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The Top Ender Magazine February March 2023 Edition

This edition of The Top Ender Magazine features exclusive interviews with women in Defence to celebrate International Women's Day, plus the commemoration of veterans and the bombing of Darwin.

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FEBRUARY | MARCH <strong>2023</strong><br />

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FEATURES<br />

4 ELIZABETH COSSON AM CSC<br />

6 ATHINA PASCOE-BELL<br />

9 ANGELS OF WAR<br />

12 VALE ERNIE WALKER OAM<br />

12 VALE LANCE DAHLITZ<br />

SUPPORT<br />

24 DEFENCE MEMBER AND FAMILY SUPPORT<br />

26 DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS<br />

28 DEFENCE FAMILIES OF AUSTRALIA<br />

29 PRINCES TRUST AUSTRALIA<br />

30 SOLDIER ON: SHANE PASCOE-BELL<br />

33 DEFENCE SCHOOL MENTOR DIRECTORY<br />

35 COMMITTEE NOTICEBOARD<br />

39 DONATE BLOOD TO SAVE LIVES<br />

41 OPEN ARMS GROUP PROGRAMS<br />

42 CHAPLAIN’S CHAT<br />

43 VETERANS MEDICAL GROUP<br />

46 ROBERTSON BARRACKS FAMILY GROUP<br />

46 LARRAKEYAH NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE<br />

48 NETWORK TINDAL<br />

48 THE PILBARA REGIMENT FAMILY GROUP<br />

COMMUNITY<br />

11 DARWIN WATERFRONT MASTERPLAN<br />

12 NATIONAL SERVICEMEN’S DAY<br />

13 WE REMEMBER THE BOMBING OF DARWIN<br />

14 POLICING IN THE TOP END<br />

15 NEPTUNE - PART FOUR<br />

16 CREATIVE COMMUNITY SERIES<br />

21 A GIBB ADVENTURE<br />

CONTENTS<br />

23 A PERFECT TIME TO ‘DO’ KAKADU<br />

44 MILITARY CHOIR<br />

45 COOKING WITH SEL AT SAFFRRON<br />

50 ARMY CADETS<br />

50 TERRITORY SAAVY<br />

51 BILLEROY HOUSE<br />

51 LEGACY CENTENARY TORCH RELAY<br />

52 GROM<br />

53 BROTHERS ’N’ BOOKS<br />

54 LUKE GOSLING OAM MP<br />

55 CAT ASSOCIATION NT<br />

56 OBESITY IN PETS<br />

58 YWCA<br />

59 <strong>2023</strong>: YOUR YEAR OF LEARNING<br />

59 FREE CDU COURSES!<br />

60 BACK TO SCHOOL SNACKS<br />

61 DEFENCE HEALTH<br />

62 TOWARDS ZERO<br />

64 KIDS CORNER<br />

66 HANDY DIRECTORY<br />

COMPETITIONS<br />

YOUTH MAGAZINE COVER - PG 03<br />

COUPLES DATE NIGHT - PG 10<br />

PRINCES TRUST CARE PACKAGE - PG 29<br />

WIN WITH OUR SPONSORS - PG 47<br />

TINDAL TREATS & PILBARA PRIZES - PG 49<br />

YOUTH DRIVING LESSONS - PG 62<br />

EASTER HAMPER GIVEAWAY - PG 63<br />

KIDS ART PACK - PG 63<br />

FROM THE COMMITTEE<br />

FEBRUARY MARCH <strong>2023</strong><br />

WELCOME<br />

Welcome to the first edition of <strong>2023</strong>! We would like to welcome<br />

the new arrivals posting into the Territory, and of course, welcome<br />

back those staying on for another year.<br />

Along with this latest edition of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong>, you may have<br />

already seen our first annual guide. <strong>The</strong> ‘Ultimate <strong>Top</strong> End Guide<br />

<strong>2023</strong>’ is bursting with things to do in the <strong>Top</strong> End.<br />

This edition includes features for International Women’s Day,<br />

history, support services, travel recommendations and lots of<br />

competitions, including a big Easter Chocolate Hamper on page 63!<br />

As always, we encourage you all to get involved with <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong><br />

<strong>Ender</strong> and hope to see some new faces in our next meeting!<br />

Disclaimer: This edition of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> contains names and<br />

images of deceased people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. <strong>The</strong><br />

magazine also contains war-related material and content, including images that may be<br />

confronting and disturbing to some readers.<br />

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for April/May edition is: 13th <strong>February</strong> <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

DISTRIBUTION DAYS<br />

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more.<br />

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

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

Meeting: TBC - Tuesday 28th <strong>March</strong><br />

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

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ELIZABETH COSSON<br />

AM CSC<br />

We are honoured to spend some time with Liz Cosson<br />

AM CSC, who served in the Australian Army for 31½<br />

years. At the time of interview, Liz Cosson was the<br />

Secretary of DVA, however has handed over the<br />

Secretary role to Alison Frame on 22 Jan <strong>2023</strong>. As the<br />

recipient of a Conspicuous Service Cross, OAM and<br />

ACT Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership, we<br />

are extremely grateful for the opportunity to share Liz<br />

Cosson’s story…<br />

WHAT INSPIRED YOUR JOURNEY THROUGHOUT YOUR<br />

CAREER IN THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY?<br />

I have a long history of military in my family. My great grandfather<br />

served in WW1 and left behind his wife and 4 children, one of<br />

whom was my grandfather who served in WW2. My father also<br />

served for 30 years, and my brother was a Dentist in the Army.<br />

I have always had a strong connection and sense of pride towards<br />

defence, but my parents were reluctant for me to enlist as my father<br />

thought it wasn’t really a job for women back then. My father asked<br />

me to do something else before Army, so I went to Business School.<br />

My first job after Business School was a real estate secretary and I find<br />

it funny that I am now a secretary again!<br />

When I enlisted into defence in 1979, our group was the first 12-<br />

month course for female Officer Cadets. That was an important<br />

decade for women in Army and I recall the day when 33 of us<br />

marched into the school; we were nervous but also very excited<br />

about ‘trendsetting’. I always remember that first year as being really<br />

tough and learning from amazing male instructors who had returned<br />

from Vietnam, and our Commanding Officer was a female Lieutenant<br />

Colonel. Less than 10% of Army were women and only 23% of<br />

positions were open to women, so I selected Royal Australian Army<br />

Ordnance Corps.<br />

In the 80’s, we saw so much change for women and we were officially<br />

accepted into our corps. We started to see female pilots and captains<br />

of ships. <strong>The</strong> ADF commenced integrated courses and lots of men<br />

were driving diversity at the time – military leaders wanted female<br />

input and our contribution towards defence interests. We were so<br />

underrepresented and there’s still a lot to be done, but it’s a lot better<br />

in recent years.<br />

In the 90’s, we were involved with Timor after a long period of peace<br />

for the ADF, and it was the first major deployment since Vietnam. It<br />

was a bit of a struggle for the troops and we were so fortunate to<br />

have a great team of people preparing to put troops on the ground.<br />

I also deployed to Bougainville as the Chief of Staff. I was nervous and<br />

suffered a little bit from Imposter Syndrome. I was a Lieutenant<br />

Colonel at the time my Colonel sternly reminded me that I was ready<br />

for this. I remember flying into Bougainville and landing on a<br />

Hercules - it was an experience I will never forget.<strong>The</strong> opportunity<br />

to help and contribute ‘on the ground’ was a wonderful highlight of<br />

my life. Upon returning home, I was posted on promotion to Defence<br />

Corporate Services, so my job as a Brigadier was to run all bases and<br />

Garrison Services - that was a great job!<br />

Overall, I served for 31½ years in the Australian Army and it’s a<br />

career I absolutely loved.<br />

DO YOU HAVE A MENTOR / HERO?<br />

Yes, Sir Angus Houston would have to be my mentor but also a<br />

hero. He is a gentle, values-based leader and an incredible man<br />

who makes time for people.<br />

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3<br />

WORDS?<br />

Authentic, resilient, human.<br />

BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?<br />

When I was looking at transitioning from defence, someone sat<br />

me down and asked me to think about “who is Liz Cosson?”.<br />

That question stayed with me for a long time because I was very<br />

proud to wear the uniform and I needed to make sure that I<br />

knew who I was as a person without the uniform. It’s great<br />

advice because I have always been able to ground myself with<br />

that question. I have found so many wonderful opportunities<br />

outside of defence and I have been able to contribute to defence<br />

and veterans in many other ways, which is fundamentally who I<br />

am.<br />

WHAT SKILL/S DID YOU LEARN IN THE ADF THAT<br />

YOU STILL USE TODAY?<br />

<strong>The</strong> most valuable skills I learned was centred around effective<br />

leadership and being the best leader I could be. I have worked<br />

with a lot of highly skilled civilians who have various views of<br />

leadership, but the military taught me about leading people so<br />

they want to follow you and I always understood that you have a<br />

lot of responsibility as a leader - I consider leadership to be an<br />

artform.<br />

WHAT DOES INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY<br />

MEAN TO YOU?<br />

It’s an important day to share experiences and have<br />

conversations about equality in all aspects of life around the<br />

world. We are still hearing stories about the treatment of<br />

women in other nations and also the difference in salaries.<br />

Women are still disadvantaged in many ways, and we have the<br />

opportunity to continue having a voice. Unfortunately, there is<br />

still an unconscious bias that exists, and real change starts with<br />

treating women as equals.<br />

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS OF<br />

RECEIVING A CONSPICUOUS SERVICE CROSS AND<br />

ORDER OF AUSTRALIA AWARD?<br />

All of my awards are really about everyone who has supported<br />

me along the way, which is something that I am most proud of<br />

throughout my career. I have formed teams of amazing people<br />

and I could not have achieved any of this by myself – I am<br />

fortunate to have teams who want to work with me to achieve<br />

our mission. I feel so privileged to be in a leadership role and I<br />

look around and see so many people doing the best they can.<br />

HOW DID IT FEEL TO BE THE FIRST<br />

WOMAN PROMOTED TO MAJOR<br />

GENERAL IN ARMY?<br />

It was such a proud moment for me and I felt a bit<br />

overwhelmed at the time. Thankfully, there have<br />

been a number of female Major General’s since and<br />

many more to come.<br />

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST<br />

CHALLENGE IN YOUR ROLE WITH DVA?<br />

<strong>The</strong> pandemic was tough and as a leader who<br />

prefers human connection, it was challenging to not<br />

be able to communicate in person. We worked<br />

hard to check in with people who were working<br />

from home, juggling family and also supporting<br />

veterans - it was a tough period of time.<br />

We looked at how we could connect with veterans<br />

and their families and we knew we had a portfolio<br />

of extremely vulnerable veterans who already felt<br />

isolated and desperately trying to adjust. We had<br />

older veterans who couldn’t get the medical<br />

support they needed. Our team kicked into<br />

another gear and we never lost sight of supporting<br />

veterans. We noticed a significant influx of claims,<br />

which resulted in a backlog of processing<br />

timeframes, so we dedicated an entire team to<br />

prioritising claims for vulnerable veterans. We made<br />

sure we continued to support the community as<br />

best as possible through the pandemic. We have<br />

also been focused on helping veterans connect<br />

with other support services within the defence<br />

system.<br />

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO<br />

MANAGE STRESS AND HOME/LIFE<br />

BALANCE?<br />

I always remind my team that you need to<br />

remember that people have other things going on<br />

in their lives that we don’t always know about it.<br />

For my own stress, it’s important for me to find my<br />

own ‘space’ away from everything else, otherwise<br />

you will be consumed by the world around you.<br />

My ‘space’ is the gym, and that time is sacred to<br />

me. I have needed to commit to finding my ‘space’<br />

and protecting it, so it has now become a regular<br />

habit and an important part of my lifestyle and<br />

wellbeing.<br />

HAVE YOU VISITED THE TOP END?<br />

I have visited many times and I love it! All of my<br />

roles have required regular visits to the <strong>Top</strong> End,<br />

especially in my management role with Base<br />

Operations.<br />

We recently travelled on the Ghan and we stayed<br />

at the Waterfront - it’s an amazing place. I love<br />

how easy it is to get around the city and enjoy the<br />

tropical lifestyle.<br />

WHAT’S NEXT FOR LIZ COSSON?<br />

This job is keeping me busy enough! I am really<br />

passionate about defence community and I will<br />

never stop working in this space.<br />

Veterans are a wonderful group of Australian’s<br />

and sometimes we have to remind ourselves of<br />

the families and the important role they play. If<br />

you have had an unhelpful experience with DVA,<br />

it’s not the end of the support you can access -<br />

we are working hard to make it better.<br />

Interviewed by Deb Herring<br />

DIVERSITY<br />

AND<br />

INCLUSION<br />

This painting by Indigenous artist<br />

Chern’ee Sutton of the Kalkadoon<br />

people represents <strong>The</strong> Department<br />

of Veterans Affairs Diversity<br />

Strategy.<br />

<strong>The</strong> large community symbol on the<br />

top left hand side represents <strong>The</strong><br />

Department of Veterans Affairs,<br />

using the colours of DVA's culture wheel, surrounded by the Southern<br />

Cross to represent Australia.<br />

<strong>The</strong> next five community symbols represent the five areas of diversity:<br />

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQ+, Cultural and Linguistic<br />

Diversity, Disability Family and Carers, and Gender Equality.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community symbol uses the<br />

colours from both flags, paying respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait<br />

Islander cultures and history, and includes symbols for the boomerang,<br />

spear, shield and service men and women.<br />

<strong>The</strong> LGBTIQ+ community symbol uses the colours from the pride flag,<br />

and a rainbow poppy in the centre represents LGBTIQ+ service<br />

personnel. DVA is fostering an environment in which staff who identify as<br />

LGBTIQ+ feel valued, by promoting an inclusive working environment<br />

free from all forms of prejudice.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Cultural and Linguistic Diversity community symbol uses colours<br />

from international flags and has people of all nationalities and<br />

backgrounds connected, holding hands to utilise their knowledge, skills<br />

and experience.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Disability Family and Carers community symbol uses open hands to<br />

represent the support from carers and DVA who are committed to<br />

supporting people with a disability to be equal citizens within DVA and<br />

wider Australia.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Gender Equality community symbol represents equality between<br />

men, women and intersex genders (X). DVA focuses on maintaining<br />

gender balance by developing a culture of inclusion that provides men,<br />

women and intersex people with access to equal opportunities.<br />

<strong>The</strong> white spirit trails that emanate from the Department of Veterans<br />

Affairs (top left) link all other diversity groups together as one community<br />

within the DVA in the bottom right corner. This larger community<br />

symbol represents the Department of Veterans Affairs Diversity Strategy,<br />

which includes colours from the DVA community as well as colours and<br />

symbols from each of the five areas of diversity.<br />

<strong>The</strong> three areas of camouflage represent the three services within the<br />

Australian Defence Force, and the large dotted coloured circles in the<br />

background represent each of the eight Australian states and territories.<br />

<strong>The</strong> white and black footprints in the bottom left start walking their<br />

journey separately and upon reaching war (represented by the shield,<br />

spears, barbed wire and rifle) the white and black man become brothersin-arms<br />

on the battlefield, walking side by side. <strong>The</strong> black and white<br />

footprints then walk together to the boomerang, which represents the<br />

service men and women returning home. Once they return home they<br />

still walk side by side as brothers and sisters, with a deeper understanding<br />

and respect for each other. <strong>The</strong> twelve red, white and grey circles that<br />

are joined by the travelling lines represent the twelve main conflicts and<br />

wars in which the Australian Defence Force has been involved.<br />

<strong>The</strong> kangaroo and emu footprint represent the Diversity and Inclusion<br />

staff network that is always moving forwards and never backwards, and<br />

the two white, yellow and brown stars represent Lieutenant ‘Reg’<br />

Saunders and 2nd Lieutenant Alfred John Hearps, who were the first<br />

Aboriginal officers in the Australian armed forces.<br />

<strong>The</strong> poppies and rosemary represent Anzac Day and Remembrance Day<br />

and the fallen service men and women who were left behind, and the<br />

two handprints together represent Galumbany – me, you, we, together.<br />

Committee Member<br />

Cherneesutton.com.au © 2019 Glow, 3D and textured acrylic on canvas.<br />

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

Viewers are invited to use the torch and glasses to appreciate the features of<br />

this artwork.<br />

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HER WORSHIP THE MAYOR OF PALMERSTON<br />

MRS ATHINA PASCOE-BELL<br />

We interviewed the Mayor of Palmerston, Athina Pascoe-Bell<br />

as part of International Women’s Day.<br />

PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH DEFENCE:<br />

My husband served in the Australian Army for 12 years, then discharged in<br />

2005 and continued with 2 years of Army Reserves. He mostly served at<br />

Holsworthy and deployed twice to East Timor, so I was left behind without<br />

children at the time, which was lonely for me. I understand the challenges of<br />

being a defence partner with or without children, even though my husband is<br />

no longer serving.<br />

WHAT INSPIRED YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOMING THE MAYOR<br />

OF PALMERSTON?<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s a lot of opportunity in the <strong>Top</strong> End, which makes this such a unique<br />

place. <strong>The</strong> lifestyle suits our family, but it has been hectic being the Mayor.<br />

We moved to Darwin in 2004 and purchased our own home in 2005 when<br />

my husband was planning to separate from the ADF and we wanted to settle<br />

here permanently. Around the same time, there were a few challenges with<br />

the City of Palmerston and I felt that there were some changes to be made. I<br />

had been a public servant for a number of years, so I had a certain<br />

expectation of how Council should operate and I started challenging the<br />

organisation.<br />

In 2015, there was a bi-election and my friends nominated me, so I ran a<br />

campaign and was elected into council. Before being elected, I only saw the<br />

tip of the iceberg, but it was much worse underneath the surface. I bought a<br />

lot of my public service experience into the role. It was so bad that in 2017,<br />

the council was suspended, then dismissed for negligence by the Minister in<br />

January 2018.<br />

I had decided before council’s dismissal that I was going to run for Mayor<br />

anyway. In 2018, they allowed the community to hold elections again; I won<br />

on preferences in that election. In 2021, I was re-elected as Mayor, but this<br />

time I won with a 74% primary vote and will be the mayor until at least<br />

August 2025. That would be a decade of service to council, so there will<br />

come a time when it is right to hand it over for fresh ideas and new<br />

opportunities.<br />

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS?<br />

Tenacious (determined to stick to things), compassionate, approachable.<br />

WHAT IS THE BEST ASPECT OF BEING THE MAYOR OF<br />

PALMERSTON?<br />

I thoroughly enjoy welcoming new Australian citizens and I preside over<br />

citizenship ceremonies. We welcome people from all different nationalities<br />

and I get invited to various cultural events, which is a great way to meet new<br />

people and hear their stories. My father was a Greek migrant when he was<br />

14 years old, so it’s important for me to listen and build trust as a community<br />

leader. <strong>The</strong> majority of immigrants have aspirations for their children, which is<br />

why they migrated to Australia. To see the children of migrants in leadership<br />

positions is inspiring for them - I like people to feel assured that they have<br />

made the right decision to move to Australia.<br />

I have been able to watch the community transform while I have been<br />

the mayor, making key decisions with the Council to make sure that<br />

Palmerston is an inclusive community where everyone is welcome.<br />

BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?<br />

Sleep on it, read it tomorrow before you respond.<br />

WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST<br />

CHALLENGES?<br />

Time management is a huge challenge with 2 children<br />

(11 and 14 year old). My youngest child was 3 years<br />

old when I first elected into council, so balancing council duties<br />

that run into evenings and weekends, with a husband that had<br />

started shift work after defence, has been very challenging at<br />

times. But this is where I have learned about life in a<br />

community and leaning on my neighbours to help with our<br />

commitments - it would not have been possible to balance<br />

council without the ability to trust my support network.<br />

I can’t really go anywhere in the <strong>Top</strong> End (or interstate<br />

sometimes) and not be recognised. I’ve wanted to be<br />

approachable in my role, so it can be challenging when I am<br />

enjoying time with my kids or bumping into lots of people<br />

during a quick trip to the supermarket.<br />

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Law part time, and it<br />

requires a lot of reading and attention, so I really have to<br />

concentrate. Add this to the reading I do for council (agendas,<br />

workshops, committees and policy) and I am often reading 400<br />

pages per fortnight, which can be challenging. I can’t skim over<br />

things either, I need to pay attention to detail, ask questions<br />

about reports and make sure that everything is addressed<br />

appropriately.<br />

In relation to Palmerston community, it has been challenging to<br />

bring the community together. After the dismissal of council in<br />

2018, there were a lot of trust issues towards council and it was<br />

important to unite people to rebuild that trust. During covid,<br />

we had to ensure that we delivered services to bring people<br />

together. We implemented some simple initiatives (like offering<br />

free community facilities) which made it easier for people to<br />

reconnect and create new community groups, events and<br />

activities.<br />

We provide programs to support various groups and youth in<br />

Palmerston, as well as valuable community infrastructure for<br />

future generations. We recently demolished and rebuilt<br />

the Gray Community Hall and have closed the Palmerston pool<br />

for a $19.4 million redevelopment, which is amazing for our<br />

community. Zuccoli Community Hub Stage 1 is complete,<br />

which includes a dog park, car parking and headworks for<br />

future stages. Future stages are planned over coming years and<br />

include a Library, community rooms, community garden skate<br />

park, playground and pump track.<br />

It has been my focus to make Palmerston a liveable city.<br />

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO WOMEN TO<br />

MANAGE STRESS AND HOME/LIFE BALANCE?<br />

It’s a tricky balance, don’t sweat the small stuff. Some things can<br />

wait (except for school uniforms) and it’s important to work<br />

out what is a priority and what is not. We started sharing tasks<br />

with our children at a young age, so it’s normal for all of us to<br />

contribute to the household. It’s important to acknowledge that<br />

you can’t do everything, but you can ask for help and find a<br />

trusting support network. Both of my kids have left their<br />

lunches at home, and they learned quickly to pack their own<br />

lunches from then on.<br />

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE OR THING TO<br />

DO IN THE TOP END?<br />

We go camping a lot and there’s so much space in the NT, so<br />

we can always find a beautiful spot to enjoy, relax and<br />

reconnect. We have travelled all across the Northern Territory<br />

and seen lots of hidden places - Kakadu, Uluru and lesserknown<br />

places. I love a nice waterhole to swim in.<br />

WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?<br />

I’m currently studying and looking forward to completing<br />

my Law Degree this year. I would like to use my law degree<br />

and my experience with council, but I haven’t decided what’s<br />

next after council. I still have 15-20 years of my career, so I am<br />

sure that whatever I do next will be interesting.<br />

I am also a Scout Leader, which initially started when my kids’<br />

scout group needed parent helpers, so I took on the role of<br />

chairperson and eventually became a Scout Leader. It gives me<br />

dedicated time with my children and now my husband is a<br />

Scout Leader, so it’s something we do together. It can be<br />

difficult without a support network, so the Scout group can be<br />

a family environment for those who feel isolated, and we<br />

always find ways to include members of the community. All<br />

our Scout Leaders have links defence - defence members are<br />

great contributors to our community.<br />

Interviewed by Deb Herring<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

EVERYMAN’S<br />

WELFARE SERVICE<br />

We interviewed Assistant Commissioner of<br />

Everyman’s Welfare Service, Louise Hochwimmer<br />

as part of International Women’s Day.<br />

BRIEFLY EXPLAIN YOUR MILITARY BACKGROUND<br />

OR CONNECTION:<br />

My father was a Commando in New Guinea in WW2. He was<br />

one of five children, and all five, including his only sister, enlisted<br />

in WW2. At any one time during the war, three of them were<br />

serving overseas and by God’s grace, all five of them returned<br />

home at war’s end. My mother served in the Women’s Land<br />

Army and her brother in the RAAF.<br />

Some years after my father passed away, I worked for the<br />

Department of Veterans Affairs and after hearing snippets of<br />

other people’s stories, I dearly wished that I had asked more<br />

about Dad’s service when I had the opportunity. I loved working<br />

with the veteran community and the ex-service organisations.<br />

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT EVERYMAN’S?<br />

I had been working with Everyman’s in an administrative capacity<br />

for some years before I applied to become an accredited REP.<br />

Joining Everyman’s fitted nicely with my faith and my past<br />

work experience with DVA. I love the opportunity I am given<br />

to serve those who so diligently and courageously serve our<br />

nation, especially the quiet conversations about their challenges<br />

and how we can support them.<br />

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HARMONY DAY<br />

21 MARCH<br />

Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity.<br />

It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of<br />

belonging for everyone.<br />

We celebrate Australian multiculturalism, based on the<br />

successful integration of migrants into our community<br />

and our cultural diversity.<br />

To find out about local NT Harmony Week activities<br />

and events, visit: https://www.harmony.gov.au/events/<br />

landing<br />

For a comprehensive calendar of cultural and religious<br />

dates, visit: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about-us/<br />

our-portfolios/multicultural-affairs/about-multiculturalaffairs/calendar-of-cultural-and-religious-dates<br />

AUSTRALIAN<br />

WOMEN IN HISTORY<br />

Women’s History Month<br />

To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Royal Australian<br />

Historical Society (RAHS) have researched Australian<br />

women who have contributed to our history in various and<br />

meaningful ways. Visit the RAHS website throughout the<br />

month of <strong>March</strong> to learn more about the diverse<br />

contributions women have made to Australia’s history.<br />

Stories include; Dame Roma Mitchell, Edith Cowan, Essie<br />

Coffey, Nancy Bird and Vivian Bullwinkle.<br />

ANGELS OF WAR<br />

Photo: Australian Women's Army Service in the handling of the Owen gun at the Australian Volunteer<br />

Defence Corps Heavy Anti-Aircraft Small Arms Training School. Source: AWM 062586.<br />

Extracted from Department<br />

of Home Affairs<br />

harmony.gov.au/events<br />

STRONG, IS SHE<br />

She is strong. Not because of how much she can lift,<br />

but for how she lifts others up when they are at their<br />

lowest. Not because she is capable of withstanding<br />

the storm but because she’ll navigate the storm and<br />

then show you how to do the same. Not because<br />

she is indestructible but because after every fall, she<br />

will always, always rise. She is strong. Not because<br />

she chose to be but because the world demanded<br />

her to be. She has walked through hell, faced battles<br />

most will not comprehend and yet despite it all, she<br />

still chooses to be kind; to be soft at the hands of the<br />

world that tried to break her. Her strength comes<br />

from within. From learning how to turn pain into<br />

power, chaos into peace, wounds into wisdom.<br />

Strong is she who knows her worth and refuses to<br />

settle for less. Strong is she, who will not back down,<br />

who will fight for what she believes in. Strong is she,<br />

who has love wrapped around her heart, courage<br />

knitted in her bones and fire running through her<br />

veins.<br />

Written by Alysha Waghorn<br />

Writer, Girl and Her Magic<br />

girlandhermagic.com<br />

Extracted from Royal Australian<br />

Historical Society<br />

rahs.org.au/womens-history-month/<br />

CONGRATULATIONS<br />

KYLIE FAIRCLOUGH!<br />

In 2022, Navy veteran Kylie Fairclough received the Women<br />

in Contracting Award as part of the Master Electricians<br />

State Awards.<br />

With a varied career path spanning from the Royal<br />

Australian Navy to working for a plumbing company and<br />

raising a family, Kylie’s diverse skillset and experiences have<br />

prepared her well for the challenges and excitement of corunning<br />

an electrical contracting business. An extensive<br />

educational background and excellent time management<br />

skills has helped Kylie successfully navigate the world of<br />

construction, manage her team and facilitate the<br />

participation of the business in several community groups.<br />

Congratulations Kylie!<br />

Extracted from<br />

Master Electricians<br />

masterelectricians.com.au/<br />

excellence-awards/stateexcellence-awards-winners<br />

GREAT WAR NURSES<br />

More than 3,000 Australian civilian nurses volunteered for active service<br />

during the First World War. While enabling direct participation in the war<br />

effort, nursing also provided opportunities for independence and travel,<br />

sometimes with the hope of being closer to loved ones serving overseas.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) had been formed in July<br />

1903 as part of the Australian Army Medical Corps. During the war more<br />

than 2,000 of its members served overseas alongside Australian nurses<br />

working with other organisations, such as the Queen Alexandra's Imperial<br />

Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS), the Red Cross, or privately sponsored<br />

facilities.<br />

<strong>The</strong> women worked in hospitals, on<br />

hospital ships and trains, or in<br />

casualty clearing stations closer to<br />

the front line. <strong>The</strong>y served in<br />

locations from Britain to India, taking<br />

in France and Belgium, the<br />

Mediterranean, and the Middle East.<br />

Many of them were decorated, with<br />

eight receiving the Military Medal for<br />

bravery.<br />

awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/nurses/<br />

ww1<br />

“Convoy arrived... no equipment<br />

whatever – just laid the men on the<br />

ground and gave them a drink ...<br />

they are shattered and [we] have<br />

nothing to give them – no comfort<br />

whatever.All we can do is feed<br />

them and dress their wounds.” ~<br />

Matron Grace Wilson.<br />

anzacportal.dva.gov.au/wars-andmissions/ww1/military-organisation/<br />

australian-imperial-force/australianarmy-nursing-service<br />

australianarmynurses.com<br />

Photo: Sister Trestrail was one of very few Australians<br />

to receive the 1914 Star with clasp, recognising her<br />

service in Belgium under enemy fire during the early<br />

months of the war. Source: AWM REL40943.001.<br />

Photo: Casualties from Gallipoli in the former<br />

skating rink in Cairo. Source: AWM H18510<br />

Photo: Nurses Walk Memorial, <strong>The</strong> Rocks<br />

NSW 2000.<br />

Photo: Vivian Bullwinkel, pictured in uniform after the<br />

war. Image Source: ANMC Archive.<br />

BANGKA ISLAND<br />

On the 12th of <strong>February</strong>, 1942, the coastal<br />

steamer named the Vyner Brooke departed from<br />

Singapore, headed to Sumatra, with 65 nurses<br />

from the Australian Army Nursing Service<br />

(AANS) aboard amongst it’s 181 passengers. <strong>The</strong><br />

decision was hastily made on <strong>February</strong> 6th to<br />

evacuate, after it became clear that Japanese<br />

invasion of Singapore was imminent. <strong>The</strong> vessel<br />

was attacked by Japanese aircraft (killing 12<br />

nurses) and quickly sunk, and the remaining 150<br />

survivors swam ashore on Bangka Island where<br />

survivors from other vessels were sheltering.<br />

<strong>The</strong> island was already under Japanese control at<br />

this stage, so many of the survivors’ groups were<br />

quickly taken captive. <strong>The</strong> groups were separated<br />

into males and females. <strong>The</strong> males were promptly<br />

gunned to death, and the females (including 22<br />

nurses and 1 British civilian) were forced to walk<br />

out into the ocean. From behind, they were<br />

machine gunned to death.<br />

From this massacre, there were only 2 survivors;<br />

Sister Vivian Bullwinkle, who had played dead until<br />

the Japanese Soldiers left, and Private Cecil<br />

Kinsley, one of the British soldiers who was<br />

wounded in the attack.<br />

After trying to survive in the jungle for a number<br />

of days, the two realised they could not survive<br />

on their own and had to surrender themselves to<br />

the Japanese. Unfortunately, Private Kinsley<br />

passed a few days later from his injuries. Sister<br />

Bullwinkel, however, survived the war after being<br />

taken captive as an internee for three and a half<br />

years, throughout the remainder of the war.<br />

Of the 65 nurses originally aboard the Vyner<br />

Brooke, only 24 survived the war. Sister Vivan<br />

Bullwinkel retired from the army, soon becoming<br />

a Director of Nursing at Fairfield Hospital in<br />

Melbourne.<br />

placesofpride.awm.gov.au/memorials/266298<br />

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NATIONAL<br />

SERVICEMEN’S<br />

DAY<br />

<strong>The</strong> 14th of <strong>February</strong> every year<br />

is National Servicemen’s Day,<br />

where we honour the hundreds<br />

of thousands of young Australian<br />

men who served our nation<br />

through compulsory military<br />

service after the Second World<br />

War.<br />

Australia has a proud history of<br />

national service, with four training<br />

schemes undertaken since 1910.<br />

Many will know of the last<br />

National Service scheme, in<br />

operation during 1964-72 at a<br />

time of heightened regional<br />

tension, with Australia’s ongoing<br />

involvement in the Vietnam War.<br />

Most 20-year-old Australian men<br />

were required to register and<br />

were then subject to the<br />

infamous ‘birthday ballot’ in<br />

which they were randomly<br />

selected for National Service by<br />

their date of birth. National<br />

Service was not brought in<br />

specifically for the Vietnam War,<br />

although this is popularly believed<br />

to have been the case.<br />

More than 804,000 men<br />

registered for national service<br />

between 1964 and 1972, with<br />

more than 63,000 called up to<br />

serve. Of these, nearly 19,500<br />

served in Borneo and Vietnam<br />

and the remainder in support<br />

units in Malaysia, Papua New<br />

Guinea and Australia. More than<br />

15,000 served in the Vietnam<br />

War, where some 200 died and<br />

over 1,200 were wounded.<br />

For more information about<br />

‘Nashos’, head to nashos.org.au<br />

Extracted from<br />

Department of Veteran<br />

Affairs<br />

dva.gov.au/newsroom/latest-newsveterans/paying-tribute-nationalservicemen<br />

VALE<br />

ERNIE WALKER OAM<br />

RAT OF TOBRUK<br />

Ernie Walker OAM passed away peacefully at his<br />

home in the New South Wales Southern<br />

Highlands in November 2022. Ernie Walker<br />

served in the Kokoda Campaign as well as Tobruk,<br />

and was the last remaining NSW veteran of the<br />

Rats of Tobruk.<br />

A guard of honour attended<br />

the funeral, alongside more<br />

than 100 attendees who<br />

paid tribute to the life of the<br />

World War II veteran at<br />

Bundanoon Anglican<br />

Church in NSW.<br />

Thank you for your service<br />

~ Lest we Forget.<br />

Service Number -<br />

NX20046<br />

VALE<br />

LANCE DAHLITZ<br />

RAT OF TOBRUK<br />

<strong>The</strong> veteran community has paused to pay tribute<br />

to the recent passing of 102 year old World War II<br />

veteran Lance Dahlitz, who passed away peacefully<br />

on Sunday 18 December 2022. Lance served with<br />

2nd/10th Infantry Battalion during WW2.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 2nd/10th was destined to become one of the<br />

famed 'Rats of Tobruk' Battalions, where in 1941, it<br />

played a significant part in stopping the Germans<br />

under Field Marshall Rommel by holding out against<br />

a combined and sustained assault by the German<br />

Africa Korps and the Italian Army.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 2nd /10th was withdrawn in September 1941.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n followed service until early 1942 on the<br />

Syrian - Turkish border, where another German<br />

attack threatened. <strong>The</strong> Battalion was then returned<br />

to Australia following Pearl Harbour and the<br />

Japanese entry into the war.<br />

Thank you for your service ~ Lest we Forget<br />

Service number: SX18819<br />

Photos: (top) Ernie Portrait -<br />

Australian War Memorial/Australian<br />

Institute of Professional Photography.<br />

(bottom) Sapper Ernie Walker<br />

(fourth on the left of the rope) with<br />

his regiment on the Kokoda trail in<br />

1942 - Australian War Memorial:<br />

Thomas Fisher.<br />

Photos: (top) World War II veteran Corporal Lance Dahlitz<br />

(bottom) Lance Dahlitz listed on the Lyndoch Honour Roll in South<br />

Australia.<br />

DARWIN MILITARY MUSEUM<br />

<strong>The</strong> Northern Territory was bombed over 70<br />

times between <strong>February</strong> 1942 and November<br />

1943.<br />

188 aircraft were deployed to attack Darwin<br />

dropping 681 bombs on the city.<br />

Defence of Darwin Experience<br />

Be captivated by the audio-visual journey that is the<br />

Defence of Darwin Experience at the Darwin<br />

Military Museum.<br />

<strong>The</strong> interactive display will immerse you in the<br />

drama of the Japanese bombing of Darwin as it<br />

unfolded, and changed the face of the city forever.<br />

Hear first-hand accounts from the men and<br />

women who survived the horror of that morning of<br />

19th <strong>February</strong>, 1942.<br />

Sit back in the air-conditioned theatre and watch<br />

the fascinating short film that uses actual footage<br />

from the attack to depict the bombing as it<br />

happened over 75 years ago.<br />

WE REMEMBER<br />

THE BOMBING<br />

OF DARWIN<br />

19 FEBRUARY - NATIONAL DAY OF OBSERVANCE<br />

Remnants of WWII are still visible at many locations across<br />

Darwin, Katherine and Adelaide River. <strong>The</strong>se sites offer visitors<br />

a chance to pay homage to both the heroes who fought on<br />

the frontline and the Territory’s multicultural community<br />

affected by the bombing raids. Asian, European and Indigenous<br />

people worked alongside the allied servicemen as Darwin was<br />

attacked over an 18 month period.<br />

<strong>The</strong> devastation suffered by Territorian families was profound.<br />

<strong>The</strong> evacuees who returned and the wider community came<br />

together to rebuild Darwin after the war, and many stories<br />

of tragedy and survival have been shared during these years.<br />

No event in history has highlighted the tenacity, resilience, and<br />

spirit of those living in the Territory, quite as profoundly as the<br />

Bombing of Darwin.<br />

Written by City of Darwin<br />

darwin.nt.gov.au/community/things-to-do/<br />

community-celebrations/bombing-of-darwin<br />

<strong>The</strong> City of Darwin will commemorate the Bombing of<br />

Darwin at a number of services and events around the<br />

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

For the latest information of services and<br />

events visit:<br />

https://www.darwin.nt.gov.au/<br />

community/things-to-do/communitycelebrations/bombing-of-darwin<br />

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POLICING IN THE TOP END<br />

Since the beginning of 2020, there have<br />

been significant changes to how the<br />

Military Police (MP) have operated<br />

throughout Australia, including here in the<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End. Gone are the days of single<br />

service policing – todays modern MP<br />

embraces all three services under a single<br />

organisation, the Joint Military Police Force<br />

(JMPF). <strong>The</strong>se days, an MP patrol will<br />

consist of a combination of Army, Airforce<br />

and Navy personnel, regardless of the<br />

location in which they operate.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Joint Military Police Unit (JMPU) is<br />

responsible for the delivery of policing and<br />

law enforcement across the ADF, including<br />

the investigation of disciplinary and criminal<br />

offences. This has been achieved by the<br />

formation of eight Joint Military Police<br />

Stations (JMPS), just like our civilian law<br />

enforcement counterparts, located in each<br />

State and Territory. Each Station, which<br />

comprises of General Duties MP and<br />

ADF Investigators, is responsible for<br />

providing 24/7 policing services to the<br />

defence community.<br />

In the <strong>Top</strong> End, the main JMPS is located in<br />

Building 139 of Robertson Barracks –this is<br />

where the former Domestic Policing Unit<br />

and ADF Investigative Service (ADFIS)<br />

once operated. <strong>The</strong> new station has been<br />

refurbished and is now a modern, fit-forpurpose<br />

building, housing a command<br />

team, General Duties MP and ADF<br />

Investigators. As well as the required office<br />

space, there is a front desk for walk-ins,<br />

purpose built and furnished interview<br />

rooms for both suspects and complainants,<br />

as well as a forensic/scenes of crime lab<br />

and Major Incident Room. <strong>The</strong> JMPS is<br />

staffed from 0600 – 2200 Monday to<br />

Friday, as well as at other ad hoc times<br />

depending on tasks; however, the station<br />

provides 24/7 on-call MP response.<br />

In addition to the main JMPS, there is also<br />

a permanent MP presence in RAAF Base<br />

Tindal. Just like in Darwin, MP in Tindal<br />

operate out of a purpose-built station,<br />

which was recently refurbished and in<br />

addition to working normal office hours,<br />

they also provide 24/7 on-call MP<br />

response.<br />

Although JMPS Darwin only has a<br />

permanent MP presence in Robertson<br />

Barracks and RAAF Base Tindal, the station<br />

is responsible for the delivery of policing<br />

and law enforcement within Defence for<br />

the whole of the Northern Territory. In<br />

addition to the <strong>Top</strong> End’s unique<br />

landscape and remote locations, the semipermanent<br />

presence of 2000+ US Marine/<br />

Navy personnel that deploy here with the<br />

Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-<br />

D) and major exercises, presents a<br />

challenging yet rewarding<br />

policing experience for our<br />

MP.<br />

JMPS Darwin also has an<br />

excellent relationship with<br />

the NT Police and the US<br />

Naval Criminal Investigative<br />

Service (NCIS), who<br />

investigate matters involving<br />

personnel from the MRF-D.<br />

We work closely with both<br />

agencies and can provide<br />

advice on referring matters to<br />

them if MP do not have<br />

jurisdiction.<br />

Sometimes it can be easily<br />

overlooked that MP provide a<br />

policing service to the whole<br />

of the defence community,<br />

not just to units or ADF<br />

members. As defence’s<br />

presence grows within<br />

Australia, its community<br />

grows with it. No matter the<br />

association with defence,<br />

whether you are an ADF<br />

member, spouse, dependent,<br />

APS employee or defence<br />

contractor, if there is a<br />

defence nexus (Latin for<br />

connection) to a particular<br />

event, MP will provide the<br />

same level of response and<br />

service.<br />

Throughout <strong>2023</strong>, every MP station will be<br />

proactively increasing its presence within<br />

the defence community and participating in<br />

more community engagement events. If<br />

you are affiliated with defence and believe<br />

that MP could positively contribute to an<br />

event, please do not hesitate to reach out<br />

to your local station.<br />

Written by WO2 Mark Holland<br />

Crime Manager<br />

JMPS<br />

Interview with Matthew Jacques about Neptune’s<br />

training programs and veteran opportunities.<br />

HOW DO YOU BRING THE RIGHT PEOPLE<br />

ONBOARD?<br />

I am a big believer in having clear Values, Mission Statement, and<br />

company Visions. <strong>The</strong> company needs to offer something that<br />

people want to buy into and makes them want to get out of<br />

bed every day. We have a set of core behaviours, much like the<br />

ADF, that allows the teams on the ground to make decisions<br />

that align with our Values and Mission Statement.<br />

HOW DO YOU TRAIN YOUR TEAM?<br />

To develop the Public Order Response Unit, we recruited likeminded<br />

people to be able to deliver the trial phase. Once the<br />

trial phase is completed and we accept the training model, we<br />

will be implementing the PORU Officer course, which is a sixweek<br />

training package. When we recruit, our new team<br />

members commence straight into the training, similar to ADF<br />

Initial Employment Training. Our training focuses on advanced<br />

defensive tactic training, communication and de-escalation<br />

techniques, plus ongoing training as part of our careers pathway<br />

- every team member has the opportunity to join the PORU<br />

team.<br />

Within our team, we have a specialised unit which is focused on<br />

our dog handling services and our dogs come from Queensland,<br />

fully trained. Our dog handlers are very qualified, elite handlers<br />

who have joined us from all over Australia (and overseas),<br />

including ADF veterans. We are the first company in the NT to<br />

be able to qualify and certify dog handlers as our own<br />

Registered Training Organisation.<br />

HOW IS NEPTUNE PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES<br />

FOR ADF VETERANS?<br />

Initially, we wanted multiple divisions which matched general<br />

roles that defence offers to help veterans transfer their skillsets<br />

from defence and apply them in a civilian organisation. For<br />

example, many of our team within PORU are ex-Bosun Mates<br />

whose line of work doesn't match anything in the civilian world<br />

(aside from deckhands), but their skills match the skillsets<br />

required in PORU. Neptune gives veterans a sense of purpose<br />

when they decide to transition from defence and our values and<br />

environment already align with the sense of belonging that<br />

veterans understand – our team members are accepted into a<br />

unit similar to what they experienced in the ADF.<br />

What we have created is unique in itself; offering veterans,<br />

regardless of corps or rank, an opportunity to utilise their<br />

skillsets and empower them to invest in team outcomes. You<br />

have to create a positive team culture - you cannot achieve<br />

greatness by yourself.<br />

PART FOUR<br />

YOU’RE A VISIONARY - HOW DO YOU BRING<br />

NEPTUNE’S GOALS TO LIFE?<br />

<strong>The</strong> Public Order Response Unit has been a massive team effort<br />

within the management team. <strong>The</strong> praise needs to go to Andy<br />

Price, Josh King and Natalia Nowakowska for all the work they<br />

did in building connections and engaging stakeholders to deliver<br />

a successful outcome. But every person within the team has<br />

contributed a massive amount of effort into PORU; Josh Bond,<br />

Chris Harris and the unit team members, have all done<br />

exceptional work to deliver the product.<br />

HOW HAVE YOU FOUND ‘GAPS’ IN SERVICE<br />

DELIVERY AND DEVELOPED A STRATEGY TO<br />

PROVIDE SOLUTIONS?<br />

Finding solutions is something I have always done and I could<br />

see gaps in current services within the NT, so I developed ways<br />

to improve the quality of security services for the community.<br />

Honestly, it’s our team making this work; we have recruited and<br />

trained such a great team. When you witness our team’s work<br />

ethic, drive and passion every afternoon when they're getting<br />

ready to go out and do their thing - it's impressive!<br />

Interviewed by Char Carter<br />

Community Coordinator<br />

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

You can contact your local MP by calling 13 11 MP (67).<br />

This is a 24/7 National contact number that will connect<br />

you with your nearest JMPS. In an emergency, call 000.<br />

Neptune is 100% veteran owned and most of our workforce are ADF veterans! It’s important for us to<br />

continue the sense of ownership we felt when we served in the Defence Force, which is now focused on<br />

protecting our local community.<br />

Please contact us for more information about our recruitment process and training opportunities.<br />

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C R E A T I V E C O M M U N I T Y S E R I E S<br />

VALERIE MACMICHAEL<br />

C R E A T I V E C O M M U N I T Y S E R I E S<br />

ARWAL AGOTH<br />

Photo: Valerie’s self-portrait<br />

WHAT IS YOUR CULTURAL BACKGROUND?<br />

My cultural background in Australian and French Polynesian.<br />

My Dad is from Tasmania and moved to New Caledonia for<br />

work in the early 70's where he met my mother and brought<br />

her back to Tasmania where I was born. My mother is from<br />

Bora Bora Tahiti, hence my French Polynesian background.<br />

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO ENLIST INTO THE<br />

AUSTRALIAN ARMY?<br />

I enlisted into the Regular Army at 37 years old in 2011 as<br />

Operator Supply. I decided I wanted a change in life and I was<br />

going to join the Army Reserves in Tasmania. I was somehow<br />

convinced at DFR to enlist full time, and five weeks later, my<br />

bag was packed and I was on my way to Kapooka. My<br />

postings seem to alternate between Darwin and Brisbane and<br />

I’m currently back in Darwin. I have deployed to Al Minhad<br />

Air Base and Qargha Afghanistan in 2014.<br />

My photography has merged into my military career and I was<br />

fortunate enough to complete the UPHOT - Unit<br />

Photographer course at 1 Brigade, which has expanded my<br />

experience into defence imagery for my last few postings as<br />

an Extra Regimental Duty.<br />

WHAT LED YOU INTO PHOTOGRAPHY?<br />

I have always loved photography - I studied film photography<br />

and darkroom techniques in my very late teens, so it’s been<br />

my hobby for 30 years! We have a family history of<br />

photography with both of my Uncles and my Dad always<br />

carrying cameras. My Uncle Paul was in the Battle of Long<br />

Tan as a Trooper with 3rd Cavalry Regiment, and his candid<br />

imagery can be found within the Australian War Museum.<br />

My Uncle Jon was a commercial photographer in Sydney with<br />

an incredible eye and a strong technical background. My<br />

father Brian always has a camera around his neck, which led<br />

him into a career in Forensic Photography as a Crime Scene<br />

Examiner – he’s now retired, but he has a natural talent for<br />

landscape photography. It was inevitable that I would be<br />

drawn to photography and I love experimenting with<br />

landscapes, long exposures, macro, portraiture and lighting<br />

techniques in recent years.<br />

I find that macro images of insects and bugs help me to notice<br />

beautiful details that I would not normally see, and it makes<br />

me adore nature even more.<br />

BEST SKILL THAT YOU LEARNED IN THE<br />

MILITARY?<br />

<strong>The</strong> best skill I have learned in the military has been<br />

adaptability. As I enlisted later in life, I already had some life<br />

skills and independence, but the Army certainly taught me to<br />

adapt to different environments, and quickly!<br />

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE TOP END?<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> End has so much to offer, especially as a<br />

photographer. <strong>The</strong>re are so many places to see and a very<br />

large coastline to wander along where I spend a fair amount<br />

of time taking photos. Even though I prefer the cold weather,<br />

I like the variety of things to do, including markets, swimming<br />

in waterfalls or watching the sunset at Mindil beach where<br />

you hear everyone clap when the sun passes the horizon -<br />

the little idiosyncrasies are fascinating, captivating and unique.<br />

WHAT IS YOUR CULTURAL BACKGROUND?<br />

I was born in Sudan, Kosti and moved to Australia at the age of 4. My<br />

mother and father were both born and raised in South Sudan.<br />

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO ENLIST INTO THE AUSTRALIAN<br />

ARMY?<br />

I had an interest in the Army for a number of years before I decided to<br />

join. I attended many DFR seminars and workshops and was always very<br />

intrigued. I enlisted in the Australian Army in 2019 for a gap year<br />

program as an Artillery Gunner. I later decided that Artillery wasn’t for<br />

me so I transferred to Transport Corps as a Driver. I’ve always been<br />

quite fit and active so I was convinced the Army would be a good<br />

challenge for me. It has given me the opportunity to see different places,<br />

meet different people and work on my character and discipline. I’m now<br />

serving in the Active Reserves.<br />

WHAT IS THE BEST SKILL YOU HAVE LEARNED IN THE<br />

MILITARY?<br />

I have learned how to perform under pressure, and I am a lot more<br />

capable of displaying my best work, despite any added stress, which is<br />

something I developed through military training and postings. I also think<br />

the Army has taught me great leadership skills as I now have the<br />

confidence to step forward and lead a team successfully in pressurefilled<br />

situations – it's a great transferable skill for everyday life.<br />

BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?<br />

Best advice I’ve received is to keep an open mind and be a lifelong<br />

learner. You may find that you really enjoy something you never<br />

imagined would appeal to you. I never in a million years could imagine<br />

myself becoming a model of any sort. Although, I’ve always been open to<br />

the idea of a professional photoshoot, I now know that I really enjoy<br />

modelling and am very excited to see where it takes me.<br />

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE TOP END?<br />

I’m quite new to the Northern Territory so I’m still settling in after<br />

recently moving from Townsville. So far, the two things I love about<br />

Darwin are the markets and the beautiful nature parks and waterholes. I<br />

find the markets such a fun environment to explore. I really enjoy trying<br />

new cultural foods and watching a variety of performances. On top of<br />

that, the nature parks have the best scenery and are such a nice way to<br />

cool off.<br />

WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?<br />

At the moment, I’m just taking life as it comes. Working a few different<br />

jobs and focusing on my fitness and personal goals. I love playing netball<br />

so that’s something I’m putting a lot of effort into, but most of all, I’m<br />

very excited to start my professional photography portfolio and<br />

approaching a few modelling agencies to see where it goes from there.<br />

Interviewed by Deb Herring<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

Photos: Portraits of Arwal Agoth by Valerie MacMichael<br />

Interviewed by Deb Herring<br />

CREATIVE COMMUNITY<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

Photo: Valerie’s photograph of the Nightcliff Jetty.<br />

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C R E A T I V E C O M M U N I T Y S E R I E S<br />

STYLING WITH TRINA<br />

C R E A T I V E C O M M U N I T Y S E R I E S<br />

MADELEINE BROWN DANCE<br />

STYLING YOUR SERVICE RESIDENCE WITH ADJUSTABLE DECOR<br />

After two decades of following my husband around the<br />

countryside, doing all types of jobs that worked around<br />

this crazy lifestyle, I felt that it was time to follow my<br />

dreams and enrolled to study Interior Design and<br />

Decoration – a lifelong passion of mine.<br />

I have years of home and event decorating experience to<br />

complement my studies. Most importantly I have nine (9)<br />

postings and/or relocations and DHA tenancies under my<br />

belt. So, I have a good understanding of the regulations and<br />

guidelines of living in a Service Residence but also have<br />

experience with 'adjusting' decor to suit those guidelines. Or,<br />

if you choose to step away from the guidelines, I provide tips<br />

on how to style with DIY solutions and restore your SR to<br />

the standard required upon vacating.<br />

I believe that your home is your sanctuary, your escape,<br />

your safe place when you are finding your feet in a new<br />

location, new job and new community. Moving can be very<br />

stressful, so I hope that my tips can help to create your own<br />

sanctuary and alleviate some of the stress of moving. While I<br />

love delving into every box to unpack, I know that most<br />

defence families dread the process. Unpacking and sorting<br />

out what items fit into which part of their service residence<br />

or rental home can be a distressing experience for some.<br />

Some families may choose not to fully unpack even, as they<br />

feel that their home is only temporary.<br />

My vision is to inspire defence families to feel more<br />

comfortable to decorate their service residence and create<br />

the homely feel that we often crave, no matter where you<br />

live. From this vision, the idea for a Facebook page for such<br />

inspiration was born. A page to inspire and guide renters,<br />

dwellers and homeowners alike, with a focus on practical<br />

ideas, tips, instructionals and DIY hints on how to decorate<br />

your space to obtain the homely feel while staying under the<br />

guidelines of a rental agreement.<br />

I plan to share simple tips to increase storage with really<br />

creative ways that I have used to address this issue over<br />

many years of different housing options. I also plan on sharing<br />

some tips for searching for and locating the best deals on<br />

furniture and decor pieces, or perhaps upcycling or<br />

revamping a piece to rival a more expensive counterpart.<br />

You do not need to spend a fortune to have a stylish and<br />

organised home, so I will show you some simple tricks to<br />

get started!<br />

Please follow my Facebook group to stay updated and<br />

inspired with creative ways to make your service residence<br />

feel more like home!<br />

Written by Trina Bushnell<br />

Community Contributor<br />

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

From DRAB HOUSING to FAB<br />

HOME : Renter's guide to<br />

'adjustable' Decor<br />

After completing a Diploma of Elite Dance,<br />

Madeleine completed her first overseas dance<br />

contract and learned from some of the world's<br />

best dancers, choreographers and directors to<br />

make her dream of creating a business a reality.<br />

Madeleine Brown Dance Company is located in<br />

Darwin and offers dance entertainment for event,<br />

festivals and parties. Not only does Madeleine<br />

choreograph and dance, she also teaches at schools<br />

and studios between running her own classes.<br />

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU GROW YOUR BUSINESS IN<br />

DARWIN?<br />

Dance, particularly in Darwin is not as huge as other major cities.<br />

And unfortunately, it shows in the lack of quality entertainment<br />

Darwin has to offer. It needs to change! Hence why I started my<br />

official Dance Company - I’m going to change this.<br />

Darwin doesn’t do well with the element of change and<br />

convincing people that we need more high-quality<br />

entertainment is challenging. Why should we have to miss out<br />

on quality, just because we are considered a remote location?<br />

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?<br />

In my 5 years of official business, my biggest success was<br />

travelling overseas to dance in India. Fresh after completing my<br />

Diploma of Elite Dance in Melbourne, I was offered a contract<br />

to dance in Bollywood Movies, music videos, perform at Indian<br />

weddings, cheerlead for the IPL and dance next to Bollywood<br />

A-list celebs in the IPL opening ceremonies. I lived in Mumbai<br />

and travelled for dance throughout the country, as well as Hong<br />

Kong and Sri Lanka. I worked with India’s biggest Directors and<br />

Choreographers.<br />

I get to pick the work that I do, and when there aren’t any<br />

events happening, I’ll make my own work! <strong>The</strong> process of each<br />

show and event coming to life gives me immense fulfilment,<br />

being a part of every step of the process,” Madeleine says of her<br />

biggest achievements.<br />

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?<br />

You’ll never know if you don’t try! It's a favourite quote of mine.<br />

This has always been an inspiration; that nothing is off limits. I<br />

thrive off turning the impossible into something possible -<br />

hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard!<br />

HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN DANCING ON STAGE?<br />

Being on stage will forever be the best feeling! <strong>The</strong> warmth of<br />

the stage lights, the rush of adrenaline before you enter the<br />

stage, the power you feel in the choreography, the trust in your<br />

body with the hard work you’ve put into rehearsal, and the gush<br />

of energy when you exit stage- this is where I belong.<br />

WHAT EVENTS OR PROJECTS CAN YOU SUPPORT?<br />

I’m always open to collaborate on new projects, whether that<br />

be dance entertainment for your next event or party, or you’re<br />

after a flash mob for your wedding, plus everything in-between!”<br />

WHAT’S NEXT FOR MBD?<br />

Madeleine Brown - <strong>The</strong> Dance Company, is expanding work in<br />

Darwin! Taking on bigger projects with some exciting new<br />

events in Darwin! Think-luxury entertainment…unique and<br />

exclusive for <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> End!<br />

Follow the journey on socials and check out the<br />

website for more information:<br />

@maddybrown_<br />

madeleinebrown.net<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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C R E A T I V E C O M M U N I T Y S E R I E S<br />

EMMA THOM<br />

We have uncovered so many talented spouses through our<br />

Creative Community series, however we have not yet<br />

introduced or acknowledged our amazing Graphic Designer,<br />

Emma Thom!<br />

Emma joined <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> in November<br />

2020 based on her background in Graphic Design and Marketing.<br />

Emma has worked with a variety of organisations, including Embella<br />

Jewellery, and brings a diverse range of skills and experience to our<br />

organisation. Since joining us as our valued Graphic Designer, Emma<br />

has supported the transition of the magazine design into a visually<br />

appealing, reader-friendly format, while also adding new features<br />

such as kid’s activity pages, information guides and image libraries.<br />

Emma was instrumental in securing our Matt Wright interview and<br />

amazing competition prize (Aug/Sep 2021), which has been the<br />

turning point of our transition over the last 18 months. Emma has<br />

also driven our advertising efforts with an attractive Marketing Pack,<br />

rate card and design service for our valued supporters.<br />

We are extremely grateful for Emma’s incredible contribution to our<br />

magazine over the last 18 months, which has included a website<br />

revamp and the creation of a blog and user-friendly interface for<br />

online competition entries – thank you Emma!<br />

We celebrate all defence partners who are finding new<br />

opportunities alongside the military lifestyle and continue to make a<br />

positive contribution to their community.<br />

Five current and former serving<br />

members, an ADF public servant and<br />

a paramedic set out on the Gibb<br />

River Road. It sounds like the start<br />

of a great joke and that’s certainly<br />

what we thought when we set out<br />

on the Gibb.We took three motor<br />

bikes, three support cars and a<br />

trailer from Darwin across the Gibb<br />

to Derby and then back across<br />

National Highway 1, covering<br />

3,600kms in eleven days.<br />

This trip isn’t for the faint of heart - it’s an<br />

incredible adventure and a unique<br />

experience that can be driven from<br />

Darwin or Katherine. <strong>The</strong> Gibb is<br />

1100kms of mostly unsealed corrugated<br />

roads with the famous red dirt of<br />

Northern Australia. It crosses through<br />

the Western Australian plains, private<br />

cattle stations, remote communities and a<br />

series of conservation parks.<br />

Our night-stop locations along the way;<br />

›› Darwin to Timber Creek<br />

›› Timber Creek to Kununurra<br />

›› Kununurra to Ellenbrae<br />

A GIBB ADVENTURE<br />

›› Ellenbrae to Barnett River Gorge<br />

›› Barnett River Gorge to Mt Barnett<br />

Roadhouse<br />

›› Mt Barnett Roadhouse to Derby<br />

›› Derby to Fitzroy Crossing<br />

›› Fitzroy Crossing to Halls Creek<br />

›› Halls Creek to Purnululu<br />

›› Purnululu to Katherine<br />

›› Katherine to Darwin<br />

<strong>The</strong> corrugations are brutal and the Gibb<br />

is famous for breakdowns along the way.<br />

We lost one of our support cars on day<br />

one, so we sent it back to Darwin for<br />

repairs. We broke a motor bike on day<br />

four, which was strapped to the trailer<br />

for the remainder of the trip, and we<br />

lost multiple spotlights, an assortment of<br />

jerry cans and other paraphernalia.<br />

<strong>The</strong> camping facilities are busy, but<br />

accessible with generally hot showers.<br />

Our large group drew stares and<br />

comments wherever we went as the<br />

motorbikes pulled up and we rolled out<br />

our swags. We found out later that our<br />

group became a bit famous all the way<br />

along; apparently motor bikes aren’t a<br />

common occurrence on the Gibb!<br />

Some of our highlights, in no particular<br />

order; Bell Gorge, Bungle Bungles and<br />

Mimbi Caves are particular must-sees off<br />

the beaten track. We saw the Boab Trees,<br />

swam in remote swimming holes,<br />

challenged ourselves to hike in ancient<br />

caves and camped in some of the most<br />

extraordinary landscapes in Australia.<br />

We tasted freshly baked scones at<br />

Ellenbrea station, which is a working cattle<br />

station that runs a campsite during the<br />

dry, and we also drank Kununarra gin at<br />

the Hoochery Distillery and tried Boab<br />

Coffee in Derby.<br />

Eleven days later, we trekked back to<br />

Darwin and back to work. Dirty (with<br />

loads and loads of laundry), but so much<br />

richer for this outback experience. We’ll<br />

treasure our matching t-shirts ‘I survived<br />

the Gibb’ and the red dirt which has<br />

stained our clothes forever.<br />

A <strong>Top</strong> End adventure well worth having.<br />

Written by Emily Clarke<br />

Community Contributor<br />

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

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A PERFECT TIME<br />

TO ‘DO’ KAKADU<br />

For most Territorians there are two seasons – wet<br />

and dry. But for Kakadu’s traditional owners there<br />

are six seasons, based on thousands of years of local<br />

knowledge and reflecting distinctive changes in<br />

Kakadu National Park’s landscape, plants and animal<br />

life.<br />

Prior to Wurrkeng, the dry weather season from June to<br />

August, Kakadu goes through three seasons as it transitions<br />

from monsoon to dry – and it provides a really attractive<br />

time to visit the Park.<br />

For fishers who like the prospect of hooking a<br />

Million Dollar Fish, they have till the end of<br />

<strong>March</strong> to get fishing on waterways such as<br />

Yellow Water Billabong, where many prizetagged<br />

barramundis have been caught, but not<br />

a million-dollar barra. Yet.<br />

Of course, the 10,000 crocs located in<br />

Kakadu are also after a good feed, so for<br />

many visitors, it is better to order a<br />

perfectly cooked barra fillet at<br />

Escarpment Restaurant or Mimi’s, and<br />

experience the waterways in a fullyguided<br />

Yellow Water Cruise rather than<br />

compete with the crocs for their tucker.<br />

Even with the rains, there’s so much to<br />

see and do in Kakadu.<br />

Centuries-old rock art can be viewed at<br />

Nourlangie, swimming in cool rock pools is<br />

available at Motor Car Falls and Moline, many<br />

great trekking sites are open, and special<br />

events such as Full Moon Feast dinners and<br />

Taste of Kakadu are offered to showcase local<br />

bush foods and Indigenous culture.<br />

You can view, or participate in, authentic art and craft sessions at<br />

Warradjan Cultural Centre, the Crocodile Hotel’s Ochre Gallery,<br />

Marrawuddi Arts & Culture, and Bowali Visitors Centre.<br />

What makes stays in Kakadu before the end of <strong>March</strong> even more<br />

attractive are the special NT-only deals with $99 rates at Mercure<br />

Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, with free Yellow Water Cruises for kids<br />

and a bonus $25 art credit for stays over two nights. Cooinda<br />

Lodge is also offering free kids cruises, along with a choice of a $50<br />

fuel voucher or $50 food voucher for stays of two nights or more.<br />

Accommodation rates are just $149 for a Lodge Room and $129<br />

for an air-conditioned Outback Retreat glamping tent.<br />

With the money saved, you can book a scenic flight of Kakadu<br />

where you can view waterfalls at their most thunderous. It is an<br />

unforgettable experience.<br />

For deals and itineraries: www.kakadutourism.com<br />

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Defence Member and Family Support<br />

We hope that you had a wonderful<br />

festive season welcoming in the New<br />

Year <strong>2023</strong>, with a chance to check out<br />

the great activities and resources<br />

available in the <strong>Top</strong> End.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s an abundance of activities in<br />

and around Darwin,Tindal, Katherine<br />

and surrounds. In addition to the<br />

activities run by the council and the<br />

library, there are crocodile adventures,<br />

rich historical experiences, national<br />

parks, waterfalls and wetlands to visit,<br />

enough to fill a weekend or a whole<br />

week!<br />

For more information on these<br />

activities visit: https://<br />

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

www.katherine.nt.gov.au/our-town/<br />

tourism.aspx<br />

Sporting:<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is a wide range of sports available<br />

throughout the year in the <strong>Top</strong> End.<br />

Sport in the NT is very inclusive and there<br />

are great opportunities to become<br />

engaged as a player, official, volunteer and<br />

opportunities to learn a new sport.<br />

<strong>The</strong> sport and swim voucher scheme<br />

gives children government-subsidised<br />

access to sport, recreation and cultural<br />

activities in the Northern Territory. For<br />

more information, visit: https://nt.gov.au/<br />

leisure/sport/sport-and-swim-vouchers<br />

Connecting with your Local<br />

Community:<br />

Your local DMFS team can connect you<br />

with your local community and services.<br />

You will see us at meet and greets and<br />

unit welcomes, including at community<br />

groups: Network Tindal, Robertson<br />

Barracks Family Group, Larrakeyah<br />

Neighbourhood House and the <strong>Top</strong><br />

<strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>.<br />

We look forward to meeting new and<br />

returning ADF families at our <strong>February</strong><br />

and <strong>March</strong> activities.<br />

Stay Connected<br />

Weather Information:<br />

Cyclone season in the NT takes place from<br />

1 November to 31 April, with an increase<br />

in rainfall causing many areas in the NT to<br />

be subject to flooding. In such events as<br />

cyclones and flooding or severe storms, it<br />

is best to be well prepared and informed.<br />

<strong>The</strong> NT Government webpage is a useful<br />

resource and provides information on<br />

how to prepare for disasters and<br />

emergencies including how to create a<br />

household emergency plan and<br />

emergency kit. Visit: nt.gov.au/emergency/<br />

cyclones<br />

Vehicle and Driver<br />

Registration:<br />

<strong>The</strong> Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR)<br />

provides vehicle registration and driver<br />

licensing services across the Northern<br />

Territory. You should transfer your<br />

interstate vehicle registration within three<br />

months of taking up residence in the NT.<br />

Advice and Support:<br />

Defence Member and Family Support are<br />

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

Member and Family Helpline 1800 624<br />

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

connection with your local community.<br />

Our website has information on ADF<br />

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

bookmark our URL and follow us on social<br />

media to keep up-to-date on planned<br />

events.<br />

Mailing List:<br />

Are you on the DMFS NT e-News<br />

mailing list? You can subscribe to our e-<br />

News by scanning the below QR codes.<br />

DARWIN<br />

TINDAL<br />

DMFS Activities:<br />

Upcoming Events<br />

Keep up to date with<br />

upcoming events by<br />

scanning the QR code<br />

opposite.<br />

DEFENCE MEMBER<br />

DMFS_AusDefence<br />

<strong>The</strong> DMFS team are excited to have a series of<br />

activities ready to ease you into your new<br />

communities. Check our ‘Events’ page www.<br />

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

Default.asp for newly added activities or scan<br />

our Events QR code and keep an eye on DMFS<br />

social media, Eventbrite or eNewsletters. Our<br />

events in Darwin and Tindal are available to all<br />

Northern Territory ADF members and their<br />

families.<br />

Photo: Christmas is nearly here! By Jot Kahlon & Jemmah<br />

Lowry.<br />

Christmas Crafty Creations<br />

ADF families joined us for a jolly morning of<br />

festive fun and created amazing Christmas<br />

baubles in various designs and colours,<br />

reindeers and Christmas magnets! It was a nice<br />

way for families to finish off the year or a<br />

posting by creating memories with Darwin<br />

2022 baubles.<br />

Written by Di Elson<br />

SAVE THE DATE<br />

Thu 2 Feb – Coffee Connections @ 11.00am-1.00pm – Tindal<br />

Sat 11 Feb – Welcome to the <strong>Top</strong> End Expo @ 9.00am-1.00pm – Darwin<br />

Wed 15 Feb – Special Needs @ 12.00pm-2.00pm – Tindal<br />

Wed 15 Feb – Bunnings Workshop @ 6.00pm-8.00pm – Darwin<br />

Tue 21 Feb – FamilySMART @ 5.30pm-7.00pm – Tindal<br />

Wed 22 Feb – FamilySMART @ 9.00am-10.30am – Tindal<br />

Thu 23 Feb – Coffee Connections @ 10.00am-12.00pm – Darwin<br />

Fri 24 Feb – Special Needs – Darwin<br />

Sat 26 Feb – Ice Skating @ 1.00pm-4.00pm – Darwin<br />

Tue 28 Feb – Crafty Creations – Tindal<br />

Wed 1 Mar – Partner Employment Information Session @ 10.00-12.00pm - DMFS<br />

Darwin Office, 3 Tybell St, Winnellie<br />

Mon 6 Mar – Bunnings Workshop @ 6.00pm-8.00pm – Darwin<br />

Wed 8 Mar – Partner Employment Information Session @ 5.00pm-7.00pm - DMFS<br />

Darwin Office, 3 Tybell St, Winnellie<br />

Sat 11 Mar – PEAP – Tindal<br />

Sometimes the best way to help a fellow ADF member<br />

is to refer them to an appropriate external service.We<br />

have a number of resources on our website and provide<br />

the following guidance about Financial Information<br />

Services that are available to ADF members:<br />

CENTRELINK’S FINANCIAL INFORMATION SERVICE<br />

(FIS)<br />

This is a free service which can help members with personal<br />

and family financial matters and make sure the member is<br />

getting all the Government benefits they are entitled to. <strong>The</strong><br />

service can be accessed over the phone or face-to-face.<br />

Members can find out more information on the Human<br />

services website or call 132 300 to make an appointment.<br />

FINANCIAL COUNSELLING<br />

Financial counsellors help people in serious financial difficulty.<br />

It’s a free service that can help a member manage their<br />

immediate crisis and develop strategies to help prevent<br />

future problems. <strong>The</strong>y can advocate for the member and<br />

assist them to remain independent and take back control of<br />

their financial affairs.<br />

Please contact us at the ADF Consumer Centre for help in<br />

finding an appropriate financial counsellor.<br />

FINANCIAL ADVISERS<br />

ADF members and families<br />

are invited to join DMFS<br />

and command for a<br />

morning of fun and<br />

information sharing. A range of community<br />

groups and organisations will join us to provide<br />

information about a variety of local community<br />

and government services as well as hobby group<br />

options in the area. We will have a range of fun<br />

activities for families as well as military<br />

equipment displays from local units.<br />

Enjoy the activities in air-conditioned comfort.<br />

Convenient parking available.<br />

WHERE<br />

WHEN<br />

MORE<br />

INFO<br />

Welcome to<br />

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

Darwin Convention Centre<br />

Saturday 11 <strong>February</strong> <strong>2023</strong>, 9.00am – 1.00pm<br />

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

Join the DMFS Darwin mailing list<br />

by scanning the QR code<br />

Financial advisers help people set and achieve financial goals,<br />

choose investments, and manage their money, for a fee.<br />

Advisers often charge fees based on a percentage of assets<br />

under management, which can lead to conflicted advice. <strong>The</strong><br />

ADF Consumer Centre administers the ADF financial advice<br />

referral program, which is a list of financial advisers that have<br />

made an undertaking to Defence that they will operate on a<br />

genuine fee-for-service basis, free from remuneration-based<br />

conflicts of interest.<br />

This list is not a recommendation or endorsement of the<br />

advisers on this list, and members need to be aware that any<br />

relationship is between them and the adviser, and is a strictly<br />

private relationship that Defence is not a party to.<br />

Members considering financial advice may benefit from<br />

reading our Getting Financial Advice Money Guide and<br />

watching our video ‘Financial advisers: the facts & the fiction’<br />

on our website, which provides a good idea of what to<br />

expect when seeing a financial adviser and what to look out<br />

for.<br />

Before choosing an adviser, make sure the adviser is qualified<br />

to give the kind of advice they’re after and have experience in<br />

dealing with people in similar circumstances. <strong>The</strong>y should<br />

understand and agree the scope of the advice and the fees<br />

before proceeding, these should be outlined in an Engagement<br />

Letter.<br />

1800 624 608<br />

DMFS_AusDefence<br />

Area Manager NT<br />

Some ADF members have proven to be good savers and<br />

memberandfamilyhelpline@defence.gov.au DefenceMemberFamilySupport Defence Member and Family Support<br />

money managers and may come to you for investment<br />

advice. If this happens, it’s important that you don’t make<br />

AND FAMILY SUPPORT<br />

Extracted from ADF Financial Services<br />

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

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

suggestions in relation to particular investment products, or<br />

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

adfconsumer.gov.au/leadership<br />

class of assets. Suggest the member read the Investing<br />

Money guide on our website and consider contacting an<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 />

appropriately licensed financial adviser.<br />

time for advice, support or connection with your local community. Our website has information on ADF member and family content<br />

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so be sure to bookmark our URL and follow us on social media to keep up-to-date on planned events.


NATIONAL DAY FOR WAR ANIMALS<br />

<strong>The</strong> National Day for War Animals is on the 24th of<br />

<strong>February</strong> each year and is symbolised by a purple poppy.<br />

We honour the deeds of these animals, and the companionship<br />

they provided during their service, and note that the duties carried<br />

out during war and peacetime by these animals are varied and vital<br />

to many operations.<br />

Animals during war endured the many hardships that humans did,<br />

and also brought with them empathy, hope and friendship to<br />

those who served alongside them. <strong>The</strong>y became messengers,<br />

transport, explosive and gas detectors, pest control, search and<br />

rescue, trackers, security guards, alarm signals, confidants, and<br />

mascots.<br />

Photo: Carrier pigeons were used<br />

as an emergency measure during<br />

operational flights. Source: AWM<br />

SUK15152.<br />

If you hadn’t considered cats and water to be a<br />

good mix, you’re not alone! However, cats were<br />

often encouraged to stay aboard naval ships to<br />

guard the sailors’ food supply and deal with vermin<br />

like rats and mice, which ate ship stores, damaged<br />

equipment and spread disease. Cats were also<br />

considered good luck charms, and weather radars,<br />

as their moods and behaviour would change if<br />

storms or rough weather was nearby. <strong>The</strong>se fourlegged<br />

sailors often became mascots and provided<br />

solace to those during lonely times on the sea.<br />

Finally, we mustn’t forget our feathered friends who<br />

were used during the First and Second World Wars<br />

as carrier pigeons on aircrafts and ships. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

provided information to troops and were an<br />

alternative method of communication when line and<br />

wireless were not available.<br />

We thank our animal handlers, the veterinarian<br />

corps and the soldiers who cared for these<br />

animals whilst on duty. We also thank those who<br />

continued to care for the animals upon their return<br />

home and in retirement.<br />

Children and adults can discover more about the<br />

contributions made by animals in wartime and<br />

peace operations with the award winning book M is<br />

for Mates available at https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/<br />

resources/m-mates-animals-wartime-ajax-zep<br />

Visit the Darwin Military Museum at East Point to<br />

learn about “Gunner” the dog and the “Nackeroos”<br />

or North Australia Observation Unit (NAOU) who<br />

patrolled Northern Australia on horseback. https://<br />

www.darwinmilitarymuseum.com.au/#/ or call 8981<br />

9702.<br />

Written by Louise Ruhl<br />

A/G Deputy Commissioner, NT<br />

Department of Veterans’ Affairs<br />

Photo: Soldiers and Tracking dogs of Fire Assault Platoon, Support Company, 7th<br />

Battalion <strong>The</strong> Royal Australian Regiment,(7RAR) Source: AWM VN67013219.<br />

PURPLE POPPIES FOR WAR ANIMALS<br />

Photo: A mounted Light Horseman on the fully equipped type of camel, used at<br />

Romani. Source: AWM B02465.<br />

During the First World War, donkeys served in Gallipoli delivering<br />

supplies and carrying injured soldiers when stretchers became<br />

unavailable. <strong>The</strong>ir sure-footed strength was an asset as they<br />

navigated steep hillsides and rugged environments. A well-known<br />

ANZAC story is that of Simpson and his Donkey.<br />

Horses have been used in war since ancient times. More recently<br />

they’ve assisted in the Boer War, and the First World War where<br />

they were used on the Western Front and in the Middle East. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

were used by the Light Horse and other mounted units. Camels<br />

also provided transport during operations in Egypt and the Sinai and<br />

were used by the Imperial Camel Corps (ICC) which was created<br />

in 1916 and disbanded in 1918 as horses took their place.<br />

Photo: Dogs kept as pets by <strong>The</strong> Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR) soldiers in<br />

Korea, lining up for their anti-rabies injections Source: AWM MELJ0792.<br />

Dogs have been utilised for their many skills. Some of their first<br />

duties were in the First World War where they were messengers,<br />

and pulled ammunition in carts. During the Vietnam War, they were<br />

used in patrols as scouts to track down enemy soldiers through<br />

thick, dense jungle. In Afghanistan, they were trained to become<br />

Explosive Detector Dogs with many stories of how they saved lives<br />

just by doing their job.<br />

If you have a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress<br />

disorder (PTSD), the Department of Veterans’<br />

Affairs, Psychiatric Assistance Dog Program may<br />

assist you in recovery. Each dog is specifically<br />

trained to meet your clinical recovery goals and can<br />

detect signs of distress and perform tasks to help<br />

DEPARTMENT OF<br />

alleviate symptoms to support the veteran.<br />

Lest we forget our four-legged diggers served too - the 24th of<br />

<strong>February</strong> is National Day for War Animals in Australia.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation Inc. (AWAMO) was<br />

initially set up to establish recognition for animals that had died in<br />

conflicts - over 9 million alone in WWI.<br />

AWAMO is a registered non-profit charity made up of community<br />

members from diverse backgrounds that have the likeminded aim to<br />

recognize the deeds and sacrifices of all animal species, who have given their<br />

lives and their loyalty, serving alongside their human handlers in war and<br />

peace time.<br />

AWAMO has four main core activities.<br />

1. <strong>The</strong> establishment of memorials.<br />

2. Fiscal and material sponsorship to veteran Service dogs.<br />

3. Education.<br />

4. Sponsorship to other animal projects assisting veterans or animals.<br />

Purple poppies are designed to be worn alongside the<br />

traditional red one as a reminder of their bravery and<br />

that both humans and animals served together. Funds<br />

raised from donations and the sale of Purple Poppies are<br />

used by AWAMO to establish memorials. <strong>The</strong>y also fund<br />

training of support animals to help soldiers with posttraumatic<br />

stress, and provide care packages including<br />

paying for care for war animals retired from service due<br />

to illness, injury and old age after active service.<br />

References:<br />

http://awamo.org.au/<br />

https://www.purplepoppies.com.au<br />

https://www.awm.gov.au/national-day-for-war-animals<br />

AWAMO opened Australia’s Official war animal memorial<br />

in Pozieres, France. This is AWAMO’s largest venture so far<br />

– the $250,000 bronze statues not only honour Australian<br />

war animals but animals from all Nations. All funds were<br />

raised by AWAMO with NO government funding.<br />

We continue to make people aware of their deeds and<br />

sacrifices by placing memorials at important sites, thus far<br />

40 Australian and International monuments have been<br />

established.<br />

Check out the AWAMO website for more projects,<br />

memorials and achievements.<br />

Purple poppies can<br />

be purchased in<br />

the NT from:<br />

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

Contact us or come and visit our<br />

stand at the DMFS Welcome to <strong>Top</strong><br />

End event<br />

<strong>The</strong> Furry Godmother Pet Resort<br />

Larkin Ave Darwin International<br />

Airport NT 0820 - 08 8945 7766<br />

Pins and other products are available<br />

online: www.purplepoppies.com.au/<br />

products/<br />

Eligibility, application and program requirements are<br />

listed at https://www.dva.gov.au/health-and-<br />

VETERANS’<br />

treatment/injury-or-health-treatments/mental-<br />

health-care/our-psychiatric-assistance-dog or call<br />

AFFAIRS<br />

1800 (1800 838 372) for assistance.<br />

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PRINCES TRUST AUSTRALIA<br />

From your local Defence<br />

Families of Australia National<br />

Delegate Georgia Usher:<br />

By the time you read this, we hope<br />

you have settled into <strong>2023</strong> and<br />

have found your favourite smoothie<br />

and laksa stalls, and spots with the<br />

best air conditioning.<br />

If you are newly posted here,<br />

welcome to the beautiful Northern<br />

Territory - it is truly a wonderful<br />

place to explore, live and learn.<br />

I’d like to thank the defence<br />

community for being so welcoming<br />

and encouraging as I work to<br />

strengthen DFA’s role in the<br />

Northern Territory and Kimberley<br />

region. I have been in this role for a<br />

few months now and am enjoying<br />

getting to know you and our<br />

stakeholders in the region.<br />

Photo: Georgia Usher laid a RAAF Legacy Bear<br />

together with a wreath at the Darwin Cenotaph<br />

on Remembrance Day 2022 to acknowledge<br />

the families of current and former serving ADF<br />

members as part of DFA, Legacy and RSL’s<br />

RememBEARance campaign)<br />

<strong>The</strong> DFA team were thrilled to end 2022 on a<br />

high note. We were especially pleased to:<br />

• Launch our Strategic Plan 2022-2024<br />

outlining the way forward for our<br />

organisation<br />

• Publish the Advocacy Map Summer 2022-<br />

<strong>2023</strong> outlining our areas of focus, recent<br />

achievements and current advocacy goals<br />

• Engage with the Royal Commission into<br />

Defence and Veteran Suicide team to<br />

highlight local family experiences<br />

• Participate in the RememBEARance<br />

campaign in partnership with Legacy<br />

Australia and RSL Australia to<br />

acknowledge the strength and sacrifice of<br />

defence families at Remembrance Day<br />

commemoration events<br />

• Attend an afternoon tea with the spouses<br />

of Defence Service Chiefs and other<br />

stakeholders in Canberra to discuss how<br />

we can best support other defence<br />

families<br />

• Attend the Prime Minister’s National<br />

Veterans' Employment Awards, which had<br />

two new categories celebrating partner<br />

employees and partner entrepreneurs<br />

• Work together with the ADF and the<br />

Department of Veterans’ Affairs to<br />

promote the Defence and Veteran Family<br />

Support Strategy, which will be presented<br />

to the Government as a key priority soon.<br />

During the Royal Commission visit to Darwin<br />

in November 2022, there were several days of<br />

public hearings. <strong>The</strong> courage displayed was<br />

incredible. As a veteran myself, I found your<br />

stories heart-wrenching but so important.<br />

I had the opportunity to discuss our local<br />

situation with Commission Chair Nick Kaldas<br />

APM, his team and other stakeholders.<br />

Commissioner Kaldas and his team are<br />

passionate about making change, ensuring the<br />

safety and wellbeing of our troops and<br />

veterans. It's a positive step in the right<br />

direction.<br />

ABOUT DFA<br />

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

official Australian Defence Force (ADF)<br />

families advisory body to the Minister for<br />

Defence Personnel and Chief of the<br />

Defence Force (CDF).<br />

Our organisation sits outside of Defence<br />

systems, allowing DFA independence and<br />

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

ADF families.<br />

We are connected to Defence family<br />

communities in our regions, and are<br />

largely veterans or family of Australian<br />

Defence Force members.<br />

To find out more about me and how<br />

DFA can assist you, go to https://dfa.org.<br />

au/northern-territory-and-kimberley<br />

If you want to make a submission there is<br />

support available, and submissions are open<br />

until October <strong>2023</strong>. You can share your story<br />

via the Royal Commission website.<br />

In the months ahead, our team will support<br />

the ADF to inform the development of the<br />

Defence and Veteran Family Support<br />

Strategy action plans through family<br />

participation.<br />

If you would like to register your interest in<br />

participating in upcoming forums, please<br />

contact the National Delegate for your state<br />

or territory at https://dfa.org.au/contact-us/<br />

We hope you have a wonderful year ahead<br />

exploring the Territory. Please reach out to<br />

me if you need assistance with resolving<br />

issues affecting your family as a result of your<br />

active service.<br />

Written by Georgia Usher<br />

National Delegate<br />

DFA NT & Kimberley<br />

31<br />

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Fri 31st Mar <strong>2023</strong>, 10:00<br />

am - 12:00 pm AEDT<br />

W I N<br />

Care packages hold a special place in the lives of deployed troops, and for<br />

family members.<br />

Historically, care packages were sent from family members to their loved<br />

ones abroad, and contained anything from milk powder to coffee, soap,<br />

medicine, and fabric. And, anecdotally, Anzac biscuits handmade with love.<br />

This year, Prince's Trust Australia have created care packages featuring a<br />

wonderful selection of products by Australian veteran and ADF partner<br />

businesses, all alumni of our business Enterprise programme.<br />

We are proud to work with veterans and<br />

Australian Defence Force families to build the<br />

confidence, skills and networks they need to<br />

safely explore self-employment, and engage<br />

successfully with the rapidly changing world<br />

of work.<br />

Join us for our <strong>February</strong> Enterprise Accelerator!<br />

Enterprise Accelerator is a free, online festival of<br />

ideas and industry speakers designed for veteran<br />

and ADF spouse businesses and entrepreneurs.<br />

Pick and choose from facilitated sessions, small<br />

group mentoring, and networking with leading<br />

business owners and experts.Whether you’re a<br />

sole trader, freelancer, family business, SME, or<br />

turning your hobby into a side hustle – there’s<br />

something for everyone.<br />

Delivered from Monday, 27 Feb to Friday <strong>March</strong> 3,<br />

<strong>2023</strong>.<br />

What's On<br />

We're working hard behind the scenes to pull<br />

together an incredible line-up of speakers and<br />

events.<br />

What you’ll get out of it<br />

›› Build your professional network with<br />

entrepreneurs across Australia<br />

›› Develop new skills, including start-up and small<br />

business best practice<br />

›› Progress towards your product market fit and<br />

revenue streams<br />

›› Support to build your professional brand<br />

›› Support to pitch to investors, co-founders, and<br />

customers<br />

›› Helping you build long-term success in business<br />

+ more!<br />

Register for FREE online - https://events.humanitix.<br />

com/enterprise-accelerator<br />

<strong>The</strong> Enterprise programme is proudly supported by<br />

Accenture ANZ, SAAB Australia, Howden Group<br />

Holdings and local sponsor DUAL Australia, as well<br />

as Donors and Patrons of Prince’s Trust Australia.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Prince’s Trust Australia Enterprise programme<br />

received grant funding from the Australian<br />

Government to support veteran owned businesses.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se care packages will be gifted and shared across Australia and globally.<br />

Contact Defence Families of Australia<br />

Get in touch with us:<br />

DefenceFamiliesofAustralia<br />

@defence_families_<br />

of_australia<br />

@DefenceFamilies 0418807548<br />

Defence Families<br />

of Australia<br />

nt@dfa.org.au<br />

ENTER NOW AT<br />

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behind the product here: www.princes-trust.org.au/post/our-care-packages. Winners<br />

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Contact Princes Trust Australia for more<br />

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28 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated FEBRUARY/MARCH <strong>2023</strong> 29


SHANE PASCOE-BELL<br />

SOLDIER ON PATHWAYS OFFICER<br />

We interviewed Darwin’s own Soldier On Pathways<br />

Officer, Shane Pascoe-Bell.<br />

WHAT ARE YOUR DAY-TO-DAY RESPONSIBILITIES?<br />

I am a Soldier On Pathways Officer for the defence community. I<br />

enable veterans and their families to secure their future careers, in<br />

collaboration with veteran-supportive pledge companies and<br />

education partners. I support veterans and their family members<br />

throughout their career transition from the Australian Defence<br />

Force and assist with practical employment and education support,<br />

enabling them to secure long-term meaningful employment after<br />

they leave defence.<br />

WHAT HAS MOTIVATED YOU TO WORK WITH<br />

SOLDIER ON?<br />

I served for 12 years in the army as an infantry soldier, mostly with<br />

3RAR and 5/7RAR specialising as a Paratrooper, Signaller and<br />

acting Regimental Signals Officer. This was followed by another 12<br />

years in emergency services coordinating air and road ambulances<br />

in the Northern Territory. I didn’t receive any assistance when I<br />

left the ADF, so when I saw there was an open Pathways Officer<br />

role with Soldier On, it was a perfect opportunity for me to give<br />

back to veterans and their families in assisting them with<br />

employment prospects.<br />

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO LIVE IN DARWIN?<br />

I grew up in Elizabeth, South Australia and joined the army straight<br />

out of high school. I have had postings around the country and<br />

two operational deployments to East Timor. It was during my<br />

second deployment that we were granted a week of leave to<br />

come back home. Instead of going back to Sydney, I flew my wife<br />

to Darwin and our holiday turned into a house hunting trip - we<br />

knew this is where we wanted to be. We are also avid campers,<br />

and it gave us the chance to be close to some of the most<br />

beautiful camping spots in Australia. After being posted here, we<br />

quickly bought a house and have now been here for nearly 18<br />

years.<br />

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT THE PATHWAYS<br />

OFFICER ROLE?<br />

I’m most passionate about being able to work with veterans and<br />

their families and assist in solving problems for them. A key part of<br />

my role is translating their background into language that relates to<br />

civilian roles. This service helps to show veterans that they are<br />

still a valuable part of our society with many skills, even though<br />

they are not wearing a uniform anymore.<br />

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF WORK?<br />

I am involved in many community groups, mostly associated with<br />

the outdoors. I am a Scout Leader in Palmerston with the 1st<br />

Palmerston Scouts, which is great to be able to pass on various<br />

bush skills to youth. It is a great program which is all about enabling<br />

youth with many activities. Soon, I will be helping to build a new<br />

scout hall, which will be a great asset to the local community. I am<br />

also a member of a 4WD club and through this club, I have<br />

contributed to creating the new Central Valley campground in<br />

Litchfield National Park. I love camping in the bush where it’s quiet<br />

and secluded!<br />

IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT<br />

WORKING WITH SOLDIER ON:<br />

Grateful.<br />

VETERAN-OWNED GP<br />

PRACTICE IS HERE TO HELP<br />

To help increase local veterans’ accessibility to a GP,<br />

Mates4Mates has partnered with Veterans Medical Group to<br />

provide DVA GP appointments every Tuesday afternoon at the<br />

Mates4Mates Veteran and Family Wellbeing Centre in<br />

Palmerston.<br />

Veterans Medical Group is a veteran-owned and run medical<br />

practice that provides medical services across a wide range of health<br />

and wellbeing outcomes.<br />

Appointments are available every Tuesday afternoon from 12:30pm<br />

to 4:00pm.To book an online appointment, head to www.vmgclinic.<br />

com.au, click ‘Book online appointment’ and select ‘DVA Standard<br />

– Mates4Mates Palmerston’. For any questions with booking an<br />

appointment, please call the Veterans Medical Group team on 08<br />

7918 2555.<br />

Image: Candle Making with Mates4Mates<br />

Image: Welcome Erin Leech<br />

WELCOME TO ERIN<br />

Late last year, the team at Mates4Mates were<br />

thrilled to share the arrival of Erin Leech, the<br />

new Northern Territory Regional Manager.<br />

With Marcia Morgan finishing her secondment<br />

and returning to North Queensland, Erin has<br />

settled into the new role, getting to know the<br />

centre’s regular veterans and family members and<br />

overseeing the variety of Mates4Mates programs<br />

and activities running in the Northern Territory.<br />

Having lived in the <strong>Top</strong> End for 30 years, Erin is a<br />

local through and through. With a strong<br />

community services background, she has a deep<br />

passion for making a difference to people.<br />

If you’re visiting the Palmerston centre, be sure<br />

to pop in and say hello to Erin and the team.<br />

THE NEW SITE IN STUART PARK<br />

<strong>The</strong> team are excited to be opening the Mates4Mates Veteran and Family<br />

Wellbeing Centre in Stuart Park to the local veteran and Defence community<br />

shortly.<br />

We are in the final stages of building works and look forward to sharing more details<br />

about the opening of the new centre soon.<br />

SOCIALLY CONNECT WITH LIKE-MINDED<br />

VETERANS AND FAMILY MEMBERS<br />

Throughout the year, Mates4Mates organises a wide range of social connection<br />

activities for veterans and family members to attend, providing them with the<br />

opportunity to have fun and connect with a like-minded community.<br />

Over the next couple of months, Mates4Mates in the Northern Territory have a busy<br />

activity calendar planned, so if you’re a current or ex-serving Defence Force member,<br />

partner, or family member who is looking for a friendly, safe space to find mateship and<br />

maybe learn a new skill, please reach out to the Mates4Mates team.<br />

Image: Paint by Numbers with Mates4Mates<br />

Image: Kokedama Making with Mates4Mates<br />

Mates4Mates social connection activities are open to everyone in the Defence community.To<br />

find out more, head to www.mates4mates.org/events or email ntactivity@mates4mates.org.<br />

30 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated FEBRUARY/MARCH <strong>2023</strong> 31


DEFENCE SCHOOL MENTOR<br />

DIRECTORY<br />

DARWIN PRIMARY SCHOOLS<br />

Alawa Primary<br />

Katie Wedel<br />

katie.wedel@ntschools.net<br />

Durack Primary<br />

Jade Mackay<br />

jade.mackay@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Holy Spirit Primary<br />

Christine Crimmings<br />

christine.crimmings@nt.catholic.edu.au<br />

Larrakeyah Primary<br />

Jodie Murdoch<br />

jodie.murdoch@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Leanyer Primary<br />

Christos Kastaniotis<br />

christos.kastaniotis@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Ludmilla Primary<br />

Jacinta Stewart<br />

jacinta.stewart@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Mother Teresa Catholic College<br />

Clare Corvaia<br />

clare.corvaia@catholic.nt.edu.au<br />

Rosebery Primary<br />

TBC<br />

St Mary’s Catholic Primary<br />

Karen Jerrett<br />

karen.jerrett@nt.catholic.edu.au<br />

Wanguri Primary<br />

Amanda Metcalfe<br />

amanda.metcalfe@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Palmertson Christian / Marrara<br />

Christian / Sattler Christian Colleges<br />

Alice Kempster<br />

alice.kempster@ntschools.net<br />

SCHOOL<br />

HOLIDAYS<br />

School term dates for nongovernment,<br />

private and remote<br />

schools may differ, so please check<br />

the term dates with the school.<br />

Inclusive dates for the school and<br />

public holidays are shown below:<br />

Easter Break<br />

Friday 7 April<br />

- to -<br />

Monday 17 April<br />

Dry Season Break<br />

DARWIN MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOLS<br />

Darwin High<br />

Kerry Gray<br />

kerry.gray@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Darwin Middle<br />

Carolyn Mu<br />

carolyn.mu@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Dripstone Middle<br />

Katie Pollard<br />

katie.pollard@education.nt.gov.au<br />

TINDAL/KATHERINE SCHOOLS<br />

Casuarina Street Primary<br />

De Barry<br />

de.Barry@education.nt.gov.au<br />

O’Loughlin Catholic College<br />

Jennifer Quinn<br />

jennifer.quinn-Kent@nt.catholic.edu.au<br />

Palmerston College<br />

Sheryl Schmode<br />

sheryl.schmode@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Casuarina Senior College<br />

Kelly Sisson<br />

kelly.sisson@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Saturday 24 June<br />

- to -<br />

Monday 17 July<br />

September/October Break<br />

Saturday 23 September<br />

- to -<br />

Sunday 8 October<br />

Summer Break<br />

Saturday 16 December<br />

- to -<br />

Tuesday 30 January 2024<br />

Katherine South Primary<br />

Leonnie Matthews<br />

leonine.matthews@ntschools.net<br />

St Joseph’s College<br />

Tammy Taylor<br />

tammy.taylor@nt.catholic.edu.au<br />

Katherine High School<br />

Verity Chapmann<br />

verity.chapmann@education.nt.gov.au<br />

DISCLAIMER: List is accurate at time of print. Please contact<br />

your school for most recent information and updates.<br />

32 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated FEBRUARY/MARCH <strong>2023</strong> 33


THE TOP ENDER<br />

PRESENTS<br />

YOUTH<br />

WEEK<br />

<strong>The</strong> best women’s fishing tournament in<br />

Australia!<br />

Girls Gone Fishin’ is a women’s only fishing<br />

competition held annually In the <strong>Top</strong> End of the<br />

Northern Territory. It brings together women<br />

from all walks of life and all parts of the country in<br />

search of the elusive barramundi.<br />

Our teams are made up of women with all levels<br />

of fishing skills from serious anglers to enthusiastic<br />

beginners.<br />

It’s more than just fishing - leave the kids at<br />

home and have some you time!<br />

Girls Gone Fishin’ is the perfect chance for you to<br />

take a break from regular life. No kids, no<br />

housework, limited phone reception, no tantrums<br />

– just a bunch of legendary women having a great<br />

time.<br />

Dates: 29 <strong>March</strong> - 2 April<br />

Extracted from Girls Gone Fishin’<br />

www.girlsgonefishin.com.au/<br />

NT YOUTH WEEK<br />

YOUR VOICE<br />

We want to hear your voices! We’re planning ahead for NT Youth<br />

Week and ask all defence youth to tell us what you want!<br />

• What do you enjoy doing?<br />

• What activities would you like to try?<br />

• What do you want to know more about?<br />

• What are the biggest challenges of living in the top end?<br />

Send us your ideas and input through your DSM or use the QR<br />

Code to fill out our feedback form!<br />

Archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced<br />

today.<strong>The</strong> evolution of archery began<br />

at the start of mankind’s history, and evidence<br />

of ancient archers has been found all<br />

around the world.<br />

Although archery probably dates back to the Stone<br />

Age – around 20,000 B.C. – the earliest people<br />

known to have regularly used bows and arrows were<br />

the Ancient Egyptians, who adopted archery around<br />

3,000 B.C. for hunting and warfare.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first-known archery competition relatable to<br />

modern times was held in Finsbury, England in 1583<br />

and had 3 000 participants.<br />

Since the advent of gunpowder, archery’s importance<br />

in warfare decreased – and it instead developed into<br />

a recreational and competitive sport.<br />

Archery is a shooting sport and safety is our highest<br />

priority. <strong>The</strong>refore, conducting the sport on a<br />

dedicated archery shooting range, following proper<br />

instruction from accredited coaches and Field<br />

Archery Instructors (FAI) and adhering to all given<br />

safety instructions during the lessons is mandated.<br />

Extracted from NT Bowhunters<br />

Association<br />

ntarchery.org.au/fpfa-1<br />

<strong>The</strong> Freds Pass Archery Club is situated 35 km<br />

south of Darwin/ Palmerston on Bees Creek Road<br />

within the Freds Pass Sports and Recreation<br />

Reserve.<br />

New members welcome, experience not required<br />

Equipment and coaching available.<br />

Shoots are held fortnightly on Sunday mornings,<br />

starting at 09:30 am. Shooters are to be registered<br />

by 09:00 am. <strong>The</strong> practice range is open from 08:30<br />

am to club members and registered visitors only.<br />

Strict dress code applies for safety.<br />

COMMITTEE<br />

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ADF BIRTHDAYS<br />

AUSTRALIAN ARMY BIRTHDAY - 1<br />

MARCH 2022<br />

<strong>The</strong> Australian Army was formed on<br />

<strong>March</strong> 1st, 1901, as the Commonwealth<br />

Military Forces, through the<br />

amalgamation of the Australian colonial<br />

forces following Federation. In <strong>2023</strong>, the<br />

Australian Army celebrates its 122nd<br />

birthday and Soldiers around the nation<br />

and overseas will reflect on Army’s past<br />

and future.<br />

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY<br />

BIRTHDAY - 1 MARCH 2022<br />

Over the years the Australian Navy’s<br />

birthday has remained a source of some<br />

confusion. <strong>The</strong> date now accepted is 1<br />

<strong>March</strong> 1901, celebrating its 122nd<br />

birthday in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong> previously accepted date of 10 July<br />

1911 is not the birth date of naval<br />

forces in Australia, rather it was the<br />

date that the Sovereign granted the title<br />

‘Royal Australian Navy’.<br />

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE<br />

BIRTHDAY - 31 MARCH 2022<br />

On 31 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong>, the Royal<br />

Australian Air Force will mark 102 years<br />

of service to Australia.<br />

From our modest beginnings in 1921,<br />

Air Force has grown into a potent,<br />

world class Air Force which Australia<br />

relies upon in both conflict and peace.<br />

When Australia needs us, we are ready<br />

to respond.<br />

you're<br />

a winner!<br />

Congratulations to our December/<br />

January Competition Winners:<br />

<strong>The</strong> Wiggles Mystery Prize Packs<br />

Oliver MacRaild - Erin Anderton<br />

Azeema Perkins - Amanda Guerin<br />

William Osborn<br />

Couples Date Night<br />

Tess Evans<br />

MTA Travel Voucher<br />

Temieka McAlpine<br />

SHE Nails Deluxe Pedicure<br />

Stella Taylor<br />

James Cooper<br />

Integrity Hair Voucher<br />

Alanah Stone<br />

$50 Jape Homemaker Village Voucher<br />

Nicole Maree Horton<br />

Princes Trust Australia<br />

Care Package<br />

Amanda Metcalfe<br />

Officeworks Kid’s Art Pack<br />

Victoria Down<br />

Youth Driving Vouchers<br />

Sophie May - Kyan Tighe<br />

School Holiday Activity Packs<br />

Darwin: Harrison Anderton<br />

Tindal/Pilbara: Rebecca Parr<br />

Tindal Treats & Pilbara Prizes<br />

Self-Care Wellness Pack: Erin Anderton<br />

Spa Treatment Voucher: Amanda Oborne<br />

Woolworths Gift Card: Sara Speirs<br />

Camping Voucher: Holly Bone<br />

Movie Tickets: Frank Borton<br />

34 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated FEBRUARY/MARCH <strong>2023</strong> 35


OVARIAN CANCER<br />

AWARENESS<br />

MONTH<br />

FEBRUARY<br />

It's important to know your own body and be aware of<br />

the symptoms of the disease, as there is no screening<br />

test for ovarian cancer. A Cervical Screening Test does<br />

not detect ovarian cancer - it is designed to screen for<br />

cervical cancer.<br />

<strong>The</strong> symptoms of ovarian cancer can be vague and<br />

similar to other common conditions.<br />

If you experience any of the symptoms, especially if they<br />

are unusual for you or persistent, it's important to see<br />

your doctor to be sure. If you are concerned about your<br />

family history of breast or ovarian cancer, your doctor<br />

can assess your risk.<br />

COMMON SYMPTOMS<br />

›› Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal<br />

bloating<br />

›› Abdominal or pelvic (lower tummy) pain<br />

›› Feeling full after eating a small amount<br />

›› Needing to urinate often or urgently<br />

ADDITIONAL SYMPTOMS<br />

›› Changes in bowel habits<br />

›› Unexplained weight gain or loss<br />

›› Excessive fatigue<br />

›› Lower back pain<br />

›› Indigestion or nausea<br />

›› Bleeding after menopause or in-between periods<br />

›› Pain during sex or bleeding after<br />

TINNITUS<br />

AWARENESS WEEK<br />

6 - 12 FEBRUARY<br />

One in three people in Australia live with tinnitus and<br />

one in six experience it constantly.<br />

In 2017, the International Tinnitus Journal reported that<br />

45% of tinnitus sufferers experience anxiety and 33%<br />

have major depression. Yet, despite its ubiquity, tinnitus<br />

is poorly understood and frequently underestimated as a<br />

cause of suffering and distress. If you experience constant<br />

humming or 'ringing’ in your ears with no external noise<br />

causing the sound, it may be time to consult your doctor.<br />

www.tinnitusaustralia.org.au/tinnitusawarenessweek<br />

ENDOMETRIOSIS<br />

AWARENESS<br />

MONTH<br />

MARCH<br />

Endometriosis is a painful chronic condition. In Australia<br />

it affects at least one in 9 girls and women and those<br />

assigned female at birth. Symptoms include pain in the<br />

stomach, back and hip areas that can affect quality of life.<br />

COMMON SYMPTOMS<br />

›› abdominal pain<br />

›› heavy periods<br />

›› bleeding from the bladder or bowel<br />

›› feeling bloated<br />

›› tiredness<br />

›› anxiety or depression related to the pain<br />

›› infertility<br />

Endometriosis is a progressive, chronic condition and can<br />

affect all ages, including teenagers.<br />

For further information and resources:<br />

https://www.endozone.com.au/<br />

https://www.endometriosis.org.au/<br />

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

https://healthhq.defencehealth.com.au/2018/07/23/<br />

endometriosis-the-little-known-condition-that-affects-1-in-<br />

10-women/<br />

MARCH<br />

INTO YELLOW<br />

<strong>March</strong> into Yellow encourages our broader<br />

community to show their support for the<br />

invisible illness by adorning themselves in the<br />

colour yellow. It is also a fun way to raise<br />

funds for Endometriosis Australia who<br />

support endometriosis education and<br />

research.<br />

#<strong>March</strong>IntoYellow<strong>2023</strong><br />

#EndometriosisAustralia<br />

WORLD<br />

WETLANDS DAY<br />

2 FEBRUARY<br />

Wetlands are important because 40% of the world’s<br />

plant and animal species live or breed in wetlands and<br />

over 100,000 freshwater species have been identified in<br />

wetlands.<br />

DID YOU KNOW?<br />

›› Coastal wetlands are among the most<br />

biologically diverse places on earth<br />

›› Coral Reef and Mangrove forest protect<br />

coastlines from storm surges<br />

›› Wetlands are vanishing three times faster than<br />

forests with 35% disappearing since the 1970s.<br />

<strong>The</strong> causes of wetland loss include:<br />

• Drainage and infilling for agriculture and<br />

construction<br />

• Pollution<br />

• Overexploitation of resources including<br />

overfishing<br />

• Invasive species<br />

• Climate change<br />

A staggering 25% of wetland species are considered to<br />

be threatened with extinction, including water birds,<br />

freshwater dependent mammals, marine turtles, and<br />

coral reef building species.<br />

NT WETLANDS - https://nt.gov.au/environment/soilland-vegetation/important-wetlands<br />

Wetlands are an important environmental feature in<br />

most parts of the Northern Territory (NT). <strong>The</strong>y<br />

support a wide diversity of plants and animals, some of<br />

which are found nowhere else. <strong>The</strong>y also provide<br />

important ecosystem services, such as absorbing the<br />

impacts of floods and improving water quality.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are many different sorts of wetlands, including<br />

coastal salt marshes, mangrove swamps, freshwater lakes<br />

and swamps, floodplains, freshwater ponds, springs, and<br />

saline lakes. Wetlands can be permanent, seasonal or<br />

intermittent, and they can be artificial, such as dams or<br />

sewerage ponds.<br />

WINDOW ON THE WETLANDS - the highest point<br />

on the lower Adelaide River floodplain.<br />

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK - <strong>The</strong> most important<br />

feature of the Kakadu National Park Ramsar site is that it<br />

includes nearly all of the catchment of the very large<br />

Alligator rivers system and the top of the Mary River<br />

catchment.<br />

https://www.marchintoyellow.org.au/<br />

COBOURG PENINSULA - the only site in Australia<br />

where leatherback turtles regularly come ashore to lay<br />

eggs.<br />

For more information about NT Parks and Wildlife -<br />

https://nt.gov.au/parks<br />

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DONATE BLOOD<br />

TO SAVE LIVES<br />

WORLD DOWN<br />

SYNDROME DAY<br />

21 MARCH<br />

<strong>March</strong> 21st is World Down Syndrome Day, which has<br />

been officially recognised by the United Nations since<br />

2012. On this day, people all around the world<br />

celebrate the lives and achievements of people with<br />

Down syndrome.<br />

<strong>March</strong> 21st provides an opportunity to raise<br />

awareness about the rights and inclusion of people<br />

with Down syndrome around the world. We can do<br />

this by wearing bright and colourful socks! You can wear<br />

official Lots of Socks designs, branded socks, or any<br />

other pair of socks to make a statement: bright socks,<br />

long socks, printed socks, or maybe even three socks for<br />

three chromosomes.<br />

Ask your child’s teacher or school to join in by holding a<br />

‘Lots of Socks’ fundraising event. <strong>The</strong> idea behind the<br />

Lots of Socks initiative is that all types, shapes, sizes of<br />

the same thing can be unique in their own way, and yet<br />

do the same thing. Lots of Socks is a campaign to create<br />

conversation about diversity, uniqueness, inclusion and<br />

acceptance.<br />

You can find out more about Lots of Socks day and<br />

fundraising via the Down Syndrome Australia website -<br />

https://www.downsyndrome.org.au/<br />

You can subscribe to Voice <strong>Magazine</strong> from Down<br />

Syndrome Australia - https://www.downsyndrome.org.<br />

au/voice/<br />

WORLDS<br />

GREATEST SHAVE<br />

15 - 19 MARCH<br />

Blood cancer is Australia’s hidden cancer crisis.<br />

Every day, 53 Aussies are diagnosed with blood cancer,<br />

and 16 will lose their life.<br />

People with blood cancer need you now more than<br />

ever.<br />

You have the power to take action and raise crucial<br />

funds that will give families facing blood cancer all the<br />

support and information they need – while driving<br />

breakthrough research projects discovering better<br />

ways to diagnose and treat blood cancer.<br />

By signing up to World’s Greatest Shave, you’ll be<br />

changing the lives of those who need your help most.<br />

And it might change yours along the way.<br />

Now that’s something worth raising your clippers,<br />

scissors or hair dye to.<br />

NEIGHBOUR DAY<br />

26 MARCH<br />

In <strong>2023</strong>, Neighbour Day will take place on 26 <strong>March</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong> theme for Neighbours Every Day is “Create<br />

Belonging” – a call to action for everyone in Australia<br />

(individuals, community groups, business and<br />

governments) to take every day actions that create<br />

social connection and foster respectful relationships.<br />

Recognising the impact of loneliness and lack of social<br />

connection, Neighbour Day reminds us all to check in<br />

on our neighbours.<br />

Source: relationships.org.au<br />

Written by Char Carter<br />

Community Coordinator<br />

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

Think all blood is red? Think blood donations<br />

are just for car accidents? Think again.<br />

Just over half of your blood is a yellow liquid called<br />

plasma, and it’s powerful.Your plasma can be used to<br />

help people in 18 different life-giving ways.<br />

Donating plasma is similar to donating blood and gives<br />

you the chance to help even more Australians enjoy a<br />

better quality of life.<br />

HOW DOES A PLASMA DONATION WORK?<br />

While you’re resting in a comfortable chair, a special<br />

machine draws blood from your arm. <strong>The</strong> machine<br />

separates the blood out to collect the plasma, which is<br />

actually a yellow colour. It’s yellow because your red cells,<br />

which make your blood red, are returned to you during<br />

the donation.<br />

Donating this way means you give twice as much plasma<br />

as you would in a normal blood donation! And, on top of<br />

that, you can do it more often — as often as every two<br />

weeks.<br />

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?<br />

Nothing long-term, but you might feel some tingling on<br />

the day. It’s because we use an anticoagulant called citrate.<br />

It helps us return your red cells to you, and makes sure<br />

everything goes smoothly, but it can also cause a<br />

temporary drop in the level of calcium and magnesium in<br />

your blood during donation.<br />

You may experience a metallic taste, tingling around the<br />

mouth and tongue, and, less often, tingling in your hands<br />

or feet.<br />

You can reduce the chances of that happening by eating<br />

foods high in calcium, magnesium and potassium both on<br />

the day and the day before (like dairy, fresh fruit, green<br />

vegetables, nuts and beans), and ask for a calcium<br />

supplement when you arrive.<br />

And in good news, your iron levels are a lot less likely to<br />

be affected because your red cells are returned to you<br />

(yay!).<br />

HOW LONG IT TAKES<br />

Leave about an hour and a half for the whole<br />

appointment, which includes meeting with a friendly staff<br />

member before your donation and having a<br />

complimentary snack and drink after.<br />

Donating takes about 45 minutes, and you can use that<br />

time to read, catch up on your favourite TV shows or just<br />

enjoy some uninterrupted down time.<br />

HOW OFTEN CAN I GIVE PLASMA?<br />

As often as every 2 weeks, if you like!<br />

Want to be able to help more people, more often? <strong>The</strong><br />

answer is plasma.<br />

Darwin Donor Centre - 17 Scaturchio St, Casuarina NT<br />

0811<br />

THE DEFENCE BLOOD<br />

CHALLENGE RESULTS<br />

FOR 2022 ARE IN!<br />

TOTAL DONATIONS<br />

LIVES SAVED<br />

ARMY 3740 11220<br />

NAVY 2604 7812<br />

RAAF 2300 6900<br />

DEFENCE PUBLIC<br />

SERVANTS<br />

(APS)<br />

829 2487<br />

BOEING<br />

DEFENCE AUS 178 534<br />

BAE SYSTEMS<br />

MARITIME AUS 138 414<br />

DEFENCE<br />

SCIENCE & TECH<br />

GROUP (DST)<br />

119 357<br />

BAE SYSTEMS 100 300<br />

ASC PTY LTD 92 276<br />

DVA 79 237<br />

THALES AUS 79 237<br />

DEFENCE<br />

CONTRACTORS 76 228<br />

QINETIQ 59 177<br />

DEFENCE<br />

RECRUITING 51 153<br />

RAYTHEON AUS 42 126<br />

L3 HARRIS 41 123<br />

RHEINMETALL 38 114<br />

TEAM HUNTER 35 105<br />

Source: www.lifeblood.com.au/<br />

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OPEN ARMS GROUP PROGRAMS<br />

ST VALENTINE’S<br />

DAY<br />

14 FEBRUARY<br />

While a few different stories are told about what<br />

inspired St Valentine’s Day, many people believe that a<br />

Roman priest named Valentine helped couples secretly<br />

get married.<br />

As the story goes, Emperor Claudius II of Rome—who<br />

reigned from the year 268 A.D. to 270 A.D.—banned<br />

marriage because he thought unmarried men made<br />

better soldiers. Valentine thought this was unfair and<br />

decided to break the rules and perform marriages<br />

anyway. He kept the ceremonies quiet, but he was<br />

eventually caught and later killed on <strong>February</strong> 14 of the<br />

year 270 for defying the Emperor. Right before he died,<br />

Valentine supposedly wrote the first-ever “valentine” to<br />

his jailer’s daughter, with whom he’d fallen in love. Later,<br />

in the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I declared the day of<br />

his death as St Valentine’s Day.<br />

Extracted from Nat Geo Kids<br />

kids.nationalgeographic.com/celebrations/<br />

ST PATRICK’S DAY<br />

17 MARCH<br />

Patron Saint of Ireland but born in Roman Britain in the<br />

late 4th century, St Patrick was kidnapped at the age of<br />

16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He managed to<br />

escape only to return to convert the Irish to Christianity.<br />

By the time of his death on <strong>March</strong> 17, 461, he had<br />

established monasteries, churches, and schools.<br />

<strong>The</strong> shamrock is associated with this day because St<br />

Patrick used three leaves to depict the Father, Son and<br />

Holy Ghost; thus the Feast of Saint Patrick, <strong>March</strong> 17th,<br />

become a cultural and religious celebration in<br />

remembrance of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint<br />

of Ireland.<br />

Written by Char Carter<br />

Community Coordinator<br />

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

INTERNATIONAL<br />

HAPPINESS DAY<br />

20 MARCH<br />

DID YOU KNOW that <strong>March</strong> 20th every year, forever,<br />

is the International Day of Happiness? <strong>The</strong> movement<br />

was founded by Illien Global CEO Jayme Illien in 2006<br />

and was adopted by the UN in 2012. For more<br />

information, visit happinessday.org<br />

EARTH HOUR<br />

25 MARCH<br />

Earth Hour is coming up soon!<br />

This year, Earth Hour will be Saturday the 25th of<br />

<strong>March</strong> between 8:30 – 9:30pm.<br />

This Earth Hour, we're calling on Australians everywhere<br />

to sign up to switch off and join a worldwide community<br />

of millions supporting stronger action on climate change.<br />

It’s never been more critical to come together to<br />

protect our world than at this moment. Climate change<br />

is impacting our precious environment right now. We’ve<br />

watched Australian communities and wildlife endure<br />

raging bushfires and devastating floods in quick<br />

succession.<br />

We still have time to make a difference for the planet<br />

we call home - whether you’re an individual, school,<br />

business or community, we all have the power to<br />

Shape Our Future.<br />

Some of the simple switches you can make to help our<br />

planet include, switching to solar power, switching your<br />

ride or just switching off your lights for Earth Hour to<br />

show your support.<br />

Will you switch off this year?<br />

#ShapeOurFuture<br />

Written by Madison Collier<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

DARWIN<br />

OPERATION LIFE: SAFETALK<br />

DARWIN<br />

Friday 10 th <strong>February</strong> | 9am – 1pm<br />

½ Day<br />

MANAGING PAIN<br />

DARWIN<br />

Thursday 16 th <strong>February</strong> | 9am – 5pm<br />

2 Days<br />

SLEEPING BETTER<br />

DARWIN<br />

Friday 24 th <strong>February</strong> | 9am – 1pm<br />

½ Day<br />

DOING ANGER DIFFERENTLY<br />

DARWIN<br />

Every Wednesday 3 rd <strong>March</strong> | 9am – 11:30am<br />

6 Weeks<br />

OPERATION LIFE: ASIST<br />

DARWIN<br />

Wednesday 8 th <strong>March</strong> | 9am – 5pm<br />

2 Days<br />

RELAXATION AND STRESS MANAGEMENT<br />

DARWIN<br />

Friday 17 th <strong>March</strong> | 9am – 5pm<br />

1 Day<br />

GROUP PROGRAM SCHEDULE<br />

JANUARY – JULY <strong>2023</strong><br />

UNDERSTANDING ANXIETY<br />

DARWIN<br />

Every Friday 26 th May | 9:00am – 11:30am<br />

6 Weeks<br />

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID<br />

DARWIN<br />

Tuesday 6 th June | 9am – 5pm<br />

2 Days<br />

SLEEPING BETTER<br />

DARWIN<br />

Friday 23 rd June | 9am – 1pm<br />

½ Day<br />

RECOVERY FROM TRAUMA<br />

DARWIN<br />

Tuesday 27 th June | 9am – 5pm<br />

2 Days<br />

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID<br />

DARWIN<br />

Thursday 13 th April | 9am – 5pm<br />

2 Days<br />

BEATING THE BLUES<br />

DARWIN<br />

Wednesday 19 th April | 9am – 5pm<br />

2 Days<br />

OPERATION LIFE: SAFETALK<br />

DARWIN<br />

Friday 5 th May | 9am – 1pm<br />

½ Day<br />

RELAXATION AND STRESS MANAGEMENT<br />

DARWIN<br />

Friday 19 th May | 9am – 5pm<br />

1 Day<br />

KATHERINE<br />

RELAXATION AND STRESS MANAGEMENT<br />

KATHERINE<br />

Thursday 16 th <strong>February</strong> | 9am – 5pm<br />

1 Day<br />

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID<br />

KATHERINE<br />

Tuesday 7 th <strong>March</strong> | 9am – 5pm<br />

2 Days<br />

SLEEPING BETTER<br />

KATHERINE<br />

Wednesday 19 th April | 1630 - 1830<br />

2 x 2hrs<br />

DOING ANGER DIFFERENTLY<br />

KATHERINE<br />

Wednesday 17 th May | 9am – 5pm<br />

2 Days<br />

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ADF Chaplains in the NT<br />

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

Shaun Foster HMAS Coonawarra<br />

Australian Christian Churches<br />

0400 514 375<br />

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 />

Steve Maggs 5RAR<br />

Baptist<br />

0408 684 783<br />

Roger Cowan 1AVN<br />

Baptist<br />

0429 891 274<br />

Airforce Darwin On-call:<br />

0477 308 064<br />

Airforce Tindal On-call:<br />

0427 890 054<br />

Christopher Buckley-Wilkshire RAAF Tindal<br />

Churches of Christ<br />

0437 702 645<br />

Andrew Knox RAAF Tindal<br />

Anglican<br />

0457 803 372<br />

Angela Stanfield RAAF Darwin<br />

Anglican<br />

0417 953 396<br />

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 />

CHAPLAIN’S<br />

CHAT<br />

“Getting over things is much<br />

like crossing monkey bars.<br />

You have to let go at some<br />

point in order to move<br />

forward.” ~ CS Lewis<br />

What are you like when you<br />

face a lot of rapid change? It’s a<br />

fairly regular part of being a defence member or living with one! A new<br />

year might mean a new house, a new location and often a new school,<br />

workplace and colleagues as well. If you are new to the <strong>Top</strong> End, the<br />

climate will definitely be something new.<br />

How do you respond in times of rapid change? Do you just wish it all<br />

went away? Or feel overwhelmed? Here are some things I try and<br />

remember when there’s a lot of change going on in my life.<br />

1. Try and take something familiar with you wherever you go.<br />

If we face a lot of change in our life, it’s good to have some things<br />

that are fixtures. Perhaps something that moves around with us<br />

and communicates ‘home’ to us wherever we are.<br />

It might be a pet or picture. It might be a hobby or piece of<br />

furniture. I know of one long-term army family who have a handpainted<br />

woodwork sign they put in every house they live in. It<br />

says,‘Home is where the army takes us!’<br />

2. Try and establish some routine quickly in a new situation.<br />

All of us have habits and routines and re-establishing those in a<br />

new place can help us adjust quickly. For you, a happy place could<br />

be somewhere you enjoy doing regular exercise, walking the pet<br />

or know you can grab a good coffee? It might be a park or pool<br />

that are suitable for easy trips with the kids. Getting a few fixed<br />

points established quickly in your new situation can help with<br />

settling in.<br />

3. Remember ‘new’ will eventually be ‘normal’.<br />

Things won’t stay new forever. <strong>The</strong> constant flow of new<br />

information or new experiences that come with a new situation<br />

will eventually slow down. If you feel overwhelmed, it’s good to<br />

remember there will be a point where what was ‘new’ will now<br />

feel ‘normal’.<br />

4. Remember there are positive opportunities that come with<br />

change but might take a while to reveal themselves.<br />

Changes in life offer new opportunities. However, it can take a<br />

while for these opportunities to emerge. You might want to<br />

write out a list at the start of each month what new discoveries<br />

and benefits happened in the last month. A list helps you see the<br />

positives in the new situation not just the challenges.<br />

Written by CHAP Chris Lindsay<br />

Presbyterian Chaplain<br />

1CER<br />

VETERANS MEDICAL GROUP<br />

GOOD MEDICINE TAKES TIME<br />

You shouldn't have to think<br />

about whether you can afford<br />

to go to the doctor. At VMG,<br />

ADF families never will.<br />

When we think of the family<br />

doctor, we generally think of<br />

bygone days when the family GP<br />

knew you and your family, spent<br />

time with you, and might even pop<br />

around for a home visit when you<br />

were ill.<br />

What we experience today when<br />

we attend our medical appointment<br />

is what’s colloquially called “6<br />

Minute Medicine”. General Practice has been forced into 6<br />

Minute Medicine to remain financially sustainable and keep<br />

the doors open. It comes at a cost though – for the GP who<br />

can’t provide the quality of care they want; and for the patient<br />

who can’t get time for someone to listen.<br />

Doctors Peter Zimmermann and Chris McLean believe<br />

there is a better way to do business when it comes to your<br />

health - as veterans with families, they have seen the gap<br />

when it comes to defence families transitioning across the<br />

country. <strong>The</strong>y understand the need of the families isolated by<br />

distance from the extended family support and good quality<br />

medical care and they’re doing something about it. It’s called<br />

Slow Medicine.<br />

WHAT IS SLOW MEDICINE?<br />

Slow medicine is about restoring the value and quality in general<br />

practice. <strong>The</strong> patient knows they’ve been heard, and the doctor<br />

knows they’ve made a difference. It's about spending quality time<br />

getting to know you, whilst taking care of your healthcare needs.<br />

As professionals, the role of the GP is to support and coordinate<br />

primary healthcare across multidisciplinary teams but, according to Dr<br />

Zimmermann, that rarely happens due to a host of reasons.<br />

Enter Veteran Medical Group Clinics (VMG) - at VMG, we have a<br />

unique understanding of all the defence support services available<br />

for defence employees that are a mystery for most GPs, and even<br />

defence personnel.<br />

<strong>The</strong> goal of VMG is to bring allied health professionals together under<br />

one umbrella to truly support the needs of their patients. Whilst it is<br />

beneficial and convenient for the patient, VMG can be more efficient<br />

and more productive through real engagement across the multiplicity<br />

routine so that goals become aligned.<br />

Slow medicine enables the GPs at VMG to be a part of the<br />

community, ensures we are truly engaged and that we can walk away<br />

at the end of the day knowing that we are meeting the needs of our<br />

community, our families and veterans. In our defence community<br />

there are a lot of people with complex medical needs and, in the<br />

Territory in particular, access to quality medical care is almost zero;<br />

it’s challenging and it’s identified by the ADF as a key retention<br />

component.<br />

WHERE CAN I FIND VMG?<br />

You don’t need to find us, we will come to you! We have found that<br />

offering home visits takes out so much of the stress of packing up the<br />

family and heading to your GP. We can also see you over<br />

videoconference (if you have registered). <strong>The</strong>re are of course things<br />

we can’t / would prefer not to do in your home, so we have a couple<br />

of options to see us.<br />

WHAT IS MY OUT-OF-POCKET COST?<br />

VMG will never require you to pay us money. Using a HICAPS<br />

terminal to bill ADF Family Health directly for the services provided<br />

to you means that you will never be out-of-pocket when you see one<br />

of VMG’s doctors.<br />

Rather than talk about good health care, we wanted to do<br />

something about it.<br />

Written by Char Carter<br />

Community Coordinator<br />

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

Reference: Dr Peter Zimmerman<br />

VMG Clinics<br />

HOW TO BOOK<br />

VMGCLINIC.COM.AU<br />

08 7918 2555<br />

@VMG_clinic<br />

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MILITARY CHOIR<br />

“We sing first for our heart, second for our voice, third<br />

for others”<br />

Where it all began...<br />

It was 2012, Cath Parsons (a military wife & music teacher) heard<br />

about the UK Military Wives Choir and thought to herself; we<br />

should do this here in Australia.<br />

Living in Canberra at the time, Cath and a friend began the first<br />

branch of the Australian Military Wives Choir (AMWC), and as<br />

people posted in and out, the choir grew. It became so popular<br />

that many women wanted to continue with AMWC as they<br />

relocated across the country, and today there are 14 branches of<br />

the AMWC and growing!<br />

<strong>The</strong> AMWC is about connection; connection with heart, voice<br />

and other women. It is a space where women feel connected,<br />

heard, supported - they understand the unique defence lifestyle<br />

and, regardless of location, they are embraced as family.<br />

To become involved with the AMWC, you only need a<br />

connection with defence, including mothers, wives, daughters and<br />

current or former ADF serving members and Reserves - where<br />

there is a connection, she is welcomed with open arms. One<br />

does not require a singing voice (or confidence to sing publicly),<br />

in fact, there is no pre-requisite except enthusiasm, a desire to<br />

connect and have fun.<br />

Run centrally across the country by volunteers, the AMWC relies<br />

on fundraising and ad hoc grants from organisations (such as<br />

DMFS) to cover the cost of their accompanists or to travel for<br />

events such as the 10-year anniversary held in 2022 in Canberra.<br />

Canberra was a special event to celebrate 10 years with<br />

members of various branches joining together for two<br />

performances at Queens <strong>The</strong>atre. Whilst many members prefer<br />

to sing as a group, there are the odd few who can hold a note so<br />

hauntingly beautiful they performed solos. Canberra was an<br />

opportunity to showcase everything the choir is about.<br />

Jessica described Canberra as “food for the soul, nourishing and<br />

encouraging; it connected me with other like-minded women and<br />

filled my cup”<br />

Caroline says “singing is both physical and spiritual, it releases<br />

endorphins and oxytocin, and reduces cortisol - the benefits of<br />

singing is scientifically proven so you should all come along!”<br />

“<strong>The</strong> main thing is enthusiasm and enjoyment over anything else,<br />

and the only technical thing I would ever say is to listen. Listen to<br />

yourself, your own voice and listen to the people around you,<br />

because if you are going to sing for the enjoyment of singing,<br />

that's one way of improving how you sing and then that flows<br />

onto the rest of your life. Learning to actively listen because it's in<br />

those moments of silence that you actually get the most<br />

connection with people”, said Jessica<br />

Darwin’s AMWC reopens on <strong>February</strong> 2nd, <strong>2023</strong>. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

rehearse on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Thursday of each month from<br />

6.30pm. For full details on memberships and how to join, head<br />

to the AMWC website www.amwchoir.com or FB www.<br />

facebook.com/AustralianMilitaryWivesChoirCanberra<br />

Written by Char Carter<br />

Community Coordinator<br />

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

References:<br />

AWM Choir - amwchoir.com<br />

Jessica McIntosh and Carolyn Thompson<br />

‘Military Wife’ by Cath Parsons - A signature song created<br />

by Cath, recorded by voices from the Australian Military<br />

Wives choir, 'Military Wife' is a tribute to all who walk<br />

alongside currently serving members of the military.<br />

“She’s a Military wife, she's packing up her life and moving it<br />

across the globe. She's a military wife, she's keeping love alive<br />

through internet and telephone. We’re loyal and faithful, we’re<br />

strong and resilient, we’re flexible, portable and independent.<br />

We’re up to the challenge we show understanding. We're<br />

friendly, dependable, caring and strong. She's on her own.”<br />

- Excerpt from Military Wife by Cath Parsons<br />

CENTRAL AUSTRALIAN<br />

ABORIGINAL WOMENS<br />

CHOIR<br />

Monday<br />

Women from remote Central Australian communities,<br />

bringing a unique sound to the world.<br />

CAAWC have recently performed in the Sydney Opera House and<br />

the Arts Centre in Melbourne: An extraordinary meeting of cultures,<br />

song and history...<br />

Hailing from the very heart of Australia, the 35-strong Central<br />

Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir is drawn together from seven<br />

remote communities of Australia’s vast central desert.<br />

Singing in English alongside Western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara – two<br />

living languages of the Northern Territory and South Australia – and<br />

led by Choir Master Morris Stuart, this extraordinary vocal ensemble<br />

first came to popular attention following ABC TV’s Australian Story,<br />

and the feature documentary, '<strong>The</strong> Song Keepers'.<br />

Be transported in a musical confluence of Baroque and Romantic era<br />

choral arrangements and centuries-old sacred hymns, carried through<br />

time in ancient Aboriginal languages.<br />

CAAWC will also be performing at the Desert Song Festival in<br />

Alice Springs in September – stay up to date on social media for<br />

event details.<br />

COOKING WITH<br />

SEL AT SAFFRRON<br />

“If you’re not crying, the curry is no good” - the best<br />

advice given to us in jest at our recent Indian cooking<br />

class. Sel, the owner of Saffrron at Parap, was teaching<br />

us the secrets to a really good curry!<br />

He says the secret to a good curry is to cook the onion in<br />

hot oil until it begins to caramelise and then add the rest of<br />

the ingredients… dry herbs & spices first with powdered<br />

ingredients at the very last moment.<br />

Well, my friends, the proof is in the eating! From the okra,<br />

gourd and dahl to the tandoori chicken, each mouthful took<br />

the palate in a new direction!<br />

Sel introduced us first to our gorgeous chef caps and aprons,<br />

and his recipes, then it was into the kitchen to get started! It<br />

Tuesday<br />

Extracted from Desert Song<br />

9 - 10 AM - HIPPY PROGRAM<br />

www.desertsong.com.au/<br />

Wednesday<br />

Central Australian Aboriginal Womens Choir<br />

9 - 11 AM - ZUMBINI<br />

Desert Song Festival<br />

Thursday<br />

Photo: Courtesy of CAAWC Facebook.<br />

wasn’t all hard work, initially Sel expertly explained all the<br />

spices we would use and then it was off to prep. Now, if<br />

anyone has been in a restaurant kitchen they would<br />

know the joy of hot spices, onion and heat! Seriously, I<br />

was not the only one with watery eyes (clearly my curry<br />

was going to be outstanding)!! <strong>The</strong>re was chatter all<br />

round as we made our naan and watched as each dish<br />

was prepared under Sel’s expert tutelage.<br />

Hard work pays off when one gets to sit and experience<br />

cuisines from far and wide, prepared as they were and<br />

with a group of like-minded folk and friends.<br />

If you have a love to learn and cooking is your thing, I<br />

highly recommend these classes!<br />

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: please<br />

register your interest for a private <strong>Top</strong><br />

<strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> cooking class at Saffrron in<br />

<strong>2023</strong> admin@thetopendermagazine.org.au<br />

Written by Char Carter<br />

Community Coordinator<br />

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

9 - 11 AM - COFFEE AND CATCH UP<br />

9 - 11 AM - MINI EXPLORERS<br />

Friday<br />

9 - 11 AM - PLAYGROUP<br />

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ROBERTSON<br />

BARRACKS<br />

FAMILY<br />

GROUP<br />

CONTACT<br />

Sam Maloney,<br />

Centre Coordinator<br />

www.rbfg.com.au<br />

WEEKLY SCHEDULE<br />

Monday<br />

9 - 11 AM - COFFEE AND CATCH UP<br />

Tuesday<br />

9 - 10 AM - HIPPY PROGRAM<br />

Wednesday<br />

9 - 11 AM - ZUMBINI<br />

Thursday<br />

9 - 11 AM - MINI EXPLORERS<br />

Friday<br />

9 - 11 AM - PLAYGROUP<br />

W I N<br />

W I T H O U R S P O N S O R S<br />

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the Territory. That’s why we’ve partnered with some of our favourite<br />

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So, go on, treat yourself! Enter today and you could win one of the<br />

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LARRAKEYAH<br />

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We can’t wait to see you during <strong>2023</strong>!!<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s so many events and activities<br />

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• Playgroup<br />

• Bumps and Bubs Group<br />

• Fitness Classes<br />

• Hobby Hours<br />

• ‘Chew the Fat Fridays’ –<br />

Coffee Out and About<br />

• Craft Events<br />

• Employment, Health and Child<br />

Safety Workshops and Training<br />

• Lunches / Dinners out and<br />

about<br />

• School Holiday Activities<br />

• Plus so much more..<br />

We are also looking to expand our<br />

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NETWORK<br />

TINDAL<br />

NETWORK TINDAL<br />

Network Tindal Incorporated (NTI), is a volunteer organisation that<br />

coordinates support and multiple community groups operating within<br />

the RAAF Base Tindal community.<strong>The</strong> vision of NTI is to create<br />

community connections that support the physical, social, and<br />

emotional wellbeing of our community whilst being posted to a<br />

remote and isolated location with limited access to other services.<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 />

WIN<br />

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PILBARA PRIZES<br />

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Prizes will be posted to our lucky winners! Tindal and Pilbara residents can also enter our<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End competitions on page 49<br />

CONTACT<br />

@NetworkTindalBuddies on<br />

Facebook<br />

Interest Groups Include:<br />

• Sewing<br />

• Crafters<br />

• Board Gamers<br />

• Table-<strong>Top</strong> Gamers<br />

• Hobby Hut<br />

(Workshop)<br />

• Cars and Coffee<br />

• Pay Day Parmi’s<br />

• Teens and Tweens<br />

• Community Garden<br />

• Tindal Kites Netball<br />

YOUTH DRIVING LESSON<br />

Sponsored under our Towards Zero Grant from the<br />

NT Government. Redeem at Drv4Lyf Katherine<br />

(Tindal) and Drive Safe Karratha (Pilbara)<br />

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REGIMENT<br />

FAMILY GROUP<br />

<strong>2023</strong> is looking to be an AWESOME year for the Pilbara Regiment<br />

Family Group! We have lots of new and exciting activities planned<br />

for you all.<br />

We would like to begin by welcoming all our new members and families to<br />

the region and hope you come to love the Pilbara as much as those<br />

already here do.<br />

To kick off the year, the Family Group joins with the Regiment to bring<br />

you a day of fun on the water, at the Dampier Foreshore on Saturday<br />

11th <strong>February</strong>. Ride on the RPC or F470 Zodiacs, go for a paddle on a<br />

kayak or stand-up paddleboard, bring your beach shoes to go rock-hopping<br />

and explore the coral and rock pools, and share a bbq lunch with us.<br />

Stay tuned to our members-only Facebook page to keep up-to-date with<br />

future events this year. Please also check out our website, https://sites.<br />

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Winners for each prize will be drawn at random. Winners will be notified by email/phone and announced in the next edition of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong>.<br />

SUBMIT YOUR STORY<br />

CONTACT<br />

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We're looking for stories about Defence<br />

life, history, tips about living in the NT,<br />

family experiences, travel adventures and<br />

more! Submit your story, image, recipe,<br />

artwork, review or recommendation today!<br />

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ARMY<br />

CADETS<br />

CONTACT<br />

Visit www.armycadets.gov.au<br />

or email Headquarters Northern Territory<br />

Australian Army Cadets Battalion: AACHQ-<br />

NT@armycadets.gov.au<br />

Army Cadets is for young<br />

adults! Cadets may join AAC in<br />

the calendar year they are<br />

turning 13 or before they turn<br />

16 years old.<br />

Army Cadets NT will be conducting<br />

<strong>2023</strong> enrolments:<br />

• Palmerston (Robertson Barracks)<br />

at 7:00 pm on 14 <strong>February</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

• Darwin (Larrakeyah Barracks) at<br />

6:30 pm on 15 <strong>February</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Are you looking for fun, adventure<br />

and new experiences in field-craft,<br />

survival, leadership, team building,<br />

and mateship?<br />

Parade nights and times are<br />

conducted at Army Cadet Units<br />

(ACU) under local arrangements:<br />

• 70 ACU (Darwin) is every Wed<br />

between 6:00 – 9:00pm<br />

• 71 ACU (Palmerston) is every<br />

Tue between 6:30 – 9:00pm<br />

We are also looking for volunteer<br />

adult leaders - no experience<br />

required, full training provided.<br />

TERRITORY SAAVY<br />

WELCOME TO<br />

THE TOP END<br />

Hello, I’m Mel Brautigam and<br />

welcome to the <strong>Top</strong> End! I’m a<br />

local girl born and raised in<br />

Darwin who loves to share the<br />

best of our Darwin and<br />

Territory lifestyle, events and<br />

tourism. Please follow my<br />

Facebook and Instagram profiles<br />

for regular updates about life in<br />

the <strong>Top</strong> End and things to do!<br />

@territorysavvy<br />

TRAINING C ALENDAR <strong>2023</strong><br />

Late January Start of AAC Term 1<br />

Mid-<strong>March</strong><br />

April School Holidays<br />

June School Holidays<br />

ACU induction<br />

bivouac (weekend<br />

camp)<br />

7 day Courses Camp<br />

(held in Darwin)<br />

7 day Annual Field<br />

Exercise (NT AAC<br />

AFX 23)<br />

July Start of AAC Term 2<br />

October School<br />

Holidays<br />

December<br />

7 day Courses Camp<br />

(held in Darwin)<br />

Senior Leaders Courses<br />

/ End of AAC<br />

NO FEES APPLY<br />

IT'S FREE!<br />

BILLEROY<br />

HOUSE<br />

ADVOCACY IN ATTENDANCE:<br />

<strong>The</strong> outreach team will be taking<br />

interviews at Billeroy House during the<br />

following dates:<br />

WEEK 1: Monday 13/03/<strong>2023</strong> to Friday<br />

17/03/<strong>2023</strong> from 0730hrs to 1630hrs.<br />

WEEK 2: Monday 20/03/<strong>2023</strong> to Friday<br />

24/03/<strong>2023</strong> from 0730hrs to 1630hrs.<br />

If you wish to see an Advocate, please<br />

make an appointment by contacting<br />

Melonie on 0425 600 091. Please note Dr<br />

Silberberg will only be in attendance during<br />

week two.<br />

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILLEROY<br />

HOUSE!<br />

Under the Darwin RSL Sub Branch Inc<br />

banner, Billeroy House has been<br />

operational for four years on the 03 <strong>March</strong><br />

<strong>2023</strong>.<br />

To celebrate our birthday, we will<br />

be holding a BBQ Breakfast and 5Km Fun<br />

Run (or walk) starting at Billeroy House<br />

(12 Billeroy Rd Eaton) out to RAAF Golf<br />

Club and return to Billeroy House from<br />

0700hrs on 03 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong>. This is a pet<br />

friendly event and all are welcome to<br />

participate.<br />

Function,<br />

Birthday.<br />

Billeroy House 4th<br />

Date: Friday 03 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Run starts:<br />

runners.<br />

Time:<br />

Closure:<br />

0715hrs safety brief for<br />

BBQ - 0700hrs-0845hrs<br />

0900hrs pack up.<br />

We will be cutting our birthday cake when<br />

all runners have returned to Billeroy House<br />

– see you there!<br />

Written by Dan ‘Tank’ Tellam<br />

Wellbeing Advocate Officer Level 2,<br />

Coordinator<br />

RSL Billeroy House Veterans & Families<br />

Community Centre<br />

THE<br />

LEGACY<br />

CENTENARY<br />

TORCH RELAY<br />

<strong>2023</strong><br />

PRESENTED BY<br />

LEGACY<br />

CENTENARY<br />

TORCH RELAY<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong>’s very own Community<br />

Coordinator has been chosen as a torch<br />

bearer in Legacy Australia’s Centenary Torch<br />

Relay. Charlene Carter will be walking part of<br />

the Northern Territory route in May, here’s<br />

what she had to say about being selected:<br />

“I’m so honoured to have been selected... <strong>The</strong> work<br />

we do to support our local Defence community, I<br />

feel, reflects the values of Legacy Australia... Watch<br />

this space for how you can sponsor me on my walk!”<br />

VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS OPEN UNTIL<br />

28 FEBRUARY <strong>2023</strong>!<br />

Legacy Australia is calling for volunteers around<br />

Australia to assist on the day with local Relays.<br />

For more information and for volunteer applications<br />

visit: www.legacytorchrelay.com.au/volunteering<br />

@territorysavvy<br />

08 8942 0381<br />

billeroyhouse@rsldarwin.org.au<br />

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GROM<br />

ADF RideSAFE<br />

I had the rare pleasure this year to attend one of our<br />

local Darwin ADF RideSAFE courses, delivered at our<br />

popular Hidden Valley circuit by one of our local training<br />

providers. Based on my observations of the friendly<br />

banter, instructor-to-rider interactions and immediate<br />

improvements to many of the rider's abilities on the day,<br />

the ADF RideSAFE program is achieving the important<br />

goal of increasing rider training and education.<br />

<strong>The</strong> ADF RideSAFE program is open to all current ADF SERCAT<br />

3 – 7 members, with a motorcycle licence (learner through to<br />

open licence). Let’s face it, we are a friendly bunch in the <strong>Top</strong><br />

End, so a fully funded course away from the workplace focused<br />

on improving riding techniques is always going to be beneficial for<br />

our local ADF riders. Not only was the course beneficial to my<br />

existing riding experience and skills, but it also served as a mental<br />

and physical refresh for me after a very busy year.<br />

On the day, the ADF RideSAFE Program Manager (Peter<br />

Harrison) had arrived from Canberra, having progressed part way<br />

through a tour of all National training provider sites and facilities<br />

used for the program. This was a busy trip for him, covering five<br />

of the seven states/territories where RideSAFE programs are<br />

offered. Peter was also keen to hear what our <strong>Top</strong> End riders<br />

thought about the program, asking questions relating to potential<br />

improvements and what was working well.<br />

<strong>The</strong> RideSAFE program is suitable for riders who are new<br />

to riding or have been punting their motorcycle around for<br />

many years, but have not yet attended the course through<br />

CAMPUS. <strong>The</strong> RideSAFE program aims to fine-tune your<br />

current motorcycle skills and knowledge in a safe, social,<br />

non-confronting environment, with a focus on reducing<br />

the number of motorcycle fatalities, accidents and injuries<br />

by improving rider awareness, attitude, skills and<br />

competency. Its success has been linked to the ADF<br />

Command teams who actively encourage riders to attend<br />

from their units.<br />

This year, my focus is to attend more riding courses and<br />

spend more time enjoying my lifelong hobby of riding<br />

motorcycles. I hope Santa left you something that<br />

resembles a motorcycle under the tree, and you’re out on<br />

the road, rubber side down with a large smile on your<br />

dial.<br />

Stay safe,<br />

Register<br />

Course Registration is via<br />

Defence Campus.<br />

Search ‘ridesafe’.<br />

campus.defence.gov.au<br />

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6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment<br />

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Book - <strong>The</strong> Mission, Men and Me by<br />

Pete Blaber<br />

Reviewer background - On my first<br />

deployment to Afghanistan, my team<br />

of 13 trained very hard and we were<br />

drilled extremely well! Before we<br />

deployed, we were tight knit and close<br />

as hell and trusted each other. When<br />

we found ourselves in a situation that<br />

was less desirable, often times I’d have<br />

to rely and trust what my team saw<br />

and utilise their suggestions without<br />

knowing the entire situation! That’s<br />

where I learned my most invaluable<br />

lesson from this book;‘always listen to<br />

the guy on the ground’.<br />

Books advice - Pete Blaber was a US<br />

Delta Force Commander during the<br />

intra-years leading to the intervention<br />

in Afghanistan. His life lessons<br />

presented in training, covert ops in<br />

Kosovo and further kinetic<br />

operations commanding SF ops<br />

during the early phase of the war,<br />

presented so many command<br />

elements that transcend every level<br />

of life and leadership. Underpinned<br />

by the motto ‘the mission, the men<br />

and me’.<br />

Your first priority in life should be<br />

the MISSION, as that is the goal for<br />

your specific success. However, the<br />

mission can’t be successful unless<br />

the welfare of the MEN is taken<br />

care of. <strong>The</strong> last priority is ME, as<br />

that is what will guide the mission<br />

through. No one element is less<br />

important, however if you neglect<br />

one element, they will all surely fail.<br />

Result - <strong>The</strong> importance of creating<br />

a team that truly becomes a<br />

‘brotherhood’, particularly in a<br />

military context. As long as you are<br />

all moving in the same direction to<br />

achieve an end state, you will have<br />

a team that can be trusted and<br />

respected with more brainpower<br />

working to a better conclusion.<br />

Peter also provided a few statistics during the course, mentioning<br />

that the ADF RideSAFE program has been funded by defence for<br />

another three to five years and celebrated its 5th year of<br />

operation on 30 June 2022. Courses have now been loaded for<br />

enrolment into CAMPUS with a full calendar of offerings around<br />

the country for ADF riders, with no out-of-pocket costs.<br />

Darwin will see its first courses available at Hidden Valley on 21<br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong>, with other courses available in <strong>2023</strong> for ADF<br />

personnel nationwide. With a target of up to 500 ADF riders<br />

trained per year, and being his first year in the hot-seat, Peter was<br />

happy to discuss improvements and feedback that he has received<br />

from riders around Australia.<br />

Written by GROM<br />

Community Contributor<br />

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

Per distance travelled, motorcyclist fatalities are approx<br />

30 times the rate for car occupants.<br />

For more information, head to Campus or contact the<br />

RideSAFE Program Manager: ride.safe@defence.gov.au<br />

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LUKE GOSLING OAM MP<br />

SPECIAL WARFARE IN THE GREY ZONE<br />

Special forces operations are the stuff of<br />

legend in our culture.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Australian commandos operating out of<br />

Darwin who worked with Timorese guerrillas<br />

to resist the Japanese onslaught in 1942 have<br />

remained the model of what even a small,<br />

starving band of soldiers can achieve deep<br />

behind enemy lines.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir example inspired me to become a<br />

Commando and still shapes my service in<br />

political life.<br />

Australia has raised world-class special forces<br />

since the famed Z Special Unit, the ancestor<br />

of our modern forces, so bravely raided<br />

Japanese ships in Singapore harbour during<br />

the war.<br />

In recent times, Australia’s SAS and<br />

Commando units carried the burden of our<br />

high operational tempo in Iraq and<br />

Afghanistan, being over-used for their skill and<br />

because leaders saw them as less politically<br />

risky. Our special forces capability is more<br />

important than ever in responding to a<br />

growing spectrum of threats ranging from<br />

what are called grey zone tactics to<br />

conventional warfare.<br />

Grey zone threats are the actions of an<br />

adversary that are designed to fall below the<br />

threshold of armed aggression, but which<br />

are still forceful or illegal under<br />

international law, constraining Australia’s<br />

response options.<br />

To boost our ability to respond nimbly and<br />

on time to contingencies in the Indo-Pacific,<br />

Defence should consider raising a new<br />

special forces unit to be home-based in<br />

Darwin. With our principal special forces<br />

units presently operating out of Sydney and<br />

Perth, there is a strong case for basing a new<br />

unit in the Northern Territory to acclimatise<br />

it to conditions closer to those in our region.<br />

<strong>The</strong> new NT-based unit could distinguish<br />

itself by recruiting the ethnically diverse area<br />

experts and linguists who we will so badly<br />

need in future operations.<br />

It could also train Norforce in its original<br />

mission of resistance warfare against a<br />

conventional force, building on that unit’s<br />

proud history of working with special forces<br />

under the same command as the SAS for<br />

some time from 1979. This unit should have<br />

broad coverage of Northern Australia, with<br />

members on days’ notice to move to<br />

reinforce our readiness and response<br />

options.<br />

Given the vast training opportunities with 1<br />

Brigade and other ADF units, with U.S.<br />

Marines and soon the U.S. Army, Navy, and<br />

Air Force, and increasingly with Japan, it<br />

would make sense to base this capability in<br />

Darwin, our northernmost garrison city.<br />

As the scholar John Osborne Langtry<br />

assessed:“Darwin is clearly a vital keystone<br />

in the defence of Australia.An enemy<br />

couldn’t operate freely as long as Australia<br />

still held and was able to operate<br />

offensively from Darwin.”<br />

A unit forward-deployed in the North can<br />

leverage Darwin’s proximity to the Indo-<br />

Pacific to posture our special forces to<br />

defend Australia and our partners in the<br />

grey zone.<br />

Luke Gosling is the Labor MP for Solomon<br />

in the Northern Territory and a former<br />

Australian Army officer. He has served in<br />

the ADF for 13 years, including in the 1st<br />

Commando Regiment and Norforce.<br />

For feedback or concerns in relation to this<br />

article, please contact Luke Gosling’s office<br />

directly.<br />

CAT ASSOCIATION NT<br />

<strong>The</strong> Cat Association NT is dedicated to<br />

responsible cat ownership and ethical<br />

breeding in the Northern Territory.<br />

CANT(Inc.) promotes the health, welfare and<br />

wellbeing of all cats by supporting ethical breeding<br />

practices to ensure the health, quality, temperament<br />

and the long-term betterment of breeds.<br />

We have a Code of Ethics for Breeders:<br />

• Register pedigree cats and issue guidelines for<br />

showing and breeding pedigree cats.<br />

• Promoting and fostering the showing and<br />

management of domestic cats in the Australian<br />

habitat where they constitute an introduced<br />

species.<br />

• Promoting the humane treatment of feral cats<br />

deemed to be pests by other government<br />

agencies.<br />

• Keeping members informed of Australian and<br />

International developments in cat health,<br />

genetics and breeding through a quarterly<br />

newsletter.<br />

As a founder member of the Australian Cat<br />

Federation Incorporated, we promote the principals<br />

of that organisation, and we are involved in<br />

community projects and<br />

fundraising activities. We also<br />

have judges and show<br />

stewards, so you may have<br />

seen us at the Royal Darwin<br />

Show or Christmas for Kids<br />

events. <strong>The</strong> Cat Fancy is a<br />

fun hobby, and we have had<br />

many service personnel as<br />

members over the years.<br />

Our next show is late<br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong>. Please visit our<br />

website for more<br />

information about shows<br />

and the calendar of events:<br />

https://www.cant.asn.au/<br />

You are welcome to follow<br />

us on Facebook or contact<br />

us directly at<br />

cantsecretary@gmail.com<br />

Written by Julian Schüller<br />

Secretary<br />

Cat Association NT<br />

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OBESITY IN PETS<br />

Obesity is a common problem in<br />

Australia, not just for people, but for<br />

animals too. Carrying excess weight<br />

can result in numerous potential<br />

health problems, which can negatively<br />

impact your pet's lifespan and quality<br />

of life.A study was performed where<br />

dogs that are kept on the leaner side<br />

of normal lived an average of 2.5 years<br />

longer than their overweight<br />

counterparts! That’s a lot of time for<br />

extra walks, play and cuddles!<br />

Obesity is a common problem in Australia,<br />

not just for people, but for animals too.<br />

Carrying excess weight can result in<br />

numerous potential health problems, which<br />

can negatively impact your pet's lifespan and<br />

quality of life. A study was performed where<br />

dogs that are kept on the leaner side of<br />

normal lived an average of 2.5 years longer<br />

than their overweight counterparts! That’s a<br />

lot of time for extra walks, play and cuddles!<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are many well-known diseases that<br />

can result from your animal being<br />

overweight, including diabetes mellitus and<br />

hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver) in cats. Being<br />

overweight also severely impacts an animal’s<br />

respiratory ability and thermoregulation<br />

ability. This can drastically decrease an<br />

animal's ability to exercise and increase their<br />

risk of heat stroke, which can be fatal<br />

(especially in our hot Darwin climate!).<br />

Excessive weight will also limit your animal's<br />

mobility throughout life, which is especially<br />

prominent in older animals as they start to<br />

develop osteoarthritis; a disease process<br />

that progresses more rapidly in overweight<br />

animals.<br />

Significant weight loss can be a daunting<br />

prospect, however the benefits of your pet<br />

being in a healthy weight range are worth it.<br />

IS YOUR PET TOO CHUNKY?<br />

Due to the large variation in dog and cat breeds and sizes, as a pet owner it<br />

can sometimes be difficult to know if your pet is getting overweight. A trip<br />

to your vet for your pet's regular checkup is normally the first step if you are<br />

unsure whether your pet is overweight or not. <strong>The</strong> vet can then go through<br />

scoring your animal's body condition with you (assigning your pet a score)<br />

which can then be used to help determine whether your animal is in a<br />

healthy weight range. As a general guide you should be able to feel your<br />

pet’s ribs easily through a thin layer of fat, and you should be able to see<br />

their waistline behind their ribs.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are multiple disease processes which may affect your animal and result<br />

in excessive weight gain such as hypothyroidism, Cushing's disease and liver<br />

disease. Most of these diseases do require testing to diagnose, however<br />

once identified, they can be managed to get your pet back in a healthy<br />

weight range.<br />

Images: (Below) Basic examples of condition scoring for your pet.<br />

CORRECT FEEDING<br />

Domesticated dogs and cats live very sedentary lifestyles compared to their wild<br />

counterparts. As a result, their overall energy expenditure is a lot lower,<br />

particularly as they do not need to spend any time searching or hunting for food.<br />

Most animals will have a fairly consistent energy expenditure throughout a 24-<br />

hour period regardless of any walks and play that they normally receive. So, while<br />

extra walks, games and playing with your animals is great for their mental<br />

stimulation and for bonding with them, it will not usually change their weight<br />

much.<br />

Overall food intake is the single largest determinant of your pet's weight. This<br />

includes meals, treats, snacks and table scraps. So, when it comes to feeding your<br />

pet for weight loss, all these things need to be considered and measured. As a<br />

general rule, we would recommend not feeding human foods and leftovers as<br />

they can be very dense in calories, can be very difficult to measure, and can<br />

contain things that they should not be eating. <strong>The</strong>re are a number of<br />

commercial diets developed for weight loss in pets. If you would prefer to make<br />

your pet’s meals yourself, a veterinary nutritionist can prepare a recipe for a<br />

homemade, nutritionally balanced diet suitable for weight loss.<br />

As far are treats go, we need to look at decreasing either the number or size of<br />

the treats being fed. A helpful tool for regulating treats is often to separate them<br />

into daily allowances which can help with consistency, especially when multiple<br />

people usually feed treats or there are young children who are not so great at<br />

portion control. Finally, when it comes to your animals actual food, kibble (dry<br />

biscuits) is normally a little easier to adjust than wet food, however both can be<br />

used just fine. <strong>The</strong> most important part is measuring out the food, so you know<br />

exactly how much your animal is being fed daily. If you know exactly how much<br />

your animal is being fed daily, it makes it possible to progressively decrease their<br />

intake until they are back into a healthier range.<br />

But what if my pet is overweight and I don’t feed any treats and I only feed the<br />

recommended amount of food on the bag? This is a very common report that we<br />

hear and there are a few possible reasons for that. Firstly, not all cups are the<br />

same size, and we recommend using a standard metric<br />

cup for measuring food volumes to improve accuracy.<br />

Recommended feeding amounts on pet foods are a guide<br />

only and there are individual variations in metabolism<br />

between different pets. Pets should usually be fed based<br />

on their target weight (your vet can help you determine<br />

what this weight is).<br />

If your animal is being fed the recommended amount<br />

and is either a little overweight or putting on weight,<br />

consider decreasing their total food volume by 10% and<br />

reassess it in a couple of months.<br />

Animals that are significantly overweight usually need to<br />

go onto a prescription weight loss diet for a weight loss<br />

plan to be effective. See your vet to make sure there are<br />

no other health issues that may need to be addressed<br />

before commencing a weight loss plan, and they can then<br />

advise on the most appropriate diet for your pet. Regular<br />

weighing every couple of weeks will help to keep your<br />

pet on track and make adjustments to the amount of<br />

food given to allow for healthy weight loss.<br />

Lastly, as animals age, their metabolism will progressively<br />

slow with time. This is a completely normal part of ageing,<br />

however food intake over time does need to be adjusted<br />

to help keep your pet in their ideal weight range in their<br />

senior years.<br />

If you have any questions about your pet's weight or need<br />

help developing a weight loss plan, the team at All Pets<br />

would love to help!<br />

Written by Cecelia<br />

All Pets NT<br />

allpetsvet.com.au<br />

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YWCA DOMESTIC AND<br />

FAMILY VIOLENCE CENTRE<br />

We are a proudly feminist not-for-profit organisation and for<br />

over 140 years we have been providing women in need with<br />

support through our housing, community programs and<br />

advocacy. In the Northern Territory, our priorities are young<br />

women’s leadership and women’s housing. As domestic and<br />

family violence is the most significant contributor to housing and<br />

homelessness risk for women, it is a central focus of our<br />

programs and services. In Darwin, we have several programs, with<br />

three specifically focused on Domestic and Family Violence.<br />

YWCA’s Domestic and Family Violence Centre (DFVC) provides<br />

accommodation and case management support to families escaping<br />

domestic and/or family violence in the Darwin, Palmerston, and rural areas.<br />

Families include women, men and non-binary people with children in their<br />

care.<br />

DFVC has five community safe houses that accommodate families<br />

impacted by domestic and family violence. <strong>The</strong> service provides crisis<br />

accommodation for up to three nights and short to medium-term<br />

accommodation for up to 13 weeks. After hours on call support and<br />

intensive case management is provided to families accommodated in the<br />

safe houses. All safe houses are fitted with monitored duress alarms and<br />

outdoor security cameras. DFVC also provides outreach support to clients<br />

within the community to assist with domestic violence related issues.<br />

<strong>The</strong> work of the DFVC is further enhanced by complementary<br />

programs which assist to provide wrap around services to clients, such<br />

as; Keeping Women Safe in <strong>The</strong>ir Homes (KWSITH) program, Domestic<br />

and Family Violence one-on-one counselling and group counselling<br />

(women’s group), and Parenting Support Program.<br />

KWSITH program is designed to achieve positive outcomes for families,<br />

improve safety and wellbeing, and reduce the threat of violence against<br />

women and children. <strong>The</strong> program supports women and families to<br />

remain in their homes, or a home of their choice, where it is safe to do so,<br />

by increasing their sense of safety and property security. Clients are<br />

offered feminist, strength-based, holistic case management support with<br />

referrals and advocacy.<br />

KWSITH is an excellent example of early intervention, allowing women<br />

and their children to remain in their homes with increased safety measures.<br />

<strong>The</strong> YWCA team have increased safety at women’s homes, including;<br />

• New locks and security screens on windows and doors<br />

• CCTV, doorbell cameras and sensor lights<br />

• Safety phones<br />

• Fire escapes<br />

• Making a car roadworthy and safe to drive<br />

• Gate locks and shade cloth on fences<br />

YWCA acknowledges that for young and older women, women and<br />

families from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, immigrant,<br />

and refugee women, LGBTIQ people and women with disabilities, there<br />

are additional issues of racism, complex trauma and discrimination which<br />

must be addressed to provide the most appropriate support. YWCA<br />

provides culturally appropriate, safe environments and draws on the<br />

collective experience to ensure that the highest level of support is<br />

provided to the range of clients that will be supported through this<br />

service. We are able to provide this service thanks to the funding support<br />

from the Northern Territory Government.<br />

CAN YOU HELP?<br />

<strong>The</strong> YWMCA, Darwin Region, safe houses<br />

are places with a feeling of ‘home’ and we<br />

work by the motto; if I wouldn’t have my<br />

family live here, then I wouldn’t accommodate<br />

a client here. To make a house a home, we<br />

look for regular donations of items in near<br />

new condition:<br />

• Cushions and throws<br />

• Kids toys (no stuffed toys please - plastic<br />

and wood are preferred due to cleaning)<br />

• Adult and kids’ books and DVD’s<br />

• Wall art, home décor and lamps<br />

We are open to donations of furniture in<br />

good condition, including; couches, coffee<br />

tables, bookcases and storage/cube shelves.<br />

We ask you to contact our team on 08 8932<br />

9155 first to confirm the requirement. Please<br />

note: to minimise storage costs, we only<br />

accept items based on whether we are in<br />

need or a client is in need.<br />

CONTACT<br />

For 24/7 support call<br />

08 8932 9155.<br />

EMAIL:<br />

DFVC Support Darwin<br />

DFVCSupportDarwin@ywca.org.au<br />

NT KWSITH<br />

nt-kwsith@ywca.org.au<br />

Written by Stephanie<br />

Team Leader<br />

YWCA<br />

Charles Darwin University, the Territory’s largest<br />

training provider, is offering a limited number of<br />

Free TAFE (Vocational Education and Training)<br />

places to tackle skill shortages across the Northern<br />

Territory, and to help give more Territorians the<br />

chance to study and receive qualifications. Fee-Free<br />

TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of<br />

the Australian and Northern Territory<br />

Governments providing tuition-free training places<br />

to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill.<br />

This includes courses in agriculture, education, community<br />

services (housing, mental health, ageing support, alcohol<br />

and other drugs), construction, creative industries (music,<br />

design, visual arts), hospitality and tourism.<br />

PRIORITY STUDENTS<br />

<strong>The</strong> Commonwealth and Territory governments recognise<br />

that some people are under-represented in our<br />

workforces, and so people from the following groups are<br />

strongly encouraged to apply:<br />

• First Nations Australians<br />

• People out of work or receiving income support<br />

• Young people (17-24)<br />

• Unpaid carers<br />

• Women facing economic insecurity<br />

• Women undertaking study in non-traditional fields<br />

• People with a disability<br />

• At the time the course commences, you must:<br />

• Live or work in the Northern Territory<br />

• Be an Australian citizen, permanent Australian<br />

resident or a New Zealand citizen who has resided in<br />

Australia for a minimum of six months and is a NT<br />

resident, or<br />

• Be an Australian visa holder<br />

• Be at least 15 years of age, and where relevant be<br />

identified as disengaged from school and have the<br />

skills and capabilities to undertake training and to<br />

actively engage in employment.<br />

Start the year with a new learning goal and social connection! Darwin<br />

Adult Short Courses have released their Term 1 courses starting in early<br />

Feb, including;<br />

Spanish<br />

Chinese<br />

French<br />

Japanese<br />

Italian<br />

Sewing<br />

Photography<br />

Laser Cutting<br />

Printmaking<br />

Pottery and Clay<br />

FREE CDU COURSES!<br />

AM I ELIGIBLE?<br />

To be eligible for a free place, you will need to:<br />

• Apply before 1 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

• Start the course in <strong>2023</strong><br />

• Complete by 30 June 2024<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are over 50 courses available, including:<br />

• BSB20120 Certificate II in Workplace Skills<br />

• FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping<br />

• BSB40120Certificate IV in Business<br />

• ICT40120 Certificate IV in Information Technology<br />

• BSB40520Certificate IV in Leadership and Management<br />

• BSB40920 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice<br />

• SIR40316 Certificate IV in Retail Management<br />

• BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety<br />

• BSB50420 Diploma of Leadership and Management<br />

• BSB50820 Diploma of Project Management<br />

• AHC40920 Certificate IV in Conservation and Ecosystem<br />

Management<br />

• MAR20321 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade<br />

1 Near Coastal)<br />

• AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture<br />

• AHC40116 Certificate IV in Agriculture<br />

• SIT30516 Certificate III in Events<br />

• SIT30622 Certificate III in Hospitality<br />

• SITSS00069 Food Safety Supervision<br />

• SIT30116 Certificate III in Tourism<br />

• CHC32015Certificate III in Community Services<br />

• CHC30121Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care<br />

• CHC40221Certificate IV in School Based Education Support<br />

• CHC50121Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care<br />

Extracted from Charles Darwin University<br />

cdu.edu.au/study/fee-free-tafe<br />

<strong>2023</strong>: YOUR YEAR OF LEARNING<br />

Vehicle Maintenance<br />

Digital Literacy<br />

Adobe InDesign<br />

and Stand Up Comedy!<br />

Extracted from Darwin<br />

Adult Short Courses<br />

www.adultshortcourses.com/book-online<br />

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BACK TO SCHOOL SNACKS<br />

DIET AND POOR MOOD:<br />

HOW THEY ARE LINKED<br />

DEFENCE HEALTH<br />

We believe healthy food doesn’t have to taste like<br />

cardboard, cost a fortune or take hours to prepare.That’s<br />

why we have developed a delicious bank of recipes that<br />

are tried and tasted - give me a taste!<br />

Lunch Box Check list…<br />

Here is sweet little check list to help you in the morning rush to<br />

pack the lunch boxes! Try and include a source of easy of these<br />

and your kids will be well on their way to meeting their daily<br />

requirements.<br />

›› Carbohydrates are one of the most important food sources<br />

for growing bodies – especially that are active running around<br />

the playground all lunch time! Try and include at least 2<br />

sources – one for each break time. Some of our favourites<br />

are: bread roll, ham sandwich, corn thins with dip or crackers.<br />

›› Protein is equally important for growing bodies and also<br />

helps to keep them fuller for longer (and focused well into<br />

class time!) – Try including yoghurt pouches, sliced cheese,<br />

cottage cheese to dip with veggies, salmon patties, boiled<br />

eggs.<br />

›› Fruits and veggies are where your kids are going to get the<br />

bulk of their micronutrients and fibre! Avoid serving a fruit<br />

juice, include cut up fruit instead. It’s easy to grab on the run<br />

and packed with fibre to slow the release of sugar into the<br />

blood. Try and include at least one source of vegetables and<br />

1 source of fruit in their lunch box – keep it interesting by<br />

including a dip to accompany them!<br />

Shelley is a local paediatric nutritionist on a mission to<br />

help parents feel confident feeding their kids. As founder<br />

of Good Little Eaters, Shelley works closely with parents<br />

to help them understand their child’s eating habits and<br />

work through their mealtimes behaviours so that<br />

mealtimes can be enjoyable again!<br />

@goodlittleeaters |<br />

Sources:<br />

goodlittleeaters.com/kids-recipes/<br />

goodlittleeaters.com/blog/<br />

www.goodlittleeaters.com<br />

So now what are our 5 favourite snacks you should start packing<br />

right now?<br />

›› Salmon Sweet potato patties – a great source of carbohydrates<br />

and protein for those little active bodies! <strong>The</strong>y are easy to grab<br />

on the run – another important factor to consider when<br />

packing your kids lunch boxes.<br />

›› Corn thin and avocado, or seed butter – Keep them<br />

interested with some yummy spreads on corn thins. Avocado<br />

or seed butters will also give them a great source of healthy fats<br />

to keep those minds focused. Peanut butter is a great option –<br />

but check if your school allows nuts first!!<br />

›› Pinwheels – If you are feeling a little more adventurous and<br />

want to make some snacks ahead of time that can easily be<br />

stored in the freezer and pulled out in the morning try these<br />

veggie filled pin wheels.<br />

›› Dips with veggies – Get veggies interesting by serving them up<br />

with a dip. Try out favourite dips here – which also provide<br />

your kids with another serve of veggies and legumes!<br />

›› Boiled eggs – Boil eggs at the start of the week and store them<br />

in the fridge for up to four days. This is a powerhouse of<br />

nutrition for your kids. Not only is it a nice soft texture, easy to<br />

grab on the run but also packed with protein! Make sure to<br />

peel the eggs for your younger kids to make it a bit easier for<br />

them!<br />

Kids respond to finger food really well, as it is often easier to grab<br />

something quickly before they head off to play<br />

We all know it’s important to<br />

eat a well-balanced diet if we<br />

want to maintain a healthy<br />

weight, and reduce the risk of<br />

a variety of health conditions<br />

and diseases. But did you<br />

know that your diet also plays<br />

a key role in how happy you<br />

feel?<br />

Our moods are controlled by our<br />

brain. <strong>The</strong>re are several areas in<br />

our brain responsible for the many<br />

different feelings and moods that<br />

we experience (i.e. fear, anxiety,<br />

anger, sorrow, etc.) - one of these<br />

areas is called the hippocampus.<br />

While studies into how our brain<br />

controls our moods are still<br />

continuing, researchers believe that<br />

low mood is linked to sluggish<br />

production of new neurons (nerve<br />

cells) in the hippocampus.<br />

Like the rest of our body, our brain<br />

needs fuel to function properly,<br />

and the fuel for our brains is<br />

obtained through our diet.<br />

Evidence of the benefits of certain<br />

foods and our brain health, is<br />

based on what happens to our<br />

brain when we don’t get enough<br />

of them. For example, research<br />

shows some deficiencies in the diet<br />

may lead to negative effects on<br />

brain function, including low mood.<br />

NEW DEFENCE<br />

HEALTH NT<br />

REPRESENTATIVE<br />

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM DEFENCE HEALTH!<br />

With a new year comes new faces and new connections. I<br />

have recently commenced as the Defence Health<br />

Community Relationship Officer for Defence Health in the<br />

NT and just wanted to introduce myself.<br />

I have over 20 years’ experience in the defence community<br />

across a range of roles from ADF member to defence<br />

contractor, and I look forward to meeting you at future NT<br />

events!<br />

Written by Robby McKenzie<br />

Defence Community Relationship Officer NT<br />

Defence Health<br />

FOOD FOR OUR MOOD<br />

Instead of simply listing what foods we should eat, it may be more useful to discuss which<br />

nutrients our brain needs, and work out which foods are the best sources of these essential<br />

elements.<br />

1. Dietary cholesterol improves brain function.<br />

Best sources: dairy products, egg yolks, berries, walnuts and avocados.<br />

2. Antioxidants (in particular carotenoids and flavonoids) fight cell damage.<br />

Best sources: carotenoids are found in yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, while<br />

flavonoids are found in all fruits.<br />

3. Iodine is essential to form thyroxine. A deficiency in thryoxine in mothers has been linked<br />

to mental retardation in their children.<br />

Best sources: iodised salt (be aware of adding too much salt to your diet, however), seafood,<br />

dairy products, eggs, saltwater fish.<br />

4. Iron keeps the membrane fluid. Iron deficiency may be linked to ADHD in some children.<br />

Best sources: lean meat and fish, eggs, nuts, legumes.<br />

5. Protein impacts mood and memory and is required to produce neurotransmitters.<br />

Best sources: meat, fish, eggs, poultry, legumes, nuts and seeds, dried beans and lentils, dairy<br />

products and soy products.<br />

6. Folate is associated with positive effects on mood. Low levels of folate have been linked<br />

to brain atrophy or decline.<br />

Best sources: leafy green vegetables.<br />

7. Vitamin B12 may help protect from brain atrophy.<br />

Best sources: lean beef, fish, shellfish and dairy foods.<br />

8. Vitamin D is also important for normal brain function.<br />

Best sources: oily fish, salmon, tuna, egg yolks, vitamin D fortified margarines or fortified<br />

almond milk.<br />

9. Essential fatty acids keep the membranes fluid, important for hearing and vision<br />

development.<br />

Best sources: oily fish, flax seeds and flax oil.<br />

10. Water is essential for a healthy, functioning brain.<br />

Of course, following a healthy diet is only one aspect<br />

of maintaining good mental health, and happy moods.<br />

If depression, anxiety or other related disorders are<br />

weighing you down, or you want to know how you<br />

can improve your overall mental health, seek the<br />

advice of your health practitioner.<br />

Adapted from Defence Health HQ<br />

healthhq.defencehealth.com.au/2017/05/18/dietpoor-mood-theyre-linked<br />

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Over the past 40 years the number of children who<br />

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Regardless of your child’s age, talk about what they do if they get off at the<br />

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Emergency Services..............................................................................................000<br />

Police Assistance Line................................................................................131 444<br />

1800 IMSICK.......................................................................................1800 467 425<br />

All Hours Support Line..................................................................1800 626 036<br />

COVID-19 Helpline, NT.............................................................1800 0008 002<br />

Crime Stoppers NT.........................................................................1800 333 000<br />

Defence Family Helpline................................................................1800 624 608<br />

Defence Housing Australia (DHA)........................................................139 342<br />

Defence Switchboard......................................................................1300 333 362<br />

Family Violence and Counselling.................................................1800 737 732<br />

Health Direct.....................................................................................1800 022 222<br />

Hospital, Darwin Private Hospital..............................................08 8920 6011<br />

Hospital, Palmerston Regional Hospital...................................08 7979 9200<br />

Hospital, Royal Darwin Hospital.................................................08 8922 8888<br />

Joint Military Police Station (JMPS)......................................................13 11 67<br />

Lifeline..............................................................................................................131 114<br />

Night Patrol........................................................................................1800 101 645<br />

Poisons Information Line .........................................................................131 126<br />

Power and Water.............................................................................1800 245 090<br />

Secure NT........................................................................www.securent.nt.gov.au<br />

SES Emergency Helpline............................................................................132 500<br />

Snake Catcher....................................................................................1800 453 210<br />

Tropical Cyclone Information NT..............................................1300 659 211<br />

NT Defence Bases and Establishments<br />

Defence Establishment Berrimah<br />

Front Gate................................................................................08 7971 0008<br />

Mess Manager..........................................08 8935 4422 / 0437 795 258<br />

Larrakeyah Barracks<br />

Front Gate................................................................................08 7971 1189<br />

Officers’ Mess..........................................................................08 8935 5570<br />

ORs’ Mess.................................................................................08 8935 5088<br />

Sergeants’ Mess.......................................................................08 8935 5580<br />

RAAF Base Darwin<br />

Airmen‘s Mess.........................................................................08 8923 5517<br />

Front Gate................................................................................08 7929 4463<br />

Officers Mess...........................................................................08 8923 5482<br />

Sergeants’ Mess.......................................................................08 8923 5505<br />

RAAF Base Tindal<br />

Airmen‘s Mess.........................................................................08 8973 6240<br />

Front Gate................................................................................08 8973 6228<br />

Sergeants’ Mess.......................................................................08 8973 6385<br />

Robertson Barracks<br />

Front Gate................................................................................08 8925 6186<br />

Officers’ Mess..........................................................................08 8925 3650<br />

ORs’ Mess.................................................................................08 8925 2514<br />

Sergeants’ Mess.......................................................................08 8925 6703<br />

Defence Community Houses<br />

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House............................................0447 586 591<br />

Email...........................................................larrakeyahhouse@hotmail.com<br />

Network Tindal.............................................................................................................<br />

Email.....................................................................networktindal@gmail.com<br />

Robertson Barracks Family Group..............................................0490 151 944<br />

Email.....................................robertsonbarracksfamilygroup@gmail.com<br />

On-base Services<br />

Canteens<br />

AAFCANS<br />

Robertson Barracks, Cafe Central....................................08 8925 2542<br />

RAAF Darwin, Darwin Canteen........................................08 8981 2508<br />

Robertson Barracks, Shout VC Canteen........................08 8925 6720<br />

Tindal Cafe, Convenience & Fuel Station......................08 8973 6201<br />

Navy Canteens<br />

National Operations Manager...........08 8935 5144 / 0477 477 147<br />

Larrakeyah, Outpipes............................................................08 8935 5144<br />

Military Banks<br />

Australian Military Bank<br />

Larrakeyah Barracks...............................................................08 8981 2245<br />

Robertson Barracks...............................................................08 8995 7800<br />

Defence Bank<br />

Larrakeyah Barracks...............................................................08 8935 5499<br />

RAAF Darwin...........................................................................08 7923 2500<br />

Robertson Barracks...............................................................08 8936 6400<br />

Tindal..........................................................................................08 8965 1600<br />

Hairdressers<br />

Larrakeyah Barracks.........................................................................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 />

Uniform and Equipment<br />

Robertson Barracks, Regional Clothing Store<br />

Retail (Purchases).....................................................................08 7971 7130<br />

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 />

Email...............................................................................................nt@dfa.org.au<br />

Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).....................................1800 555 254<br />

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

Defence Service Home Loans........................................................1800 722 000<br />

Provider Enquiries.....................................................................1800 550 457<br />

Kookaburra Kids...................................................................................1300 566 525<br />

Website..............................................................www.kookaburrakids.org.au<br />

Open Arms (24hrs) ...........................................................................1800 011 046<br />

Website........................................................................www.openarms.gov.au<br />

Legacy Northern Territory...............................................................08 8948 0830<br />

Website........................................................................www.legacy.com.au/nt<br />

National ADF Family Health Program.........................................02 6266 3547<br />

Website..................................................................www.adffamilyhealth.com<br />

Red Shield Defence Services – Salvation Army<br />

Gerald & Mairi Mitchell...........................................................0400 642 881<br />

Returned Services League (RSL)<br />

Darwin...............................................................................darwin@rslsa.org.au<br />

Darwin North.............................................................................08 8945 0701<br />

Katherine (via Secretary)........................................................0407 130 095<br />

Nhulunbuy...................................................................................0439 850 866<br />

Palmerston...................................................................................0488 001 862<br />

Tennant Creek...........................................................................0499 564 031<br />

Veterans Australia (NT) ........................sec@veteransaustraliant.org.au<br />

Advocacy Assistance........................smatdp@veteransaustraliant.org.au<br />

Useful Defence Contacts<br />

Comsuper<br />

ADF Cover..................................................................................1300 001 977<br />

ADF Super...................................................................................1300 203 439<br />

DFRDB..........................................................................................1300 001 677<br />

Military Super (MSBS).............................................................1300 006 727<br />

Defence Housing Australia (DHA)...........................................................133 342<br />

Website....................................................................................www.dha.gov.au<br />

Defence Relocations and Housing Manager NT........................08 7929 4547<br />

Toll Transitions.....................................................................................1800 819 167<br />

Defence Tax Management Office (CTMO)...............................1800 806 053<br />

Health<br />

Australian Breastfeeding Association...........................................1800 686 268<br />

Autism NT.............................................................................................08 8948 4424<br />

Bereaved Parent Support NT|SIDS and Kids NT....................08 8948 5311<br />

24-hour Emergency Support Line.......................................0448 849 234<br />

Birthline Pregnancy Support............................................................1300 655 156<br />

Cancer Council NT<br />

Alice Springs...............................................................................08 8953 5920<br />

Darwin..........................................................................................08 8944 1800<br />

Katherine................................................................................08 8971 2022<br />

Website....................................................................www.nt.cancer.org.au<br />

Carers Australia NT......................................................................08 8944 4888<br />

Website......................................................................www.carersnt.asn.au<br />

Childbirth Education Association Darwin.............................08 8948 3043<br />

Website..................................................................www.ceadarwin.asn.au<br />

Community Care Centres<br />

Alice Springs Community Health Centre...................08 8951 6711<br />

Casuarina Community Care Centre.............................08 8922 7301<br />

Katherine Community Health Centre..........................08 8973 8570<br />

Karama Child and Family Health Clinic.......................08 8922 7301<br />

Nhulunbuy Community Health Centre.......................08 8987 0435<br />

Nylander Child Health Clinic..........................................08 8922 7301<br />

Palmerston Community Care Centre..........................08 8999 3344<br />

Tennant Creek Community Health Care...................08 8962 4218<br />

Cradle Support Group.................................................................0438 272 353<br />

Website..........................................................................www.cradle.org.au<br />

Darwin Homebirth Group ........................................................08 8922 5522<br />

Website..................................darwinhomebirthgroup.wordpress.com<br />

Defence Special Needs Support Group (DSNSG)<br />

Website...........................................................................www.dsnsg.org.au<br />

National Coordinator........................................................1800 037 674<br />

Darwin Coordinator.............................................darwin@dsnsg.org.au<br />

Katherine/Tindal Coordinator......................katherine@dsnsg.org.au<br />

Down Syndrome Association NT............................................08 8985 6222<br />

Website.................................................www.downsyndroment.com.au<br />

Epilepsy Centre – Epilepsy Association of SA & NT........1300 850 081<br />

Website.........................................................www.epilepsycentre.org.au<br />

Family Planning NT.......................................................................08 8948 0144<br />

Website........................................................................www.fpwnt.com.au<br />

Hearing Australia.......................................................................................134 432<br />

Northern Territory Department of Health (DOH)..........08 8999 2400<br />

Website....................................................................www.health.nt.gov.au<br />

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline........................................1800 882 436<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End Mental Health Service................................................08 8999 4988<br />

Wellness Centre............................................................................08 8946 7176<br />

Website..............................................www.cdu.edu.au/wellness-centre<br />

Sports and Activities<br />

Australian 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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