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Tri-Services Magazine Inc

AUGUST | SEPTEMBER 2022

101 YEARS YOUNG

CELEBRATING THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF WWII VETERAN

FREDDIE CULLEN OAM.

“MY DAD’S IN THE ARMY”

MEET THE ANIMATOR BEHIND OUR FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN CARTOON

SERIES AND HIS VIETNAM VETERAN FATHER!

WIN A CRUISE!

CRUISE THE KATHERINE GORGE OR ENJOY THE DARWIN SUNSET WITH DEFENCE HEALTH,

PLUS MORE AMAZING PRIZES INSIDE FOR ALL THE FAMILY!

A MAGAZINE CREATED BY DEFENCE FAMILIES FOR DEFENCE FAMILIES


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FEATURES

04 INTERVIEW WITH FREDDY CULLEN OAM

06 MEET DON TATE

08 NEPTUNE SECURITY

10 “MY DAD’S IN THE ARMY!” JOE BRUMM

38 FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

SUPPORT

12 BRAVERY TRUST

13 THE ROYAL COMMISSION

14 DEFENCE MEMBER AND FAMILY SUPPORT

16 DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS

18 DEFENCE FAMILIES AUSTRALIA

19 CHAPLAINS CHAT

20 ROBERTSON BARRACKS FAMILY GROUP

21 LARRAKEYAH NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE

22 NETWORK TINDAL

24 BILLEROY HOUSE

24 LEGACY WEEK

25 R U OK? DAY

29 DEFENCE HEALTH

30 OPEN ARMS: PTSD COACH APP

COMMUNITY

25 HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC PRIMARY

26 PRINCES TRUST AUSTRLIA

27 KENTISH FAMILY DAY CARE

28 PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS

31 MARRAKAI MILITARY MUSEUM

32 HAVE YOU HEARD OF APOD?

33 WILLS AND POWER OF ATTORNEY

34 JAPE HOMEMAKER VILLAGE

35 WIN WITH OUR SPONSORS

36 GOLD MEDAL SERVICES

CONTENTS

37 ECO-FRIENDLY/BIODEGRADABLE?

40 COMMITTEE NOTICEBOARD

40 TOP END JOBS BOARD

42 WHAT’S ON

43 BROTHERS N BOOKS

44 CREATIVE SPOUSE SERIES

47 TALES OF A TOP END MUM

47 JIM’S DOG WASH BY DAVID

48 LUKE GOSLING

50 GROM

51 TOWARDS ZERO GRANT

53 DARWIN STREET ART FESTIVAL

53 ‘JOY’ EXHIBITION BY CINDY MAY

54 INFAMOUS THE SHOW

62 HANDY DIRECTORY

SPOTLIGHT

INTERVIEW WITH FREDDY CULLEN OAM - PG 4

MEET DON TATE - PG 6

“MY DAD’S IN THE ARMY” - PG 10

FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE- PG 38

COMPETITIONS

BLUEY GIFT PACKS - PG 11

PRINCES TRUST CARE PACKAGE - PG 26

WIN WITH OUR SPONSORS - PG 35

FATHER’S DAY GIVEAWAY - PG 39

KIDS ART PACK - PG 57

LIFESTYLE

PETS IN DARWIN - PG 52

INFAMOUS THE SHOW - PG 55

WHATS THE TIDE DOING? - PG 56

MOSQUITO WATCH - PG 56

KIDS + TEENS

TOWARDS ZERO GRANT - PG 51

LET’S TALK LUNCHBOXES - PG 58

RECONNECTING WITH GO-KARTS - PG 59

ABORIGINAL ASTRONOMY - PG 59

KIDS PUZZLES - PG 60 & 61

FROM THE COMMITTEE

Photo: 101 Year old Veteran Freddy Cullen OAM - PG 4

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Focus Group: 4 August

Meeting: 30 August

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WELCOME

Can you believe we’re over halfway through 2022

already?!

In this edition, we have some very special exclusive

interviews with the likes of WW2 Veteran Freddy

Cullen OAM, and Bluey creator Joe Brumm with his

Veteran dad Bob. Once again, we’re featuring more of

our creative spouses and veterans to highlight the

amazing businesses they have built.

With Father’s Day around the corner, we have some

amazing competitions for all the family too!

Got a story? We want to hear it! Visit our website and

discover all the ways you can get involved with The Top

Ender to support your local Defence community today.

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Expressions of Interest: Towards Zero Grant Funding PG 51

Photo: Reconnecting with Go-Karts - PG 59

VIEW THE GIFT GUIDE AND COMPETITION ON PG 38

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CELEBRATING 101 YEARS WITH

FREDDY CULLEN

OAM

We recently caught up with Freddy Cullen OAM, a WW2 veteran who celebrated his 101st birthday in

June this year! Freddy is an incredible gentleman, with a sharp mind and quick wit, so we are honoured to

share his story!

PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOUR MILITARY BACKGROUND:

I enlisted into the Royal Australian Artillery on 3rd November 1942.

Before I enlisted, I was a Student Teacher in Ascot Vale West, but I wasn’t getting paid

very much once my student rent was deducted, so joining the Army was a good financial

decision for me. When I joined, I was getting paid more and had clothing given to me - it

was a gold mine for me back then! We had a canteen, cheap beers and I still managed to

save some money.

After initial training in Seymour (Victoria), I travelled on the troop train to Brisbane. Then

we transferred to a camp near Maryborough (QLD) on the coast. Training was pretty

arduous, but we often went swimming in the nearby river to cool off and have fun. We

knew nothing about proper hygiene in those days, so we struggled with maggots in our

food and terrible living conditions. We learned lessons about poor hygiene very quickly.

The Queensland coast was under a very real threat from the Japanese at that time. It was

our job to track the Japanese near the coast, but nothing eventuated. In 1942, we

embarked from Townsville to New Guinea on HMAS Katoomba. We had undertaken lots

of training in amphibious landings, which was arduous and very demanding, but we were

all extremely fit!

Once we arrived in New Guinea, we followed the Japanese along various rivers and

gullies. We had three batteries in the Regiment with a couple of hundred people and eight

guns in every battery - I was a Bombardier at the time. We used translators to help set

the guns and we needed to be very knowledgeable about which ammunition to use.

A few months into this campaign, I was looking for a clearing to set up a new gun position

at about 7:00am in the morning. Because of the dense forest and canopy, the vegetation

was too thick to effectively fire rounds, so I ventured a short distance from camp by

myself.

When I came to a cleared area without much vegetation, I was shot straight into the top

of my head by a Japanese sniper at Shaggy Ridge. It has been a long-standing joke for a

number of years that “I was shagged at Shaggy Ridge”. I was very lucky - the sniper had

climbed up a tree on the edge of the clearing and

had an open shot at me.

After I was hit, I was picked up an hour later by the

field ambulance. I was a jumbled mess, but I was still

alive. I was taken to a field hospital, then evacuated by air to the Army General Hospital. They patched

me up there, then flew me to Port Moresby where I waited for departure on the hospital ship heading

back to Australia. Coincidently, that was D-Day – 6 June 1944. I don’t remember anything until I got to

Australia... I must have been in a coma or still in shock. Amazingly, I still have the slouch hat that I was

wearing when I was shot, which has a bullet hole right through the top of it.

After I had healed from my wounds, one of my tasks was the Welfare Officer and helping other

servicemen with their pensions, entitlements and housing, until I retired from the military on 5 Feb

1947. At one stage, I had a caseload of over 100 widows, but I had a very good track record of

supporting them through the process. My advocacy work continued post-service as I commenced

working with the RSL in advocacy and welfare, which has been an important part of my life for 50

years. I was the President of the Ivanhoe RSL for 40 years.

After separating from the Army, I caught the ‘study bug’ and focused on my education and career

progression, which led to my appointment as the Head of the Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme. At

one stage, I had 6000 students under my wing. I had made a lot of great friends, including the future

Governor of Victoria, Hon Sir James ‘Jim’ Gobbo AC CVO QC.

WHAT SKILLS/LESSONS HAVE YOU

LEARNED IN THE MILITARY THAT YOU

USED THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE?

I have learned a lot about weather systems and

became a specialist in ballistic science. I also

learned the importance of having colleagues you

can rely on. Everyone needs a mate and it can

be pretty lonely existence without them. I had a

lot of close friends and it’s a wonderful aspect of

Army service. I am now the last living member

from my Regiment - my last mate recently

passed away. Mateship is something that has

endured right throughout my life. Remarkably,

the Medic who patched me up in New Guinea

in 1944 came to my 100th birthday celebration

last June.

FAVOURITE MEMORY FROM THE

MILITARY?

The Orderly Officer would come along in the

morning and check that we had shaved. I didn’t

have much facial hair back then, so I didn’t put

much effort into shaving. The orderly officer

came along and asked “Have you shaved this

morning, Gunner?”.

I confidently replied “Yes, Sir!” and he

responded, “You need to stand closer to the

razor!”

That officer was a terrific leader and he was

awarded a Military Cross in Guinea.

BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?

Not to volunteer too readily for anything

(laughs).

Our sincere gratitude to Michael Marsh

(RAA) for organising this interview - we are

honoured to interview Freddy Cullen OAM

and hear about his incredible life journey!

Interviewed by Deb Herring

Committee Member

The Top Ender Magazine

In July 2020, Fred Cullen OAM was recognised in the Governor-General’s Kindness in

the Community Awards.

Mr Fred Cullen OAM from the Weary Dunlop Foundation is a terrific example of

kindness in our community.

A veteran of the Second World War, Fred has been doing good works for most of his

From there, I went on to become the Director of Staff Training in Government, which focused on

life (and that’s a long time). At 99 years old, he still exudes kindness in his relationships,

management training for Government executives. During that time, I met with Digger James (head of

but never in a self-seeking way. His is an energetic and altruistic kindness that both

Veterans Affairs in Canberra at the time), who was a Military Cross winner after losing his leg. He

recognises the worth of people and works to improve their welfare. This shines through

supported me through my training role and his father was a WW1 veteran.

in his advocating for Veterans’ and war widows’ benefits, and in his tireless tin-rattling for

the Weary Dunlop Foundation and RSL over many decades. His genuine kindness and

thoughtfulness serve as an inspiration to all, encouraging us to examine our own

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MEET VIETNAM VETERAN

DON TATE

to validating all aspects of my war service. I am one of a

cohort of veterans whose service histories were the subject

of defective maladministration by Defence. It took me 28

years to prove I had served with the 9th Battalion (with

whom I had been wounded), and 38 years to validate the

2nd D&E Platoon’s existence— neither of which I should

have had to do.

Bestselling author and Vietnam Veteran Don Tate

chats to us about his time in the military.

PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOUR MILITARY

BACKGROUND:

I volunteered for service in Vietnam as an infantryman. Subsequently

served across four units as a reinforcement- which denied me, to a

great extent, that sense of esprit de corps that comes with belonging

to just the one unit. The alienation resulted in a certain amount of

psychological damage.

I was wounded in action with the 9th Battalion in July 1969- just as

man was about to walk on the moon. With most of the first section

of my platoon either killed or wounded, I ran forward with two

other men into a fusillade of fire to bring fire to bear on the Viet

Cong bunker complex, but was badly wounded in the run when a

bullet shattered my right hip, sending me cartwheeling through the

jungle.

I was to spend more than two years in military and repatriation

hospitals as a result.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR WORK AS AN AUTHOR:

My memoir - The War Within - became a best-seller in 2008. It is a

large book (approximately 460 pages) and was described as an

examination of the dark crevices of a man’s mind, but personally, I

consider it to be an intimate portrait of a man’s life and how genes,

family, environment and a litany of physical trauma affect a man’s

character.

I wrote Anzacs Betrayed as a follow-up to The War Within to fully

explain the contentious 2nd D&E Platoon matter— a matter that

split the veteran community and resulted in widespread vilification of

the men who served in it. The platoon had been edited out of the

histories of the Vietnam War after a series of ‘in country’

controversies in May 1969 following a successful ambush at Thua

Tich. Only in 2008 did the federal government formally

acknowledge the platoon’s existence and its very successful actions

against the Viet Cong. The book is now out of stock.

My most recent book — Crucible: The Australians in Action in

Vietnam — is unique in that it takes a look at 370 interesting matters

from the war, not only detailing the great heroism but also the

appalling tragedies behind the headlines that come with such a

terrible war.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START WRITING YOUR FIRST

BOOK,‘THE WAR WITHIN’?

In 1999, I was stabbed twice in the back in a ‘thrill stabbing’ on a

main street in Brisbane, and concomitant with having lost my

teaching career as PTSD began to take hold of my psychological

state, meant I had to deal with my war experiences and the impact it

had on my life.

A psychologist suggested that I write a chapter every fortnight,

highlighting either a specific person or event that had some

substance, and it became the focus of discussion, which was cathartic

for me. Over time, she was so impressed by the quality of my writing

that she suggested I collate the chapters and put them into book

form, which I did. My book was published in a very short time by

one of Australian’s most prestigious publishers — Murdoch Books,

Sydney - who were delighted and stunned by the book’s eventual

success. Twelve years on, it is still selling.

HOW DID YOU MANAGE THE TRANSITION FROM

DEFENCE?

Transitioning from Defence was just as traumatic as combat, in many

ways. Spending the last eighteen months of my army career in

hospital — including almost a year in a full-body, plaster cast — was

horrific, insofar as these were the supposedly the best years of a

man’s life, and they were passing me by. I was medically discharged,

and found myself immediately unemployed, permanently disabled

and with no skills other than soldiering.

To make it worse, I had just met the woman I was to eventually

marry— and a man’s desires in such a situation as a military hospital

can have profound consequences. In such a

state of psychological disarray, I once dived

into the ocean in that plaster cast, and

almost drowned.

WHAT SKILLS/LESSONS HAVE YOU

LEARNED IN THE MILITARY THAT

YOU STILL USE REGULARLY?

I learned resilience and how to fight, and

both were essential components in my

struggles with the disability in the first place.

These skills also helped me to battle with

the military and government when it came

BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?

My father taught me to use my fists as a boy— that it was

the easiest means to an end. He enjoyed a fight and passed

that on. Fighting, inculcated in me as a boy, and fine-tuned by

the army, has more or less become a way of life, but not

without cost. ‘If you get hit,’ he’d say, ‘don’t turn the other

cheek - hit ‘em back twice as hard!'

HAVE YOU VISITED OR LIVED IN THE TOP END?

I was invited to speak at Karama Library some years ago and

took the opportunity to explore the Territory. I thoroughly

enjoyed the waterfalls in Litchfield National Park and the

sobering war cemetery at Adelaide River - the top end has

such stunning panoramas.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE OR THING TO

DO IN THE TOP END?

I thought the military museum in Darwin was excellent. The

curators have done a fabulous job there. But without a

doubt, that sunset over the Timor Sea…Majestic!

Interviewed by Deb Herring

Committee Member

The Top Ender Magazine

Vietnam Veteran Day

18 August 2022

Photo: Newspaper article about Don’s films of the Vietnam Conflict being

donated to the AWM. Originally printed by the Herald Sun.

Did you know

Don took a super 8mm movie camera into the

jungle with him in Vietnam. A keen

photographer, his historical wartime movies are

now in the AWM and valued at over $90,000.

You can see some short clips of the movies on

Youtube by searching 'Don Tate, Vietnam'

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Matthew Jacques served in the RAN for

17+ years. He brings his uplifting,

positive and powerful energy, together

with his passion for the Navy ethos, into

what is fast becoming the most soughtafter

security business in the Top End.

Focused on supporting defence veterans

into civilian roles whilst utilising their

strengths attained from defence,

Matthew and his team continue to

demonstrate why Neptune will the

security company of the future.

INTRODUCING

PART ONE

You served for 17+ years, what made you enlist into defence?

When I was 7 years old, I witnessed by cousin enlist into the Navy and

I told him that I would be where he is one day. I got side-tracked by a

short soccer career in my early teens, but when I reached my 17th

birthday, I realised that my heart still wanted a career in the Navy and I

wanted to cook for my comrades.

I loved every second of my Navy career. My first posting was on

HMAS Kanimbla, feeding 1100 people in 2007. I then went to Darwin

to trial patrol boats and never left. I fell in love with feeding people,

friendly crews and doing a job that everyone appreciates.

So, you've gone from chef to security; how did that come

about?

I've got no business background, no study, no formal business skills, but

I had surrounded myself with people who are experts in their fields, so

I learned a lot from them and grew into the business. We sort of

stumbled through the first couple years, but over the last two years, we

have managed to find our feet and we have grown incredibly fast,

which presents new challenges associated with rapid growth.

Sometimes you get lucky in business, and I was definitely in the right

place at the right time in 2017.

How did Neptune Security evolve?

I originally had a sole trader business in 2010 called Just Jacques

Security, and I managed a couple of contracts around town, but I was

mainly subcontracted through a larger company. In 2017, the company

went into liquidation, and I basically took over every contract under my

original business name, but changed to a Proprietary Limited company

shortly afterwards - and that's how Neptune was born.

Neptune, what's in the name?

In Navy culture, we celebrate a ‘Crossing the Line’ ceremony when we

cross the equator, which typically features King Neptune. We also used

the trident as the basis of our company logo because I wanted a link

with the Navy that still represented what I’m about - loyalty, honesty,

integrity... The traditional values of Navy.

What has been your greatest achievement?

We have experienced a significant turning point this year

with new clients now reaching out to us - we are now

preferred supplier! Word of mouth recommendations are

the best type of marketing and we are seeing a lot of

recommendations across the NT as people are starting to

see the professional nature in the way we do business.

It’s not just our ability to provide quality security services,

but also the way we show up; we bring our WHS

knowledge, our Standard Operating Procedures, a focus on

cost efficiencies for our clients while also maintaining the

quality of our service. All of the operational elements that

we have been working towards are now falling into place

and we have positioned ourselves as a reliable and valued

supplier of security services.

With the success of our separate security divisions across

Private Investigations, Canine and Security, we have recently

launched Neptune Electrical, which will focus on CCTV and

alarm services. Our aim is to be a one-stop shop for

security.

What have been the key elements to your success?

We have been focused on business planning, developing

operations systems and surrounding ourselves with people

who are professionals in their field, which has helped us to

learn and grow, but it is also a big challenge to keep

learning new ways of doing business and new ways of

tackling problems with sustainable solutions.

We also have a growing team of 10 leaders who are on the ‘ground’ and

they understand the big picture, our Neptune values, what we are focused

on and know how to promote your ethos and run projects effectively. That

quality of leadership filters down to the rest of our team and drives a

culture of high performance.

What do you enjoy about being in business?

I love hearing people talking about Neptune and saying good things about

the work we have done. I have been in situations where people don’t know

who I am, but they are discussing security options and start discussing

Neptune in a positive way.

I enjoy the day-to-day challenge of business and trying to make things

better. I have long hours and big days, but it’s so rewarding at the end of

every day, especially when you win a new contract or you launch a new

service to our valued clients that makes life easier and safer for them. We

face many challenges; day-to-day problems, challenges with rapid growth,

challenges with maintaining our focus, but that’s the sacrifice of thinking big.

When we look at our safety outcomes in the community, we recognise that

we are actively supporting people and keeping people safe. It's about being

customer focused, being friendly, polite and helpful. We are there at the

end of the night, putting people into a taxi, doing things that make people

want to come back next time. And that's what we’re all about; we genuinely

care about keeping people safe.

How did you manage the transition from defence to civilian life…

The transition from defence is an interesting process with a lot of

uncertainty, but I believe that routine is a key element of defence life and

provides a sense of purpose. I have identified that routine keeps me focused

on my vision and goals, so I will continue driving that routine to ensure that

Neptune becomes the best security provider in the industry.

What do you love most about living in the territory?

I love living in the Territory. Our Top End community is filled with people

from all walks of life with so much diversity. During the dry season, we see

an influx of thousands of backpackers who also bring different life skills,

stories and a range of challenges from a security perspective. And then

during the wet, the tourists head south and it's mainly the locals hanging

around, so you get to meet some pretty interesting local people who have

some very cool life stories. The Territory is one of those places that you

either love or hate - I love it!

Interviewed by Char Carter

Community Coordinator

The Top Ender Magazine

CLOSE PERSONAL PROTECTION

We have a dedicated executive

protection team to safeguard your

wellbeing.

DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING

We can assist in random one off or

ongoing tests at your workplace, event,

or club.

MOBILE PATROLS

Have peace of mind that your property is

being watched over 24/7.

AVIATION SECURITY

We’re licensed to handle baggage &

passenger screening, passenger escort

and breath analysis.

MAJOR EVENTS

Security for corporate conferences,

sporting, community and school events

or festivals.

CROWD CONTROL

We provide protection for patrons and

assets at sporting events, concerts, and

venues.

CONSTRUCTION & MINING

SECURITY

From breath analysis, to patrolling and

monitoring CCTV.

K9 SERVICES

We have several K9s available for

additional security during major events.

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“MY DAD’S

IN THE ARMY!”

With some obvious military

references throughout our

favourite Australian cartoon

series, Bluey, the Top Ender

team did some digging with

the Ludo Studios crew to find

the connection with the

Australian Army. With the

amazing support of Ludo

Studios, we had the pleasure

of interviewing Bob Brumm,

Vietnam Veteran and his son

Joe Brumm, the creator,

writer and series director of

the animated series Bluey.

INTRODUCING JOE BRUMM

- CREATOR, WRITER, DIRECTOR

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE BLUEY

CHARACTER AND WHY?

Rusty is my favourite character at the moment.

He’s based on my old dog and has a great

nature about him.

WHICH BLUEY EPISODE IS YOUR

FAVOURITE AND WHY?

My favourite from season one is Calypso, it was the first time I

really felt like I’d properly communicated the real-life experience it

was based on. I’ve got a new favourite episode, which is yet to

screen though.

WHAT IS A COMMON QUESTION THAT PEOPLE ASK

YOU?

Most people ask how long it takes to make an episode. The

answer is roughly 5 months per episode. One animator animates

about twenty seconds a week.

WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION BEHIND

THE CREATION OF BLUEY?

I wanted to be in a studio full of animators again. It was an

experience I’d had in London and had missed it in the intervening

years.

DID YOU PREDICT THAT BLUEY WOULD BE AS

POPULAR AS IT HAS BEEN?

I thought it would be popular in Australia, but it has been

surprising how well it has been adopted overseas.

WHAT IMPACT DID YOUR FATHER’S MILITARY

SERVICE HAVE ON YOU AS CHILD?

Dad was long out of his military experience by the time I was

born, but it had definitely stayed with him in numerous ways, so it

was natural that we were interested in it growing up. My brothers

and I were fascinated by the stories, and as we grew older and

Main Image: Bluey’s house with a portrait of Grandad. Below: Bluey Character Rusty. Courtesy of Ludo Studios.

learned more about the world, we became very proud of

dad who performed a very dangerous duty when called

upon to do so. It’s hard to imagine these days anything like

that ever happening to us.

WILL BLUEY EVER TRAVEL TO THE TOP END

FOR AN EPISODE?

That would be fantastic - I’ve never been personally but I

can only imagine how excited our art directors would be

to try and capture the landscape up there.

ARE THE MILITARY REFERENCES YOUR WAY OF

HONOURING YOUR FATHER’S MILITARY SERVICE?

Yes, a little bit. The show is based on my life and as Dad’s

experience was quite formative for him, it made sense to put that

element in the show as well. In addition to this, a lot of

servicemen and women who are away for weeks at a time tell us

that sitting down watching Bluey with their kids is a way for

them to start the reconnection process.

HOW DID YOU NAVIGATE YOUR WAY INTO THE

ANIMATION INDUSTRY?

I was doing a tour at the Art College in Brisbane at the end of

high school, and the animation room just really felt like where I

belonged. So, it felt natural to follow that path.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER

BUDDING ARTISTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN

ANIMATION AS A CAREER PATHWAY?

Lots of life drawing and lots of animating (off your own back) will

help. Be prepared to work hard and continuously improve your

drawing skills.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

I love playing soccer and touch footy at the moment, anything

physical and competitive which counteracts working at a desk.

INTRODUCING BOB BRUMM

- VIETNAM VETERAN

WHAT IS YOUR MILITARY

BACKGROUND?

I served two years in the Australian Army as

a conscript - a Nasho - between 1969 to

1971, serving in Vietnam for exactly one

year in 1970 - 1971. I was in Artillery, not

on the guns, but in a Forward Observer

team working with the Infantry, firstly 6RAR

then 2RAR. Six months of the latter was

with a Kiwi rifle company, both 2RAR and

6RAR being ANZAC battalions.

WHAT SKILLS DID YOU LEARN IN

THE MILITARY THAT YOU STILL USE

REGULARLY?

Some skills that I particularly recall (and still

try to apply) are tolerance, teamwork, perseverance and the value

of mateship. We learned quickly that you had to acknowledge,

accept and work with people from a diverse range of backgrounds

while serving in the Army, which has always stayed with me.

WHAT CHALLENGES DID YOU FACE WHEN YOU

TRANSITIONED FROM THE MILITARY?

When I left the Army, my personal stocks were pretty low and I

didn’t have much personal drive or ambition. It wasn’t all to do with

the military and the war, but they were the main factors. Getting

out of that hole was a long and hard experience. There was no

help in those days for the transition back into the ‘world’, other than

a re-skilling package - payment of fees and a living allowance

for one year of study.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER

RECEIVED?

A few years after leaving the Army, I went to an agricultural

college - the brutal advice given to the class on graduation

was: “remember - you know nothing. Keep your mouth shut

and your ears and eyes open”. It was true (well, fairly true)

and great advice.

Image: Bob Brumm serving in Vietnam.

WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN JOE CREATED AND

LAUNCHED BLUEY?

Joe had been speaking for some time of doing his own show, so

while we were apprehensive as to how successful it may be, we

were amazed at the thought and skill and effort that went into the

pilots and early episodes - we were thrilled for him when the show

took off.

HOW MUCH OF YOUR MILITARY EXPERIENCE HAS

INFLUENCED MILITARY THEMES THROUGHOUT

BLUEY?

Many of the characters in Bluey are based to some extent on Joe’s

extended family members, so Grandad, who is obviously an Army

veteran, is loosely based on me and my experience. I also helped

Joe in a small way with capturing the action and language to go with

the military themed characters and episodes.

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE BLUEY CHARACTER AND

WHY?

I have two favourite characters, Nanna Heeler and Grandad. I think

it’s very important as you get old that the younger generation make

light of old-person behaviours and traits that you might be

demonstrating. It helps to keep you young and engaged. Nanna

Heeler and Grandad show many of these traits, so the scripts subtly

and not so subtly take the mickey.

WHICH BLUEY EPISODE IS YOUR FAVOURITE AND

WHY?

Many favourites - “Army” of course, but “Sleepytime” takes the

show, and the animation, to new heights. I think it is fantastic!

FAVOURITE PLACE IN

AUSTRALIA?

Uluru is awe-inspiring on so many levels

each time we go there.

HAVE YOU EVER VISITED THE TOP

END? IF SO,WHERE?

Yes, we have been to the top end many

times and love it. We have travelled to

Kakadu and Darwin for work years ago

and explored the main tourist attractions

throughout the Territory - Ubirr,

Nouralangie and Katherine Gorge.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE

HOBBY / PASTIME?

I’m an avid reader (mainly non-fiction), as

well as travelling, keeping fit and playing

with the grandkids.

With sincere gratitude to Bob and Joe Brumm, and Ludo

Studios for supporting the interview and providing

competition prizes for our lucky readers!

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Bravery Trust Unites

Veteran Community

The Royal Commission

into Defence and Veteran Suicide

Darwin Hearing

Bravery Trust is a national military charity which supports

veterans who have been injured during service and

experience financial hardship. Phone 1800 BRAVERY for

assistance #BraveToAsk

A major fundraising and awareness campaign supporting veterans

who’ve been injured during service will be launched in October

this year.

Bravery Trek is a virtual trek which unites veterans and their

families with the broader community- in support of military

charity Bravery Trust.

Being a virtual trek, participants can run, walk, wheel or swim the

Trek in their own time at their favourite locations while showing

support for those who serve.

Bravery Trust CEO Belinda Wilson said it was inspiring to watch

the veteran community unite in support of some of the

community’s most vulnerable.

“Sometimes life throws unexpected challenges - large bills which

can be difficult to navigate when income is impacted by injury or

illness,” Ms Wilson said.

“As an independent charity, Bravery Trust can provide emergency

funding to veterans who’ve been injured or sustained illness

during service and face hardship.

“Sometimes veterans are awaiting a DVA outcome to be made

about their financial future, in other cases the need has arisen

suddenly and unexpectedly and there’s no time to wait for a

lengthy application process.

Photo: (Above) The Hon David Hurley, Governor-General of Australia, and Mrs

Linda Hurley are great supporters of Bravery Trek. Their Excellencies are

pictured with Bravery Trust Board Member Cheryl Cartwright about to walk the

first leg of last year’s Bravery Trek.

“Bravery Trust provides an immediate financial safety net for

veterans and their families in hardship and then we work longer

term to empower and connect veterans so they have the skills

and confidence to build a financially sustainable future.”

Bravery Trek is an annual fundraising and awareness drive to

engage the veteran community to reach out to more veterans

in need of assistance, as well as those who can refer a friend.

“Bravery Trek has initiated many conversations about what it

means to serve and the challenges facing contemporary veterans

– those currently serving or those who have recently served,”

Ms Wilson said.

“It is inspiring to see the broader veteran community unite to

show their support for those who serve and help raise vital

funds for those who need it now or in the future.”

Bravery Trek is in its third year.After commemorating the

Army in 2020 and the Air Force centenary in 2021, this year’s

Trek will honour the Royal Australian Navy.

Stay tuned for more details at braverytrek.com.au

Bravery Trust

@bravery.trust

Bravery Trust

ask@braverytrust.org.au

Photos: (Left) The Hon David Hurley, Governor-General of Australia, is Bravery Trust’s Patron In

Chief. (Right) Bravery Trust CEO Belinda Wilson is encouraging the community to get behind

Bravery Trek 2022 and help reach more veterans in need of support.

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

invites you to share your story by making a submission.

The Royal Commission will continue to accept

submissions until 13 October 2023.

Making a submission

The online form is designed to capture information that is

relevant to the work of the Royal Commission and consistent

with the areas of inquiry set out in the Royal Commission's terms

of reference. That form is replicated on paper for use by people

who have no access to the Royal Commission's website.

The terms of reference for the Royal Commission are included in

the Letters Patent - https://

defenceveteransuicide.royalcommission.gov.au/about/letterspatent

Before you make a submission, please note that the Commission

cannot resolve individual disputes. It cannot fix or award

compensation or make orders requiring a party to a dispute to

take or not take any action.

The form includes questions about:

• you (e.g. your name, contact details, whether you identify as

being from a particular group)

• your submission (e.g. what is it about; is it about your own

experiences or made on behalf of someone else)

• which of the Royal Commission's terms of reference your

submission is about.

The form also enables you to provide the Royal Commission with

other comments including your views on what changes you

would like the Royal Commission to recommend.

Your submission may be made anonymously, and you do not

need to provide your contact details.Your submission will still

be reviewed by the Royal Commission even if it is anonymous.

However, if you don't provide contact details, we will be unable

to verify details in your submission with you or provide you with

appropriate support services, including counselling.

You may find that thinking about matters that relate to the Royal

Commission or the act of contacting the Royal Commission stirs

up strong memories and emotions - please do not hesitate to

reach out if you need support. Support services are listed in the

Support section of our website.

Hearing Block 7 - Darwin

From 17 October 2022

Please note, these are indicative dates

and may be subject to change. Venue

locations for each of the hearings will be

provided closer to the date.

How your information will be used

The information you give to the Royal Commission is provided

to help the Royal Commission with its work and will be used

only for the purposes of the Royal Commission. When received,

submissions are carefully considered by Royal Commission

counsellors, policy staff and the Solicitors and Counsel Assisting

the Royal Commission.

The information you provide may be published by the Royal

Commission during its proceedings or in its reports without

revealing the identity of the person or entity who supplied the

information. At the conclusion of the Royal Commission all of

its records, including submissions, will become subject to

requests under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI

Act). Royal Commissions are not subject to the FOI Act while

they are in operation.

Hard copy version of submission form

If you prefer to use a paper form, the Royal Commission would

still like to hear from you. You can download a printable version

from the website, print it out, fill it in, and mail it to: GPO Box

3273, Sydney NSW 2001.

If you are unable to print the form, you can ring the Royal

Commission on 1800 329 095 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm AEST

Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays) and we will post a

form to you.

Your assistance is very much appreciated.

For more information, please head to:

defenceveteransuicide.royalcommission.gov.au

Extracted from The Royal Commission Website

https://submissions.defenceveteransuicide.royalcommission.gov.au/

general/submissions/

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Defence Member

and Family Support

We are now at the back end of the dry and

many have taken the opportunity to explore

the NT and beyond with family and friends.

Preparing for postings

As we come off the back of the school holidays

the dry and what is still a busy time for ADF

members and their families noting the operational

tempo and busy exercise period, for some it is

also a time to start preparing as an ADF family for

posting.

Take the time to check out the posting

preparation resources on our website,

www.defence.gov.au/members-families. We

provide a range of mobility-related support

services to assist Defence families when relocating.

This includes providing proactive and preventative

services that focus on building Defence families’

knowledge, skills and resilience to manage the

potential impacts of the mobile lifestyle.

You may also wish to access the PostingConnect

website which Defence has developed as an

online posting platform to assist with domestic

postings.

Defence Member and Family Support are here to

help. Reach out to the Defence Member and

Family Helpline at any time for advice, support or

connection with your local community.

Our website has information on ADF member

and family content so be sure to bookmark our

URL and follow us on social media to keep up-todate

on planned events.

DMFS Activities

The DMFS NT Team continues to have a lot of

fun putting together activities and workshops for

our ADF members and families and meeting

people while we are out and about.

Our June and July activities have ranged from

dumpling making; munch to music; NT history;

take a break, let’s create; and most recently standup

paddle boarding and an ADF Equip workshop.

Keep an eye out on DMFS social media to see the

write ups and photos, and to register for our

upcoming activities.

Photo: Darwin history

and wartime experience by Sue Lynn

Who doesn’t love a dumpling or two?

Do you know how to make them?

Former Navy chef and Defence spouse

Cyndy Brennan shared her culinary

knowledge and helped ADF members

and partners to make their own

dumplings.

Cyndy demonstrated the different ways

to prepare and fold these dainty

delights and how to cook them in 3

different ways. The best bit was that we

were able to take them home to eat!

ADF families descended on

Doctors Gully, home to

hundreds of hungry fish to

get up close and feed the

wild marine life of Darwin

Harbour. On the high tide

hundreds of wild fish swim

to this shallow shoreline in

Darwin Harbour in search

of a meal of fresh bread.

The Aquascene Fish Feeding

Sanctuary is their

destination.

In the coming months, look

out for our new social

events, including another

Sunset soiree and resin

casting workshop.

ADF Members and families

enjoyed a history tour from a

unique angle - the seat of a

WWII truck. Once on board, we

travelled from the city to East

Point where we saw important

wartime sites and learned the

history through the narrated

tour.

Photo: Cyndy Brennan demonstrates dumpling

making by Jemmah Lowry

Photo: Feed me! By Di Elson

The best way to find out about our upcoming events is to register with

Eventbrite via our DMFS Darwin or Tindal website or dropping us an email

at DMFS.darwin@defence.gov.au, so we can add you to our mailing list for

eNewsletter. In the coming months, look out for our new social events,

including a possible trivia team night - it is guaranteed to be a lot of fun for

our members and families.

Catch us in the community

ADF families met up at the Coffee Club in Katherine for

our first DMFS ‘catch us in the community’ coffee meet on

31 March 2022. It was great to meet up with friends, new

and old, and hear about the exciting activities families had

planned for the school holidays. If you missed out on

attending this event then why not look out for our next

Catch us in the community, coming soon at DMFS Tindal

Eventbrite.

Photo: Friends catching up! By Sarah Jacka

Save the Date

Coming up in Tindal

Aug/Sep: Resin Cheeseboard Art - Tindal

Aug: DIY @ Mitre 10 - Katherine

Coming up in Darwin

17 Aug: Sunset and Stargazing

03 Sep: Dungeons and Dragons for beginners

ADF members and families are very

welcome to register for events in both

Darwin & Tindal

ADF Members and families enjoyed a history tour from a

ADF Transition Seminars

The 2022 ADF Member and Family Transition Seminar

schedule is now available. Seminars help you gain

information to plan and prepare for transition from the

ADF.

These seminars provide useful information for Unit

Command to support transitioning members. You can

chat with presenters, connect with a Transition Coach,

and visit the many booths that are there to support

you.

It is now mandatory to attend a Transition Seminar

within 12 months of your transition date. Both face-toface

and virtual seminars are available, and registration is

through CAMPUS. Partners are most welcome.

›› Members can register through CAMPUS by

searching for ‘transition seminar’.

Photo: Handcrafting gifts just in time for Mother’s Day By: Sarah Jacka

Take a break, let’s create jewellery

We had yet another successful ‘take a break, let’s create jewellery’

making evening at the DMFS Tindal office on 27 April 2022.

Families got the opportunity to make some beautiful handmade

gifts just in time for Mother’s Day. It was wonderful to see new

faces, and it was also lovely to see some familiar faces returning to

add to their personalised jewellery collection.

Photo: Dancing to the beats! By Sarah Jacka

Let’s Dance - Hip Hop Style

ADF kids in Tindal learned how to pop and lock hip hop style to

some awesome beats at the ‘let’s dance hip hop’ workshop on 30

April 2022. Michelle from MW Dance Studio had the kids giggling

throughout the whole lesson. At the end of the class, the children

performed their dance for the parents. It was a great way to start

the long weekend - meeting new friends and having a laugh, while

burning some energy.

Stay Connected

DMFS_AusDefence

Written by Di Elson

›› Transitioned members, family and support persons

can register by emailing

dmfs.transitionseminar@defence.gov.au.

1800 624 608

DMFS_AusDefence

If you have questions or require assistance contact the

transition team

memberandfamilyhelpline@defence.gov.au DefenceMemberFamilySupport Area Manager NT

at dmfs.transitionseminar@defence.gov.au.

Defence Member and Family Support

defence.gov.au/members-families

dmfs-darwin.eventbrite.com.au

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Veteran Health Check

Commemoration of Vietnam War

The Vietnam War was Australia’s longest military

engagement of the 20th Century; spanning a

decade between 1962 and 1972.We honour the

almost 60,000 Australians who served

throughout the war remembering the sacrifices

of the 3,000 wounded and 521 who died.

August 18th marks the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan,

one of the fiercest battles fought by Australians in the

Vietnam War

Tropical downpours and wet and muddy conditions were

endured by the men of Delta Company, 6th Battalion Royal

Australian Regiment as they faced 2000 North Vietnamese

and Viet Cong troops in 1966.

By the end of the day 17 Australians had been killed in

action, 25 were wounded, including one soldier who died a

few days later due to the injuries he had sustained. This

would prove to be the costliest battle for Australia in the

Vietnam War.

Vietnam Veterans Day is marked every year on the

anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, where we

acknowledge all members from the Australian Army, Royal

Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force who

served during the conflict.

As we reflect on their courage and camaraderie, we extend

our thoughts to those who returned home wounded,

injured or unwell, and those who continue to carry the

physical and emotional scars of their service and their

loved ones who continue to support them and may be

impacted by their service.

The legacy of Vietnam Veterans spans much longer than

wartime. Many used their experience to identify support

systems needed for the ex-service community, and played a

part in establishing them including;

• Open Arms – Veterans - Families Counselling Service

(previously known as Vietnam Veterans Counselling

Service VVCS) has been in operation for 40 years. Open

Arms provides a range of services including counselling,

wellbeing workshops and peer support programs.

The Long Tan Bursary scheme, which provides

education funding to support eligible children and

grandchildren of Vietnam Veterans to meet the cost of

post-secondary education.

• Not-for-Profits such as Veterans Australia NT (VANT)

who started out as the Vietnam Veterans Association of

Australia, NT Sub Branch in 2001, and who changed

their constitution after recognising the need to support

younger veterans and their families, eventually changing

their name in 2017 to reflect the nature of membership

for all veterans.

At the Department of Veterans’ Affairs we support those

who serve or have served in the Australian Defence Force

and their families. To find out more about entitlements you

may be eligible for or what veteran support services are

available in your local area call DVA on 1800 VETERAN

(1800 838 372).

Open Arms is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week on

1800 011 046 for mental health and wellbeing support.

Written by Louise Ruhl

A/G Deputy Commissioner, NT

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Making your health a priority can be a challenge

where life and its busy schedules are concerned.

There may be a moment where you notice that

you’re not feeling as fit as you used to or sleep is

harder to come by because of the thoughts

gathering on your mind.

The Veteran Health Check is a simple, yet comprehensive

assessment that has been specifically designed to help

identify any physical or mental health concerns veterans

may have post separation from the ADF. The early years

after transitioning out of the ADF is when veterans are most

at risk; and this will help you act on any issues or concerns

early and stay well as you move into civilian life.

Even if you are feeling healthy it’s important to develop a

relationship with your GP and continue to see them on a

yearly basis, so they can get to know you and assist you to

proactively manage your health over the coming years.

There are two types of health checks available:

• ONE-OFF VETERAN HEALTH CHECK

If you a veteran transitioned on or before 30 June 2019,

you can access the One-off Veteran Health Check. This

type of health check is eligible for a benefit through

Medicare, so you do not need to be a DVA Veteran

Card holder to access this service. If your GP does not

bulk bill, you may be required to make a gap payment.

• ANNUAL VETERAN HEALTH CHECK

If a veteran transitioned out of the ADF on or after 1

July 2019, you are eligible for the Annual Veteran Health

Check. This service allows you to build a relationship

with your local General Practitioner (GP) as you will

have an appointment annually every year for the first

five years after you leave the ADF. You can access this

service through your DVA Veteran Card and it is at no

cost to the veteran.

HOW TO BOOK A VETERAN HEALTH CHECK

1. Find a GP. Every GP across Australia is able to conduct

the Veteran Health check. If you do not have a regular

GP, you can find one near you by searching “Health

Direct” or by calling 1800 022 222.

2. Call the GP practice and ask whether the GP accepts

the Veteran Card and/or bulk bills.

- One-Off Veteran Health Checks are eligible for a

Medicare rebate. At the time of booking ask if the

practice bulk bills and check if you’ll need to pay any gap

payments.

- Annual Veteran Health Checks are done using your

DVA Veteran Card at no cost to the veteran. You’ll

need to ask whether the GP accepts this card prior to

booking.

3. Book a 45 minute appointment. When you book you

will need to ask for a longer appointment than usual. Let

them know that this is for a Veteran Health check.

4. Bring along your DVA Veteran Card or Medicare card

to the appointment.

Each Health check will differ depending on your doctor and

needs. If you are worried about any particular aspect of your

health or family history you can discuss this with the GP.

It may be helpful to write a list of questions or concerns to

bring with you.

Your GP may provide, prescribe or refer you to relevant

health professionals for further testing or to DVA

services and programs (DVA may find treatment

and tests if you have an accepted condition.) All

information shared between you and your GP

will remain confidential and results will not be

shared with DVA, unless you ask them to do so

e.g. to support a claim. Ask the practice for their

privacy and confidentiality policies prior to your

appointment if you are unsure.

For more information on the Veteran Health

check please visit:

https://www.dva.gov.au/health-and-treatment/

veterans-health-check or email

CSA.NT@dva.gov.au

You can continue to see your GP for regular

health checks anytime, even if you can no longer

claim for the one-off or Annual Veteran’s Health

Checks.

Contact Department of Veterans’ Affairs, NT

1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372)

8:30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday

Written by Siân Howell

Community Support Advisor, NT

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

14 Winnellie Road, Winnellie 0820

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Defence Families of Australia Update

Contact Defence Families Australia

Get in touch with us:

whether the current housing, removal and travel benefits for

families in this situation are suitable.

In the past, we have also raised concerns about the potential

for a member's housing entitlement to be used as a means of

coercive control against their partner.

We welcome the Commonwealth Government's funding

commitment for financial assistance and support to women

affected by family and domestic violence.

New-look DFA website

We recently redesigned our website to make it more

mobile friendly and responsive.

It's now easier to:

• Request a callback from our team at a time that

suits you

• Sign up for our quarterly newsletter, The

Advocate

• Find out about our current advocacy work

• View resources such as our publications, list of

defence life acronyms, and webinars.

Go to dfa.org.au to check it out! You can also follow

links to our social media pages where we regularly

post information, updates and events for defence

families.

Emma Milton

ADF Chaplains in the NT

Navy On-call: 0409 662 823

Shaun Foster HMAS Coonawarra

Australian Christian Churches

0400 514 375

Franco Siani Fleet North/HMAS Coonawarra

Churches of Christ

0400 514 375

Army On-call: 0427 713 963

Glen Elsegood 8/12 Regiment

Anglican

0429 345 167

Joel Vergara Regional Support

Roman Catholic

0409 778 462

Chris Lindsay 1CER

Presbyterian

0418 428 337

Garth Mayger 1CSSB

Roman Catholic

0419 869 187

Phil Riley HQ1 BDE

Anglican

0407 283 050

Steve Maggs 5RAR

Baptist

0408 684 783

Roger Cowan 1AVN

Baptist

0429 891 274

Airforce Darwin On-call:

0477 308 064

Airforce Tindal On-call:

0427 890 054

Christopher Buckley-Wilkshire RAAF Tindal

Churches of Christ

0437 702 645

Andrew Knox RAAF Tindal

Anglican

0457 803 372

Angela Stanfield RAAF Darwin

Anglican

0417 953 396

Chaplain’s Chat

“Why are you in the army?” was the question we got asked during a

school visit.

We had spent 15 minutes talking through the benefits of Army life, the things

we found hard (but rewarding) and what we hoped to accomplish, but this

teenager left us stumped. Why are you here? It’s a good question to ask and

while you’re reading this you may come up with any number of reasons; career

opportunities, a chance to see the world, maybe you just like waking up early or

enjoy lots of running? Can I offer one last thought into that mix? Perhaps you are

here because you want to serve others and to make sure the world is a better

place than when you found it? It’s a big idea in the Bible too - Jesus’ followers are

people who long to serve and make things better. This way of viewing our job

doesn’t lead to glory, and it probably won’t improve you pay packet on

Thursdays, but it just might give you a clear vision when work and life get

uncomfortable... You’re not here for comfortable: you’re here to serve and make

things better.

I was recently reading an article on people being scammed and the many

strategies scammers use to dupe individuals into giving up their money

and other precious possessions.As I read the article, I became more

convinced of how stupid those who were targeted must be;“How could

they fall for that?” and “I’d never be caught out by something like that!”

were consistently running through my mind, but, thinking back, I’ve been

caught out before.

Scammers are very good at what they do! They’d have to be considering the

punishments that they may incur. Almost by definition, if they weren’t good at it,

they’d probably find something easier to do! The whole article led me to thinking

through the ways people might try to scam me out of what I find most precious -

my finances or even my identity, and that got me thinking wider than just SMS and

internet scams. I started wondering if there were other ways people were being

scammed out of something precious.

Increasingly, I come across ADF members who feel almost as if they been

‘scammed’, because throughout their lives and their careers they’ve had goals,

reached them and then found life on the other side isn’t what they’d hoped. Maybe

the career peak turned out to be a false horizon with another mountain on the

other side. Maybe the cost of reaching their goal turns out to be too much as they

look back on broken relationships and missed opportunities. Maybe the effort of

shaping their whole being around attaining a goal has changed them from who they

were into someone they don’t want to be. In any event, I keep having

conversations with uniformed members who raise the idea that maybe they’ve

been scammed out of something precious.

It’s along those same lines that Paul writes in his letter to the Colossians when he

warns “see to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive

philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of

this world rather than on Christ…” The Church there was in danger of setting

aside what was truly precious, eternal life through Jesus, and chasing after ideas and

concepts that led away from a right relationship with God. See to it that no one

scams you out of what lasts, of what really matters, Paul might write to a modern

audience. Reading up on scammers and their clever techniques was a bit of an eye

opener, but not in relation to the secrecy of my internet passwords – it has helped

me to see that I need to pay attention to what really matters and to what I might

lose if I don’t.

Make sure you continue to focus on what’s truly valuable and precious to you.

Written by CHAP Glen Elsegood

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

emergencies. Each Unit/Ship/Base has its own

chaplain who can assist. If you chaplain is not

8/12 Regiment

DefenceFamiliesofAustralia @DefenceFamilies

National Delegate WA/NT

available, please contact the on-call number for your

ADF, Darwin

and Kimberley

Service. Denominational or faith-specific ministry can

be arranged as required.

@defence_families_

Defence Families

nt@dfa.org.au

of_australia

of Australia

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Robertson Barracks

Family Group

Larrakeyah

Neighbourhood House

EVERY WEEK

Monday

9am – Bumps and Bubs, a

social group for Bumps and 0-2

yrs, older siblings welcome

A d v e n t u r e t o

t h e p a r a d e g r o u n d

H i g h T e a

Tuesday

9am- Playgroup, a social group

with some structured play/

activities for 0-5yrs

Thursday

8:45am – Bootcamp, all fitness

levels welcome stay for coffee

after, children welcome too

Friday

9am- Alternating with a Walk

to Coffee, coffee and then

lunch every 3 rd week

W a t c h i n g

t h e O s p r e y

D e f e n c e D i n n e r @

U r b a n S p i c e

EVERY MONTH

Reading Between the Wines Book Club

First Tuesday of every Month

Monthly craft nights or cooking classes

Monthly partner dinners

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE

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

CONTACT: Sam Maloney, Centre Coordinator | www.rbfg.com.au

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Network Tindal Incorporated (NTI), is a volunteer organisation that coordinates support and multiple

community groups operating within the RAAF Base Tindal community.The vision of NTI is to create

community connections that support the physical, social, and emotional wellbeing of our community

whilst being posted to a remote and isolated location with limited access to other services.

Weekly Activities at the Community House:

Monday

Tuesday

– Playgroup 9:30 -11:30am

– Group Fitness (at the gym) 6pm-7pm

Wednesday

– Bubs and Bumps 10am – 11:30am

Thursday

Friday

– Crafternoons – 3:30pm-5pm

– Playgroup 9:30am-11:30am

– Lego legends 3:30pm-5pm

– Group Fitness (at the gym) 6pm-7pm

– Tabletop gamers 6pm-late

– Drop In’s 9:30am- 12pm

Network Tindal

Interest Groups Include:

• Sewing

• Crafters

• Board Gamers

• Table-Top Gamers

• Hobby Hut (Workshop)

• Cars and Coffee

• Pay Day Parmi’s

• Teens and Tweens

• Community Garden

• Tindal Kites Netball

Keeping Busy at Billeroy House

DVA ADVOCACY AND CLAIMS SUPPORT

Billeroy House have organised regular visits from a Level 3

Compensation Advocate, with visits scheduled over the coming

months. Appointment times book out quickly, however you can book

in for future sessions or add your name to a waiting list. Billeroy

House will advise what you will need to bring with you to start your

claims process. With a backlog of DVA claims awaiting action, it’s a

good idea to get started with the claims process as early as possible.

Contact Billeroy House to find out the program for advocacy visits

and to book an appointment.

For more information follow @NetworkTindalBuddies on Facebook

Katherine Outback Experience

Horsemanship Sessions

Over four sessions in May and June, Network Tindal supported a handful of

defence veterans, members and spouses to attend a specially designed

equestrian skill course at Katherine Outback Experience.

The course lasted for 3 hours and gave participants the opportunity to

learn some of the key skills of horsemanship including training, care and

horse riding. The venue, Katherine Outback Experience celebrates the

Northern Territory's rich pastoral culture and history and is owned by

multiple Golden Guitar winner and horseman extraordinaire, Tom Curtain.

The experience was moving for many participants, some even saying that

the horses seemed to know they had been having a bad day. While this

activity was not equine therapy, there were many elements that are

designed to support the mental health and well-being of participants.The

training, care and horse riding elements have been shown to increase

communication skills, empathy and emotional regulation.

Network Tindal and Katherine Outback experience were also able to offer

a number of sessions to

children which involved only

the horse-riding component.

For many children, this was

their first experience of riding

a horse and there was a lot of

excitement in the air. The

children were very respectful

of the horses and enjoyed the

opportunity to get up close

and personal to the beautiful

animals.

This type of activity is highly

valued in our community and

Network Tindal will continue

to seek opportunities to

enable us to provide these

sessions to the RAAF Tindal

community.

Network Tindal Sewing Circle

Twice a month, Network Tindal Sewing Circle try to meet to take on

new (or old) sewing projects, learn new sewing skills, help each other

with our sewing projects and spend time with other people who share a

love of sewing and creating. We have a diverse range of members in age

and experience, and it is open to anyone to come along on a regular

basis or whenever creativity strikes.

At our last sewing circle, one of our new members Kaelene, came along

to sew some tablecloths for the day-care centre where she is an

educator. This is also our local day-care centre on the RAAF base, Little

Geckos, where many defence families have their children enrolled.

The material we worked with was a stunning

display of aboriginal art in a few different designs

and vivid colours. It was a great team effort, with

Miss Kaelene and my daughter Gemma (who

attends the Preschool room at Little Geckos)

pinning the hem of the material. I manned the

sewing machine to hem the tablecloths, closely

supervised by Gemma to make sure my stitching

was straight. We made 4 tablecloths in the session

and they were ready to go for morning tea the next

day.

We all had a great feeling of achievement and

community spirit after completely this fun project.

It was wonderful to support our local day-care

centre and to provide our sewing skills for the

vibrant new tablecloths. We are looking to

complete more community projects like this for our

community here in Tindal and Katherine, so please

pass on any ideas to us through Network Tindal.

Sewing Circle Coordinator,

Prue Atkins.

Got a community sewing idea or project?

Contact Network Tindal!

FUNDRAISING

Billeroy House have stubby coolers for sale, which help us to raise

funds for future community support activities and events. The coolers

are a great father’s day present for the top end climate, contact

Billeroy House to purchase one (or a few!).

COMMUNITY EVENTS

WOW Day 11th May - A huge thank you to the SES Darwin for

sending a truck which went towards making our WOW Day a BIG

success at Billeroy House. Good idea Brookie to have a regular

morning tea at the same time.

First Responders Day 8th Jun - Billeroy House thanked all of the

Northern Territory first responders for their service at our regular

morning tea.

Community Meetings – Billeroy House is a comfortable and central

meeting place for many community groups, including; RSL Darwin,

Veterans Motorcycle Club, RAAF Darwin Fishing Club, Australian

Military Wives Choir and Nackaroo Committee Meetings, which are

held on a regular basis at our facility.

Clontaf Kids - The Clontaf kids have been visiting Billeroy House to

develop their Community Support Program. They have been helping

out with the gardening and developing a large vegetable patch - check

out the new addition to our veggie patch! Tammy from Bunnings also

attended to donate plants and supplies to Billeroy House for the

Clontaf kids’ projects. Thank you to all who have helped and

supported this program!

Greyhound Races Sunday 17th July - Billeroy House organised a

Greyhound race night event on Sunday 17th July during the running

of the Chief Ministers Cup. Entry was $5 per person and we

organised raffles and prizes with all proceeds going towards the local

veteran (and families) community - it was a great night filled with fun

and excitement!

Weekly Morning Tea – We hold a weekly morning tea at Billeroy

House from 1000hrs every Wednesday.All members of the defence

and veteran community are welcome to attend and enjoy our

delicious morning tea!

OPENING HOURS

Billeroy House is open on Mondays & Tuesdays by appointment only

as we provide regular home and hospital visits to veterans on these

days. Our door is open between 1000hrs to 1400hrs every

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. All veterans and their families are

welcome, so please drop in and find out more about our advocacy

and support services.

Written by Dan ‘Tank’ Tellum

Wellbeing Advocate Officer Level 2, Coordinator

RSL Billeroy House Veterans & Families Community Centre

08 8942 0381 | billeroyhouse@rsldarwin.org.au

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Thursday 8 September 2022

Legacy Week

Holy Spirit

Catholic Primary School

To Live,To Love,To Grow In Christ.

Situated in the northern suburbs of Darwin, near

Lyons and Muirhead. Surrounded by tropical green

space and outstanding facilities.

It’s our national day of

action when we remind

Australians that every day

is the day to ask,‘are you

OK?’ and start a

meaningful conversation. R

U OK? is a harm

prevention charity that

encourages people to stay

connected and have

conversations that can

help others through

difficult times in their lives.

Our community at Legacy is devoted to enhancing the

lives of families of veterans who have served in war,

peacekeeping and humanitarian missions, and who

have died or become seriously injured either in

service or subsequently.

Buy a badge and help us support the families of our

veterans this Legacy Week 28th August – 3rd September

2022.

The Legacy Week appeal has been running since the 1940’s

and is a time for all Australians to show their support for the

widows and children whose loved ones have served our

country. The Legacy badge is a special emblem of support for

our veterans’ families, symbolising our nation’s greatest values

of mateship, compassion and fairness.

Legacy is supported by the work of our dedicated Legatees,

volunteers, staff members and widows. These individuals

make up a dynamic community of people, ranging from

schoolchildren to senior citizens. It is with their assistance

that Legacy is able to continue working to support our

veterans’ families. Volunteers can help by selling in their local

area in the first week of September each year.

Want to talk to someone about volunteering for Legacy?

• 1800 LEGACY (534 229)

• marketing@legacy.com.au

Legacy is an iconic Australian charity that was established in

1923 and founded on a promise made from one digger to

another – to “look after the missus and the kids.”

We have a Defence School Mentor employed full-time at

school to work with our defence students and families.

Our staff are committed to providing a safe and nurturing

learning environment that caters for the whole child. We foster

learning that enables students, families, school and community

to engage in a collaborative partnership for a life-long journey

of education.

Specialist subjects on offer to our students in the areas of

Physical Education, The Arts and Indonesian.

Out of School Hours Care available throughout the term,

including Vacation Care in the holidays.

R U OK? contributes to

suicide prevention efforts by

encouraging people to invest

more time in their personal

relationships and building the

capacity of informal support

networks – friends, family and

colleagues - to be alert to

those around them, have a

conversation if they identify

signs of distress or difficulty

and connect someone to

appropriate support, long

before they're in crisis.

Legacy badges may be little but the funds they raise make a

big impact in the lives of our veterans’ families - Legacy Week

is a time to give back to the families of those who have given

so much.

www.legacy.com.au

Gsell Street, Wanguri 0810 | 08 8927 3411 | holyspiritnt.catholic.edu.au

admin.holyspirit@nt.catholic.edu.au | Facebook:Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School Wanguri NT

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About Prince’s Trust Australia

Prince's Trust Australia is a national charity that helps young people prepare

for the rapidly changing world of work, inspires veterans and their families

into entrepreneurship and self-employment, and champions resilient

sustainable communities.

Our work is inspired by our Founder and President, His Royal Highness

The Prince of Wales, and is driven by his vision for a more sustainable

future.

We also work in partnership with our colleagues across The Prince’s Trust

Group, a global network of charities transforming lives and building

sustainable communities in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New

Zealand and across the Commonwealth. Together, we promote, support,

and inspire people and their communities to flourish.

Since 2015, Prince's Trust Australia has been inspiring veterans and their

families with the confidence, skills and networks they need to explore selfemployment

through the Enterprise Programme.

The programme is guided by an Advisory Council, chaired by the

Governor-General, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley

AC DSC (Ret’d) and attended by Major General Wade Stothart, Head of

People Capability at Department of Defence.

Visit: www.princes-trust.org.au

What is Enterprise?

Princes Trust Australia

The Enterprise Programme helps veterans and defence spouses explore

and refine business ideas, launch and grow businesses and enhance skills,

all while networking with likeminded people from the veteran community.

The programme is for transitioning ADF members, ADF veterans, and

civilian partners or spouses of current or former serving ADF members.

This includes current, separated and widowed partners.

W I N

You could win a Princes Trust Australia Care Package!

Care packages hold a special place in the lives of deployed troops, and for

family members.

Historically, care packages were sent from family members to their loved

ones abroad, and contained anything from milk powder to coffee, soap,

medicine, and fabric. And, anecdotally, Anzac biscuits handmade with love.

This year, Prince's Trust Australia have created care packages featuring a

wonderful selection of products by Australian veteran and ADF partner

businesses, all alumni of our business Enterprise programme.

These care packages will be gifted and shared across Australia and globally.

ENTER NOW AT

THETOPENDERMAGAZINE.ORG.AU/WIN

Upcoming Enterprise Online Sessions:

›› 2 nd , 4 th and 9 th August

›› 30 th August, 1 st and 6 th September

Upcoming Enterprise Connect Sessions:

›› 20 th , 23 rd , 27 th , 29 th September, 7 th , 14 th and 21 st

October

Register for Prince’s Trust Australia Enterprise

Programme via the website: www.princestrust.org.au/defence-members/enterprise-program

Social Media:

facebook.com/princestrustau

instagram.com/princes.trust.au

twitter.com/princestrustau

linkedin.com/company/princestrustau

Packs Include:

›› Custom made keyring made by Enterprise alumni Zach Briggs

and the team at Relic Design & Craft Co.

›› Soap made by Dave and his wife Shiree of Hop and Clover

Brewing, in collaboration with local Weemalah Farm Naturals.

›› Fresh coffee by Elaine Gallagher who runs Wellness Ignitor, a

coffee business that sells product online and through her coffee

van.

›› Sample organic skincare products from Indira Organics

›› Limited print artwork The Catch Up by Warrick Eady

›› Beeswax lip balm by Honey & Glow

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 September 2022. Enter

online by visiting www.thetopendermagazine.org.au/win. Read more about the people behind the product here: www.princes-trust.org.au/post/our-care-packages. Winners will be

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

Beyond Service

On the 17th of June, I had the honour to attend the Beyond

Service webinar, presented by Princes Trust Australia.The

online event was also attended by His Royal Highness The

Prince of Wales and hosted by Prince's Trust Australia Chair

The Hon Julie Bishop.The Governor-General of Australia,

General David Hurley,AC, DSC, FTSE was also in attendance.

During the event, we had the pleasure of listening to the incredibly

inspiring stories of ADF veterans and partners who have benefited

from the Princes Trust programs, with some very encouraging and

supportive feedback from HRH The Prince of Wales.

I am grateful for the invitation to attend the event, which further

highlighted the amazing work of Princes Trust Australia and the

support they offer to the wider defence community in developing

valuable enterprise programs. Without the support and information

provided in these programs, it seems obvious that enterprise

development would be a significant challenge for the defence

community to attempt on their own. There are many veterans and

partners who feel that business ownership provides a level of

freedom and flexibility without the pressure of squeezing themselves

into traditional employment. It is wonderful to see these types of

programs being offered to anyone who has the insight to build a

business, while also managing injuries and lifestyle challenges.

A special thank you to Princes Trust Australia for the invitation to

attend.

Written by Deb Herring

Committee Member

The Top Ender Magazine

Family Day Care

Kentish is a children and community services provider

with over 100 educators and 80 employees across the NT.

We have offices in Palmerston, Katherine and Alice

Springs. Kentish runs two long day care centres in

Moulden and Tennant Creek. Kentish also runs Family Day

Care (FDC) services and Out-of-Home-Care (OOHC)

services.

FDC is suitable for families seeking care and education in a small

group setting and for those who require childcare around shift

work or irregular hours. Over the COVID pandemic, FDC became

very popular as it creates a smaller and safer social circle for

children in care. FDC also gives the children a more stable

relationship with the same educator until they reach school age.

Becoming an educator

As a FDC educator you will run your own business from home.

You can have your own children as well as other children under

your care. Since it is your own business, you can choose your

clients, your opening hours and availability for weekends and

overnight stays and set your own fees. FDC educators can take

care of up to four children under the age of 5yo and three schoolage

children.

FDC operates under the same National Quality Framework

(NQF), so FDC parents are eligible for Federal Government Child

Care subsidies, just like any other long day care arrangements.

Kentish has an FDC coordinator who supports FDC educators and

provides free programs, giving all educators opportunities to upskill,

meet other educators and provide interesting activities for children.

Things to consider before becoming a Family Day

Care educator

FDC educators will need minimum of Certificate III in Early

Educator and Care or be willing to commence studies. As with any

businesses, your business expenses are tax deductible, you may

claim the cost to run the business such as educational materials,

toys, maintenance, electricity, car, cleaning expenses and

modifications to your home.

For more information visit Kentish.org.au. Send your enquiries to

admin@kentish.org.au

Please note: you will also need to research and discuss your

housing responsibilities with DHA or through your property

manager for private rentals.

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ProstateCancer

AwarenessMonth

SEPTEMBER

Positive Conversations with your

Kids About Food and Exercise

September is National Prostate Cancer

Awareness Month

Prostate cancer in Australia

• Prostate cancer remains the most common cancer

in Australian men, claiming the lives of nine men

every single day.

• Nearly 18,000 men will be diagnosed this year.

• Many of these men will experience anxiety and

depression as a result of their cancer, facing a 70%

increased risk of suicide death.

• Men often suffer in silence – 72% do not reach

out for help with what they are going through.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed

cancer in Australian men, with about 18,000 men newly

diagnosed each year. More than 3300 Australian men

die from prostate cancer each year.

Prostate cancer has one of the highest survival rates of

all cancers, with 95% of men likely to survive five years

or more. About 220,000 Australian men are alive today

after a diagnosis of prostate cancer.

There are two proven risk factors that may increase the

chance of developing prostate cancer:

Age: The risk of developing prostate cancer increases

with age. The risk of getting prostate cancer by the age

of 75 is 1 in 7 men. By the age of 85, this increases

to 1 in 6 men.

Family history: You have a higher chance of developing

prostate cancer if you have a father, brother or son

who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The risk

increases again if more than one close relative has

prostate cancer. Risks are also higher for men whose

relatives were diagnosed when young. A family history

of other cancers, like breast and ovarian cancers, may

also increase your risk of getting prostate cancer.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:

In the early stages of prostate cancer, there may be no

symptoms. In the later stages, some symptoms might

include:

• Feeling the frequent or sudden need to urinate

• Finding it difficult to urinate (for example, trouble

starting or not being able to urinate when the

feeling is there or poor urine flow)

• Discomfort when urinating

• Finding blood in urine or semen

• Pain in the lower back, upper thighs or hips.

Many of these symptoms are common. They may not

mean you have prostate cancer. But if you are worried

about your symptoms, it is important that you talk to

your doctor.

Prostate Awareness Australia

prostateawareness.org.au

Prostate Awareness Australia was established for the

workers and families in the Australian building

construction and allied industries. We raise funds to

help provide prostate awareness, prevention and

research so men can live longer, healthier and happier

lives.

Extracted from Prostate Cancer

Foundation of Australia

www.prostate.org.au

Photo: (Above) Defence Health: Positive conversations with your kids about food and

exercise article. Courtesy of iStock.

Good health is important in a child’s quality of life as it

can influence their future health, ability to learn, and

socialise. However, if statistics are anything to go by, the

health of our children is concerning.

Record numbers of Australian children are either overweight or

obese, and not getting enough exercise. They are also

developing some very unhealthy approaches to food.

A worrying trend

Currently, around 1 in 4 children aged between 2 and 17 years

are classified as not being in the healthy weight range, with 18

per cent being overweight, and 7 per cent obese. This is

compounded by children not getting enough exercise.

Furthermore, Aussie kids are eating too much ‘junk food’, with

an average 35 per cent of daily energy intake obtained from

discretionary foods. According to the Australian Dietary

Guidelines, discretionary foods are “foods and drinks that do

not fit into the Five Food Groups because they are not

necessary for a healthy diet and are too high in saturated fat

and/or added sugars, added salt or alcohol and low in fibre.”

Unfortunately, many children are not eating enough vegetables,

with only five per cent of our kids meeting their recommended

daily vegetable quota.

Involve and engage

Including children in the grocery shopping each week can also

help. Use this time to educate on the types of fruits and

vegetables you’re buying, and how they contribute to their

health. If your children are older and often ask you to buy junk

foods, explain why they are only ‘treat’ foods.

Use meal times as a way to get children engaged in the

food your family is eating. Ask them to help you prepare

dinner, or if they’re old enough, they may even be able to

plan and cook the meal. With younger children, discuss

what’s on their plate, and why it’s good for them.

Model healthy habits

While it’s important to talk to your kids about the value

of eating healthy food and getting exercise, there’s more

power in making it a lifestyle for the whole family. That

means all of us should be reducing the amount of junk

food in our diets, and increasing levels of exercise.

A great way to do this is to exercise as a family. You’ll

obviously need to choose activities to suit everyone in

the family; but some great ideas include playing frisbee,

playing in the playground, cycling, swimming at the local

pool, and walking.

Make sure you keep physical activities fun and exciting, and

focus on how great you all feel, after you’ve exercised. Where

possible, try to explain how exercise benefits your child (e.g.

they develop stronger bones and muscles, they sleep better,

they feel happier, etc.)

Keep it positive

If you want your kids to have a positive relationship with healthy

food and exercise, keep your conversation encouraging. Avoid:

• Body shaming your child or anyone else

• Talking about ‘fat’, ‘weight’, or focussing on appearance

• Discussions around ‘dieting’

• Talking about exercise in a negative way

• Labelling food ‘good’ and ‘bad’; focus on ‘everyday foods’

and ‘sometimes’ foods instead.

• Cutting out all junk foods—just limit the consumption of

them

• Making your child feel guilty when they have a treat

• Focusing on negative consequences (e.g. “If you eat junk

food all the time, you’ll gain weight.”).

Educating your children about food and exercise, and changing

habits is not always easy. It may even require you to do a little

research yourself, in order to educate them. However, the

lifelong benefits for you and your kids are well worth the effort.

Extracted from Defence Health Website

healthhq.defencehealth.com.au/2017/07/26/positiveconversations-kids-food-exercise/

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Marrakai Military Museum

PTSD Coach App

What is PTSD Coach

Australia?

PTSD Coach Australia is a

smartphone or mobile device

application (App) that helps

people understand and manage

the symptoms of PTSD. PTSD

Coach Australia was adapted by

ACPMH and the Mental Health Programs section of DVA

(with permission) from a US app called “PTSD Coach”. The

adaptation included Australian content revision and new

functionality.

PTSD Coach Australia has been designed for use with

veterans and serving Defence force personnel. Apps are a

great way of providing information and tools to people when

and where they need to use them.

Veterans’ Legal Service

we offer free legal information and advice for

veterans and their families on most areas of law:

Contracts

Credit & Debt

Social Security

Human Rights

Discrimination

Unfair Dismissal

Consumer Rights

Adult Guardianship

Employment Rights

most non-criminal matters

Drop-in service

every Thursday from 10am

Mates4Mates Palmerston

A1/11 Palmerston Circuit

free & confidential

for veterans by veterans

freecall 1800 812 953

info@dcls.org.au | www.dcls.org.au

PTSD Coach Australia contains:

Up to date information about PTSD

Up to date information about PTSD treatment – what

works, and who provides it

A range of symptom management tools and techniques.

A PTSD assessment (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Checklist, Weathers et al. 1993) – allowing users to measure

the severity of their symptoms over time, plot the results,

and email them to a health professional.

A scheduler that allows people to manage all their self-care,

health appointments and activities.

Users can schedule reminders to use self-care tools at highrisk

times or to complete PTSD Checklist (PCL) assessments,

as well as enter any health or rehabilitation activity or

appointment into a private calendar. The app then sends

typical smartphone reminders to prompt the activity.

Information about where to find treatments and supports for

PTSD – in the Defence and DVA health systems, and in the

community.

Importantly: PTSD Coach Australia is not designed as a

stand-alone treatment or self-diagnosis – ideally, it makes up

part of a toolkit of resources for people managing PTSD

Extracted from Open Arms Website

https://www.openarms.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-01/

clinicians_guide_to_ptsd_coach_australia2.pdf

Our Community Coordinator Char Carter recently visited

one of the NT’s best hidden gems, the Marrakai Military

Museum.

When did you decide to start the museum and what was your inspiration

behind the museum?

The decision to open a military museum was based on a discussion with the

owner of the Corroborree tavern about 4 years ago... Then our hobby became

a museum!

Your passion is obvious, where do you find factual information?

The factual information that we provide is found through books,

documentaries, factual movies, word of mouth stories, internet research,

military history forums and groups.

What is the rarest piece in your collection?

Displayed for the first time in 75 years, our rarest museum piece is the Mark 8

motorized cockleshell canoe M H M S 22. The cockleshell was used by the

Australian Z Force Special Units in WW2, and is immortalised in both book

and movie,“The Cockleshell Heroes”.

Another interesting piece in our collection is the WW2 EAN Rebreather. This

item was used by the British and Australian commandos as well as Australia’s

Z-Force Special Unit. Produced in England, the Rebreather (a highly guarded

secret at the time) was used in both the European and Pacific war fronts.

What is the oldest piece in your collection?

The oldest item we display is a pressed flower from the battle fields of

France in WW1, which is over 104 years old. A German soldier found some

beauty amongst the horror and saved it in his diary.

Where do you source your items and how do you research their legitimacy?

We collect from a variety of sources, some local to Darwin and some items

have been found ‘out bush’. Many items are provided by private collectors

worldwide. We conduct a lot of research regarding each item and after being

a hobbyist for so long, we’ve become very proficient at identifying true relics.

Do you plan to expand past WWII into other conflicts?

The museum hopes to expand to cover all conflicts from Bore war to modern

conflicts. We have pieces waiting for display that range from Bore to

Afghanistan with Vietnam being our next goal.

What sets you apart from other military museums?

Specialising in WWII military items, we display actual uniforms and artefacts

from Australia, America, Germany, Japan and Russia; many of these artefacts

include personal items sourced and gifted from family members.

Can you explain your plan to engage with defence veterans,

especially those with disabilities?

Our plan, once feasible, is to create an inclusive space for

veterans from recent conflicts who can help with the museum,

including research, maintenance and visitor tours. Our goals

include the set-up of a closed workshop for museum

restorations and to start offering armoured vehicle rides

(operated by our veterans) based around the Bren gun carrier.

We want to see our disabled veterans getting involved and

using aides to perform jobs if they choose - just a small part of

our future planning!

What does the future hold?

As well as moving to a large venue, our aim is to expand to all

conflicts. In addition to the tank rides, we’d like to see a

shooting gallery (with canons and firearms on display) and a rifle

range. One of the things we really want to create is Marrakai’s

own Cenotaph for future ANZAC Days.

Is there anything further you would like to add?

This museum was built and designed by the two owners with no

government support or third-party assistance. We are happy to accept

donated items of memorabilia or to hold items in trust on display.

Marrakai Military Museum

36 Stephen Road, Marrakai NT

OPEN HOURS:

WED – SAT 9:00AM – 5:00PM

SUN 10:00AM – 4:00PM

0482 777 811

Marrakaimilitarymuseum@hotmail.com

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Have you Heard of APOD?

Run by veteran families, for

veteran families.

APOD is an Australian owned

and operated organisation

founded by veteran families, for

veteran families.

Since 2012, we have been

working with businesses of all

sizes to deliver exclusive offers to

serving Australian Defence Force

personnel, reservists, allied forces,

veterans and their immediate family members.

We understand the sacrifices made in the name of service and

have been committed for over 8 years to creating the bridge

between businesses and the Australian defence community for

those organisations that want to say thank you for your service.

APOD’s mission is to make providing benefits and recognition

to our members simple and rewarding for businesses and to

provide our members with easy access to local and national

discount offers across all industries, not just travel and leisure.

Recognising those who serve.

APOD exists to recognise those who serve. We understand

that when one person serves, their whole family serves.

If you are a current or former defence member, reservist,

veteran, allied military personnel or an immediate family

member, we recognise the unique nature of your sacrifice in

service to your country and welcome you to join APOD, which

was created exclusively for you.

Serving Defence Members

Includes current serving military personnel from any service:

Army, Navy, Air Force, Reserves and Allied Forces.

Veterans & Former Defence

Includes all former serving military personnel including veterans,

reservists and allied forces, from any period of service, including

peacetime.

Immediate Family

Includes partners, parents, siblings and children of eligible

members, whether living or deceased.

Partnered with Department of Veterans’ Affairs

In partnership with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA),

we are now able to extend membership access to all Veteran

Cardholders, through a DVA subscription to APOD.

This means that you receive free access to thousands of offers

through the APOD program whilst DVA continues to provide

this benefit to all Veteran Cardholders. Enjoy all of the benefits

of being an APOD member, including savings on everyday

shopping, accommodation, experiences, gift cards and special

offers.

Two easy ways for Veteran Cardholders to sign up:

1. New DVA Cardholders can sign up through MyService.

Simply tick the box to subscribe to APOD when applying for

your new Veteran Card. You’ll get an email from us with

instructions to verify your email address and create a password

so you can log in to the APOD website.

2. Existing DVA Cardholders can sign up through the APOD

website. You will need to have your Veteran Card ready to

provide your DVA File Number and name exactly as it appears

on your card to automatically authenticate your free APOD

access.

Extracted from APOD Website

apod.com.au

Will

Wills & Power of Attorney

As you know, every Defence member should have a valid will. This is a

legal document that dictates how their assets are to be distributed

when they die.

For a will to be valid it must meet certain criteria; you must have been

of sound mind when you executed the will, it must be in writing and

not have been previously revoked, and it must be witnessed

appropriately. Witnesses should not be beneficiaries, in most states this

is not allowed, and it’s not good practice.

We don’t recommend members use a will kit, instead they should use

a qualified legal professional. On-base legal officers will draft simple

wills for full-time ADF members for free. Wills should be reviewed

regularly and updated if necessary when personal circumstances change.

Power of attorney

While a will is something we recommend all members have, Powers of

Attorney (POA) are something they should consider carefully before

granting.

When you grant someone a POA, you are giving them the power to

manage your money on your behalf. That means they can operate your

bank accounts, buy or dispose of assets, and make financial decisions as

if they were you.

You can limit a POA, for example, you could make it valid only for a

specific period of time, or only allow transactions up to a certain dollar

amount.

There are different types of POA, for example:

• General – ceases if you lose mental capacity.

• Enduring – continues to operate after you have lost mental

capacity.

• Medical – allows your appointee to make decisions about your

medical treatment if you become mentally or physically incapable

of deciding for yourself.

Lynch & Co Lawyers is owned and operated by a

defence partner who specialises in Wills for defence

members and their families. Having a Will is the best

way to protect your family and assets, while also

reducing stress during the grieving process. If you are

unsure how to start the process of creating a Will, you

are encouraged to contact Lynch & Co for a

confidential discussion.

A 20% defence discount applies to current and exserving

members and their partners, starting from

$250 for a basic Will.

Have you thought about creating a personal profile,

including the following information:

• Bank details

• Funeral arrangements

• Social media accounts

• Superannuation funds

• Donations and bequests

It’s important that members understand the implications of granting

someone a POA, it’s a significant amount of power and responsibility to

hand someone, so it should only be given to someone they really trust.

You can encourage your members to improve their financial fitness by

using the resources available on our website.

For further information about Wills and Power of

Attorney, go to the DMFS ADF Member and Family

Transition Guide: https://www.defence.gov.au/sites/

default/files/2022-03/ADF-Member-And-Family-

Transition-Guide.pdf

Extracted from ADF Financial Services Consumer Centre

https://adfconsumer.gov.au/leadership/

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Military career with Australian Army

Introducing Dean Harrowell

Dean left high school and joined Defence as an Infantry soldier

in 1997.

After completing initial training at Kapooka, he was posted to

5/7 RAR as a mechanised infantry soldier, which involved war

fighting in and around the M113A1 PC and other agencies, such

as 2nd Cavalry and 1st Armoured Regiments as part of a Battle

Group.

During his career, Dean was promoted to Section Commander

and deployed to East Timor (twice), Solomon Island, Christmas

Island (on HMAS Warramunga) and finally, Iraq. Dean finished

his military career at the School of Infantry, training soldiers in

war fighting.

Transitioning out of Defence

When Dean discharged out of Defence for personal reasons, he

was not offered any courses or given any direction for life after

service. Reflecting back, Dean acknowledges that he didn’t really

seek out information about what was available to him and what

his future career options might be, so his transition was

challenging.

Initially, Dean bounced through a few jobs because a lot of the

working environments felt very strange compared to defence. It

was hard to relax and break away from the ‘yes Sir, no Sir’

environment that he was used to, and completing tasks ‘by the

book’ like his life depended on it. After a few years of trying to

find his feet, Dean feels that leaving school and joining the

military with no prior life experience was not a favourable

experience as he had no other skills to rely on.

Dean’s main goal in creating a new career pathway was to find

something he enjoyed doing and had a similar team environment to

the military, which he has been able to find at Gold Medal Services.

Advice to others transitioning out of Defence

Dean’s advice to anyone thinking about transitioning out of

Defence is simple:

• take ownership of your discharge,

• research your entitlements,

• take the opportunity to complete any courses that are

available to you, even if you are unsure of your career

pathway.

A Heavy Rigid drivers’ licence and White Card (Construction

Induction) are two of the most common courses, which will

provide opportunities to a wide range of career options. You can

also find many online veteran community forums or support groups

with ex-service personnel working in various industries, which is a

helpful resource to support you in a new direction.

Don’t underestimate the value of being an ex-defence member

and the transferrable experience you have gained when looking

for a new career. Most employers are looking for team members

who will show up for work, follow instruction, work hard and

take ownership of their work.These are all traits of a good

soldier and employers know this.

Life at Gold Medal Services

Dean’s current position at Gold Medal Services is the Manager of

the CCTV Inspection and Hydro Jet Vacuum Recovery Units (Jet

Vac) team. Dean manages six staff and his role involves:

• talking with and educating clients on sewer and storm water

asset maintenance

• organising and scheduling tasks, equipment and staff

• ensuring projects run smoothly and efficiently, within schedule

and budget

• ensuring that team members follow all safety procedures and

policies

• mentor team members to deliver best work practices in the

industry

• maintain trucks, vans and equipment to a high standard.

Over the years, Dean has learned about maintaining the equipment

and is a very ‘hands on’ manager. He also helps to operate the

trucks and CCTV equipment when required.

Dean feels that Gold Medal Services is a family and team orientated

environment in all aspects of the business. The company has set a

high standard for professionalism and quality of work, with all tasks

completed to Australian Standards and no compromise to safety,

quality of parts or equipment. Ongoing staff training is a high

priority for the Gold Medal Services team, and the company is very

supportive of continuous learning and improvement.

There is room to grow as a person, get more responsibilities and

qualifications. Gold Medal Services have a diverse range of jobs

and make an effort to reward and acknowledge hard work.

S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y

What is Eco-Friendly and Biodegradable?

I used to think terms like “eco-friendly”,

“sustainably sources” and “biodegradable”

meant that it was all good for the earth and

I was making better choices for the

environment, turns out they all mean very

different things… It’s a good idea to conduct

your own research about the products you

purchase and navigate clever marketing that

is often used to promote these terms.

Let’s explain what they mean first;

Eco-Friendly and Sustainable

Eco-friendly means “not harmful” to the natural

environment. From material gathering to manufacturing

processes, and to the delivery of the end product, we

can look at company ethics to determine whether it

has been manufactured with a focus on eco-friendly

processes and environmentally safe products.

›› Eco-friendly items should be biodegradable

without harming the environment, such as plastic

bags - they take years to dissolve and a variety of

chemicals can harm the soil and water during this

process

›› The item should be able to be reused and

recycled

›› The item is made of sustainable materials

Sustainable means Compostable

Biodegradability and Environmental Safety

Biodegradable means a product breaks down in

natural elements, water and carbon dioxide by

organisms like bacteria and fungi. The right

environment is required for materials and substances

to completely biodegrade, not all will biodegrade

completely or even at all if put in the wrong

environment. Some items will biodegrade quickly, these

are considered eco-friendly, whilst others may take

hundreds of years and leave traces in the environment,

this is not considered an eco-friendly material. It is

important to dispose of items correctly into the right

environment for that material, so it’s important to read

the packaging when disposing;

There are 3 different types of biodegradability:

›› Bio-Compostable

›› Oxo-degrade

›› Landfill biodegradable

Written by Amanda Letcher

Committee Member

The Top Ender Magazine

What is REDcycle?

The REDcycle Program makes it easy for consumers to keep

plastic bags and packaging out of landfill. If a wrapper or packaging

is made of soft plastic and can be scrunched into a ball, it is most

likely suitable for recycling through the REDcycle program. You can

find REDcycle bins located out the front of most Coles and

Woolworths supermarkets, however you can search for exact

locations on the REDcycle website: www.redcycle.net.au

We can all play our part in protecting our environment for future

generations!

E X P R E S S I O N S O F I N T E R E S T

DEFENCE COMMUNITY

CAR BOOT SALE!

Whether you are relocating in 2022 or not,

you may be planning to declutter some

household items that are too good to

donate or throw away! This may include

clothing, toys, camping gear, household

furniture or anything that you no longer

have a purpose for. Sell some stuff, have

some fun and make some money!!

We are interested in hearing from the

defence community about a Defence Car

Boot Sale, to be centrally located in the

Berrimah or Winnellie area during

October. We will be promoting the activity

on social media and through defence

organisations and Defence School Mentors

to encourage loads of customers!

Please register your interest:

admin@thetopendermagazine.org.au

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TELSTRA NATSIAA EXHIBITION OPENS - 6TH AUGUST

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NATIONAL INDIGENIOUS MUSIC AWARDS - 6TH AUGUST

https://nima.musicnt.com.au/

RED NOSE DAY - 12TH AUGUST

Red Nose is dedicated to saving the lives of children during

pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and supporting bereaved

families.

https://rednose.org.au

DARWIN STREET ART FESTIVAL - 12TH AUGUST - 5TH

SEPTEMBER

https://www.darwinstreetartfestival.com.au/

KEEP AUSTRALIA BEAUTIFUL WEEK - 15TH - 21TH AUGUST

https://kab.org.au/

NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK - 13TH - 21ST AUGUST

2022 Theme: Glass: More Than Meets the Eye

https://www.scienceweek.net.au/

OSTOJIC CHARIOTS OF THUNDER SPRINTCAR SERIES -

19TH - 27TH AUGUST

https://northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/events/ostojicchariots-of-thunder-sprintcar-series

BOOK WEEK - 20TH - 26TH AUGUST

2022 Theme: Dreaming with eyes open...

https://www.cbca.org.au/cbca-book-week

SPEECH PATHOLOGY WEEK - 21 - 27 AUGUST

https://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au

CANCER COUNCIL DAFFODIL DAY APPEAL - 25TH AUGUST

https://www.daffodilday.com.au/

LEGACY WEEK - 28TH AUGUST - 3RD SEPTEMBER

https://www.legacy.com.au/legacy-week/

WATTLE DAY - 1ST SEPTEMBER

http://www.wattleday.asn.au/

NATIONAL ASTHMA AWARENESS WEEK - 1ST - 7TH

SEPTEMBER

https://asthma.org.au/get-involved/what-is-on/asthma-week/

WALK TO WORK DAY - 2ND SEPTEMBER

https://www.walk.com.au/wtw/homepage.asp

FATHER’S DAY - 4TH SEPTEMBER

PKD AWARENESS DAY - 4TH SEPTMEBER

Australians are encouraged to register to be an organ and tissue

donor and to have a conversation about it with their family and

friends.

https://transplant.org.au/donatelife-week/

NATIONAL CHILD PROTECTION WEEK - 4TH - 10TH

SEPTEMBER

https://www.napcan.org.au

NATIONAL STROKE WEEK - 5TH - 11TH SEPTEMBER

https://strokefoundation.org.au/what-we-do/prevention-programs/

national-stroke-week

NATIONAL HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION DAY - 7TH

SEPTEMBER

https://hpeday.com.au/

WOMEN’S HEALTH WEEK - 5TH - 11TH SEPTEMBER

https://www.womenshealthweek.com.au/

THREATENED SPECIES DAY - 7TH SEPTEMBER

https://www.wwf.org.au/what-we-do/species/national-threatenedspecies-day

R U OK? DAY - 8TH SEPTEMBER

https://www.ruok.org.au/

DARWIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL- 15TH - 25TH

SEPTEMBER

https://diff.net.au/

SAVE THE KOALA DAY - 30TH SEPTEMBER

https://www.savethekoala.com/

KAKADU BIRD WEEK- 30TH SEPTEMBER - 7TH OCTOBER

https://kakadutourism.com/explore-kakadu/events/kakadu-birdweek-2022

BrothersNBooks is an online community where followers share their own experiences and book reviews.

BOOK REVIEW:

Book - Lost Connections: Why You're Depressed and How to Find

Hope by Johann Hari

Reviewer Background - The insight this book has on depression is

overwhelmingly accurate.

In the beginning I was slightly annoyed at the author. He has no psych

credentials, but he was basically saying that SSRI antidepressants don’t

work. As the book went on, I realised that everything he said was

right.

Antidepressants do have a time and a place, however if you’re not

dealing with the core reason for your depression or trauma, they’ll

only be a Band-Aid that also clouds your brain.

The books lessons and advice: Johann explains 9 causes of depression,

tells stories as to how he came across them, and backs it all up with

research and lived experience.

He covers similarities and differences between grief and depression,

benefits of psychedelic drugs in clinical settings, the importance of

compassionate acknowledgement, the effects of shame and

humiliation.

I found sympathetic joy meditation so beneficial. This is an extremely

valuable tool, and it can help your thoughts be less toxic – I have

been doing it since reading the book.

It is SO much easier to say ‘good on you, I’m happy for you’ than

feeling horrible when you know someone isn’t coming from a genuine

place.

Johann also mentioned social media and the unhappiness and toxicity

caused by people competing and comparing lives. It is much healthier

to be happy for other people’s achievements and feel joy for them

than it is to feel jealousy and have negative thoughts or make

negative/passive aggressive comments. When this happens – try to

feel compassion for the person being negative, but also show them

boundaries.

Results - I incorrectly believed I loved isolation. I was alone, lonely,

unhappy, bored, unfit, and I did toxic things to hide it.

I rediscovered myself and connected with people walking a similar

path to healing and found solutions. I took up photography, started

reading again, went to the beach, did jiujitsu and started studying

again.

I reconnected – to people, nature, my body, and to my values. Johann

doesn’t need university-based credentials, he backs up his claims with

facts from psychologists, psychiatrists, scientists and lived experience.

LIBRARY UPDATE:

The 9th BrosnBooks Community Library is now established

at Fussell House at the Concord Hospital in Sydney.

Fussell House offers residential accommodation for

veterans (and their nominated support persons/families)

receiving care at the National Centre for Veterans'

Healthcare. I have no doubt this space and the books

provided will provide many visitors peace of mind, calmness

and relaxation in times of great stress.

A massive thank you to Bronte Pollard

and his team for including a reading

space in this facility and including

BrothersNBooks in their important

work.

Fussell House was named after

Lieutenant Michael Fussell, who paid the

ultimate sacrifice while serving with the

SOTG in 2008.

Written by CAPT Dylan Conway

6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment

Editor at BrothersNBooks

Instagram.com/Brothersnbooks

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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

Sound Healing with Eliza

Eliza is a Defence spouse who recently relocated to Darwin with her two little

girls.

“After having each of my children, I found myself searching for ways to manage stress and

overall wellness in a way that aligned with nature. After gaining these different skills for my

own toolkit, I had a desire to share this with others who were like me and nurture our

community.”

Some of the holistic healing therapy practices Eliza offers are Sound Healing, Reiki,

Meditation, Crystal Healing, Essential Oil creations, Empowerment and Wellness Coaching.

Eliza loves to host Women’s circles and Self-care workshops and is very passionate about

helping women (especially Mum’s) to be the best version of themselves.

C R E A T I V E S P O U S E S S E R I E S

The Dried Petal Company by Sam

My new small business started out as an idea of a hobby and ‘side hustle’. I needed something

for myself to do that didn’t involve only being a mum or my day-to-day job - I wanted to do

something in my downtime that I enjoyed!

I have always loved flowers and I purchased myself a dried arrangement for my birthday in 2021. From here

my love for dried arrangements grew! I love that when you buy a dried arrangement, they last years and not

just a few days like fresh flowers, especially in Darwin!

The highlight of my new venture so far was being asked

to make arrangements for a wedding! It’s been a really

fun process and I feel so grateful to have been asked!

The Dried Petal Company

thedriedpetalcompany

“My goal is to help everyone find magic in the everyday.”

What is Sound Therapy?

Sound therapy covers a broad range of therapies that utilise sound to address different

kinds of physical and mental conditions. It's rooted in the belief that everything in the

universe - living or inanimate - is made up of energy and maintains a vibrational frequency.

Maintaining the ideal level of frequency is vital to a person's health and wellness; otherwise,

an imbalance could lead to a physical, emotional or psychological disorder.

French ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr Tomatis, discovered sound therapy in the late

1940s after restoring the hearing of opera singers and factory workers by playing to them

the sounds they could no longer hear. He found a link between the ear and the voice and

figured that if he could improve the way a person listens, he could improve their learning,

balance, coordination, posture, communication, and creativity.

What are the Different Kinds of Sound Therapy?

Several types of sound therapy have been developed ever since its inception to address all

sorts of physical, emotional and cognitive conditions. Some examples of these include:

• Music therapy is one approach to sound healing that supports physical rehabilitation

and self-expression.

• Auditory retraining therapy is another form of sound therapy that helps address

learning difficulties, especially in children.

• Vibrational therapy involves placing an instrument on a specific point on the body

which corresponds to an organ or tissue that requires healing.

The Tomatis method involves the use of specialised headphones to listen to recorded

sounds that aim to increase the frequency levels in the brain and improve the way it

processes sound.

• Guided meditation employs chanting or the repetition of healing sounds using one's

voice to reach a meditative state, and release pain and stress.

A sound therapist may use one or more instruments when treating a client, depending on

the latter's needs. Each instrument holds a unique sound and vibration that correspond

with the body's frequency. Some of the instruments used in sound healing include:

• Singing bowls

• Rainstick

• Tuning forks

• Stress

• Anxiety

• Poor concentration

• High blood pressure

• Chimes

• Pan flute

• Tibetan tingsha

What are the Benefits of Sound Therapy?

• Sleep issues

• Pain management

• Cardiovascular disease

• Mood disorders

• Drums

• Shamanic rattles

Sound therapy balances energy and vibrational frequency levels to alleviate symptoms of a

physical, emotional or mental condition. It's especially beneficial for the following conditions:

• High cholesterol

• Learning disabilities

• Low self-esteem

• Absent-mindedness

0468 965 663

A Sacred Space

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Is Sound Therapy Safe?

Sound therapy has no side effects, nor

does it have any contraindications.

Everybody, regardless of age, can benefit

from it. To get maximum results, clients

should openly discuss with the sound

therapist the kinds of sounds or music

that work for them.

Extracted from Natural

Therapy Pages

www.naturaltherapypages.com.au/

cognitive/sound_therapy

Hi, I'm Tammy, the designer and maker at Smitten by Tammy.

After many years working as a Social Worker in the disability sector and a variety of

middle/high schools around Australia, I decided it was time to re-engage with my

creative side - something that I had lost touch with since the world of 'adulting' took

over.

6 years ago, I bought my first few packs of polymer clay to see if it was a creative

outlet that I would enjoy - I did enjoy it and soon enough I was attending my first

local market in Sale (Victoria). It went well, really well, and I eventually became a

regular vendor at that market.

Smitten by Tammy was born from a deep love of colour and unique design. I don't

tend to follow trends, but rather I make what I love. I have had some people tell me

my jewellery is 'alternative' but I only see that as a good thing - a niche if you will...

My ultimate aim is to make unique, high-quality jewellery that is absolutely loved by

their wearer for many years to come - you could say they are smitten.

Recently my husband and I moved back to Darwin after a decade long hiatus down

south, so it made sense to finally take Smitten by Tammy online.

About my Jewellery

Smitten by Tammy

All pieces are made from ‘Premo’ professional grade polymer clay. All pieces are

100% made by hand, meaning no two pieces are alike.

All earring hooks and posts are hypoallergenic and are made from surgical steel. All

earring posts and findings are embedded within the clay (no glue) which makes for

unquestionable strength. All necklaces are hung on leather cord and are adjustable.

smittenbytammy.square.site

Smitten by Tammy

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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

Counselling & Coaching

with Megan Cornish

Megan Cornish, Lead Counsellor with Rohan Watson

Counselling & Coaching, works with couples,

individuals and children (5+) through just about any

life challenge or opportunity. Having a particular

passion for couples counselling, Megan says it’s about

“finding the friendship again” and improving

communication in the relationship. "In the current

climate where everyone is coming out of Covid &/or

deployments, they're tired! They just need to know

that they are being heard."

Whilst specialising in trauma and behavioural management,

which Megan finds really interesting, she also has great results

working with issues from emotional responses (anxiety,

depression or anger), PTSD through to workplace issues and

parenting.

Having experienced working with (former) Melaleuca

Refugee Centre, Megan found counselling to be extremely

powerful and emotional yet fascinating too. Working with

new people with new experiences, Megan's message is,

My wellness career started in July 2017 while

undertaking a Diploma of Remedial Massage. My

motivation to start studying massage was based on a

natural interest in helping people to relax and ease the

stress of day-to-day living.

In 2018, I developed a flare for intuitive healing and decided

to commence Reiki training, which led to the completion of

all three levels of training to become a Reiki Master. I tuned in

to my healings and found myself leaning towards what the

body needed rather than what the client thought they

needed. In 2019, I was introduced into Access Consciousness

the Bars and the energetic facelift, which opened my mind to

new possibilities and opportunities to create more ease, joy

and glory for my clients.

In 2020, we found ourselves posted to Katherine and I

reorganised my business to work from home in Tindal.

Humming along with massage and healing sessions, I always

felt the need for more learning and growth. My intuitive

meditation training began due to my love and passion for the

need to slow down and embrace those moments of clarity. It

also opened my mind to helping other people to relax,

allowing them to get more out of life. In 2021, I expanded my

knowledge into wellness and massage with chair yoga and

helping people with specific injuries to improve their

movement in a seated position.

With a genuine determination to follow this pathway, I

“you’re not alone; it involves all areas including

environmental, social circles and families.”

The thing that stuck in my mind whilst chatting with Megan

was this: “Knowing I’ve made just a small impact, one small

thing that can change a life, that makes what I do

worthwhile.”

The best advice Megan says she received was: “learn to

make changes; learn before you run and then go for it.”

Having moved recently from Queensland with her defence

partner, Megan understands the defence lifestyle, and the

trials and tribulations associated with it - she’s here to help

you through the hard times!

rohanwatson.com.au

Suite 3, 1 Buffalo Court, Darwin

The Creation of

The Rejuvenation Hub - Katherine

started 2022 with the intention to start thinking big with my

business. After a float tank session in Darwin, I realised that

there was an amazing opportunity to bring something like

this to Katherine. By May 2022, my dream of creating my

own piece of heaven has manifested, and The Rejuvenation

Hub was ‘born’ in Katherine. After posting a social media

video with the message “I’m in town”, my business took off

within its first week and I was fully booked within hours. We

are now a few months further along and pieces of the puzzle

are starting to arrive – a Float Tank, Infrared Sauna and

Reformer Pilates Beds will help to shape this hub as your

space to create more for tomorrow. In collaboration with

Jenny from Roar Art Design, we will also have an art studio

to help get your creative energy flowing.

My vision is simple; create more for tomorrow. My passion

for rejuvenation has created a community space focused on

growth, validation and walking alongside clients and friends. I

don’t believe in strategic marketing, being imposing or guilting

people into returning. I am focused on fostering relationships,

healing others and providing a space to shut down the

noisiest voices in our minds - a place to create and to be

recreated.

Written by Emily Nichols

Committee Member and Business Owner

The Top Ender and The Rejuventation Hub

Tales of a Top End Mum

Part 11

With a house full of sick people and some soloparenting

time under my belt, this last couple of

months has been a bit of a blur consisting of snotty

tissues, excessive glitter and bucket loads of coffee!

There’s not much more I can add. Life in Tindal has

exceeded my expectations so far and I have immersed

myself in so many activities that I never imagined; swimming

in freshwater pools, camping in the NT wilderness,

organising trivia nights and participating in community

events. So, for this edition, I am taking a break and enjoying

the dry season with my young family.

Until next time!

Written by Katie B.

Community Contributor

Tindal

Jim’s Dog Wash

C R E A T I V E V E T E R A N S E R I E S

David is a recently retired veteran after 23 years of service and

has now turned his love of dogs into a full-time business!

Tell us a little about you

I am the product of a veteran father! My Dad

was in the Royal Australian Electrical

Engineers (Aviation Div), so it made sense

that I would eventually enlist, and I have

deployed to Western Sahara, East Timor, Iraq

and Afghanistan. These days I’m a

grandfather!

What motivated you to become a

groomer and join Jim’s Dog Wash?

I have so much love and respect for dogs. I

have thought about grooming for a couple of

years, so I took the big step this year and

joined the franchise. Jim’s provide great

training, which gave me the skills and

confidence to groom and care for dogs to a

high standard. I’m fairly new to the business

after only three months, but I have some

regular customers already!

You mentioned it’s been good for your

mental health, would you like to

elaborate?

I think dogs and pets provide support; they

give so much and only want to be loved. All

of the dogs that I groom have a history and

it’s not always visible on the outside what

they have been through – a bit like mental

health. Some of my dogs are from a loving

family and some are rescue dogs at the

RSPCA.

Working with dogs and caring for them gives

me a sense of purpose and the dogs seem to

reciprocate. It makes me enjoy

my work and when I hand

them back to their owners, I

feel a bond with each dog, and

this means they’ll remember me next time I

visit for a pampering session.

Do you have a favourite breed?

I have two Louisana Catahoula Leopard

dogs, which are both rescue dogs. I’ve also

had a Bull Arab who passed away last year,

who was a gentle giant. I’ve had multiple

breeds previously, but to be fair, they have

all been good dogs and they will always have

special place in my heart.

Do you only work with dogs?

Yes, I do. I have had some inquiries about

cats, but I think that will be a whole new set

of extra special skills, including a training

course on how to groom and manage cats. I

do have a cat of my own, and he is lovely,

but he would be a challenge to groom.

What do you think it is about you that

sets you apart from other groomers?

I treat other people’s pets with the same

care and attention that I give to my own

pets, and I take pride in my work. I always

want the dog to look great and the

customer to enjoy hugging their pet when

the groom is completed. I also like to do a

little bit extra when I am grooming, free of

charge - I want the customer to say, "Dave

did this” or “Jims Dog Wash did this”. I

If you haven’t seen it already, I am

very excited to launch a new

product as part of my Ember the

Dragon range of merchandise!

These super fun tees can be

personalised with your child’s name,

then coloured in with washable

markers (not included). The tees are

$25 including postage, or you can

enter the code TINDAL in the

online checkout for local collection.

The perfect Christmas gift!

katherinebowman.square.site

NB: Please allow 4 weeks for

delivery.

take pride in what I do and strive to provide

great customer service.

Is there a story you’d like to share or a

favourite experience?

I support the RSPCA by donating my time

and services every Monday to help them

groom the new dogs, so they look amazing

and hopefully it helps them to find a loving

forever home. Seeing them adopted is a

really rewarding part of my volunteer work.

What tips do you have regarding pet

care?

• Always brush and groom your dog

regularly, as this prevents matting and

knots.

• ind the time to walk your dog as they

will love you for it and it is also a good

stress relief for you too.

• ALWAYS invest in a tick collar or tick

treatment, the Brown Tick is nasty for

your dog.

Interviewed by Char Carter

Community Coordinator

The Top Ender

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Authorised by L. Gosling, ALP NT, 3/266 Trower Road, Casuarina NT 0810

Vale Darwin Local, Tony Maia

I served in the Australian Defence

Force for 13 years.

Now, I serve the Northern Territory.

Please get in touch if you need

help on any Federal matters.

We have a long military history with Timor-

Leste from WW2 that continues through to

the current day with the Defence Cooperation

Program in Dili and the ongoing 1st

Brigade relationship that has seen 1CER and

other elements deploying as part of the

annual Exercise Hari’i Hamutuk with the

Timor-Leste Armed Forces (F-FDTL) and

other Defence Forces.

In 1942, war came to Darwin and the island of Timor

simultaneously on the 19/20th Feb. That is one of the

reasons you will always see the Timor-Leste Consul to

Darwin and often F-FDTL members at our Bombing of

Darwin ceremony at the Darwin Cenotaph.

About 20 years ago, in the years after INTERFET, I made a film

for Channel 9 about this long military history with Timor-Leste,

including the support of the local Timorese to the 2/2nd

Independent (Commando) Company, the 2/4th Company and

later our ‘Z Special’ operatives - Just search ‘Debt of Honour’

on Youtube to watch the film.

Part of our WW2 story is a Timorese Australian who passed

away recently in Darwin, Mr Antonio (Tony) Maia. He was a

young man when he was hiding and protecting commandos

from the Japanese in the villages of Eastern Timor-Leste.

During a contact with the Japanese, he was shot several times,

but he survived.

His extended family suffered at least seven deaths and his

wife Veronica’s family suffered many more killed during WW2.

So, you can imagine that when war came again to East Timor in

1975, Tony fought for his life and did his best to safeguard his

family and move them to safety. This was a very dangerous

time, and the family was separated for a while, but Tony

managed to organise the transfer of his family via Australia and

West Timor. As refugees, with the assistance of the Red Cross,

they got to safety in Portugal where the family of 6 was reunited

in 1977.

In 1985, the family migrated from Portugal to Australia where

Tony, his wife Veronica and their children made Darwin home.

Tony worked as an upholsterer while they raised their family.

Tony lived well into his nineties and was living in the Darwin

suburb of Karama with Veronica and other family members. His

son, Verdial, told me that Tony wanted his family to know how

close they came to being killed in the war and how fragile life

can be, so it’s important that we are grateful and that we hold

dear our values of standing up for one another, helping our

neighbours in Timor-Leste and upholding the rights and

obligations of being a citizen of our beloved country,

Australia. That’s a great message - Lest We Forget.

In this photo Tony is catching up with one of the Australian

2/2nd Commandos John ‘Paddy’ Keneally.

(08) 8928 01 80

luke.gosling.mp@aph.gov.au

Luke Gosling MP

@LukeGoslingMP

Luke Gosling OAM MP is the federal Member for Solomon,

representing Darwin and Palmerston in Canberra. He

served in the Australian Defence Force for 13 years.

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GROM

Riding with Rose Coloured Glasses

Wearing ‘rose coloured glasses’ is a rather old (circa

1840) saying, which is often still used today to describe a

person’s ability to overlook reality in favour of achieving a

desired outcome and is driven by an unchallenged,

cheerful and optimistic view of things. Sadly, this mental

nirvana is usually not based on any rational information or

facts, but an emotional connection to an idea or goal. In

many cases, hard truth and critical analysis are not always

present when people decide to purchase a motorcycle,

thus excitement and adrenaline usually prevails.

It is not uncommon for new riders to charge forward with their

newly acquired L-plates in hand, ready to pounce on the first

motorcycle ‘bargain’ they see. Equipped with a fist full of freshly

pressed 100 hundred dollars bills and an unwavering ambition to

instantly buy the bike of their dreams, their first motorcycle

purchase can be a steep learning curve. For most riders, the

memory of purchasing their first motorbike is a moment they will

never forget. Motorcycle ownership changes our understanding of

transportation as purely a means of travel to an enjoyable journey

between destinations, which also comes with a feeling of

increased ‘coolness’ and endless excitement!

Amongst all this joy and anticipation, a wise rider benefits from

pulling together a rough spending limit, which needs to be realistic

based on market research and includes all 'out the door’ (OTD)

costs. It is important to calculate additional costs that will impact

your overall budget, such as; registration, riding gear, insurance,

any expected repairs (if second-hand), luggage racks, screens,

seating modifications and any upgrades required to suit the rider's

size and characteristics. It’s important to note that many secondhand

motorcycles in our region are commonly overpriced. This is

a simple supply and demand issue and is driven by other buyers

who purchase motorcycles with rose coloured glasses.

It’s a clever strategy to develop a purchase plan when looking for

a second-hand motorcycle. Create a list of ‘needs versus wants’

and research the features and common problems for various

models. A well-educated buyer is less likely to fall into the trap of

paying too much if they have the correct facts and figures on hand

when negotiating the purchase of a second-hand model.

If the budget allows for the purchase of a new motorcycle instead

of second-hand, purchasing from a dealer has been made

exceptionally easy, but it pays to be cautious of some of the

convenient dealership finance options as they need to be

researched against other loans and finance options. Look out for

inflated interest rates and hidden fees for a new motorcycle,

which is a waste of hard-earned dollars. Before signing any

purchase agreement or finance contract, read the terms and

conditions slowly and clarify any conditions that seem unclear or

ambiguous. It is also wise to find out about the warranty period

and post-sale service, as well as researching any product recall

notices on motorcycles and whether all recalls have been

completed prior to finalising the purchase.

A dealership will also have less profit margin on smaller models

and therefore, less room to negotiate purchase price. If a buyer is

not concerned about purchasing a current year model, it may be

possible to negotiate a discount on demonstration stock or

previous year models that the dealer is wanting to clear. It may

also be beneficial to purchase accessories and riding gear as a

package deal. The real profit to the dealer is through continued

connection to their store, which includes future equipment

purchases and bike servicing. Research Redbook and Bikesales to

better understand depreciation and market value, and remember

that the NT is geographically isolated, so a dealership will be

considering offers based on freight costs and local taxes.

And one last thing to remember – if choice of colour is not an

important factor, standard colours are generally less expensive

than metallic finishes.

In short, enjoy the ride and go forth without wearing rose

coloured glasses.

Ride Safe.

Written by GROM

Community Contributor

The Top Ender Magazine

injury risks in a crash

Overtwo-thirds(68%) ofun-helmeted

riders hadheadinjuries. Of these, the

majority (90%) had softtissueinjuries,

59% had brain injuriesand

31% had skullfractures.

hand

head

30% of crashed riders hadhandinjuries.

Almost all of these (90%) had softtissue

injuries;just17% had fractures.

knee

50% ofcrashed riders hadknee injuries.

Almost all of these (96%) had softtissueinjuries;

just6% had fractures.

foot

16%ofcrashed riders had injuries totheir

feet. Themajority (94%) had softtissue

injuresand 25% had fractures.

Figure 1.The typesofinjuries sustained byridersin crashes

leg

arm

56% ofcrashed riders hadarm

injuries. Almostall of these (91%)

had softtissueinjuries; just30%

had fractures.

81%ofcrashed riders had leg injuries.

Themajority of these (94%) had softtissue

injuries;just40% had fractures.

NOTE: This is the typical pattern of injury in motorcycle crashes before specialised motorcycle protective clothing was widely available. 4

ankle

Figure 2.Injury risk zones

Zone1hasthehighestlevel ofinjuryrisk.

These areasneedimpactprotectorsandhighly

abrasion-resistantmaterial.The European

standardsforjacketsand pantsrequirea

minimumof4secondsabrasionresistance:

thatis, 4 secondsofsliding across theroad

surfacebeforeyourgearwearsthrough.

Zone2 alsohas ahighinjury riskand

needshighly abrasion-resistantmaterialbut

noimpactprotectors.Multiplelayersaremore

likely tobeeffectivethana single one.

Zone3 has alowerinjury riskandrequires

onlymoderatelyabrasion-resistantmaterial

(minimum1.8seconds).

Zone4 hasa relativelylowinjuryrisk.

Materialtoprovideventilationandelasticity

can beusedin theseareas, buttheystill need

toprovideaminimumof1secondofabrasion

resistance.Regulardenimjeans have onlyhalf

thisresistance(0.6 seconds). 7

Images: (Above) The Good Gear Guide. The types of injuries sustained by riders in crashes and

Injury risk zones.

Towards Zero

Youth Road Safety

We are excited to announce that we

recently received a $4500 grant from

the NT Government Department of

Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

for activities relating to road safety for

the defence community, especially

young people.

As part of our commitment to Road Safety

NT initiatives, we will be including road safety

information in every magazine edition and

launching a number of road safety activities

to support the safety of young and

inexperienced motorists. With many ADF

families across the Top End experiencing

periods of absence from a significant parent,

and the additional challenges of soloparenting

and covering the cost of regular

driving lessons, defence youth can often

struggle to obtain the experience and skills

they need to safely maintain a vehicle and

share roadways under a variety of conditions.

NT Motorcycle Safety

When preparing yourself for a motorbike ride, please

consider the following precautions to protect yourself:

1. Cover your whole body.

2. Use impact protectors over your joints.

3. Protect your skin with abrasion-resistant material in

vulnerable areas.

4. Check the seams on your gear. There should be more than

one line of stitching, and at least one line of concealed

stitching on exposed seams.

5. Check that all fastenings are secure and protected from

contact with the road or other surfaces in a crash.

6. Avoid external pockets or straps that could become tear

points or snag on something in a crash.

7. Use insulated, waterproof and windproof materials to

protect you from the weather.

8. Use reflective or light colours and ventilation to protect you

from overheating.

9. Check that all your gear fits you properly so that it will

remain in place in an accident.

10. Don’t carry anything in your pockets that could cause

further injury in the event of an accident.

For further information about ride gear and safety, head to:

https://nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/162513/the-goodgear-guide-for-motorcycle-scooter-riders.pdf

The Top Ender’s Road Safety Activities Launching Soon!

1. REGULAR MAGAZINE ARTICLES IN EVERY EDITION

We will be sharing relevant road safety information in every magazine edition

to help raise awareness for key safety issues across the Top End.

WIN DRIVING LESSONS

2. DRIVING LESSON VOUCHERS

We will be giving away 2 x 1 hour driving school vouchers for young

drivers within the defence community across Darwin, Palmerston and

Katherine in the next 6 editions. Each voucher is valued at $75 and will be

provided as a voucher to the winners’ preferred driving school.

• A1 TERRITORY DRIVING SCHOOL

• ONE2ONE DRIVING SCHOOL

• ABC DRIVING SCHOOL DARWIN

• ACHIEVE DRIVING ACADEMY NT

• DRV4LYF KATHERINE DRIVING

SCHOOL

Terms: Apply to win a one hour driving lesson. Strictly open to defence youth. Apply now at

www.thetopendermagazine.org.au/win

3. SEPTEMBER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS - GO KARTING

Get involved with our go-karting activity for defence youth (a

parent is also

welcome to participate or be a cheer squad!).

The 3 hour activity includes;

• Go-karting fun with other defence youth

• Youth road safety presentation

• Vehicle maintenance workshop

• Lunch and refreshments

• Free resources from NT Road Safety

Recommended Participant age: 7-17 years

4. JANUARY SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Defensive driving workshop for the wet season

Registration for school holiday activities is essential due to

limited availability. Strictly open to defence youth,ADF

members and veterans. Dates to be confirmed. Register your

interested by contacting us at

admin@thetopendermagazine.org.au

Further information

Contact Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

Road Safety NT

1800 720 144

www.roadsafety.nt.gov.au

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Pets in Darwin

Dangerous Foods for Dogs

Most people like to give their dogs some human food every

now and then as a treat. However, there are some foods that

should never be fed to your pets.

Some dangerous food items that you should keep away from your

pet include:

• Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to dogs.

Chocolate can cause hyperactivity, increased heart rate, tremors

and potentially death when ingested at a toxic dose. Other

effects seen with chocolate overdose are vomiting, diarrhoea,

increased thirst, increased urination and lethargy.

The amount of theobromine present in chocolate varies with the

type. The general rule is the darker the chocolate, the more

toxic it could be. Dark chocolate contains the most

theobromine, significantly more than milk chocolate, while white

chocolate contains virtually none. The darker the chocolate and

the smaller the dog, the more dangerous the combination.

• Onions and garlic are members of the genus Allium. Onions and

garlic can be harmful to dogs and cats. Onion and garlic in any

form including raw, cooked, in powders and in supplements can

cause damage to red blood cells, which could result in life

threatening haemolytic anaemia. It usually takes several days after

ingestion for animals to start to show signs of illness. Leeks and

chives are also part of the Allium genus and also have the

potential for toxicity if enough are ingested.

• Macadamia Nuts can be dangerous to dogs. The toxic

mechanism in dogs is unknown. Clinical signs commonly

reported in dogs ingesting macadamia nuts include weakness,

depression, vomiting, incoordination and tremors. In most cases,

dogs develop clinical signs within the first twelve hours after

eating the macadamia nuts.

• Grapes, raisins and sultanas have been shown to cause kidney

failure in dogs. As with macadamia nuts, it is not understood

why grapes are toxic for dogs. Symptoms usually start several

hours after ingestion, most dogs will vomit, and they may have

diarrhoea. Symptoms of kidney failure can develop in 1-5 days

after ingestion. It is best to avoid giving any grapes, raisins or

sultanas to dogs.

• Xylitol is a sugar alternative that is used in some sugar-free lollies,

chewing gums and other food items. Xylitol has been shown to

cause severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and liver damage

in dogs and can be fatal. Make sure you keep any products

containing xylitol out of reach of your pet.

If your pet ingests any of these foods, please contact your vet

immediately. All of these foods have the potential to be fatal for dogs

(depending on the amount ingested) and waiting to see if signs of

illness develop may mean that it becomes too late for effective

intervention.

Written by All Pets Veterinary Hospital

allpetsvet.com.au

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to save you the stress of last-minute pet arrangements!

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The Darwin Street Art Festival (DSAF) is delivered by

Proper Creative, a partnership between David Collins and

Jesse Belle, both artists have a strong background in the rich

history of graffiti and street art in Darwin and the NT.

Initially funded by Northern Territory Major Events Company,

DSAF is now supported by the Northern Territory Government,

Activate Darwin and a number of other valued sponsors.

Since its inception in 2017 DSAF has transformed the streets of

Darwin into a spectacular outdoor art gallery that attracts

thousands of visitors each year.

Along with bringing to Darwin some of the biggest names in

street and mural art in the world, DSAF works hard to enable

and encourage local artists to increase their skills and be paid for

their incredible work, as well as allowing them as much artistic

vision and licence as possible.

Shadforth Lane in Darwin City is the locals-only laneway - all the

pieces in this lane are done by artists local to the Northern

Territory.

The pieces that you see in Darwin’s streets are vibrant, thoughtprovoking

and accessible to all - something that DSAF is

especially proud of.

If you’re visiting Darwin or even if you live here and want to

know more about our street art there are lots of options to tour

the art in our town and beyond.

SUBURBS: Aug 12th - Aug 20th |

‘JOY’

Exhibition by Cindy May

Images: Courtesy of Territory Savvy Facebook @territorysavvy

CBD: Aug 26th - Sept 5th

Extracted from Darwin Street Art Festival

darwinstreetartfestival.com.au

THE SHOW REVIEWS

We had the pleasure of

giving away some free

tickets to Infamous the

Show... Read what our

guests had to say!

FROM CIRCUS

TO CIRQUE!

Before federation, before the

ANZACS, before test cricket,

there was James Henry

Ashton.

James Henry Ashton began life along a very different path

to what we know of him today. Once a convict, he began

working as an equestrian, then a freeman in the 1800s,

then he created the Ashton Family Circus in 1851 - the

longest running and most memorable circus name in

Australia’s history.

I recall as a young girl, my Dad would take us to the circus

- we were all so excited! It was an extravaganza to behold;

the Ring Master, the lion tamer, the elephants, the

monkeys, the tight rope walker... they were all so exciting

to watch, but the most exciting acts were the acrobats... if I close my eyes right now I am

taken back to the big top, gazing skyward as the ladies and men of the flying trapeze

swing from the highest of high swings seemingly touching the big top, somersaulting in the

air to be caught at the other side, just in time to swing back again - it was breathtaking,

exhilarating and inspiring.

And it is still exhilarating today but in a much different style to what we might expect.

Today, James Henry’s descendants, Joseph Ashton and Bekki Ashton (along with their

families and their troupe), are changing the face of the circus as we know it. Today, we

get to see a whole new genre explicitly for an 18+ audience; a little bit circus, a little bit

burlesque and a whole lot of flirtatious adult entertainment!

“… Ahhh!!!!…mazing!!! Is the only word that comes to

mind after watching “Infamous”. Who came up with this

bewildering combination of burlesque and circus... it goes

down smooth like rum and coke!

Infamous is not for the faint hearted, with breath taking

suspense from trapeze artists flipping somersaults at dizzying

heights to tight rope walkers on unicycles juggling. Combine

that with the flexibility and strength of the suspended corde

lisses (fancy word for acrobat on a vertical hanging rope).

Burlesque combines glamour and striptease into a fine art. So,

expect lots of pasties and booty as some acts leave nothing

to the imagination. Did I mention the eye candy for both the

men and the ladies! It is 18+ for a reason! …” - Jessica

“What a fantastic night out! Good to

see with a group of friends or even a

date night with your partner. Didn’t

quite know what to expect but it’s safe

to say it exceeded any thoughts I had!

Very tastefully performed and some

hilarious acts with a bit of suspense

included. Would definitely recommend

booking for tickets!...” - Angela

“…There’s just something about circuses… from

feeling on the edge of your seat, wondering if the

performers will pull off their death-defying stunts to

that nostalgic vibe of going back to a bygone era,

when live entertainment reigned supreme.

Infamous has it all: highly skilled jugglers, boneless

contortionists, breathtaking aerialists and

exquisite trapeze artists.

The strength of the choreographed acrobatic

routine to the electrifying daredevil wheel of death

will keep you wanting more…” - David

GALLERY HOURS

WED: 12 – 5 pm

THUR & FRI: 10 am – 5 pm

SAT: 10 am – 2 pm

(during exhibitions only)

FREE EXHIBITION 2 – 17 SEPTEMBER 2022

Cindy May is a local Darwin-based artist with a playful style of

mixing colour and everyday items. Her iconic watermelon artwork

is cleverly displayed alongside Trampoline Ice Creamery at the

Darwin Waterfront as a dynamic representation of life in the Top

End.The exhibition is designed to make you feel job, awe, happiness

and connection.

Cindy’s exhibition ‘Joy’ will be on display in

Gallery One at the Harbour View Gallery,

managed by the Darwin Visual Arts Association,

between 2 – 17 September 2022.

Cindymaydrawings

cindymay.myportfolio.com

The Darwin Visual Arts Association (DVAA, or later, DVA Inc) is an artist-run space that is committed to the

advancement of contemporary art that is relevant in the local, national and international context. DVAA

provides a forum for the production and exhibition of Territory, Australian and International contemporary art

and related practices. DVAA supports local artists at all stages of their careers by building capacity for creative

practice and fostering critical dialogue

through exhibitions, artist studios, artist

talks, publications, resources, events and

special projects.

Extracted from Darwin Visual Arts

darwinvisualarts.com.au/

Ground floor – Gallery One, Harbour View Plaza, 1/8 McMinn St, Darwin 0800 | (08) 8981 9351 | 0477 886 070 | info@dvaa.net.au

Welcome to Infamous the Show

Where did you find the inspiration to create a unique refashioning of circus and

burlesque?

It was supposed to be a six-month tour but when tickets were selling out, we knew we

were doing something right! We were borrowing our contortionist from Sugar Blue

Burlesque and teaching her our Ragdoll act. She introduced us to her friends and the idea

was formed to create a burlesque show. In 2009, our first combined show was called

“Big Top Tease” incorporating the dancers and our circus acts. We recognised this was

something people wanted to see, and it grew organically - it’s now been five years!

Whilst our demographic is smaller than our family circus, Infamous has demonstrated that

this is a show people want to experience. It is sophisticated with a little sensual nudity

and a host of fun; it’s for the men, the women, the couples, the individual - it’s exciting,

exhilarating, breathtaking!

Eight generations have continued the Ashton family tradition, now with an exciting

refashioning of a family favourite that we hope will continue for years to come. The circus

stops for just two things; war and pandemics but even then, the Ashton Family legacy will

always continue - gifted by their forefathers with love, laughter and excitement.

Season Two of Infamous the Show returns to Darwin 29 July – 21 August

Bekki Ashton Interviewed by Char Carter

Community Coordinator

The Top Ender

Photos: Infamous The Show. Courtesy of Lu-Ella Oxley. References: Bekki Ashton and Ashton Entertainment

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Photos: Infamous The Show. Courtesy of Lu-Ella Oxley


MOON PHASES

NEW MOON

FIRST QUARTER

TIDES

NORTH COAST - DARWIN 2022

TIMES AND HEIGHTS OF HIGH AND LOW WATERS

TIME ZONE - 0930

AUGUST SEPTEMBER

Time m Time m

0211 1.32 0248 1.15

1 0839 6.98 16 0904 7.39

MO 1434 2.17 TU 1525 1.32

2011 6.32 2115 6.79

2

0238 1.49

0903 6.92

TU 1510 2.07

2050 6.27

3

0306 1.75

0928 6.77

WE 1548 2.02

2132 6.15

4

0335 2.13

0952 6.54

TH 1629 2.03

2220 5.96

5

0411 2.59

1018 6.22

FR 1713 2.07

2315 5.73

6

0459 3.11

1050 5.84

SA 1802 2.12

7

0022 5.53

0607 3.62

SU 1135 5.42

1908 2.15

8

0154 5.47

0746 3.92

MO 1253 5.08

2037 2.03

9

0345 5.79

0934 3.80

TU 1453 5.10

2201 1.69

10

0500 6.33

1054 3.39

WE 1612 5.51

2307 1.25

11

0557 6.84

1152 2.89

TH 1710 6.03

12

0002 0.86

0645 7.27

FR 1241 2.39

1802 6.50

13

0051 0.61

0727 7.56

SA 1324 1.93

1854 6.85

14

0134 0.56

0804 7.68

SU 1406 1.57

1944 7.03

15

0213 0.75

0836 7.62

MO 1445 1.36

2030 7.01

17

0321 1.70

0929 7.03

WE 1602 1.46

2157 6.43

18

0349 2.34

0949 6.56

TH 1640 1.74

2240 5.99

19

0414 2.97

1006 6.04

FR 1717 2.08

2328 5.54

20

0449 3.56

1027 5.46

SA 1804 2.45

21

0030 5.16

0606 4.06

SU 1055 4.87

1912 2.73

22

0219 5.05

0814 4.24

MO 1306 4.35

2048 2.78

23

0422 5.41

1122 3.79

TU 1542 4.53

2215 2.54

24

0510 5.84

1147 3.39

WE 1636 4.96

2310 2.19

25

0547 6.22

1209 3.05

TH 1715 5.41

2350 1.84

26

0620 6.54

1230 2.73

FR 1748 5.84

27

0025 1.55

0650 6.83

SA 1252 2.40

1822 6.22

28

0057 1.34

0718 7.06

SU 1317 2.07

1857 6.52

29

0125 1.26

0744 7.20

MO 1345 1.76

1930 6.73

30

0150 1.30

0806 7.24

TU 1415 1.52

2005 6.83

31

0215 1.47

0827 7.17

WE 1447 1.36

2040 6.82

Time m Time m

0240 1.77 0306 2.56

1 0846 7.00 16 0854 6.52

TH 1521 1.33 FR 1550 1.52

2118 6.69 2205 6.28

FULL MOON

LAST QUARTER

The Bureau of Meteorology gives no warranty of any kind whether express,

implied, statutory or otherwise in respect to the availability, accuracy, currency,

completeness, quality or reliability of the information or that the information

will be fit for any particular purpose or will not infringe any third party

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

expense resulting from use of, or reliance on, the information is entirely

excluded. Tidal predictions for Northern Territory Ports are supplied by the

National Tidal Centre of the Bureau of Meteorology, copyright reserved.

Tides provided with permission of NT Government, Department of Transport

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

2

0308 2.19

0908 6.70

FR 1556 1.43

2201 6.42

3

0341 2.73

0930 6.30

SA 1635 1.67

2251 6.05

4

0423 3.33

0957 5.81

SU 1721 1.99

2355 5.64

5

0532 3.91

1034 5.25

MO 1830 2.31

6

0134 5.40

0745 4.19

TU 1211 4.70

2022 2.39

7

0345 5.73

1003 3.80

WE 1515 4.90

2200 2.04

8

0453 6.31

1108 3.14

TH 1626 5.57

2306 1.56

9

0543 6.85

1153 2.48

FR 1721 6.25

2357 1.16

10

0625 7.28

1232 1.87

SA 1811 6.82

11

0039 0.93

0700 7.54

SU 1310 1.37

1857 7.21

12

0115 0.93

0731 7.64

MO 1345 1.01

1938 7.39

13

0148 1.13

0757 7.56

TU 1418 0.85

2017 7.34

14

0217 1.51

0818 7.32

WE 1450 0.90

2054 7.11

15

0245 2.01

0837 6.97

TH 1521 1.14

2129 6.73

17

0327 3.10

0910 5.98

SA 1621 1.99

2245 5.79

18

0355 3.64

0925 5.39

SU 1701 2.51

2337 5.33

19

0508 4.14

0926 4.79

MO 1807 2.98

20

0100 5.01

1955 3.19

TU

21

0400 5.26

1119 3.69

WE 1600 4.48

2152 2.93

22

0443 5.70

1127 3.27

TH 1636 5.05

2248 2.51

23

0515 6.11

1142 2.87

FR 1708 5.59

2328 2.11

24

0545 6.50

1201 2.45

SA 1740 6.11

25

0001 1.78

0613 6.84

SU 1225 2.00

1814 6.57

26

0031 1.56

0639 7.11

MO 1251 1.56

1847 6.94

27

0100 1.48

0703 7.27

TU 1319 1.17

1921 7.20

28

0126 1.53

0724 7.31

WE 1349 0.89

1954 7.33

29

0151 1.71

0745 7.23

TH 1420 0.76

2029 7.30

30

0218 2.03

0807 7.03

FR 1452 0.83

2105 7.10

MOZZIE WATCH

Thank you to the Department of Health for

supplying the calendars of the Salt Marsh Mosquitos

and the Biting Midges. For more information on

either of these pests, visit the Department of

Health’s website referenced below.

SALT MARSH MOSQUITOS

AUGUST

M T W T F S S

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

8 9 10 11 12◌ 13 14

15 16 17 18 19 20 21

22 23 24 25 26 27● 28

29 30 31

SEPTEMBER

M T W T F S S

1 2 3 4

5 6 7 8 9 10◌ 11

12 13 14 15 16 17 18

19 20 21 22 23 24 25

26● 27 28 29 30

OCTOBER

M T W T F S S

1 2

3 4 5 6 7 8 9

10◌ 11 12 13 14 15 16

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

24 25● 26 27 28 29 30

31

BITING MIDGES

AUGUST

M T W T F S S

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

8 9 10 11 12◌ 13 14

15 16 17 18 19 20 21

22 23 24 25 26 27● 28

29 30 31

SEPTEMBER

M T W T F S S

1 2 3 4

5 6 7 8 9 10◌ 11

12 13 14 15 16 17 18

19 20 21 22 23 24 25

26● 27 28 29 30

OCTOBER

M T W T F S S

1 2

3 4 5 6 7 8 9

10◌ 11 12 13 14 15 16

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

24 25● 26 27 28 29 30

31

Aedes vigilax can

transmit Ross River virus

and Barmah Forest virus.

In Darwin, salt marsh

mosquito numbers

increase after each

succeeding spring tide

and heavy rain between

August and January. Very

high Ae. vigilax numbers

can usually be expected

between October and

mid-January, depending

on tides and rain. The

mosquitoes are largely

absent or occur in

relatively low numbers

from February to July.

Mangrove biting midge

abundance is usually highest

3 days either side of the full

moon and, to a lesser extent,

3 days either side of the new

moon. Relatively low

numbers occur during the

wet season, with an increase

from April to July. Highest

numbers usually occur

between August and

December.

REFERENCES

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/11953

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/11952

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

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School is back in session!

Let’s Talk Lunchboxes

Avoid the 'sandwich' fatigue this term with some kid-approved lunchbox meals

to keep little tummies full all day. These lunchbox meals will wake up their

tastebuds and keep them energised while they learn and play.

Roll it up!

Pizzas are a favourite treat for kids, which is why they make a

delicious lunchbox meal. Adapt the humble pizza into pizza scrolls

with pita bread, wraps or puff pastry. You can also add some

chopped up veggies (such as; spinach, tomatoes and capsicum) to the

pizza sauce base for an extra nutritional boost.

Try the recipe

You’ll need:

• Tomato Paste (or pizza sauce base)

• Grated Cheese

• Chopped or Blended Vegetables

• Choice of wrap – we prefer puff pastry

• (optional) add ham or chicken as an additional filling

• (optional) basil or oregano for added flavour

Method:

• Preheat oven to 200ºC

• Spread your sauce base onto the wrap of choice (mix in blended

veggies, if required)

• Add cheese, veggies, or other fillings

• Roll tightly into a log

• Slice into 2cm round discs

• Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown

Pizza Scrolls will keep for up to 2 days in an airtight container in the

fridge or freeze on a tray for up to 3 months. Pizza scrolls can be eaten

hot or cold and safely reheated in the microwave, oven, air fryer or

sandwich press.

How to Hack Fussy Eating

Try not to make the vegetables the focus of mealtimes; simply add

them to the plate without comment. It may take many attempts

before your child is ready to try new foods, but offering regularly and

discussing the development of our tastebuds will encourage them to

try over time.

Make food fun! Talk to your children about eating the rainbow, a

fun way to encourage eating a variety of healthy foods that fuel the

development of our bodies and minds in different ways. You could

also label broccoli and cauliflower as ‘dinosaur trees’ and see

whether it changes eating patterns.

Finally, blending, crushing or chopping healthy options into curries,

sauces or crumbs will allow you to get some goodness into

mealtimes without too much of a fight with fussy eaters!

As parents, we know how frustrating it can be when your child

brings home a full lunchbox after a long day at school. If you have

tips or tricks to get more goodness into your kid's mealtimes, share

them with us via email: articles@thetopendermagazine.org.au

Make it a Muffin!

Savoury muffins are easy to pack and make the perfect on-the-go snack

for little ones. Fill each muffin with your favourite vegetables and

seasonings (blend the veggies for fussy eaters), top with cheese and bake!

Are you looking for something sweeter? Substitute the veggies for your

kid’s favourite fruits.

Try the recipe

You’ll need:

• 1 cup of Milk

• 1 Egg

• 2 tbsp Oil or melted Butter

• 1 cup of self-raising flour

• (optional) add your favourite fruit, veggies, herbs, spices or cheese

for flavour.

Method:

• Preheat oven to 180ºC

• Mix milk, egg, oil/butter and flour together

• (optional) add blended fruit or veggies to the mixture

• Fill lined muffin cups up to ¾ full

• (optional) Add chopped fruit or veggies and cheese to the top of

the mixture

• Cook for 10 minutes in the Air Fryer at 180ºC – or – 20 minutes at

180ºC in the oven.

Muffins are ideal for freezing, so make a batch, and you'll always have a

quick lunch ready to go. They keep for around two months in the oven, take

them out the night before, and you’re ready to go!

That’s a Wrap!

A fresh alternative to sandwiches are wraps. You can customise wraps in

many ways, like rice paper wraps with yummy chopped veggies or tortilla

wraps with chicken and smashed avo. Add some dipping sauce or

hummus for added flavour.

Reconnecting with Go-Karts

When my husband spoke to me about

our son starting go-kart practice at six

years old, I envisaged a supercharged

golf-cart with a top speed of 20km/h,

which seemed like a low-risk hobby

that they could enjoy together.

After a few months of hearing

them buzzing about their

experiences ‘at the track’ and

reviewing some of their training

footage and statistics together,

my subconscious mind

overheard my son ask how fast

he was travelling down the

straight...To my horror, my husband

casually replied, “that lap was 82km/h”

...WHAT!? 82km/h?! Not quite the

golf-cart experience I had in mind, but

it was too late... My son and husband

were hooked on go-karting.

Strange parcels started arriving from all

over Australia in my husband’s name,

then quickly disappearing into the shed.

Days in the shed rolled into nights. I

listened to them tinkering, clanging,

chatting and celebrating.

My husband was teaching our son about every part

of the go-kart and how to service it. They replaced

parts, cleaned parts and customised the kart to make

it comfortable.

Although our son is too young to race competitively until he is

seven years old, watching them bond through go-karting has

been a wonderful experience and something that I hope

continues throughout our son’s childhood, and into adolescence.

I also enjoy the sense of purpose it has given my husband and

how he can apply his racing knowledge to inspire and teach our

son. Go-karting is a lot of fun for families with clubs and

competitions all around Australia.

Benefits of go-karting:

• It’s reasonably safe and unlikely that go-karts will flip over

• It’s a national sport with clubs around Australia

• It reduces screen time

For your local go-karting experience in Darwin, contact: darwinkarthire.com.au

• It promotes new social connections and healthy

sportsmanship

• It increases concentration, confidence, focus and resilience

• It teaches vehicle maintenance, basic driving and defensive

driving skills

• It’s a fun activity for families, regardless of gender and age

(not suitable for children under 7 years)

• It encourages family fun and quality time

Aboriginal Astronomy

For over 50,000 years,Aboriginal Australians

have had a deep connection to the stars and

planets, and their movement across the sky.

This connection can be found in oral

traditions, art and ceremonies, and cultural

practices.The practical use of this knowledge

was applied to navigation, creating calendars,

and the harvest of food sources.

Most Indigenous groups across Australia were

hunter/gatherers who moved across their

countries to take advantage of seasonal food

sources. They practiced careful land management

techniques, such as fire stick farming, to increase

the food yield on the land. These practices were

guided by the seasons, and the change in seasons

was marked by changes in the night sky. This

understanding of the sky included eclipses, the

motion of the Sun and Moon and the Moon’s link

to tides, and the ability to predict the rising and

setting places of celestial bodies.

Celestial objects also form an important part of

the Dreaming, explaining the creation of the

earth, sky and people, and the astral beings that

influence life on earth. The spirit world was in the

stars, and after death the spirit would return to

the sky country. In some parts of Australia, oral

traditions of the sky are complemented by rock

art, stone placement and carvings that help to

illustrate and mark celestial events.

While each group had stories and practices

unique to their needs, several star stories are

common across much of Australia, one of which

is the Dark Emu that can be found in the dark

patches and streaks between the stars of the

Milky Way. Throughout the year, the position of

the Dark Emu signals different food sources and

tasks, which vary between groups across the

country according to local needs.

Although Aboriginal people have had these

connections to the night sky through many

thousands of years, it is only recently that

western researchers have come to

understand the deep traditional knowledge

of the night sky in Indigenous culture. There

is now much important work being done

with the traditional owners of these stories

to record them for future generations.

Written by Anna Ridley

Museums Coordinator

The National Trust

Written by Deb Herring

Committee Member

The Top Ender

Photo: By Robyn Wong

Photo: The Moon by Army veteran Daniel

Baster, taken from Durack.

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Police Assistance Line................................................................................131 444

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All Hours Support Line..................................................................1800 626 036

COVID-19 Helpline, NT.............................................................1800 0008 002

Crime Stoppers NT.........................................................................1800 333 000

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

Defence Housing Australia (DHA)........................................................139 342

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Family Violence and Counselling.................................................1800 737 732

Health Direct.....................................................................................1800 022 222

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Hospital, Palmerston Regional Hospital...................................08 7979 9200

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Defence Establishment Berrimah

Front Gate................................................................................08 7971 0008

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Front Gate................................................................................08 7971 1189

Officers’ Mess..........................................................................08 8935 5570

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

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

RAAF Base Darwin

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

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

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

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

RAAF Base Tindal

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

Front Gate................................................................................08 8973 6228

Sergeants’ Mess.......................................................................08 8973 6385

Robertson Barracks

Front Gate................................................................................08 8925 6186

Officers’ Mess..........................................................................08 8925 3650

ORs’ Mess.................................................................................08 8925 2514

Sergeants’ Mess.......................................................................08 8925 6703

Defence Community Houses

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House............................................0447 586 591

Email...........................................................larrakeyahhouse@hotmail.com

Network Tindal.............................................................................................................

Email.....................................................................networktindal@gmail.com

Robertson Barracks Family Group..............................................0490 151 944

Email.....................................robertsonbarracksfamilygroup@gmail.com

On-base Services

Canteens

AAFCANS

Robertson Barracks, Cafe Central....................................08 8925 2542

RAAF Darwin, Darwin Canteen........................................08 8981 2508

Robertson Barracks, Shout VC Canteen........................08 8925 6720

Tindal Cafe, Convenience & Fuel Station......................08 8973 6201

Navy Canteens

National Operations Manager...........08 8935 5144 / 0477 477 147

Larrakeyah, Outpipes............................................................08 8935 5144

Military Banks

Australian Military Bank

Larrakeyah Barracks...............................................................08 8981 2245

Robertson Barracks...............................................................08 8995 7800

Defence Bank

Larrakeyah Barracks...............................................................08 8935 5499

RAAF Darwin...........................................................................08 7923 2500

Robertson Barracks...............................................................08 8936 6400

Tindal..........................................................................................08 8965 1600

Hairdressers

Larrakeyah Barracks.........................................................................0427 968 918

RAAF Darwin – Julie-Anne...........................08 8923 5153 / 0402 235 731

Robertson Barracks – Hair Dooz................................................08 8925 3300

Robertson Barracks – South End Barber Shop......................08 8925 6723

Uniform and Equipment

Robertson Barracks, Regional Clothing Store

Retail (Purchases).....................................................................08 7971 7130

CIP (Exchanges)........................................................................08 7971 6920

Tailor...........................................................................................08 7971 7043

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

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

Chaplains

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

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

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

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

Helplines

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

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

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

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

Defence Community and Veterans

Support Services

Defence Member and Family Support (formerly DCO)

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

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

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

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

Defence Families of Australia (DFA)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Red Shield Defence Services – Salvation Army

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

Returned Services League (RSL)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Useful Defence Contacts

Comsuper

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

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

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

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

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

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

Defence Relocations and Housing Manager NT........................08 7929 4547

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

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

Health

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

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

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

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

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

Cancer Council NT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Care Centres

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Defence Special Needs Support Group (DSNSG)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Australian Military Wives Choir...............................................0416 878 261

Australian Air Force Cadets 8 Wing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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RAAF Darwin Fishing Club............................................................08 8924 2045

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

Swimming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Palmerston & Rural Swimming Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Government

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

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

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

Centrelink

Have we missed something?

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

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

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

Medicare

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

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

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

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

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

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

Animal Services and Animal Care

Injured Wildlife

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

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

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

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

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

Pounds and Animal Shelters

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

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

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

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

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

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