealthmonth.org/imhw/imhw<br />

WORLD REFUGEE DAY - 20TH JUNE<br />

https://www.unhcr.org/en-au/world-refugee-day.html<br />

WORLD CONTINENCE WEEK - 20TH - 26TH JUNE<br />

https://www.continence.org.au/world-continence-week<br />

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA - 21ST JUNE<br />

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INTERNATIONAL WIDOWS DAY - 23RD JUNE<br />

https://www.un.org/en/observances/widows-day<br />

BRING YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY - 24TH JUNE<br />

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PTSD AWARENESS DAY - 27TH JUNE<br />

KATHERINE TO DARWIN CHALLENGE - 25TH - 28TH JUNE<br />

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GREAT NORTHERN DARWIN CUP CARNIVAL<br />

TERRITORY DAY - 1ST JULY<br />

https://territoryday.nt.gov.au/<br />

Go to page 4 to enter our<br />

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NAIDOC WEEK - 3RD - 10TH JULY<br />

<strong>2022</strong> <strong>The</strong>me: Get up! Stand up! Show up!<br />

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MANDELA DAY - 18TH JULY<br />

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ROYAL DARWIN SHOW - 21ST - 23RD JULY<br />

https://darwinshow.com.au/<br />

NATIONAL PYJAMA DAY - 22ND JULY<br />

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DONATE LIFE WEEK - 24TH - 31ST JULY<br />

Australians are encouraged to register to be an organ and tissue<br />

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friends.<br />

https://transplant.org.au/donatelife-week/<br />

NATIONAL PAIN WEEK - 26TH JULY - 1ST AUGUST<br />

https://www.nationalpainweek.org.au/<br />

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FRIENDSHIP - 30TH JULY<br />

https://www.un.org/en/observances/friendship-day<br />

GARMA FESTIVAL - 29TH JULY<br />

https://northernterritory.com/arnhem-land/events/garma-festival<br />

WORLD RANGER DAY - 31ST JULY<br />

Commemorates Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and to<br />

celebrate the work Rangers do to protect the planet's natural<br />

treasures and cultural heritage.<br />

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What’s coming up at Prince’s Trust Australia<br />

New Sponsor of Care Packages<br />

What is Enterprise?<br />

<strong>The</strong> Enterprise programme is a series of<br />

facilitated online workshops designed to<br />

help veterans, transitioning members and<br />

defence spouses explore selfemployment<br />

or launch or grow their<br />

business.<br />

<strong>The</strong> free programme includes:<br />

Enterprise Online: Test out new<br />

ideas, identify your customer and<br />

connect with others in an informal,<br />

engaging, and supportive environment.<br />

Our upcoming event dates are:<br />

›› 2- 9 August <strong>2022</strong><br />

›› 30 September – 6 August <strong>2022</strong><br />

›› 18 – 25 October <strong>2022</strong><br />

What we cover:<br />

›› Explore career opportunities and<br />

build a business to suit you and your<br />

goals.<br />

›› Understand key trends in the<br />

Australian small business landscape.<br />

›› Identifying business opportunities.<br />

›› Applying human-centred design<br />

tools to support sustainable<br />

business development and growth.<br />

›› Build confidence to innovate in life<br />

and work.<br />

›› Engage with new entrepreneurial<br />

networks and communities.<br />

Enterprise Connect: Access legal and<br />

accountant support to develop your<br />

business concept and plan. Our<br />

upcoming event dates are:<br />

›› 24 May -24 <strong>June</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

›› 20 September – 21 October <strong>2022</strong><br />

›› 8 November – 9 December <strong>2022</strong><br />

What we cover:<br />

›› Refining your business' foundations<br />

using best practice methodologies<br />

and frameworks.<br />

›› Planning for long-term success in<br />

business.<br />

›› Enhancing your personal and<br />

professional financial wellbeing.<br />

›› Refining your pitch to successfully<br />

communicate with customers and<br />

stakeholders.<br />

›› Engage with new entrepreneurial<br />

networks and communities.<br />

Are you wanting to register for<br />

Enterprise Online or Enterprise<br />

Connect? Complete the form on our<br />

website - https://www.princestrust.org.au/defence-members-and-theirfamilies<br />

Enterprise Meet Ups: Keep<br />

connected with regular online seminars,<br />

webinars and networking events. This<br />

year we have hosted free virtual<br />

business seminars on themes including<br />

Photo: Governor General of Australia speaking at<br />

Prince’s Trust Australia event, April 2021.<br />

Insurance for Small Business, Self-Care in Small<br />

Business, Procurement and Social Enterprise. Our<br />

next seminar is:<br />

Banking for Small Business with CBA Business<br />

Banker Julie Hall – Friday 24 <strong>June</strong> at 11:00am<br />

AEDT<br />

To stay up to date with the latest seminars, follow<br />

Prince’s Trust Australia on Eventbrite to be<br />

notified direct: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/<br />

princes-trust-australia-17520531180<br />

Accelerator Programme: Prince’s Trust<br />

Australia is proud to launch their Business<br />

Accelerator programme, which has been<br />

specifically designed to rapidly scale early-stage<br />

businesses.<br />

Date - Monday, 5 <strong>July</strong> to Friday 29 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

Location – <strong>The</strong> Precinct, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane<br />

<strong>The</strong> free intensive will bring together a small<br />

cohort of veteran and ADF family early-stage<br />

businesses for four weeks of facilitated learning<br />

and business development, peer mentoring and<br />

networking with industry experts.<br />

To register your interest for this or future<br />

Accelerator programmes, email Jasmine Cooper<br />

Sutton at events@princes-trust.org.au<br />

<strong>The</strong> Enterprise programme is an initiative of<br />

Prince’s Trust Australia, which is part of <strong>The</strong><br />

Prince’s Trust Group, a global network of<br />

charities founded by his Royal Highness <strong>The</strong><br />

Prince of Wales.<br />

Transition Seminars - Come say hello!<br />

W I N<br />

You could win a Princes Trust Australia Care Package!<br />

Care packages hold a special place in the lives of deployed troops,<br />

and for family members.<br />

Historically, care packages were sent from family members to their<br />

loved ones abroad, and contained anything from milk powder to<br />

coffee, soap, medicine, and fabric. And, anecdotally, Anzac biscuits<br />

handmade with love.<br />

This year, Prince's Trust Australia have created care packages<br />

featuring a wonderful selection of products by Australian veteran<br />

and ADF partner businesses, all alumni of our business Enterprise<br />

programme.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se care packages will be gifted and shared across Australia and<br />

globally.<br />

ENTER NOW AT<br />

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Prince's Trust Australia is pleased to announce<br />

nominations will open for the inaugural Beyond<br />

Service Awards on Monday, 4 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

An initiative of the Prince’s Trust Australia Enterprise<br />

Programme, the awards are designed to celebrate the<br />

entrepreneurial achievements of Australia’s veteran and<br />

family business community.<br />

<strong>2022</strong> Awards categories:<br />

<strong>The</strong> Power of One Award, recognising the outstanding<br />

efforts of an individual that works on their own.<br />

Beyond Service Awards<br />

<strong>The</strong> New Mission Award, recognising the application of<br />

skills, experience and/or networks developed in service to<br />

the Australian Defence Force to a civilian business(es).<br />

This Award is sponsored by BAE Systems Australia.<br />

Packs Include:<br />

›› Custom made keyring made by Enterprise alumni Zach Briggs and the team<br />

at Relic Design & Craft Co.<br />

›› Soap made by Dave and his wife Shiree of Hop and Clover Brewing, in<br />

collaboration with local Weemalah Farm Naturals.<br />

›› Fresh coffee by Elaine Gallagher who runs Wellness Ignitor, a coffee business<br />

that sells product online and through her coffee van.<br />

›› Sample organic skincare products from Indira Organics<br />

›› Limited print artwork <strong>The</strong> Catch Up by Warrick Eady<br />

›› Beeswax lip balm by Honey & Glow<br />

TERMS: Total Prize Pool valued at up to $100. Open to NT-Based Defence members, veterans and their immediate families aged 18 and up. Closes 10 <strong>July</strong><br />

<strong>2022</strong>. Enter online by visiting www.thetopendermagazine.org.au/win. Read more about the people behind the product here: www.princes-trust.org.au/<br />

post/our-care-packages. Winners will be drawn at random. Winners will be notified by email/phone and announced in the next edition of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Defence Family Award, recognising ADF partners and<br />

spouses in business(es).<br />

<strong>The</strong> Commonwealth Bank Business of the Year Award,<br />

special recognition from nominees in the above categories.<br />

Not open for public nomination.<br />

Nominations close Friday, 29 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2022</strong>. Go to www.princestrust.org.au/defence-members-and-their-families<br />

to learn<br />

more.<br />

Find our booth at the ADF Member and Family<br />

Transition Seminars taking place across Australia.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Environmental Warrior Award, recognising veteran<br />

and ADF family members championing sustainability<br />

through their business(es).<br />

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Careers on the Move<br />

Army Wives Find Flexibility by Starting<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir Own Business<br />

Prince’s Trust Australia is celebrating Australian<br />

Defence partners who are rising to the challenge of<br />

maintaining a career and a modern defence family life.<br />

We wish to share the stories of three Townsvillebased<br />

army partners, Loren, Courtney and Bianca, who<br />

have launched businesses with help from Prince’s Trust<br />

Australia’s Enterprise Programme.<br />

Australian Defence Force spouses are rising to the challenge<br />

of creating flexible careers that fit around military family life<br />

by starting their own businesses, with help from Prince’s Trust<br />

Australia.<br />

Historically, military spouses joined the 200,000 Australian<br />

women who entered the workforce during the Second<br />

World War as part of a war-effort that transformed the role<br />

of women in society. Today, the victory curls are gone and<br />

many Defence partners are struggling to find their place in<br />

the workforce. And 92 per cent of those military spouses are<br />

women, according to the 2019 ADF Family Survey.<br />

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DIGITAL SIGNAGE - LOREN KALIS<br />

South African born Loren Kalis loves the adventure of<br />

moving around Australia with her Army musician husband<br />

and young child but finds it hard to maintain employment<br />

when moving every year.<br />

“I couldn't keep moving from place to place, having to look<br />

for a job every time that we moved, having to leave a job<br />

every time that we moved,” she said.<br />

“I knew that I needed to do something for myself that I<br />

needed to pick up and go to wherever we needed to move<br />

to.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> digital signage creator launched her business Now Now<br />

Foundry in April last year, creating customised gifts from her<br />

home in Townsville.<br />

“It's always been a dream of mine to have a business, to<br />

make my own hours and plan my own day,” she said. Now<br />

preparing for her family’s next posting, Loren is feeling<br />

inspired.<br />

“I get to be influenced by all the different towns and cities<br />

that we move to and new people that we meet,” she said.<br />

“I think Now Now Foundry can only grow from here.”<br />

Visit Loren’s business: www.nownow.com.au<br />

JOURNALIST - COURTNEY SNOWDEN<br />

For career journalist Courtney Snowden, it took a<br />

redundancy and a new baby to take the leap into<br />

freelancing. But getting started wasn’t easy.<br />

“Working in media, the stories tend to come to you and<br />

you don't have to worry about trying to find the work,<br />

whereas freelancing, you kind of have to go out and find the<br />

work,” she said.<br />

“And if you don't work, you don't get paid.”<br />

Courtney found her biggest challenge was understanding<br />

the nuts and bolts of business, how to network and how to<br />

source clients.<br />

“One of the biggest struggles was finding clients who I could<br />

work with, but also finding work that fits around looking<br />

after two young children,” she said.<br />

Courtney signed up for Prince’s Trust Australia’s Enterprise<br />

Programme, a series of free entrepreneurial workshops for<br />

ADF veterans and their families.<br />

“Being a military spouse, we move a lot. It's hard to have<br />

career continuity,” she said.<br />

“So having a programme like Enterprise gives us what we<br />

need to be able to work for ourselves so we can still<br />

contribute to the household without having to rely on<br />

finding a new job every time.”<br />

Courtney said it wasn’t just skills the Enterprise Programme<br />

offered that proved invaluable, but the network she found<br />

through Prince’s Trust as well.<br />

“When I started the programme, I was in Sydney and I had a<br />

young baby, so I was not leaving the house at all,” she said.<br />

“I felt very disconnected from the industry I'd been working<br />

in. I really didn't have much of a support network around me<br />

at the time.”<br />

“So firstly, (Enterprise) just gave me a social network so I had<br />

someone to talk to, somebody I could bounce ideas off. And<br />

then once I started establishing myself as a freelancer, it gave<br />

me a working network of people who either needed my<br />

services or were recommending my services to other<br />

people.”<br />

Find Courtney on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/courtneytodd-snowden-07135319a<br />

GRAPHIC DESIGNER - BIANCA NEWEY<br />

Graphic Designer Bianca Newey said it was hard to make<br />

connections when having three small children made it<br />

difficult to go out.<br />

“Being a Defence partner can be very isolating and very<br />

lonely if you're somewhere that you don't have friends and<br />

family and support,” she said.<br />

“My husband goes away at very short notice and then I’m left<br />

doing everything with three kids.<br />

“Working is not really an option”.<br />

Passionate about design, Bianca knew she had to set up her<br />

business B Luvd to have flexibility and a workload she could<br />

do from home. But starting a business was difficult without<br />

access to the right resources or knowing where to begin.<br />

“Having advice and knowing how to do a business plan is<br />

probably one of the biggest challenges,” she said.<br />

“Knowing who your target audience is, that's also very<br />

difficult to figure out initially.”<br />

Email Bianca for services: bluvddesign@gmail.com<br />

Defence Family Advocate of Australia, Sandi Laaksonen-<br />

Sherrin champions Defence partners and raises awareness<br />

of partners as a talent pool.<br />

“Data from the 2019 ADF Family Survey highlighted that<br />

even though ADF partners are more likely to be tertiary<br />

qualified than the general public, they were at the time more<br />

likely to be unemployed,” she said.<br />

“In a cohort of at least 40,000 Defence spouses, that’s a lot<br />

of under utilised talent. That’s a lot of potential in a modern<br />

workforce facing skills and labour shortages.”<br />

Ms Laaksonen-Sherrin said military partners presented a<br />

great opportunity for flexible workplaces to attract and<br />

retain experienced, qualified people who could keep their<br />

jobs through different posting locations. And for<br />

entrepreneurial spouses, self-employment is an option.<br />

“DFA is proud to work with Prince’s Trust Australia to<br />

develop programmes and initiatives to help Defence families<br />

reach their full potential in their careers,” she said.<br />

Written by Lydia Teychenné<br />

ADF partner and Programme Coordinator<br />

Prince’s Trust Australia<br />

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C R E A T I V E S P O U S E S S E R I E S<br />

Picture Book Author - Amelia McInerney<br />

Since making a career change, Amelia McInerney has published five<br />

picture books with Scholastic Australia and Allen and Unwin and has<br />

more books coming. She is the spouse of a RAAF logistician.<br />

Seven years ago, I got the sudden notion that I wanted to write picture books.<br />

This came out of left field, given I was a medical sonographer. I’d just had my<br />

third baby and knew that a lot of women re-evaluate their career when they<br />

have kids, but I couldn’t stop dreaming about it. At the time, I was living in the<br />

US with my military husband on his USAF exchange.<br />

Because I didn’t know many people and was busy caring for my three young<br />

children, it suited me to begin my writing life in relative solitude. I eagerly<br />

plunged into a new world of (free) self-education. I was surprised to find that<br />

the internet was brimming with everything a new writer needs to learn. I was<br />

soon working on manuscripts and when we got back to Australia, I joined a<br />

critique group and started attending kidlit events which is how I came to meet<br />

my future publishers and literary agent. <strong>The</strong> hard work was paying off and my<br />

dream was coming true!<br />

I’m writing full-time now, and still surprised at this<br />

unusual turn of events in my life. I feel like walking<br />

proof that none of us know what’s in store for us.<br />

Although there are some downsides to moving around<br />

a lot, I think all the moving stopped me falling into a rut<br />

and gave me the freedom to reassess what I wanted to<br />

do. Also, because I felt I had made sacrifices in my<br />

personal and professional life due to all the<br />

relocations, I felt justified in giving myself permission to<br />

pursue something for me. So, if you have a dream or<br />

want to try out something new, I say go for it!<br />

You never know what’s around the corner.<br />

MW Handmade<br />

We hold a regular stall at the Freds Pass Rural Markets,<br />

where we sell handmade hats, bags and accessories<br />

based on our customer’s fabric selections. My husband<br />

also creates woodworked items including grazing boards,<br />

bowls, bottle openers and cheese knives. Please come<br />

along to the markets and say hello!<br />

mwhandmadedesigns@gmail.com<br />

MW Handmade Designs<br />

C R E A T I V E S P O U S E S S E R I E S<br />

Devilish Delights<br />

Catherine has been running her custom cake and cookie<br />

business in Tindal since their relocation in December<br />

2021.With a fantastic eye for detail and loads of<br />

creativity, every creation is a carefully arranged<br />

masterpiece to help celebrate any occasion! Please head<br />

to the Facebook page to view the extensive gallery and<br />

to discuss your personal requirements.<br />

Devilish Delights Katherine<br />

My first two books came out in 2019.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Book Chook is about a panicky chicken who has an existential crisis when<br />

he realises he’s not real but just a drawing. And Bad Crab is a near-wordless<br />

book about a pinchy crab who learns to keep their claws to themselves. <strong>The</strong><br />

Book Chook was a Notable Book in the CBCA Book of the Year awards and<br />

also shortlisted for another prestigious Book of the Year award.<br />

In 2021, I published three more funny, rhyming picture books.<br />

Mary had a Little Lamb: What REALLY Happened is an action-packed nursery<br />

rhyme mash-up that reveals that Mary was actually a brave and clever hero<br />

who saved the town’s missing animals from the Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly,<br />

including her BFF Bo Peep’s lost sheep.<br />

Who Fed Zed? is an off-the-wall story about a goldfish and every<br />

line in it rhymes with ‘Zed’.<br />

Although it’s funny, it’s a good cautionary tale if any little ones or<br />

their friends have food allergies. My daughter’s nut allergy<br />

inspired this zany tale. Spoiler: Zed makes it.<br />

My Bird, Bertie is about two introverts (a bear and a bird) on a<br />

car trip, and what happens when their boisterous friends, Giggling<br />

Gertie, Silly Billy Tilly and Jiggy Wiggle Jack pile in. Haven’t we all<br />

been on a car trip like that?!<br />

www.ameliamcinerney.com<br />

Amelia McInerney Author<br />

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Defence Kidz<br />

Hayley Ann Boswell is a lawyer, mum and proud partner<br />

of a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Australian Navy.<strong>The</strong><br />

defence series of children's books that Hayley has<br />

created is aimed at giving young children a tool for<br />

understanding the important work undertaken by their<br />

defence parents. Resources are available directly through<br />

the Defence Kidz website, including books focused on<br />

serving Dad’s and serving Mum’s across each of the triservices.<br />

https://defencekidz.com.au/<br />

defencekidz<br />

Love and Lace<br />

Photography<br />

Specialising in Equine portraits, equine events along with<br />

Family, Pets, couples and much more.We are located in<br />

Darwin and available for private photography bookings,<br />

mini sessions and events to capture your special life<br />

moments!<br />

loveandlacephotography1@outlook.com<br />

Love & Lace Photography<br />

Taffy & Mae<br />

Delicious Scents!<br />

Taffy & Mae is owned and run by a young mum<br />

who loves all things fragrance! What started<br />

off as a hobby, has now grown into a business<br />

that has sent hundreds of orders into every<br />

state around Australia!<br />

We are regularly adding<br />

new scents, products and<br />

collections to our range.<br />

We are always open to<br />

suggestions - if there's<br />

anything you'd love to see<br />

added to our range, send<br />

us a message!<br />

Here at Taffy & Mae, we are passionate about<br />

creating products that will make your home smell<br />

beautiful. Every fragrance product is handmade by me<br />

in Darwin, using high quality fragrance oils and wax.<br />

Our melts are made using the highest possible<br />

fragrance load, to ensure a long lasting, highly scented<br />

melt.<br />

Our product range started off as just wax melts, and<br />

has now grown to include room sprays, body scrubs<br />

and hair accessories. We started with 10 fragrances<br />

and now offer almost 40!<br />

Follow us on social media<br />

to keep up to date with<br />

new releases.<br />

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OUR CREATIVE SPOUSES SERIES WILL<br />

CONTINUE IN THE NEXT EDITION OF THE<br />

TOP ENDER MAGAZINE.<br />

42 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated JUNE/JULY <strong>2022</strong> 43


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

Part 10<br />

Veteran Gaming Australia<br />

Trivia in Tindal!<br />

Life in the <strong>Top</strong> End is the gift that<br />

keeps on giving - 18 months into<br />

this Tindal journey and I’m STILL<br />

experiencing new things!<br />

For some reason during our first wet<br />

season, I didn’t know cane toads where a<br />

thing here in Tindal. This wet season, I<br />

wasn’t so lucky. I like to consider myself a<br />

lover of all animals, yet here we are...<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir disgusting, wart-covered bodies<br />

have been appearing out of nowhere and<br />

mocking me with their rotten looking<br />

faces.<br />

Positive things though - I’ve been working<br />

with Network Tindal to organise a<br />

monthly Trivia night, which has been a<br />

roaring success. My heart pounds and I<br />

get nauseous when it comes to public<br />

speaking, but I overcome my fear and<br />

push through the rounds and mini games.<br />

I then get a fuzzy feeling in my heart<br />

knowing I was able to help bring some joy<br />

to our community instead of feeling like I<br />

am always ‘taking’. It’s nice to give<br />

something back in a way that helps<br />

people to have fun.<br />

<strong>The</strong> sweet relief of the dry season has<br />

been teasing us with occasional cool<br />

evenings and mornings, and we wake<br />

each day with hope that perhaps it will be<br />

the morning the cool weather is here to<br />

stay. My electricity bill is going to be<br />

delighted once it finally graces us with its<br />

presence.<br />

I’ve been balancing my busy family life<br />

and my third Ember the Dragon<br />

book, which is half-way through being<br />

illustrated! I’m hopeful that this new<br />

adventure will be available by<br />

Christmas, so everyone can share the<br />

story with their kids – stay tuned.<br />

I’m typing this while packing for a<br />

camping with some friends to explore<br />

Litchfield, so I can’t wait to share<br />

some epic places and photos in the<br />

next edition!<br />

Stay safe, <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong>s!<br />

Written by Katie B.<br />

Community Contributor<br />

Tindal<br />

What has been happening with Veteran Gaming Australia<br />

(VGA) since our last edition? Hold onto your gaming chair<br />

and keep reading!<br />

Care Packages<br />

VGA supply gaming well-being packages to help members with<br />

financial struggles, and/or going through some hard times, to stay<br />

socially and emotionally connected. <strong>The</strong> care package includes steam<br />

gift cards (enabling purchase of games played regularly in the VGA<br />

Community), accessories such as headsets, keyboards, mouse and<br />

controllers; all of which help in providing enhanced communication<br />

means and new accessories for them to enjoy their favourite game. To<br />

date, five tournament packs have been given out. To apply, please<br />

complete the quick and easy nomination form on the VGA website.<br />

Retrofit Projects<br />

Behind the retrofit projects like the Keith Payne Unit (KPU), the VGA<br />

volunteers are hard at work.<br />

<strong>The</strong> physical set up includes multiple entertainment units, consoles and<br />

games and synchronisation of all equipment (plus software updates).<br />

Additionally, VGA provide training to hospital staff on operation of<br />

equipment/games/accessories (including demonstration and<br />

participation best practice methods), and on call support for any<br />

technical issues. VGA involvement also includes bi-monthly contact<br />

with program Psychiatrist for reviews and adjustments made to further<br />

enhance the user experience. <strong>The</strong> Physiotherapist was also keen to<br />

use equipment (such as Ring Fitness) with in-patients for further<br />

engagement and physical rehabilitation.<br />

Feedback demonstrates that veterans are looking at the KPU as<br />

preference for in-patient treatment, as the social hub enables<br />

Veterans to connect and have fun.<br />

Photos: VGA Founder & VGA Member, Sam Harris & Vic Bond, at<br />

Comicon. VGA representing at Comicon.<br />

Air Assault:<br />

As part of our Air Assault program, VGA raises funds to cover the<br />

expenses of our Veterans who have gone through extremely hard<br />

times financially & emotionally to help them socially reconnect with<br />

our VGA Air Assault Program. We are aiming to send 6 x Veterans<br />

who will have the opportunity to meet their industry idols, have fun,<br />

socially connect with a team of Veterans in attendance and<br />

experience this amazing opportunity at one of Australia's largest<br />

events. VGA plan to have an Air Assault for PAX Australia in<br />

Melbourne on 7 – 9th October, <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

In 2023, the VGA would love to engage a team of Veterans to<br />

attend the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in the USA, as it is a<br />

global expedition and journey that would be a once in life-time trip<br />

for Veterans to contribute socially and emotionally to what they<br />

love.<br />

Supporters can donate to the Air Assault program here: https://<br />

tiltify.com/@veterangamingaustralia/veterangamingaustralia<br />

Donations help all the VGA Programs, approximately 50% of funds<br />

goes towards our Veteran retrofit projects including Retrofits of<br />

Veteran Lodges and Veteran Hospitals; 25% of Funds goes towards<br />

our well-being packages for Veterans; and the remaining 25%<br />

currently goes towards the Tournaments. Due to all VGA staff being<br />

volunteers, little over-heads and the kind donations thus far from other<br />

organisations for facility use, everything goes back to helping Veterans<br />

out.<br />

Photo: VGA member gifted<br />

a Care Package containing<br />

Gaming Headset, Logitech<br />

keyboard & mouse<br />

Photo: Tournament packages<br />

CONNECT WITH US<br />

Current National engagement:<br />

QLD - 890<br />

NSW - 215<br />

VIC - 150<br />

SA - 112<br />

WA - 108<br />

ACT - 98<br />

NT - 68<br />

(as at May <strong>2022</strong>)<br />

95% Male; 5% Female<br />

44% are of age 25-34,<br />

29% of are of age 35-44<br />

Currently there are 14 dependents<br />

in in the VGA community enjoying<br />

the regular events, such as<br />

Dungeons & Dragons.<br />

VGA is inclusive of all direct family<br />

including parents, spouses & kids<br />

and welcome them to all VGA<br />

events that are run - “we are a<br />

community”.<br />

“If you need help setting up on any devices, please<br />

reach out to us via email, we can help you”<br />

VGA Email - enquiries@veterangamingaustralia.com.au<br />

VGA Website - www.veterangamingaustralia.com.au<br />

VGA Care packages -<br />

veterangamingaustralia.com.au/care-package-application<br />

VGA Air Assault -<br />

veterangamingaustralia.com.au/air-assault-application<br />

VGA Facebook - facebook.com/groups/veterangamingaus<br />

VGA Discord (Platform & Game Specific Chats, Movie Room, Voice<br />

chats) - discord.gg/QJTpqRd5ea<br />

VGA Youtube - youtube.com/channel/UC3uQeXOl-<br />

Ob3mvHu3WDRfNw<br />

- Sam Harris, Founder<br />

VGA Shirt Order - Password: VGAFAMILY -<br />

tacticallyjaded.com.au/collections/veteran-gaming-australia<br />

44 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated JUNE/JULY <strong>2022</strong> 45


<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> End = tropical perfection! <strong>The</strong> ideal life for your<br />

furry members and yourself, outdoor living and sunny<br />

weather. But there are some downsides to any tropical<br />

paradise, especially when it comes to skin and ear problems.<br />

Tropical gardens bloom with a huge variety of plants/trees/grasses<br />

occurring all year round. Some plants commonly grown in backyards<br />

around Darwin can have saps in them that cause skin reactions when<br />

animals contact them.<br />

Pets in Darwin<br />

My Dog in the Tropics<br />

Parasites love our warm, humid environment and we see lots of flea,<br />

mite and tick problems, so it’s recommended that you speak with<br />

your vet about the best options of parasite control for your pet.<br />

Scratching/chewing/licking and rubbing at itchy areas results in damage<br />

to the skin and reduces the body's natural ability to fight infection. In<br />

the tropics, humidity and heat make a perfect environment for<br />

bacteria and yeast – meaning even slight damage or inflammation of<br />

the skin opens the opportunity for nasty infections to develop.<br />

Images: (top)<br />

Common areas<br />

affected by skin<br />

allergies in dogs.<br />

(left) Plants<br />

known to cause<br />

contact allergies<br />

in some dogs.<br />

In both humans and pets, hay fevers and rashes can develop when<br />

moving to the tropics. <strong>The</strong> extreme load of new environmental<br />

factors can lead to the development of allergies to multiple grasses,<br />

weeds, plants, pollens<br />

• An allergy is a state of over reactivity or hypersensitivity of the<br />

immune system to a particular substance called an allergen.<br />

• Common clinical signs noticed with allergies are overt scratching,<br />

licking or chewing at the skin or rubbing/rolling on surfaces.<br />

• Unfortunately, there is no reliable cure for allergies and isolating<br />

and identifying the allergen in pets can be difficult. Often longterm<br />

medical management is required to reduce symptoms if<br />

exposure is continuous. Contact your veterinarian to discuss<br />

options if you think your pet may have allergies. or insects in<br />

some pets.<br />

Katherine Recreation<br />

Want to find out what sport and recreational activities are available in Katherine? Maybe you are looking to join a sport or<br />

searching for a way to entertain the kids?<br />

Skin and ear infections are one of the most common consultations<br />

booked at vet clinics in Darwin. Seek veterinary attention as soon as<br />

possible if you notice a skin or ear problem (it will be easier and<br />

cheaper to treat in the earlier stages!).<br />

• Skin infections – can look like; red inflamed rash, pustules/lesions/<br />

scabs, hair loss, moist or dry and flaky skin.<br />

• Ear infections – can look like; head shaking or scratching or<br />

rubbing, head hanging to one side, increased discharge within ear<br />

(can be dark/light, moist/dry), strong foul odour and<br />

inflammation of skin/ear.<br />

• It is important to identify which bacteria or yeast is associated<br />

with the infection to treat it effectively and reduce and prevent<br />

further skin damage, which can be long term. Your vet will often<br />

take samples at the appointment and then prescribe medication<br />

appropriately.<br />

• Bacteria/Yeast like to stick around and can be very hardy, so it is<br />

important to have a revisit to ensure the infection is resolved<br />

before stopping medication.<br />

Written by All Pets Veterinary Hospital<br />

allpetsvet.com.au<br />

AFL NT/ Katherine Umpires Association<br />

Big Rivers BMX Club<br />

Girl Guides in Katherine<br />

Good Sports Program / Alcohol and Drug<br />

Foundation<br />

Hockey NT<br />

Katherine Aquatic Centre<br />

Katherine Athletics Centre<br />

Katherine Camels<br />

Katherine Country Club – Golf & Bowls<br />

Katherine Football Club - Soccer<br />

Katherine Games Fishing Club<br />

Katherine Gymnastics – Active Feet<br />

Katherine Indoor Sports Centre<br />

Katherine Motor Sport Club<br />

Katherine Multisports Club<br />

Katherine Netball Association<br />

Katherine Rugby League Club Inc.<br />

Katherine Scout Group<br />

Katherine Softball<br />

Katherine Tennis Club<br />

Katherine Town Council<br />

Katherine Town Council – Elected Members<br />

Katherine Volleyball Club<br />

NT Parks and Wildlife<br />

Royal Life Saving Society (Australia) NT<br />

Branch<br />

<strong>The</strong> Y Katherine<br />

Supplied by Katherine<br />

Town Council<br />

Sports and Recreation Directory<br />

www.katherine.nt.gov.au/listings/sportsand-recreation<br />

46 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated JUNE/JULY <strong>2022</strong> 47


MOON PHASES<br />

NEW MOON<br />

FIRST QUARTER<br />

TIDES<br />

NORTH COAST - DARWIN <strong>2022</strong><br />

TIMES AND HEIGHTS OF HIGH AND LOW WATERS<br />

TIME ZONE - 0930<br />

1<br />

Time<br />

0104 1.12<br />

0740 7.07<br />

WE 1315 2.68<br />

1845 6.28<br />

2<br />

JUNE<br />

m<br />

0134 1.19<br />

0811 6.97<br />

TH 1344 2.74<br />

1915 6.19<br />

3<br />

0206 1.35<br />

0841 6.81<br />

FR 1414 2.85<br />

1948 6.02<br />

4<br />

0240 1.60<br />

0913 6.60<br />

SA 1448 3.01<br />

<strong>2022</strong> 5.77<br />

5<br />

0315 1.92<br />

0946 6.36<br />

SU 1529 3.20<br />

2100 5.48<br />

6<br />

0355 2.27<br />

1025 6.10<br />

MO 1621 3.38<br />

2147 5.18<br />

7<br />

0440 2.63<br />

1109 5.87<br />

TU 1734 3.45<br />

2258 4.93<br />

8<br />

0535 2.94<br />

1201 5.69<br />

WE 1853 3.32<br />

9<br />

0030 4.90<br />

0645 3.15<br />

TH 1303 5.61<br />

2005 2.96<br />

10<br />

0201 5.16<br />

0801 3.23<br />

FR 1408 5.67<br />

2106 2.46<br />

11<br />

0319 5.64<br />

0915 3.15<br />

SA 1507 5.84<br />

2159 1.89<br />

12<br />

0424 6.21<br />

1018 2.99<br />

SU 1557 6.08<br />

2247 1.32<br />

13<br />

0519 6.75<br />

1111 2.81<br />

MO 1641 6.33<br />

2333 0.83<br />

14<br />

0611 7.19<br />

1157 2.66<br />

TU 1723 6.54<br />

15<br />

0017 0.49<br />

0700 7.46<br />

WE 1241 2.55<br />

1805 6.68<br />

16<br />

Time<br />

m<br />

0102 0.33<br />

0746 7.56<br />

TH 1324 2.50<br />

1850 6.71<br />

17<br />

0148 0.38<br />

0830 7.49<br />

FR 1411 2.51<br />

1937 6.61<br />

18<br />

0235 0.64<br />

0914 7.29<br />

SA 1502 2.57<br />

2029 6.36<br />

19<br />

0323 1.08<br />

0958 7.00<br />

SU 1600 2.66<br />

2128 6.01<br />

20<br />

0413 1.64<br />

1042 6.65<br />

MO 1705 2.71<br />

2237 5.66<br />

21<br />

0505 2.24<br />

1127 6.28<br />

TU 1812 2.69<br />

2354 5.40<br />

22<br />

0602 2.79<br />

1215 5.93<br />

WE 1918 2.59<br />

23<br />

0113 5.32<br />

0705 3.23<br />

TH 1310 5.64<br />

2025 2.40<br />

24<br />

0231 5.43<br />

0816 3.48<br />

FR 1412 5.46<br />

2125 2.18<br />

25<br />

0345 5.71<br />

0931 3.52<br />

SA 1513 5.42<br />

2215 1.94<br />

26<br />

0445 6.06<br />

1037 3.40<br />

SU 1602 5.48<br />

2259 1.73<br />

27<br />

0533 6.38<br />

1126 3.22<br />

MO 1644 5.59<br />

2336 1.55<br />

28<br />

0615 6.62<br />

1202 3.05<br />

TU 1719 5.73<br />

29<br />

0012 1.41<br />

0653 6.77<br />

WE 1233 2.90<br />

1754 5.87<br />

30<br />

0045 1.32<br />

0728 6.83<br />

TH 1301 2.79<br />

1829 5.99<br />

FULL MOON<br />

LAST QUARTER<br />

JULY<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bureau of Meteorology gives no warranty of any kind whether express,<br />

implied, statutory or otherwise in respect to the availability, accuracy, currency,<br />

completeness, quality or reliability of the information or that the information<br />

will be fit for any particular purpose or will not infringe any third party<br />

intellectual property rights. <strong>The</strong> Bureau's liability for any loss, damage, cost or<br />

expense resulting from use of, or reliance on, the information is entirely<br />

excluded. Tidal predictions for Northern Territory Ports are supplied by the<br />

National Tidal Centre of the Bureau of Meteorology, copyright reserved.<br />

Tides provided with permission of NT Government, Department of Transport<br />

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

1<br />

Time<br />

m<br />

0118 1.30<br />

0800 6.83<br />

FR 1331 2.72<br />

1903 6.05<br />

2<br />

0152 1.35<br />

0830 6.79<br />

SA 1404 2.68<br />

1939 6.04<br />

3<br />

0226 1.48<br />

0900 6.71<br />

SU 1441 2.69<br />

2016 5.95<br />

4<br />

0259 1.69<br />

0930 6.59<br />

MO 1523 2.72<br />

2057 5.80<br />

5<br />

0331 1.97<br />

1000 6.43<br />

TU 1610 2.75<br />

2144 5.61<br />

6<br />

0408 2.30<br />

1033 6.23<br />

WE 1701 2.75<br />

2240 5.43<br />

7<br />

0452 2.67<br />

1111 5.99<br />

TH 1758 2.67<br />

2347 5.32<br />

8<br />

0548 3.06<br />

1155 5.75<br />

FR 1858 2.50<br />

9<br />

0103 5.35<br />

0659 3.38<br />

SA 1250 5.54<br />

2003 2.22<br />

10<br />

0230 5.57<br />

0823 3.53<br />

SU 1359 5.46<br />

2113 1.84<br />

11<br />

0357 6.00<br />

0944 3.45<br />

MO 1512 5.57<br />

2215 1.40<br />

12<br />

0504 6.50<br />

1050 3.22<br />

TU 1614 5.83<br />

2313 0.98<br />

13<br />

0601 6.95<br />

1145 2.94<br />

WE 1707 6.16<br />

14<br />

0006 0.64<br />

0654 7.29<br />

TH 1236 2.64<br />

1758 6.45<br />

15<br />

0056 0.45<br />

0741 7.49<br />

FR 1325 2.37<br />

1847 6.64<br />

16<br />

Time<br />

m<br />

0143 0.44<br />

0823 7.55<br />

SA 1414 2.15<br />

1940 6.70<br />

17<br />

0228 0.63<br />

0902 7.47<br />

SU 1502 2.01<br />

2033 6.61<br />

18<br />

0312 1.03<br />

0938 7.25<br />

MO 1551 1.96<br />

2128 6.39<br />

19<br />

0353 1.58<br />

1012 6.91<br />

TU 1640 2.00<br />

2222 6.07<br />

20<br />

0432 2.21<br />

1044 6.49<br />

WE 1729 2.12<br />

2317 5.70<br />

21<br />

0513 2.85<br />

1114 6.01<br />

TH 1821 2.27<br />

22<br />

0019 5.38<br />

0602 3.42<br />

FR 1148 5.52<br />

1918 2.39<br />

23<br />

0135 5.21<br />

0712 3.82<br />

SA 1243 5.08<br />

2025 2.42<br />

24<br />

0311 5.33<br />

0846 3.95<br />

SU 1415 4.83<br />

2133 2.32<br />

25<br />

0429 5.68<br />

1036 3.75<br />

MO 1537 4.89<br />

2232 2.12<br />

26<br />

0521 6.04<br />

1134 3.44<br />

TU 1630 5.12<br />

2319 1.88<br />

27<br />

0603 6.35<br />

1210 3.16<br />

WE 1711 5.41<br />

28<br />

0000 1.65<br />

0641 6.59<br />

TH 1236 2.92<br />

1747 5.71<br />

29<br />

0037 1.45<br />

0715 6.77<br />

FR 1301 2.70<br />

1823 5.97<br />

30<br />

0110 1.32<br />

0745 6.89<br />

SA 1329 2.50<br />

1859 6.18<br />

31<br />

0142 1.27<br />

0813 6.97<br />

SU 1400 2.32<br />

1934 6.29<br />

MOZZIE WATCH<br />

Thank you to the Department of Health for<br />

supplying the calendars of the Salt Marsh Mosquitos<br />

and the Biting Midges. For more information on<br />

either of these pests, visit the Department of<br />

Health’s website referenced below.<br />

SALT MARSH MOSQUITOS<br />

JUNE<br />

M T W T F S S<br />

1 2 3 4 5<br />

6 7 8 9 10 11 12<br />

13 14◌ 15 16 17 18 19<br />

20 21 22 23 24 25 26<br />

27 28 29● 30<br />

JULY<br />

M T W T F S S<br />

1 2 3<br />

4 5 6 7 8 9 10<br />

11 12 13 14◌ 15 16 17<br />

18 19 20 21 22 23 24<br />

25 26 27 28 29● 30 31<br />

AUGUST<br />

M T W T F S S<br />

1 2 3 4 5 6 7<br />

8 9 10 11 12◌ 13 14<br />

15 16 17 18 19 20 21<br />

22 23 24 25 26 27● 28<br />

29 30 31<br />

BITING MIDGES<br />

JUNE<br />

M T W T F S S<br />

1 2 3 4 5<br />

6 7 8 9 10 11 12<br />

13 14◌ 15 16 17 18 19<br />

20 21 22 23 24 25 26<br />

27 28 29● 30<br />

JULY<br />

M T W T F S S<br />

1 2 3<br />

4 5 6 7 8 9 10<br />

11 12 13 14◌ 15 16 17<br />

18 19 20 21 22 23 24<br />

25 26 27 28 29● 30 31<br />

AUGUST<br />

M T W T F S S<br />

1 2 3 4 5 6 7<br />

8 9 10 11 12◌ 13 14<br />

15 16 17 18 19 20 21<br />

22 23 24 25 26 27● 28<br />

29 30 31<br />

Aedes vigilax can<br />

transmit Ross River virus<br />

and Barmah Forest virus.<br />

In Darwin, salt marsh<br />

mosquito numbers<br />

increase after each<br />

succeeding spring tide<br />

and heavy rain between<br />

August and January. Very<br />

high Ae. vigilax numbers<br />

can usually be expected<br />

between October and<br />

mid-January, depending<br />

on tides and rain. <strong>The</strong><br />

mosquitoes are largely<br />

absent or occur in<br />

relatively low numbers<br />

from February to <strong>July</strong>.<br />

Mangrove biting midge<br />

abundance is usually highest<br />

3 days either side of the full<br />

moon and, to a lesser extent,<br />

3 days either side of the new<br />

moon. Relatively low<br />

numbers occur during the<br />

wet season, with an increase<br />

from April to <strong>July</strong>. Highest<br />

numbers usually occur<br />

between August and<br />

December.<br />

REFERENCES<br />

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/11953<br />

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/11952<br />

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/741<br />

Well, I can feel it in the air... the Dry<br />

Season! <strong>The</strong> pelagic species are here already<br />

with some hefty Mackerel coming from our<br />

inshore reefs. Fish to 14kg have so far been<br />

caught from as close as Lee Point trolling<br />

Halco Laser Pro 190’s at speed. Some big<br />

Queenfish are also frequenting the areas<br />

around our rock walls in both East Arm and<br />

Cullen Bay, with rigged Squidgy Fish plastics<br />

doing the damage.<br />

On the reef scene, the Jewfish are coming in<br />

decent numbers from Saltwater Arm grounds on<br />

fresh squid baits, and Golden Snapper to about<br />

60cm are being caught from Darwin and Bynoe<br />

Harbours mainly on the building tide phase. <strong>The</strong><br />

FADS toward Fenton Patches have reported large numbers<br />

of Trevally, and also the odd Coral Trout from the bottom.<br />

Inland, the billabongs have had some decent reports mainly<br />

at night with Hardies Billabong producing some nice<br />

healthy Barra to 76cm on surface walkers and fizzers<br />

worked over the weed beds. Slow trolling Reidys Big B52’s<br />

in colour 008 straight down the middle at Corroboree has<br />

also returned some decent fish to 82cm.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Daly River has tested a few comp fisho’s with low<br />

water levels creating havoc. Care must be taken when<br />

navigating the low tides with new stumps and shallow<br />

sandbars proving destructive on outboards for those<br />

unaware! <strong>The</strong> river has been fishing well at night, but can<br />

prove a bit tough during the day. Please remember: this is<br />

the <strong>Top</strong> End and crocodiles are very active in these<br />

popular fishing spots, so remain aware and vigilant,<br />

especially when fishing at night.<br />

15% OFF ALL LURES<br />

Present this voucher at Craig’s Fishing<br />

Warehouse to receive 15% off all lures<br />

in store!<br />

Valid until 1 st August <strong>2022</strong><br />

This voucher is only found in <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> and as<br />

such, this offer is only applicable to recipients of this magazine.<br />

Here Comes the Dry!<br />

Photo:A nice healthy 85cm Mary River Billabong Barra caught by Daniel Breed.<br />

Around town, land based options are always good -<br />

Mandorah Jetty is our pick for big pelagics. Drifting pillies midwater<br />

is a productive option for this, but be sure to have<br />

plenty of line capacity to tackle those monster Trevally over<br />

there! Buffalo Creek is my pick for a land-based barra,<br />

outgoing tide, Rapala Skitterpop twitched intermittently. I also<br />

like to carry a trusty 15A Bomber in Green Bling for this spot<br />

too!<br />

Get into Craigs for the latest up-to-date info on where the<br />

fish are biting - Mal, Mitchy or myself will be more than happy<br />

to help!<br />

Written by Craig Grosvenor<br />

Business Owner<br />

Craig’s Fishing Warehouse<br />

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Do we really need more reasons to LOVE LEGO?<br />

In 2018, we started making a range of sustainable LEGO<br />

elements from sugarcane to create polyethylene, a soft,<br />

durable and flexible plastic. Sugarcane grows at the same rate<br />

as we use it, is sourced sustainably using guidance from our<br />

partner WWF and doesn’t compromise food security.<br />

Because we want our products to be durable and safe for<br />

generations of children, this plant-based plastic is not<br />

biodegradable.<br />

We work with our sugarcane suppliers to ensure we meet<br />

the Responsible Ethanol Sourcing Framework, which is based<br />

on best practices. Our sugarcane is also certified by thirdparty<br />

standards and is third-party audited. It seemed only<br />

natural to make ‘botanical’ elements first, so we made leaves,<br />

bushes and trees – plants from plants!<br />

More than 100 LEGO elements are made from sustainably<br />

sourced polyethylene. Although these represent just over 2%<br />

of the 3,600 elements available for designers, it is the first<br />

important step out of many on the journey towards using<br />

sustainable materials by 2030. We are continuing to<br />

experiment with many different materials as we expect the<br />

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LEGO bricks of the future could be made from both<br />

plant-based and recycled sources.<br />

Our ambition is to make LEGO® bricks from<br />

sustainable sources by 2030 without compromising on<br />

quality or safety. This is a bold ambition as it requires<br />

creating entirely new materials. For the LEGO Group,<br />

a sustainable material must be responsibly produced,<br />

using renewable or recycled resources, generating little<br />

or no waste, use sustainable chemistry and be fully<br />

recyclable at the end of its life, while meeting our high<br />

standards for safety, quality and durability. We are<br />

joining forces with suppliers, research institutions and<br />

other industries to develop these new materials for<br />

LEGO bricks of the future.<br />

Since we launched plant-based bricks, they have been<br />

included in more and more LEGO sets. For example,<br />

the LEGO Ideas Tree House, a concept devised by a<br />

LEGO fan, contains 185 sustainable bricks including the<br />

treetop canopy, which has interchangeable sets of<br />

green summer leaf elements and yellow and brown fall<br />

leaf elements.<br />

Extracted from the LEGO Website<br />

www.lego.com/en-au/sustainability/environment/<br />

sustainable-materials<br />

Check In to Reconnect<br />

Living in the Territory has its benefits and challenges. 'Mango<br />

madness' is real, services can be in short supply and we are<br />

at the 'top end,' so it’s reasonable to feel pretty isolated<br />

from the rest of the country.<br />

Living here can take a toll on our bodies, our energy levels, our<br />

mental health and emotional wellbeing like no other posting. Layer<br />

these challenges with defence organisational needs and we can see<br />

relationships and individuals really struggle.<br />

What we know is the importance of community and a sense of<br />

belonging to help us thrive, especially when we can't be close to<br />

family. Defence spouses have led the way in creating new friends<br />

and social groups with every posting. Personnel and families learn a<br />

level of resilience that non-defence families rarely need to. What we<br />

want to do is foster that resilience and acknowledge living here is,<br />

at times, a different ball game. It’s important to check in with<br />

yourself and monitor your coping skills - consider some of the<br />

following strategies to keep you feeling good:<br />

TRIH is so excited to announce a pilot program<br />

providing sexuality education for parents and<br />

caregivers - boosting their skills and confidence.<br />

Have you ever felt completely out of your depth and<br />

awkward talking about intimacy with your partner? Imagine<br />

the thought of discussing it with your children... What we do<br />

know is that the messages children receive at home from<br />

their families and caregivers shapes the thoughts, feelings and<br />

even physical responses to intimacy and healthy sexuality.<br />

If you would like to take part in this pilot program, we are<br />

currently taking registrations for upcoming sessions:<br />

1st session – 15th <strong>June</strong> 5:30-7:00pm<br />

2nd session – 20th <strong>June</strong> 5:30-7:00pm<br />

Harry’s Place – 1 Willeroo Street, Tiwi<br />

Remote access is available<br />

Suitable for “tweens” aged 12-15 years.<br />

›› A good sleep routine of no less than 7-8 hours is essential.<br />

›› We have some of the most amazing fresh food here, vary<br />

your diet and include fermented food to support a good<br />

gut microbiome.<br />

›› Plan ahead for exercises and the wet season because<br />

some weeks are tougher than others. Supplements like<br />

magnesium can help.<br />

›› Drink up to 2 litres a day - dehydration can make you feel<br />

agitated, confused and lethargic. Staying hydrated will<br />

improve mental functioning and help you to feel your best.<br />

›› Ensure you know what activities you can do to reenergise<br />

your energy bucket. Watching 10 seasons on Netflix<br />

doesn’t reenergise, it is a check out coping strategy but<br />

when you turn the TV off you are not reenergised.<br />

›› Check out time. Allow yourself some time each day to<br />

just check out and unplug for a manageable amount of<br />

time. Just 15 minutes of mindful activities like reading or<br />

colouring in can be a helpful boost.<br />

›› Quality time in relationships. Every day we need to feel<br />

truly connected. People think this requires big gestures like<br />

date night or holidays. 'Rituals of connection' are things<br />

like walking the dog together, cuddles in the morning for<br />

5 minutes before you get up or a hug while the kettle<br />

boils. <strong>The</strong>se snippets in a day allow us to acknowledge<br />

our partners and check in.<br />

›› Keep alcohol consumption within the recommended<br />

guidelines.<br />

›› Reach out for support. Social media groups, defence<br />

resources like Open Arms and local counselling supports<br />

are all available.<br />

Life in the <strong>Top</strong> End does afford us many free and unique<br />

opportunities to relax and get out bush or go fishing. With the<br />

challenges come many benefits to a slower pace and a more<br />

holistic approach to life.<br />

Written by Nina Booysen<br />

Clinical Psycho Sexologist, Mental Health<br />

Social Worker. BA Psych, Grad Dip<br />

Community Counselling, Masters STI's HIV<br />

and Sexual Health Counselling, Masters<br />

Social Work - Professional Qualifying.<br />

Territory Relationships and Intimate Health<br />

0422 858 363<br />

nina@trih.com.au<br />

trih.com.au<br />

Please send an email to<br />

admin@trih.com.au or call 0422 858 363. If you are in crisis, please contact either Lifeline on 13 11 14,<br />

QLife (LGBTQIA Specific) on 1800 184 527, Beyondblue on<br />

1300 224 636, or Emergency Services on 000.<br />

Enjoy!<br />

50 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated JUNE/JULY <strong>2022</strong> 51


Thanks to Defence Health<br />

Defence Health have sponsored our Adventure and Pamper Packs for the last 5 editions, and we<br />

are so grateful for their contribution to the <strong>Top</strong> End community! This competition has provided ten<br />

ADF families with a lovely surprise after being nominated by other members of our community.<br />

We wish to sincerely thank Defence Health for their generosity and support of this initiative.<br />

Identifying Stress Triggers<br />

Our Float <strong>The</strong>rapy rooms are equipped with a pool filled with<br />

highly concentrated Epsom salt water and heated to your<br />

body temperature.This will keep you afloat, entering a nearzero<br />

gravity state and reducing external sensory input into<br />

the brain.With all sights and sounds removed, you’ll be<br />

drifting into a meditative state to effectively rejuvenate your<br />

mind and body.This has a range of benefits from pain<br />

reduction to enhanced creativity and improved sleep.<br />

Float <strong>The</strong>rapy<br />

Stress affects everyone in different ways – and, our<br />

triggers are very much dependent on the challenges<br />

we’re facing at an individual level. Even if you and<br />

someone you know are feeling stressed, the causes and<br />

triggers are most likely different – which means you’ll<br />

need unique approaches to treating your stress.<br />

Understanding stress<br />

Stress is commonly described as feeling overloaded, uptight,<br />

tense and chronically worried.<br />

According to the Australian Psychological Society, the three<br />

different types of stress include: Fibromyalgia<br />

• Acute stress – this kind of stress usually occurs in response<br />

to a brief, one-time event, such as a difficult situation at<br />

work<br />

• Episodic acute stress – this is when acute stress is<br />

experienced more than once, or in ‘episodes’<br />

• Chronic stress – chronic stress is ongoing, deep feelings of<br />

stress that impact health and daily life and put you at risk of<br />

developing serious health problems as a result<br />

Major life stressors, especially those involving personal and<br />

social stress, are among the strongest risk factors for<br />

depression.<br />

Identifying your triggers<br />

Developing a management plan to overcome stress starts with<br />

identifying your triggers. Here are some questions to help you<br />

determine the underlying cause of your stressors:<br />

• Has there been a change in your routine?<br />

• Has something unpredictable happened recently – for<br />

example, a family member visiting out of the blue? A close<br />

friend moving away?<br />

• Have you picked up a demanding new project at work?<br />

Managing your triggers<br />

Once you’ve identified your primary sources of stress, it’s important to<br />

work out strategies to deal with them. Here are some tips to help you<br />

develop coping mechanisms:<br />

• Do less, and expect less – try to get comfortable with the ‘less is<br />

more’ mantra, and<br />

• Slow down – life isn’t meant to be too busy, or a race<br />

• Ask for help – even if you don’t have family nearby, friends and<br />

colleagues can help you through challenging times – all you need to<br />

do is ask, and you may be surprised at how many people are willing<br />

to help you<br />

• Problem solve – develop strategies to deal with a particular<br />

problem instead of avoiding it or hoping it will go away on its own<br />

• Give time to people who matter most – focus on quality not<br />

quantity of relationships<br />

• Get comfortable with saying no – you don’t have to do everything,<br />

be everywhere and go to everything, and downtime is necessary<br />

• Change your way of thinking – it isn’t easy to do, but it can be done<br />

with some training and practice – for example, if a situation that you<br />

can’t change is stressing you out, consider how you can approach<br />

this situation with a positive attitude. This will make it easier for you<br />

to deal with.<br />

• Practice the art of acceptance – learn to accept the things you<br />

cannot change<br />

• Focus on the positives – instead of worrying about what you don’t<br />

have and what isn’t being done, focus on all the wonderful things<br />

you do have and what you have achieved<br />

• Distance yourself from the source of the stress – if a person is<br />

making you stressed, don’t engage with them<br />

• Confront the stress head-on – it may be more appropriate to<br />

attack the problem and deal with it face-to-face if you feel<br />

comfortable<br />

If you or someone you know is feeling chronically stressed, make an<br />

appointment with your healthcare professional to discuss your concerns.<br />

This is the key to float therapy – sensory deprivation. <strong>The</strong> salts allow<br />

you to float effortlessly without the sensations of your body. Add to<br />

this the choice of silence or calming music. This is the ideal space for<br />

deep relaxation.<br />

People float clinically for:<br />

• Fibromyalgia<br />

• Rheumatoid arthritis<br />

• Joint pain<br />

• PTSD<br />

We have guests with chronic injuries who float every 3 days, and some<br />

who come in once a month to help with stress. It's completely based<br />

on your needs and the results you are after. Much like the gym, going<br />

once won't have the same impact as going consistently.<br />

CLEANING<br />

• Anxiety<br />

• Depression<br />

• Insomnia<br />

Although your appointment is only 60 minutes, we allow 90 minutes<br />

for each session to give us the chance to clean and re-dress the rooms<br />

between appointments, as well as filter the pools. Our filters are<br />

designed for 10,000 litres of water, but the pools only contain 1000<br />

litres. Each pool also has 400Kg (approx.) of salt in them, so no bacteria<br />

is able to cultivate in this environment. Again, we require everyone to<br />

shower before and after their session to aid in hygiene.<br />

WHY YOU NEED FLOAT THERAPY IN YOUR LIFE...<br />

Float <strong>The</strong>rapy has an abundance of positive health factors for your<br />

mind, body and gut - but how is it a complementary treatment in your<br />

mental health journey? Read on as we dive into how this treatment<br />

helps to manage and minimise symptoms of anxiety, depression, and<br />

PTSD.<br />

Float therapy or Restricted Environmental Stimulation <strong>The</strong>rapy (R.E.S.T)<br />

reduces the sound, sight and touch of your environment by placing you<br />

in a pool filled with magnesium sulphate so you float effortlessly, the<br />

room is pitch black, there are no sounds except the rise and fall of your<br />

breath. <strong>The</strong>se conditions bring your body into a state of rest. <strong>The</strong>re is<br />

no strain on the body and no external stimuli to process. All that is left<br />

to do is breathe, allow the stresses of the day to melt away for a while,<br />

and bask in the ease of your meditative state. Many people experience<br />

euphoria, clarity, calmness, stillness and most feel rejuvenated following<br />

a float session.<br />

Float therapy is also an effective complementary treatment for people<br />

who suffer from P.T.S.D. When you float, you’re muscles naturally<br />

loosen in the zero-gravity environment, you will effortlessly release<br />

tension throughout your body which can be<br />

a welcomed relief in areas we hold the most<br />

tension. As you let go deeper and deeper<br />

into stillness, your mind will register a rested<br />

state and you will be able to easily meditate,<br />

which also serves as a complementary<br />

treatment for P.T.S.D. Being able to reduce<br />

stress, anxiety and pain during and after your<br />

float all help to manage symptoms related to<br />

P.T.S.D. Plus, since float therapy has been<br />

proven to help deal with sleep issues, getting<br />

a better night's sleep is also a huge factor in<br />

alleviating symptoms.<br />

• Is there a new working dynamic – for example, a challenging<br />

boss or colleague?<br />

• Has there been a death or serious illness in the family?<br />

• Are you having trouble adjusting to having a newborn baby?<br />

• Are you struggling to juggle work and family life?<br />

• Do you rely on an excessive amount of stimulants – coffee,<br />

for example – to get through the day?<br />

• Does your environment make you feel anxious – for<br />

example, a messy house, builders next door, dogs barking?<br />

References<br />

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4006295/<br />

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stressmanagement/art-20044151?pg=2<br />

http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/coping-with-lifes-stressors<br />

https://www.psychology.org.au/Assets/Files/StressTipSheet.pdf<br />

Supplied by Defence Health<br />

healthhq.defencehealth.com.au/<br />

2017/03/20/identify-stress-triggers/<br />

Jape Homemaker Village<br />

08 8948 1649<br />

darwin@citycave.com.au<br />

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What is a ‘Brain Dump’?<br />

Scouting is adventure!<br />

... and friends and fun for ages 5-25<br />

Scouts NT groups meet once per week during school<br />

terms. With weekend activities throughout the<br />

school terms and Campouts during the Dry Season.<br />

LEVELS<br />

›› Joeys 6-8yrs<br />

›› Cubs 7.5 – 11yrs<br />

›› Scouts 10.5 – 15yrs<br />

›› Venturers 14.5 - 18yrs<br />

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN<br />

Depending on the age group, children will be able to<br />

learn from a wide range of activities and life skills.<br />

This included, archery, canoeing, kayaking and bush<br />

crafts. <strong>The</strong>y will also learn team building and<br />

leadership skills, as well as vital First Aid skills and<br />

so much more!<br />

Contact Scouts NT<br />

Northern Territory Branch Contacts<br />

info@scoutsnthq.com.au<br />

(08) 8948 0994<br />

LOCAL GROUPS<br />

Alawa<br />

Anula<br />

Berrimah<br />

Howard Springs<br />

Humpty Doo<br />

Katherine<br />

Palmerston<br />

gl.alawa@nt.scouts.com.au<br />

gl.arafura@nt.scouts.com.au<br />

gl.berrimah@nt.scouts.com.au<br />

gl.howardsprings@nt.scouts.com.au<br />

gl.humptydoo@nt.scouts.com.au<br />

gl.katherine@nt.scouts.com.au<br />

gl.palmerston@nt.scouts.com.au<br />

1 st Sea Scouts, gl.darwin@nt.scouts.com.au<br />

Larrakeyah<br />

Find your nearest Scouts group at www.nt.scouts.com.au<br />

A brain dump is taking all of the ideas,<br />

tasks, worries and thoughts in your<br />

head and “dumping” them onto paper.<br />

<strong>The</strong> point is to get all of the things that<br />

might be causing you stress or anxiety<br />

out of your head; just the simple act of<br />

writing them down can help make you<br />

feel less overwhelmed and more<br />

productive!<br />

Why different types of brain<br />

dumps?<br />

You might be thinking that a brain dump<br />

sounds pretty easy and self explanatory, and<br />

you would be right! However, it can be<br />

overwhelming to look at a big list of ideas<br />

and tasks without a plan to take action, so<br />

the following brain dump ideas not only give<br />

you an outlet to unload stress, but help give<br />

you a plan to tackle your list in manageable<br />

steps.<br />

“<strong>Top</strong> 3- easy 3- next 3” brain dump:<br />

This is a popular type of brain dump and<br />

used most often! Get a regular piece of<br />

paper and fold it in half. On one side of the<br />

paper, write down everything you need to<br />

do. <strong>The</strong>n, on the other side of the paper,<br />

designate tasks to the following categories:<br />

top three, easy three and next three. “<strong>Top</strong><br />

three”= tasks that are time sensitive or need<br />

to be done in order to complete other tasks<br />

the list. “Easy three” = tasks that can be<br />

completed quickly to gain momentum when<br />

feeling unmotivated. “Next three” = tasks<br />

that can be accomplished after the top three<br />

are complete.<br />

By folding the paper in half, you only see the<br />

“top three, easy three, next three” rather<br />

than the entire list of tasks that may leave<br />

you feeling overwhelmed. You can use sticky<br />

notes to track your tasks and move them<br />

around as required. This method can be a<br />

visual and colourful aid to celebrate your<br />

progress.<br />

Weekly brain dump:<br />

Brain dumps are never completed in just<br />

one day, so this method is helpful to<br />

spread tasks out over the course of a<br />

week. Start by completing the “brain<br />

dump” on one side of a page and choose<br />

three daily tasks that you aim to complete<br />

from that list. Some days, you may be able<br />

to complete more tasks and cross them<br />

off, however other days might require<br />

added tasks that weren’t on your original<br />

“brain dump” list. Either way, this helps to<br />

develop a plan without feeling<br />

overwhelmed while you focus on<br />

completing three tasks a day.<br />

Weekend brain dump:<br />

Start by writing all of the tasks that you<br />

hope to accomplish on post it page flags.<br />

Once your weekend list is made, divide up<br />

the tasks between Saturday and Sunday.<br />

As you complete tasks, move the flag to<br />

the “done!” side.<br />

Meal planning brain dump:<br />

You can brainstorm different meal<br />

and snack ideas based on what you<br />

already have in your fridge, freezer<br />

and pantry, which makes it easier<br />

to stay organised and using up food<br />

before it goes to waste.<br />

House project brain dumps:<br />

If you are someone who has a lot of<br />

house projects that you want to do, it<br />

may help to create a house projects list<br />

to avoid feeling completely<br />

overwhelmed. You can create a brain<br />

dump for each room in your house and<br />

work on one thing at a time.<br />

Big goal brain dump:<br />

It’s also a great idea to create a bit of a<br />

roadmap and a game plan that would help<br />

to actually accomplish your big goals, which<br />

could include anything from enrolling in<br />

study or refinancing a loan, so it’s important<br />

to write it all down to help clarify goal and<br />

intentions for this year. You can then tick<br />

things off as you achieve them and<br />

celebrate every step towards your big goals.<br />

My brain<br />

has too<br />

many<br />

tabs open!<br />

Energy level brain dump:<br />

You can use this style of brain dump when<br />

you are struggling with energy and<br />

motivation. By tracking tasks based on<br />

energy levels, you can still feel like you are<br />

achieving something and accomplishing<br />

tasks – no matter how small they may<br />

seem!<br />

Priority brain dump:<br />

Sometimes with brain dumps it is hard to<br />

figure out what is most important, because<br />

everything feels important! Ranking tasks in<br />

order from low to high priority not only<br />

helps you prioritise, but if you use small<br />

sticky notes, you can remove or move them<br />

up or down as things get accomplished!<br />

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Looking<br />

for a<br />

Podcast?<br />

With a growing number of podcasts available, it’s challenging to know where to start! Our committee have<br />

looked around and curated the following list of podcasts that may be of interest:<br />

THE RESILIENCE PROJECT - Teaming up<br />

with one of Australia’s most successful<br />

comedians, Ryan Shelton, and his very<br />

talented brother Josh van Cuylenburg, Hugh<br />

has put together a podcast which is all about<br />

how perfectly imperfect we all are.<br />

THINK LIKE A MONK – Jay Shetty draws<br />

on ancient wisdom and his own rich<br />

experiences in the ashram to overcome<br />

negative thoughts and habits.<br />

BROTHERS N BOOKS – talks to authors,<br />

inspirations, business owners, and<br />

emergency service personnel about reading,<br />

life and motivations.<br />

YOUNG BLOOD – award winning podcast<br />

with a focus on men’s mental health,<br />

including a range of guest speakers.<br />

DO YOU F***ING MIND (SPOTIFY) -<br />

Mindset hacks to live the most empowered<br />

life. All things self growth, self love,<br />

relationship and learning to give less<br />

attention to draining situations, with some<br />

neuroscience thrown in for good measure.<br />

SERVICE AND BEYOND - Service and<br />

Beyond Former Navy and Air Force pilot<br />

Matthew Dank speaks to former Australian<br />

Defence Force members on their career<br />

highlights, greatest challenges, and their<br />

personal experiences transitioning out of<br />

uniform.<br />

UNASHAMEDLY HUMAN - This podcast<br />

gently teaches a new way of being in the<br />

world that offers up a practical and common<br />

sense approach to life to help anyone<br />

suffering from anxiety, depression, unwanted<br />

habits and addictions, business concerns and<br />

everything in between tune in to a different<br />

conversation about our psychological nature<br />

and human experience.<br />

MILITARY WIVES UNFILTERED (US) - A<br />

podcast made by military wives for military<br />

wives, or anyone who wants a peak behind<br />

the camouflage curtain.<br />

MILITARY LIFE - a podcast telling the stories<br />

of everyday Australian Military partners.<br />

VOICE OF A VETERAN – launched by<br />

Heston Russell, a Special Forces Veteran,<br />

this podcast provides a platform to discuss<br />

those conversations that many have been<br />

hiding from.<br />

AWM UP CLOSE: CONVERSATIONS<br />

WITH MODERN VETERANS - <strong>The</strong><br />

Australian War Memorial presents podcasts<br />

that highlight our military history, tell stories<br />

of service and sacrifice, and help us to better<br />

understand Australia’s wartime experience.<br />

DEFENCE SCIENCE AND<br />

TECHNOLOGY GROUP - In the Defence<br />

Science Australia podcast, you'll hear from<br />

DST's leading scientists about how our<br />

innovative research adds value to the<br />

Australian Defence Force.<br />

ZERO LIMITS - Zero Limits Podcast is<br />

hosted by Australian Veterans. Throughout<br />

these podcast the boys will be speaking to<br />

high charging humans from around the<br />

world with a zero limit attitude.<br />

THIS IS NOT WHAT I ORDERED - Join<br />

San Francisco psychotherapist Lauren<br />

Selfridge for honest, humorous, and inspiring<br />

conversations with people who get what it's<br />

like to live with health challenges.<br />

REAL CRIME - Real Crime investigative<br />

journalist Adam Shand takes you on an<br />

audio journey as he digs deep to uncover<br />

the untold story behind some of Australia’s<br />

most fascinating true crime, high-profile<br />

cases.<br />

GOOD LIFE PROJECT - Every week, we<br />

share inspirational, intimate and disarminglyunfiltered<br />

conversations about living a fullyengaged,<br />

fiercely-connected and purposedrenched<br />

life. From iconic world-shakers like<br />

Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Sir Ken<br />

Robinson, Seth Godin and Gretchen Rubin<br />

to everyday guests, every story matters.<br />

THE MINIMALISTS - Netflix stars Joshua<br />

Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus discuss<br />

living a meaningful life with less. With more<br />

than 100 million downloads, <strong>The</strong> Minimalists<br />

Podcast is one of the most popular podcasts<br />

in the world.<br />

MIND OF THE WARRIOR (US) - Those<br />

with the courage and the will to achieve<br />

victory have always set themselves apart.<br />

Today, these warriors can be found not only<br />

on the modern battlefield, but also in the<br />

sports arena, in the boardroom, and in the<br />

classroom. Join Doctor Mike Simpson, as he<br />

takes you inside the Mind of <strong>The</strong> Warrior.<br />

WOMEN OF THE MILITARY (US) -<br />

Amanda Huffman, the creator of Airman to<br />

Mom, interviews women who have served<br />

in the military or are currently serving in the<br />

military.<br />

LIFEGIVER (US) - hosted by Corie<br />

Weathers (a Clinical Military and First<br />

Responder Consultant), each episode tackles<br />

a topic or interview that relates to the<br />

military and/or first responder lifestyle as<br />

well as marriage enrichment.<br />

KID-FRIENDLY<br />

PODCASTS<br />

1. BRAINS ON<br />

2. WOW IN THE WORLD<br />

3. CIRCLE ROUND<br />

4. LITTLE GREEN POD<br />

5. GOOD NIGHT STORIES FOR<br />

REBEL GIRLS<br />

6. FIERCE GIRLS<br />

7. STORY PIRATES<br />

8. BUT WHY?<br />

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must exercise their own due diligence to decide whether the content is relevant and appropriate for them.<br />

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STEP 3<br />

STEP 1<br />

Go out to your local nature place and see if<br />

you can spot some native plants or animals.<br />

Remember, only pick from the plants if you<br />

have permission to do so. If you are tasting a<br />

bush- food make sure an expert has<br />

identified the plant for you!<br />

Find out which local Aboriginal or<br />

Torres Straight Islander nation are<br />

the traditional owners of the land<br />

where you live, learn or play.<br />

Can you find out what the place<br />

name is in their language? Research<br />

and learn more about the history<br />

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STEP 4<br />

STEP 2<br />

Which native plants and animals are local<br />

to your area? Can you find out which<br />

plants might be useful for things such as<br />

making tools, medicines, foods and fibres?<br />

How are they prepared?<br />

To show respect to the traditional<br />

owners of the land on which we play,<br />

live and learn, you can acknowledge the<br />

local nation at events and gatherings.<br />

Can you write your own acknowledgement? You can also<br />

show respect by caring for the land you are on. Remember, if<br />

you look after the land, the land will look after you! Share what<br />

you know with your friends and family and keep learning.<br />

Useful Resources<br />

• www.mapworld.com.au/products/aboriginal- australia-tindale-800-x-640mm-map<br />

• www.deadlystory.com<br />

• Welcome to Country & Wilam by Aunty Joy Murphy, Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe<br />

• ABC Kids Listen Little Yarns<br />

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Advice and Hints<br />

for Young Drivers<br />

Police forces around Australia promote<br />

awareness of the five major causes of fatal<br />

crashes, and crashes that cause permanent,<br />

serious and/or disfiguring injury. <strong>The</strong>y are Speed,<br />

Seatbelts, Distraction, Fatigue and Impairment.<br />

SPEED<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are endless statistics to demonstrate this point, but<br />

perhaps it is simpler to say that the harder you hit something,<br />

the worse the consequences will be for you as a driver and<br />

any passengers you have. Speed limits on our roads were<br />

not established at random. <strong>The</strong>y are there to manage traffic<br />

flow and road conditions. Roll a watermelon off a couch<br />

onto the floor, then drop one from a third storey carpark<br />

onto concrete, and you will understand the difference<br />

speed makes in car accidents.<br />

SEATBELTS<br />

When Victoria introduced the compulsory wearing of<br />

seatbelts in 1970, their lives lost on roads went from 1061 to<br />

over a hundred less every year after. Today it is just over<br />

200, and a significant part of that is due to drivers wearing<br />

seatbelts. Go to any rehabilitation ward in Australia and you<br />

will find people learning to use wheelchairs or use colostomy<br />

bags for the rest of their lives because they thought wearing<br />

a seat belt wasn’t important.<br />

DISTRACTION<br />

This includes talking to friends, reaching for things next to or<br />

behind you, and trying to get the right music playing using<br />

your phone while driving. You are in charge of a tonne of<br />

steel and glass that is moving at speed. You may not get a<br />

second chance. It is not your friends’ fault you allowed<br />

yourself to become distracted - it will be your fault.<br />

FATIGUE<br />

If you are excessively tired you are a danger to yourself, your<br />

passengers and other road users. <strong>The</strong>re is no requirement<br />

to be at a certain place at a certain time that outweighs your<br />

life and those of the people you care about.<br />

IMPAIRMENT<br />

This means driving under the effects of alcohol, illicit drugs<br />

and certain prescription drugs. If you need to be told that<br />

this is a bad thing, then there is little anyone can do for you.<br />

Staying overnight at a friend’s house rather than driving<br />

home drunk is an excellent decision. Driving home the<br />

next morning after a big night out (or in) is a very poor<br />

decision because regardless of how you might feel, alcohol<br />

will still be in your system and impair your ability to safely<br />

drive a motor vehicle. No, you cannot drink yourself sober.<br />

Driving a motor vehicle is not an Xbox game. <strong>The</strong>re is no<br />

reset button. <strong>The</strong> next time you get into your car, leave the<br />

driver’s side door open. Before you start the engine, lean<br />

out and place your hand on the bitumen underneath you.<br />

Note that it is extremely hard and extremely rough, and<br />

know that it is unforgiving and does not offer second<br />

chances.<br />

Hold your hand out in front of you, palm first. Extend your<br />

fingers and understand that all the movements you make<br />

while driving – all the steering inputs, all braking and all<br />

acceleration – transmit to the road surface through four<br />

separate patches of rubber the size of your hand.<br />

As young drivers, you need to<br />

understand that any ability you may<br />

have, or think you have, does not<br />

come with experience. You need<br />

both to ensure you and your<br />

passengers survive. Gain<br />

experience slowly and learn from<br />

the unfortunate experiences of<br />

others before you make their<br />

mistakes and have unfortunate<br />

experiences of your own.<br />

Written by Senior<br />

Sergeant John Ginnane<br />

NT Police<br />

https://www.pfes.nt.gov.au/police<br />

Fossicking in the NT<br />

Renowned for its abundance, quality and variety of<br />

gems and minerals,Australia's Northern Territory is a<br />

vast land of hidden treasures just waiting to be<br />

discovered!<br />

Whether you are on your own, with friends or family, fossicking is a<br />

unique and fun way to see and explore some of the most scenic<br />

outback landscapes the Northern Territory has to offer.<br />

Fossickers have unearthed an array of gems and minerals across the<br />

Territory, including agate, amethyst, apatite,<br />

epidote, beryl, garnet, gold, jasper, magnetite, mica, microcline,<br />

pyrite, quartz, ribbonstone, tourmaline and zircon.<br />

A number of dedicated fossicking areas are located throughout the<br />

Territory to encourage more people to seek out these hidden<br />

treasures.<br />

From the beauty of the Red Centre through to the "Golden Heart" of<br />

the Territory, Tennant Creek and beyond to Pine Creek in the <strong>Top</strong><br />

End, why not join the growing number of people who have<br />

discovered how addictive fossicking can be!<br />

Before you embark on your next fossicking adventure in the<br />

Northern Territory please take the time to read through the<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End Gem and Mineral Club<br />

<strong>The</strong> TEGM Club is believed to be the only<br />

fossicking and lapidary club in Darwin and has<br />

operated continuously for 55 years! It has regular<br />

fossicking trips and meetings are usually well<br />

attended with a range of activities on offer.<br />

Membership numbers over the last couple of years have been<br />

growing steadily - 100 adults and 5 Juniors {13 to 17 years<br />

old). We also have RAFFK - Rocks Are Fun For Kids, suitable<br />

for children aged between 5 to 12 years old. <strong>The</strong> RAFFK group<br />

meets once a month on the first Wednesday of the month.<br />

<strong>The</strong> club opens for all others at these<br />

times:<br />

Tuesdays 9am to 12pm<br />

Wednesdays (other than the first of the month) 5pm to<br />

8pm<br />

Sundays 9am to 1pm<br />

We also do a fossicking trip at least once a month. Some of<br />

these are "away" camping trips and mostly timed for school<br />

holidays so that the RAFFK and Juniors can come along. Last<br />

year we did a trip down to Hart's Range and we'll be doing so<br />

again in <strong>July</strong> this year despite the cold weather.<br />

We also offer lapidary classes, which is the practice of shaping<br />

stone, minerals, or gemstones into decorative items.<br />

All new members undergo a safety induction and are then<br />

handed to specific trainers in the craft that interests them<br />

most.<br />

information, including factsheets and useful links to other<br />

information of interest, provided on the NT Government Fossicking<br />

website.<br />

By familiarising yourself with the relevant requirements you will ensure<br />

that your experience is a happy and enjoyable one!<br />

Declared fossicking areas in the NT:<br />

›› Arltunga<br />

›› Central Harts Range<br />

›› Harts Range West<br />

›› Mud Tank Zircon Field<br />

Club Events:<br />

Regular classes that are open to the public<br />

have recently been introduced including<br />

wire-wrapping and creating beading. Future<br />

classes and events will include silversmithing,<br />

faceting and rock-carving, as well<br />

as field trips in WA and QLD (covid<br />

restrictions permitting).<br />

›› Newry<br />

›› Warrego<br />

›› Wave Hill<br />

Please refer to the NT Government fossicking website for more<br />

information on gems and minerals to look for, details of declared<br />

fossicking areas and the rules around fossicking in the <strong>Top</strong> End.<br />

If you intend to fossick within the Northern Territory, you must<br />

submit the application form on the NT Government website for<br />

approval prior to commencing.<br />

Extracted from NT Government website<br />

https://fossicking.nt.gov.au/<br />

Written by Russ Swan<br />

Club President<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End Gem and Mineral Club<br />

Membership Fees:<br />

›› Single - $25<br />

›› Family - $40<br />

Address:<br />

Meetings:<br />

Knuckey Lagoon<br />

Recreation Reserve, 110<br />

Brandt Road, Knuckey<br />

Lagoon<br />

Postal: PO Box 268,<br />

Karama NT 0813<br />

Email:<br />

tegmclub@gmail.com<br />

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Gerald & Mairi Mitchell...........................................................0400 642 881<br />

Returned Services League (RSL)<br />

Darwin...............................................................................darwin@rslsa.org.au<br />

Darwin North.............................................................................08 8945 0701<br />

Katherine (via Secretary)........................................................0407 130 095<br />

Nhulunbuy...................................................................................08 8987 0600<br />

Palmerston...................................................................................0488 001 862<br />

Tennant Creek...........................................................................0499 564 031<br />

Veterans Australia (NT) ........................sec@veteransaustraliant.org.au<br />

Advocacy Assistance........................smatdp@veteransaustraliant.org.au<br />

Useful Defence Contacts<br />

Comsuper<br />

ADF Cover..................................................................................1300 001 977<br />

ADF Super...................................................................................1300 203 439<br />

DFRDB..........................................................................................1300 001 677<br />

Military Super (MSBS).............................................................1300 006 727<br />

Defence Housing Australia (DHA)...........................................................133 342<br />

Website....................................................................................www.dha.gov.au<br />

Defence Relocations and Housing Manager NT........................08 7929 4547<br />

Toll Transitions.....................................................................................1800 819 167<br />

Defence Tax Management Office (CTMO)...............................1800 806 053<br />

Health<br />

Australian Breastfeeding Association...........................................1800 686 268<br />

Autism NT.............................................................................................08 8948 4424<br />

Bereaved Parent Support NT|SIDS and Kids NT....................08 8948 5311<br />

24-hour Emergency Support Line.......................................0448 849 234<br />

Birthline Pregnancy Support............................................................1300 655 156<br />

Cancer Council NT<br />

Alice Springs...............................................................................08 8953 5920<br />

Darwin..........................................................................................08 8944 1800<br />

Katherine................................................................................08 8971 <strong>2022</strong><br />

Website....................................................................www.nt.cancer.org.au<br />

Carers Australia NT......................................................................08 8944 4888<br />

Website......................................................................www.carersnt.asn.au<br />

Childbirth Education Association Darwin.............................08 8948 3043<br />

Website..................................................................www.ceadarwin.asn.au<br />

Community Care Centres<br />

Alice Springs Community Health Centre...................08 8951 6711<br />

Casuarina Community Care Centre.............................08 8922 7301<br />

Katherine Community Health Centre..........................08 8973 8570<br />

Karama Child and Family Health Clinic.......................08 8922 7301<br />

Nhulunbuy Community Health Centre.......................08 8987 0435<br />

Nylander Child Health Clinic..........................................08 8922 7301<br />

Palmerston Community Care Centre..........................08 8999 3344<br />

Tennant Creek Community Health Care...................08 8962 4218<br />

Cradle Support Group.................................................................0438 272 353<br />

Website..........................................................................www.cradle.org.au<br />

Darwin Homebirth Group ........................................................08 8922 5522<br />

Website..................................darwinhomebirthgroup.wordpress.com<br />

Defence Special Needs Support Group (DSNSG)<br />

Website...........................................................................www.dsnsg.org.au<br />

National Coordinator........................................................1800 037 674<br />

Darwin Coordinator.............................................darwin@dsnsg.org.au<br />

Katherine/Tindal Coordinator......................katherine@dsnsg.org.au<br />

Down Syndrome Association NT............................................08 8985 6222<br />

Website.................................................www.downsyndroment.com.au<br />

Epilepsy Centre – Epilepsy Association of SA & NT........1300 850 081<br />

Website.........................................................www.epilepsycentre.org.au<br />

Family Planning NT.......................................................................08 8948 0144<br />

Website........................................................................www.fpwnt.com.au<br />

Hearing Australia.......................................................................................134 432<br />

Northern Territory Department of Health (DOH)..........08 8999 2400<br />

Website....................................................................www.health.nt.gov.au<br />

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline........................................1800 882 436<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End Mental Health Service................................................08 8999 4988<br />

Wellness Centre............................................................................08 8946 7176<br />

Website..............................................www.cdu.edu.au/wellness-centre<br />

Sports and Activities<br />

Australian Military Wives Choir...............................................0416 878 261<br />

Australian Air Force Cadets 8 Wing<br />

AAFC 801 Squadron – Winnellie..................................08 8923 5713<br />

AAFC 802 Squadron – Driver........................................0473 816 694<br />

AAFC 803 Squadron – Tindal........................................0427 397 495<br />

AAFC 804 Squadron – Alice Springs...........................08 8953 4484<br />

Australian Army Cadets..............................08 8935 5174 / 08 8935 5488<br />

Email............................................................aachq-nt@armycadets.gov.au<br />

Australian Navy Cadets<br />

Training Ship Darwin...........................TSDarwin@navycadets.gov.au<br />

Training Ship Melville Bay...........TSMelvilleBay@navycadets.gov.au<br />

Girl Guides NT...............................................................................08 8981 3628<br />

Website...................................................................www.girlguides.org.au<br />

Playgroups Association NT (PANT).......................................08 8945 7775<br />

Website............................................................www.playgroupnt.com.au<br />

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RAAF Darwin Fishing Club............................................................08 8924 2045<br />

RAAF Darwin Golf Club................................................................0459 746 306<br />

Swimming<br />

Masters Swimming.................................................................08 8981 5919<br />

Alice AUSSI.............................................thecullenanes@ozemail.com.au<br />

Darwin Stingers..........................................................stingers@iinet.net.au<br />

Palmerston Sharks.................................info@palmerstonsharks.com.au<br />

Goldfishbowl Swim School.................................................08 8931 1000<br />

NT Swim School.....................................................................08 8948 1000<br />

Website.................................................www.ntswimschool.com.au<br />

Palmerston & Rural Swimming Club<br />

Head Coach Daniel Gerlach....................................0400 299 622<br />

Swim Dynamics Swim School............................................0421 631 624<br />

Website......................................................www.swimdynamics.com<br />

Scouts NT...........................................................................................08 8948 0994<br />

Website.....................................................................www.nt.scouts.com.au<br />

Surf Life Saving NT..........................................................................08 8985 6588<br />

Website.................................................................www.lifesavingnt.com.au<br />

Local Government and Regional Councils<br />

Alice Springs Town Council..........................................................08 8950 0500<br />

Barkly Regional Council..................................................................08 8962 0000<br />

Belyuen Community Government Council.............................08 8978 5061<br />

Central Desert Regional Council................................................1300 360 605<br />

City of Darwin...................................................................................08 8930 0300<br />

City of Palmerston...........................................................................08 8935 9922<br />

Coomalie Community Government Council..........................08 8976 0058<br />

East Arnhem Regional Council....................................................08 8986 8986<br />

Katherine Town Council................................................................08 8972 5500<br />

Litchfield Council..............................................................................08 8983 0600<br />

MacDonnell Regional Council......................................................08 8958 9600<br />

Nhulunbuy Corporation.................................................................08 8939 2200<br />

Roper Gulf Regional Councils......................................................08 8972 9000<br />

Tiwi Regional Council.....................................................................08 8970 9500<br />

Victoria Daly Regional Council....................................................08 8972 0777<br />

Wagait Shire Council......................................................................08 8978 5185<br />

West Arnhem Regional Council.................................................08 8979 9444<br />

West Daly Regional Council.........................................................08 8901 3920<br />

Government<br />

Bureau of Meteorology..................................................................1800 659 214<br />

Website...............................................................................www.bom.gov.au<br />

Department of Human Services.............................................................132 468<br />

Centrelink<br />

Have we missed something?<br />

Carers..........................................................................................132 717<br />

Families........................................................................................136 150<br />

Complaints and Feedback.........................................1800 132 468<br />

Medicare<br />

General Enquiries....................................................................132 011<br />

myGov Helpdesk...............................................................................132 307<br />

Motor Vehicle Registry NT...........................................................1300 654 628<br />

Website............................................................................www.mvr.nt.gov.au<br />

Road Report ......................................................................................1800 246 199<br />

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

Animal Services and Animal Care<br />

Injured Wildlife<br />

Wildcare Alice Springs.........................................................0419 221 128<br />

Wildcare Darwin....................................08 8988 6121 / 0408 885 341<br />

Darwin Wildlife Sanctuary..................................................0473 992 581<br />

Katherine Wildlife Rescue Services.................................0412 955 336<br />

RSPCA (Darwin)....................................................................08 8984 3795<br />

Pounds and Animal Shelters<br />

Alice Springs Animal Shelter..............08 8950 0500 / 08 8953 4430<br />

Darwin........................................................................................08 8947 2099<br />

Katherine...................................................................................08 8972 5500<br />

Palmerston................................................................................08 8935 9977<br />

Snake Catcher....................................................................................1800 453 210<br />

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