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

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

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

OCTOBER | NOVEMBER <strong>2022</strong><br />

WIN A TRIP OF A LIFETIME<br />

WIN A TOP END ADVENTURE WITH KAKADU<br />

TOURISM WORTH $6000, PLUS MANY MORE<br />

COMPETITION PRIZES INSIDE!<br />

DANIEL KEIGHRAN VC<br />

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH VICTORIA CROSS<br />

RECIPIENT DANIEL KEIGHRAN<br />

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR<br />

GETTING TO KNOW DARWIN’S CITIZEN OF<br />

THE YEAR; NICOLE BROWN<br />

GET HOLIDAY READY<br />

WITH HALLOWEEN, CHRISTMAS AND SUMMER<br />

HOLIDAYS ON THE HORIZON, WE HAVE GIFT<br />

IDEAS, TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS AND<br />

MORE!<br />

A MAGAZINE CREATED BY DEFENCE FAMILIES FOR DEFENCE FAMILIES


THE TOP ENDER TRI-SERVICE MAGAZINE<br />

<strong>October</strong>/<strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

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FEATURES<br />

04 INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL KEIGHRAN VC<br />

06 MEET NICOLE BROWN<br />

08 NEPTUNE SECURITY - PART 2<br />

10 THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE KAKADU<br />

12 REMEMBRANCE DAY<br />

13 THE HEADSTONE PROJECT<br />

SUPPORT<br />

14 APOD - VETERAN RECOGNITION<br />

20 DEFENCE MEMBER & FAMILY SUPPORT<br />

22 DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS<br />

24 DEFENCE FAMILIES AUSTRALIA<br />

25 FREE LEGAL HELP ROYAL COMMISSION<br />

28 MATES4MATES<br />

29 DEFENCE HEALTH<br />

30 ROBERTSON BARRACKS FAMILY GROUP<br />

31 LARRAKEYAH NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE<br />

32 NETWORK TINDAL<br />

33 BILLEROY HOUSE<br />

33 PILBARA REGIMENT FAMILY GROUP<br />

36 OPEN ARMS: HIGH RES APP<br />

37 DEFENCE GROUPS AUSTRALIA WIDE<br />

COMMUNITY<br />

15 BROTHERS’N’BOOKS<br />

16 VETERAN GAMING AUSTRALIA<br />

18 BATTLE OF MARYANG-SAN<br />

18 OPERATION SLIPPER<br />

18 75TH ANNIVERSARY PEACEKEEPING OPS<br />

34 LUDMILLA PRIMARY SCHOOL<br />

35 DARWIN INTERNATIONAL LAKSA FEST<br />

36 DARWIN ADULT SHORT COURSES<br />

38 HONOURING CPL ‘REG’ HEDLEY HILLIER<br />

41 PRINCES TRUST AUSTRALIA<br />

CONTENTS<br />

43 COMMITTEE NOTICEBOARD<br />

44 TRAVEL MANAGERS - TIMOR-LESTE<br />

47 RSPCA DONATIONS<br />

49 GUIDANCE FROM AN INTROVERT<br />

50 CREATIVE SPOUSES SERIES<br />

51 BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH<br />

52 5 WAYS TO IMPROVE MEAL TIMES<br />

53 THE PILATES WAY<br />

54 NATIONAL RECYCLING WEEK<br />

55 PRE-RELOCATION CLEAN OUT<br />

56 GOLD MEDAL SERVICES QUIZ<br />

57 CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS<br />

58 GROM<br />

62 HANDY DIRECTORY<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL KEIGHRAN VC - PG 4<br />

MEET NICOLE BROWN - PG 6<br />

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE KAKADU - PG 10<br />

INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY - PG 13<br />

EXERCISE PITCH BLACK - PG 19<br />

COMPETITIONS<br />

KAKADU TOURISM - INSIDE COVER<br />

DAN KEIGHRAN BOOK GIVEAWAY - PG 5<br />

MOVEMBER PHOTO COMP - PG 15<br />

WIN WITH OUR SPONSORS - PG 27<br />

COUPLES DATE NIGHT - PG 27<br />

PRINCES TRUST CARE PACKAGE - PG 41<br />

YOUTH DRIVING LESSONS - PG 43<br />

ROAD TRIP KITS GIVEAWAY - PG 55<br />

KIDS ART PACK - PG 57<br />

LIFESTYLE<br />

SECRETS IN THE GARDEN - PG 37<br />

CYCLONE PREPARATION - PG 40<br />

WHATS THE TIDE DOING? - PG 42<br />

MOSQUITO WATCH - PG 42<br />

PET TRAVEL AND BOARDING - PG 45<br />

PETS IN DARWIN - PG 46<br />

KIDS + TEENS<br />

BACKYARD BIRD COUNT SPOTTO - PG 48<br />

5 WAYS TO IMPROVE MEAL TIMES - PG 52<br />

TOWARDS ZERO BIKE CHECK- PG 59<br />

KIDS PUZZLES - PG 60 & 61<br />

FROM THE COMMITTEE<br />

WELCOME<br />

Change is in the air.<br />

Our world was altered forever with the passing<br />

of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the<br />

accession of His Majesty King Charles III.<br />

We find ourselves in the midst of the Build Up<br />

here in the <strong>Top</strong> End, with what we expect to be<br />

a very damp wet season with the third La Niña<br />

officially announced.<br />

As we look forward to 2023, we aim to keep<br />

developing <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>, so from<br />

December, we will be printing in full colour!<br />

In this jam-packed edition, we have exclusive<br />

interviews with Victoria Cross recipient Daniel<br />

Keighran, and Darwin’s Citizen of the Year Nicole<br />

Brown. Our competitions are back with even<br />

more on offer, including the trip of a lifetime with<br />

Kakadu Tourism!<br />

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

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

involved with <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> to support your<br />

local Defence community today.<br />

OCTOBER NOVEMBER <strong>2022</strong><br />

IMPORTANT DATES<br />

SUBMISSION DEADLINE<br />

If you wish to submit an article, event, photo,<br />

advertisement or would like to contribute some<br />

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

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

for December/January edition is: 15th <strong>October</strong><br />

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

DISTRIBUTION DAYS<br />

Distribution Day is a chance for you to meet our<br />

community and make new friends, while we label the<br />

magazine for posting. Light refreshments are<br />

provided and children are always welcome. Follow<br />

us on Facebook or visit our website to find out<br />

more.<br />

COMMITTEE MEETINGS<br />

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

focus group where we finalise article selections,<br />

discuss community work and magazine planning. You<br />

can input as much or as little as you like. Light dinner<br />

is provided and children are always welcome.<br />

Focus Group: TBC - first week <strong>October</strong><br />

Meeting: 25 <strong>October</strong><br />

Contact admin@thetopendermagazine.org.au<br />

for further details.<br />

HER MAJESTY<br />

QUEEN ELIZABETH II<br />

1926 - <strong>2022</strong><br />

We would like to acknowledge the passing of Her<br />

Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who died peacefully on 8<br />

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

Her Majesty reigned for 70 years and 214 days.<br />

Her presence and duty was felt throughout the<br />

Commonwealth in our currency, street names and<br />

historical buildings. We remember her unveiling of the<br />

Cyclone Tracy memorial in Darwin on 26 March 1977.<br />

A woman of grace, stability, loyalty.<br />

Vale Queen Elizabeth II. God Save the Queen.<br />

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GETTING TO KNOW<br />

DANIEL KEIGHRAN<br />

VC<br />

Photo: CPL Keighran VC. Credit<br />

anzacportal.dva.gov.au/biographies/daniel-alankeighran.<br />

On 24 August 2010, during his second Afghanistan deployment, Dan<br />

was part of an Afghan and Australian fighting patrol engaged by a<br />

numerically superior and coordinated enemy force near the village<br />

of Derapet in the Uruzgan province of Afghanistan. For his actions<br />

on this day, Dan was subsequently awarded the Victoria Cross for<br />

Australia.<br />

During a 3.5 hour engagement, Dan repeatedly exposed himself to heavy enemy fire<br />

to help in target identification and the treatment and clearance of one of his<br />

wounded comrades. He recalled assessing the risk before undertaking his action and<br />

says, “I don’t think what I did was really brave. It was what was required at the time”.<br />

According to the VC citation, ”with complete disregard for his own safety, left his<br />

position of cover on the ridge line to deliberately draw fire away from the team<br />

treating the casualty. Corporal Keighran remained exposed and under heavy fire<br />

while traversing the ridge line, in order to direct suppressing fire and then assist in<br />

the clearance of the landing zone to enable evacuation of the casualty.”<br />

Dan attained the rank of corporal and remains an active member of the Army<br />

Reserve.<br />

CPL Keighran is the third recipient of the Victoria Cross for Australia which was<br />

awarded to him on the 1st of <strong>November</strong> 2012.<br />

https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/biographies/daniel-alan-keighran<br />

WHAT IS A COMMON QUESTION THAT PEOPLE ASK YOU?<br />

People often ask me whether I would do the same thing again that I did during the conflict in Afghanistan... when<br />

you see someone who needs help and you can take action to find a solution – so, yes, I would do that again and<br />

have never doubted my decisions during that conflict.<br />

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?<br />

Without a doubt, the words of my late grandfather have given me so much direction and inspiration throughout<br />

my childhood, then as a teenager and a young man. For those who have read my book, I found so much<br />

inspiration in my upbringing and I am always reflecting on those conversations, which inspired me to want more<br />

for my life. I have always strived to be a better person. I experienced some challenges throughout my childhood,<br />

however those challenging experiences have helped to shape me, which has been beneficial in teaching me about<br />

resilience and personal growth. Unfortunately, my grandfather passed away before I received my VC, however I<br />

will continue to acknowledge his positive influence throughout my life.<br />

WHAT LESSONS DID YOU LEARN IN THE MILITARY THAT YOU STILL USE REGULARLY?<br />

I continue to harness the importance of relationships and the ability to work in a team. I have worked within some<br />

very diverse teams (nationally and internationally), and I understand the importance of using emotional intelligence<br />

to lead people. I enjoy learning about people’s strengths and what they can bring to the team, which is something I<br />

learned as a soldier and have always focused on when meeting new people. I have a values-based approach to<br />

relationships and leadership, including the Army values that are still so important in a range of environments (not<br />

just the military) - doing the right thing, respecting other people and getting the best out of the team.<br />

BEST MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE?<br />

So many amazing things have happened throughout my life. I grew up as an Aussie kid in the bush and now I am a<br />

VC recipient. I would have to say that meeting the Queen in Buckingham Palace was probably a highlight of my life<br />

and not as overwhelming as it sounds. As an introvert, I had to force myself to be a public figure, so it was a bit<br />

challenging for me to come out of my shell after being awarded the VC.<br />

WHAT IS YOUR STRONGEST PERSONALITY TRAIT?<br />

I would have to say resilience (or stubbornness). I have always had the ability to set my mind to something and<br />

persevere until I achieve that goal. No matter what happens or the challenges you face, it’s important to keep<br />

working towards a goal. I also prefer to be humble.<br />

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST WEAKNESS?<br />

It has changed over the years, but in more recent years, I<br />

have noticed that I don’t like ‘big-noting’ myself and often<br />

undersell my skills and experience. It takes me a while to<br />

acknowledge my achievements and experience, which can<br />

sometimes lead to moments of self-doubt until I remind<br />

myself of what I am capable of.<br />

HOW WOULD YOUR BEST MATE DESCRIBE YOU<br />

IN 3 WORDS:<br />

Reliable (always there for my mates), trustworthy, loyal.<br />

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

RECEIVED?<br />

Without a doubt, I received the best advice from my<br />

grandfather when I was growing up.<br />

1- work hard in life and good things will happen<br />

2 – the importance of understanding people and how you<br />

choose to live your life. What rules govern what you do? Do<br />

you truly know who you are as a person and what you<br />

represent?<br />

WHAT STRATEGIES DO YOU USE TO MAINTAIN<br />

YOUR MENTAL HEALTH?<br />

I find it easier to work through stress and manage competing<br />

priorities when I am fit and physically active, so I often lean<br />

into fitness and maintaining a strong connection to those I<br />

served with. I prefer to keep an open dialogue with my<br />

comrades and support them through our similar experiences<br />

– it's so important to keep communicating.<br />

I’m not affected by my experiences in Afghanistan and I don’t<br />

second guess any of my actions, which may be due to my<br />

early childhood challenges and resilience. I had developed<br />

coping mechanisms at a young age, so complex threat<br />

environments don‘t have much of an impact on me. In saying<br />

that, I know lots of veterans who are struggling, and I will<br />

continue to be there for them because I understand that<br />

everyone has different life experiences and different levels of<br />

resilience. I also acknowledge that ‘witness PTSD’ can be<br />

challenging and a genuine threat to mental health.<br />

WHAT’S NEXT FOR DAN KEIGHRAN VC?<br />

Despite no longer serving in uniform, I have so many<br />

opportunities and options to find new purpose throughout<br />

my life. For the next 24 months, I will be focusing on my<br />

career in defence industry as I am happy where I am now.<br />

<strong>The</strong> ADF has given me an amazing platform of skills and<br />

experience to look at other opportunities and career<br />

pathways - it has given me so much and I often think about<br />

how I can contribute to society in new ways. I have so much<br />

to contribute, and I have found purpose in each step of my<br />

career.<br />

When I originally left defence (before I was awarded a VC<br />

medal), I applied for over 40 jobs and didn’t even receive one<br />

call back. It was a bit disheartening, but I continued to find<br />

new opportunities and consider options that I hadn’t<br />

previously considered. I had a friend in mining, so I upskilled<br />

and got the qualifications I needed to take that step. I drove<br />

to Kalgoorlie and worked in the mines for 4 years. I realised<br />

that the mines did not fulfil my purpose in life, so I sought out<br />

the next opportunity that suited me and my family at the<br />

time. I had realised during that time that I enjoyed helping<br />

people who continue to serve, so defence industry felt like a<br />

good fit for me. I had to remind myself in the early days after<br />

transitioning, that I was part of a big institution, and it takes<br />

time to break out of that routine and environment. I think<br />

that helped me to keep striving and making new plans for my<br />

future.<br />

One day, I would love to be the Director of the Australian<br />

War Memorial.<br />

FAVOURITE MOVIE AND WHY?<br />

Secondhand Lions with Michael Caine and Robert Duvall. It’s<br />

an adventure movie but the story telling is amazing, with lots<br />

of twists and turns. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend<br />

it.<br />

FAVOURITE PLACE IN AUSTRALIA?<br />

<strong>The</strong> Australian War Memorial without a doubt. I’m on the<br />

board of the AWM and I enjoy the opportunity to share the<br />

experiences of veterans. <strong>The</strong>re’s so much power in these<br />

stories and it can also be a place of healing for people to visit.<br />

I also see how important it is for the next generation to learn<br />

about veterans and our military history.<br />

HAVE YOU EVER VISITED OR LIVED IN THE TOP<br />

END?<br />

Yes, I have visited there a few times, including a few crazy laps<br />

in a V8 around Hidden Valley.<br />

Interviewed by Deb Herring<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

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NICOLE BROWN<br />

CITY OF DARWIN<br />

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR <strong>2022</strong><br />

We had the pleasure of taking some time out to chat<br />

with Nicole Brown, who was awarded the City of<br />

Darwin Citizen of the Year for <strong>2022</strong>! Nicole’s story is<br />

not only inspiring but shows what a determined<br />

mindset can do to move mountains...<br />

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND:<br />

I am a proud Larrakia woman who is focused on breaking<br />

stereotypes and wanting people to connect - I am aware that<br />

many people don’t like celebrating success and I am working<br />

hard to change how our community views successful women. I<br />

am also working towards a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous<br />

Leadership while raising my son as a single mother, so I am a<br />

busy person with lots of ambition!<br />

WHAT LED TO YOUR ‘CITIZEN OF THE YEAR’<br />

AWARD?<br />

I was nominated for the award based on my passion for driving<br />

change and seeing happy faces in our community. I have<br />

received some grants for projects and invested funding back into<br />

local businesses and community, so it’s important to make a<br />

difference through my networks, opportunities and platforms.<br />

<strong>The</strong> flow on effect is far greater than just being about me. I like<br />

to create opportunities and experience amazing places, however<br />

I don’t have a hidden agenda – this is who I am and what I love<br />

doing.<br />

Since becoming the <strong>2022</strong> Citizen of the Year, I feel more<br />

motivated to help other people through my connections,<br />

especially other women. I am extremely passionate about<br />

inspiring young indigenous women by giving them skills and<br />

celebrating their success – that’s my passion. I often think;<br />

what can I do to bring their voices to the front?<br />

When I received the invitation for the City of Darwin Citizen of<br />

the Year ceremony, I didn’t accept the offer as I had family<br />

visiting at the time. A representative of the award ceremony<br />

called me and encouraged me to attend, so I went along and<br />

was very surprised to receive this award – it has opened more<br />

doors than I ever imagined.<br />

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO BE A FEMALE<br />

LEADER?<br />

I escaped a DV environment with my young son six years ago<br />

and there were a few life-changing moments that have shaped<br />

who I am today. <strong>The</strong> experience completely changed my life<br />

direction, but I feel culturally obligated to be part of the solution<br />

and educate other women. I was lucky to get out to country<br />

and reconnect with myself for a media event, which helped me<br />

to refocus on my passion. Being an indigenous female, I wanted<br />

to amplify the voices of other people. I feel so strongly about<br />

young leaders and entrepreneurs, so my influence has been<br />

focused on teaching young women about embracing their<br />

ambition, finding their voice and connecting with strong mentors<br />

who share their strength and walk beside them.<br />

Thankfully, there are many young women now who have been<br />

given opportunities thanks to other women who have<br />

‘smashed through ceilings’ before us. It has created a ripple<br />

effect and I now have people approaching me and asking me<br />

questions, so I am humbled to transfer my power to other<br />

people through my interactions. I love networking, meeting new<br />

people and hearing their stories. I am committed to connecting<br />

people and helping to solve problems - I find meaning and<br />

purpose in being the light that guides people to new<br />

opportunities.<br />

My network is strong and there’s no competition between us.<br />

We lift each other up and amplify our voices as a collective<br />

community, which has helped us to overcome lateral violence<br />

from other indigenous women who are unable to celebrate our<br />

success. <strong>The</strong>re’s no need to be competitive and unsupportive –<br />

we can all achieve great things! I have been working hard to<br />

encourage young people to harness their personal power and<br />

be proud of their heritage, culture, journey and history.<br />

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING<br />

PROJECT THIS YEAR?<br />

In June this year, I received funding to organise a bush camp for<br />

one hundred indigenous women focused on healing, leadership<br />

and empowerment. Of those one hundred guests, I invited<br />

twenty non-indigenous allies who added value across multiple<br />

platforms. We had a strong focus on connecting people, utilising<br />

local resources and contributing to the indigenous eco-system. I<br />

am a strong believer in togetherness, and we need to coeducate<br />

so that we can walk hand in hand.<br />

I am committed to doing things with integrity and meaningful<br />

engagement, which also includes welcoming defence families to<br />

the <strong>Top</strong> End and sharing cultural stories and history in a positive<br />

way. I currently work in defence industry, so stakeholder<br />

relationships are extremely meaningful to me, regardless of a<br />

person’s culture or background.<br />

WHO IS YOUR INSPIRATION AND ROLE MODEL?<br />

My Nan is my role model - she has always been an inspiring<br />

trailblazer who overcame incredible obstacles and built her<br />

family on the same foundation of strong values. Nan<br />

experienced the bombings of Darwin, which was a challenging<br />

time for all Territorians. After her parents died of<br />

Tuberculosis, she was transferred to Darwin with her siblings<br />

where they were split across various care homes. Sadly, the<br />

children lost contact with their culture, but my Nan was<br />

strong, and she was determined to create generations of<br />

trailblazers, which is a proud legacy for me. I am also<br />

determined to show my son what is possible, which inspires<br />

me when I face challenges and need to find solutions for our<br />

future.<br />

BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?<br />

Be authentic – this is one of my favourite mantras. It doesn’t<br />

matter who you are, it’s important to follow through with<br />

Photos: Supplied by Nicole Brown.<br />

your plans and be reliable. My public persona is also who I am<br />

in my personal life, and I am the first to admit that my life isn’t<br />

perfect. I have challenges as a single mum with a lot of<br />

commitments, but it has made me resilient and prepared me<br />

for other challenges. My journey has made me appreciate<br />

people a lot more, and I have taught my son about<br />

perseverance and creating opportunities - I haven’t let the<br />

hard times ruin me and I still want to do more, especially<br />

making a difference at ‘grassroots’ level.<br />

FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE TOP END?<br />

I absolutely love Crab Claw Resort; it’s an incredible haven to<br />

disconnect from reality and it’s only 90 minutes from<br />

‘civilisation’! I go out there a lot to unwind with Yoga on the<br />

beach, breathtaking views and peaceful nights, which helps me<br />

to reconnect with my seven senses - one day feels like a<br />

week! I spent my childhood around that area and have so<br />

many memories of that unchartered territory.<br />

WHAT’S NEXT FOR NICOLE BROWN?<br />

I would love to work with the United Nations when my son is<br />

older and learn about human rights. I am constantly upskilling<br />

myself to add more value wherever I go, and I like to educate<br />

people to develop their own skills, be enthusiastic, follow their<br />

ambition and not be reliant on<br />

welfare to survive. I also enjoy<br />

history, so I would love to do<br />

guided tours of historical houses<br />

and connect visitors to our<br />

community, culture and history.<br />

Following In <strong>The</strong>ir Footsteps is<br />

my new business, so I am full<br />

speed ahead – watch this space!<br />

“<strong>The</strong>re are so many interesting cultures<br />

in the <strong>Top</strong> End, and I am excited about<br />

local growth and new opportunities - the<br />

NT is the place to be!”<br />

Interviewed by Deb Herring<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

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PART TWO<br />

Matthew Jacques has served in the<br />

RAN for 17+ years. He brings his<br />

uplifting, positive and powerful<br />

energy, together with his passion<br />

for the Navy ethos, into what is<br />

fast becoming the most soughtafter<br />

security business in the <strong>Top</strong><br />

End. Focused on supporting<br />

defence veterans into civilian roles<br />

whilst utilising their strengths<br />

attained from defence, Matthew<br />

and his team continue to<br />

demonstrate why Neptune will the<br />

security company of the future.<br />

CLOSE PERSONAL PROTECTION<br />

We have a dedicated executive protection<br />

team to safeguard your wellbeing.<br />

DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING<br />

We can assist in random one off or ongoing<br />

tests at your workplace, event, or club.<br />

MOBILE PATROLS<br />

Have peace of mind that your property is<br />

being watched over 24/7.<br />

AVIATION SECURITY<br />

We’re licensed to handle baggage & passenger<br />

screening, passenger escort and breath<br />

analysis.<br />

MAJOR EVENTS<br />

Security for corporate conferences, sporting,<br />

community and school events or festivals.<br />

CROWD CONTROL<br />

We provide protection for patrons and assets<br />

at sporting events, concerts, and venues.<br />

CONSTRUCTION & MINING SECURITY<br />

From breath analysis, to patrolling and<br />

monitoring CCTV.<br />

K9 SERVICES<br />

We have several K9s available for additional<br />

security during major events.<br />

What Navy skills have you brought forward into your<br />

business?<br />

I have invested my leadership and management skills into Neptune<br />

and also adapted the ADF recruitment and training process to instil<br />

foundation skills at the lowest level of our business. As an<br />

organisation, the Navy is so well structured; outcomes are driven by<br />

executive level leadership, then it filters down to empower other<br />

personnel to make educated decisions. This type of sustainable<br />

growth is what I would like to create for Neptune, which includes<br />

empowering teams on the ‘ground’ to make decisions and we will<br />

achieve that through our structured leadership training and career<br />

progression opportunities.<br />

Aside from security, what other services does Neptune<br />

offer?<br />

We are now a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), so we train<br />

our own staff with recognised skills and knowledge.<br />

My long-term vision for Neptune is based on following the Navy<br />

business model because it works; it recruits, trains, gets people<br />

working in their trade and then promotes them into management<br />

positions when they are ready. I want that pathways program for<br />

our team, so they still experience career progression and direction<br />

for their own sense of purpose.<br />

So essentially, we recruit people from employment agencies, they<br />

learn through our RTO and then work for us. We spend two to<br />

three years training and solidifying their skill sets and then transfer<br />

them into management positions once they have demonstrated<br />

leadership skills.<br />

We also have a Canine Division, which requires a specific skill set<br />

that can be transferred directly from defence with the Air Force and<br />

Army dog handlers. Veterans can transition from defence and<br />

follow the same career pathway, but in the civilian industry. We are<br />

focused on providing career options for veterans that resemble<br />

their defence career and offer pipelines of opportunity.<br />

We have a Private Investigation unit, for people like Military Police<br />

or any veteran who enjoys surveillance. We are offering pathways<br />

for them to exit defence and then move forward with us.<br />

Plus, we have some really cool initiatives on the horizon!<br />

What would you say has been your biggest challenge in<br />

business here in Darwin?<br />

<strong>The</strong> biggest challenge in Darwin is changing the professional<br />

standards of security and trying to help clients understand what<br />

we're trying to achieve in the industry. Our clients are starting to<br />

understand that there's more to security than just putting a person<br />

in the role without adequate skills or experience. We invest in our<br />

people through our training programs and upskilling them in a<br />

sustainable way, which is different to what most clients understand<br />

with security services. Years ago, security personnel would be hired<br />

with no skill or understanding of what’s involved, and no ability to<br />

de-escalate situations - times are changing.<br />

Security training used to be a two-day course, then it became a 10-<br />

day course. At Neptune, we have a 12-month refresher course for<br />

all of our team members and we are working toward a Certificate<br />

III in Security to include specialised de-escalation packages, and<br />

supervisory/leadership training. Our focus is to give more<br />

opportunity to our team of 120 personnel, so we have piloted<br />

these training programs as part of our staff training.<br />

Are you only focused on recruiting ex-defence personnel?<br />

Yes – ex-defence personnel transition with a skill set that is<br />

extremely valuable in many industries, especially security. We are<br />

also running courses in Katherine and a couple of remote areas to<br />

try and alleviate some of the issues that the NT community is facing<br />

at the moment.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re's currently a skill shortage across the industry with only 500<br />

licensed security officers in the NT and it’s a tough industry; you<br />

have to be mentally tough. Due to these challenges, we have<br />

implemented a mental health program (ESA) to support our team<br />

members, which provides 1:1 coaching and guidance.<br />

If you were to give advice to somebody about business,<br />

what would your advice to someone else be?<br />

Do your research first. It’s important to realistically evaluate your<br />

costs to make sure it's viable, so you can work on your business and<br />

not in your business all the time. Make sure there's also room for<br />

growth, so I recommend that you have a five-year projection of<br />

where you want to be, then making sure that you don’t spend all of<br />

your business revenue within your first five years.<br />

We are also the first company to partner with Hospitality NT<br />

because we believe that we are a big part of the hospitality industry;<br />

we are a security provider to most venues and a lot of venues can't<br />

open without us, so we have developed some very strategic<br />

partnerships and opportunities to help grow our business. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

may also be a new Hospitality NT award this year for the security<br />

industry, which is the first award of its kind across both industries.<br />

Do you have a mentor?<br />

Yes, he's my current business development manager, Andy Price -<br />

he’s 100% my mentor! He's about 20 years older than the rest of<br />

our management team and he comes with different views and<br />

different opinions, and for someone that's never served in the<br />

Defence Force, he has a strong understanding of operations and<br />

what Neptune is about. He also uses his 25 years of industry<br />

experience to mentor myself and Josh in a way that grows our<br />

business - he’s a very smart man. <strong>The</strong>re's a difference between<br />

leadership and managing. Leadership talks about growing, investing<br />

in people and always learning.<br />

What is the best business advice you've ever received?<br />

Surround yourself with professionals in their field and connect with<br />

people who are smarter than you.<br />

What is next for Neptune?<br />

We have been researching and monitoring the market and there<br />

are a number of security companies who have created a successful<br />

business model and managed to take over market share of the<br />

security industry in Australia. Wouldn’t it be great to finally have an<br />

Australian owned (especially veteran owned), security company<br />

taking over Australia’s biggest contracts? That is my long-term goal<br />

and certainly achievable with our current growth and structure –<br />

watch this space!<br />

Interviewed by Char Carter<br />

Community Coordinator<br />

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

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<strong>The</strong>re’s No Place<br />

Like Kakadu<br />

If you’re looking for a summer escape, Kakadu is at its most stunning in the tropical summer, with a<br />

tremendous range of adventure options made even more attractive by good value accommodation and deals.<br />

Kakadu summer is the time where you will see waterfalls at their most thunderous, wetlands at their greenest,<br />

and wildlife at its most abundant.While you can expect thunder and lightning on many evenings, the idea is to<br />

sit back with a cold beer and enjoy the light show – it comes for free! During the day there is plenty to see<br />

and experience, and with sealed roads throughout Kakadu National Park, it’s easy to get around the Park.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s No Place Like Kakadu Summer<br />

Sale is on now.<br />

Head to kakadutourism.com to book your holiday.<br />

Stay Dates: 10th <strong>October</strong> <strong>2022</strong> to 31st March 2023.<br />

Minimum two-night stay applies and accommodation<br />

rooms from as little as $159 per room per night.<br />

Kakadu Full Moon Feast is premiering on<br />

the 10th of September and every month<br />

thereafter.<br />

Experience and learn about the local foods of the<br />

seasons of Kakadu with local Bininj man and Owner<br />

of Kakadu Kitchen Ben Tyler. Inclusions; four course<br />

indigenous meal, foraged from right on country,<br />

beverages and intimate stories of growing up and<br />

culture in Kakadu. All of this under the full moon in<br />

Kakadu, a night to remember! Check out<br />

kakadutourism.com for date and to book.<br />

So what can you do in<br />

the tropical summer?<br />

Experience the waterfalls. <strong>The</strong> money you save on<br />

accommodation is best spent on a scenic flight with Kakadu<br />

Air over the National Park to see the waterfalls at their<br />

most awesome. <strong>The</strong> torrential flows over the Escarpment<br />

into rock pools below are a sight you will never forget. And<br />

you can view waterfalls up close at both Motor Car Falls<br />

and Moline (Ikoymarrwa), where you can also cool off in<br />

the swimming holes.<br />

Remarkable cruises. Yellow Water Cruises operates<br />

cruises throughout every day of the tropical summer<br />

season. <strong>The</strong> stunning waterways, filled with Kakadu’s<br />

wildlife – from gigantic crocs to tiny, vivid kingfishers – are<br />

best seen at dawn and dusk. <strong>The</strong>re is also a memorable<br />

tropical-season only cruise through the melaleuca forests of<br />

Magela Creek to the Ubirr rock art site led by experienced<br />

Indigenous guides.<br />

Million-dollar fishing. From December through to March,<br />

the Million Dollar Fish competition offers fishing enthusiasts<br />

the chance of hooking a million-dollar tagged barramundi<br />

and 100 others with $10K tags. Try your luck on a special<br />

Yellow Water Fishing cruise or just dine on the milliondollar<br />

tasting seafood at Escarpment Restaurant or Mimi’s<br />

at Cooinda.<br />

Inspirational tours. Explore the park in your own 4WD or<br />

take a fully-guided and catered Spirit of Kakadu 4WD<br />

Adventure Tour, which will take you to some of the best<br />

locations around Kakadu.<br />

Trekking the tropics. Many walks are open throughout the<br />

summer which are easily accessible and will provide a rich<br />

appreciation of the ancient landscape. <strong>The</strong>se include the<br />

Kubara Pools Walk,<br />

the 12km Barrk Sandstone<br />

walk near Nourlangie Rock,<br />

where you may see wallaroos<br />

and a variety of birdlife, and the much<br />

shorter Boulder Creek walk where you<br />

may find banded fruit doves and spangled<br />

drongos, with their iridescent blue-green spots.<br />

Art rocks in Kakadu. <strong>The</strong>re is outstanding rock art at<br />

Nourlangie, one of the famous sites from the Crocodile<br />

Dundee films. Take the path to the Kunwarddewardde<br />

lookout and along the way you will discover the renowned<br />

Anbangbang gallery and shelter, with the rock art charting<br />

some 20,000 years of life in the region. Walk on to the<br />

Kunwarddewardde lookout, which offers views across the<br />

Arnhem Land escarpment with its sandstone cliffs and<br />

expansive savanna woodlands. And if you have time, also<br />

view the Nanguluwurr rock art site and take the short<br />

climb to nearby Nawurlandja Lookout for fantastic sunset<br />

views of the escarpment.<br />

<strong>The</strong> world’s oldest living culture. Kakadu has over 65,000<br />

years of human settlement, and the incredible rock art at<br />

Nourlangie and Ubirr is testament to the region’s cultural<br />

heritage. Modern day indigenous art can be viewed at art<br />

galleries in Jabiru including the Crocodile Hotel’s Ochre<br />

Gallery and Marrawuddi Gallery. You can discover the rich<br />

history of Kakadu’s evolution at Warradjan Cultural Centre<br />

and the Bowali Visitor Centre.<br />

valued at $6000<br />

Yellow Water Havens, our new<br />

five-star luxury glamping<br />

experience is coming to Kakadu.<br />

Don’t miss out on the Kakadu Tourism<br />

Competition, check out the inside cover<br />

for details.<br />

Everything you need to know<br />

about Kakadu.<br />

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

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REMEMBRANCE DAY<br />

<strong>The</strong> Headstone Project<br />

<strong>November</strong> 11th is universally known as a day to<br />

remember all that have served and died while fighting to<br />

protect their country. In 1997, it was officially<br />

proclaimed by Governor-General Sir William Deane as<br />

Remembrance Day and he urged all Australians to<br />

observe a minutes silence.<br />

Initially titled Armistice Day, the origin of Remembrance Day<br />

links back to the First World War, when during <strong>November</strong> of<br />

1918 the Germans called for an armistice to secure a peace<br />

settlement where they accepted the allied terms of<br />

unconditional surrender.<br />

At 11am on the 11th <strong>November</strong> 1918 the guns on the<br />

Western Front fell silent for the first time since the first World<br />

War begun and one year on Australian journalist Edward<br />

George Honey initially published a letter in the London Evening<br />

News on 8 May 1919 suggesting five minutes silence for those<br />

that had fallen, after testing the practicality of five minutes, at<br />

the Cenotaph in London – on the first anniversary of the<br />

armistice, King George V instituted two minutes silence to<br />

remember those that had fallen during the war, personally<br />

requesting all people of the British Empire stop all activities to<br />

mourn those that were lost.<br />

<strong>The</strong> silence was popularly adopted and became a central<br />

feature of all commemorations on the day. By the second<br />

anniversary there was added significance to the<br />

commemorations when the remains of unknown soldiers from<br />

the battlefields on the Western Front were interred with full<br />

military honours in Westminster Abbey in London and at the<br />

Arc De Triumph in Paris.<br />

InFlandersfieldsthepoppiesblow<br />

Betweenthecrosses,rowonrow,<br />

Thatmarkourplace;andinthesky<br />

<strong>The</strong>larks,stillbravelysinging,fly<br />

Scarceheardamidthegunsbelow.<br />

WearetheDead.Shortdaysago<br />

Welived,feltdawn,sawsunsetglow,<br />

Lovedandwereloved,andnowwelie,<br />

InFlandersfields.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y served.<strong>The</strong>y deserve to be remembered.<br />

Research has shown that there are many returned First World<br />

War veterans who, for a variety of reasons, have ended up in<br />

unmarked graves around this country. It is estimated, based on<br />

the work carried out so far, that the number in Australia could be<br />

as high as 12,000.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Headstone Project came into being with the sole purpose of<br />

ensuring that all Australian First World War veterans have their<br />

last resting place suitably marked in such a way that recognises<br />

their service. A simple, but often time-consuming process of<br />

record matching is carried out to determine the names and<br />

locations of these men.<br />

<strong>The</strong> work includes the installation of a simple headstone on an<br />

unmarked grave or a plinth on an existing grave where the<br />

veteran’s name does not appear on the memorial. Where it can<br />

be determined that the veteran’s cause of death can be attributed<br />

to his war service, the case is then handed over to the Office of<br />

Australian War Graves.<br />

To fund our work, we rely on grants and the generosity of the<br />

public and a range of sponsors. If you would like to help and<br />

support our project, please consider making a donation - https://<br />

www.theheadstoneproject.org/donate/<br />

We need volunteers to help us continue our work around<br />

Australia. If you would like to get involved, you can find<br />

resources on our website that might be helpful - https://<br />

www.theheadstoneproject.org/getting-involved/<br />

To understand the impact of <strong>The</strong> Headstone Project’s work,<br />

Geraldine Cox (grand daughter of Kenneth McVicar at rest in<br />

Port Pirie Cemetery SA) said some beautiful words following her<br />

grandfathers headstone unveiling in 2018:<br />

“It gave me an experience I could never imagine – reconnecting with<br />

people I knew very little of through a man none of us had ever met.<br />

It really is difficult to find the words to explain how amazing this<br />

project is and the passion and dedication of its volunteers.”<br />

Extracted from<br />

<strong>The</strong> Headstone Website<br />

https://www.theheadstoneproject.org/<br />

You can help us in our work to continue to recognise our<br />

unacknowledged returned First World War soldiers now by donating to<br />

our project! When you make a gift, you can be confident that all<br />

proceeds will go to the construction of headstones, their placement and<br />

celebration.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Headstone Project in Tasmania is registered with the Australian<br />

Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission and has achieved Deductible<br />

Gift Recipiency status. As a result, any donation greater than $2 is taxdeductible.<br />

<strong>The</strong> tradition of entombing unknown soldiers was carried on<br />

and adopted by other allied nations in the decades that<br />

followed with a significant ceremony on the 75th anniversary<br />

when the remains of an unknown Australian solider, exhumed<br />

from a military cemetery in France were entombed in the<br />

Australian War Memorial’s Hall of Memory.<br />

This year, and every year on the 11th hour of the 11th day of<br />

the 11th month we will remember them.<br />

Lest We Forget.<br />

References:<br />

https://www.dva.gov.au/newsroom/media-centre/mediabackgrounders/remembrance-day<br />

https://www.army.gov.au/our-heritage/traditions/<br />

remembrance-day<br />

Takeupourquarrelwiththefoe:<br />

Toyoufromfailinghandswethrow<br />

<strong>The</strong>torch;beyourstoholdithigh.<br />

Ifyebreakfaithwithuswhodie<br />

Weshallnotsleep,thoughpoppiesgrow<br />

InFlandersfields.<br />

References:<br />

Author: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, 1914.<br />

Image Credit: John McCrae AWM. https://www.awm.gov.au/<br />

articles/blog/in-flanders-fields-the-poem<br />

Did you know - International Men’s Day (IMD) is celebrated on<br />

the 19th of <strong>November</strong> every year across 80 countries! IMD is a<br />

great way to discuss the importance of men within our<br />

community and open conversations about manhood,<br />

masculinity and the challenges that men and boys face.<br />

This year’s theme is “Celebrating Mateship”, and the aim is to inspire<br />

more men to #MakeTime4Mates, which may include reconnecting with<br />

old mates, making time to meet new mates and reaching out to mates<br />

who are doing it tough.<br />

Mateship is an important aspect of Australian culture and our ADF, with<br />

research showing that close friendships and social connections can<br />

promote good health - what better reason to join the conversation!<br />

While there are many ways to consider the significance of International<br />

Men’s Day, most celebrations share the following objectives:<br />

• Valuing male role models<br />

• Acknowledging the contribution of men and boys<br />

• Improving male health<br />

• Fostering positive gender relations<br />

• Making the world safer for everyone<br />

If you would like more resources or information you can head to https://<br />

www.internationalmensday.info/latest_news<br />

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Brothers’N’Books<br />

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My story - Recently I appeared on<br />

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Since I was a boy, I was intrigued by Special Forces operator’s and<br />

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<strong>The</strong> show appears to be largely physical challenges based on Special<br />

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I began the physical training early. Alongside the physical, I prepared<br />

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<strong>The</strong> books advice - As part of my preparation, I read <strong>The</strong><br />

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Veteran Gaming Australia<br />

Written by Sam Harris<br />

haileyburyrendall.com.au<br />

What has been happening with Veteran Gaming Australia<br />

(VGA) since our last feature in the June/July edition of <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>? Hold onto your gaming chair and keep<br />

reading!<br />

Care Packages<br />

VGA supply gaming well-being packages to help veterans stay socially<br />

and emotionally connected during times. <strong>The</strong> care packages contain a<br />

selection of gaming equipment including, new PC and accessories,<br />

Playstation 4s, Steam gift cards, Game Pass subscriptions and<br />

accessories (such as headsets, keyboards, mouse and controllers), all<br />

of which help in providing enhanced communication means for<br />

veterans to enjoy their favourite games. To date,VGA have given out<br />

eight care packages within the veteran community.<br />

Retrofit Projects<br />

Previously we reported on the amazing retrofit project of the social<br />

gaming hub that VGA setup in the Keith Payne VC Unit (KPU). In July<br />

<strong>2022</strong>,VGA introduced a Miniature Figurine Painting Introduction<br />

class, which is the first of its kind in an Australian Hospital within<br />

the Keith Payne VC Unit (KPU), and runs every six weeks.<br />

<strong>The</strong> feedback from veterans who attended was amazing, such as; ‘I<br />

wish we had this in the program every day’ to ‘this is the most fun I<br />

have had in a long time’. <strong>The</strong> skills enhanced throughout these<br />

activities include; creativity, social integration, mindfulness, manual<br />

dexterity and maintaining an active mind, so it is easy to see why so<br />

many veterans don’t want to miss out!<br />

<strong>The</strong> feedback demonstrates that veterans are looking at the KPU as<br />

their preference for in-patient treatment. Based on our social hub<br />

initiative and miniature figurine painting classes, veterans are able to<br />

connect with a fun activity and activate their minds to focus on a<br />

creative and positive experience.<br />

Air Assaults<br />

As part of our Air Assault Program, VGA raises funds to cover all<br />

expenses for a group of veterans who have experienced financial and<br />

emotional challenges, with a focus on helping them to reconnect<br />

through social events. To date, we have raised enough funds to send<br />

four veterans to attend PAX Australia in Melbourne on 7 – 9th<br />

<strong>October</strong> <strong>2022</strong>. This initiative includes the opportunity to meet<br />

industry idols, engage with fun activities, form new social connections<br />

and experience one of Australia’s largest events.<br />

VGA is always looking for ways to connect veterans with their<br />

industry idols, so if you are wanting to find out further information or<br />

would like to help, please visit: https://veterangamingaustralia.com.au/<br />

become-a-sponsor<br />

Education<br />

VGA has been providing education to parents and children on how to<br />

create safe spaces around technology and digital gaming to ensure<br />

that healthy gaming and wellbeing is at the forefront. We know that<br />

technology and digital gaming can have so many positives when<br />

utilised in a healthy way and we love empowering parents and their<br />

children with the knowledge to help them maintain Technology &<br />

Healthy Gaming practices. Some of the ways we convey this<br />

information is through our Youtube and Twitch channels, as well as<br />

discussions throughout family game sessions and community events.<br />

We are also exploring options to implement new programs into<br />

schools to provide education on technology use with our lived<br />

experience in Healthy Gaming & Technology – stay connected for<br />

future updates!<br />

Upcoming Events<br />

We have lots of activities where you can connect and have fun.<br />

Alongside the weekly events, there are also fortnightly events on<br />

the MILSIM Game Squad and future tournaments, including the VGA<br />

Queensland Mental Health Week Community Day, which is a funfilled<br />

family event of Healthy Gaming & Geek Cultures on the 16th<br />

<strong>October</strong>. This event is for all veterans and their families to participate<br />

in-person or digitally. For further information on upcoming events,<br />

please visit the VGA FB page and Discord:<br />

https://www.facebook.com/groups/veterangamingaus<br />

https://disccord.gg/veterangamingaustralia<br />

CONNECT WITH US<br />

VGA Email - enquiries@veterangamingaustralia.com.au<br />

VGA Website - www.veterangamingaustralia.com.au<br />

VGA Care packages -<br />

veterangamingaustralia.com.au/care-package-application<br />

VGA Air Assault -<br />

veterangamingaustralia.com.au/air-assault-application<br />

VGA Facebook - facebook.com/groups/veterangamingaus<br />

VGA Discord (Platform & Game Specific Chats, Movie Room, Voice chats) -<br />

discord.gg/QJTpqRd5ea<br />

VGA Youtube - youtube.com/channel/UC3uQeXOl-Ob3mvHu3WDRfNw<br />

VGA Shirt Order - Password: VGAFAMILY -tacticallyjaded.com.au/<br />

collections/veteran-gaming-australia<br />

We encourage students to make the most<br />

of their time at Haileybury Rendall School.<br />

And in some cases, like Chloe, they do just<br />

that. Gracing the stage as the lead in the<br />

School musical, or as part of the School’s<br />

illustrious orchestra as a violinist, Chloe pairs<br />

her musical and theatrical side with prowess<br />

as an athlete and high-jumper. With the<br />

School supporting her to pursue whatever<br />

path she chooses, we know she’ll be a<br />

soaring success.<br />

18 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated OCTOBER/NOVEMBER <strong>2022</strong> 19


Battle of Maryang-san<br />

Exercise Pitch Black<br />

In late 1951, during the Korean War, Chinese forces held a group of hills<br />

overlooking the Imjin River, one of these hills was Maryang San (Hill<br />

317). Comprising of rough terrain and an incline rising 200m above the<br />

valley in front of it, the Chinese knew that if they held Maryang San, they<br />

could maintain dominance over the ground to the South.<br />

After previous attempts by US troops to cross the valley and attack the hill, the<br />

British Commonwealth Division was ordered to prepare for a general advance<br />

called “Operation Commando”.<br />

In this advance, the Commander of 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment<br />

(3RAR) planned to draw on techniques that were used in New Guinea and the<br />

Second World War. In the early morning of <strong>October</strong> 5th, 1951, while British<br />

Regiments lead an attack on one of the other dominant hills, Kowang San (Hill<br />

355), 3RAR began their attack on Hill 317 under a heavy mist.<br />

By 10am, the mist had begun to lift, and Australian forces were able to capture<br />

the first line of defences driving communist forces from the hilltop.<br />

After successfully securing the “hinge” of Hill 317 on <strong>October</strong> 7th,Australian<br />

troops were subjected to heavy Chinese gun fire and repeated counterattacks,<br />

which made the evacuation and resupply of ammunition difficult.<br />

Operation Slipper<br />

On 14th September 2001, three days after the attacks on the World Trade<br />

Centre and the Pentagon, Prime Minister John Howard announced that the<br />

Australian Government was invoking Article IV of the ANZUS Treaty.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first contingent of the Special Forces Task Group as a part of Operation<br />

Slipper were officially farewelled in Perth on <strong>October</strong> 22nd, 2001, signifying<br />

Australia’s military commitment to the war on terror and radical extremism.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 16th Air Defence Regiment (16AD Regt) deployed on the 25th of <strong>October</strong>,<br />

followed by a contingent of four F/A-18 Hornets on <strong>November</strong> 9th and remaining<br />

soldiers from the Special Forces Task Group on the 27th <strong>November</strong>, with an<br />

ongoing commitment of ADF personnel, aircrafts, tanks and equipment.<br />

While deployed, SAS squadrons conducted reconnaissance, surveillance, searches<br />

and operations in Afghanistan looking for Taliban and al Qaeda fighters and their<br />

bases, identifying leaders, supporting anti-narcotic operations and assisting in<br />

developing the Afghan National Security Forces.<br />

Operation Slipper ended in 2014, however ADF personnel remained there (and<br />

in the Middle East region) including ADF members deployed as part of Operation<br />

Okra - training Iraqi forces in combating extremism.<br />

75 th Anniversary of<br />

Peacekeeping Operations<br />

On 14 September <strong>2022</strong>, we acknowledged the 75th anniversary of Australia’s<br />

involvement in international peacekeeping efforts.<br />

Australia first sent military observers on a United Nations (UN) Consular Commission to<br />

Indonesia in September 1947, and since then, not a day has passed without Australians serving<br />

somewhere in the world on an international peacekeeping operation. Over 75 years,<br />

Australian defence personnel, police and civilian staff have contributed to more than 60<br />

peacekeeping operations in more than 30 countries and disputed zones.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y have served in situations of great peril, but have worked tirelessly to make a positive<br />

contribution to international peace and security – thank you for your service!<br />

<strong>The</strong> Chinese were unsuccessful in their counter-attacks and<br />

on <strong>October</strong> 8th, withdrew to a position on nearby hills. This<br />

battle was described by the official historian for the Korean<br />

War, Robert O’Neill as being “probably the greatest single<br />

feat of the Australian Army during the Korean War”.<br />

Unfortunately, by <strong>November</strong> 5th 1951, Australian troops<br />

were withdrawn to recuperate and Maryang San was<br />

recaptured by the Chinese, which remained in their control<br />

for the remainder of the War.<br />

Written by Madison Collier<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

References:<br />

https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/encyclopedia/korea/<br />

maryang_san<br />

https://www.dva.gov.au/newsroom/media-centre/mediabackgrounders/battle-maryang-san<br />

https://anzacday.org.au/op_commando<br />

We would like to thank all Defence members that have served<br />

and continue to serve. If you or someone you know requires<br />

support, please contact:<br />

Open Arms Veterans and Families Counselling<br />

(24 Hours) 1800 011 046<br />

Lifeline Australia 13 11 14<br />

Beyond Blue 1300 224 636<br />

Written by Madison Collier<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

References:<br />

https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/event/afghanistan<br />

https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/<br />

Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/<br />

BN/1011/MilitaryInvolvementAfghanistan<br />

Extracted from the<br />

Australian War Memorial<br />

Website<br />

https://www.awm.gov.au/peacekeeping<br />

With Special Thanks to:<br />

Air Commodore Noddy Sawade<br />

and veteran Ian Anderson for his<br />

photographic contribution.<br />

www.ianandersonphotography.com<br />

It was my first ever Pitch Black and I loved it! I had<br />

the pleasure of a quick chat with the event organiser,<br />

Air Commodore Noddy Sawade and a few serving<br />

personnel and spectators. This year had the largest<br />

contingency, with 17 countries engaged including<br />

Germany, Korea and Japan for the first time.<br />

I was able to connect with Air Commodore Noddy<br />

Sawade to find out what makes the Northern Territory<br />

the best place to host this exciting event:<br />

“A couple of things; the weather is predictable and really<br />

good at this time of year, the open spaces and the air<br />

space is as big as a small country, which enables them to<br />

fly with more freedom, less restrictions and more air<br />

space, and of course, people love being in the <strong>Top</strong> End”<br />

Will we see further expansion in the future?<br />

“It’s the biggest we’ve ever had - the most number of<br />

countries and, with thanks to Covid, we had time to get it<br />

right... I don’t think it will get much bigger because it is<br />

only a three week exercise and we do bilateral exercises<br />

with some of the countries already. Whilst the countries<br />

may change, we have planned for about 2500 personnel<br />

and 100 aircraft, but I think we have reached our limit”<br />

With 26,000 people through the gate, I took the<br />

opportunity to speak with a few spectators at the event,<br />

and here’s what they had to say:<br />

Written by Charlene Carter<br />

Community Coordinator<br />

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

“… <strong>The</strong> Pitch Black exercise is a biennial three-week multi-national large force employment exercise conducted<br />

primarily from RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal. RAAF Base Amberley, located near Ipswich will also be<br />

included in the exercise this year. Exercise Pitch Black <strong>2022</strong> is the Royal Australian Air Force’s most significant<br />

International Engagement activity with forces participating from a wide range of partner and allied<br />

nations developing and enhancing military relationships at all levels.<br />

Activities such as Exercise Pitch Black recognise Australia’s strong relationships and the high value we place on<br />

regional security and fostering closer ties throughout the Indo- Pacific region.<br />

Through Exercise Pitch Black, the RAAF will demonstrate Air Force’s commitment to building professionalism and<br />

enhancing military relationships for the safe and effective conduct of air operations with regional and partner<br />

nations...”<br />

For further information: https://www.airforce.gov.au/exercises/pitch-black-<strong>2022</strong><br />

From the spectators:<br />

“It’s fantastic! <strong>The</strong> fly-by at Mindil Beach was<br />

incredible! Today we wanted to look at the<br />

aircraft up close and on the ground. We often<br />

see Australian aircraft at Australian air shows and<br />

so to see international aircraft is pretty rare and<br />

very special.” - Steve<br />

“It’s a great atmosphere, incredible to see a<br />

variety of military aircraft from all different areas<br />

of the world; great to see the Australians in their<br />

own backyard - it’s really good to see everyone<br />

having fun and enjoying it. My favourite is the<br />

German’s with their Eurofighter; it’s a really<br />

beautiful aircraft and it’s a real privilege to have it<br />

down here in Australia.” - Ryan<br />

“<strong>The</strong>re’s a bunch of people from different<br />

countries at the moment in Katherine, it’s really<br />

cool... <strong>The</strong> opportunity to see so many different<br />

countries and planes is amazing, and we feel lucky<br />

to be here. <strong>The</strong> planes will probably never be<br />

seen anywhere else like this, it’s such a good<br />

opportunity to be here in Darwin. - Avril &<br />

Caitlin, Katherine NT<br />

From the visiting forces:<br />

Images © Ian Anderson<br />

“<strong>The</strong> hospitality is excellent, the people are<br />

looking after us very well! I was here in 2008 as a<br />

very young man and it was the first experience<br />

for Malaysia in Darwin. We have brought ground<br />

crew only this year to ensure the continuing<br />

support and strength of the relationship between<br />

Malaysia and Australia.” - Malaysian Pilot<br />

“It gives us opportunity to work with new<br />

partners, which is important to build relationships<br />

with Australia and the Asian contingencies.<br />

We’re looking forward to seeing Kangaroos at<br />

Kakadu!” - German Air Force<br />

20 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated OCTOBER/NOVEMBER <strong>2022</strong> 21


Defence Member<br />

and Family Support<br />

<strong>The</strong> Katherine Outback Experience Show, Tindal<br />

It has been a busy time for ADF members and their families<br />

with the Exercise Series, Operational Deployments and other<br />

absences from home for courses, in addition to business as<br />

usual.<br />

Preparing for leave and postings<br />

As we come into the build-up and posting seasons, we reflect on<br />

the high tempo environment that ADF members and their very<br />

supportive families continue to manage on a daily basis.<br />

Take the time to check out the posting preparation and other<br />

resources on our website, www.defence.gov.au/members-families.<br />

We provide a range of mobility-related support services to assist<br />

Defence families when relocating, including proactive and<br />

preventative services to build Defence families’ knowledge, skills<br />

and resilience to manage the potential impacts of the mobile<br />

lifestyle.<br />

You may also wish to access the PostingConnect website which<br />

Defence has developed as an online posting platform to assist with<br />

domestic postings - https://ext.defence.gov.au/postingconnect<br />

DMFS Activities<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are many local events and activities available to all in the<br />

NT. Be sure to keep an eye on our social media, Eventbrite and<br />

e-News for our events for ADF families. <strong>The</strong> upcoming school<br />

holidays are the perfect chance to explore your local area and<br />

remember, DMFS events in NT are open to all families in<br />

Darwin and Tindal.<br />

If not already, you can subscribe to our e-News by emailing<br />

dmfs.darwin@defence.gov.au or dmfs.tindal@defence.gov.au<br />

Save the date for these upcoming events<br />

Our activities in the dry season have ranged from stand-up<br />

paddle boarding and barefoot bowls to sunset and stargazing,<br />

there has also been the opportunity to try your hand at resin<br />

casting.<br />

As we enter the build-up to the wet season, we will have<br />

activities bringing welcome relief from the heat and also<br />

encourage native tree frogs to our gardens.<br />

Photos: It was nonstop fun for the Tindal kids at the Katherine Experience Show! Photo by Sarah Jacka.<br />

Katherine ADF families came together on Saturday, 4 June at the Katherine<br />

Outback Experience Show to be entertained by Tom Curtain, Multiple<br />

Golden Guitar Winner and horseman extraordinaire.<br />

<strong>The</strong> fun and interactive show had the kids take part in working dog<br />

demonstrations, barrel races and dancing competitions. At one point,Tom<br />

had the crowd looking on with disbelief while he stood on his horse,<br />

singing and playing guitar.<br />

Network Tindal had everyone covered for the show snacks – the popcorn<br />

and snow cones were a hit! After the show, there was an opportunity to<br />

get up close and pat the animals. It was the perfect way for friends and<br />

family to share some entertainment and stay connected with other ADF<br />

families living in Tindal and Katherine.<br />

Suncatcher Making Workshop, Tindal<br />

Photo: Carefully creating trinket trays and coasters By Sue Lynn<br />

In the same month it was great to see so many of<br />

our ADF families trying their hand at our resin<br />

casting workshop. Instructor Jemmah Lowry<br />

demonstrated how to carefully mix and pour resin<br />

to produce beautiful trinket trays and holders to<br />

take home. If you missed out on this activity there<br />

is also another chance in <strong>October</strong>.<br />

And, of course, you may also be eligible for our Partner<br />

Employment Assistance Program (PEAP) which provides funding<br />

for initiatives to assist ADF partners with employment when they<br />

are relocated on posting, or if their ADF member is medically<br />

transitioning.<br />

<strong>The</strong> two support initiatives<br />

offered under PEAP are:<br />

›› professional employment<br />

services<br />

›› professional re-registration<br />

– re-registration must be<br />

state based and required<br />

by legislation<br />

Support under the professional<br />

employment services is for a<br />

maximum of $1,500 per<br />

posting. Support for re-registration costs can be provided in addition to the<br />

$1,500.<br />

Partners have the flexibility of opting to receive services from Defence’s<br />

professional employment services provider or a provider of their choice.<br />

For more information, visit https://defence.gov.au/membersfamilies/Family/<br />

Partners/PEAP.ASP<br />

Stay Connected<br />

DMFS_AusDefence<br />

Save the Date -<br />

Tindal<br />

08 Oct 22: Tindal stand-up paddle<br />

boarding, Lake Alexander, Darwin<br />

22 Oct 22: Cri-cut crafty creations<br />

Save the Date -<br />

Darwin<br />

08 Oct 22 : Stand-up paddle boarding,<br />

Lake Alexander, Darwin<br />

12 Oct 22 : Casting colourful creations<br />

workshop (evening)<br />

13 Oct 22 : Casting colourful creations<br />

workshop (daytime)<br />

19 Oct 22 : Let’s create a frog hotel,<br />

Bunnings workshop, Darwin<br />

ADF members and families are very<br />

welcome to register for events in both<br />

Darwin & Tindal<br />

Written by Di Elson<br />

Photo: Look what we made! By Sarah Jacka<br />

ADF families came together to learn how to make energy balancing<br />

Chakra suncatchers at the DMFS office in Tindal on Wednesday 27 July.<br />

Leonnie guided the group through the process of handcrafting these<br />

beautiful, luminous creations and the families also learned about the<br />

different Chakra colours and their meanings. It was a fun, relaxed evening<br />

and a few new friends were made on the night.<br />

More Community Activities<br />

Photo: ADF families having fun at Darwin Bowls & Social Club and Lake Alexander By Sue Lynn<br />

Photo: Toolboxes to Toonschool, ADF families enjoy being creative!<br />

By: Sue Lynn<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are many creative people amongst us here<br />

in the <strong>Top</strong> End and we are fortunate to have so<br />

much talent on our doorstep to share their crafty<br />

skills. ADF families came together in July for a<br />

toolbox making workshop at Bunnings and took<br />

the opportunity to learn the art of cartooning with<br />

Toonschool.<br />

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

events, including our Christmas crackers.<br />

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

events is to register with Eventbrite via our DMFS<br />

Darwin or Tindal website or dropping us an email<br />

at DMFS.darwin@defence.gov.au, so we can add<br />

you to our mailing list for eNewsletter.<br />

Posting soon?<br />

Find your nearest Defence<br />

Community Centre to<br />

connect with on page 41.<br />

<strong>The</strong> cooler weather may seem a distant memory but it was the perfect time to<br />

1800 624 608<br />

DMFS_AusDefence<br />

Area Manager NT<br />

enjoy the great outdoors. Here at DMFS we grabbed the opportunity to offer<br />

memberandfamilyhelpline@defence.gov.au DefenceMemberFamilySupport Defence Member and Family Support<br />

water and land based activities for our ADF Members and families. Back in June Plus, win one of ten<br />

we enjoyed a social evening with a game or two of barefoot bowls and in July we<br />

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

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

descended on Lake Alexander to engage our core and try stand up paddle Roadtrip Kits on page 59!<br />

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

boarding. <strong>The</strong> good news is there will be another chance to paddle board in<br />

<strong>October</strong> during the school holidays.<br />

Defence Member and Family Support are here to help. Reach out to the Defence Member and Family Helpline 1800 624 608 at any<br />

22time <strong>The</strong>for <strong>Top</strong> advice, <strong>Ender</strong> support | Tri-Services or <strong>Magazine</strong> connection Incorporated with your local community. Our website has information on ADF member and family content<br />

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER <strong>2022</strong> 23<br />

so be sure to bookmark our URL and follow us on social media to keep up-to-date on planned events.


Remembrance Day: Lest We Forget<br />

Western Front, 1918:As guns ceased and silence<br />

fell across the battlefield, <strong>November</strong> 11th would<br />

forever be etched into history as the end of<br />

World War I.<strong>The</strong> war spanned across five years<br />

(1914-1918); some 330,000 Australians served<br />

overseas, and more than 60,000 died.<br />

Originally named “Armistice Day” to mark the end of the<br />

Great War, the United Kingdom proposed to change the<br />

name to include and honour the additional 40,000 lives lost in<br />

World War II, with Australia and other allied nations agreeing<br />

to the observance of “Remembrance Sunday” in 1946.<br />

In 1950, the Returned Sailors’, Soldiers’ and Airmens’ Imperial<br />

League of Australia lobbied for the inclusion of a period of<br />

silence on this day and it was formalised by Governor-General<br />

Sir William Deane’s 1997 proclamation urging Australians to<br />

“…Observe, unless impracticable, one minute’s silence at<br />

11am on Remembrance Day each year…..” (DVA Anzac<br />

Portal, <strong>2022</strong>)<br />

Today, we honour the significance of Remembrance Day by<br />

observing a minute’s silence at 11am, on the 11th day of the<br />

11th month each year. We do this to pay tribute to those<br />

who have given their lives or otherwise suffered serving<br />

Australia in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.<br />

Many Australians have relatives who served, however if you<br />

do not have a personal connection to somebody in the<br />

defence forces, the minute of silence is a way to show<br />

gratitude for the bravery and sacrifice made by those<br />

Australians who have served. It also includes those who care<br />

for the wounded, and the supporters on the home front who<br />

volunteered their free time to help with the war effort.<br />

We encourage all Australians to honour the tradition of<br />

Remembrance Day. You may like to attend a local service. If<br />

you are not able to, there are opportunities to watch the live<br />

streaming of the Remembrance Day National Ceremony in<br />

Canberra from the Australian War Memorial via their<br />

Facebook Page or on your local ABC media outlet. Another<br />

way to pay your respects is to wear a poppy. Poppies were<br />

adopted as the traditional symbol of commemoration after<br />

WWI, inspired by a poem “In Flanders Fields” written by<br />

Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. You can find out<br />

more information about the history and traditions of<br />

Remembrance Day in DVA’s free digital Remembrance Day<br />

Kitbag, including resources to help you host your own event:<br />

https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/resources/remembrance-daykitbag.<br />

Legacy Northern Territory, provides support for veterans’<br />

families, those who have died or given their health due to<br />

defence service, and will have poppies available to purchase at<br />

most shopping centres and Bunnings stores from the 10th of<br />

<strong>November</strong>. If you wish to sell or bulk purchase poppies for<br />

your Remembrance Day event, you can contact<br />

legacy@legacynt.org for more information.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Department of Veterans’ Affairs respects and<br />

commemorates the service and sacrifice of veterans, and<br />

acknowledges the vital contribution of their families and<br />

communities. If you need assistance from DVA you can<br />

contact us in a number of ways. For information and support<br />

you can call 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372), request a call<br />

back through MyService, visit us online at dva.gov.au or our<br />

office in Winnellie.<br />

Written by Louise Ruhl<br />

A/G Deputy Commissioner, NT<br />

Department of Veterans’ Affairs<br />

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

1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372)<br />

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

Highlighting Men’s Health for<br />

International Men’s Day<br />

International Men’s Day falls on 19 <strong>November</strong> every year and is<br />

an important opportunity to celebrate and support the men in<br />

our communities while highlighting some of the challenges that<br />

our men and boys are facing.<br />

International Men’s Day falls on 19 <strong>November</strong> every year and is an<br />

important opportunity to celebrate and support the men in our<br />

communities while highlighting some of the challenges that our men and<br />

boys are facing.<br />

Looking at the statistics, we know that men’s health outcomes and<br />

longevity is lessened by rising mental health challenges, chronic disease<br />

risk and the likelihood of injuries that come from working in hazardous<br />

environments and industries.<br />

<strong>The</strong> importance of International Men’s Day is backed by data from the<br />

Australian Men's Health Forum:<br />

1. 75 per cent of people who die by suicide are male.<br />

2. 1 in every 2 men will have a diagnosable mental health disorder,<br />

like depression or anxiety, in their lifetime.<br />

3. Separated men are 6 times as likely to be diagnosed with<br />

depression.<br />

4. Men who lack close friends are twice as likely to experience<br />

suicidal thoughts.<br />

A person’s lifestyle can influence their overall health and wellbeing, so<br />

things like physical activity, a well-rounded diet and keeping connected<br />

to your community reduces the risk of poor health and enhances your<br />

quality of life.<br />

We know that the unique nature of Australian Defence Force (ADF)<br />

service can result in health needs, outcomes and challenges that are<br />

different from the rest of the Australian population. Here are a few tips<br />

to help support a healthier future for men in our defence and veteran<br />

community:<br />

Maintaining a healthy body, can strengthen men’s<br />

mental health:<br />

<strong>The</strong> Veteran Health Check is a simple, yet comprehensive assessment<br />

that has been specifically designed to help identify any physical or mental<br />

health concerns veterans may have post separation from the ADF. <strong>The</strong><br />

early years after transitioning out of the ADF is when veterans are most<br />

at risk, and this will help you act on any issues or concerns early and stay<br />

well as you move into civilian life.<br />

DVA’s Non Liability Mental Health Care provides access to free mental<br />

health treatment through the DVA White Card for anyone with one<br />

day’s full time ADF service and certain reservists for all mental health<br />

conditions, whether related to service or not. Prior to making an<br />

appointment, please check with your treating professional if they accept<br />

the DVA White Card as payment.<br />

Take care of close relationships or build new ones:<br />

Social connection is a pillar of good health. Being part of a community of<br />

like-minded people can enhance your sense of wellbeing. This includes<br />

close relationships that you may already have. Luckily our modern world<br />

allows us to stay connected with people like never before, so be sure to<br />

send a message to your loved ones to let them know you’re thinking of<br />

them.<br />

If you’re looking for new connections you may find them by joining a<br />

local sporting team or taking up a new hobby or recreational pursuit.<br />

Final tips to remember this<br />

International Men’s Day:<br />

• See your doctor for regular check ups<br />

• Focus on food as nourishment<br />

• Try and move every day, in any way<br />

• Find ways to manage your stress<br />

• Try something new – change is good<br />

• Aim for 8 hours of sleep every night<br />

• Drink plenty of water<br />

• Stay connected with others<br />

• Do something nice for yourself<br />

• Swap your device for fresh air & sunshine<br />

Activities such as attending a Men’s Shed, sailing, paintballing,<br />

gardening, beekeeping, book clubs or a group fitness class might just<br />

be the activity to get you started. <strong>The</strong>re are also many ex-service<br />

organisations in each state and territory that can link you to the local<br />

community and often host activities and events for veterans and<br />

families.<br />

To find out more information about ex-service organisations in your<br />

area, go to www.dva.gov.au/civilian-life/find-ex-service-organisation.<br />

Support a mate, and be open to receiving help in<br />

return:<br />

Helping others makes us feel good. If you are often the person to<br />

always put up your hand to help someone, it’s important to allow<br />

somebody that same opportunity, by helping you or saying thanks in<br />

return. Another way to tap into those good feelings is by<br />

volunteering for a cause or organisation you care about.<br />

Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling<br />

offer a wide range of first-class counselling services, a community<br />

and peer program and digital self-help resources to support veterans<br />

and families. <strong>The</strong>y also run a series of wellbeing programs such as<br />

the Stepping Out workshop providing participants with the<br />

knowledge, skills and resources to successfully transition to civilian<br />

life. Go to www.openarms.gov.au.<br />

If you represent an organisation and are hosting an event for<br />

International Men’s Day in the Northern Territory please get in<br />

touch via CSA.NT@dva.gov.au<br />

Yours in Health,<br />

Written by Siân Howell<br />

Community Support Advisor, NT<br />

Department of Veterans’ Affairs<br />

14 Winnellie Road, Winnellie 0820<br />

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RememBEARing families<br />

this Remembrance Day<br />

Get in touch with us:<br />

but don’t always get, by supporting their ADF<br />

member.”<br />

Recent 2021 Census data shows that 1 in 20<br />

Australian households (5.3%) have at least one<br />

person who was either currently serving or had<br />

previously served in the Australian Defence<br />

Force (ADF).<br />

If the public choose to lay a Legacy Bear, they<br />

will also be helping raise funds for Legacy<br />

Australia to support the families of veterans,<br />

reducing instances of financial or social<br />

hardship.<br />

This partnership between DFA, Legacy and RSL<br />

is an example of a positive collaboration<br />

between agencies which support and pay<br />

respect to veterans, current serving members<br />

and their families.<br />

Legacy Bears can be purchased online through<br />

www.legacyshop.com.au or by contacting your<br />

local Legacy Club via www.legacy.com.au/clubs<br />

Contact Defence Families Australia<br />

DefenceFamiliesofAustralia<br />

@defence_families_<br />

of_australia<br />

@DefenceFamilies<br />

Defence Families<br />

of Australia<br />

ADF Chaplains in the NT<br />

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

Shaun Foster HMAS Coonawarra<br />

Australian Christian Churches<br />

0400 514 375<br />

Franco Siani Fleet North/HMAS Coonawarra<br />

Churches of Christ<br />

0400 514 375<br />

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

Glen Elsegood 8/12 Regiment<br />

Anglican<br />

0429 345 167<br />

Joel Vergara Regional Support<br />

Roman Catholic<br />

0409 778 462<br />

Chris Lindsay 1CER<br />

Presbyterian<br />

0418 428 337<br />

Garth Mayger 1CSSB<br />

Roman Catholic<br />

0419 869 187<br />

Phil Riley HQ1 BDE<br />

Anglican<br />

0407 283 050<br />

Free legal help to engage<br />

with the Royal Commission<br />

Steve Maggs 5RAR<br />

Baptist<br />

0408 684 783<br />

Roger Cowan 1AVN<br />

Baptist<br />

0429 891 274<br />

Airforce Darwin On-call:<br />

0477 308 064<br />

Airforce Tindal On-call:<br />

0427 890 054<br />

Christopher Buckley-Wilkshire RAAF Tindal<br />

Churches of Christ<br />

0437 702 645<br />

Written by Defence and Veterans Legal Service<br />

https://defenceveteranslegalservice.org.au/<br />

Andrew Knox RAAF Tindal<br />

Anglican<br />

0457 803 372<br />

Angela Stanfield RAAF Darwin<br />

Anglican<br />

0417 953 396<br />

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

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

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

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

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

be arranged as required.<br />

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Health Insurance you can depend on<br />

Image: Cruisin’ and Fishin’ with Mates4Mates<br />

Gone Fishin’ - and Cruisin’!<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s nothing quite like the Territory’s beautiful, natural<br />

environment to feel re-energised, and Mates4Mates loves to share<br />

great outdoor experiences with veterans and their families.<br />

Over the past few months, Mates4Mates have started regular fishing and<br />

cruising days and have already taken two groups of veterans and their<br />

families cruising on the Corroboree Billabong, spotting wildlife along the<br />

way and trying their luck fishing.<br />

In fact, some of the veterans who had previously attended the<br />

Mates4Mates fishing lure workshops tried their own designer lures out<br />

with great success.<br />

Veteran liaison officer, Chris always hosts a BBQ lunch nestled in the<br />

Territory wetlands.<br />

“It is such a fun and relaxing trip that everyone thoroughly enjoys, and<br />

we’re planning another as soon as possible, so watch this space,” said<br />

Chris.<br />

Something for Everyone<br />

Mates4Mates has a busy activity calendar ahead for the next couple<br />

of months, so if you or someone you know is looking for a<br />

wonderful, safe environment to spend some social time with people<br />

from the veteran or Defence Force community, get in touch with<br />

the team at the Palmerston centre.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is everything from weekly coffee catch ups and walks to cooking<br />

classes and fishing - with more to be announced.<br />

Mates4Mates social connection activities are free for veterans and their<br />

families and are open to everyone, even those who are not ‘official mates’!<br />

For almost 70 years, Defence Health<br />

has been providing great value<br />

health insurance, specially tailored<br />

for Defence families.<br />

Defence Health has always been not-forprofit<br />

and all for members – with better<br />

service, more satisfied members, and<br />

more back in benefits.<br />

<strong>The</strong> COVID-19 pandemic has<br />

dramatically increased the public hospital<br />

elective surgery waiting list, with the peak<br />

industry body forecasting it may take<br />

more than two years to clear the backlog.<br />

But with private hospital cover, patients<br />

can get the treatment they need almost<br />

immediately, by a doctor of their choice.<br />

And extras cover helps fund the<br />

important general treatment – such as<br />

dental, physio, optical and podiatry<br />

services – that Medicare does not cover.<br />

Most people don’t think about their<br />

private health insurance until they need it.<br />

And when that time comes, you want to<br />

know you’re with a fund you can depend<br />

on - a fund that puts people before<br />

profits.<br />

For the third year running, Defence<br />

Health has been named Major Private<br />

Health Insurer of the Year (in the notfor-profit<br />

and restricted category) in the<br />

2021 Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction<br />

Awards.<br />

This year, Defence Health has also taken<br />

out the overall award category – Private<br />

Health Insurer of the Year.<br />

On hearing the news, Defence Health<br />

CEO, Gerard Fogarty said, “When our<br />

members turn to us, they can trust we<br />

have their needs at the heart of<br />

everything we do. <strong>The</strong>ir health and<br />

wellbeing are what we’re here for.<br />

“It’s amazing to receive the award in the<br />

not-for-profit category again. But to take<br />

out the overall award category really caps<br />

it off,” he said.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Roy Morgan single source customer<br />

satisfaction survey is compiled from indepth<br />

interviews with more than 60,000<br />

people around Australia. In 2020 and<br />

2021, Defence Health scored a clean<br />

sweep in the Major Private Health Insurer<br />

of the Year (not-for-profit or restricted<br />

category) for monthly wins.<br />

Defence Health has a range of hospital<br />

cover – from Basic Plus through to Gold,<br />

as well as exclusive hospital and extras<br />

packages for serving defence couples and<br />

families.<br />

If you’re looking for a health insurer you<br />

can trust, it makes sense to check out<br />

Defence Health.<br />

Veterans’ Health Week<br />

This year,Veterans’ Health Week was themed around ‘Eat Well’ and<br />

the Mates4Mates Northern Territory team created an educational<br />

opportunity for veterans and their families to hear from a<br />

nutritionist to discuss the importance of eating well to prevent<br />

health conditions such as diabetes.<br />

Image: Gold and Lawn Bowls with Mates4Mates<br />

Veterans’ health and recovery is at the forefront of what Mates4Mates<br />

offer, with a range of free physical and psychological programs for their<br />

Mates to ensure good health is a part of every veteran’s lifestyle.<br />

New Veteran’s Hub on it’s way!<br />

Mates4Mates is well and truly on the way to providing two Veteran<br />

and Family Wellbeing Centres in the Territory, with construction<br />

underway for a new centre on the Stuart Highway which, happily,<br />

sits beside one of Darwin’s best cafes, Sweet Brew.<br />

This new centre will house Mates4Mates and their regular activities and<br />

services as well as other key providers to offer support to veterans,<br />

Defence Force members and their families.<br />

Recently Mates4Mates were lucky enough to host the Federal Minister for<br />

Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, Hon. Matt Keogh MP, and Luke<br />

Gosling MP at the site in Stuart Park as they checked out the plans for this<br />

great new location.<br />

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Image: Veteran’s Hub Press Conference at Mates4Mates<br />

“<strong>The</strong>y were so impressed and we have been very happy to have such<br />

fantastic support for the new centre,” said Mates4Mates Northern<br />

Territory Regional Manager, Marcia Morgan.<br />

While the new centre is under construction, please pop into the<br />

Mates4Mates Palmerston centre at 1A/11 Palmerston Circuit – we're here<br />

for the defence community!<br />

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Any veterans, Defence Force members and their families looking for support or more<br />

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

Rejuvenate Your Wellbeing now in two great locations:<br />

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Robertson Barracks<br />

Family Group<br />

Larrakeyah<br />

Neighbourhood House<br />

Christmas Market<br />

RBFG will be hosting a<br />

Christmas Market at<br />

Robertson Barracks!<br />

This will be a great<br />

opportunity to support<br />

spouse enterprises and<br />

to also get your<br />

shopping started early<br />

with some great<br />

Christmas gifts ideas<br />

for yourself and your<br />

loved ones! <strong>The</strong>re will<br />

be lots of special gifts<br />

available for every age!<br />

12 NOVEMBER<br />

9 am - 12 pm<br />

RBFG Centre Carpark<br />

EVERY WEEK<br />

Monday<br />

9am – Bumps and Bubs, a<br />

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

yrs, older siblings welcome<br />

Tuesday<br />

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

with some structured play/<br />

activities for 0-5yrs<br />

Thursday<br />

8:45am – Movement, a<br />

combination of stretch and yoga<br />

movements catering to all fitness<br />

levels<br />

Friday<br />

9am- Coffee out and about at a<br />

new location around Darwin<br />

each week<br />

EVERY MONTH<br />

Reading Between the Wines Book Club<br />

Craft Events and Dinners<br />

What’s been happening?<br />

RBFG have been running our regular weekly activities and have been very busy! It has been fantastic to<br />

meet so many new families this year and to also continue seeing our regular families coming to our catch<br />

ups. Over the next couple of months, we will be organising our monthly lunches, coffee catch ups and end<br />

of year function! Stay up to date with our Facebook page for further information.<br />

Keep an eye out for our <strong>November</strong> craft - a Remembrance Day Paint n Sip!<br />

WIRE WRAPPING CLASS<br />

In July, we hosted a jewellery making class with Sands of Time Designs in their studio and workshop at<br />

Howard Springs. <strong>The</strong>y are fabulous hosts and as always, the class was very enjoyable. Everyone took home<br />

their own tree of life pendant that they created themselves.<br />

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House is a not-for-profit community organisation that<br />

supports Darwin spouses and their families of all defence personnel, across all three<br />

services: Army, Navy and Airforce. We coordinate weekly programs that promote<br />

social connections within our community, including specialised programs for spouses,<br />

school holiday activities and, on occasion, larger events for the greater defence<br />

community located across Darwin, Palmerston and surrounding suburbs.<br />

We recently hosted an interactive and engaging Clay Earring<br />

making workshop at our venue, located on the Larrakeyah<br />

Defence Precinct. <strong>The</strong> workshop catered to older children and<br />

adults - we loved seeing some mum’s and daughter’s joining us for<br />

a creative and relaxing afternoon!<br />

We organise weekly activities for all ages, including playgroup,<br />

bumps and bubs, a fitness class and coffee catch ups. Pop into one<br />

of activities and say ‘hello’ - we would love to welcome you!<br />

Follow us on Facebook to see our weekly program Larrakeyah<br />

Neighbourhood House Community Group and join us at one of<br />

our fun activities.<br />

WEEKLY SCHEDULE<br />

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

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

CONTACT: Kylie Wilton, Centre Coordinator | www.larrakeyahhouse.com.au | larrakeyahhouse@hotmail.com<br />

JOIN US ON FACEBOOK<br />

“Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House Community Group” and “Reading Between the Wines”<br />

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Network Tindal<br />

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

community groups operating within the RAAF Base Tindal community.<strong>The</strong> vision of NTI is to create<br />

community connections that support the physical, social, and emotional wellbeing of our community<br />

whilst being posted to a remote and isolated location with limited access to other services.<br />

Billeroy House<br />

We had members from Clontaf Indigenous Kids Development Project to help<br />

clean and tidy the yards and shed. <strong>The</strong>y have done a superb job! <strong>The</strong> gardens are<br />

looking amazing thanks to the addition of a new scarecrow, which we<br />

constructed with materials kindly donated by Bunnings. All the hot dogs were<br />

quickly consumed and washed down with Paul’s milk drinks kindly donated by<br />

Paul’s Iced Coffee - thank you to all involved in supporting this activity.<br />

Weekly Activities at the Community House:<br />

Monday 9:30am - 11:30am Playgroup<br />

Tuesday 6pm - 7pm Group Fitness (at the gym)<br />

Wednesday 10am - 11:30am Bubs and Bumps, 3:30pm - 5pm Crafternoons<br />

Thursday 9:30am - 11:30am Playgroup, 3:30pm - 5pm Lego Legends,<br />

6pm - 7 pm Group Fitness (at the gym), 6pm - late Tabletop Gamers<br />

Friday 9:30am - 12pm Drop In’s<br />

CONTACT: @NetworkTindalBuddies on Facebook<br />

Growing Communities - Tindal<br />

Network Tindal Incorporated would love to share with the <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong> community a collaborative project we have been working on<br />

named “<strong>The</strong> Veggie Patch”. This befitting name is a play on ‘<strong>The</strong> Patch’,<br />

which is what we call our Tindal town.<br />

We undertook significant research to determine the most appropriate<br />

location for the garden and we agreed to utilise the yard at the Network<br />

Tindal Community House. This location is perfect because it is the heart<br />

of our community and also encourages foot traffic and engagement by<br />

people who may not otherwise engage with a community garden.<br />

Recycling and sustainability principles are two key drivers of the project.<br />

<strong>The</strong> purpose-built garden had to be raised and semi-permanent so that we<br />

could move it if required. Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) were cut in<br />

half by our handy teammate Martin and<br />

relocated to the garden position. Soil<br />

was sourced from a local quarry and<br />

IBCs were lined with cardboard and<br />

organic matter that we saved from<br />

landfill. Seedlings were donated by the<br />

Tindal DMFS team and tended to by<br />

our Garden Committee until it was<br />

time to plant them.<br />

On Sunday 24th July, Network Tindal<br />

hosted a Working Bee to set up the<br />

new garden. It took ten volunteers eight<br />

hours to place IBC’s, shift 4.5 tonnes of<br />

soil, clear existing garden beds, set up<br />

our worm farms and hook up an<br />

irrigation system. We would sincerely<br />

like to thank all volunteers who<br />

assisted with the garden and our local<br />

DMFS team for their donation of<br />

seedlings. We have started planting<br />

some spinach, herbs, strawberries,<br />

papaya and avocado. Some of the kids<br />

who use the space have put in requests<br />

for blueberries and banana trees – we<br />

will see what we can do!<br />

We look forward to keeping the<br />

community updated with the progress<br />

of <strong>The</strong> Veggie Patch.<br />

Natasha Reece<br />

Chairperson, Network Tindal<br />

<strong>The</strong> Cars&Coffee group was established in January <strong>2022</strong>. As the name<br />

suggests, this social group appeals to car enthusiasts of the Tindal<br />

community who also enjoy the local coffee culture in Katherine. <strong>The</strong><br />

group meets on the last Sunday of the month. People bring out their<br />

classic or performance cars for a morning cruise around the Tindal and<br />

Katherine area, to then finish at one of the many cafes on offer in<br />

Katherine.<br />

Despite being a relatively remote location, Katherine does boast several<br />

quality coffee destinations such as <strong>The</strong> Finch Cafe, Black Russian, Pop<br />

Rocket and many more. <strong>The</strong> NT may have a strong reputation for<br />

rugged 4x4s, but there is a surprising number of people at Tindal who<br />

get around in something a little bit sportier or classic. <strong>The</strong>se are the<br />

real ‘head turners’ and conversation starters when the group goes into<br />

town.<br />

<strong>The</strong> group not only supports the Tindal community, but also Katherine<br />

businesses as well. We vary our catch ups at different cafés every month<br />

to benefit local business with a big surge of coffee sales, and sometimes a<br />

delicious slice of cake for those with a sweet tooth. Cars&Coffee<br />

participant Melanie liked that it was a great reason to get out and about,<br />

“(it) gets you up and out of the house.” She also like that it is a regular<br />

running event, “It gives you something to look forward to every month.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> new group has also<br />

been a great way for<br />

people working in<br />

different base units to<br />

meet and socialise. <strong>The</strong><br />

shared interest in cars,<br />

both old and new, is a<br />

great way to connect<br />

with other people<br />

within the Tindal<br />

community. In the<br />

future, Cars&Coffee is<br />

focused on increasing<br />

the number of<br />

participants and offering<br />

more events to the<br />

Tindal community.<br />

Blake Coulson<br />

Cars&Coffee<br />

Coordinator<br />

Interest Groups Include:<br />

• Sewing<br />

• Crafters<br />

• Board Gamers<br />

• Table-<strong>Top</strong> Gamers<br />

• Hobby Hut (Workshop)<br />

• Cars and Coffee<br />

• Pay Day Parmi’s<br />

• Teens and Tweens<br />

• Community Garden<br />

• Tindal Kites Netball<br />

Cars&Coffee<br />

<strong>The</strong> Australian Military Wives Choir held their national conference at Billeroy<br />

House. <strong>The</strong>y utilised the web camera on our Smart TV. <strong>The</strong> camera was<br />

generously donated by veteran Frank Alcidi from RDP Tech Group. We now<br />

have webnet capability to support face-to-face meetings for the RSL, other<br />

community organisations and veterans.<br />

A huge A huge thank you to RSL Darwin Admin Officer Brookie Christie and<br />

her family for making this year's Anzac Day a success.<br />

On Sunday 3rd April, the Army Indigenous Development Program (AIDP) group<br />

volunteered their Sunday morning to help at Billeroy House. What the young<br />

men and women achieved in the timeframe was outstanding. <strong>The</strong> group weeded<br />

and then put weed matting in place to make the garden beds easier to maintain in<br />

the future. <strong>The</strong> house was cleaned from top to bottom. After the work was<br />

completed, we had a BBQ and soft drinks. Great work all round and I’m sure all<br />

visitors will enjoy the space thanks to the hard work of the AIDP team - a BIG<br />

thank you!<br />

Community Meetings<br />

Billeroy House is now being utilised by the Australian Military Wives<br />

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

(every Wednesday night and weekends when they hold a fishing<br />

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

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

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

Thursday every month for their meetings.<br />

Billeroy House now has a QR Code log in that must be used by<br />

anyone visiting the centre. A new visitor’s book is also available for<br />

anyone who doesn’t have a phone, and any visitor who wishes to<br />

place their details in the visitor's book can still do so.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Pilbara<br />

Regiment Family Group<br />

Morning Tea Every Second Friday<br />

9am | Mintu Wanta Mess<br />

All PRFG members welcome<br />

Written by Dan ‘Tank’ Tellam<br />

Wellbeing Advocate Officer Level 2, Coordinator<br />

RSL Billeroy House Veterans & Families Community Centre<br />

08 8942 0381 | billeroyhouse@rsldarwin.org.au<br />

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Ludmilla Primary Marches On<br />

for Soldier On<br />

Over the month of March, our 4/5/6 class took<br />

on the challenge to walk 96kms (the length of<br />

the Kokoda Track) for the March On School’s<br />

Challenge.To put this into perspective for the<br />

students, it would be the equivalent of walking<br />

from our school’s front gate to Batchelor!<br />

<strong>The</strong> students planned and measured out a 500m track<br />

around the school grounds to complete their trek. To<br />

achieve their 96km target, the students calculated that<br />

they needed to complete a combined total of 192<br />

laps. <strong>The</strong> students worked together on how they<br />

would track their journey, when they would complete<br />

their laps and how long they expected it to take to reach their goal.<br />

In just two days, they smashed the combined target of 96kms. A few of<br />

our students had set their own individual goals of reaching the 96kms<br />

and were out before school, recess and lunch with their backpacks on,<br />

taking every opportunity to reach their target.<br />

<strong>The</strong> students reached a combined total of 556kms over the month and<br />

three of our students William, Marshall and Darren individually reaching<br />

the 96kms.<br />

Not only did they raise funds and awareness for Soldier On, but it was a<br />

great opportunity for our students to learn about the challenge of Kokoda,<br />

WW2 history and to improve their mathematics skills. <strong>The</strong> students<br />

displayed courage, mateship, endurance and sacrifice, which were the<br />

focus words used throughout their challenge.<br />

We would also like to thank Samantha Snell from Soldier<br />

On, Mark Monaghan Member of Fong Lim and Luke Gosling<br />

Member for Solomon for visiting our students in support of<br />

the challenge, walking a lap and sharing their stories.<br />

To find out more about March On - https://<br />

www.marchonchallenge.org.au/<br />

Written by Jacinta Stewart<br />

Defence School Mentor<br />

Ludmilla Primary School<br />

Now in its fourth year, the Darwin International Laksa<br />

Festival is a celebration of the <strong>Top</strong> End’s multicultural<br />

community and tropical lifestyle. Most visitors to Darwin<br />

are shocked – and delighted – at the quality of Asian food,<br />

especially the laksa. Some say that the city serves the best<br />

laksa this side of Asia; others say that the fresh, top-class<br />

ingredients make it the best anywhere in the world!<br />

Laksa is now so much an integral part of the Darwin diet that a stall<br />

selling excellent laksa can literally “make” a market.<br />

<strong>The</strong> spicy noodle soup originated in the Peranakan culture, which<br />

developed after Chinese traders settled in Indonesia, Malaysia and<br />

Singapore, mainly from the 15th to 17th centuries – and married<br />

Malay women. <strong>The</strong> Chinese brought their noodle soup and the<br />

Malay women immediately thought:“I know what this needs –<br />

something to spice it up.” Laksa was born … fusion cooking at its<br />

finest.<br />

<strong>The</strong> origin of the name is unclear. It may originate from the Sanskrit<br />

word “laksha”, which means ‘many’ in Hindi – a reference to the<br />

many ingredients. Or it may come from the Persian “lakhshah”, a<br />

kind of vermicelli. Or it may stem from “la sha” – pronounced<br />

“latsa” in Cantonese – which means “spicy sand”, a reference to the<br />

gravy.<br />

Of course, there is no one laksa – communities have always mixed<br />

and matched ingredients according to availability and taste. So, in<br />

reality, there are as many laksas as there are cooks.<br />

<strong>The</strong> key ingredients in most Darwin laksas are chicken and seafood.<br />

But one adventurous cook has dabbled with crocodile!<br />

Darwin is the most multicultural city in Australia – nearly 30<br />

percent of the population was born overseas. Well-travelled<br />

people say that it is also one of the happiest and most harmonious<br />

multiracial places in the world, a city proud to have a humble but<br />

delicious Asian soup as its “national” dish.<br />

Extracted from Darwin<br />

International Laksa Festival website<br />

https://laksafestival.nt.gov.au/our-story<br />

Veterans’ Legal Service<br />

we offer free legal information and advice for<br />

veterans and their families on most areas of law:<br />

Contracts<br />

Credit & Debt<br />

Social Security<br />

Human Rights<br />

Discrimination<br />

Unfair Dismissal<br />

Consumer Rights<br />

Adult Guardianship<br />

Employment Rights<br />

most non-criminal matters<br />

Drop-in service<br />

every Thursday from 10am<br />

Mates4Mates Palmerston<br />

A1/11 Palmerston Circuit<br />

free & confidential<br />

for veterans by veterans<br />

freecall 1800 812 953<br />

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


Have You Tried the High Res App?<br />

Our instinctive response to a stressful situation may not always be the<br />

best one - the High Res app will help guide you through.<br />

High Res can assist serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel and<br />

their families to manage the daily stresses of military life, deployment, transition to<br />

civilian life and life post-service.<br />

Test your physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural reactions to stress and<br />

adjust your response in real time by using the stress management tools in the app.<br />

Optimise your performance and build your psychological resilience and mental<br />

fitness with regular resilience training.<br />

Features include:<br />

• Interactive, easy-to-use tools that you can access on the go such as Controlled<br />

Breathing, Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Thought Stopping<br />

• A scheduler that allows you to set goals to practice the tools regularly.<br />

• A resilience self-assessment that can help you keep track of your progress over<br />

time.<br />

Extracted from Open Arms<br />

https://www.openarms.gov.au/resources/apps-and-online-resources/high-res-app<br />

Upcoming <strong>October</strong>/<strong>November</strong> Courses<br />

DEFENCE DISCOUNT<br />

We also offer a 10% defence<br />

discount to members of APOD<br />

APOD members can contact<br />

our office to discuss this offer<br />

before enrolling online.<br />

Secrets in the Garden<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s a hidden gem in the heart<br />

of town… it’s quaint, it’s peaceful,<br />

it’s relaxing and the coffee is<br />

sublime! If you don’t know it’s<br />

there, it’s easily missed.<br />

“In a little town in Sudan, there is a<br />

small outdoor place with a thatch roof,<br />

where time is not counted, food is in<br />

abundance, connections are made -<br />

together with mistakes – and where<br />

life is celebrated. A place where a<br />

person can stay for as long as it is<br />

open and ever conversation inspires<br />

transformation. That place is called<br />

Makuti. Such a place exists<br />

everywhere in the world.<br />

In Darwin, it is called Mela Kulcha”<br />

Mela Kulcha is sponsored by<br />

Melaleuca Australia, a specialist<br />

organisation that supports<br />

humanitarian entrants, migrants and<br />

people for culturally and linguistically<br />

diverse backgrounds who are settling<br />

into the NT.<br />

I had the pleasure of joining the<br />

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House<br />

coffee morning held in this gorgeous<br />

gem; I could have simply sat there all<br />

day, such is the invitation of coffee,<br />

sunshine and good conversation.<br />

If you’re looking for a venue or simply a space<br />

to unwind, I implore you to seek out Mela<br />

Kulcha located at 24 McLachlan Street, Darwin.<br />

melakulcha<br />

melaleuca.org.au<br />

Written by Charlene Carter<br />

Community Coordinator<br />

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

Defence Groups Australia Wide<br />

Italian for Beginners<br />

Chinese Foundations<br />

Chinese Intermediate<br />

Introduction to Sewing<br />

Hand and wheel thrown<br />

pottery<br />

Watercolours<br />

Drawing<br />

Mosaics<br />

Printmaking<br />

Microsoft Excel<br />

Computing basics<br />

Adobe InDesign and<br />

Photoshop<br />

Connect with our Facebook and website to<br />

stay up to date with new courses and dates.<br />

www.adultshortcourses.com<br />

We also offer cooking classes throughout<br />

the term on a month-by-month basis,<br />

including a range of cuisines; Indonesian,<br />

German, Japanese and South American.<br />

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Honouring the only<br />

Territorian to die in Vietnam<br />

<strong>The</strong> Royal Commission<br />

into Defence & Veteran<br />

Suicide is coming<br />

to the NT in <strong>October</strong>.<br />

If you'd like to make a submission and you're<br />

a current or former Defence member, family<br />

member, friend, or support person:<br />

Images: (top) Vietnam, ABC News, abc.net.au/news/2016-04-22-reg-hillier-journey-home-to-australia-vietnam-veteran-50-years/7333218.<br />

(below) Portrait AWM Profiles – Reginald Hedley Hillier, Casket image NT News 14th June 2016.<br />

Corporal Reginald “Reg” Hedley Hillier MiD was born in<br />

Coonabarabran in NSW on 12 September 1939, and grew<br />

up on rural properties in the area.<br />

In 1949, aged 10, he and his brother Jimmy moved to Darwin to live<br />

with their dad Ted and their sisters Barbara and Margaret. Reg grew<br />

up at 11 Mile on the Stuart Highway, near the Berrimah intersection,<br />

and spent their time riding horses and mustering cattle, and learning<br />

from Aboriginal stockmen how to track animals.<br />

After leaving school, he worked on stations across the <strong>Top</strong> End,<br />

eventually tattooing a map of the Territory on his arm, giving him his<br />

nickname, “Territory”.<br />

In 1961, he enlisted in the Australian Regular Army for a six-year<br />

term and was sent to Puckapunyal in Victoria for 10 weeks of basic<br />

training. He was selected for Infantry and posted to the 1st Battalion<br />

Royal Australian Regiment.<br />

In 1965, aged 26, he was posted to Vietnam as a Corporal and<br />

Section Commander in 4 Platoon, B Company. He departed on<br />

HMAS Sydney, known amongst the troops as the “Vung Tao Ferry”,<br />

heading to South Vietnam.<br />

During his five months of operations in Vietnam, he went down Viet<br />

Cong tunnels on seven occasions, bringing back information on Viet<br />

Cong movements and operations. His bush skills paid off after he<br />

tracked two Viet Cong through the jungle to a large hidden base<br />

replete with documents and a herd of water buffalo.<br />

Reg was killed in action on 29 <strong>November</strong> 1965 at Vo Xu as<br />

his battalion prepared to clear a village. He was the only<br />

Territorian killed in Vietnam.<br />

His family were told it would cost them 1000 pounds to have<br />

Reg’s body returned home, a sum they simply couldn’t afford.<br />

Against their wishes, he was buried at the Terendak Military<br />

Christian Cemetery in Malaysia. Along with many other<br />

families, the Hilliers fought for years to have Reg’s remains<br />

brought home from the war.<br />

I commend Bob Shewring, then Vice President of the Vietnam<br />

Veterans Association of Australia’s NT Branch for his efforts<br />

as part of the Bring <strong>The</strong>m Home campaign to repatriate the<br />

remains of 25 Australians killed during that conflict and<br />

buried overseas. He has written a terrific book called “Reg”,<br />

which I helped launch in August, and have drawn from heavily<br />

here.<br />

Finally, in 2015, the Federal Government agreed to fund the<br />

repatriation and Corporal Reg Hiller was finally returned to<br />

the Territory he had so loved. Reg now rests at the Adelaide<br />

River War Cemetery; may he rest in peace and lest we<br />

forget.<br />

1800 329 095<br />

or (02) 5122 3105<br />

GPO Box 3273<br />

Sydney NSW 2001<br />

DVSRC.enquiries@royalcommission.gov.au<br />

defenceveteransuicide.royalcommission.gov.au<br />

If you'd like free, confidential legal advice before<br />

sending in a written submission or giving private<br />

or public in-person evidence, contact:<br />

Defence & Veterans Legal Service 1 800 33 1 800<br />

In his last letter to his<br />

friend Roger Steele,<br />

dated 1 <strong>October</strong> 1965,<br />

Reg wrote:<br />

“Struck a lot of snipers this time and as usual, I reckon I received undue<br />

attention from them; thank Christ they’re bad shots... <strong>The</strong>y also mortared us a<br />

few times, and boy was I shaking when I saw all those trees getting blown to<br />

splinters around us... I reckon my stomach muscles were digging holes in the<br />

ground I was hugging it that tightly. We look like having another go at them on<br />

Monday or Tuesday, so I hope the luck holds out a bit longer.”<br />

Luke Gosling OAM MP is the federal Member for<br />

Solomon, representing Darwin and Palmerston in<br />

Canberra. He served in the Australian Defence<br />

Force for 13 years.<br />

Reg Hillier House is located at Bees Creek and is<br />

used regularly for military commemorations and<br />

events.<br />

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

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EMERGENCY KIT<br />

STAY INFORMED<br />

TIPS FOR KITS<br />

CHECKLIST<br />

Store in an easy to reach, dry place<br />

Cyclone Preparation<br />

For the first time in more than 20 years, a triple La Niña season has been declared<br />

with above average rainfall and cyclones expected. Cyclone Season officially starts on<br />

1 st <strong>November</strong> and ends on 30 th April each year. You should start preparing for<br />

cyclones and damaging thunderstorms during the Wet Season, by getting your<br />

emergency kit ready and following any directions from the Bureau of Meteorology.<br />

ONLINE<br />

Weather and warnings - www.bom.gov.au<br />

Information on emergency situations in the NT - www.securent.gov.au<br />

Northern Territory Emergency Service - www.emergency.nt.gov.au<br />

Update on power, water & sewerage services - powerwater.com.au or follow<br />

@PowerWaterCorp on Twitter<br />

ALERTS<br />

FREE severe weather alerts - register for SMS, email or voice alerts at<br />

www.tiofi.com.au/alerts<br />

CALL<br />

NT Tropical Cyclone Information Service - 1300 659 211<br />

NT Marine and Land Weather Warnings - 1300 659 214<br />

Australian Tsunami Threat Information - 1300 878 6264<br />

NTES emergency help in floods, storms & cyclones - 132 500<br />

Power & Water Corp - enquiries 1800 245 092<br />

- or emergencies/faults 1800 245 090<br />

TUNE IN<br />

ABC Darwin - 105.7 FM (official emergency broadcaster)<br />

Or find your local ABC frequency - www.abc.net.au/reception/freq/Frequency-<br />

NT.pdf<br />

LISTEN OUT<br />

Listen for local community safety announcements and Emergency Alert<br />

messages sent to your phone.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) is a distinct audio signal that<br />

has been adopted to alert the community of an urgent safety message relating to a<br />

major emergency/disaster. It will be broadcast on public media (radio, television,<br />

sirens etc..)<br />

REMEMBER TO CHECK!<br />

For loose or light materials that may need to<br />

be secured<br />

Your vehicle fuel tank is full in the event of<br />

evacuation<br />

Your emergency kit is ready to use<br />

You all know where the strongest part of the<br />

house is if you need to take cover<br />

Your children, pets and neighbours are all safe<br />

Your window shutters are closed or windows<br />

taped/secured<br />

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Check contents once per year to<br />

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You have enough water!<br />

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MOON PHASES<br />

NEW MOON<br />

FIRST QUARTER<br />

TIDES<br />

NORTH COAST - DARWIN <strong>2022</strong><br />

TIMES AND HEIGHTS OF HIGH AND LOW WATERS<br />

TIME ZONE - 0930<br />

1<br />

OCTOBER<br />

Time<br />

m<br />

0249 2.47<br />

0830 6.69<br />

SA 1527 1.10<br />

2146 6.74<br />

2<br />

0325 3.00<br />

0856 6.21<br />

SU 1606 1.54<br />

2236 6.24<br />

3<br />

0411 3.59<br />

0925 5.62<br />

MO 1657 2.10<br />

2342 5.73<br />

4<br />

0535 4.10<br />

1008 4.95<br />

TU 1816 2.61<br />

5<br />

0129 5.47<br />

0825 4.07<br />

WE 1330 4.49<br />

2019 2.73<br />

6<br />

0328 5.80<br />

1011 3.38<br />

TH 1533 5.14<br />

2155 2.38<br />

7<br />

0429 6.31<br />

1057 2.65<br />

FR 1632 5.91<br />

2254 1.97<br />

8<br />

0514 6.76<br />

1135 1.97<br />

SA 1721 6.59<br />

2339 1.68<br />

9<br />

0550 7.10<br />

1211 1.39<br />

SU 1806 7.11<br />

10<br />

0016 1.54<br />

0621 7.29<br />

MO 1244 0.96<br />

1847 7.45<br />

11<br />

0049 1.57<br />

0647 7.34<br />

TU 1315 0.69<br />

1925 7.57<br />

12<br />

0119 1.74<br />

0709 7.26<br />

WE 1345 0.62<br />

2000 7.51<br />

13<br />

0147 2.03<br />

0730 7.06<br />

TH 1414 0.74<br />

2032 7.28<br />

14<br />

0213 2.39<br />

0751 6.75<br />

FR 1441 1.04<br />

2104 6.95<br />

15<br />

0237 2.80<br />

0812 6.35<br />

SA 1507 1.46<br />

2136 6.53<br />

16<br />

Time<br />

m<br />

0302 3.22<br />

0832 5.86<br />

SU 1536 1.98<br />

2213 6.08<br />

17<br />

0334 3.65<br />

0850 5.31<br />

MO 1615 2.56<br />

2259 5.62<br />

18<br />

0435 4.07<br />

0900 4.76<br />

TU 1718 3.09<br />

19<br />

0005 5.25<br />

0712 4.25<br />

WE 0823 4.26<br />

1857 3.41<br />

20<br />

0207 5.19<br />

1030 3.71<br />

TH 1538 4.49<br />

2057 3.29<br />

21<br />

0343 5.54<br />

1037 3.24<br />

FR 1613 5.09<br />

2205 2.93<br />

22<br />

0421 5.94<br />

1056 2.74<br />

SA 1645 5.69<br />

2250 2.56<br />

23<br />

0453 6.34<br />

1121 2.20<br />

SU 1718 6.27<br />

2327 2.26<br />

24<br />

0523 6.68<br />

1148 1.65<br />

MO 1754 6.80<br />

25<br />

0000 2.05<br />

0550 6.95<br />

TU 1218 1.14<br />

1830 7.24<br />

26<br />

0030 1.96<br />

0616 7.11<br />

WE 1249 0.72<br />

1907 7.54<br />

27<br />

0100 1.99<br />

0641 7.17<br />

TH 1320 0.46<br />

1943 7.66<br />

28<br />

0130 2.14<br />

0707 7.11<br />

FR 1353 0.41<br />

2018 7.59<br />

29<br />

0202 2.40<br />

0735 6.90<br />

SA 1428 0.59<br />

2058 7.34<br />

30<br />

0239 2.77<br />

0807 6.55<br />

SU 1506 1.00<br />

2141 6.92<br />

31<br />

0322 3.21<br />

0842 6.04<br />

MO 1550 1.58<br />

2231 6.42<br />

FULL MOON<br />

LAST QUARTER<br />

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implied, statutory or otherwise in respect to the availability, accuracy, currency,<br />

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intellectual property rights. <strong>The</strong> Bureau's liability for any loss, damage, cost or<br />

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Tides provided with permission of NT Government, Department of Transport<br />

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

1<br />

Time<br />

m<br />

0421 3.66<br />

0926 5.41<br />

TU 1647 2.25<br />

2338 5.95<br />

2<br />

0604 3.92<br />

1049 4.78<br />

WE 1811 2.81<br />

3<br />

0107 5.74<br />

0815 3.60<br />

TH 1353 4.77<br />

1959 2.99<br />

4<br />

0238 5.88<br />

0936 2.93<br />

FR 1521 5.42<br />

2127 2.84<br />

5<br />

0342 6.19<br />

1026 2.24<br />

SA 1619 6.11<br />

2227 2.61<br />

6<br />

0429 6.48<br />

1106 1.65<br />

SU 1709 6.69<br />

2312 2.44<br />

7<br />

0504 6.69<br />

1143 1.18<br />

MO 1752 7.14<br />

2350 2.35<br />

8<br />

0534 6.81<br />

1215 0.87<br />

TU 1832 7.41<br />

9<br />

0023 2.34<br />

0600 6.85<br />

WE 1245 0.70<br />

1909 7.53<br />

10<br />

0053 2.41<br />

0626 6.80<br />

TH 1313 0.69<br />

1943 7.48<br />

11<br />

0122 2.55<br />

0652 6.67<br />

FR 1341 0.83<br />

2014 7.31<br />

12<br />

0150 2.74<br />

0718 6.46<br />

SA 1409 1.11<br />

2045 7.04<br />

13<br />

0219 2.98<br />

0746 6.15<br />

SU 1437 1.50<br />

2116 6.72<br />

14<br />

0249 3.25<br />

0815 5.77<br />

MO 1508 1.97<br />

2151 6.35<br />

15<br />

0327 3.54<br />

0845 5.33<br />

TU 1545 2.48<br />

2232 5.98<br />

16<br />

Time<br />

m<br />

0422 3.83<br />

0920 4.87<br />

WE 1636 2.99<br />

2325 5.67<br />

17<br />

0606 3.96<br />

1034 4.44<br />

TH 1754 3.38<br />

18<br />

0032 5.49<br />

0804 3.73<br />

FR 1348 4.42<br />

1930 3.52<br />

19<br />

0153 5.53<br />

0915 3.25<br />

SA 1521 4.96<br />

2055 3.40<br />

20<br />

0300 5.75<br />

0957 2.69<br />

SU 1608 5.59<br />

2157 3.16<br />

21<br />

0347 6.05<br />

1033 2.09<br />

MO 1649 6.23<br />

2245 2.91<br />

22<br />

0426 6.34<br />

1110 1.50<br />

TU 1730 6.82<br />

2325 2.71<br />

23<br />

0500 6.59<br />

1145 0.96<br />

WE 1812 7.30<br />

24<br />

0002 2.59<br />

0532 6.78<br />

TH 1220 0.55<br />

1853 7.63<br />

25<br />

0038 2.54<br />

0605 6.89<br />

FR 1256 0.32<br />

1933 7.76<br />

26<br />

0115 2.58<br />

0640 6.88<br />

SA 1333 0.32<br />

2014 7.70<br />

27<br />

0154 2.71<br />

0718 6.75<br />

SU 1414 0.54<br />

2056 7.48<br />

28<br />

0238 2.91<br />

0800 6.45<br />

MO 1457 0.98<br />

2141 7.14<br />

29<br />

0330 3.14<br />

0848 6.02<br />

TU 1545 1.58<br />

2230 6.75<br />

30<br />

0438 3.34<br />

0949 5.50<br />

WE 1641 2.24<br />

2326 6.38<br />

MOZZIE WATCH<br />

Thank you to the Department of Health for<br />

supplying the calendars of the Salt Marsh Mosquitos<br />

and the Biting Midges. For more information on<br />

either of these pests, visit the Department of<br />

Health’s website referenced below.<br />

SALT MARSH MOSQUITOS<br />

OCTOBER<br />

M T W T F S S<br />

1 2<br />

3 4 5 6 7 8 9<br />

10◌ 11 12 13 14 15 16<br />

17 18 19 20 21 22 23<br />

24 25● 26 27 28 29 30<br />

31<br />

NOVEMBER<br />

M T W T F S S<br />

1 2 3 4 5 6<br />

7 8◌ 9 10 11 12 13<br />

14 15 16 17 18 19 20<br />

21 22 23 24● 25 26 27<br />

28 29 30<br />

DECEMBER<br />

M T W T F S S<br />

1 2 3 4<br />

5 6 7 8◌ 9 10 11<br />

12 13 14 15 16 17 18<br />

19 20 21 22 23● 24 25<br />

26 27 28 29 30 31<br />

BITING MIDGES<br />

OCTOBER<br />

M T W T F S S<br />

1 2<br />

3 4 5 6 7 8 9<br />

10◌ 11 12 13 14 15 16<br />

17 18 19 20 21 22 23<br />

24 25● 26 27 28 29 30<br />

31<br />

NOVEMBER<br />

M T W T F S S<br />

1 2 3 4 5 6<br />

7 8◌ 9 10 11 12 13<br />

14 15 16 17 18 19 20<br />

21 22 23 24● 25 26 27<br />

28 29 30<br />

DECEMBER<br />

M T W T F S S<br />

1 2 3 4<br />

5 6 7 8◌ 9 10 11<br />

12 13 14 15 16 17 18<br />

19 20 21 22 23● 24 25<br />

26 27 28 29 30 31<br />

Aedes vigilax can<br />

transmit Ross River virus<br />

and Barmah Forest virus.<br />

In Darwin, salt marsh<br />

mosquito numbers<br />

increase after each<br />

succeeding spring tide<br />

and heavy rain between<br />

August and January. Very<br />

high Ae. vigilax numbers<br />

can usually be expected<br />

between <strong>October</strong> and<br />

mid-January, depending<br />

on tides and rain. <strong>The</strong><br />

mosquitoes are largely<br />

absent or occur in<br />

relatively low numbers<br />

from February to July.<br />

Mangrove biting midge<br />

abundance is usually highest<br />

3 days either side of the full<br />

moon and, to a lesser extent,<br />

3 days either side of the new<br />

moon. Relatively low<br />

numbers occur during the<br />

wet season, with an increase<br />

from April to July. Highest<br />

numbers usually occur<br />

between August and<br />

December.<br />

REFERENCES<br />

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/11953<br />

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/11952<br />

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/741<br />

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Preparing Your Pet for Boarding<br />

When you go away without your pets, it’s important to<br />

consider your options for suitable boarding where your pet<br />

will feel comfortable, climate-controlled and safe.<br />

Check them out – before you decide on a suitable boarding facility<br />

for your beloved fur ball, take some time to visit each facility prior to<br />

booking in your pet. Meet the staff and test their knowledge about<br />

the facility and what to do in an emergency. Also, check for<br />

cleanliness, size of facilities and safety of the property. Do they have<br />

security cameras or a website where you can view videos of your<br />

pet and their daily activities?<br />

Qualified staff – while you are researching<br />

boarding options for your pet, ensure that<br />

the staff are qualified and have the skills<br />

and knowledge to provide excellent care<br />

for your pet while you are away.<br />

Delivery service – it will save you time<br />

and energy to find a service provider<br />

who offers a delivery service. Helga’s<br />

Pet Resort offers air-conditioned<br />

pick-up and delivery of your pet/s.<br />

Check the operating hours – prior to planning your drop-off<br />

and pick-up times, check that the facility is open in<br />

accordance with your plans. <strong>The</strong>re’s nothing worse than<br />

dropping your pet off before a last-minute flight, only to find<br />

that the facility is closed.<br />

Get a vet check – within the weeks before dropping your<br />

pet at a boarding facility, schedule some time with your vet<br />

for a health check and confirm that their vaccinations are up<br />

to date.<br />

Trial run – if your pet is not used to boarding facilities and<br />

you’re concerned about their welfare in your absence,<br />

organise a short stay in your preferred boarding facility to<br />

confirm that you and your pet feel comfortable for a longer<br />

stay in the future. If your pet comes home from a short stay<br />

seeming distressed and shabby, you may need to find<br />

another boarding facility for longer stays.<br />

Identification – ensure that you have sufficient and accurate<br />

identification for your pet in the weeks prior to their<br />

boarding experience. This also includes the identification of<br />

familiar blankets, toys, special food and medication to avoid<br />

any mix-ups. It’s also a good idea to ensure that your pet’s<br />

registration is up to date with the council.<br />

Check the rules – before booking your pet into a boarding<br />

facility, it’s important to check your responsibilities and what<br />

you are required to do prior to boarding. <strong>The</strong> last thing you<br />

want is unnecessary complications and stress prior to a welldeserved<br />

holiday.<br />

Preparing Your<br />

Pet for Travel<br />

Find a reputable provider - there are a number of<br />

pet transportation companies within Australia, so<br />

it’s a good idea to look around at your options<br />

and seek recommendations from other defence<br />

families who have relocated with pets.You will<br />

save yourself a lot of stress and time by choosing<br />

the right service provider for your pet.<br />

Plan early - It’s a good idea to plan early for pet travel<br />

to ensure that you confirm your booking and don’t run<br />

out of time to organise at short notice before your<br />

relocation.<br />

Stay calm - Although it can be distressing to send our<br />

pets independently, it’s important to stay calm and<br />

reassure your pet that they will be safe. Believe it or not,<br />

our pets feed off our energy and can sense if you’re<br />

stressed.<br />

Travel kennel - You pet will require a travel crate/kennel<br />

as part of their relocation, so it’s a good idea to give<br />

your pet plenty of time to become familiar with the<br />

crate. You can also include a familiar blanket or toy to<br />

reassure them during transit.<br />

Medication - If your pet requires medication, please<br />

consult with your chosen pet travel experts to ensure<br />

that medication is administered at the right time, if<br />

required.<br />

46 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated OCTOBER/NOVEMBER <strong>2022</strong> 47


Pets in Darwin<br />

Cane Toads and Our Pets<br />

Cane toads are highly toxic and pose a threat to our pets and<br />

wildlife in the Northern Territory. As the wet season begins,<br />

the number of toads increases, and our pets often find it<br />

tempting to chase and catch cane toads as they hop across<br />

the yard.<br />

When attacked or threatened, cane toads release a toxin, called<br />

bufotoxin, from special glands at the back of their head. <strong>The</strong> cane<br />

toad’s toxin is a thick, sticky, milky substance that easily sticks to the<br />

inside of an animal’s mouth. <strong>The</strong> toxin is absorbed through the<br />

mucous membranes, most commonly through the gums, but also<br />

through the eyes, nose and tongue. <strong>The</strong> toxin is potent and fast acting.<br />

Toxin is present in the body tissues of toads as well, and they can also<br />

squirt the toxin up to 2 metres.<br />

All life stages of cane toads are poisonous, including eggs and tadpoles.<br />

Even dried, dead cane toads can be toxic. <strong>The</strong> toxin targets the heart,<br />

nervous system and gastrointestinal tract and it can be fatal if<br />

enough toxin is ingested. An average sized dog can die within 15<br />

minutes of coming into contact with a large amount of toxin.<br />

Symptoms of cane toad poisoning<br />

Symptoms vary depending on the amount of toxin, how long the pet<br />

is exposed to it, and the size of the pet (the smaller they are the more<br />

affected they will be).<br />

Symptoms can include:<br />

• Mouth irritation causing excessive salivating or<br />

drooling/frothing. Gums will often appear bright<br />

red and become sticky or slimy. Animals will<br />

often paw at their mouth.<br />

• Vomiting<br />

• Disorientation/wobbliness when walking<br />

• Dilated pupils<br />

• Panting<br />

• Shaking and seizures can occur in severe cases<br />

and can be life threatening.<br />

• Rigidity – parts or all of the body may become<br />

rigid.<br />

What to do if your pet has come into contact with<br />

a cane toad?<br />

Using a wet cloth, wipe the gums, tongue and roof of mouth. Wash<br />

the cloth thoroughly between wipes. Continue this process for<br />

10-20 mins.<br />

Do not use a hose to rinse out the mouth of your dog, the toxin<br />

is sticky and requires wiping/rubbing to remove it. <strong>The</strong>re is also<br />

significant risk of them inhaling water causing aspiration pneumonia<br />

or drowning.<br />

Contact your vet. In mild cases wiping the mouth out may be all<br />

that is needed, however it is recommended to take them to the<br />

vet immediately. Symptoms can worsen rapidly and early treatment<br />

will give your pet the best chance of survival.<br />

How to reduce the risk of your dog coming in<br />

contact with toads:<br />

• Cane toads are nocturnal. Keep your pets inside at night, and<br />

take them out for toilet breaks on a lead.<br />

• Remove any fresh standing water as much as possible. Toads<br />

look for water without fish in it to breed.<br />

• Turn off outside lights and pool lights as much as possible.<br />

• Cover swimming pools<br />

• Place wire mesh around the outside of your fence. Mesh should<br />

be buried at least 10cm and extend at least 50cm above the<br />

ground.<br />

• Try to trap toads with funnel traps along your fence.<br />

What to do if you find a toad in your yard<br />

Remove your pets from the area, then humanely euthanise the toad.<br />

<strong>The</strong> cane toad is regarded as a major environmental pest in Australia.<br />

<strong>The</strong> following methods are recommended by the RSPCA to be the<br />

most humane options for the general public to use to euthanise toads:<br />

• Cooling and then freezing - place the toad in a plastic bag or<br />

container in the fridge for 12 hours and then (after making sure it<br />

is not moving and is effectively anaesthetised) transfer it to a<br />

freezer for at least 24 hours to painlessly kill the toad.<br />

• Eugenol (eg. Croaked spray) - this chemical is sprayed onto the<br />

toad’s skin where it is absorbed. <strong>The</strong> toad becomes sedated, then<br />

unconscious, then dead relatively quickly. Trials indicate that this<br />

method does not cause any pain or distress to the toad.<br />

Written by All Pets Veterinary Hospital<br />

allpetsvet.com.au<br />

RSPCA Donation Wish List<br />

Donations of the following items will help the RSPCA<br />

Darwin reduce overheads and direct more money to<br />

supporting its mission. On behalf of all the animals in our<br />

care, past & present, thank you for your support and for<br />

making our many wishes come true.<br />

Please note that, due to the generous sponsorship if Hill’s, we do<br />

not need donations of pet food. A wishlist of the items we need is<br />

below:<br />

• Robust Dog Toys<br />

• Cat Toys<br />

• Bunnings vouchers as we maintain several dwellings on 5 acres,<br />

the maintenance is enormous!<br />

• Silicon muffin trays perfect for frozen dog treats!<br />

• Kong’s! Black or Red, the larger sizes are needed for our larger<br />

dogs<br />

• 2l 5l and 10L water pressure spray bottles/kits<br />

• Dog treats – raw hide/schmackos etc<br />

• Large & Medium Dog crates<br />

• Kitty Litter Trays<br />

• Metal Frame Dog Beds<br />

• Moat food bowls for cats<br />

• ‘Cool Mats’ from Petbarn<br />

• ‘Cool Bandanas’ from Petbarn<br />

• Front-attach Easy Harness (Medium & Large Sizes)<br />

Please call the shelter in 8984 3795 if you would like more<br />

information or if you would like to help.<br />

Extracted from RSPCA Website<br />

https://www.rspcadarwin.org.au/wishlist/<br />

reception@rspcadarwin.org.au<br />

80 Boulter Road, Berrimah, Darwin NT<br />

08 8984 3795<br />

We're all excited about this nice bit of rain, but we can<br />

almost guarantee it's going to bring out the first run of<br />

mouse spiders for the season.<br />

Over the last few years, we've had the first reports of the season<br />

around late August/early September, and then more consistent<br />

sightings late <strong>November</strong> through December.<br />

We can't treat to prevent wandering spiders, so we always<br />

recommend scooping them up and putting them back outside. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

can give a nasty bite and are moderately venomous to people<br />

though, so watch your fingers! We also offer a completely free<br />

relocation service for any large spiders that have walked into your<br />

home (if we can get there on the day).<br />

Here's a couple of tips to keep your family safe from wandering<br />

mouse spiders.<br />

• Collect all shoes and toys from outside and bring them inside<br />

or keep them at least 30cm above the ground. Mouse spiders<br />

struggle to climb smooth vertical surfaces.<br />

• Keep all leaves and garden mulch raked up and cleared as<br />

wandering spiders will hide in there as it's nice and damp and<br />

warm.<br />

• Don't leave loose clothing on the ground, keep it in a basket<br />

off the ground.<br />

• Fit brush strips or rubber strips to the bottom of doors to<br />

close the gap. Mouse spiders only need about 1cm to creep<br />

under. (This is also great for keeping rodents and other insect<br />

pests out of your home; under the door is a very common<br />

entry point). We can provide this service for you.<br />

If you ever find a critter and you're not sure what it is or if you<br />

need to do anything with it, feel free to send a photo to us for<br />

identification and some free advice.<br />

Instinct Pest Management carries all applicable insurances and<br />

certifications including EPA and NT Health Licensing, Construction<br />

Induction (white card), Working at Heights, Elevated Work Platform<br />

and Licence to manage pest birds. We are also fully insured to carry<br />

out Pre-Purchase Timber Pest Inspections when purchasing a new<br />

property, and one of the only Termidor HE accredited small<br />

businesses in the Darwin region.<br />

Instinct Pest Management<br />

www.instinctpest.com.au<br />

0497 227 860<br />

Mouse Spiders<br />

info@instinctpest.com.au<br />

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Backyard Bird Count<br />

<strong>The</strong> Aussie Backyard Bird Count was created by BirdLife<br />

Australia in 2014 and has returned every year in <strong>October</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong> data collected assists BirdLife Australia in<br />

understanding more about birds and where they live.<br />

Participants are asked to count as many birds as they can<br />

wherever they are, including their own backyard, down by the<br />

beach or even at a local park. You can count as many times as you<br />

would like during the week, but it is preferred that each count is<br />

completed in 20-minute periods. You can then submit your results<br />

using the app or the web form.<br />

To submit your results and learn more about the initiative, you can<br />

head to the website: https://aussiebirdcount.org.au. <strong>The</strong> website<br />

includes plenty of bird facts and information, or you can get involved<br />

COMMON ACROSS THE NT<br />

SPOTTO<br />

See how many of these birds you can find!<br />

by downloading the Aussie Bird Count app in the App store and<br />

Google Play.<br />

You can also use the Find a Bird tool in the app to search for the<br />

bird you spot based on your location and the size, shape and<br />

colour of the birds you find.<br />

Check out http://www.tracksbirding.com.au/guides/ for guides on<br />

where you may find some of these birds around Darwin, Kakadu,<br />

Katherine, and Alice Springs.<br />

Written by Madison Collier<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

DARWIN<br />

Guidance from an introvert: get out there!<br />

Moving to a new and unfamiliar location, far from<br />

our support network of family and friends can<br />

be really daunting at times, especially for those of<br />

us with introverted personalities. Posting to the<br />

Northern Territory certainly has its challenges in<br />

terms of location!<br />

I’ve heard many people say when referring to living in<br />

the Territory – you either love it or you hate it! I’m<br />

thankful that I love living in the Territory and for<br />

now, I never want to leave.<br />

Like most other things in life, living in the Territory is<br />

what you make of it. <strong>The</strong>re are so many things to<br />

see and do – from National Parks with crystal clear<br />

swimming holes to bustling markets – there’s<br />

something for everyone. If history interests you, the<br />

Territory is an intriguing place to explore sprinkled<br />

with lots of hidden curiosities!<br />

When our serving members are away, sometimes for<br />

months at a time, it’s easy to feel a little bit lost or<br />

bored (and sometimes overwhelmed with extra<br />

responsibilities). This means that we can fall into a<br />

‘stay at home’ lifestyle as it feels easier and safer than<br />

exploring on our own. This may lead to feeling<br />

disconnected, which can impact our experience of<br />

living in the Territory, as well as our mental health.<br />

As an introvert, I choose my activities very selectively.<br />

What does this mean for me? It means that you<br />

definitely won’t find me at group dinners or coffee<br />

catch ups! I choose activities where I can be<br />

relatively anonymous and participate in conversation<br />

as much as I like – sometimes a little, sometimes a<br />

lot. <strong>The</strong> Mates4Mates Darwin cooking classes have<br />

been an excellent choice for me. I have<br />

attended two classes and had a great time –<br />

plus you get to take home samples of what<br />

you cooked! Attending these classes gave me<br />

the confidence to sign up to another class –<br />

decorating cupcakes (a fundraiser for the<br />

RSPCA) and I can’t wait to sign up for more!<br />

DMFS have also had some great activities for<br />

introverts like the war history bus tour,<br />

dumpling cooking class and star gazing event<br />

with more events planned for the near future.<br />

Pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone,<br />

my 17 year old son and I travelled from<br />

Darwin to Katherine to attend the Cutta<br />

Cutta Caves tour with DMFS Tindal. It was a<br />

great opportunity to catch up with my son<br />

during our road trip and seeing the sights along<br />

the way.<br />

Going to these events can be a good way to<br />

‘get out there’ whilst in a safe environment. If<br />

you’re still feeling apprehensive, sign up to<br />

event alerts so you can explore what the<br />

Territory has to offer on your terms.<br />

No matter how introverted you are, it is<br />

possible to find an activity or hobby that you<br />

love and get out there – you can do it!<br />

Written by Liana Tighe<br />

Community Contributor<br />

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

Double-barred Finch<br />

Pheasant<br />

White Egret<br />

Sulphur-crested<br />

Cockatoo<br />

Willie Wagtail<br />

Gray-Crowned<br />

Blue Faced or<br />

Red-headed<br />

Honeyeater Barking Owl<br />

Babblers<br />

Masked Lapwing<br />

(Spur-winged Plover)<br />

Galah<br />

Rainbow Bee-eater<br />

Bush Stone-Curlew<br />

Rainbow Lorikeet<br />

Fig Birds<br />

KATHERINE &<br />

VICTORIA RIVER<br />

DISTRICTS<br />

KAKADU<br />

Black Kite<br />

Magpie Geese<br />

Little Friarbird<br />

Variegate<br />

Fairy-wren<br />

Azure Kingfisher<br />

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C R E A T I V E S P O U S E S S E R I E S<br />

Bellydancing and Zumbini with Georgie<br />

After performing and teaching belly dancing for over 15<br />

years,ADF partner Georgie demonstrates the benefits of<br />

belly dancing and Zumbini, which is a combination of fun<br />

and exercise for all ages!<br />

Zumbini<br />

As a fully qualified Zumbini instructor, Georgie is available for group<br />

workshops and private lessons.<br />

Give your little one a healthier, happier, more enjoyable start.<br />

Through 6-16 week sessions, we not only nurture their love of<br />

movement so it becomes a way of life, but give you the chance to<br />

nurture your inner child as well!<br />

Created by Zumba® and BabyFirst for kids ages 0-4, the Zumbini®<br />

program combines music, dance and educational tools for 45 minutes<br />

of can’t-stop, won’t-stop bonding, learning and fun!<br />

For more information: https://www.zumbini.com/en<br />

Belly dancing<br />

As one of the oldest forms of dance, the benefits of belly dance are<br />

widespread. Belly dancing improves strengths, fitness, coordination,<br />

confidence and balance, as well as being an expressive form of dance.<br />

@darwinbellydancecollectivemama_<br />

When Mel was in quarantine with her<br />

family upon arriving into Darwin earlier<br />

this year, she turned her hand to<br />

mandala’s to pass the time. It soon<br />

became a family affair with her children<br />

also giving it a try.<br />

Creating mandalas can be creative and<br />

therapeutic, which is perfect for anxiety, focus<br />

and relaxation. Mel is now expanding her<br />

experience into workshops and teaching other<br />

people the benefits of mandalas, including a<br />

workshop for <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> Youth<br />

Week program in April this year. Mel has a keen<br />

eye for symmetry and detail, which is shown in<br />

her incredible canvas and rock painting designs.<br />

Made to order mandala letters are available for<br />

$25 each<br />

@lmehandmade<br />

Mel’s Mandalas<br />

<strong>The</strong> following information provided by World Belly Dance, outlines<br />

the benefits of belly dancing for any person who wishes to try!<br />

https://www.worldbellydance.com/health-benefits-belly-dance/<br />

Back and Joints Pains are Relieved<br />

During the dance, the movements of hip drops, circles, figure eights,<br />

and shimmies put the joints and ligaments in the lower back and hip<br />

through a full range of gentle, repetitive motion. This movement<br />

helps increase the flow of synovial fluid (nature’s lubricant) in these<br />

joints.<br />

Bone Density Increases<br />

Because a woman is on her feet, moving during the dance, it is<br />

considered a weight-bearing exercise. Weight-bearing exercise can<br />

prevent osteoporosis and strengthen bones.<br />

Low Impact Form of Exercise<br />

<strong>The</strong> graceful hip drops, rolls, and pivots of this dance form utilise<br />

muscle groups in the abdomen, pelvis, trunk, spine, and neck, working<br />

with the body instead of against it.<br />

<strong>The</strong> benefits of belly dance can be enjoyed by women of all ages.<br />

Helps in Losing Weight<br />

Raks Sharqi can burn up to 300 calories per hour. This estimate will<br />

vary, of course, depending on the intensity of your dancing.<br />

Helps in Preparing for Childbirth<br />

<strong>The</strong> movements of raks sharki make an excellent prenatal exercise<br />

regimen that strengthens the muscles used during the childbirth<br />

process.<br />

Reducing Stress Levels and Dance<br />

Repetitious swaying, circular and flowing movements are likened to a<br />

state of dance-meditation.<br />

Boosting your Self-Esteem<br />

<strong>The</strong> movements are artistic and feminine, creating a positive feeling<br />

of sensual expression and freedom.<br />

Helping to Relieve PMS<br />

Soothing belly dance movements such as rolling the hips, figure of<br />

eights, and undulations can help to alleviate congestion in the pelvic<br />

area.<br />

5 benefits of mandalas<br />

Relaxation<br />

Designing and colouring mandalas can<br />

help you focus your attention.<br />

Deep Connection<br />

Mandalas make it easier to connect with<br />

the most intimate parts of yourself. That<br />

will help guide you along the path of selfknowledge.<br />

Creativity<br />

Mandalas are an artistic kind of free expression. In other words,<br />

you can draw them however you like.<br />

Crafting and Decorating<br />

You can also use mandalas to decorate your house or your<br />

workplace. Paint mandalas on rocks and use them as ornaments.<br />

<strong>The</strong>rapeutic<br />

Mandalas have been recognised by psychology as a therapeutic<br />

tool. <strong>The</strong> Swiss psychologist Carl Jung said they’re like<br />

representations of our mind.<br />

https://exploringyourmind.com/5-benefits-of-mandalas/<br />

Free screening test<br />

Breast Cancer<br />

Awareness Month<br />

If you are between 50 and 74 years of age you can have a free<br />

mammogram with BreastScreenNT. Research shows that a screening<br />

mammogram is the most effective way to detect breast cancer for women<br />

in this age group.<br />

You can have screenings at any of the following places:<br />

• Darwin - all year<br />

• Palmerston - weekly<br />

• Katherine - once a year<br />

• Gove - every second year<br />

• Alice Springs - twice a year<br />

• Tennant Creek - once a year<br />

• remote communities as per the screening schedule with the<br />

BreastScreenNT bus.<br />

For more information call 13 20 50 or go to BreastScreenNT - https://<br />

nt.gov.au/wellbeing/cancer-services/breastscreennt<br />

Symptoms<br />

It is important to know the normal look and feel of your breasts. Things<br />

you should look out for include:<br />

• a new lump or lumpiness in your breasts, especially if it is only in one<br />

breast<br />

• a change in the size and shape of your breast<br />

• a change to the nipple such as crusting, an ulcer, redness or the nipple<br />

pulled in<br />

• a change in the skin of your breast such as redness or dimpling or<br />

puckered skin<br />

• a pain that does not go away.<br />

If you have a significant family history of breast cancer, you should talk to<br />

your GP.<br />

What is the process of getting a mammogram?<br />

Your breasts will be compressed for about 10 seconds when the picture is<br />

being taken. This means a clear picture can be taken with the least amount<br />

of radiation. A radiographer will take two x-ray pictures of each breast.<br />

<strong>The</strong> digital pictures can be displayed on a high-resolution computer screen<br />

and looked at closely by two specially trained doctors called radiologists.<br />

It can take between four to six weeks to get your results. <strong>The</strong>y will be<br />

mailed to you, and your doctor if you have given us the name of your<br />

general practitioner.<br />

You may be called back to an assessment clinic for more tests. You will be<br />

contacted by a breast care nurse who will explain what happens next and<br />

answer any questions you may have.<br />

How to make an appointment<br />

You can make an appointment by calling 13 20 50.You<br />

don't need a doctor's referral.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are permanent screening facilities in Darwin<br />

and Palmerston.<br />

For all other remote areas, read about<br />

BreastScreenNT bus to find out where and when you<br />

can be screened - https://nt.gov.au/wellbeing/remotehealth/breastscreen-bus<br />

<strong>The</strong> breast screening program is run by Cancer<br />

Screening Services.<br />

Breast Cancer Network Australia<br />

Helpline<br />

BCNA's Helpline provides information about breast<br />

cancer for women and men living with breast cancer<br />

and for their family members and friends. Our Helpline<br />

team can provide you with written information about<br />

breast cancer and issues that may be concerning you.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y can also talk to you about concerns that you may<br />

be experiencing as a result of your breast cancer and<br />

can refer you to supports available to assist you.<br />

Open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm AEST Monday to<br />

Friday, BCNA’s Member Support Services team can be<br />

reached on 1800 500 258.<br />

You can also contact us by email on<br />

contact@bcna.org.au.<br />

https://www.bcna.org.au/<br />

OCTOBER<br />

Darwin Breast Cancer<br />

Support Group<br />

Find us on Facebook<br />

https://www.facebook.com/darwinspottydotties2015<br />

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5 Ways to Improve Meal Times Pilates<br />

Mealtimes can quickly feel like a battle ground - whether you are trying to get your child to try some<br />

new, stop throwing their food or even just stay seated at the table, the battles are endless. But there<br />

are a few key steps you can take to remove the stress, because we all know as defence families, we<br />

don't need any more of that in our lives!<br />

Remove the pressure<br />

When children feel pressured to do something or eat something on<br />

their plate they automatically jump into defensive mode, which is the<br />

last thing we want at mealtimes. So, instead of asking your child to<br />

try something or hiding vegetables in their food - be open and<br />

honest with what you are serving up and help them explore the<br />

different foods on their plate through all of their senses - touch,<br />

sound, sight and smell and leave them to come to taste on their<br />

own terms.<br />

Understand your role (and your child's)<br />

It is your job to decide when and what to serve to your child. And it<br />

is their role to decide how much and what to eat of what you serve.<br />

Once you put food down in front of your children, your role is<br />

finished. To keep these roles and responsibilities really clear during<br />

mealtimes, use structured boundaries to help them understand and<br />

feel in control of their own eating experience.<br />

Serve a liked food<br />

Choose a food you know they always like to eat. This might be an<br />

unhealthier snack, a dessert or even a piece of fruit. Serve this up<br />

with the dinner you have planned tonight. <strong>The</strong> idea behind this is to<br />

help them feel really comfortable during mealtimes and assure them<br />

that there is a food available that they enjoy and can fill up on if they<br />

don't like the other food options.<br />

Use a ‘no thank you bowl’<br />

This is one of the best tools you can utilise at any mealtime with<br />

your picky eater. Place a small bowl, plate or even a coaster close to<br />

their plate on the table and tell them if they don't want something<br />

they can just put it in the 'no thank you bowl'. Not only does this<br />

teach them manners (aka no more YUCK!), but it also allows them<br />

to feel in control of their mealtimes while still engaging with the<br />

foods they are unsure of by actively moving it to the ‘no thank you<br />

bowl’.<br />

Set a schedule for meals<br />

If it feels overwhelming to make changes to your mealtimes, start with one step at a time.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is no quick fix - implementing these steps consistently over time will improve your<br />

mealtimes and help your kids improve their eating habits!<br />

Shelley is a local paediatric nutritionist on a mission to help<br />

parents feel confident feeding their kids. As founder of Good<br />

Little Eaters, Shelley works closely with parents to help them<br />

understand their child’s eating habits and work through their<br />

mealtimes behaviours so that mealtimes can be enjoyable again!<br />

@goodlittleeaters |<br />

$100<br />

COMMUNITY<br />

CONTRIBUTOR<br />

VOUCHER<br />

Just like your child has a ‘usual’ bed and nap time, they should have<br />

mealtimes on a schedule as well. This can look different for every<br />

family, but it is key to prevent over snacking and also to help you as<br />

the parent or carer to set clear boundaries around your mealtimes.<br />

www.goodlittleeaters.com<br />

You've been encouraged to try it,<br />

but where do you start?<br />

You have probably already heard that Pilates is good for you, especially<br />

for strengthening your core, improving flexibility, posture and tone, and<br />

possibly helping with back pain (among other things).Whilst none of<br />

these claims are guaranteed for every person, all of the benefits are<br />

true, and it’s not surprising that with a growing number of class options<br />

and providers at your fingertips, it can be tricky to know where to<br />

start!<br />

Where to start your Pilates journey...<br />

<strong>The</strong> first thing is to establish why you want to do Pilates, which could be driven<br />

by general fitness and wellbeing, rehabilitation, pain management or perhaps<br />

physical conditioning towards a certain physical goal such as the ‘El Camino’, a<br />

sporting competition or just being able to put on your socks. So, let’s break down<br />

some of the different types of Pilates and who they might suit:<br />

Studio Pilates, Pilates <strong>The</strong>rapy, ’Clinical’ Pilates: Mostly available in private or small<br />

group sessions with a maximum of 4 participants. Each client is programmed<br />

based on their individual needs, so everyone may be doing something different<br />

depending on their bodies and goals. Each session may involve exercises on a mat<br />

or a selection of specialised Pilates machines (that look like something from 50<br />

Shades of Grey). Every instructor is trained to ensure that exercises are suitable<br />

for an individual’s fitness level, age, injuries and pre-existing conditions. Depending<br />

on the type of session (private or group) and duration, the cost ranges between<br />

$40 - $120 per session.<br />

Mat Pilates: This option is a generic class on exercise mats, where everyone does<br />

the same exercises. <strong>The</strong> class may involve small apparatus (for example; foam<br />

rollers and therabands) with some modifications possible for certain injuries and<br />

conditions. It’s important to advise your instructor of any injuries or conditions<br />

prior to class, so they can modify exercises appropriately (it may be harmful if<br />

you don’t!). Mat Pilates is suitable for participants who can get to the floor safely<br />

and comfortably. For group classes, a maximum of 12-15 people is the<br />

professional industry standard. <strong>The</strong> cost of these classes generally range between<br />

$12- $30 per class.<br />

Reformer Pilates: This option is very similar to a mat class, except classes are<br />

performed on a Pilates Reformer machine. Class numbers should be smaller than<br />

a mat class given the additional potential hazards of working out on a reformer -<br />

you can fly off if you do not know how to use the equipment properly! <strong>The</strong> cost<br />

of these classes range between $25 - $45 per class.<br />

So how do you choose where to go?<br />

When considering your options and selecting a Pilates instructor, it’s a good<br />

idea to research the training and credentials of the instructor. <strong>The</strong> gold standard<br />

of professional teachers is a Diploma level qualification in Pilates. However, this is<br />

not 100% necessary. If they have membership with one of the professional<br />

Australian Pilates industry bodies (Australian Pilates Method Association or Pilates<br />

Alliance of Australasia) you can generally be confident they have been well<br />

trained. If you are looking for a good teacher or studio anywhere in Australia,<br />

both associations list members on their websites. Be mindful that if your teacher<br />

does not have comprehensive training in the Pilates method, they may not<br />

actually be teaching it.<br />

How many times a week do I need to go?<br />

Written by Lizzi Webb<br />

Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction,<br />

B Ex & Sport Science, BA (Dance), APMA<br />

Level 4<br />

<strong>The</strong> Pilates Way<br />

This depends on the individual – body condition, goals, time and budget. Once a<br />

week is enough to start seeing the benefits of Pilates, however less often may not<br />

show any benefit. It may be possible to see progress sooner if able to attend 2 or<br />

3 sessions per week.<br />

Whilst Pilates is suitable for every body, not everybody is suitable or safe for<br />

every class. To get the most out of you Pilates experience (and there is so much<br />

to gain), I strongly recommend a little bit of research before signing up.<br />

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S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y<br />

National Recycling Week<br />

Pre-relocation Clean Out<br />

National Recycling Week is held every year in the<br />

second week of <strong>November</strong>. It was established in<br />

1996 by one of Australia’s most trusted<br />

environmental organisations - Planet Ark. In 2018,<br />

Planet Ark was voted by Australian’s as the #1<br />

organisation for operating in an ethical, responsible<br />

and environmentally friendly manner.<br />

Planet Ark is a not-for-profit organisation helping<br />

individuals, communities, governments, and businesses<br />

reduce their impact on the environment with a mission to<br />

unite people, businesses and governments through positive<br />

environmental actions.<br />

This year’s National Recycling Week is all about quality<br />

over quantity and explores the concept that “Waste isn’t<br />

Waste until it’s Wasted”. By reducing the waste we create,<br />

we can keep valuable materials out of landfill with the<br />

ultimate goal of benefiting the environment by reducing<br />

greenhouse emissions.<br />

Some ways that we can all reduce, reuse and recycle include:<br />

›› Limiting use of single-use plastic bags instead opting for reuseable<br />

›› Limit use of disposable products, instead choose alternatives which can<br />

be used again (for example; using snack containers instead of single use<br />

packets)<br />

›› Opt for products with minimal packaging<br />

Share your recycling ideas with us!<br />

Written by Madison Collier<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

References:<br />

https://planetark.org<br />

https://recyclingnearyou.com.au/nationalrecyclingweek/<br />

https://www.energy.gov.au/households/reducing-waste<br />

Are you posting? Have you considered all of<br />

your options for a pre-relocation clean out?<br />

Instead of throwing unwanted items into<br />

landfill, there are a number of ways to plan<br />

ahead and donate or sell unwanted<br />

household items in the lead up to your<br />

relocation, as follows:<br />

›› OP SHOPS<br />

›› GARAGE SALE<br />

›› CASH CONVERTERS<br />

›› COMMUNITY CAR BOOT SALES<br />

›› SECOND HAND MARKETS OR TRASH<br />

AND TREASURE<br />

›› RECYCLING CENTRE<br />

›› CHARITIES AND SUPPORT GROUPS<br />

(RSPCA, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS)<br />

›› ONLINE MARKETPLACES - EBAY, BUY,<br />

SWAP, SELL OR GUMTREE<br />

Written by Amanda Letcher<br />

Committee Member<br />

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GROM<br />

Ride it Safely - RideSAFE<br />

Towards Zero<br />

Checking Your Bike<br />

<strong>The</strong> process of riding a motorcycle requires a combination of<br />

abilities to recognise and deal with some higher-order<br />

cognitive and technical skills.As a motorcyclist, you need to be<br />

confident with hazard perception, risk management and the<br />

ability to correctly read a riding environment while also being<br />

community minded and responding to the unpredictable<br />

nature of other road users. Every time you throw a leg over<br />

your motorcycle, you are undertaking a large amount of<br />

complex, precise, multitasking activities, which should help you<br />

to reach your destination with a big smile on your face!<br />

<strong>The</strong> ADF has recognised the importance of keeping personnel safe and<br />

understands that riding a motorcycle comes with some unique risks.<br />

<strong>The</strong> ADF has been funding rider safety training as a pro-active WHS<br />

initiative through the RideSAFE program. Ironically, the things that<br />

attract military members to motorcycles can also become hazards<br />

when the rider is not managing their attitude, anger and concentration.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are very few rest periods (mind and body) on a motorcycle, and<br />

you haven’t the luxury of structural protection should you make a small<br />

error. A hazard that is obvious to most riders is that a large number of<br />

road users are not consciously aware of motorcycles sharing the road.<br />

But with the correct presence of mind and riding experience, a<br />

motorcyclist understands that other road users don’t intentionally<br />

target riders. A common response during unexpected traffic violations<br />

from other road users is to twist the wrist, which isn’t always the<br />

appropriate response to an escalating situation or near miss. <strong>The</strong> ability<br />

to establish second-nature responses to common threats on the<br />

road is what ‘roadcraft’ is about. It is important to de-escalate the<br />

threat in a controlled manner then reflect on the experience in a<br />

moment of calm. Riding skills can quickly perish if bad habits develop or<br />

your daily commute is unstimulating - your brain can begin operating in<br />

auto-pilot mode, which is a common human failure while riding and<br />

often leads to accidents. This is why quality rider education combines<br />

and balances the development of manual mechanical skills while riding,<br />

including the safe management of predictable and unpredictable road<br />

events.<br />

Safe riding,<br />

Written by GROM<br />

Community Contributor<br />

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

RideSAFE offers two levels of<br />

rider training:<br />

Level 1 is primarily for those riders new<br />

to riding, those who don’t commute<br />

regularly or have been off their machines<br />

for a period of time with a focus on<br />

establishing and strengthening the skills<br />

learned during the licensing process.<br />

Level 2 is suitable for those riders who<br />

ride more regularly and have advanced<br />

through the licensing process, with a<br />

focus on improving their motorcycle skills<br />

and confidence.<br />

RideSAFE Courses<br />

RideSAFE nominations are available<br />

through CAMPUS, with offerings visible<br />

in all states and territories where training<br />

providers are engaged. All training<br />

combines instructor led and supported<br />

theory and practical components, with a<br />

combination of group and one-on-one<br />

coaching and debriefing of observed<br />

riding in a non-threatening and controlled<br />

environment.<br />

<strong>The</strong> CAMPUS ID’s are:<br />

Level 1: Course ID 00012731<br />

Level 2: Course ID 00012732<br />

If you are considering enrolling in one of<br />

these courses, it is wise to book early, as<br />

courses are very popular. Supervisor<br />

approval is required for these courses as<br />

they are facilitated ‘on-duty’. Riders are<br />

encouraged to read the course<br />

cancellation and attendance information<br />

beforehand and visit the RideSAFE DPN<br />

site.<br />

Did you know that most cycling crashes usually don’t<br />

involve another vehicle and the rider simply loses<br />

control of the bike? This happens to even the most<br />

experienced riders.<br />

It is important that your child’s bike fits, just like their helmet.<br />

A bike that is too big or small is a safety hazard.<br />

<strong>The</strong> checklist below can be used to check your child’s bike is the<br />

right size. <strong>The</strong> bike is the correct size because the rider can:<br />

straddle the bike and have at least toes touching the ground<br />

on both sides<br />

reach the handlebars.<br />

Bicycles should be checked before every ride. Help your child<br />

check their bike by using the safety check below.<br />

1. <strong>The</strong> seat is the right height and stable because it does not<br />

tip or twist.<br />

2. <strong>The</strong> wheels do not turn when the brakes are<br />

applied and there are no loose or broken<br />

spokes.<br />

3. Tyres are hard and no worn patches or<br />

bulges can be seen. <strong>The</strong> valves are straight<br />

and capped.<br />

4. Pedals are in good condition and spin freely.<br />

5. Chain works smoothly without sticking and is<br />

clean.<br />

6. Atleast one brake is effective.<br />

7. A bell or horn is fitted and working.<br />

8. Helmet is the right size and buckles are<br />

functioning.<br />

9. <strong>The</strong>re is a red reflector on the back of the<br />

bike and yellow reflectors on the wheels.<br />

Did your bike pass the safety check?<br />

Practice Makes Perfect!<br />

Don’t forget to practise your riding skills in parks and quiet areas before riding<br />

along busy pathways, and remember to teach your kids about driveways,<br />

reversing vehicles and low visibility behind blind spots, such as fences and heavy<br />

vegetation.<br />

Night Riding!<br />

When riding at night or in hazardous weather conditions, causing reduced<br />

visibility, your bicycle must have:<br />

Front light – a flashing or steady white light that is clearly visible for at least 200<br />

metres<br />

Rear light – a flashing or steady red light that is clearly visible for at least 200<br />

metres<br />

Rear red reflector – that is clearly visible for at least 50 metres when a vehicle’s<br />

headlights shine on it.<br />

Further information<br />

Road Safety NT<br />

1800 720 144<br />

www.roadsafety.nt.gov.au<br />

References:<br />

https://nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/163118/<br />

playing-safely-checking-bikes.pdf<br />

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KIDS CORNER<br />

Halloween<br />

Halloween<br />

TASTY TREAT<br />

INGREDIENTS METHOD<br />

• 125 g unsalted butter (softened)<br />

• 3/4 cup brown sugar<br />

• 1 egg<br />

• 1 tsp vanilla essence<br />

• 1 3/4 cup plain flour (sifted)<br />

• 1/2 tsp McKenzie’s Baking Powder<br />

• 1/2 tsp McKenzie's Bi-Carb Soda<br />

• 1 cup milk chocolate chips<br />

• 3/4 cup McKenzie's Moist Flakes<br />

Coconut<br />

• 40 Maltesers<br />

• 200 g dark chocolate<br />

• 40 candy eyeball<br />

Wordsearch<br />

1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line oven trays<br />

with baking paper<br />

2. Beat butter, sugar, egg and vanilla essence<br />

in a bowl with an electric mixer until<br />

combined.<br />

3. Slowly stir in sifted flour, baking powder<br />

and bi-carb. Add milk chocolate chips and<br />

coconut flakes.<br />

4. Place 1 tablespoon dollops of mixture<br />

onto the trays, each 5cm apart.<br />

5. Bake cookies for approx. 12-15 minutes.<br />

Allow to cool on trays.<br />

6. Use a bit of melted chocolate to glue on<br />

two Malteasers per cookie to form the<br />

spider's body.<br />

7. Using a piping bag, create four lines of<br />

melted chocolate on each side of cookie<br />

to form the spider's legs.<br />

8. Stick on candy eyeballs with remaining<br />

melted chocolate.<br />

Find all 10 words!<br />

SPECIAL<br />

GHOST<br />

HALLOWEEN<br />

LANTERN<br />

PUMPKIN<br />

SPOOKY<br />

TREAT<br />

TRICK<br />

VAMPIRE<br />

WITCH<br />

ZOMBIE<br />

PUMPKIN CARVING<br />

Draw a spooky face<br />

on the pumpkin!<br />

Crack the code<br />

Decipher the word using the clues for each letter!<br />

My first is in wicked and also in worst<br />

My second is in starving and also in thirst<br />

My third is in treasure and also in trove<br />

My fourth is in garlic and also in clove<br />

My fifth is in healthy but never in well<br />

and I can fly in the air and cast a spell!<br />

What am I?<br />

SPOT THE<br />

DIFFERENCE<br />

Find 10 differences!<br />

What AM I ?<br />

Solve these riddles!<br />

I’m tall when I’m young<br />

And short when I’m old<br />

What am I?<br />

I have a face and two<br />

hands but no arms or legs.<br />

What am I?<br />

A: Clock<br />

A: Candle<br />

A: Fire<br />

Give me food, and I will live;<br />

give me water, and I will die.<br />

What am I?<br />

ESCAPE THE MAZE<br />

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Airmen‘s Mess.........................................................................08 8923 5517<br />

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Robertson Barracks<br />

Front Gate................................................................................08 8925 6186<br />

Officers’ Mess..........................................................................08 8925 3650<br />

ORs’ Mess.................................................................................08 8925 2514<br />

Sergeants’ Mess.......................................................................08 8925 6703<br />

Defence Community Houses<br />

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House............................................0447 586 591<br />

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On-base Services<br />

Canteens<br />

AAFCANS<br />

Robertson Barracks, Cafe Central....................................08 8925 2542<br />

RAAF Darwin, Darwin Canteen........................................08 8981 2508<br />

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Tindal Cafe, Convenience & Fuel Station......................08 8973 6201<br />

Navy Canteens<br />

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Larrakeyah, Outpipes............................................................08 8935 5144<br />

Military Banks<br />

Australian Military Bank<br />

Larrakeyah Barracks...............................................................08 8981 2245<br />

Robertson Barracks...............................................................08 8995 7800<br />

Defence Bank<br />

Larrakeyah Barracks...............................................................08 8935 5499<br />

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Robertson Barracks...............................................................08 8936 6400<br />

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Hairdressers<br />

Larrakeyah Barracks.........................................................................0427 968 918<br />

RAAF Darwin – Julie-Anne...........................08 8923 5153 / 0402 235 731<br />

Robertson Barracks – Hair Dooz................................................08 8925 3300<br />

Robertson Barracks – South End Barber Shop......................08 8925 6723<br />

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Robertson Barracks, Regional Clothing Store<br />

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CIP (Exchanges)........................................................................08 7971 6920<br />

Tailor...........................................................................................08 7971 7043<br />

Tim’s Medal Mounting.....................................................................0448 129 531<br />

Bulletproof NT..................................................................................08 8947 0935<br />

Chaplains<br />

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

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

RAAF Darwin On-call.....................................................................0477 308 064<br />

RAAF Tindal On-call.......................................................................0427 890 054<br />

Helplines<br />

Lifeline (24hr)................................................................................................131 114<br />

Kids Helpline (24hr)........................................................................1800 551 800<br />

Parent Helpline – Karitane (24hr)..............................................1300 227 464<br />

Parentline.............................................................................................1300 301 300<br />

Defence Community and Veterans<br />

Support Services<br />

Defence Member and Family Support (formerly DCO)<br />

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

Defence Family Helpline........................................................1800 624 608<br />

Darwin Office.............................................................................08 8935 7900<br />

Tindal/Katherine Office...........................................................08 8973 6353<br />

Defence Families of Australia (DFA)<br />

National Convenor...................................................................1800 100 509<br />

National Delegate NT and Kimberly...........................................0418 807 548<br />

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Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).....................................1800 555 254<br />

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

Defence Service Home Loans........................................................1800 722 000<br />

Provider Enquiries.....................................................................1800 550 457<br />

Kookaburra Kids...................................................................................1300 566 525<br />

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National ADF Family Health Program.........................................02 6266 3547<br />

Website..................................................................www.adffamilyhealth.com<br />

Red Shield Defence Services – Salvation Army<br />

Gerald & Mairi Mitchell...........................................................0400 642 881<br />

Returned Services League (RSL)<br />

Darwin...............................................................................darwin@rslsa.org.au<br />

Darwin North.............................................................................08 8945 0701<br />

Katherine (via Secretary)........................................................0407 130 095<br />

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Advocacy Assistance........................smatdp@veteransaustraliant.org.au<br />

Useful Defence Contacts<br />

Comsuper<br />

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Birthline Pregnancy Support............................................................1300 655 156<br />

Cancer Council NT<br />

Alice Springs...............................................................................08 8953 5920<br />

Darwin..........................................................................................08 8944 1800<br />

Katherine................................................................................08 8971 <strong>2022</strong><br />

Website....................................................................www.nt.cancer.org.au<br />

Carers Australia NT......................................................................08 8944 4888<br />

Website......................................................................www.carersnt.asn.au<br />

Childbirth Education Association Darwin.............................08 8948 3043<br />

Website..................................................................www.ceadarwin.asn.au<br />

Community Care Centres<br />

Alice Springs Community Health Centre...................08 8951 6711<br />

Casuarina Community Care Centre.............................08 8922 7301<br />

Katherine Community Health Centre..........................08 8973 8570<br />

Karama Child and Family Health Clinic.......................08 8922 7301<br />

Nhulunbuy Community Health Centre.......................08 8987 0435<br />

Nylander Child Health Clinic..........................................08 8922 7301<br />

Palmerston Community Care Centre..........................08 8999 3344<br />

Tennant Creek Community Health Care...................08 8962 4218<br />

Cradle Support Group.................................................................0438 272 353<br />

Website..........................................................................www.cradle.org.au<br />

Darwin Homebirth Group ........................................................08 8922 5522<br />

Website..................................darwinhomebirthgroup.wordpress.com<br />

Defence Special Needs Support Group (DSNSG)<br />

Website...........................................................................www.dsnsg.org.au<br />

National Coordinator........................................................1800 037 674<br />

Darwin Coordinator.............................................darwin@dsnsg.org.au<br />

Katherine/Tindal Coordinator......................katherine@dsnsg.org.au<br />

Down Syndrome Association NT............................................08 8985 6222<br />

Website.................................................www.downsyndroment.com.au<br />

Epilepsy Centre – Epilepsy Association of SA & NT........1300 850 081<br />

Website.........................................................www.epilepsycentre.org.au<br />

Family Planning NT.......................................................................08 8948 0144<br />

Website........................................................................www.fpwnt.com.au<br />

Hearing Australia.......................................................................................134 432<br />

Northern Territory Department of Health (DOH)..........08 8999 2400<br />

Website....................................................................www.health.nt.gov.au<br />

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline........................................1800 882 436<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End Mental Health Service................................................08 8999 4988<br />

Wellness Centre............................................................................08 8946 7176<br />

Website..............................................www.cdu.edu.au/wellness-centre<br />

Sports and Activities<br />

Australian Military Wives Choir...............................................0416 878 261<br />

Australian Air Force Cadets 8 Wing<br />

AAFC 801 Squadron – Winnellie..................................08 8923 5713<br />

AAFC 802 Squadron – Driver........................................0473 816 694<br />

AAFC 803 Squadron – Tindal........................................0427 397 495<br />

AAFC 804 Squadron – Alice Springs...........................08 8953 4484<br />

Australian Army Cadets..............................08 8935 5174 / 08 8935 5488<br />

Email............................................................aachq-nt@armycadets.gov.au<br />

Australian Navy Cadets<br />

Training Ship Darwin...........................TSDarwin@navycadets.gov.au<br />

Training Ship Melville Bay...........TSMelvilleBay@navycadets.gov.au<br />

Girl Guides NT...............................................................................08 8981 3628<br />

Website...................................................................www.girlguides.org.au<br />

Playgroups Association NT (PANT).......................................08 8945 7775<br />

Website............................................................www.playgroupnt.com.au<br />

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RAAF Darwin Fishing Club............................................................08 8924 2045<br />

RAAF Darwin Golf Club................................................................0459 746 306<br />

Swimming<br />

Masters Swimming.................................................................08 8981 5919<br />

Alice AUSSI.............................................thecullenanes@ozemail.com.au<br />

Darwin Stingers..........................................................stingers@iinet.net.au<br />

Palmerston Sharks.................................info@palmerstonsharks.com.au<br />

Goldfishbowl Swim School.................................................08 8931 1000<br />

NT Swim School.....................................................................08 8948 1000<br />

Website.................................................www.ntswimschool.com.au<br />

Palmerston & Rural Swimming Club<br />

Head Coach Daniel Gerlach....................................0400 299 622<br />

Swim Dynamics Swim School............................................0421 631 624<br />

Website......................................................www.swimdynamics.com<br />

Scouts NT...........................................................................................08 8948 0994<br />

Website.....................................................................www.nt.scouts.com.au<br />

Surf Life Saving NT..........................................................................08 8985 6588<br />

Website.................................................................www.lifesavingnt.com.au<br />

Local Government and Regional Councils<br />

Alice Springs Town Council..........................................................08 8950 0500<br />

Barkly Regional Council..................................................................08 8962 0000<br />

Belyuen Community Government Council.............................08 8978 5061<br />

Central Desert Regional Council................................................1300 360 605<br />

City of Darwin...................................................................................08 8930 0300<br />

City of Palmerston...........................................................................08 8935 9922<br />

Coomalie Community Government Council..........................08 8976 0058<br />

East Arnhem Regional Council....................................................08 8986 8986<br />

Katherine Town Council................................................................08 8972 5500<br />

Litchfield Council..............................................................................08 8983 0600<br />

MacDonnell Regional Council......................................................08 8958 9600<br />

Nhulunbuy Corporation.................................................................08 8939 2200<br />

Roper Gulf Regional Councils......................................................08 8972 9000<br />

Tiwi Regional Council.....................................................................08 8970 9500<br />

Victoria Daly Regional Council....................................................08 8972 0777<br />

Wagait Shire Council......................................................................08 8978 5185<br />

West Arnhem Regional Council.................................................08 8979 9444<br />

West Daly Regional Council.........................................................08 8901 3920<br />

Government<br />

Bureau of Meteorology..................................................................1800 659 214<br />

Website...............................................................................www.bom.gov.au<br />

Department of Human Services.............................................................132 468<br />

Centrelink<br />

Have we missed something?<br />

Carers..........................................................................................132 717<br />

Families........................................................................................136 150<br />

Complaints and Feedback.........................................1800 132 468<br />

Medicare<br />

General Enquiries....................................................................132 011<br />

myGov Helpdesk...............................................................................132 307<br />

Motor Vehicle Registry NT...........................................................1300 654 628<br />

Website............................................................................www.mvr.nt.gov.au<br />

Road Report ......................................................................................1800 246 199<br />

Website.............................................................www.roadreport.nt.gov.au<br />

Animal Services and Animal Care<br />

Injured Wildlife<br />

Wildcare Alice Springs.........................................................0419 221 128<br />

Wildcare Darwin....................................08 8988 6121 / 0408 885 341<br />

Darwin Wildlife Sanctuary..................................................0473 992 581<br />

Katherine Wildlife Rescue Services.................................0412 955 336<br />

RSPCA (Darwin)....................................................................08 8984 3795<br />

Pounds and Animal Shelters<br />

Alice Springs Animal Shelter..............08 8950 0500 / 08 8953 4430<br />

Darwin........................................................................................08 8947 2099<br />

Katherine...................................................................................08 8972 5500<br />

Palmerston................................................................................08 8935 9977<br />

Snake Catcher....................................................................................1800 453 210<br />

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