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The Top Ender Magazine April May 2023 Edition

This edition of The Top Ender Magazine features exclusive interviews with veterans Robert Shewring OAM GAICD and Elaine Egan, the commemoration of ANZAC Day, competitions for Mother's Day and more!

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

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

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

ANZAC DAY<br />

OUR SPECIAL ANZAC DAY<br />

COMMEMORATION EDITION -<br />

CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND SERVICE<br />

OF VETERANS ROBERT SHEWRING<br />

OAM GAICD AND ELAINE EGAN.<br />

YOUTH WEEK<br />

SEE WHAT’S ON FOR THE <strong>2023</strong><br />

YOUTH WEEK IN DARWIN<br />

AND TINDAL<br />

THANKS MUM<br />

WITH MOTHER’S DAY IN MAY,<br />

WE’VE GOT A SPECIAL GIVEAWAY<br />

TO CELEBRATE<br />

CREATED BY DEFENCE FAMILIES FOR DEFENCE FAMILIES


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4 DARWIN SADFO’S WELCOME<br />

7 SIEGE OF TOBRUK<br />

8 BOB SHEWRING OAM GAICD<br />

11 IAN ANDERSON PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

12 ELAINE EGAN 40 YEARS OF SERVICE<br />

SUPPORT<br />

16 DEFENCE MEMBER AND FAMILY SUPPORT<br />

18 SOLDIER ON<br />

21 MATES4MATES<br />

22 DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS<br />

31 OPEN ARMS<br />

FEATURES<br />

32 DEFENCE FAMILIES AUSTRALIA<br />

32 ROBERTSON BARRACKS FAMILY GROUP<br />

33 NETWORK TINDAL<br />

34 PILBARA REGIMENT FAMILY GROUP<br />

35 TINDAL SADFO WELCOME<br />

36 BILLEROY HOUSE<br />

38 VETERANS AUSTRALIA NT INC.<br />

46 VETERANS MEDICAL GROUP<br />

14 DEFENCE SCHOOL MENTOR DIRECTORY<br />

15 WANGURI PRIMARY SCHOOL<br />

19 BATTLE OF CORAL BALMORAL<br />

24 MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION<br />

26 ANZAC BISCUITS<br />

COMMUNITY<br />

27 READING BETWEEN THE WINES<br />

28 PRINCES TRUST AUSTRALIA<br />

30 BROTHERS ’N’ BOOKS<br />

CONTENTS<br />

34 KATHERINE WOMEN’S LEGAL SERVICE<br />

37 KEEP KIDS SAFE ONLINE<br />

42 LUKE GOSLING<br />

44 EVERYMANS SERVICES - MOSES<br />

45 ADF FINANCIAL SERVICES<br />

48 COMMITTEE NOTICEBOARD<br />

49 CHAPLAIN’S CHAT<br />

50 SHARE THE DIGNI-TEA<br />

51 DRY SEASON VEHICLE CHECK<br />

52 GROM<br />

53 TOWARDS ZERO<br />

54 WOODBLOCK PRINTING WORKSHOP<br />

55 FROM THE HEART - PTA<br />

56 RESTAURANT REVIEW<br />

57 DARWIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY<br />

57 IRACING ANZAC 6 HOUR<br />

58 DENTAL CARE FOR YOUR PET<br />

61 FAMILY DAY OR WEEKEND AWAY!<br />

62 TRAVELLING ACTIVITIES<br />

63 KIDS CORNER ACTIVITIES<br />

66 HANDY DIRECTORY<br />

COMPETITIONS<br />

IAN ANDERSON PHOTO PRINT - PG 11<br />

WIN FOR MUM - PG 24<br />

ANZAC BISCUITS BOOK - PG 26<br />

PRINCES TRUST CARE PACKAGE - PG 29<br />

COUPLES DATE NIGHT - PG 40<br />

WIN WITH OUR SPONSORS - PG 40<br />

YOUTH DRIVING LESSONS - PG 53<br />

WATERFRONT FAMILY MEMBERSHIP - PG 58<br />

KIDS ART PACK - PG 58<br />

FROM THE COMMITTEE<br />

APRIL MAY <strong>2023</strong><br />

WELCOME<br />

At last, we say farewell to the Wet Season as we welcom the<br />

beginning of the Dry!<br />

At the beginning of this year we released the ‘Ultimate <strong>Top</strong> End<br />

Guide <strong>2023</strong>’ with many activities for the Dry Season!<br />

This edition includes an exclusive interview with Veterans NT<br />

President Bob Shewring OAM, with commemorations for ANZAC<br />

Day. You can also win in our competitions, including a Mother’s<br />

Day giveaway, plus we ramp up a fun-filled week for Youth Week<br />

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

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

DISTRIBUTION DAYS<br />

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

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

the magazine for posting. Light refreshments are<br />

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

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

more.<br />

COMMITTEE MEETINGS<br />

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

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

discuss community work and magazine planning.<br />

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

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

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

Meeting: TBC<br />

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

for further details.<br />

OUR<br />

APOLOGIES<br />

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

committee wishes to advise that in our<br />

Feb/Mar edition of the magazine there were<br />

a number of technical concerns that affected<br />

the readability and accuracy of some images,<br />

which have been updated on our online<br />

digital version of the magazine, available via<br />

our website - https://www.<br />

thetopendermagazine.org.au/magazine.<br />

In addition, the article relating to the<br />

Australian Military Wives Choir also<br />

contained a number of inaccuracies, which<br />

were unintentional and an oversight on our<br />

behalf.<br />

We sincerely apologise to the affected<br />

parties and our readers for any confusion<br />

caused.<br />

Written by Deb Herring<br />

Committee Member - Editor<br />

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

YOUTH WEEK<br />

Vist our Eventbrite Page for the upcoming<br />

Youth Week <strong>2023</strong> Program brought to you by<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>, supported by the NT<br />

Government.<br />

More workshops and activities being announced<br />

in early <strong>April</strong>!<br />

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BRIGADIER NICK<br />

FOXALL, AM, DSM<br />

COMMANDER 1ST BRIGADE AND<br />

SENIOR OFFICER NORTHERN TERRITORY<br />

After living and working in Darwin for eight years over a<br />

myriad of postings I can say, unequivocally, that I love the<br />

Northern Territory!<br />

This is one of the absolute best postings for a military family and will<br />

make you not just Territorians, but also members of the greater 1st<br />

Brigade family.<br />

But, as is the case with every family, attention must be paid to ensure<br />

that every member feels supported. You cannot be an effective<br />

military member if you or your family feels isolated.<br />

Luckily, the Northern Territory is an open community and when you<br />

engage with Territorians you will find them to be welcoming, warm and<br />

quirky – which makes a posting north fun and enjoyable.<br />

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is an important aspect of life in the<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End. I encourage every family posted here to get out and explore the<br />

Territory! Litchfield National Park, the Adelaide River and Kakadu are not<br />

only some of the most beautiful parts of the NT, but opportunities to get<br />

reacquainted with our country, its environment and rich history.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is something about the land up here that provokes contemplation;<br />

not only on what it is to be Australian but also what it means to be a<br />

Defence member who has dedicated their life to protecting this country.<br />

Your time in Darwin and the north will offer an important chance to<br />

reflect which is often drowned out in the noise and distractions of<br />

Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra.<br />

So I implore you: seek out the unique opportunities on offer to you in the<br />

Northern Territory. This is a community and professional milieu that<br />

thrives on conversations, not emails. Embracing your new home will<br />

opens doors not readily available down south.<br />

<strong>The</strong> energy you invest in your new surroundings, the time spent<br />

meeting neighbours and engaging in the rich social, natural and cultural<br />

pastimes around you will pay off handsomely in terms of the memories<br />

you will take away with you. Participate in the community. Engage and<br />

have fun, and enjoy your posting here which I promise you will be all too<br />

short.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s no way around it- the weather up here is noticeably different<br />

from much of Australia, a fact many Territorians regard with pride. <strong>The</strong><br />

wet season can be a challenge, but Darwin has many water parks and<br />

other attractions to ease the heat – not to mention soon it’ll be the dry<br />

season and I guarantee you are going to want to stay once you have lived<br />

through your first Dry in the Northern Territory.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Northern Territory has a proud and significant military history of<br />

which you now are a part of.<br />

I raised my kids here; they attended school, made close friends and have<br />

nothing but fond memories of our time north. I hope you have the same<br />

experiences with your families.<br />

Welcome to Darwin.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> energy you invest<br />

in your new<br />

surroundings, the time<br />

spent meeting<br />

neighbours and<br />

engaging in the rich<br />

social, natural and<br />

cultural pastimes<br />

around you will pay off<br />

handsomely in terms<br />

of the memories you<br />

will take away with<br />

you.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> Ode comes from For the<br />

Fallen, a poem by the English<br />

poet and writer Laurence Binyon<br />

and was published in London in<br />

the Winnowing Fan; Poems of<br />

the Great War in 1914. <strong>The</strong><br />

verse, which became the League<br />

Ode, was already used in<br />

association with commemoration<br />

services in Australia in 1921.<br />

"<strong>The</strong>y shall grow not old, as we<br />

that are left grow old;<br />

Age shall not weary them, nor<br />

the years condemn.<br />

At the going down of the sun<br />

and in the morning<br />

We will remember them."<br />

Extracted from Army Website<br />

army.gov.au/our-heritage/traditions/ode<br />

CAPTAIN MOSES<br />

RAUDINO, CSC, ADC, RAN<br />

COMMANDING OFFICER HMAS COONAWARRA,<br />

SENIOR NAVAL OFFICER NORTHERN AUSTRALIA,<br />

SENIOR AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE OFFICER<br />

LARRAKEYAH DEFENCE PRECINCT AND<br />

DEFENCE ESTABLISHMENT BERRIMAH<br />

I would like to offer a warm welcome to Navy personnel new<br />

to the Northern Territory (NT), and to all Defence members<br />

posting into Larrakeyah Defence Precinct (LDP) or Defence<br />

Establishment Berrimah (DEB) for the first time.<br />

You are now part of a large, diverse and growing Navy presence in the <strong>Top</strong> End, with more than 700 uniformed<br />

personnel. Navy, and Defence personnel more broadly, are an integral part of the NT. Our members and their<br />

families are respected within the community and add much to the diversity and vibrant lifestyle of the <strong>Top</strong> End.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is a great opportunity for us to share and engage with the community, our pride in service and in Navy.<br />

This will be another busy year.<br />

We will continue to contribute to the Whole-of-Government effort to protect Australia's borders and offshore<br />

maritime interests. I want to thank those members who worked over the recent holiday period on Operation<br />

Resolute at sea and ashore, providing essential support to the operation and to a range of other functions. Please<br />

extend my thanks to your families for their sacrifice and support - you are a key part of Defence.<br />

Navy’s work to prepare for the transition from the<br />

current Armidale-Class Patrol Boat fleet to the<br />

new Arafura Offshore Patrol Vessels will also go<br />

on. That means in HMAS Coonawarra and across<br />

LDP, we will continue to build future Defence<br />

capability, including planned upgrades to<br />

infrastructure.<br />

<strong>The</strong> tireless efforts of our people to assist the NT<br />

community (and more widely) during the<br />

pandemic and more recently with weather related<br />

emergencies, while maintaining the delivery of<br />

Defence capability, has been impressive. I am<br />

confident that the <strong>Top</strong> End Team stand ready to<br />

continue this work.<br />

Through all of this, Navy will continue to provide<br />

input to key exercises conducted in the North this<br />

year, as well support to a myriad of other taskings,<br />

including visiting Australian and partner nation fleet<br />

units.<br />

“I want to thank those members<br />

who worked over the recent holiday<br />

period on Operation Resolute at sea<br />

and ashore, providing essential<br />

support to the operation and to a<br />

range of other functions. Please<br />

extend my thanks to your families<br />

for their sacrifice and support - you<br />

are a key part of Defence. ”<br />

As I noted earlier, it will be a busy year; however, make the time to experience the unique beauty and cultural<br />

diversity of the <strong>Top</strong> End. Acquaint yourself with the many natural and cultural attractions that are part of the annual<br />

rhythm of the NT.<br />

Navy Command will provide opportunities during the year to connect and provide information on available services<br />

through information events at LDP and via the Navy Divisional System.<br />

Make the most of every challenge and opportunity while you live and work in the <strong>Top</strong> End. I hope you and your<br />

family will find your time in the north enriching and enjoyable. I look forward to seeing you at work and in the<br />

community throughout the year.<br />

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WING COMMANDER<br />

JIM COLLISSON<br />

COMMANDING OFFICER NUMBER 13 SQUADRON<br />

SENIOR ADF OFFICER RAAF BASE DARWIN<br />

A warm welcome to all Aviators and their families posted to<br />

RAAF Base Darwin.<br />

RAAF Base Darwin has a strong and courageous history spanning<br />

more than 80 years and is still a pivotal host for operations, exercises<br />

and units that are at the forefront of Australia’s national interests.<br />

Last year RAAF Base Darwin hosted Exercise Pitch Black after a long<br />

hiatus. Pitch Black saw the return of around 4000 international<br />

aviators to the <strong>Top</strong> End. RAAF Darwin also hosted the US Marine<br />

Corps Osprey Squadron VMM-268, Exercise Diamond Storm,<br />

Singaporean Air Force Training and a multitude of smaller exercises and operations.<br />

This year will be equally busy, with the arrival of the US Marine Rotation Force Darwin, staging of Exercise Talisman<br />

Sabre and Exercise Mobility Guardian, that will again see the return of thousands of Australian and foreign military<br />

personnel to the <strong>Top</strong> End.<br />

Our relationship with the US forces is very strong. RAAF Darwin maintains a very integrated partnership with the<br />

USMC, sharing Mess facilities and accommodation, so I am sure you will develop many new friends from abroad.<br />

Along the eastern Mediterranean coastline, located in Eastern<br />

Libya near the border of Egypt, sits the port city of Tobruk.<br />

It is 1941 and the 6th Australian Division are advancing west along the<br />

Libyan coast. <strong>The</strong>ir mission is to capture Tobruk from the Italians, which is<br />

achieved during Operation Compass on the 21-22 January 1941 (the first<br />

offensive of the Western Desert Force (WDF) in the Western Desert<br />

Campaign of the Second World War).<br />

Tobruk became a garrison for the Australian and British forces; however,<br />

this victory was short-lived. In early March of 1941, one of Hitler's generals,<br />

Erwin Rommel (nicknamed the Desert Fox), led the Afrika Korps and aided<br />

their Italian allies in Libya. By <strong>April</strong> 1941, German forces had begun to<br />

surround Tobruk, cutting off supplies via land.<br />

Tobruk was besieged.<br />

Between <strong>April</strong> to December in 1941, for 8 long months, Australian forces<br />

played a prominent role in the town’s defences, notably the men of the 9th<br />

Division, the 18th Brigade of the 7th Division and RAN ships of the famous<br />

'scrap iron flotilla'.<br />

<strong>The</strong> year 1941 was a dark one for the Allies.<br />

SIEGE OF TOBRUK<br />

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM<br />

<strong>The</strong> Germans conquered all before them but Tobruk held out against<br />

Rommel and stood in the way of his advance towards Egypt and the Suez<br />

Canal.<br />

Image: 2/15th Battalion, November 1940, NT.<br />

Courtesy of Australian War Memorial, awm.gov.au/<br />

collection/C1216191<br />

RAAF Base Darwin has a unique military history dating back to its opening in 1940 - the Base was severely<br />

damaged in the Bombing of Darwin in 1942 and again by Cyclone Tracy in 1974. It still bears some of the scars<br />

from these clashes, but on each occasion has stood resilient. Your posting presents an opportunity to better<br />

understand that history, and the contribution RAAF has provided and continues to provide in support of Australia’s<br />

national interests.<br />

Members of RAAF Darwin enjoy fantastic support from the<br />

broader Darwin community who are highly supportive of the<br />

RAAF base and its activities and I encourage all of the new<br />

aviators to invest their time in getting to know and support the<br />

broader Darwin community to foster and grow our relationship.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are many amazing experiences and places to explore in<br />

the <strong>Top</strong> End and our relationship with the Darwin community<br />

is a great gateway to discover those adventures.<br />

You will also find a strong sense of community within RAAF<br />

Base Darwin. If you are having difficulties following your move,<br />

do not hesitate to contact your unit, the Defence Member and<br />

Family Support, or any of the other ADF community groups in<br />

the area. Remember you are not alone. We are here to ensure<br />

you and your families are supported, and your posting to Darwin is enjoyable.<br />

Each unit at RAAF Base Darwin plays a crucial role in the capability of the base and every individual is a critical<br />

element of that capability.<br />

Welcome to RAAF Base Darwin!<br />

Hear from the Senior ADF Officer<br />

of RAAF Base Tindal on page 35.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>re are many amazing<br />

experiences and places to<br />

explore in the <strong>Top</strong> End and our<br />

relationship with the Darwin<br />

community is a great gateway<br />

to discover those adventures.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> defiance of the defenders of Tobruk raised morale in the countries of<br />

the British Empire and Commonwealth.<br />

Those who served there became known as the 'Rats of Tobruk', so-called<br />

because the German radio propaganda broadcaster 'Lord Haw Haw'<br />

described them as rats living in the ground.<br />

We Will Remember <strong>The</strong>m.<br />

Written by Amanda Letcher<br />

Community Contributor<br />

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

Image: 6th Division<br />

Adelaide River Concert<br />

1942. Courtesy of<br />

Australian War Memorial,<br />

awm.gov.au/collection/<br />

C11262<br />

Image: Siege of Tobruk Portrait Major General John<br />

Joseph Murray (seated) with N278683 Captain John<br />

Paterson Kennaway (left), NX12372 Captain William<br />

Bayne Archibald Geikie (right). Courtesy of Australian<br />

War Memorial, awm.gov.au/collection/C1288845<br />

Image: Headquarters of an Australian Unit in Tobruk<br />

during the siege. Libya,1941. Courtesy of Australian<br />

War Memorial, awm.gov.au/collection/C13629<br />

References:<br />

DVA (Department of Veterans' Affairs) (2021), Libya and<br />

the Siege of Tobruk 1941, DVA Anzac Portal, accessed 22<br />

February <strong>2023</strong>, https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/wars-andmissions/world-war-ii-1939-1945/events/libya-and-siegetobruk-1941<br />

Background image: Defenders of the Tobruk fortress<br />

during the siege, suing capture italian anti-aircraft guns.<br />

Libyan desert, 1941.<br />

Courtesy of Australian War Memorial, awm.gov.au/<br />

collection/C13651<br />

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CELEBRATING<br />

BOB SHEWRING<br />

OAM GAICD<br />

PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL AND<br />

MILITARY BACKGROUND:<br />

I am a third generation Territorian with a strong military<br />

background. My father was part of the Mobile Force that<br />

was sent to Darwin in 1935 to help build Larrakeyah Military<br />

base and the facilities at East Point.<br />

My Mother and family were evacuated from Darwin in<br />

September 1941, just prior to the Bombing of Darwin in<br />

1942. I was born in Geelong (Victoria) in 1946 and my<br />

family returned to Darwin in the early 1950’s when my<br />

father was posted as a Master Gunner (Warrant Officer<br />

Class 2) with the Royal Australian Artillery Regiment. He<br />

was in charge of all the fortifications at Dudley Point,<br />

Larrakeyah and East Point and the mobile artillery pieces; 25<br />

Pounders and Bofors.<br />

I had a stable upbringing, spending some of my early years<br />

with elders of the Larrakeyah indigenous people, fishing,<br />

hunting and attending ceremonies. I attended Darwin<br />

Primary School and Darwin High School. During this time, I<br />

played water polo for the first ever NT Diving Team and<br />

represented the NT in the SA Diving competition - I was<br />

the runner up to indigenous local boy and mate, Robert<br />

(Pegleg) Muir (dec.). In those days in Darwin (pre-TV)<br />

everything revolved around sport, you either played it, or<br />

supported it, there were no fences to properties, no need<br />

to lock the doors and you could leave your keys in the<br />

ignition and come back to find your car where you left it -<br />

it was a wonderful time to be living in that era.<br />

During Year 10, I ran away from school and went Ringing<br />

(Stockman) at cattle stations south of Adelaide River. When<br />

I returned to Darwin sometime later, my mother arranged<br />

for me to meet with Mr Paddy Carrol, the head of the<br />

Workers Union in the NT. It was an interesting one-way<br />

conversation! It’s amazing to reflect on the influences<br />

people have in shaping your destiny - you have to take<br />

action if you want change. In hindsight, this was one of the<br />

major turning points in my life. I wanted to work my way up<br />

within the cattle industry, but I would never be in position to<br />

own a cattle station by being an uneducated worker, and the<br />

best way forward was for me to start an Apprenticeship. An<br />

opportunity had been pre-arranged for me to start a<br />

Carpentry Apprentice, which gave me more money and free<br />

time for water polo, swimming, Aussie Rules for Wanderers,<br />

shooting, fishing, cars and girls.<br />

In January 1965, I made the decision to join the Regular<br />

Army after completing 4 years of my Carpentry<br />

Apprenticeship, however I was recommended for RAEME as<br />

a Mechanic. Interestingly, I always wanted to be a Mechanic,<br />

but in Darwin in the early 60’s there were no<br />

apprenticeships in that trade, so a Carpentry Apprenticeship<br />

made sense at the time.<br />

I was trained as an Adult Tradesman Motor Vehicle<br />

Mechanic and learned how to fix everything the Army<br />

owned as a general Mechanic. We were also taught basic<br />

Fitting and Turning, Welding and Driver Training in all pieces<br />

of military equipment – what an amazing experience! I was<br />

then posted back to Darwin with the RAEME Workshops<br />

NT Command Larrakeyah.<br />

As an Army mechanic in those days, we assisted with a lot of<br />

road trips throughout the NT. On our adventures, we met<br />

up with Woomera Research Teams clearing an area for<br />

missile testing in 1966. We also met Harry Butler and a team<br />

from National Geographic, Cadastral Survey team and<br />

explorers looking for Lasseter’s gold. At a location called<br />

Sandy Blight Junction we had to order in an arial drop of<br />

spare parts for the vehicles, including 4 boxes of Victor<br />

Bravo.We were also involved in a project called the<br />

“Mukkanini Explorer” and an Army film team travelled with<br />

us to document the trip.<br />

During this time, I was promoted to Corporal, then<br />

Sergeant. I was posted to Midland workshops in Perth WA,<br />

then Canungra, then I was sent to Vietnam as the Sgt of 17<br />

Construction Squadron Workshops RAEME. We were<br />

responsible for maintaining and repairing all of the<br />

equipment used by 17 Construction. During this time, we<br />

had an excellent team of tradesmen and soldiers who just<br />

got things done, worked hard and played hard (when<br />

allowed) - a strong bond was formed with a group of these<br />

soldiers that has endured for 50 years.<br />

We repaired everything from D8 Bulldozers used on landclearing,<br />

graders, dump trucks and all manner of equipment.<br />

During this time, I was sent to Lai Khe - the home of the<br />

“Big Red 1” US Army 1st Infantry Division and the US<br />

Combat Engineers. During my deployment in Vietnam, I<br />

severely dislocated my shoulder in an incident and was<br />

advised that I needed surgery in Australia. I was medevac'd<br />

to Penang Malaysia in a Hercules, alongside other wounded<br />

and amputees, then transferred to Sydney before travelling<br />

back to Darwin for surgery. I didn’t return to Vietnam and<br />

was relocated back to Larrakeyah RAEME Workshops until I<br />

discharged in January 1971.<br />

Given my upbringing with several of my best mates being<br />

Aboriginal and playing football for the Wanderers Football<br />

Club, I was open to working in community-focused<br />

organisations where I could share my skills with Aboriginal<br />

youth. As I was looking for my next career pathway, I was<br />

advised not to mention that I had been to Vietnam as I<br />

probably wouldn’t get a job. I was also advised by a local<br />

veteran organisation that I could “return when I had fought<br />

in a real war” if I wanted to become a member - similar<br />

experiences like this were perpetrated on a lot of Vietnam<br />

veterans upon return from the Vietnam War.<br />

After these incidents, I shut Vietnam out of my mind and got<br />

on with life as a Manual Arts Teacher with the Aboriginal<br />

Welfare Education Department, but I was a Tradesman not<br />

a Teacher, so the Department sent me to South Australia to<br />

complete a three-year Degree in two years, with a wife and<br />

two kids in tow. Upon returning to Darwin, I was qualified<br />

with a Diploma in Teaching (Tech) and an Advanced<br />

Diploma in Education.<br />

I worked through the NT Education system as a Teacher,<br />

Senior Teacher, Assistant Principal of several High Schools,<br />

Regional Coordinator for TAFE Katherine Region, Assistant<br />

Director of Aboriginal Education and Principal<br />

Education Officer NT Open College. After 25<br />

years in Education, I accepted a redundancy from<br />

the Department due to my challenges with anxiety,<br />

depression and onset of PTSD.<br />

I then set up a Multimedia and Communications<br />

business which grew steadily over a few years,<br />

however after attending my first Vietnam Veterans<br />

reunion, my wife gave me an ultimatum to seek<br />

help for my PTSD. I applied to DVA for help,<br />

which took several years, and I was eventually<br />

granted a TPI. After treatment, I re-joined the<br />

Vietnam Veterans Association NT and have<br />

dedicated my life to the veteran community.<br />

WHAT SKILLS HAVE YOU LEARNED IN<br />

THE MILITARY THAT YOU CONTINUE TO<br />

USE THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE?<br />

<strong>The</strong> leadership skills I obtained in the Army have<br />

allowed me to navigate civilian life and to deal with<br />

everyday challenges that life throws at you. I also<br />

learned that you are part of a much bigger team<br />

irrespective of what role you undertake – all roles<br />

are important and dependent upon each other to<br />

get the tasks done.<br />

FAVOURITE MEMORY FROM THE<br />

MILITARY?<br />

<strong>The</strong> comradery from Vietnam - we were thrown<br />

together with a small group of people we had<br />

never met and the mateship has survived for over<br />

50 years!<br />

In 1987, the Vietnam Veteran “Welcome Home<br />

Parade” (albeit many years too late) was a<br />

watershed in my opinion that allowed 20,000<br />

Vietnam veterans to hold their heads up proudly<br />

for the first time and be publicly honoured<br />

instead of being the subject of taunts and ridicule<br />

for many years previously. Up until this point,<br />

many of my friends (including myself) hid our<br />

Vietnam service and got on with life.<br />

BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?<br />

Early on in my childhood, my mother would recite<br />

a poem that is written on the end of the World<br />

War 1 “Furphy” water tanks; “Good Better Best,<br />

Never Let It Rest, Till Your Good Is Better, And<br />

Your Better – Best”. This poem always comes to<br />

the fore when undertaking any task to confirm<br />

whether this is your “Better – Best”.<br />

Early in my military career, I was advised sternly on<br />

several occasions that if I wanted to get ahead, “I<br />

should keep my eyes and ears open, and my mouth<br />

shut”. This was sometimes difficult to put into<br />

practice as you can imagine. It was later added that<br />

I should “read a few books” to gain knowledge on<br />

the subject in contention and present my case with<br />

evidence. It’s also great advice to “make the most<br />

of every opportunity” that comes your way.<br />

YOUR ADVICE FOR OTHER VETERANS<br />

Take advantage of the Transition Seminars and<br />

use that time before discharge to set yourself<br />

up for the inevitable transition to civilian life.<br />

You may have a small group of mates you<br />

served with or deployed with; stay in touch<br />

with them. This comradery is unique to the<br />

military and may last a lifetime like it has for me.<br />

Reach-out to your mates, their family<br />

members and check in regularly - you may just<br />

need it yourself one day, like I have at times.<br />

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

Visionary, Passionate, Mentor<br />

WHAT AWARDS HAVE YOU RECEIVED?<br />

2022 Order of Australia Medal – Queens Birthday Honour List<br />

2022 Life member Veterans Australia NT Inc.<br />

2020 Awarded Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering Volunteers<br />

Australia<br />

2019 Awarded NT Senior of Excellence<br />

2019 Awarded Highly Commended NT Volunteer of the Year<br />

2016 NT Senior Australian of the Year<br />

2015 Pride of Australia NT Medal (People’s Choice)<br />

2011 Life Member Freds Pass Sport and Recreation Management<br />

Board<br />

1987 Churchill Fellowship Awardee<br />

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WHAT ORGANISATIONS HAVE YOU<br />

BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH?<br />

President of Veterans Australia NT Inc.<br />

(previously Vietnam Veterans Association of<br />

Australia NT) (10 years)<br />

Vice President Palmerston RSL<br />

Foundation President of Southern Districts<br />

Football Club and Life Member<br />

Member of the Freds Pass Sport and Recreation<br />

Board (30 years) and Life Member<br />

Past President of Darwin South Rotary Club<br />

Past President of Darwin Rural Rotary Club<br />

Past President of Darwin Legacy<br />

Past President of Darwin RSL<br />

Previous Director of the NT Australia Day<br />

Council<br />

Previous Board member of RSL SA/ NT and<br />

Broken Hill State Board<br />

Past President 17 Construction Squadron<br />

Workshops Vietnam Association (3 Years)<br />

Past President of National Seniors <strong>Top</strong>end Branch<br />

(9 years)<br />

Member of the NT Ministers Advisor Council on<br />

Veterans Affairs (9 years)<br />

Member of the NT Ministers Advisor Council on<br />

NT Seniors (8 Years)<br />

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST<br />

ACHIEVEMENT?<br />

As a Vietnam Veteran, I spent years lobbying<br />

governments at all levels to bring home the only<br />

NT Soldier to be killed in the Vietnam War - Cpl<br />

Reg Hillier MiD. This was refused by the Minister<br />

for Veterans Affairs at that time.<br />

During my research, I established that there were<br />

another 25 remaining Australian soldiers from the<br />

Vietnam War who were buried overseas after<br />

they were killed in action over 50 years ago.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se brave Australian’s remained in lonely graves<br />

in foreign countries when their mates had been<br />

repatriated. This was not right, and I was<br />

determined to correct this ‘terrible wrong’.<br />

On behalf of the Vietnam Veterans Association of<br />

Australia NT, we founded ‘Operation Bring <strong>The</strong>m<br />

Home” in 2014. As a result of ‘Operation Bring<br />

<strong>The</strong>m Home’, these soldiers, who had made the<br />

supreme sacrifice for their country, were<br />

brought home to Australia on the 2nd June<br />

2016, including Reg Hillier, who was re-interred<br />

at Adelaide River War Cemetery as per his<br />

family’s wishes.<br />

As a result of this program, seven New Zealand<br />

Vietnam Veterans who were buried overseas<br />

were repatriated home to New Zealand in<br />

September 2019.<br />

Interviewed by Deb Herring<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

Pte Bob Shewring Age 19<br />

1 RTB Kapooka 1965<br />

Image: Bob Shewring aged 19 at 1.RTB Kapooka. Courtesy of Bob<br />

Shewring.<br />

Images: (left) Bob MC at Vietnam Veterans Day 18 Aug 2022, by<br />

Darwin Photography Professionals Caroline Camilleri. (right) Receiving<br />

2016 NT Senior Australian of the Year Award, photo courtesy of Bob<br />

Shewring.<br />

Images: (left) Bob at Investiture for OAM in Sept 2022, presented to<br />

him by the Hon Vicki O’Halloran AO CVO (right) Presenting his book<br />

on Reg Hillier, photos courtesy of Darwin Photography Professionals<br />

Caroline Camilleri<br />

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ELAINE EGAN<br />

40 YEARS OF SERVICE<br />

We spoke to Elaine Egan about her time in<br />

the military and how she balanced her<br />

career with motherhood.<br />

I enlisted into the Women’s Royal Australian Naval<br />

Service (WRANS) on 4 Nov 1981 as a Medic and<br />

transferred to Stores Naval after recruit training. I was<br />

the first female at my first posting to HMAS Nirimba<br />

after training, which was an interesting time of learning.<br />

After reaching compulsory retirement age at 60, I<br />

retired from full time service after 40 years and 7<br />

months on my 60th birthday. I received a gold service<br />

medallion (the size of a saucer) and my Fed Star in<br />

December 2022 at HMAS Cerberus. I am still currently<br />

serving in Navy Reserves.<br />

I am proud to say that I am the 9th woman in the<br />

Navy who has achieved 40 years of service.<br />

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ASPECT OF DEFENCE<br />

LIFE:<br />

My Dad served in the Navy and my Mum always<br />

wanted to join, so I wanted to enlist since I was 14<br />

years old. I feel immensely proud of serving my country<br />

and doing something special - I feel extremely good<br />

about helping people. I have also been in a submarine,<br />

which is an interesting experience!<br />

One particular Navy memory stands out for me when<br />

a Patrol Boat had broken down in New Guinea and<br />

we needed to coordinate the movement of supplies<br />

from Sydney, which was logistically challenging with no<br />

flights available to that part of the country. But we got<br />

the delivery there via a rotary plane, then picked up<br />

and delivered by a liaison officer. We received many<br />

emails to thank us for our determined effort to help<br />

them – that’s what I love about defence. Every day can<br />

bring lots of different experiences, adventures and<br />

challenges. Every base and posting is different. I was<br />

never bored – there was always something new and<br />

something to look forward to, along with meeting lots<br />

of new people. I am finding it hard to let go of serving,<br />

but being a Reservist is my opportunity to continue<br />

wearing uniform and working towards defence<br />

objectives.<br />

HOW DID YOU BALANCE YOUR NAVY CAREER<br />

& MOTHERHOOD?<br />

ENTER NOW AT<br />

It was challenging with my Navy husband away a lot<br />

three children. At the time, a lot of my Navy chain of<br />

command had wives at home looking after kids, so it<br />

was easier for them to focus on the ADF and their<br />

career - I faced a lot of challenges to get the support I<br />

needed for my family.<br />

I was always conscious of making up any time that I<br />

had taken off for my family, including weekend duties. I<br />

would often drive my kids to my husband’s parents in<br />

Wollongong on a Friday night so that I could do my<br />

weekend duty, then drive back on the Sunday to bring<br />

them home for the school week – those days were<br />

challenging, but I find that I feel better when I am busy<br />

and I haven’t got time to focus on the hardship. I<br />

would also complete courses and extra study while my<br />

husband was away, so I would read my books and<br />

course work for the next day after putting the kids to<br />

bed; that’s what you do when you love your career. I<br />

wasn’t able to go out sea very often and I went on a<br />

few exercises from time to time, but I also knew that I<br />

would provide capability at every posting by taking on<br />

extra tasks and helping people ‘on the ground’.<br />

My children often grumbled that I wasn’t able to attend<br />

school or sports events, but a lot of parents struggle<br />

with life balance, regardless of their employment.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are always some feelings of guilt with parenting<br />

and defence, especially moving the kids to new schools<br />

and trying to settle in, but we somehow managed.<br />

My three children are adults now and at one stage, all<br />

of us were serving; my eldest daughter served 10 years<br />

in the Navy and my son served 10 years in Army<br />

before transferring to the RAAF 2 years ago. My<br />

youngest daughter served 2 years in the Navy and my<br />

husband served 9 years in the RAAF, then 25 years in<br />

the Navy - overall, our family has served over 100<br />

years in the ADF.<br />

WHAT SKILL HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM THE<br />

MILITARY THAT YOU STILL USE REGULARLY:<br />

A lot of people can do a supply job, but the skill of<br />

knowing what to do in an emergency to help people is<br />

something that you learn through defence. Not<br />

everyone knows what to do or has coping skills to<br />

switch on when things need to be done. Because of<br />

my defence experience, I run towards problems<br />

instead of running away from them - we are trained<br />

to help people and manage emergency situations.<br />

I understand that there are good times and bad times<br />

in every job, but overall, I am extremely proud of my<br />

service, especially on ANZAC Day.<br />

and trying to balance my career and motherhood with<br />

THETOPENDERMAGAZINE.ORG.AU/WIN<br />

Interviewed by Deb Herring<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

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DEFENCE SCHOOL MENTOR<br />

DIRECTORY<br />

WANGURI PRIMARY SCHOOL<br />

DEFENCE SCHOOL MENTOR<br />

DARWIN PRIMARY SCHOOLS<br />

Alawa Primary<br />

Katie Wedel<br />

katie.wedel@ntschools.net<br />

Durack Primary<br />

Emma Saetta<br />

emma.saetta@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 />

Wanguri Primary School is situated in the Northern<br />

Suburbs of Darwin. I became the Defence School Mentor<br />

in March 2020, and have supported 223 students from<br />

defence families as they have transitioned in and out of<br />

our school, and during times of parental absence.<br />

With the help of the School Council who<br />

acknowledge how important our defence<br />

families are to our school community, we<br />

had enough money to build our space. We<br />

soon designed and built an area to hold<br />

our Anzac Day and Remembrance Day<br />

Assemblies.<br />

Good Sheppard Lutheran College<br />

Kathleen Cobban<br />

kathleen.cobban@ntschools.net<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 />

Jennifer Quinn - Kent<br />

jennifer.quinn-kent1@education.nt.gov.au<br />

DARWIN MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOLS<br />

Rosebery Primary<br />

Kiah Mackenzie<br />

kiah.mackenzie@education.nt.gov.au<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 Christian / Sattler<br />

Christian Colleges<br />

Alice Kempster<br />

alice.kempster@ntschools.net<br />

I created a space within the school grounds that is special to our<br />

defence families which acknowledges the educational partnership<br />

between Wanguri Primary School, our past, present and future<br />

defence students, their families and Defence School Mentors.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Department of Veterans’ Affairs hold an Anzac Day Schools<br />

Awards every year with some financial incentive, so I recruited a<br />

teacher, Ms Kaye and her 4/5 class to put together an entry - our little<br />

video called ‘<strong>The</strong> Memory Box’ was awarded 1st place for the<br />

Northern Territory category and we were given $3,000 prize money<br />

for our school!<br />

In 2022, I found the Department of Veterans’ Affairs also had a<br />

‘Saluting <strong>The</strong>ir Service Commemorative Grants Program’ and applied<br />

for a Community Grant and was approved for $10,000 to go<br />

towards our Defence Memorial Garden.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Opening Ceremony for our Defence<br />

Memorial Garden was held on<br />

Remembrance Day 2022, and was<br />

attended by members of 1CSSB who gave<br />

a speech and conducted the Catafalque<br />

Party, Mr Luke Gosling, Federal Member<br />

for Solomon, and representatives from<br />

DVA and DMFS, along with defence<br />

families and members of our community.<br />

I hope the Defence Memorial Garden can<br />

be used by all staff and students at<br />

Wanguri Primary School to acknowledge<br />

the importance of the ADF, especially the<br />

sacrifices of all serving members and their<br />

families, and to use this space as an<br />

outdoor area to learn about our military<br />

history.<br />

Darwin High<br />

Ashleigh Hooper<br />

ashleigh.hooper@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 />

O’Loughlin Catholic College<br />

Jennifer Quinn-Kent<br />

jennifer.quinn-Kent@nt.catholic.edu.au<br />

Palmerston College<br />

Sheryl Schmode<br />

sheryl.schmode@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Mackillop Catholic College<br />

Sue Lowery<br />

sue.lowery@nt.catholic.edu.au<br />

Casuarina Senior College<br />

Jennifer Gladman<br />

jennifer.gladman@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Written by Amanda Metcalfe<br />

Defence School Mentor<br />

Wanguri Primary School<br />

amanda.metcalfe@education.nt.gov.au<br />

School Office:<br />

(08) 8927 1655.<br />

TINDAL/KATHERINE SCHOOLS<br />

Casuarina Street Primary<br />

Claire Stewart<br />

claire.stewart@education.nt.gov.au<br />

Katherine South Primary<br />

Leonnie Matthews<br />

leonnie.matthews@ntschools.net<br />

St Joseph’s College<br />

Tammy Taylor<br />

tammy.taylor@nt.catholic.edu.au<br />

Katherine High School<br />

Verity Chapman-Mears<br />

verity.chapman-mears@education.nt.gov.au<br />

DISCLAIMER: List is accurate at time of print. Please<br />

contact your school for most recent information and<br />

updates.<br />

References:<br />

https://www.dva.gov.au/about-us/overview/consultationsand-grants/grants-and-bursaries/saluting-their-service<br />

https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/education/anzac-dayschools-awards<br />

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Defence Member and Family Support<br />

Things are now certainly getting busy as units, members and<br />

families have had time to settle into operational tempo, work,<br />

school and study routines. We have had great opportunities to<br />

be out and about, meeting new and returned ADF members<br />

and families, plus Command. It was also really exciting to<br />

deliver our Welcome to the <strong>Top</strong> End and Tindal Events. A big<br />

shout out to all those who supported and attended.<br />

We understand that <strong>2023</strong> is again going to be busy, punctuated by<br />

planned absences in support of deployments, courses and exercises,<br />

plus short notice absences due to operational contingencies. We at<br />

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

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

provide support in the event of an emergency.<br />

Take the time to look at the Deployment support resources at<br />

Deployment | ADF Members & Families | Defence and work<br />

through the Member and Family Care Plan. Should there be a<br />

family emergency, please reach out and we can assist. Additional<br />

information is at Crisis support | ADF Members & Families |<br />

Defence<br />

Defence Member and Family Support are here to help. Reach out<br />

to the Defence Member and Family Helpline 1800 624 608 at any<br />

time for advice, support or connection with your local<br />

community.<br />

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

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

us on social media to keep up-to-date on planned events.<br />

DMFS activities<br />

<strong>The</strong> DMFS team are excited to have a series of activities ready to<br />

help you ease into your new communities. Are you wondering what<br />

activities we have coming up? Take the time to check our ‘Events’<br />

page Local services and events | ADF Members & Families | Defence<br />

For newly added activities and keep an eye on DMFS social media,<br />

Eventbrite or eNewsletters, which you can subscribe to at our QR<br />

codes. And remember, our events in Darwin and Tindal are<br />

available to all Northern Territory ADF members and their families.<br />

You can subscribe to our e-News by scanning the below QR codes.<br />

DARWIN<br />

Stay Connected<br />

1800 624 608<br />

TINDAL<br />

DEFENCE MEMBER<br />

DMFS_AusDefence<br />

memberandfamilyhelpline@defence.gov.au<br />

AND FAMILY SUPPORT<br />

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

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

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

Written by Di Elson<br />

Area Manager NT<br />

Defence Member and Family<br />

Support<br />

DMFS_AusDefence<br />

DefenceMemberFamilySupport<br />

Photo: Always a friendly welcome at RAAF Base Tindal. By Debbie Marshall.<br />

Welcome to Katherine Expo, Tindal<br />

DMFS NT Tindal office has hit the ground running with a<br />

Welcome to Katherine expo being held at RAAF Base<br />

Tindal with our new members and families being welcomed<br />

to the NT and Tindal/Katherine with lots of great<br />

information on the day. We had over 60 stalls ranging from<br />

base Welfare groups, the local FSFP funded community<br />

group, and both local and Darwin based support service<br />

groups, sporting and special interest groups.<br />

Written by Debbie Marshall<br />

Photo: Creating connections over a coffee. By Debbie Marshall.<br />

Coffee on Us, Tindal<br />

We hosted our first Coffee on Us in February and had a<br />

fantastic turn up, with new members, spouses and partners<br />

sitting down with our FLO and other defence spouses and<br />

partners to talk about what great things Tindal and<br />

Katherine can offer newly posted in members and families.<br />

Lots of information, tips and tricks were shared and some<br />

great connections were forged.<br />

Written By Debbie Marshall<br />

Photo: A cool place to be in Tindal. By Debbie Marshall.<br />

Meet n’ Greet, Tindal<br />

DMFS Tindal hosted the annual meet n’ greet at the base pool<br />

where we were joined by our DSM’s, new members and their<br />

families as well as some of our current families. It was great<br />

afternoon escaping the wet season heat by cooling off in the pool. It<br />

was very pleasing to see the children making connections and<br />

friendships before starting school.<br />

Photo: Building Resilience and managing mobility. By Dianne Fattore (DSW)<br />

ADF Equip, Darwin<br />

Children from ADF families in Darwin, participated in our DMFS<br />

program - ADF Equip. This program provided children with the<br />

opportunity to develop strategies in managing the challenges<br />

associated with moving locations, and parental absence. <strong>The</strong> children<br />

took part in activities, shared ideas with each other and made new<br />

connections as they learnt how to improve their management of<br />

adapting to new posting locations and parental absences.<br />

Written By Di Elson<br />

Skate n Glide, Darwin<br />

Out of the heat and into the cold! Darwin<br />

and Tindal ADF families enjoyed a freezing<br />

cold afternoon of ice skating at our Skate n<br />

Glide event. Thank you to all the families<br />

who joined us!<br />

Written By Jot Kahlon<br />

Photo: Enjoying the cold! By Jot Kahlon.<br />

Photo: Getting to know our animal friends. By Debbie Marshall.<br />

Welcome to the <strong>Top</strong> End Expo,<br />

Darwin<br />

<strong>The</strong> DMFS NT Welcome to the <strong>Top</strong> End Expo<br />

was back again in <strong>2023</strong> after a 2 year hiatus!<br />

With 120 stalls, ADF members and families<br />

enjoyed the opportunity to gather information<br />

and connect with many of the different<br />

services, sporting groups, FSFP funded and<br />

special interest groups available in the <strong>Top</strong> End.<br />

.It was great to be warmly welcomed by the<br />

Darwin community<br />

Written By Jot Kahlon<br />

Photo: By DMFS Darwin Office.<br />

MAGNT Coffee Meet & Greet<br />

Discovery Walk at the Museum,<br />

Darwin<br />

ADF families both old and new joined the<br />

DMFS Darwin team on an exploration tour to<br />

discover the interesting and the wonderful<br />

delights the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT<br />

has to offer. After a morning of discovery and<br />

learning families came together over a<br />

refreshing cuppa at the Saltwater@Bundilla café<br />

situated inside the Museum. A great time was<br />

had by all.<br />

Written By Annick Beyderwellen<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 />

time for advice, support or connection with your local community. Our website has information on ADF member and family content<br />

16 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated<br />

so be sure to bookmark our URL and follow us on social media to keep up-to-date on planned events.<br />

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SOLDIER ON APPOINTS NEW CEO<br />

Soldier On is delighted to announce the<br />

appointment of Ms Amy Cooper as Chief<br />

Executive Officer, commencing on 6 March<br />

<strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Soldier On Chairman, Lieutenant General Peter Leahy AC<br />

(Ret’d), welcomed Ms Cooper’s appointment following an<br />

extensive and extremely competitive selection process.<br />

“Ms Cooper is a skilled and accomplished leader who has<br />

worked in both the government and private sectors. She<br />

brings a wealth of experience across a range of sectors,<br />

including health, aged care, disability, higher education,<br />

government, non-profit, charity, and community services,”<br />

he said.<br />

Prior to joining Soldier On, Ms Cooper was the CEO of<br />

the Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association. She has<br />

held executive and board positions with national peak<br />

bodies, member-based professional associations and<br />

health charities.<br />

“Ms Cooper’s appointment marks an important new<br />

chapter for Soldier On as demand for Soldier On’s<br />

services increase and the Royal Commission into Defence<br />

and Veteran Suicide concludes,” Mr Leahy said.<br />

Mr Leahy extended his gratitude to Ms Prue Slaughter for<br />

her role as Interim CEO over the past 12 months. “Prue’s<br />

strong leadership and her energy throughout this period<br />

has been exceptional, and the board is delighted she will<br />

be continuing with Soldier On as Deputy CEO.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> board and I look forward to working with this strong<br />

leadership team to continue to drive the critical work with<br />

veterans and their families by helping them readjust from<br />

service life and thrive into the future,” Mr Leahy said.<br />

Extracted from Soldier On Website<br />

soldieron.org.au/updates/soldier-on-announcesappointment-of-new-ceo/<br />

55 YEARS ON<br />

THE BATTLE OF FIRE SUPPORT PATROL BASE<br />

CORAL BALMORAL<br />

You only need to listen to Redgum’s I was<br />

Only 19 and Cold Chisel’s Khe Sanh to get a<br />

sense of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam<br />

War. Perhaps unfairly, less is known of the<br />

Battle of Fire Support Patrol Bases Coral and<br />

Balmoral – a series of actions fought by the 1st<br />

Australian Task Force against North<br />

Vietnamese and Viet Cong Forces between<br />

12th <strong>May</strong> and 6th June 1968.<br />

After South Vietnamese and allied forces successfully<br />

repelled Viet Cong forces from Saigon (inflicting some<br />

5500 dead in one week of fighting), the 1st Australian<br />

Task Force had planned to deploy into an area referred to<br />

by the Americans as the ‘Catcher’s Mitt’. Intelligence<br />

reports indicated that the Task Force would encounter<br />

small groups of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces<br />

weary from defeat in Saigon...<br />

Based on this advice, the Task Force positioned itself via<br />

helicopter on the night of 11/12th <strong>May</strong> 1968. However, a<br />

combination of delays and a lack of experience in<br />

helicopter operations resulted in the Task Force deploying<br />

to different locations than originally planned. This included<br />

the guns of 102 Field Battery, which were eventually<br />

brought into action late on 12th <strong>May</strong> with limited<br />

defensive preparations (shell scrapes and the digging in of<br />

3 out of 6 Artillery guns). Unbeknownst to the<br />

Australians, the Task Force had just landed amongst the<br />

North Vietnamese 7th Division, who had observed their<br />

arrival and were ready to fight.<br />

What followed over the next 26 days was some of the<br />

bloodiest fighting of Australia’s involvement in the<br />

Vietnam War. ‘Human waves’ of enemy were repeatedly<br />

repelled with lethal Splintex rounds, often over the<br />

heads of friendly positions, as they fought for their lives<br />

against a vastly superior sized enemy. Similar attacks were<br />

experienced at Balmoral, but eventually, Centurion Tanks<br />

from C Squadron (1st Armoured Regiment) and US<br />

Gunships were called in to finally disperse the enemy.<br />

In total, 26 Australians were killed and 99 wounded during<br />

the largest loss of life in a single battle for Australian’s<br />

during the Vietnam War. On the eve of the 50th<br />

anniversary of the battle, all units involved were<br />

recognised and awarded the Unit Citation for Gallantry.<br />

102 Field Battery was later awarded the honour title<br />

‘Coral’ and today serves as 102 (Coral) Battery as part of<br />

the 8th/12th Regiment RAA.<br />

Written by a Community Contributor<br />

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

INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY<br />

12 MAY<br />

Each year on the 12th of <strong>May</strong> we celebrate<br />

International Nurses Day to recognise the<br />

invaluable contribution that nurses have<br />

made and continue to make in our society.<br />

Nurses have played a vital role in Australia’s military<br />

history for more than 100 years. Today, both men and<br />

women serve as Australia’s military nurses working in<br />

remote and dangerous places, as well peacekeeping<br />

missions providing essential medical treatment to<br />

those ravaged by war or natural disasters.<br />

CREATIVE COMMUNITY<br />

Extracted from AWM<br />

www.awm.gov.au/articles/blog/international-nurses-day<br />

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ROYAL COMMISSIONS:<br />

WORTH THE BOTHER?<br />

Are Royal Commissions worth the money,<br />

the tears and the effort?<br />

This year we have witnessed how the Royal<br />

Commission stories of ordinary Australians truly have<br />

the power to re-shape policies and laws at the<br />

highest level of our nation. However, more of those<br />

stories must be told so that more life-saving reforms<br />

are urgently made.<br />

In response to the Royal Commission into Defence<br />

and Veteran Suicide, in February the federal<br />

government announced plans for sweeping changes<br />

to legislation governing veterans’ entitlements. That<br />

announcement was prompted by the stories heard<br />

by the Royal Commission.<br />

But here’s the problem<br />

Having served in the ADF, I know that speaking up<br />

can be especially hard for people from a Defence<br />

background – and engaging with a Royal<br />

Commission can be even more daunting. To make<br />

matters worse, many veterans and serving ADF<br />

members are unaware of the vital support that is<br />

available to help them speak up about issues being<br />

examined by the Royal Commission. <strong>The</strong> Defence<br />

and Veterans Legal Service is a specialist nationwide<br />

body that provides free and confidential legal<br />

support to veterans and Defence members, plus<br />

their families and supporters. Crucially, this legal<br />

service is independent of the Royal Commission and<br />

government agencies (including the ADF and DVA).<br />

Costly but crucial<br />

Written by Jasmine Stanton<br />

Director<br />

Defence and Veterans Legal Service<br />

<strong>The</strong> Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran<br />

Suicide is a costly undertaking but well worth the<br />

expense. Underpinned by the submissions it receives,<br />

this inquiry is recommending crucial reforms that are<br />

being adopted by government.<br />

Have you been thinking about making a submission<br />

to the Royal Commission? <strong>The</strong>y must be received<br />

by October 13, but I fear that deadline will arrive<br />

sooner than some expect. Now is the time to act<br />

and to speak up. This opportunity – this<br />

comprehensive inquiry – will likely never be repeated<br />

in our lifetimes.<br />

Jasmine Stanton is a former<br />

member of the ADF and is<br />

now the Director of the<br />

Defence and Veterans Legal<br />

Service, an independent<br />

nationwide organisation that<br />

helps people to participate in<br />

the Royal Commission. For<br />

free legal help, contact this<br />

service on 1800 33 1800.<br />

Images: Courtesy of Mates4Mates<br />

BOMBING OF DARWIN<br />

COMMEMORATION CRUISE<br />

On the 19 February each year, we commemorate the Anniversary of the Bombing<br />

of Darwin.Veterans and family members reflected and paid tribute to those who<br />

lost their lives by journeying along Darwin’s seascape with the Mates4Mates team.<br />

With real time commentary provided by local guides about Darwin Harbour and<br />

Darwin’s importance as Australia’s frontline port, veterans listened to stories while taking<br />

in Darwin’s WWll historical sites.<br />

FINDING THE RIGHT WORDS<br />

Recently at the Mates4Mates Palmerston Centre, veterans and family members<br />

enjoyed a creative writing class that aimed to teach and encourage those who are<br />

considering, or who have started, a writing project.<br />

Author and veteran, Jennifer Crane shared her tips and tricks with those who attended<br />

the two sessions to help kick start their writing goals.<br />

Social connection activities like this creative writing workshop are just one way to<br />

connect with like-minded veterans while also learning a new skill!<br />

SKILLS-BASED RECOVERY PROGRAMS<br />

FOR VETERANS<br />

Service-related injuries come in many forms and there can’t be a one-size-fits-all<br />

approach to recovery, which is why Mates4Mates offer a range of rehabilitation<br />

options to meet the needs of veterans and their families in the <strong>Top</strong> End.This<br />

includes their One-Day Wellness Program and Four-Day Wellness Program.<br />

<strong>The</strong> one-day program allows veterans and family members to explore different ways to<br />

practice mindfulness and learn psychological skills as they connect with others and<br />

challenge themselves to complete an activity such as abseiling, jewellery making, mosaic<br />

workshops, and more.<br />

<strong>The</strong> four-day program invites veterans to participate in interactive group workshops,<br />

facilitated by clinicians, that can help them to develop healthy coping mechanisms that will<br />

support them in managing their mental and physical health now and into the future.<br />

Mates4Mates will be holding a Four-Day Wellness Program in mid-<strong>2023</strong>, as well as<br />

various One-Day Wellness Programs throughout the year for veterans and family<br />

members in the Northern Territory To find out more, email ntactivity@mates4mates.org.<br />

Skills for Recovery Programs are available to veterans and family members who are<br />

registered with Mates4Mates.<br />

THE MATES4MATES TEAM ARE HERE TO<br />

SUPPORT YOU!<br />

If you’re a current or ex-serving Defence Force member, partner, or family<br />

member who is looking for a friendly, safe space to find mateship and maybe learn<br />

a new skill, please reach out to the Mates4Mates Northern Territory team.<br />

Mates4Mates are here to support families this school holidays!<br />

<strong>The</strong> Mates4Mates Northern Territory team are running a variety of school holiday<br />

activities throughout <strong>April</strong> to help keep the kids entertained.<br />

If you’re a current or ex-serving Defence Force member or partner, and want to connect<br />

with a like-minded community, why not sign the family up for a range of activities during<br />

the school holidays such as visiting the wildlife park, slime crafts, hair braiding, heading to<br />

the wave pool, and more!<br />

Mates4Mates social connection activities are free and open to everyone in the Defence<br />

community. To find out more, head to www.mates4mates.org/events or email<br />

ntactivity@mates4mates.org.<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 />

Information is correct as of 28 February <strong>2023</strong><br />

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF ANZAC<br />

While we will always acknowledge the sacrifices the original<br />

Anzacs made and the part they played in shaping the<br />

broader story of Australia, on Anzac Day we now honour<br />

the more than 1.5 million service men and women who have<br />

served our country in all conflicts, wars and peacekeeping<br />

operations. It's also a time to remember the over 103,000<br />

Australians who sacrificed their lives in our country's name.<br />

<strong>The</strong> acronym ANZAC (Australian and<br />

New Zealand Army Corps) was a term<br />

originally used as telegraphic shorthand to<br />

describe the dominion force.Whilst there<br />

are differing stories from people laying<br />

claim to its creation, the term is believed<br />

to have come into existence in early 1915,<br />

written as A. & N. Z.A. C. on<br />

correspondence and property and being<br />

shortened to ANZAC thereafter.<br />

“Anzac Cove”, named by Commander of the<br />

Australians and New Zealanders on Gallipoli Sir<br />

William Birdwood, is a small beach on the Gallipoli<br />

peninsula’s northern shore. Here and along the<br />

adjacent coastline, significant fighting took place as<br />

part of the wider Gallipoli campaign in 1915.<br />

Australian soldiers began coming ashore here before<br />

dawn on 25 <strong>April</strong> 1915 and were joined later that<br />

Image: Anzac Cove, Turkey. December 1915. General William<br />

Riddell Birdwood, known as <strong>The</strong> Soul of Anzac, at North<br />

Beach on his last day at Gallipoli. Birdwood visited North<br />

Beach on 19 December 1915 and this photograph may have<br />

been taken on that visit. (Donor British Official Photograph<br />

Q13683). Courtesy of Australian War Memorial.<br />

day by the New Zealanders. <strong>The</strong> Anzacs’ part in the<br />

Gallipoli campaign involved moments of great tragedy<br />

alongside acts of enormous bravery. This and the fact<br />

that it was the site of the Australian Imperial Force’s (AIF)<br />

first campaign ensured that this part of the Gallipoli<br />

peninsula would become a historical place of<br />

remembrance. Though the term was unheard of before<br />

1915, to be known as an Anzac soon became a source of<br />

great pride to the soldiers of the AIF and New Zealand<br />

Expeditionary Force.<br />

Whilst the great majority of the AIF comprised men of<br />

British ancestry, there were soldiers in the force from<br />

many parts of the world. Men enlisted for many reasons,<br />

including seeking adventure, joining with friends, a sense<br />

of duty to King, country and Empire, and for work and<br />

better pay than they could find at home. However many<br />

who were not from Anglo-Saxon backgrounds, including<br />

First Nations people, faced restrictive barriers to<br />

enlistment. Despite this, some went to great lengths to<br />

join.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se men and women carried an unmistakeable sense<br />

of kinship with them as they endured battle and the<br />

hardships of nursing the wounded. <strong>The</strong>y drew comfort<br />

from the mateship they shared and the courage with<br />

which the bravest among them faced these ordeals.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se traits – mateship, courage and fairness – have<br />

come to be regarded as central to the Anzac identity.<br />

<strong>The</strong> AIF set a standard by which generations of Australian<br />

service men and women have since measured<br />

themselves.<br />

Many who served on Gallipoli received decorations for<br />

bravery in battle or exemplary service. Nine Victoria<br />

Crosses, the British Empire’s highest award for valour,<br />

were awarded to Australians during the campaign. Seven<br />

were earned in the battle of Lone Pine, two<br />

posthumously, and all but one during the unsuccessful<br />

August offensive at Anzac. Men who earned this honour<br />

might have felt that they were just one among many<br />

worthy of such recognition, knowing that similar acts of<br />

bravery often went unacknowledged in the violence and<br />

confusion of battle. Those veterans who wore the<br />

ribbon of the VC were especially honoured for the rest<br />

of their lives.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Department of Veterans’ Affairs<br />

respects and commemorates the service<br />

and sacrifice of veterans, and acknowledges<br />

the vital contribution of their families and<br />

communities.<br />

Image: Anzac Cove Beach, Gallipoli. 1915. Members<br />

of Anzac Corps on the beach after coming ashore<br />

from troopships.Courtesy of Australian War<br />

Memorial.<br />

Anzac Day 108th<br />

Commemoration<br />

Events <strong>2023</strong>:<br />

Darwin RSL Subbranch<br />

Dawn service will<br />

commence from 0600<br />

at Bicentennial Park, the<br />

Esplanade, Darwin City.<br />

ANZAC Day | City of<br />

Darwin | Darwin Council,<br />

Northern Territory<br />

Palmerston RSL Sub branch<br />

Dawn service will commence<br />

from 0600 at Memorial Park,<br />

Palmerston.<br />

Palmerston’s ANZAC Day | City<br />

of Palmerston (nt.gov.au)<br />

Adelaide River War Cemetery<br />

Dawn Service will commence<br />

from 0530, Adelaide River War<br />

Graves<br />

Lest we forget.<br />

Written by Louise Ruhl<br />

A/G Deputy Commissioner, NT<br />

Department of Veterans’ Affairs<br />

VOLUNTEER WEEK<br />

15 - 21 MAY<br />

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is Australia’s largest annual<br />

celebration of volunteering and will be held on 15 – 21 <strong>May</strong><br />

<strong>2023</strong>.<br />

We are pleased to announce the theme for National<br />

Volunteer Week <strong>2023</strong> is <strong>The</strong> Change Makers.<br />

<strong>The</strong> week-long event recognises the vital support that the<br />

millions of volunteers in our country provide to their<br />

communities and encourages people to consider<br />

volunteering.<br />

National Volunteer Week <strong>2023</strong> is a celebration of our<br />

power to drive change and ensure volunteering is inclusive of<br />

all members of the Australian community.<br />

Our vision for the future will see volunteering thrive - we<br />

are the change makers.<br />

If your organisation relies on the amazing work of volunteers,<br />

there are a range of resources and thank you gifts available<br />

through the Volunteering Australia website - https://www.<br />

volunteeringaustralia.org/shop/<br />

DID YOU KNOW?<br />

Across Australia, it is estimated that over 5 million (5.025<br />

million) people volunteered through an organisation or group<br />

in 2020. This is almost one quarter (24.8%) of people aged<br />

15 years and over.<br />

Extracted from Volunteering Australia<br />

volunteeringaustralia.org/get-involved/nvw/<br />

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DAYLESFORD APOTHECARY<br />

ROSE QUARTZ BATH SOAK - $33<br />

DARWIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY<br />

100g DARK COCONUT CHOCOLATE - $10<br />

90min CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP - $30pp<br />

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MYSTERY EMBELLA JEWELLERY GIFT<br />

$30 QBD BOOK VOUCHER<br />

TERMS: Total pool prize minimum of $300. Open to <strong>Top</strong> End based Defence members, veterans and their<br />

immediate families. Entrants are permitted to apply for multiple prizes. Closes 10 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2023</strong>. Enter online by<br />

visiting www.thetopendermagazine.org.au/win<br />

Winners for each prize will be drawn at random. Winners will be notified by email/phone and announced in the<br />

next edition of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong>.<br />

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ANZAC BISCUITS:<br />

THE POWER AND SPIRIT OF AN<br />

EVERYDAY NATIONAL ICON<br />

In January this year, I entered an ANZAC biscuit baking<br />

competition for a bit of fun, but I found so much more<br />

than that! While waiting for the guest judge to arrive, I<br />

was excited to see a number of other entries starting to<br />

arrive, including a sweet lady named Joyce who was<br />

associated with the War Widows Guild of Australia. By the<br />

looks of her baked treats, Joyce knew exactly how to bake<br />

a mouth-watering ANZAC biscuit!<br />

<strong>The</strong> guest judge arrived and introduced herself as Allison Reynolds, the<br />

author of Anzac Biscuits: <strong>The</strong> Power And Spirit Of An Everyday<br />

National Icon. Although I live and breathe <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Tri-Services<br />

<strong>Magazine</strong>, I had to hold onto my excitement about meeting Allison after<br />

the judging round was complete – I didn’t want to influence her judging<br />

with the promise of a magazine article, even though Joyce was definitely<br />

stiff competition!<br />

We run a regular book club at Larrakeyah<br />

Neighbourhood House called Reading Between<br />

the Wines, and we have asked our book lovers to<br />

give us their book recommendations for Mother’s<br />

Day. Here’s a summary of our favourites;<br />

THRILLER<br />

My favourite recent thriller is ‘<strong>The</strong> Butcher and the Wren’ by<br />

Alaina Urquhart! Alaina is also the host of an unreal podcast<br />

for crime enthusiasts called Morbid. But my favourite thriller<br />

of all time is ‘Sharp Objects’ by Gillian Flynn (author of Gone<br />

Girl).<br />

READING BETWEEN<br />

THE WINES<br />

MOTHER’S DAY BOOK REVIEW<br />

WIN<br />

At the completion of the judging and lots of celebrations from<br />

onlookers (I came third in the ‘with a twist category’ for my white<br />

chocolate and passionfruit ANZAC biscuit), I introduced myself to<br />

Allison and requested a number of signed copies of her books for our<br />

competition prizes, which are available in this edition. I love sharing<br />

Allison’s story about her amazing book!<br />

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO RESEARCH AND WRITE A<br />

BOOK ABOUT ANZAC BISCUITS?<br />

I felt that it was a story that needed to be told and couldn’t believe that<br />

there was so much history about the origin and tradition of the<br />

ANZAC biscuit, but no one had written a book about it! As a culinary<br />

historian, I found great pleasure in researching and writing this book<br />

about a true national icon!<br />

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT ANZAC BISCUITS?<br />

I love the stories shared about ANZAC biscuits and what it meant to<br />

people during war times. <strong>The</strong> concept of having a cuppa and a biscuit is<br />

also an important time for people to reconnect and relax - no two<br />

batches of ANZAC biscuits are ever the same, but they are always<br />

delicious!<br />

WHERE DO YOU DONATE THE PROCEEDS OF YOUR<br />

BOOKS?<br />

All proceeds from book sales are donated to the War Widows Guide<br />

of Australia.<br />

Win one of four signed Anzac Biscuit Books by<br />

entering online at thetopendermagazine.org.<br />

au/win<br />

*Standard <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Competition terms apply.<br />

Check our website for more information. Closes<br />

10 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Interviewed by Deb Herring<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

CULINARY HISTORIAN<br />

ALLISON REYNOLDS<br />

BIOGRAPHY<br />

‘<strong>The</strong> Hospital by the River’ by Catherine Hamlin is a great<br />

read, as well as <strong>The</strong> Wild Swan.<br />

ROMANTIC FANTASY<br />

If you like fantasy mixed with romance, I would recommend<br />

the Fae Chronicles (7 book series) and its attached side<br />

stories by Amelia Hutchins (‘<strong>The</strong> Elite Guards’ 4 book series<br />

and ‘Playing with Monsters’ 4 book series). <strong>The</strong>re is a special<br />

order in which to read them, so the entire story is<br />

chronologically aligned - 15 books to read in total!!<br />

SCIENCE FICTION<br />

As for a sci-fi book, I thoroughly enjoyed Isaac Asimov (and<br />

his now Apple TV show) Foundation. This is a story mixed<br />

with humanity's urge to preserve and save, and the irritations<br />

(in my opinion) of politics and the refusal to hear theoretical<br />

and proven science. It's set a very long time in the future and<br />

had me intrigued from page 1.<br />

MURDER MYSTERY<br />

I would recommend ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ as a good<br />

murder mystery, which was recently released as a movie.<br />

I have recently started reading novels again and have really<br />

enjoyed Jane Harper, who writes crime novels set in rural<br />

Australia. Jane wrote ‘<strong>The</strong> Dry’, which was released as a<br />

movie starring Eric Bana.<br />

ROMANCE<br />

If you like romance novels, you can’t put down ‘<strong>The</strong><br />

Stopover’ by Australian author T L Swan or ‘Chasing Love’ by<br />

Kat T. Masen (it's so good it hurts!).<br />

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CONTACT<br />

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Centre Coordinator<br />

www.larrakeyahhouse.com.au<br />

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Larrakeyah Neighbourhood<br />

House Community Group<br />

Reading Between<br />

the Wines Book Club<br />

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PRINCES TRUST AUSTRALIA<br />

SWEET DREAMS AND REGIONAL LIVING<br />

<strong>The</strong> Luxurious Sleepwear Brand Empowering<br />

Women across Australia<br />

From her home in regional Queensland, e-<br />

commerce expert Sarah Hadgkiss connects women<br />

to luxurious, Australian made sleepwear through her<br />

small business Aruke.<br />

Sarah started Aruke on the belief that women are their best<br />

when they feel their best.<br />

Navigating early motherhood and life in the Australian<br />

Defence Force has helped Sarah empathise with her<br />

customers - her focus on luxurious, quality sleepwear<br />

appeals to women looking for timeless designs and<br />

comfort amidst the challenges of everyday life.<br />

“Being in defence, nobody else gets it. <strong>The</strong>y don’t<br />

understand the struggles that you face, how stressful it might<br />

be, the isolation, the loneliness, and then to put business on<br />

top of that, it’s a hard thing to do.”<br />

Sarah focuses on Australian and female-founded labels like<br />

Ginia, Papinelle, and Gingerlily. Purpose-driven, Sarah also<br />

donates a portion of her sales on Aruke to charity through<br />

i=Change.<br />

WITH THANKS<br />

<strong>The</strong> Enterprise programme is proudly sponsored by<br />

Accenture ANZ, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the<br />

Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs,<br />

Howden Group Holdings and SAAB Australia.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Prince’s Trust Australia Enterprise programme received<br />

grant funding from the Australian Government to support<br />

veteran owned businesses.<br />

This project received grant funding from the Australian<br />

Government Family Support Funding Program to support<br />

Defence families into self-employment.<br />

ABOUT PRINCE’S TRUST AUSTRALIA<br />

Prince's Trust Australia is a national charity that helps young<br />

people prepare for the rapidly changing world of work,<br />

inspires veterans and their families into entrepreneurship and<br />

self-employment, and champions resilient sustainable<br />

communities.<br />

Our work is inspired by our Founder and President, His<br />

Majesty King Charles III, and is driven by his vision for a more<br />

sustainable future.<br />

Since 2015, Prince's Trust Australia has been<br />

inspiring veterans and their families with the<br />

confidence, skills and networks they need to<br />

explore self-employment through the<br />

Enterprise Programme.<br />

<strong>The</strong> programme is guided by an Advisory<br />

Council, chaired by the Governor-General,<br />

His Excellency General <strong>The</strong> Honourable<br />

David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) and attended<br />

by Major General Wade Stothart, Head of<br />

People Capability at Department of<br />

Defence.<br />

Visit: www.princes-trust.org.au<br />

For media enquiries, contact<br />

media@princes-trust.org.au<br />

Aruke Founder Sarah Hadgkiss is no stranger to the<br />

pressures of small business. A mother of three,<br />

including 2-year-old twins, and an Australian<br />

Defence Force Army spouse, Sarah ran multiple e-<br />

commerce businesses before launching Aruke in<br />

August 2019.<br />

“When you are starting a business, you come across<br />

so many different emotions. You’ve got this big,<br />

monumental plan or project you want to create.<br />

How am I going to get from A to B? It can be really<br />

overwhelming.”<br />

Aruke is a combination of Sarah’s children’s names<br />

and connects to her husband’s heritage in South<br />

Sudan.<br />

Sarah’s husband John McKuong Dhuol joined the<br />

Australian Army in October 2016. His family fled<br />

South Sudan when he was eight and spent ten years<br />

in the UNHCR Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern<br />

Kenya before emigrating to Australia. In Dinka,<br />

John’s native dialect, Aruke means “to put a piece of<br />

clothing on”.<br />

Sarah joined the Prince’s Trust Australia Enterprise<br />

Programme at the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic.<br />

“When I was in the Prince’s Trust program, it was nice to<br />

talk to people that just get it.”<br />

“You can get in your head with certain things and when you<br />

talk to someone else who has a similar path, they can make<br />

you feel understood, give you better ideas, expand your<br />

thinking more and it's just a nice way to connect with<br />

people”, she said.<br />

<strong>The</strong> free Enterprise programme is the only one of its kind<br />

in Australia and supports ex-serving and transitioning ADF<br />

members and military spouses to launch and grow small<br />

businesses.<br />

“When you start comparing where you were to where you<br />

are now, those little wins are kind of the best<br />

feeling.”<br />

“<strong>The</strong> Prince’s Trust allowed me to think outside<br />

the box and got me to think that I’m not just a<br />

sleepwear store, I can be so much more.”<br />

Check out Aruke: https://<br />

aruke.com.au/<br />

To register for Prince’s Trust<br />

Australia Enterprise<br />

programme, visit our events<br />

page: https://bit.ly/3weVjrw<br />

We also work in partnership with our colleagues across <strong>The</strong><br />

Prince’s Trust Group, a global network of charities<br />

transforming lives and building sustainable communities in the<br />

United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and across<br />

the Commonwealth. Together, we promote, support, and<br />

inspire people and their communities to flourish.<br />

W I N<br />

You could win a Princes Trust Australia Care Package!<br />

Care packages hold a special place in the lives of deployed troops, and for family members.<br />

Historically, care packages were sent from family members to their loved ones abroad, and contained anything from milk<br />

powder to coffee, soap, medicine, and fabric. And, anecdotally, Anzac biscuits handmade with love.<br />

This year, Prince's Trust Australia have created care packages featuring a wonderful selection of products by Australian<br />

veteran and ADF partner businesses, all alumni of our business Enterprise programme.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se care packages will be gifted and shared across Australia and globally.<br />

Contact Princes Trust Australia for more<br />

information about enterprise events -<br />

events@princes-trust.org.au<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Book - <strong>The</strong> Laws of Human<br />

Nature by Robert Green is a concise,<br />

informative and interesting view into<br />

the minds of others and ourselves.<br />

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’N’ BOOKS<br />

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Book - <strong>The</strong> Laws of Human Nature<br />

by Robert Greene<br />

Background - Ever wondered why<br />

people act a certain way around<br />

you? Why they may take you for<br />

granted, lie, treat you poorly or can't<br />

see things from your point of view?<br />

Interactions between ourselves and<br />

others make up not only the<br />

majority of our memories within our<br />

day to day lives, but have the most<br />

effect on our perception of<br />

ourselves.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se Interactions also begin to<br />

form our building blocks of our<br />

confidence, success and ability to get<br />

things done in the workplace,<br />

relationships and personal<br />

endeavours.<br />

NEW COMMUNITY<br />

LIBRARY<br />

We are proud to announce that the 25th<br />

Brothers N Books Community Library has<br />

been opened at the mighty 2nd Combat<br />

Engineer Regiment at the 7th Brigade -<br />

Australian Army. A massive thanks to the<br />

Madre who took on this initiative and great<br />

to see books being taken already.<br />

Another massive thanks to our sponsor of<br />

this Community Library Defence Health and<br />

also Coral Sea Raiding Co. who supported<br />

us sourcing the books for this library.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y have done an awesome job to offer<br />

their support for the work the charity does,<br />

and it will no doubt lead to a number of<br />

books being read - adding to the already<br />

great capability the Unit provides!<br />

"Literacy is a bridge from misery to Hope" -<br />

Kofi Annan<br />

<strong>The</strong> book breaks down everyday<br />

interactions and human behaviours<br />

into multiple chapters that are<br />

founded in historic case studies,<br />

psychological research and then<br />

communicated in what the teachings<br />

can be applied to in our day to day.<br />

<strong>The</strong> book explains seemingly<br />

unexplainable interactions that we<br />

have with our peers, bosses and loved<br />

ones into easily digestible nuggets of<br />

wisdom and information that are not<br />

only practicable, but enlightening.<br />

Result - This book takes a look into<br />

the mind of others and ignites an<br />

ability to understand why certain<br />

people act certain ways towards us<br />

and others.<br />

Often their actions, words and<br />

emotions are simply projections of<br />

inner turmoil, experiences or their<br />

own anxieties.<br />

Through reading this book I now have<br />

a greater understanding of how and<br />

why people act the way they do, and<br />

it has relieved me of many anxieties I<br />

held about why people act the way<br />

they act, either toward me or<br />

otherwise.<br />

MANAGING LONELINESS<br />

A posting to the <strong>Top</strong> End can be an isolating and lonely experience<br />

for many ADF members and their families. It can take time to settle<br />

into a new location, find new services and make new friends, which<br />

can often be isolating while you navigate the transition on your<br />

own.<br />

Loneliness is not the same as being alone; we can be alone without<br />

feeling lonely. On the other hand, we can be surrounded by<br />

hundreds of people and still feel lonely. If you feel lonely, it is<br />

probably because you don’t have the kind of close personal<br />

relationships that make you feel secure, comforted and content.<br />

Are you unhappy about your social relationships? Would you like<br />

more social contact? Overcoming loneliness can be difficult, especially<br />

if you are shy, so it's best to manage it with small steps.<br />

WHY DO PEOPLE FEEL LONELY?<br />

You may have recently lost a loved one (it might be helpful to also<br />

learn about grief) or moved to a new area and you don’t know<br />

anyone. Or you may lack the confidence or the know-how to meet<br />

new people and form new friendships. Meeting people is a skill; you<br />

might just be out of practice.<br />

Loneliness can also be linked to depression, anxiety and/or PTSD. It's<br />

easy to become withdrawn and isolated as you naturally feel<br />

uncomfortable around people, and your ‘world’ seems to become<br />

smaller.<br />

DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH SOCIAL CONTACT IN YOUR<br />

LIFE?<br />

Do you have people you can talk to, go out with or ask for help? If<br />

not, increasing your social support by building relationships with<br />

others is a great first step.<br />

Use the Social Connections tool on the Open Arms website to<br />

identify the people in your life who you can spend more time with<br />

and the support they can offer - https://www.openarms.gov.au/getsupport/self-help-tools/show-all-tools/behaviours/social-connections<br />

DO YOU FIND YOUR THOUGHTS GET IN THE WAY?<br />

It is not being alone, it is what we think about being alone. <strong>The</strong><br />

more we can think positively about ourselves, our lives, other people<br />

and our futures, the more productive we will be.<br />

Use the ‘Challenge your Thoughts’ tool on the Open Arms website<br />

to help you to identify whether you are thinking in an unhelpful way,<br />

then start to challenge and reassess unhelpful thoughts - https://www.<br />

openarms.gov.au/get-support/self-help-tools/show-all-tools/thoughts/<br />

challenge-your-thoughts<br />

REDUCE LONELINESS THROUGH ENJOYABLE AND<br />

REWARDING ACTIVITIES.<br />

Connecting with others might be hard at first, but doing it through<br />

enjoyable and rewarding activities will make it easier. When you are<br />

alone, try to enjoy your own company and find comfort in things<br />

you enjoy doing, such as baking or photography.<br />

Use the Enjoyable and Rewarding Activities tool on the Open Arms<br />

website to identify activities and plan how to<br />

engage in them https://www.openarms.gov.au/<br />

get-support/self-help-tools/show-all-tools/<br />

behaviours/enjoyable-and-rewarding-activities<br />

Sometimes people feel so lonely that their<br />

mental health can decline quickly. If this is the<br />

case for you or someone you know, please seek<br />

urgent help from Open Arms – Veterans and<br />

Families Counselling by calling the free and<br />

confidential counselling support hotline for<br />

veterans and their families on 1800 011 046.<strong>The</strong><br />

service is available 24/7.<br />

UPCOMING EVENTS<br />

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID<br />

DARWIN<br />

Thursday 13 th <strong>April</strong> | 9am – 5pm<br />

2 Days<br />

BEATING THE BLUES<br />

DARWIN<br />

Wednesday 19 th <strong>April</strong> | 9am – 5pm<br />

2 Days<br />

SLEEPING BETTER<br />

KATHERINE<br />

Wednesday 19 th <strong>April</strong> | 1630 - 1830<br />

2 x 2hrs<br />

OPERATION LIFE: SAFETALK<br />

DARWIN<br />

Friday 5 th <strong>May</strong> | 9am – 1pm<br />

½ Day<br />

DOING ANGER DIFFERENTLY<br />

KATHERINE<br />

Wednesday 17 th <strong>May</strong> | 9am – 5pm<br />

2 Days<br />

RELAXATION AND STRESS MANAGEMENT<br />

DARWIN<br />

Friday 19 th <strong>May</strong> | 9am – 5pm<br />

1 Day<br />

UNDERSTANDING ANXIETY<br />

DARWIN<br />

Every Friday 26 th <strong>May</strong> | 9:00am – 11:30am<br />

6 Weeks<br />

Extracted from Open Arms<br />

openarms.gov.au/signs-symptoms/depressionand-loneliness/loneliness<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 />

ABOUT DFA<br />

Defence Families of Australia (DFA) is<br />

the official Australian Defence Force<br />

(ADF) families advisory body to the<br />

Minister for Defence Personnel and<br />

Chief of the Defence Force (CDF).<br />

Our organisation sits outside of<br />

Defence systems, allowing DFA<br />

independence and impartiality to act in<br />

the best interests of 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 />

WEEKLY SCHEDULE<br />

DFA at a glance in the NT<br />

My name is Georgia Usher, and I am the<br />

National Delegate for Defence Families<br />

of Australia (DFA) for the Northern<br />

Territory and Kimberley.<br />

I am an ex serving RAAF member and<br />

was a spouse to a RAAF member as<br />

well. I was posted to RAAF Darwin, East<br />

Sale, Amberley and Canberra. We live in<br />

Darwin and continue to feel connected<br />

to the Defence community. DFA<br />

delegates throughout the country have<br />

been working hard on advocacy for<br />

Defence families. If you scan the QR<br />

code below you will be linked to our<br />

Advocacy Map and see exactly what we<br />

are advocating for.<br />

<strong>The</strong> five Focus Points are:<br />

1. Communication<br />

2. Family and Domestic Violence<br />

3. Partner Employment<br />

4. Education<br />

Monday<br />

Tuesday<br />

Wednesday<br />

Thursday<br />

Friday<br />

5. Flexible Housing<br />

Of course, there are more goals we have<br />

that don’t directly fit into these five<br />

categories and we will continue to<br />

advocate for those as well.<br />

9 - 11 AM - COFFEE AND CATCH UP<br />

9 - 10 AM - HIPPY PROGRAM<br />

9 - 11 AM - ZUMBINI<br />

9 - 11 AM - MINI EXPLORERS<br />

9 - 11 AM - PLAYGROUP<br />

We love feedback from families, so if<br />

there is something you think is missing<br />

from our Advocacy Map please let us<br />

know. We work on goals that make<br />

your family life better by advocating<br />

for changes in policy and procedure at<br />

the highest level. DFA is the appointed<br />

advisor to the Government and<br />

Defence on all matters family! We are<br />

here to support you and your family<br />

so please reach out to me or any of<br />

the delegates if you see something<br />

that can be done better.<br />

I have already met some amazing<br />

families this year at the welcome event<br />

in Tindal, the expo in Darwin and the<br />

Robbo Family Day. I look forward to<br />

meeting and hearing from more<br />

families in the future.<br />

Written by Georgia Usher<br />

National Delegate<br />

DFA NT & Kimberley<br />

View our<br />

Advocacy Map<br />

by scanning the<br />

QR Code<br />

THE PILBARA<br />

REGIMENT<br />

FAMILY GROUP<br />

CONTACT<br />

Kylie Thompson,<br />

Community Support Coordinator<br />

sites.google.com/view/pilbara-regiment-family-group/home<br />

Getting your groove on in a new year is always<br />

tricky, but PRFG is onto it now!<br />

Thanks to all the members and families who joined us for<br />

the Unit Family Day at Dampier on Saturday 11th February.<br />

<strong>The</strong> wind made things a little interesting for us and limited<br />

us to just thrill rides on the RPC, however, this was enjoyed<br />

by all!<br />

We have some great activities coming up, including:<br />

AquaRun Easter Family Day - Sunday 2nd <strong>April</strong>, 9am<br />

Let the kids try their skills on the AquaRun and enjoy a dip<br />

in the pool. Sausage sizzle and Easter treats provided!<br />

Coffee Catch-Ups - last Monday of every month. Members<br />

can join us at a local cafe and enjoy their first cuppa on us!<br />

Check out our Facebook page for location details.<br />

Stairway to the Moon - Saturday 6th <strong>May</strong><br />

KATHERINE WOMEN’S<br />

LEGAL SERVICES<br />

Katherine Women’s Information &<br />

Legal Service (KWILS) is a specialist<br />

Women’s Legal Service that has<br />

operated in Katherine in the<br />

Northern Territory for 25 years.<br />

We can help all women, those who<br />

identify as women, and non-binary people<br />

in Katherine and across the Big Rivers<br />

Region. We provide free civil legal advice<br />

and representation, and wrap around<br />

support services, to ensure holistic service<br />

provision for women. We provide one on<br />

one case work, while also working<br />

towards deeper legal and cultural change<br />

to redress power imbalances, address<br />

violence against women and children,<br />

gender and other inequalities.<br />

In addition to individual legal assistance,<br />

KWILS provides Community Legal<br />

Education and undertakes advocacy and<br />

law reform work, with a particular focus<br />

on addressing societal and cultural<br />

practices, assumptions, behaviours and<br />

attitudes that contribute to violence<br />

against women.<br />

KWILS provides free civil law advice and<br />

representation to all women of<br />

Katherine and the Big Rivers Region, to<br />

assist women to feel empowered and<br />

safe in their decisions and lives.<br />

We specialise in supporting women using<br />

a gendered, holistic, culturally safe, and<br />

trauma informed practice.<br />

Come on out to Hearson’s Cove for a fun afternoon on<br />

the beach, and then witness the magical Stairway to the<br />

Moon as the moon rises over the mudflats.<br />

Stay tuned to our members-only Facebook page to keep<br />

up-to-date with future events this year. Please also check<br />

out our website, https://sites.google.com/view/pilbararegiment-family-group/home,<br />

for more information about<br />

the Pilbara.<br />

We work towards societal and cultural<br />

change to end gender inequality and<br />

gendered violence through community<br />

legal education, law reform and advocacy<br />

work.<br />

Working to create change to social and<br />

cultural beliefs, norms, and behaviours to<br />

end violence against women, and achieve<br />

gender equity.<br />

Extracted from KWILS<br />

Website<br />

kwils.com.au<br />

Contact Defence Families of Australia<br />

Get in touch with us:<br />

DefenceFamiliesofAustralia<br />

@DefenceFamilies 0418807548<br />

@defence_families_<br />

Defence Families<br />

nt@dfa.org.au<br />

of_australia<br />

of Australia<br />

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NETWORK<br />

TINDAL<br />

CONTACT<br />

Samantha Schultz<br />

NTI Community Support<br />

Coordinator<br />

@NetworkTindalBuddies<br />

on Facebook<br />

Network Tindal<br />

Incorporated (NTI) is a<br />

volunteer-led organisation<br />

in the RAAF Base Tindal<br />

community. In their aim to<br />

“create community<br />

connections,” NTI hosts a<br />

number of events for<br />

Defence Members and their<br />

families throughout the year,<br />

including a Welcome Ball,<br />

Trivia nights, Ladies Night<br />

and holiday celebrations. It<br />

also offers a range of<br />

regular activities at the<br />

Community House.This is a<br />

space for the Defence<br />

community to gather for<br />

playgroups, arts and crafts,<br />

gaming groups and more.<br />

December saw NTI<br />

welcome a new Community<br />

Support Coordinator,<br />

Samantha Schultz.<br />

I honestly didn’t know what to expect as we drove from Darwin<br />

to Tindal.With two young kids in tow, we were prepared to make<br />

the most of it in a new location, our first domestic posting away<br />

from “home”. I had heard bits and pieces from friends who had<br />

arrived there before us, and other perspectives from people who<br />

had been there before. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit unsure<br />

about it all. I knew I would miss my family and friends, and the<br />

beaches and conveniences I’d had in Newcastle. I was also keen to<br />

get out and see the amazing scenery and experiences the Territory<br />

has to offer.<br />

Fast forward almost a year and I found myself settled in our new<br />

home, regularly attending the Network Tindal Community House<br />

for craft, sewing or playgroup, and ready to head back to work after<br />

a year on maternity leave. As a teacher in NSW, I had said before<br />

arriving in Tindal that I wanted to try something different when it<br />

was time to return to work. I had no idea what that would be. I<br />

always enjoyed the relationships and sense of community in<br />

schools, so when the Community Support Coordinator role was<br />

advertised, I thought it would be a great experience and an<br />

opportunity to immerse myself in the Tindal community.<br />

Since beginning in December, I have enjoyed meeting many people<br />

through our events and regular activities; whether it be Playgroup,<br />

Bubs & Bumps, Creative Craft or Social Stitchers. I work alongside a<br />

dedicated committee who are all striving to make postings to Tindal<br />

a positive and memorable experience for all. I am looking forward<br />

to seeing what the next 12 months will bring and what I can do for<br />

the community.<br />

WING COMMANDER<br />

SHANE SMITH<br />

SENIOR ADF OFFICER RAAF BASE TINDAL<br />

Welcome to all new and returning members to RAAF Tindal.<br />

It’s an exciting time to be a part of Team Tindal.<br />

<strong>The</strong> base is midway through its transformation from a fast-jet<br />

operational base to a multi-role air base, capable of projecting largescale,<br />

multi-faceted defence effects in support of Australia's<br />

interests.<br />

RAAF Tindal is one of two RAAF bases with a resident 5th generation<br />

squadron conducting training and operational tasks across the north<br />

and Australia’s maritime approaches.<br />

This year will be another busy one, with both large-scale and medium-scale Australian and international engagement<br />

exercise periods planned.<br />

Outside the surge periods, take the time to enjoy all Tindal and Katherine has to offer. Discover the natural and<br />

cultural beauty on our doorstep, including Nitmiluk National Park, Mataranka and Katherine hot springs, and the<br />

internationally renowned Litchfield and Kakadu national parks.<br />

Join local organisations. Katherine is a strong community and the base population makes every effort to interact with<br />

schools, councils, emergency services, sporting and community organisations.<br />

I would like to thank the Katherine community for their<br />

ongoing support of RAAF Tindal and our personnel over<br />

more than 30 years.<br />

Tindal boasts impressive recreational facilities such as<br />

sporting ovals, gym and a very impressive swimming<br />

complex.<br />

During the dry season, the base Moonlit Cinema is a<br />

great opportunity to grab a picnic or sausage sizzle and<br />

enjoy a movie under the stars with friends and family.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are always looking for volunteers to help out so<br />

please consider giving them a hand to lighten the load.<br />

Tindal's community support program is driven by the<br />

Network Tindal organisation. Network Tindal operates<br />

from the Community Centre and runs a weekly<br />

program of activities, arts and crafts for all ages.<br />

“Most importantly, remember you<br />

are not alone during your time at<br />

Tindal.<strong>The</strong> base has multiple<br />

support agencies to assist you<br />

and your family.Along with<br />

Network Tindal, the base offers<br />

support via the Chaplains and the<br />

Defence Member and Family<br />

Support team. ”<br />

Most importantly, remember you are not alone during<br />

your time at Tindal. <strong>The</strong> base has multiple support agencies to assist you and your family. Along with Network<br />

Tindal, the base offers support via the Chaplains and the Defence Member and Family Support team.<br />

You are living in one of Air Forces hidden gems so please make the most of your Tindal time – it will go very quickly.<br />

I sincerely hope you enjoy your time in the Northern Territory.<br />

At publication of this column, I will also have handed over my roles as Commanding Officer 17 Squadron and<br />

Senior ADF Officer Tindal to Wing Commander Fiona Pearce. I wish Wing Commander Pearce every success, and<br />

I know she can rely on the support of the Tindal community.<br />

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BILLEROY HOUSE<br />

4TH BIRTHDAY SUCCESS<br />

Billeroy House has been operating as a centre for<br />

Veterans and families for four years. Successful<br />

celebrations were held with over 100 participants taking<br />

part in the fun run held on 3rd March.<br />

We wish to thank the following supporters:Thomas Foods,<br />

Bunnings, 104.9’s Dan & Sarah who broadcasted live on the<br />

day.<br />

This year we welcome the Wounded Soldiers from the<br />

Soldier Recovery Centre, supporting us to ensure we continue<br />

to provide one of the best Veteran support centres in town.<br />

Our morning tea continues every Wednesday with a fabulous<br />

spread offered to all who attend; be sure to drop in from<br />

10am onwards.<br />

We acknowledge the hard work and support of our<br />

volunteers who keep our gardens schmick and our bellies<br />

full; thank you to Alan, Brendan, Maria & Charlene.<br />

Finally, it is with much gratitude for her support and sadness in<br />

our hearts, we say goodbye to Tammy. Tammy worked<br />

tirelessly with us through Bunnings, providing resources to our<br />

Clontarf kids actively learning and tending their veggie patches.<br />

We wish you all the best Tammy on your new journey - we<br />

will miss you.<br />

Written by Dan ‘Tank’ Tellam<br />

Wellbeing Advocate Officer Level 2, Coordinator<br />

RSL Billeroy House Veterans & Families Community Centre<br />

08 8942 0381<br />

billeroyhouse@rsldarwin.org.au<br />

KEEP NETWORK YOUR KIDS SAFE TINDAL ONLINE!<br />

DO YOU KNOW WHO YOUR<br />

CHILD IS TALKING TO?<br />

With school holidays approaching and increased tempo<br />

for defence families, youth may be spending more time<br />

online, and parents may be facing the challenge of<br />

tearing children away from a device with a screen.<br />

However, a more serious and much darker concern is<br />

the increased risks of a child becoming susceptible to<br />

cyber abuse or exploitation.<br />

Whilst it is not a comfortable topic to talk about there is no<br />

escaping that the internet and digital communications are now a<br />

critical part of children’s education and social development, and it<br />

is vital for parents to stay alert and informed. A child may also<br />

become subject to abuse or grooming through online gaming. A<br />

predator can attempt to engage their victim and build trust or<br />

subject them to inappropriate content or scenes. Although most<br />

major online platforms have child safety measures in place, they are<br />

of course not full proof and there many things a parent can do to<br />

keep their kids safe online.<br />

TIPS TO KEEP YOUR CHILD SAFE!<br />

• Empower your child wherever possible, help them protect<br />

themselves by building confidence and resilience. Teach them<br />

to make wise decisions with appropriate education and tools<br />

(rather than telling them what to do).<br />

• Build good habits and help develop digital intelligence and social<br />

and emotional skills (e.g. respect, empathy, critical thinking,<br />

responsible behaviour and resilience).<br />

PILBARA REGIMENT<br />

FAMILY GROUP<br />

Commissioner<br />

www.esafety.gov.au<br />

• Know the apps, games, and social media sites your kids are<br />

using! Make sure they are age appropriate and learn how to<br />

limit messaging or line chat and locations-sharing functions<br />

within apps or games, as these can expose you child to<br />

unwanted contact and disclose their physical location.<br />

• Provide a supportive and communicative environment and give<br />

them strategies to deal with negative online experiences.<br />

• Talk to them about online safety – co-view and co-play with<br />

your child online to better understand what they are doing and<br />

why they enjoy an app, game or website. This also provides a<br />

great opportunity to start conversations about online safety.<br />

• Teach them to keep their location private. Most apps, networks<br />

and devices have geo-tagging features which make your<br />

whereabouts public and can lead someone directly to you.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se features should be turned off for privacy and safety<br />

reasons. Digital photos also contain metadata (information<br />

about time, date and GPS co-ordinates) which may reveal more<br />

than you want to. Some social media platforms automatically<br />

hide or remove this data, but not all, so do your homework and<br />

know how much info you are sharing!<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are also many online<br />

resources to inform parents<br />

and provide tools to better<br />

protect their children against<br />

exploitation such as:<br />

Australian Centre to<br />

Counter Child Exploitation<br />

www.accce.gov.au<br />

ThinkUKnow<br />

thinkuknow.org.au<br />

Office of the eSafety<br />

ECPAT (End Child<br />

Prostitution and Trafficking)<br />

www.ecpat.org<br />

UNICEF<br />

www.unicef.org<br />

Extracted from Project Karma<br />

www.projectkarma.org.au<br />

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VETERANS AUSTRALIA<br />

NT INC.<br />

OPEN EXTRAARMS LANDGROUP FOR NT PROGRAMS<br />

DEFENCE COMMUNITY<br />

Veterans Australia NT Inc. is a Not-for-Profit<br />

Association in the NT.<br />

We give assistance to Veterans and their families, by<br />

providing Veterans with Compensation and Wellbeing<br />

Advocates who are an integral component of our<br />

Organisation. We assist Veterans and their families lodging<br />

disability and injury claims and assist in obtaining<br />

compensation outcomes for them and guide them<br />

through the Department of Veterans Affairs requirements.<br />

We conduct Commemoration Services, ANZAC Day,<br />

Vietnam Veterans Day, INTERFET, Peacekeepers<br />

Memorial days, and visits to schools and give talks on<br />

Veterans in conflicts etc.<br />

We also assist war widows with assistance in their<br />

applications for help from the Department of Veterans<br />

Affairs (DVA) and other assistance.<br />

URGENT HELP NEEDED<br />

We exist to assist Veterans and their families<br />

in the NT and to continue this support we<br />

need your assistance mainly in the form of<br />

Volunteers to join us.We are growing and will<br />

be providing a wide range of programs and<br />

projects, now and in the future.<br />

Some of us unashamedly are getting older and would<br />

love other personnel, individuals and families to become<br />

members of our wonderful organisation (that has existed<br />

since 1988) to steer it through the future.<br />

You do not have to be a Veteran to join us, anyone with<br />

a desire to help veterans and their families is welcome.<br />

We meet every third Sunday at 1030 hrs at 135 Bees<br />

Creek Road, Bees Creek.<br />

Our Motto (borrowed from <strong>The</strong> Vietnam Veterans<br />

Association of Australia NT) states;<br />

Honour <strong>The</strong> Dead<br />

But Fight Like Hell For <strong>The</strong> Living<br />

Written by Robert (Bob) Shewring<br />

OAM GAICD<br />

Veterans Australia NT Inc.<br />

veteransaustraliant.org.au/<br />

sec@veteransaustraliant.org.au<br />

We lobby for better conditions and support for all<br />

veterans and their families in the NT, including National<br />

and International projects on behalf of Veterans and<br />

their families. In 2016, we successfully repatriated 22<br />

Vietnam Veterans buried in foreign graves overseas for<br />

over 50 years (Operation Bring <strong>The</strong>m Home).<br />

We arrange for Veterans and their families to get access<br />

to emergency funds and assistance with accommodation,<br />

relocation, employment and general well-being support.<br />

Also, hospital visitations, prison visits, funeral services and<br />

all manner of bereavement support, as well as<br />

transportation of Veterans for hospital visits as required.<br />

Written by Veterans Australia NT HQ<br />

Reg Hillier House 135 Bees Creek Road<br />

“Reg” by Robert (Bob) Shewring OAM<br />

“ I produced a Photographic book on the<br />

life of Reg Hillier MiD the only NT Soldier<br />

to be killed in the Vietnam War, which<br />

was launched on Vietnam Veterans Day<br />

2022 at Reg Hillier House.<br />

This book is available from Veterans<br />

Australia NT for $30.00 all proceeds go<br />

to supporting Veterans and their families<br />

in the NT. ”<br />

Requirement for Extra Land for current and future<br />

use by Veterans and <strong>The</strong>ir Families in the NT.<br />

Veterans Australia NT Inc. have recently applied to<br />

the NT Government Department of Infrastructure,<br />

Planning and Logistics, for extra land to secure the<br />

area for the anticipated number of veterans and their<br />

families that will be residing in the NT over the next 1,<br />

5, 10, to 25 years. To provide appropriate facilities for<br />

Veterans and their families, to be flexible and agile to<br />

react to any changes and to accommodate them.<br />

We are cognisant of the fact that there are currently<br />

approximately 9000 veterans living in the NT and the<br />

majority of these are located in the north of the NT<br />

Palmerston and the rural area accounting for the<br />

majority. In addition, we get an influx of Veterans from<br />

down South during the dry who number in the<br />

thousands escaping the cold.<br />

Also, the future build-up of the military in the <strong>Top</strong> End<br />

is currently increasing and expectations are that it will<br />

double in the next few years. This will put further<br />

pressures on our current facilities and resources.<br />

Our proposal is to secure this extra parcel of land for<br />

future generations of Veterans and their families.<br />

We need an area to conduct Equine <strong>The</strong>rapy for<br />

Veterans and their families who are suffering from<br />

physical and mental problems derived from their<br />

military service. This land will also be available for<br />

other organisations like Police, Fire and Emergency<br />

Services.<br />

Adjacent to this area is approx. 2.5 hectares will be<br />

under cultivation and in separate paddocks to provide<br />

hay for the horses to offset the costs needed to feed<br />

the animals. This will also provide Veterans the<br />

opportunity to gain skills in Agriculture, farming and<br />

managing livestock.<br />

We require other areas to house a Men’s Shed, a<br />

Gymnasium, a memorial Garden and a safe area<br />

where Veterans and their families can visit where a<br />

lawned area with seating and playground equipment is<br />

located for Veterans and their families to visit in quiet<br />

contemplation and feel safe.<br />

An area 1 - 2 Hectares for a 10 Bed Inpatient facility in<br />

a safe rural setting with visitor accommodation for<br />

Doctors, Psychologists, and family members from<br />

remote areas of the NT (with the ability to expand in<br />

the future) to cater for Veterans and their families<br />

who are suffering from mental health issues such as<br />

PTSD and High Depression also for Police, Fire and<br />

Emergency Services, Corrections, Border Force,<br />

Immigration, and Timor Leste Veterans.<br />

We will also require an Assembly area to be used as a<br />

multi-function one, from conducting parades for Air,<br />

Army and Navy Cadets when they expand into the<br />

rural area, and also double as a logistical hub to<br />

support natural disasters and overflow parking.<br />

Part of this land is required to protect parts of the old<br />

WW2 Sattler Airfield adjacent to us. This area will be<br />

detailed surveyed once the land has been allocated so that<br />

we can rehabilitate some of the military installations including<br />

Anti-Aircraft Batteries, machine gun posts and other artefacts.<br />

This area will also provide 50 – 100 metre buffer zone<br />

between the Airfield and proposed facilities. It will provide a<br />

wildlife corridor and contain walking trails and horse-riding<br />

trails.<br />

A large area is required to house the Veteran Organisation<br />

“Disaster Relief Australia NT” who are co-located with us<br />

to accommodate their storage facilities, training area and<br />

large hardstand area for their vehicles and to conduct<br />

training exercises.<br />

A mini-market garden to provide Veterans and their families<br />

with a collective area to grow vegetables, but also get training<br />

and assistance with growing plants and vegetables as therapy.<br />

And anything else that will emerge as a need in the future.<br />

Written by Veterans Australia NT<br />

veteransaustraliant.org.au/<br />

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DELIVERING AFFORDABLE<br />

HOUSING FOR NT VETERANS<br />

Australians are struggling with the cost of<br />

housing and our ADF members and veterans<br />

are not immune from that.<br />

That’s why, only nine months into its term, the<br />

Albanese Labor government is delivering cost of living<br />

relief for more Australian Defence Force (ADF)<br />

members and veterans with a range of policies.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first such policy is the $46.2 million expansion of<br />

the Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme<br />

(DHOAS) to improve access to home ownership for<br />

eligible defence personnel earlier in their careers.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se changes, which deliver on Labor’s election<br />

commitment to support more ADF members and<br />

veterans to purchase a home, will allow veterans who<br />

served on or after 1 July 2008 to access the scheme at<br />

any stage after they have left the service.<br />

<strong>The</strong> federal government has also expanded the criteria<br />

for accessing the scheme, halving minimum service<br />

required for access by current ADF members from<br />

four to two years for permanent service, and from<br />

eight to four years for Reserve service<br />

<strong>The</strong> access cap for veterans who have left the service,<br />

previously of five years, has also been removed. This<br />

enables more veterans to access the Defence Home<br />

Ownership Assistance Scheme any time after they have<br />

completed their service.<br />

This reform means that a current serving ADF member<br />

with two years of effective service, who had completed<br />

their qualifying service period, and who was on a<br />

mortgage of $500,000 would be able to access a<br />

monthly subsidy payment of $422.<br />

Or a veteran who had separated from the ADF seven<br />

years ago, after completing eight years of effective<br />

service, who had previously been unable to access<br />

DHOAS, and who was on a mortgage of $850,000<br />

would now be eligible to access a monthly subsidy<br />

payment of $845.<br />

As well as fighting the cost-of-living pressures facing<br />

veterans, federal Labor is going hard to decrease the<br />

shocking rates of veteran homelessness in our country.<br />

It is a national disgrace that 5.3 per cent of the recently<br />

transitioned ADF population experience homelessness<br />

within 12 months. <strong>The</strong>re is no other word for it.<br />

<strong>The</strong> second policy the government is implementing in<br />

response is a veteran toolkit for community housing<br />

organisations. It’s an initiative between the Department<br />

of Veterans’ Affairs and the Community Housing<br />

Industry Association that is all about ensuring there are<br />

stronger linkages between providers, services, and<br />

veterans.<br />

<strong>The</strong> resources provided include a veteran<br />

homelessness toolkit which outlines the risk factors<br />

contributing to veteran homelessness, service needs<br />

and available referral pathways, and how to tailor<br />

support for veterans and families - that is one of the<br />

ways that the government is working hard to drive<br />

down veteran homelessness.<br />

A third government commitment for which I advocated<br />

for a number of years is to build a $3.6 million<br />

supported accommodation hub. <strong>The</strong> Scott Palmer<br />

Services Centre will support the 10,000 veterans and<br />

families in the Northern Territory. It will deliver a<br />

variety of services including transition, employment, and<br />

health support advice, as well as social connection and<br />

advocacy support to veterans and their families.<br />

Construction has already begun on the Scott Palmer<br />

Services Centre, which will deepen connections with<br />

DVA and Open Arms – Veterans & Families<br />

Counselling as well as ex-service organisations like the<br />

RSL and Mates4Mates. It will link veterans to programs<br />

addressing the factors contributing to many of them<br />

experiencing homelessness, such as drug and alcohol<br />

addiction. This is the least we can do for former<br />

Australian Defence Force members who are<br />

overrepresented in the homeless population.<br />

Finally, the government has proposed to establish the<br />

Housing Australia Future Fund to deliver $10 billion in<br />

ongoing investment returns to deliver new social and<br />

affordable homes and other investments to address<br />

acute housing needs. Its objective is to build 30,000<br />

new homes in its first five years. As part of this national<br />

Fund, $30 million is earmarked for veterans<br />

experiencing homelessness.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Albanese government is moving on cost-of-living<br />

relief for veterans and for veterans experiencing<br />

homelessness. Led by a prime minister who grew up in<br />

social housing, we understand that access to safe and<br />

affordable housing should never be a luxury for<br />

veterans. It should never be the exception. It should be<br />

the rule.<br />

And I am committed to rolling this out in the Greater<br />

Darwin area.<br />

Luke Gosling OAM MP is the federal Member for<br />

Solomon, representing Darwin and Palmerston in<br />

Canberra. He served in the Australian Defence<br />

Force for 13 years.<br />

AUSTRALIAN HERITAGE<br />

FESTIVAL (NT)<br />

Returning to the Northern Territory from 22<br />

<strong>April</strong> – 14 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2023</strong> with the theme Shared<br />

Stories, the Australian Heritage Festival is an<br />

opportunity for the community to access<br />

events and exhibitions, gather stories and tell<br />

them, celebrate through ceremony and<br />

performances, share knowledge through talks,<br />

walks and tours, and have fun bringing heritage<br />

to life.<br />

<strong>The</strong> National Trust looks forward to promoting realtime<br />

or virtual events in cities, towns, for community<br />

groups, businesses, Councils, conservation groups,<br />

museums, galleries, libraries, churches, synagogues,<br />

mosques, temples, retail centres, universities and<br />

schools. To find out more information or to register<br />

your event for the Australian Heritage Festival (NT),<br />

head to: https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/ahf/nt/<br />

Written by National Trust NT<br />

nationaltrust.org.au/ahf/nt/<br />

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EVERYMAN SERVICES - MOSES<br />

MOSES – MISSIONS OVERSEAS SPONSORSHIP<br />

ENCOURAGEMENT SCHEME<br />

Christian Community Caring for Defence is no<br />

mere slogan, but action on the part of a growing<br />

group of men and women who daily show their<br />

love for our Defence personnel.At the end of 2017<br />

and beginning of 2018, REP Warren CLARKE<br />

undertook a 4-month overseas deployment serving<br />

the Defence Force. He is far from all he is used to,<br />

being one of our valued staff at Kapooka.<br />

Like all Christians called to the mission field, our REPs depart<br />

from family and loved ones when they volunteer for 4 months<br />

without pay, to serve the ADF overseas. <strong>The</strong>ir love for ADF<br />

members shines through their dedicated service and the<br />

Defence Force continually asks for Everyman’s REPs to be part<br />

of an on-going component of their Overseas Operations. Sadly,<br />

we cannot always send REPs due to the fact that they do not<br />

have the financial resources to attend to this vital mission.To<br />

that end we have initiated MOSES; Missions Overseas –<br />

Sponsorship Encouragement Scheme where you can partner<br />

in this extraordinarily important venture with us, to make<br />

more REPs available to serve on Overseas Mission without<br />

the concern of financial pressures at home. Please consider<br />

how you might be involved in MOSES, and in so doing, share in<br />

the tremendously satisfying goal of supporting this nation’s<br />

finest, who put their lives on the line for our nation and<br />

country.<br />

Everyman’s is currently engaged in overseas mission serving the<br />

Australian Defence Force in the various areas they deploy. This<br />

gives our Everyman’s and Everywoman’s REPs opportunity to<br />

minister to ADF members when they are away from loved<br />

ones, and sometimes afraid in an unfamiliar environment where<br />

the big questions of life are often prompted. What better place<br />

for the Everyman’s REPs to be, as we offer counsel, comfort,<br />

and the much-loved refreshments in the form of a cold drink,<br />

an ice block and a snack? Most important is the smiling and<br />

friendly Everyman’s face, always willing to sit down and listen to<br />

any problems or concerns an ADF member may have when<br />

they are far away from home.<br />

HOW YOU CAN HELP<br />

During our REPs time overseas, financial requirements at home<br />

still need to be met and in some cases family needs to be<br />

supported. You can elect to sponsor one of our overseas<br />

missionaries to assist with their personal financial needs while<br />

they are away. We invite you to share in our Overseas Missions<br />

supporting our REPs overseas in your prayers, financially<br />

through a one-off gift, or sponsorship for the period of<br />

deployment (4 months).<br />

You can donate online to support this project - https://www.<br />

everymans.org.au/donate-now/<br />

Extracted from Everymans<br />

Website<br />

everymans.org.au/projects/moses/<br />

TOP TIPS FOR HOME OWNERSHIP<br />

Are you posting this year and thinking of purchasing a<br />

property in your gaining location?<br />

Being employed with the ADF provides you a position of<br />

strength when it comes time to buying a property. Here<br />

are our top 10 tips to consider:<br />

1. Shop around for your loan. <strong>The</strong>re’s no need to<br />

accept the first offer that comes along. Why not go<br />

to several lenders, including those on the Defence<br />

Home Ownership Assistance Scheme (DHOAS) list?<br />

Don’t simply assume that a DHOAS lender will<br />

always offer you the best deal. Take your time to<br />

consider all the deals on offer because a small saving<br />

now may add up to a considerable amount (often<br />

tens of thousands of dollars) over the term of your<br />

loan;<br />

2. Think carefully about how much you can comfortably<br />

borrow and service, understanding that interest rates<br />

are likely to rise during the term of your loan,<br />

resulting in an increase in your monthly repayments<br />

or an extension in the term of the loan (or both);<br />

3. Do a “stress test” on your repayments. That is,<br />

calculate (or ask the lender to show you) what would<br />

happen to your repayments if interest rates rose by,<br />

say, 0.5% to 2%. You might be unpleasantly surprised<br />

by the outcome, so ask yourself whether you could<br />

afford the increase. If the answer is ‘no’, consider a<br />

smaller loan or find another property that passes the<br />

“stress test” (remember that only 20 years ago,<br />

interest rates on mortgages in Australia were closer<br />

to 10% and in the 1980s they were closer to 20%,<br />

sometimes more….we’re not suggesting that will<br />

happen again, but it is worth remembering that rates<br />

are likely to vary, maybe substantially, during the term<br />

of your loan);<br />

4. Contemplate what the consequences would be on<br />

your capacity to meet your mortgage repayment<br />

commitments should you or a family member suffer a<br />

loss of income or employment. In that regard, we<br />

recommend having a fall back position, such as three<br />

months’ of “rainy day” money in a bank account to<br />

cover living expenses should the need arise;<br />

5. Unlike many other countries, most home mortgages<br />

in Australia are based on a variable interest rate. So<br />

when rates are rising think about locking in (aka<br />

“fixing”) your rate on part or all of current your<br />

mortgage (subject to clearly understanding any fees,<br />

charges, penalties and conditions in so doing);<br />

6. During the term of your loan, don’t hesitate to<br />

regularly assess whether your current loan is still<br />

competitive. Provided you have reliably serviced your<br />

mortgage (and especially if you’re still an ADF<br />

member when you assess your options), you may<br />

well find a better deal elsewhere;<br />

7. Remember that property is a long term investment<br />

(10 years plus). <strong>The</strong>refore, don’t expect a capital gain<br />

to accrue overnight. If it does, consider it to be a<br />

bonus. And remember that property prices can and<br />

often do fall, so factor that real possibility into your<br />

mindset when considering a purchase;<br />

8. Remember the old property adage…the three<br />

important factors to consider when buying property<br />

are “location, location, location”. This is especially<br />

true when market sentiment turns negative. <strong>The</strong> key<br />

point here is to buy the best quality property you can<br />

afford in a desirable location, close to, for example,<br />

schools, amenities, transport and populations centres.<br />

That way, when you come to sell or rent the<br />

property, it will be in demand, relative to lower<br />

quality properties that are likely to be out of favour<br />

with potential buyers and renters;<br />

9. Your first acquisition doesn’t need to be the<br />

property of your dreams. <strong>May</strong>be you could buy a<br />

smaller apartment or house at a lower cost and then<br />

slowly and carefully build your financial position until<br />

you’re in a position to purchase the property that<br />

you’ve always wanted;<br />

10. Buying in a regional area can be a sensible and often<br />

cheaper alternative to stretching your finances in a<br />

capital city. This option has become increasingly<br />

common as a result of the pandemic which has<br />

encouraged a considerable number of family and<br />

work relocations to the country regions of Australia,<br />

combined with improved connectivity facilitating<br />

working from home.<br />

Extracted from ADF Financial Services<br />

adfconsumer.gov.au/property-ownership-top-10-tips/<br />

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VETERAN MEDICAL GROUP<br />

Accessing allied healthcare in the <strong>Top</strong> End is<br />

very difficult. It is also very expensive.<br />

VMG have elected to focus allied health<br />

engagement around two areas of greatest<br />

need: young families and mental health.<br />

As a practice, VMG has a particular interest in Women’s<br />

Health. This is generally a neglected area in healthcare –<br />

usually because you are all too busy being fantastic to<br />

focus on your own health. Too often these sorts of things<br />

are left until they are real problems, when they could<br />

have been solved with some good early interventions.<br />

For young families, perinatal care is a really important area<br />

to get help from allied health professionals as part of a<br />

GP-led collaboration. Care begins with planning a family,<br />

through the antenatal period (including with a GP sharedcare<br />

model) and includes the post-natal period for both<br />

Mum and Bub.<br />

To do this, VMG has engaged:<br />

<strong>The</strong> services of a GP who is approved as a shared-care<br />

provider with RDH;<br />

A midwife + lactation consultant;<br />

A child-health nurse; and,<br />

A physiotherapist who specialises in pelvic floor<br />

management.<br />

Looking at general mental health and well-being<br />

interventions, and particularly with our other focus being<br />

veteran's health, by bringing those allied health<br />

practitioners (psychologists etc) in to consult with we can<br />

actually then start to improve access by actually providing<br />

good general practice care.<br />

Moving forward, in addition to general health, we're<br />

looking forward to providing psychology, physiotherapy,<br />

practice nurses, diabetes educators and so on.<br />

In the future, VMG will aim to implement “shared medical<br />

appointments”. This style of appointment has been<br />

proven to be a really effective way of managing specific<br />

chronic conditions such as diabetes and weight<br />

management. <strong>The</strong>y work by having groups of patients<br />

share an appointment with the GP and other health<br />

providers. This means the health team can deliver the key<br />

messages more efficiently, allow patients to ask questions<br />

for the benefit of many. <strong>The</strong> real benefit is that it reaffirms<br />

to people that they are not alone and that they can<br />

support, and be supported by, others going through similar<br />

circumstances, which in turn removes those feelings of<br />

isolation.<br />

WHY SHOULD WE ENGAGE VMG?<br />

Defence has a unique culture so who better than a<br />

defence doctor who understands the lifestyle and the<br />

rigors of service life? At VMG, we know how to reach into<br />

defence support services on behalf of our patients; we can<br />

have the conversations with the Padre, we can engage<br />

social workers and our serving members can deploy<br />

knowing their families are taken care of while they’re<br />

away.<br />

In our defence community there are a lot of people with<br />

complex medical needs and, in the Territory in particular,<br />

access to quality medical care is almost zero; it’s<br />

challenging and it’s identified by the ADF as a key<br />

retention component.<br />

THE ADF FAMILY HEALTH PROGRAM<br />

<strong>The</strong> ADF Family Health program is an ADF initiative with<br />

a very particular focus on helping meet the costs of<br />

medical care for defence families in locations like Darwin,<br />

Townsville and Katherine. Unlike allied health + specialist<br />

services that are capped at $400 per person / year;<br />

primary healthcare (GP) services are uncapped. This<br />

enables VMG to slow everything down and put the value<br />

proposition back into primary healthcare.<br />

So, instead of the current system where a GP writes a<br />

referral to your specialist every six months, VMG will<br />

have a core group of professionals under the one roof<br />

who will consult with you cohesively.<br />

No Out-of-pocket expenses, how does that work?<br />

Universal Healthcare is considered a right, and VMG is<br />

firmly committed to that.<br />

Medicare is a complex system that reimburses people for<br />

services provided by Doctors – it doesn’t pay the doctor.<br />

GPs, unlike hospitals, are private businesses that do not<br />

receive any government funding. When a GP charges<br />

more than the Medicare rebate amount, the patient has<br />

to pay the GP the whole amount of money and wait to<br />

be reimbursed by Medicare. VMG thinks that you being<br />

out of pocket is an unnecessary barrier – and is happy to<br />

accept the 90-day delay by Medicare to send us a cheque<br />

so that you are always able to access healthcare.<br />

This is made possible due to the ADF Family Health<br />

Program covering the gap between the Medicare rebate<br />

and what is charged by the GP. Sadly, around 80% of<br />

families have never accessed a benefit from their ADF<br />

Family Health entitlement; and many did not even know it<br />

that GP services were unlimited. Worse still, GPs also<br />

don’t know how to use the card and so many just get you<br />

to pay the whole amount and then get reimbursed<br />

through the ADF Family Health web portal or app.<br />

VMG will never require you to pay us money. Using a<br />

HICAPS terminal to bill ADF Family Health directly for<br />

the services provided to you means that you will never<br />

be out of pocket when you see one of VMG’s doctors.<br />

WHY IS NOW THE RIGHT TIME FOR VMG?<br />

A few of reasons. Bulk billing is dead in Darwin - there<br />

are a lot of reasons for this, but the end result is that<br />

ADF Families and veterans will face increasing costs to<br />

access good quality primary health care. ADF families<br />

deserve more than just 6 Minute Medicine.<br />

<strong>The</strong> ADF is about to go through a significant period of<br />

growth – and Darwin is the pointy end of the stick for<br />

defence. To achieve this growth retention is going to be<br />

critical. Plenty of research by support organisations such as<br />

DMFS has demonstrated that access to health care, and<br />

being able to afford paying for that health care, is essential<br />

to retaining personnel in the NT. <strong>The</strong> CDF has identified<br />

that the ADF Family Health Program is one of the key<br />

retention initiatives.<br />

HOW DO DEFENCE FAMILIES COME ON<br />

BOARD?<br />

You can book in one of three ways: via our website,<br />

calling our friendly reception staff, or via the MediRecords<br />

app. Our preference is to see you for a registration<br />

booking whilst you and the family are well. Too often<br />

illness becomes the agenda and we don’t get the time to<br />

do all the other things that should be done. <strong>The</strong> face-toface<br />

registration meets the Medicare rules to make the<br />

family eligible for our after hours telehealth service (6 to<br />

10pm weeknights at this stage).<br />

Within the MediRecords app you can upload a whole lot<br />

of information about you and your family. This includes<br />

medical history, medications, measurements, results,<br />

referrals and even notes to remind you of that thing you<br />

can never remember to talk to the GP about when you<br />

are in the appointment. All of this helps your GP figure<br />

out your priorities regarding your health care; recognising<br />

that this is often done over a number of appointments.<br />

WHERE DO WE FIND YOU?<br />

You don’t need to find us, we will come to you! We have<br />

found that offering home visits takes out so much of the<br />

stress of packing up the family and heading to your GP.<br />

We can also see you over videoconference (if you have<br />

registered). <strong>The</strong>re are of course things we are unable to<br />

do in your home, so we have a couple of options to see<br />

us.<br />

We have an ongoing partnership with Mates4Mates,<br />

where we will have rooms at their new premises in Stuart<br />

Park. We will continue to run pop-up community clinics<br />

to assist in family + individual registrations, especially for<br />

our Katherine/Tindal families.<br />

Good for us, great for the families.<br />

VMG Clinics<br />

HOW TO BOOK<br />

VMGCLINIC.COM.AU<br />

08 7918 2555<br />

@VMG_clinic<br />

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COMMITTEE<br />

NOTICEBOARD<br />

FAREWELLS<br />

A heartfelt thank you to Amanda, Masela, Emily and Kristy for<br />

their contributions towards TTEM goals during their time in our<br />

committee! Wishing you every happiness in your future<br />

endeavours!<br />

Amanda was our previous Chairperson and lead the TTEM team through<br />

a significant transition in 2020 and 2021, including an overhaul of our<br />

overall operation, while also balancing motherhood and University<br />

commitments. Her time and dedication over the last 3 years has been<br />

instrumental in setting up TTEM for future success. Your contribution is<br />

greatly appreciated, and we wish you every success in your future<br />

adventures!<br />

Masela contributed a number of articles relating to local history, events<br />

and topics of interest, which have been greatly appreciated during her<br />

time with our committee.<br />

Emily has assisted with promoting the magazine in Tindal and making new<br />

community connections to increase readership and engagement.<br />

Kristy has assisted with IT upgrades and social media support on the<br />

ground in Darwin, which has been a valuable skillset on our committee.<br />

JOIN US<br />

Are you our next Treasurer?<br />

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Please contact us for more info –<br />

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Congratulations to our February/<br />

March Competition Winners:<br />

Giant Easter Hamper<br />

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Couples Date Night<br />

Vicky Kaltsas<br />

MTA Travel Voucher<br />

Jodi Jones<br />

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Diego Ortega<br />

Matthew Lorimer<br />

Integrity Hair Voucher<br />

Jessica Bradley<br />

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Tristan Hedger<br />

Princes Trust Australia<br />

Care Package<br />

Sandy Hedger<br />

Officeworks Kid’s Art Pack<br />

Amelia Kempster<br />

Youth Driving Vouchers<br />

Leena Wallis - Charlotte Sullivan<br />

Tindal Treats & Pilbara Prizes<br />

$100 Camping Voucher: Chloe Tomlinson<br />

Kids Activity Pack: Christopher Cameron<br />

ADF Chaplains in the NT<br />

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

Kelvin Harris HMAS Coonawarra<br />

Anglican<br />

0401 075 488<br />

Esava Koro HMAS Coonawarra<br />

Seventh Day Adventist<br />

0423 451 989<br />

Shaun Foster Patrol Boat Chaplain<br />

Australian Christian Churches<br />

0400 514 375<br />

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

Glen Elsegood 8/12 Regiment<br />

Anglican<br />

0429 345 167<br />

Garth <strong>May</strong>ger Regional Support<br />

Catholic<br />

0409 778 462<br />

Kelly Horne 1CER<br />

Australian Christian Churches<br />

0418 428 337<br />

Chris Lindsay 1CSSB<br />

Presbyterian<br />

0419 869 187<br />

Brendan Quirk HQ1 BDE<br />

Catholic<br />

0407 283 050<br />

Shane Rogerson 5RAR<br />

Anglican<br />

0408 684 783<br />

Anthony Doyle 1AVN<br />

Catholic<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 />

Peter Taylor RAAF Tindal<br />

Anglican<br />

0423 686 109<br />

Karen Haynes RAAF Darwin<br />

Baptist<br />

0408 765 660<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 />

How’s your style? Your Conflict Resolution style.<br />

Conflict is inevitable in any relationship. Simply put, we don’t<br />

all see everything the same way. We have differences of<br />

opinion, of point of view, of priorities. We all vary in the way<br />

we understand so many of the complexities we encounter<br />

every day.<br />

How conflict gets resolved is a critical factor in the growth of<br />

any relationship or any team.<br />

Whether we are aware of it or not we all have different<br />

conflict resolution styles.<br />

‘Avoiding’ is a conflict resolution style. Many of us want to<br />

evade conflict entirely. It can be the right style when the<br />

controversy seems small or unimportant, however in many<br />

situations it is really ineffective.<br />

‘Accommodating’ is the style that tries to meet the needs of<br />

others, sadly, at the expense of the person's own needs. <strong>The</strong><br />

accommodator often gives in to others even when it is not<br />

warranted.<br />

Some people are very ‘Competitive’. Life is all about winning.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y take a firm, immovable stand but often leave people<br />

feeling hurt and resentful.<br />

<strong>The</strong> ‘Collaborator’ tries to meet the needs of all people<br />

involved. <strong>The</strong>y acknowledge that every viewpoint is important<br />

however, those involved can often feel that nothing has been<br />

achieved.<br />

Similarly, the ‘Compromising’ style tries to find a solution that<br />

will partially satisfy everyone. Everyone is expected to give up<br />

something and that is not always easy.<br />

Most of us are aware that there is an alternative. It’s often<br />

called “win-win”. <strong>The</strong> goal is to find a solution to the conflict<br />

that meets the needs of everyone.<br />

Resolving conflict ‘win-win’ requires three important attitudes<br />

and behaviors:<br />

1. the attitude that this present conflict is an opportunity for<br />

positive change;<br />

2. the willingness to journey together in the process of<br />

searching for a solution;<br />

3. the communication and problem solving skills required to<br />

arrive at the destination of ‘win-win’.<br />

We all want to resolve conflicts this way but are often not<br />

properly equipped with the skills required.<br />

So seek help. If you have a work or personal relationship in<br />

conflict seek help. Chaplains are always available to help point<br />

you in the right direction.<br />

Written by CHAP Shaun Foster<br />

Australian Christian Churches Chaplain<br />

HMAS Coonawarra<br />

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DRY SEASON VEHICLE CHECK<br />

Darwin will be hosting a High Tea event:<br />

Saturday 3rd June <strong>2023</strong><br />

12:30pm - 3:30pm<br />

Grand Ballroom, DoubleTree by Hilton<br />

Tickets: $99 per person or Table of 10 $959<br />

https://www.sharethedignity.org.au/dignitea/darwin<br />

Our <strong>2023</strong> DigniTea will unite passionate individuals<br />

and raise funds to help us end period poverty in<br />

Australia. Join us to hear from our special guests as<br />

they share their stories, discuss period poverty and<br />

empower us to create better futures for ourselves,<br />

our families and the wider community.<br />

DigniTea events consist of 8 different High Tea events<br />

around Australia, held within <strong>May</strong> and June, in<br />

celebration and recognition of World Menstrual<br />

Hygiene Day (28th <strong>May</strong>). <strong>The</strong>se events usually raise<br />

over $450,000 and bring together over 5,000 people<br />

to have a fun, entertaining afternoon to make a<br />

difference for those doing it tough.<br />

Grab your besties and secure your tickets to the sellout<br />

High Tea of the year. Your ticket will include a<br />

delicious high tea, bubbles on arrival and amazing<br />

guest speakers as we come together to help girls and<br />

women in need! You will laugh and cry as we unite<br />

together to Share the Dignity.<br />

We believe that everyone deserves to be afforded<br />

the dignity so many of us take for granted.<br />

Share the Dignity is a women's charity in Australia,<br />

that works to make a real difference in the lives of<br />

those experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic<br />

violence, or doing it tough. We distribute period<br />

products to women, girls, and anyone who<br />

menstruates who needs support. When someone is<br />

doing it tough, the last thing on their mind should be<br />

dealing with their period.<br />

<strong>The</strong> dry season is here and it’s time to<br />

shake out your camping gear and head<br />

to some amazing NT sights! Before you<br />

head off, it’s important to check that<br />

your vehicle is safe and suitable for<br />

longer journeys.<br />

You should check all of the following:<br />

• lights, wipers and washers are in working<br />

order<br />

• fluid levels (water, brake, radiator, battery)<br />

• tyres and spares tyres - inflated as specified<br />

• the vehicle is not overloaded<br />

• you are carrying fresh drinking water<br />

• you have a first aid kit and tool kit, including a<br />

torch and whistle.<br />

• your vehicle registration is current and covers<br />

you for the entire journey.<br />

If you are unsure about checking your vehicle, seek<br />

advice from a reputable mechanic such as PKSC in<br />

Darwin.<br />

Regardless of where you intend to travel, always<br />

advise a friend where you are planning to go and<br />

when you expect to return.<br />

NT REST AREAS MAP<br />

Remember to rest when you feel tired or drowsy,<br />

even if you are near your intended location.<br />

VISITOR INFORMATION<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> End Darwin Tourism <strong>Top</strong> End 6 Bennett Street, Darwin City<br />

Telephone: (08) 8980 6000 or 1300 138 886 www.tourismtopend.com.au<br />

Katherine Visitor Information Centre Corner Lindsay Street and Katherine<br />

Terrace, Katherine Telephone: (08) 8972 2650 or 1800 653 142 www.<br />

visitkatherine.com.au<br />

Barkly Region Tennant Creek Visitor Information Centre Battery Hill Mining<br />

Centre Complex, Battery Hill, Peko Road, Tennant Creek Telephone: (08) 8962<br />

1281 or 1800 500 879 www.barklytourism.com.au<br />

Central Australia Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre Corner Parsons Street<br />

and Todd Mall, Alice Springs Telephone: (08) 8952 5800 or 1800 645 199<br />

www.discovercentralaustralia.com<br />

EMERGENCY CONTACTS<br />

NT Police, Fire and Emergency<br />

Services Police assistance: 131 444<br />

Emergency (police, fire or ambulance):<br />

000<br />

Emergency alerts and warnings www.<br />

securent.nt.gov.au<br />

Bushfire advice and alerts www.nt.gov.<br />

au/bushfires<br />

Extracted from NT Govt Website<br />

nt.gov.au/driving/safety/driving-safety-checklist<br />

Weather events www.bom.gov.au<br />

Road conditions telephone:<br />

1800 246 199<br />

www.roadreport.nt.gov.au<br />

facebook.com/roadreportnt<br />

Road safety information telephone:<br />

1800 720 144<br />

www.roadsafety.nt.gov.au<br />

Reference:<br />

DigniTea <strong>2023</strong> | Darwin (sharethedignity.org.au)<br />

Image disclaimer:<br />

This map demonstrates locations of rest areas, towns and<br />

communities on the Northern Territory’s national routes and major<br />

highways. It does not include all communities. This map was correct<br />

at time of publishing but travellers should check ahead for the<br />

availability of fuel and accommodation. Map is not to scale.<br />

50 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated APRIL/MAY <strong>2023</strong> 51


GROM<br />

MOTORCYCLES AND ROAD TRAUMA<br />

I was recently trawling through some data on road<br />

accidents, deaths and injuries related to motorcycle<br />

usage. It’s rivetting stuff, but I am one of those riders who<br />

believes that zero harm from motorcycling is impossible,<br />

but, I do believe that if riders are given honest data that is<br />

not influenced by transport industry bias they will make<br />

solid decisions on how to stay alive. Some riders just<br />

won’t absorb the safety information, but that is a fact of<br />

life. I suspect that many road safety agencies are under<br />

considerable ongoing pressure to reduce road trauma.<br />

<strong>The</strong> decisions to make realistic changes involves a<br />

considerable amount of trial and error, which often hurts<br />

all road users.<br />

Reducing speed limits isn’t going to stop accidents from<br />

occuring when a rider is oblivious to their riding environment<br />

and is fuelled by ‘optimism bias’ - the belief that negative events<br />

won’t occur. So, getting back to the data I found from BITRE; the<br />

Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics.<br />

In their words, BITRE claims that they provide economic analysis,<br />

research and statistics on infrastructure and transport issues to<br />

inform Australian Government policy development and wider<br />

community understanding. <strong>The</strong>y have been around since the<br />

1970's, so they have extensive experience in this field. BITRE<br />

claims that last year, 242 motorcyclists were killed on the<br />

nation's roads – 20% of the total tally of 1,208 road deaths.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y report that more than 8,000 riders were hospitalised, while<br />

an estimated 24,000 were injured but not hospitalised. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

were a total of 109 road deaths during the month of January<br />

<strong>2023</strong>. <strong>The</strong> current figure is 10.8 per cent higher than the average<br />

for January over the previous five years – this increase is<br />

concerning!<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are approximately 950,000 motorcyclists in Australia with a<br />

population of 26 million people. About 82% of the Australian<br />

population are over the age of 18 and old enough to obtain a<br />

license to ride, which equates to around 20 million people. When<br />

you filter out those who are too old to ride, not interested, think<br />

motorcycles are dangerous, couldn’t get a license or prefer dirt<br />

bikes, road motorcyclists are a minority, yet we do a damn good<br />

job of filling hospitals and cemetories.<br />

Interestingly, the NT road deaths from a motorcycle<br />

accident has decreased from 20.9 in 2019 to 17.9 per<br />

100,000 people. Have we stopped riding? I don’t think so,<br />

but there may be a trend or solution that we are yet to<br />

discover and it might actually be working. Darwin has a<br />

population of about 150,000 people, with an average age of<br />

34.5 years. <strong>The</strong> NT has a population of 250,000 with more<br />

males (51.8%) than females (48.2%). We have an average of<br />

1.8 vehicles per household, so it’s highly likely that<br />

motorcycle usage is increasing due to elevating fuel prices.<br />

We have approximately 6,000 registered motorcycle users<br />

throughout the NT.<br />

One thing that is consistent though, the NT still has a high<br />

percentage of road users dying in accidents on dry, sealed<br />

rural roads - maybe that's where our focus should be?<br />

Safe motoring,<br />

Written by GROM<br />

Community Contributor<br />

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

In the same way a government-funded body assesses<br />

the safety risks of new motor vehicles via the<br />

Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP),<br />

a joint initiative between authorities in New South<br />

Wales and Victoria aims to make it easier for<br />

motorcyclists and protective clothing manufacturers<br />

to select the safest options. Manufacturers in Europe<br />

and the United States currently dominate the<br />

motorcycle protective clothing market, but the guide<br />

gives local apparel companies a chance to design their<br />

own gear – based on forensic analysis of available<br />

materials.With the majority of manufacturers in<br />

Australia and New Zealand being generally smaller to<br />

medium-sized enterprises, most are not in a position<br />

to access a testing facility and conduct their own<br />

research and development.<br />

TOWARDS ZERO<br />

ALL TERRAIN VEHICLES<br />

An all-terrain vehicle (ATV), also known as a quad bike or<br />

four-wheeler, is any motorised off-highway vehicle designed to<br />

travel on four low-pressure tyres, with a seat designed to be<br />

straddled by the operator and handlebars for steering control.<br />

Like a motorcycle, an ATV is designed to be ridden “actively”<br />

where the rider shifts their weight on the vehicle to improve<br />

ride and handling.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are two types of ATVs as designated by the manufacturer:<br />

• type 1 are designed for use by a single operator and no passenger<br />

• type 2 are designed for use by an operator and are equipped with<br />

a passenger seat located behind the operator.<br />

Difference between a quad bike and an off-road buggy<br />

Buggies are larger, car-like vehicles with a built-in roll cage that can seat<br />

between 2 to 6 people on bench or bucket seats. <strong>The</strong>y have a steering<br />

wheel and pedals similar to a car; with most models equipped with a<br />

back tray for loads. Buggies are also known as a side-by-side vehicle<br />

(SSV) or utility vehicle (UTV).<br />

Both quad bikes and off-road buggies have their own unique advantages<br />

and disadvantages for use in off-road recreational and agriculture<br />

settings.<br />

Quad bike<br />

(4-wheel, saddle-seating style,<br />

handle bar steering)<br />

Unsealed roads<br />

Off-road buggy<br />

(4-wheel, side-by-side seating,<br />

usually fitted with seatbelts)<br />

Unsealed road surfaces may vary from a gravel road to a<br />

graded natural surface (dirt) road. Two wheel drive (2WD)<br />

vehicles can be driven on most gravel roads but four wheel<br />

drive (4WD) vehicles are recommended for natural surface<br />

roads. During wet weather some gravel roads may require a<br />

4WD vehicle especially at river/creek crossings. Dust on<br />

unsealed roads may obscure your vision and conceal ruts and<br />

potholes. You should reduce your speed when driving in these<br />

conditions. Always take care when overtaking and turn your<br />

lights on to increase your visibility to other drivers.<br />

Four wheel drive (4WD)<br />

A four wheel drive road should not be entered unless you are<br />

driving a 4WD vehicle. Surfaces on these roads are extremely<br />

variable and you may encounter very difficult and dangerous<br />

driving conditions. It is important that you are familiar with the<br />

type of vehicle and aware of its limitations. Ensure that the<br />

4WD function has been engaged.<br />

Source: roadsafety.nt.gov.au/safety-topics/all-terrain-vehicles<br />

WIN<br />

YOUTH DRIVING LESSON<br />

Sponsored under our Towards Zero Grant from the NT<br />

Government. <strong>The</strong> 1 hour driving lesson is valued at $75 per<br />

lesson and provided as a voucher to the winner’s preferred<br />

driving school. Below are some of the local diving schools to<br />

choose from.<br />

• A1 TERRITORY DRIVING<br />

SCHOOL<br />

• ONE2ONE DRIVING<br />

SCHOOL<br />

• ABC DRIVING SCHOOL<br />

DARWIN<br />

• ACHIEVE DRIVING<br />

ACADEMY NT<br />

Terms: Apply to win a one hour driving lesson. Strictly<br />

open to Defence youth. Entries close 10 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2023</strong>. Two<br />

winners will be selected at random. One winner is selected<br />

from the Greater Darwin region and one winner is<br />

selected from regional areas of Katherine/Tindal/Pilbara.<br />

Apply now at www.thetopendermagazine.org.au/win<br />

Photo: (above) One of our previous winners.<br />

NATIONAL ROAD<br />

SAFETY WEEK<br />

14 - 21 MAY<br />

On average 43 people are killed and around 500<br />

people are seriously injured on Territory roads<br />

each year.<br />

Every serious road crash has ongoing and<br />

devastating effects for our families and communities.<br />

Our goal is Towards Zero deaths and serious<br />

injuries on Territory roads.<br />

National Road Safety Week is an annual initiative<br />

from the Safer Australian Roads and Highways<br />

(SARAH) Group, and forms part of the NT<br />

Government’s Towards Zero Road Safety Action<br />

Plan, which aims to raise awareness that road safety<br />

is everyone’s responsibility.<br />

Source: drivesafe.nt.gov.au/events/national-road-safety-week<br />

52 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated APRIL/MAY <strong>2023</strong> 53


WATERBASED WOODBLOCK<br />

PRINTING WORKSHOP<br />

<strong>The</strong> Waterbased Woodblock Printing<br />

Workshop was held at Darwin Adult<br />

Short Courses in Term 1 (Feb/Mar)<br />

this year and I thought it would be a<br />

good opportunity to learn new<br />

creative skills and try something<br />

different.<br />

Ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world) was<br />

developed in 17th Century Japan.<br />

Traditionally Cherry Wood was used, but<br />

now Shina-faced (bass) plywood and Lauanfaced<br />

(Philippine mahogany) is more<br />

commonly used for woodblock printing.<br />

A design is traced onto the block. Specially<br />

designed/made tools are used to carve away<br />

the top layer of the ply to create the image.<br />

<strong>The</strong> image can be carved in separate parts on<br />

different blocks to enable different colours to<br />

be used. Registration marks are carved onto<br />

the block first to allow the paper to be<br />

correctly aligned each time a different part of<br />

an image is printed.<br />

A wide variety of papers can be used, both<br />

hand-made and machine-made. Japanese<br />

paper (washi) commonly used for<br />

woodblock printing is kozo which is made<br />

from kozo (mulberry) fibres.<br />

Overall, I really enjoyed the workshop and<br />

found it very interesting to learn about the<br />

history of this artform.<strong>The</strong> tutor, Jacqueline,<br />

was highly experienced and specialises as a<br />

freelance artisst in Japanese Block Printing.<br />

What course should I try next?<br />

Image 1S1A7675: Tracing Design.<br />

Image 1S1A7677: Carving-1.<br />

Image 1S1A7680: Carving-2.<br />

Image 1S1A7688: Books on Printing.<br />

Image 1S1A7688: Carving-3.<br />

Image 1S1A7702: Ready for Printing.<br />

Image 1S1A7705: First part of Print.<br />

Image 1S1A7708: Second part of Print.<br />

Image 1S1A7711: Final Print-Scottish Thistle.<br />

Image 1S1A7720: Final Prints of the 5<br />

participants.<br />

Written by Ian Anderson<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

Navy veteran and mum of two<br />

Sacha de Wit is getting creative to<br />

build her own business with the<br />

help of Prince’s Trust Australia.<br />

Image: Swaggy Threads Star Founder Sacha de<br />

Wit (right) with Alison Clift, Counsellor and<br />

Founder of <strong>The</strong> Horselife Centre (left) at the<br />

inaugural Sunshine Coast Veterans Market,<br />

hosted by Yandina-Eumundi RSL on 15<br />

October 2022. RSL President Tracey Gilmartin<br />

is an Enterprise programme alumna.<br />

In the Sunshine Coast village of<br />

Pomona, Navy veteran Sacha de Wit is<br />

growing a small business that combines<br />

her passion for technology and her flair<br />

for creativity. Swaggy Threads Star is a<br />

bespoke machine embroidery business<br />

that recreates images and logos on<br />

fabric.<br />

Sacha began the business two years ago<br />

after popping into her mum’s house just<br />

to have a play with a new embroidery<br />

machine. Up to that point, the 45-yearold<br />

had never considered doing<br />

something creative as a career.<br />

“I've always created - It's something<br />

that's always been there but when<br />

you're at school you're directed to<br />

avenues which are less creative and<br />

more career focused.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> Sunshine Coast local was accepted<br />

into the Australian Defence Force<br />

Academy straight out of high school<br />

and studied IT before embarking on a<br />

career in the Royal Australian Navy.<br />

Sacha left fulltime service in 2002 and<br />

last served as a reservist in 2010 at the<br />

rank of lieutenant.<br />

Now, as a mum of a 17-year-old and a<br />

four-year-old, Sacha is building a<br />

business that works around her family.<br />

And it all started with a burning desire<br />

to push the limits of that embroidery<br />

machine.<br />

“It came with this really great software, I<br />

found it intuitive straightaway. You can<br />

do amazing things like shading with<br />

threads so that you get that 3D effect<br />

from a 2D object. And having that<br />

FROM THE HEART:<br />

RAN VETERAN BUILDS AN EMBROIDERY BUSINESS<br />

computer background, it just ticked so many<br />

boxes for me.” Sacha explained.<br />

Sacha started creating wedding keepsakes with<br />

her mum but demand for the products just<br />

wasn’t there yet.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>re was a little shop in town that took<br />

some of our creations and so we had a little<br />

bit of success. <strong>The</strong>n we got another<br />

embroidery machine that allowed us to<br />

embroider t-shirts, which was game changing<br />

for us. We started Swaggy Threads Star, going<br />

down the avenue of putting my designs onto<br />

t-shirts.”<br />

Sacha was responsible for creating the designs<br />

while her mum operated the embroidery<br />

machine. <strong>The</strong> design starts as a drawing on a<br />

page and then I digitise the image which<br />

allows me to send the file to the embroidery<br />

machine. Instead of printing in ink on paper,<br />

we print in thread on fabric,”<br />

Swaggy Threads Star also began offering a<br />

service where customers could have their<br />

own logos or designs put on textiles and<br />

clothing.<br />

“That’s more the avenue that I would like to<br />

go down; allowing others to see their<br />

drawings go from the page and reimagined as<br />

threads on a t-shirt. I want to share that joy<br />

you get from creating.” Sacha explains.<br />

And while Swaggy Threads Star seems like a<br />

world away from being a Navy officer, for<br />

Sacha, both roles are at heart about service.<br />

“Whatever the service or product is, it's about<br />

what you can do with it for other people;<br />

that's the driver coming from that service<br />

environment. Recently I was working with a<br />

girl who had a medical incident that<br />

completely changed her life – using her<br />

artwork, I recreated the images for her onto<br />

t-shirts. She was sitting beside me as we were<br />

going through the design on the computer<br />

and deciding where she wanted to add<br />

shading. I was looking out the side of my eye<br />

and I could see the joy in her face; it was so<br />

nice to do that for her.”<br />

At the start of 2022 Sacha got an extra boost<br />

of entrepreneurial confidence when she linked<br />

in with Prince’s Trust Australia.<br />

Images: Swaggy Threads Star e-<br />

commerce pages in Etsy and<br />

Instagram.<br />

Check out Sacha’s business: https://<br />

www.etsy.com/shop/<br />

swaggythreadsstar/<br />

Follow her business journey on<br />

Instagram: www.instagram.com/<br />

swaggy.threads.star<br />

To register for Prince’s Trust<br />

Australia Enterprise programme,<br />

visit our events page: https://bit.ly/<br />

3weVjrw<br />

Sacha said PTA’s programs allowed her to network with other veteran business<br />

owners and helped her with the “millions of ideas” running through her mind.<br />

“It allowed me to move through those ideas and focus on what I needed to. I<br />

also learned during Prince's Trust to identify a change intact as a redirection and<br />

not as a failure.” she said.<br />

Sacha said she planned to continue growing Swaggy Threads Star and potentially<br />

work with some ex-service organisations and other veteran owned businesses,<br />

made possible through the networking opportunities PTA provides.<br />

“I'd also love to be a stallholder at the Handmade Canberra markets – maybe as<br />

a collaboration with another PTA supported business, bringing multiple talents<br />

together.” she said.<br />

54 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> | Tri-Services <strong>Magazine</strong> Incorporated APRIL/MAY <strong>2023</strong> 55


A DARWIN CHOCOLATE<br />

FACTORY EXPERIENCE<br />

RESTAURANT REVIEW<br />

DE LAGO RESORT ON LAKE BENNETT<br />

Lake Bennett, Chinner Rd | delagoresort.com.au<br />

f De Lago Resort on Lake Bennett<br />

<strong>The</strong> one-stop-shop menu covers breakfast, lunch and dinner,<br />

making choices simpler! We visited during the lunch and<br />

dinner menu.<br />

LUNCH:<br />

Beef burger – bigger than a mouth bite! Great flavour, good<br />

condiments, light, a meal; this burger left you wanting to savour the<br />

flavours<br />

Chicken burger – the light buns allow you to enjoy the subtle flavours<br />

associated with all parts of this delicious burger; cooked to perfection<br />

the serving size satiated the hunger yet left you wanton!!<br />

DINNER:<br />

Korean chicken – rich and saucy, melt in the mouth deliciousness on a<br />

plate, portion size spot on, perfect balance of flavours<br />

S&P Squid – cooked to perfection, soft and subtle flavours popped on<br />

the palate; the portion size was ideal leaving with the thought that it<br />

truly was the best S&P squid you’d ever had!<br />

ABOUT THE SETTING:<br />

Situated 80km south of Darwin, Lake Bennett was<br />

constructed in 1980 and now houses lakeside cabins,<br />

permanent homes and the De Lago Resort set on 4.45<br />

km2 tropical wilderness and is the perfect get-away just<br />

one hour from the hustle and bustle of everyday living.<br />

De Lago Resort offers a variety of accommodation<br />

options from unpowered and powered sites to budget<br />

and deluxe rooms. Located on the edge of the<br />

gorgeous Lake Bennett, the inland water hole is great<br />

for swimming, canoeing, fishing, relaxing and soaking up<br />

some well deserved rest and relaxation.<br />

De Lago offers a bistro style menu complimented by a<br />

range of local and interstate beverages; from simple<br />

burgers to delectable seafood, there is something to<br />

suit all palates. Whilst the food is delectable, the<br />

deluxe cabins are a charm and with private balconies<br />

overlooking the gorgeous lake, sunset is a special treat!<br />

Sit back and unwind, relax by the pool or take a walk<br />

through the village, De Lago Resort on Lake Bennett is<br />

the perfect spot to rekindle relationships, hang with<br />

family & friends or simply just be!<br />

Open: 8 am - Late, 7 Days a Week.<br />

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner<br />

Bookings Required<br />

Price Range: $ - $$<br />

Fully Licenced: Happy Hour 4 - 6 pm<br />

Recommended for: Couples,<br />

Date Nights, Families, Kids,<br />

Friends, Colleagues, Meetings,<br />

Special Events, Birthdays,<br />

Anniversaries<br />

Gluten-Free Options Available<br />

Vegetarian Options Available<br />

Reviewed by Charlene & Paul Carter<br />

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

<strong>The</strong>re is a thrill of excitement in the air<br />

whilst we await the elusive chocolate fairy;<br />

anticipation is rising, none of us have the<br />

slightest clue what to expect! We’re<br />

provided with pencil and paper; what! Noone<br />

said we needed to draw, where are the<br />

artists? <strong>The</strong>re is a scurry as each participant<br />

seeks to see who has drawn what; what are<br />

we to do?<br />

Designs done, hair nets on, it’s time to get down and<br />

dirty!<br />

Settling into position within the chocolate making room,<br />

we’re each given a piping bag of warm chocolate, we<br />

need to work super-fast to ensure it doesn’t set before<br />

our designs are complete. All too soon, we’ve finished<br />

our delicious masterpieces and the anxious wait<br />

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Being run on <strong>April</strong> 23rd, we are combining the two<br />

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LMDh is also being included for the speed demons<br />

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Anzac livery on and come support a great cause.<br />

Entries will be $10 per CAR, entries are NOW<br />

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Written by Veteran<br />

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Darwin Chocolate Factory offers a variety of<br />

experiences from simple tastings to the creation of our<br />

own designs. <strong>The</strong>re’s fun in participating and supporting<br />

a group of youth to draw and create during a unique<br />

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Whilst the experience moves quickly, the enjoyment of<br />

creating unique designs and indulging is a memory that<br />

will last a lifetime!<br />

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Community Coorindator<br />

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Dental disease is a common problem for<br />

our pets, with 85% of pets over 3 years<br />

of age suffering from periodontal<br />

disease. Plaque (a mixture of food<br />

particles, saliva and bacteria) attaches to<br />

the surface of the teeth and needs to be<br />

removed. If it is not removed, it will<br />

mineralise to form tartar.<strong>The</strong><br />

accumulation of plaque on the teeth<br />

leads to an immune system response that<br />

causes periodontal disease.<br />

Obesity is a common problem in Australia, How<br />

can you tell if your pet has dental disease? <strong>The</strong> first<br />

step is to look in your pet’s mouth regularly. If the<br />

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well and will not show obvious behavioural<br />

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DENTAL CARE<br />

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If your pet has dental disease, treatment will usually involve a<br />

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polished, and properly assessed. If periodontal disease is<br />

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DENTAL HOMECARE<br />

It is ideal to start puppies and kittens on a homecare plan when<br />

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If your pet already has dental disease, make sure you get your<br />

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<strong>The</strong>ir mouth may be painful and a homecare program is unlikely<br />

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Brushing teeth daily is the most effective dental homecare. Your<br />

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brush your pet’s teeth.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are many other products that can be used to<br />

help such as dental diets, dental chews, and powders<br />

to reduce plaque attachment. Look for the VOHC<br />

(Veterinary Oral Health Council) seal of approval for<br />

products that have been tested and shown effective<br />

for reducing plaque.<br />

By following a consistent homecare program you can<br />

greatly improve your pet’s dental health. This will<br />

mean less professional cleanings, less tooth loss, and a<br />

happier, healthier pet.<br />

Written by All Pets<br />

allpetsvet.com.au<br />

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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 />

Mates4Mates.......................................................................................1300 4 MATES<br />

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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 />

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Website...............................................................www.playgroupnt.com.au<br />

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 />

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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