The Top Ender Magazine's Annual Youth Guide 2023

This guide has been created for Northern Territory students aged 10 -19 with a parent who is a veteran or serving member of the Australian Defence Force. It has been distributed to high school students in the local schools of the Top End to provide useful information, support and entertainment, and it includes several giveaway competitions designed to encourage our Defence youth community to connect and engage.

This guide has been created for Northern Territory students aged 10 -19 with a parent who is a veteran or serving member of the Australian Defence Force. It has been distributed to high school students in the local schools of the Top End to provide useful information, support and entertainment, and it includes several giveaway competitions designed to encourage our Defence youth community to connect and engage.


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T H E TO P E N D E R M A G A Z I N E P R E S E N T S<br />

D E F E N C E<br />


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

Tri-Services Magazine Inc


3 ANZACS<br />




6 NTYW23<br />






16 CADETS<br />
















39 ARMY CADETS<br />

40 NAVY CADETS<br />


42 SPORTS & CLUBS<br />








50 RECIPES<br />


53 CAPES4KIDS<br />











W W W.T H E T O P E N D E R M A G A Z I N E . O R G . A U


YOUTH GUIDE <strong>2023</strong><br />

It is with great pleasure that we introduce the very first <strong>Youth</strong> <strong>Guide</strong> Magazine,<br />

dedicated to honouring the remarkable young individuals who make up our Defence<br />

youth community. This magazine is designed specifically to celebrate the young<br />

people in the Defence community by providing support, information, stories and<br />

entertainment to kids and teens who have a parent who is a veteran or serving<br />

member in the Australian Defence Force.<br />


Being part of a Defence family has it’s own unique challenges for you. Whether that’s<br />

changing schools and making new friends, spending a significant time apart from loved<br />

ones, or searching for your passion in your favourite hobbies.<br />

In this magazine, we aim to capture stories of your experiences, sharing the triumphs,<br />

struggles, and lessons you have learned along the way. As well as sharing valuable<br />

insights and resources to help you make the most of this unique lifestyle.<br />

We hope this <strong>Youth</strong> <strong>Guide</strong> will foster a sense of community among our young<br />

readers. We encourage you to come along to our next event, connect with others,<br />

and share your thoughts on what we can do to create more opportunities for you in<br />

the community.<br />

Thank you,<br />

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

ANZACS<br />

As we commemorate ANZAC Day and Remembrance Sunday each year, we<br />

encourage you to join us in taking a moment of reflection and paying our<br />

respects to our veterans.<br />

What does ANZAC Day mean to you?<br />

<strong>The</strong> Ode comes from For the Fallen, a<br />

poem by the English poet and writer<br />

Laurence Binyon and was published in<br />

London in the Winnowing Fan; Poems of<br />

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

became the League Ode, was already<br />

used in association with commemoration<br />

services in Australia in 1921.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Ode<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 />

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

traditions/ode<br />

“In Flanders Fields” is a war poem written<br />

on 3 May 1915 by Canadian Lieutenant-<br />

Colonel John McCrae. It was first<br />

published on 8 December 1915 and<br />

remains one of the most quoted poems<br />

from the war and resulted in the<br />

‘remembrance poppy’ becoming one of<br />

the most recognised symbols of<br />

remembrance in the world.<br />

In Flanders Fields<br />

In Flanders fields the poppies blow<br />

Between the crosses, row on row,<br />

That mark our place; and in the sky<br />

<strong>The</strong> larks, still bravely singing, fly<br />

Scarce heard amid the guns below.<br />

We are the Dead. Short days ago<br />

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,<br />

Loved and were loved, and now we lie,<br />

In Flanders fields.<br />

Take up our quarrel with the foe:<br />

To you from failing hands we throw<br />

<strong>The</strong> torch; be yours to hold it high.<br />

If ye break faith with us who die<br />

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow<br />

In Flanders fields.<br />

Author: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, 1915<br />

Photo Credit: John McCrae AWM<br />

Source: https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/blog/inflanders-fields-the-poem<br />

2 3<br />

Dates to remember:<br />

3<br />

ANZAC Remembrance<br />

Day: 25 Sunday:<br />

April<br />

Second Sunday in November.<br />

Remembrance Day: 11am of the 11 th November



<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> End of Australia is a significant location for<br />

our rich military history, with a number of sites<br />

preserved to remember the bombing of Darwin<br />

on the 19th of February, 1942. <strong>The</strong> Japanese<br />

inflicted 64 air raids on Darwin, destroying thirty<br />

military aircraft and nine ships in Darwin Harbour<br />

(plus two destroyed outside the harbour) until 12<br />

November 1943. In total, there were 97 air attacks<br />

across Northern Australia, including Katherine,<br />

Derby (WA), Port Hedland (WA) and Townsville<br />

(QLD) between 1942 and 1944.<br />

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

locations across Darwin, Katherine and Adelaide<br />

River. <strong>The</strong>se sites offer visitors a chance to pay<br />

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

frontline and the Territory’s multicultural<br />

community affected by the bombing raids. Asian,<br />

European and Indigenous people worked<br />

alongside the allied servicemen as Darwin was<br />

attacked over an 18 month period.<br />

<strong>The</strong> devastation suffered by the Territories families<br />

was profound. <strong>The</strong> evacuees who returned and<br />

the wider community came together to rebuild<br />

Darwin after the war, and many stories of<br />

tragedy and survival have been shared during<br />

these years.<br />

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

resilience, and spirit of those living in the Territory,<br />

quite as profoundly as the Bombing of Darwin.<br />

Sources: City of Darwin & Australian War<br />

Memorial Website<br />

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/E84294<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End Tourism<br />

military sites:<br />

Darwin Cenotaph on the<br />

Esplanade<br />

Darwin Military Museum &<br />

East Point Area<br />

Darwin Waterfront / Stokes<br />

Hill Wharf<br />

USS Peary Memorial<br />

Bicentennial Park<br />

WWII Oil Storage Tunnels<br />

Adelaide River War Cemetery<br />

Sandy Creek Watch Post<br />

Charles Darwin National Park<br />

and storage bunkers<br />

Survivor’s Lookout<br />

Government House<br />

16 Mile Camp<br />

Cox Peninsula & Wagait Beach<br />

Strauss Airfield<br />

Manton Dam<br />

Batchelor Museum<br />

Source: www.tourismtopend.com.au/<br />

military-sites<br />

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

things-to-do/community-celebrations/<br />

bombing-of-darwin<br />


We would like to celebrate our amazing <strong>Top</strong> End teachers with 2<br />


To enter, simply send us an email with your nomination (including school) and<br />

tell us in 25 words or less why your nominated teacher is so amazing!<br />

Enter before 31 August <strong>2023</strong><br />

Terms: Prizes valued at approximately $50 each Open to NT-based Defence kids under age 18. Open until 31 August <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Winners will be notified by phone or email. Enter online by visiting www.thetopendermagazine.org.au/win<br />



Lest we forget our four-legged diggers<br />

served too - the 24th of February is National<br />

Day for War Animals in Australia.<br />

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

Organisation Inc. (AWAMO) was initially<br />

set up to establish recognition for animals<br />

that had died in conflicts - over 9 million<br />

alone in WWI.<br />

AWAMO is a registered nonprofit<br />

charity made up of<br />

community members from<br />

diverse backgrounds that<br />

have the likeminded aim to<br />

recognise the deeds and<br />

sacrifices of all animal<br />

species, who have given their<br />

lives and their loyalty, serving<br />

alongside their human handlers in war and<br />

peace time.<br />

Purple poppies are designed to be worn<br />

alongside the traditional red one as a<br />

reminder of their bravery and that both<br />

humans and animals served together.<br />

Funds raised from donations and the sale<br />

of Purple Poppies are used by AWAMO to<br />

establish education programs, support<br />

dogs and memorials,<br />

including the cost of<br />

installing bronze statues in<br />

Pozieres, France (worth<br />

$250,000!) to<br />

commemorate war animals<br />

from all Nations.<br />

Purple poppies can be purchased in the NT from:<br />

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

Pins and other products are available online:<br />

https://www.purplepoppies.com.au/products/<br />

PAWS Darwin - <strong>The</strong> Benefits of pets<br />

Are you someone who loves animals but haven’t got time for a full-time pet? Have you considered fostering<br />

a pet, which is also an excellent way to improve wellbeing?<br />

Here are some benefits to being around animals;<br />

• Reduce feelings of loneliness<br />

• A loving and loyal companion<br />

• Lift your mood<br />

• Keep you active<br />

• Help you meet other pet owners at events and<br />

parks<br />

• A happy face to greet you every day<br />

Paws Darwin are focused on minimising the amount<br />

of time that animals live in cages and try to find<br />

loving foster homes as soon as possible. For pets<br />

who are transitioning from an animal shelter into<br />

their ‘furever home’, the adjustment is easier for pets<br />

who have experienced life in a home environment as<br />

part of a foster program.<br />

Paws Darwin will cover medical expenses, including<br />

but not limited to tick & flea treatment, worming,<br />

vaccinations and desexing while in foster care, as<br />

well as dry foot and car litter dependent on the<br />

funding available for the shelter.<br />

Weekly training sessions are also highly<br />

recommended for dog carers. As part of the foster<br />

program, it is important to provide a safe, secure and<br />

loving environment with a commitment to vet<br />

appointments, animal updates and staying in contact<br />

with potential adopters for meet and greet activities.<br />

Unfortunately, Paws Darwin are unable to accept<br />

volunteers at the centre under 16 years of age,<br />

however you can help by organising blanket, food or<br />

toy donations and/or thinking of ways to raise money<br />

for the shelter - please contact Paws Darwin for<br />

more information.<br />

Written by Deb Herring<br />

Resources: https://pawsdarwin.org.au



YOUTH<br />

WEEK<br />

TINDAL<br />


During NT <strong>Youth</strong> Week, a group of<br />

young people from the RAAF Tindal<br />

Community were able to participate in<br />

some fun activities thanks to <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong><br />

<strong>Ender</strong> and Network Tindal, and proudly<br />

supported by the NT Government <strong>Youth</strong><br />

Week Grants Initiative.<br />

Our group of young people embraced the<br />

opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous weather on<br />

a guided two-hour boat tour of the Katherine<br />

Gorge with Nitmiluk Tours. After some rain had<br />

fallen in the days prior, we could see waterfalls<br />

flowing and the river a little higher than usual<br />

for that time of year. We learnt about the<br />

formation of the unique zig-zag gorge system,<br />

the wildlife that inhabits the area and the<br />

changes it experiences through the seasons - it<br />

was a great morning!<br />

#NTYW23<br />

We’d like to thank the NT Government<br />

for supporting our NT <strong>Youth</strong> Week<br />

activities through the NT Government<br />

<strong>Youth</strong> Week Grants Initiative this year.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Magazine was able to secure<br />

grant funding to provide a range of activities in<br />

Darwin and Tindal for the Defence <strong>Youth</strong><br />

community during April <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

With this funding, our young community was able<br />

to break free from the obstacle that Defence<br />

kids often endure - meeting new people and<br />

making new friends. Along with our new<br />

connections, we encouraged confidence building<br />

and enjoyed fun-filled activities!<br />

We hope to see you all again next year!<br />


NTYW is a fantastic opportunity to connect<br />

Defence <strong>Youth</strong>s with Defence <strong>Youth</strong>s. We<br />

understand the trials and tribulations that defence<br />

life offers, which is why we are passionate about<br />

ensuring our <strong>Youth</strong> get to experience “a little<br />

something” from our community as a way to<br />

acknowledge their part in supporting their defence<br />

parent - we know it isn’t always easy.<br />

With thanks to the NT Government’s <strong>Youth</strong> Week initiative,<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Magazine received some funding to create a<br />

number of events, which were well accepted and attended by<br />

a fabulous group of Defence youth. This years <strong>Youth</strong> Week<br />

theme was Break Free, Unleash Your Story and we had some<br />

valuable discussion around the challenges and benefits of<br />

defence life, as well as what defence youth would like to see and<br />

do in the <strong>Top</strong> End.<br />

<strong>The</strong> weather was hot and humid, but we had fun watching<br />

Super Mario Bros at the Movies, Barefoot Bowls and a laidback<br />

day of Crazy Sundaes!<br />

Here’s what our families had to say:<br />

“<strong>The</strong> events aimed at<br />

youth are a nice change;<br />

youth tend to be<br />

overlooked in the <strong>Top</strong><br />

End in favour of younger<br />

kids”<br />

“I hope to see more<br />

things targeted at<br />

the teenagers”<br />

“Thank you for<br />

doing this”<br />

“Great activities<br />

for the teens that<br />

they loved”<br />

Another group of youth joined in the fun to see<br />

Super Mario Bros during NT <strong>Youth</strong> Week. With<br />

some buttery popcorn and a drink in hand, we<br />

enjoyed the time out at Katherine Cinema 3.<br />

Thanks to <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong>, Network Tindal and<br />

the NT Government for this opportunity!<br />

Written by Char Carter<br />

Community Coordinator<br />

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

“Great movie<br />

choice and a nice<br />

treat for the kids to<br />

be bought popcorn<br />

and drinks”<br />

Written by Samantha Schulz<br />

Community Coordinator<br />

Network Tindal<br />

Unleash your story - please contact us with<br />

story submissions, event ideas and activity<br />

suggestions for Defence youth:<br />

6 admin@thetopendermagazine.org.au 7<br />



YOUTH<br />


In Australia, we typically have two types of bank<br />

accounts for youth:<br />

1. Everyday account<br />

Used for everyday spending with regular<br />

money coming in and going out<br />

This account will let you have card access<br />

once old enough<br />

Whilst you are at school, you should not be<br />

paying fees to have this account open<br />

2. Savings account<br />

Long-term savings with funds locked into<br />

account for a set period of time to earn<br />

more interest from the bank.<br />

This advice is general and does not<br />

take into account your objectives,<br />

financial situation or needs. You<br />

should consider whether the advice is<br />

suitable for you and your personal<br />

circumstances (Before you make any<br />

decision about whether to acquire a<br />

certain product, you should obtain<br />

and read the relevant product<br />

disclosure statement).<br />

For more information on<br />

personal finance:<br />

• https://moneysmart.gov.au/ -<br />

Highly recommended<br />

• https://adfconsumer.gov.au/ -<br />

Has great guides and able to<br />

give advice to defence<br />

members and their families.<br />

Australia also has a few types of cards to spend<br />

money almost everywhere we go!<br />

1. Bank Card – Typically Aged 12 years and upward*<br />

2. Debit Card – Typically Aged14 years and upward*<br />

(allows online purchases as a Visa/<br />

Mastercard)<br />

3. Credit Card - Aged 18 years and over; the bank<br />

allows you to use this card, anytime you use the card<br />

you have to pay the bank fees and interest until<br />

nothing is owed (often referred to as ‘bad debt’)<br />

Understanding where your money goes will help you budget<br />

and save for your goal!<br />

You need to know some things before getting started such as:<br />

• How much money do you have coming into your bank?<br />

• How much money is being spent on needs or wants?<br />

• What are you saving for and when do you need it saved by?<br />

Learning the difference between “needs and wants” will help<br />

you in budgeting; sometimes we need to make small sacrifices<br />

to achieve a larger goal!<br />

Self-discipline is needed. You might have saved 100’s of dollars<br />

in your bank, but really, really, really want to buy something else<br />

- this means it’ll take you longer to meet your goals.<br />

Effective leaders are focused on empowering<br />

teams to be the best version of themselves,<br />

without needing to intimidate people to see<br />

results. Here are some easy tips to remember<br />

about leadership that can be applied to<br />

personal and professional situations:<br />

Compassion give people an opportunity to be themselves, while providing support and<br />

encouragement at every opportunity - some people may be facing challenges that they don’t talk about.<br />

Genuine compassion and tolerance for others is a sign of professionalism and will help to<br />

build a network of positive relationships around you.<br />

Curiosity think about why some situations didn’t work out how you had planned, then find<br />

solutions to these problems. Learn about people and use your creativity to overcome obstacles. Being<br />

curious is a great way to solve problems, learn new skills and find alternative options.<br />

Communication communicate when a problem is identified and be open to feedback.<br />

Active listening is also a form of communication and an opportunity to learn about the world around you.<br />

If you are focused on improving relationships with others, your communication should be respectful.<br />

Competence make sure that you fully understand what you are required to do and you<br />

complete tasks properly, provide accurate information and commit to learning as much as possible.<br />

Courage have the courage to do the right thing and step up in challenging situations. Know<br />

when to have a voice and when to listen, which includes the ability to see other points of view.<br />

It requires a lot of courage to lead from the front and accept responsibility when things don’t go to plan.<br />

Consistency lead without prejudice or favouritism, working to the strengths of other people in<br />

your team with a consistent approach to decision making. Are you treating some people different to other<br />

people because you like them more?<br />

Commitment commit to quality outcomes and leading by example. Show people that you<br />

are committed to the task and will actively work towards a positive outcome, despite any challenges that<br />

may arise. <strong>The</strong>re may be times when you<br />

need to do things you don’t want to do in<br />

order to get the job done.<br />

Culture provide a safe environment<br />

Written by Amanda Letcher<br />


and a positive culture where other people<br />

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

can grow without fear. Challenge toxic<br />

50% of your income straight to savings (40% of this is long<br />

behaviours in your team, work towards<br />

term goal +1 year, 10% is short term goal eg 3 months);<br />

a common goal and be flexible in your<br />

25% to Spending; and<br />

approach to change.<br />

25% to Investing (ask your parent or carer to help with<br />

Written by Deb Herring<br />

8 investment ideas that are low risk).<br />



<strong>Youth</strong>WorX NT works with a<br />

variety of industries to identify<br />

skill shortages and difficult to fill<br />

occupations within the NT.<br />

Once identified, <strong>Youth</strong>WorX<br />

NT works with eligible young<br />

people and adults, focusing on<br />

building their skills to engage in<br />

those identified industryspecific<br />

roles. Ongoing support<br />

is provided to both the<br />

participant and their employee.<br />


THIS?<br />

<strong>Youth</strong>WorX NT uses a<br />

successfully 4 step model to<br />

identify skills, strengths and<br />

opportunities and connects the<br />

participants with suitable<br />

employment options.<br />

Throughout the program,<br />

personal support and<br />

mentoring is provided to<br />

empower the individual to<br />

expand their knowledge<br />

and manage their<br />

own career.<br />

<strong>The</strong> program empowers individuals to:<br />

• Make life and career choices<br />

• Increase their learning opportunities<br />

• Build their employability skills<br />

• Secure employment<br />

<strong>The</strong>n the CareerStart Program connects individuals with<br />

work placements to secure ongoing work in a field with<br />

identified demand, typically through traineeship and<br />

apprenticeships; or go on to further education and/or<br />

training.<br />

CareerStart is open to all ages including adults > 25yrs.<br />

No matter where your young<br />

person is in their journey to<br />

adulthood, <strong>Youth</strong>WorX NT has<br />

different programs and flexibility<br />

to support every young person's<br />

unique needs. <strong>The</strong> age range best<br />

supported by<strong>Youth</strong>WorX NT is<br />

15-24 years, however, if your young<br />

person is not within this range,<br />

please reach out to<br />

the<strong>Youth</strong>WorX NT team for<br />

guidance.<br />

All <strong>Youth</strong>WorX NT programs are<br />

person-centred and designed to<br />

improve the skills of our young<br />

people, through NDIS or without.<br />

<strong>Youth</strong>WorX NT uses proven<br />

techniques to help our young<br />

people become prepared for the<br />

workforce, through empowerment<br />

by education in many areas to<br />

promote self-sufficiency, such as:<br />

• Social and business<br />

communication skills<br />

• Money management<br />

• Travel skills<br />

• Understanding personal hygiene<br />

and presentation<br />

• Understanding your rights in the<br />

workplace<br />

• Teamwork<br />

• Decision making<br />

• Problem solving<br />

• Planning and Organising skills<br />

• Working independently<br />

• Time management skills<br />

• Prioritising skills<br />

• Conflict resolution and<br />

negotiation<br />

• Coping with challenges and<br />

building resilience<br />

<strong>Youth</strong>WorX NT understands that<br />

not all young people require or<br />

qualify for NDIS, so we<br />

recommend viewing their website<br />

to research a number of different<br />

programs that suit a wide range of<br />

goals for all abilities and<br />

backgrounds.<br />


Career Launchpad is a program designed to assist<br />

transition from school into the workforce. It is also eligible<br />

for young people with a disability who are not eligible for<br />

an NDIS plan.<br />

<strong>Youth</strong>WorX NT, through the Career Launchpad program,<br />

offer personalised coaching, accredited life skills training,<br />

skills development and access to real-world opportunities<br />

that build confidence, independence and work readiness.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Career Launchpad Program is tailored to your<br />

individual needs and goals, delivered through four phases:<br />

1. Guidance and exploration of strengths and talents<br />

2. Preparing you for the workplace<br />

3. Explore work opportunities that match your goals and<br />

skills<br />

4. Ongoing support for your journey<br />

<strong>Youth</strong>worX NT achieve this with the individual by:<br />

• Developing Independence workshops<br />

• Travel training<br />

• Industry tours<br />

• Cooking skills<br />

• Budgeting and managing your money<br />

• Workplace norms<br />

• Understanding your workplace rights and<br />

responsibilities<br />

As a Career Launchpad participant, you can expect to gain<br />

the following:<br />

• Increased ability to live independently and apply selfcare<br />

• Confidence to join the workforce<br />

• A nationally-accredited Certificate I in Developing<br />

Independence<br />

• An understanding of how things work in the workplace<br />

• A turbo-charge of your life skills, including<br />

communicating with others and dealing with challenges<br />

Contact <strong>Youth</strong>WorX NT for more information about their<br />

Written by Amanda Letcher<br />

10 11<br />

range of programs, including Encompass (for NDIS<br />

Community Contributor<br />

participants) and Leadership Academy!<br />

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


Have you thought about a career in uniform<br />

or learning something unique, or perhaps<br />

not sure what to do because you don’t see<br />

yourself doing an “ordinary” role? Did you<br />

know your experience as a defence family<br />

member might give you extra insight and<br />

skills for a future career in protecting our<br />

country?<br />

Let’s explore some career options that may not<br />

typically come to mind:<br />


<strong>The</strong> AFP outsmart crime through intelligent action;<br />

with three entry pathways there is sure to be 1<br />

pathway that interests you:<br />

1. Police Officer Careers<br />

a. Investigate breaches of the law<br />

b. Use information and evidence to determine<br />

the appropriate law-enforcement response<br />

c. Interview witnesses and suspects<br />

d. Collect, prepare and present evidence<br />

e. Work with prosecution agencies, attend<br />

court and give evidence.<br />

2. Protective Service Officer (PSO) Careers<br />

a. Undertake national protective security and<br />

first-response operations<br />

b. Deter, detect and respond to criminal<br />

activity<br />

c. Report, input, collate and retrieve data for<br />

operational purposes.<br />

3. AFP Specialists and Support Careers<br />

a. Specialist and support staff in the AFP<br />

enable the work of the AFP’s frontline,<br />

providing support such as:<br />


<strong>The</strong> Australia Defence Force (ADF) has a wide<br />

variety of roles to work in across Army, Navy and the<br />

Airforce, including;<br />

Aviation<br />

Business, administration<br />

and education<br />

Combat & security<br />

Communications, IT and<br />

Intelligence<br />

Engineering<br />

Healthcare, Science and<br />

chaplaincy<br />

Logistics, Hospitality and<br />

Support<br />

Officers and Management<br />

Trade qualified roles<br />


ABF’s mission is to protect Australia’s border and<br />

enable legitimate travel and trade. Did you know<br />

that Australia has one of the world's largest and<br />

most challenging environments to protect?<br />

For some insight into what the ABF do, here are<br />

some weekly facts:<br />

Inspect 1.1 million mail<br />

items<br />

Clear 750, 000, air<br />

passengers<br />

Clear 700 ships<br />

Seize 850 prohibited drug<br />

imports<br />

Locate 300 unlawful noncitizens<br />

Collect AUD340 million<br />

in revenue on behalf of<br />

the Australian<br />

Government<br />

Patrol 2.3 million square<br />

nautical miles<br />

Could you see yourself helping to protect approx<br />

37,000km of coastline?<br />


UNIQUE<br />

Unique Careers are on the rise in<br />

Australia!<br />

<strong>The</strong>re has been much publicity relating to<br />

jobs that are disappearing from society,<br />

mainly due to technology upgrades and<br />

advancements, streamlining processes,<br />

automating systems and many other<br />

influences, but what jobs are being<br />

created from these changes?<br />

LinkedIn recently released an article<br />

based on their own research and data,<br />

listing the top 25 jobs in Australia on the<br />

rise in <strong>2023</strong>. Whether you are ‘job ready’<br />

now, or planning the direction of your<br />

career, some of these jobs may get you<br />

thinking of future planning:<br />

Written by Amanda Letcher<br />

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/linkedin-jobs-rise-<strong>2023</strong>-25-roles-australia-growing-/<br />






Graduate Systems Engineer at Thales<br />

1. Technical Program<br />

Manager<br />

2. Clinical Exercise<br />

Physiologist<br />

3. Site Reliability Engineer<br />

4. Sales Development<br />

Representative<br />

5. Platform Engineer<br />

6. Growth Specialist<br />

7. Claims Adjustor<br />

8. Machine Learning<br />

Engineer<br />

9. Sustainability Manager<br />

10. Enterprise Account<br />

Executive<br />

11. Cyber Security analyst<br />

12. Crime Analyst<br />

13. Data engineer<br />

14. Job Coach<br />

15. Cloud Engineer<br />

16. Customer Success<br />

Manager<br />

17. Client Associate<br />

18. Business Development<br />

Manager<br />

19. Health Assistant<br />

20. Service Desk Engineer<br />

21. Delivery Consultant<br />

22. Cyber Security Engineer<br />

23. Finance Associate<br />

24. Product Designer<br />

25. Technology Project<br />

Manager<br />


JOB?<br />

Working with a great bunch of people to tackle<br />

very complex problems that no one could possibly<br />

solve on their own.<br />

Future-proofing your career – In the<br />


digital age, it can be easy to be swept<br />

i. <strong>The</strong>re are specialist roles in Intelligence,<br />

My team does mechanical, electrical, software HAVE?<br />

up and distracted by what happens on<br />

Forensics, Fraud and Anti-corruption and<br />

and interface design as well as manufacturing, I could become a specialized Technical Engineer, an<br />

our socials. Remember that your<br />

Cybercrime.<br />

testing and integration, covering all aspects of Engineering Manager, General Manager, Engineering<br />

interaction, even private messages, are<br />

ii. Whilst Support roles provide operational never truly deleted. Your online<br />

our projects.<br />

Consultant or even CEO, but who knows! I am<br />

support such as areas including finance,<br />

footprint is there to stay forever,<br />

enjoying what I am doing right now and don’t feel the<br />

human resources, policy and media.<br />

potentially affecting your future<br />

WHAT DID YOU STUDY AND need to look too far ahead, I’ll make those decisions<br />

employment opportunities.<br />


when I get to them.<br />

Systems Engineering majoring in Mechanics<br />

Written by Amanda Letcher<br />

Sources:<br />

Before you post a comment or photo,<br />

and Materials at the Australian National<br />

University - it took me 9 years to complete Interviewed by Amanda Letcher<br />

https://jobs.afp.gov.au/work-with-us<br />

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

12<br />

think about what you do online - look<br />

https://www.defencejobs.gov.au/jobs<br />

my studies.<br />

13<br />

at your profile from a different point of<br />

https://www.abf.gov.au/<br />

view; would your mum or dad approve?<br />

What would your future boss say?

<strong>The</strong> aim of the Scout Association of<br />

Australia is to encourage the physical,<br />

intellectual, emotional, social and<br />

spiritual development of young people<br />

so that they can take a constructive<br />

place in society as responsible citizens<br />

and as members of their local, national<br />

and international communities. NT<br />

Scout groups have the opportunity to<br />

attend the Scouts camping grounds<br />

located at Woorabinda in Howard<br />

Springs, near Litchfield National Park<br />

(typically used during the dry season for<br />

outdoor activities).<br />

Contact your local group based in the below suburbs:<br />

Alawa, Anula, Berrimah, Howard Springs, Humpty Doo, Katherine, Larrakeyah (Sea Scouts)<br />

and Palmerston<br />

Northern Territory Branch Contacts<br />

info@scoutsnthq.com.au<br />

(08) 8948 0994<br />

http://www.nt.scouts.com.au<br />

Scouts NT encourages active<br />

participation with parents supporting<br />

the younger groups via a range of<br />

leadership and supportive roles.<br />

Additionally, Scouts encourage adults from all<br />

backgrounds to engage and teach life skills such<br />

as those from occupational skills, first aid and<br />

so much more. Scouts NT also reward those<br />

adults helping via opportunity to enrol in a<br />

range of nationally accredited courses.<br />

Levels of Scouting<br />

Joeys > 6 to 8 years old<br />

Cubs > 7.5 to 11 years old<br />

Scouts > 10.5 to 15 years old<br />

Venturers > 14.5 to 18 years old<br />

Rovers > 18 to 25 years old<br />

Girl <strong>Guide</strong>s Australia offer girls aged 5-17 years a unique youth-led experience, in a safe, welcoming<br />

girl-only environment, where members experience a great variety of fun and engaging activities<br />

aimed at helping girls to become confident, young women.<br />

<strong>Guide</strong>s work together in small groups while assisted by volunteer adult Leaders who encourage<br />

<strong>Guide</strong>s to learn new skills and take on new challenges for their own personal growth.<br />


After arriving in Darwin in January 2020, my friend was<br />

talking about going to <strong>Guide</strong>s and after a little research, I<br />

became interested, so I decided to go along with her to<br />

check it out.<br />



Once a week during the school term, Girl <strong>Guide</strong> units<br />

meet up at a Girl <strong>Guide</strong> hall and do all sorts of different<br />

activities. Sometimes we work towards achieving our<br />

badges, which are a great way for a <strong>Guide</strong> to learn new<br />

skills and explore new interests. Working for badges<br />

helps us to widen our horizons, uncover new talents and<br />

learn practical skills that will enrich our lives. Other<br />

times we work on different challenges and sometimes we<br />

have fun game nights.<br />




My <strong>Guide</strong> unit has held camps at Howard Springs and<br />

Litchfield National Park, as well as attended regional<br />

camps with all the units from the Northern Territory like<br />

the 7 day camp in Tennant Creek and the national<br />

Jamboree in Ballarat VIC. We also participate in<br />

International Women’s Day marches, ANZAC Day march<br />

in Darwin City, Clean Up Australia Day, a Bunnings<br />

sausage sizzle fundraiser and a high tea function<br />



Being a Girl <strong>Guide</strong> has seen me commit some of my<br />

spare time to volunteering within the community. In 2021,<br />

I was awarded the Wanguri Primary School Australia Day<br />

Student Citizen Award during the Australia Day<br />

Citizenship Ceremony at the Darwin Convention Centre<br />

by the former Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael<br />

Gunner, Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis and Her Honour the<br />



Yes, if you are looking for a challenge, fun<br />

adventures and to make new friends in a<br />

welcoming environment with like-minded<br />

girls, then Girl <strong>Guide</strong>s is definitely for you.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Northern Territory Region<br />

has Girl <strong>Guide</strong>s units located at<br />

Moil, Parap, Palmerston,<br />

Humpty Doo and Katherine. All<br />

units have an obligation-free 2<br />

week trial of Guiding.<br />

To find out more information<br />

or to join a unit, please call<br />

their helpful team during<br />

ordinary NSW business<br />

hours on 1300 447 548 or 02<br />

8396 5200 or enquire online<br />

at https://www.girlguidesnswactnt.org.au/<br />

Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AO, former Administrator<br />

14 15<br />

of the Northern Territory.

Have you thought about a career serving the community and learning valuable skills along the way?<br />

A Cadet program could be an amazing experience for your personal and professional development!<br />

Cadetship programs are available across the NT, typically for youth aged between 8 to 25.<br />

We recommend researching the range of different Cadet programs, including Air Force Cadets, Army<br />

Cadets and Navy Cadets, as well as the NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services Cadets, Junior Police<br />

Rangers or St John’s Cadets. You will need to research the different programs and registration and application<br />

process, as some programs only accept enrolments once a year with selected placements.<br />


Cadets<br />


Would you know what to do if you were involved in an emergency?<br />

<strong>The</strong> people on the scene at an emergency before the ambulance arrives play a vital role in saving lives. This is<br />

why it’s important that every person knows the basics of what to do in an emergency. St John will provide you<br />

with important first aid skills that may help save a life, but there is a lot more to being involved in a St John<br />

program than first aid!<br />

Other Programs available<br />

through connectedau.com.au:<br />

• Online Clubs<br />

• Book Club<br />

• Garden Club<br />

• Cooking<br />

Club<br />

• Social Club<br />

• Kids Club<br />

• Online events<br />

• Corporate Programs<br />

• School Programs<br />

What is the letterbox project?<br />

It is a national pen pal program fostering connection and community, with<br />

handwritten letters being sent across Australia to people feeling isolated<br />

and disconnected.<br />

In the digital age, a handwritten letter is a beautiful reminder of the power<br />

of real connection. Something seemingly simple can have a profound and<br />

lasting impact - for both the recipient and the writer. Every letter makes a<br />

difference.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Letterbox Project are on a mission to change the landscape of<br />

loneliness in Australia, and we hope you join us to create change not just<br />

for your community and consumers, but for the loneliness<br />

narrative in this country.<br />

And for the parents:<br />

Our Letterbox Project is the only national program with<br />

management and safety embedded. We do not share any<br />

identifiable information, and all letters are vetted by our team.<br />

Every single letter for the duration of the pen pal<br />

communication is sent through our team and approved,<br />

allowing relationships and connection to thrive while ensuring<br />

everyone in our community is safe.<br />

St John offer a range of programs:<br />

8-11 years Junior - St John Juniors emphasise fun,<br />

helping people and participation. As a St John<br />

Junior, you'll participate in camps, excursions and<br />

adventure activities and learn basic first aid. You'll<br />

also have a chance to earn Interest Badges, which<br />

are achieved by taking part in a variety of Interest<br />

Courses like computing, sports, animal care,<br />

personal and road safety and much more. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

are 18 Interest Courses to choose from!<br />

11 – 17 years <strong>Youth</strong> - St John <strong>Youth</strong> is an active<br />

youth program for everyday kids. Whilst the<br />

emphasis is on first aid, you will also develop<br />

leadership and social skills through the programs<br />

and activities St John has to<br />

offer. But most of all, being a St<br />

John <strong>Youth</strong> Member is about<br />

having fun! St John provides you<br />

with many opportunities and<br />

recognises your achievements.<br />

18 – 25 years <strong>Youth</strong> Leaders -<br />

Turning 18 is only the beginning<br />

in St John! St John has a range<br />

of opportunities for young<br />

people aged 18 to 25 with a<br />

focus on developing important<br />

skills, leadership abilities and<br />

attributes that will help<br />

throughout life, including<br />

relationships, education, the<br />

workplace and community.<br />

https://cadets.stjohn.org.au/<br />



NTPFES Cadets is a 2 year program for youth<br />

commencing year 11. Intake commences around<br />

August every year.<br />

Junior Police Ranger is a 3 year program, for<br />

youth between year 8 and the end of year 10.<br />

Intake commences July and ends in October every<br />

year (target age is current year 7 students).<br />

https://pfes.nt.gov.au/join-us/youth-programs<br />

Adventure Lab is an app and platform from the<br />

team at Geocaching HQ that allows you to create,<br />

play and share unique outdoor scavenger hunts,<br />

experiences, and games. <strong>The</strong>re are currently over<br />

30,000 public adventures available worldwide. <strong>The</strong><br />

Adventure Lab® app guides players through the<br />

process of finding clues, solving puzzles, and<br />

completing adventures one location at a time. If<br />

you’re already a Geocaching member, these stages<br />

count as caches towards your Geocaching account’s<br />

statistics and total finds.<br />



Unlike traditional Geocaching, Adventures do not<br />

require a physical container and can be located<br />

indoors. <strong>The</strong> Adventure Lab® app expands the<br />

boundaries of traditional Geocaching into new<br />

spaces and experiences while introducing innovative<br />

and fresh ideas that make exploring even more fun!<br />

<strong>The</strong> Adventure Lab® app makes it possible to<br />

create both public and private experiences.<br />

www.geocaching.com/sites/adventure-lab/en/<br />



Media-rich gameplay experience - Adventures can<br />

include videos, imagery, and text for each location.<br />

We expect to make more features available as the<br />

Adventure Lab® app continues to grow.<br />

Location-based discovery - View all publicly<br />

available Adventures in your area directly in the<br />

app. No need for QR codes or links.<br />

Linear gameplay options - Follow clues and solve<br />

puzzles in a specific order or allow players to play<br />

freely to advance through unique Adventures.<br />

Verification - Adjustable geofencing verifies that<br />

players are actually at the Adventure locations to<br />

complete tasks or answer questions.<br />




<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> recently invited Australian Olympian, Luke Letcher, to discuss the challenges he faced when<br />

following his dreams and how the journey might not always be easy, but it is certainly worth it!<br />

Whilst studying at high school and then University, Luke continued his training as an elite athlete rower, taking<br />

regular breaks to compete at national and international championships.<br />

Luke’s athletic career highlights include winning gold in <strong>The</strong> Netherlands in the u23 Quadruple Sculls. Vowing<br />

not to give up despite facing adversaries, Luke Letcher went on to win bronze, whilst representing Australia<br />

rowing in the Men’s Quadruple Sculls at the recent Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, aged 27.<br />

We are proud to share Luke’s journey to becoming an elite athlete whilst<br />

being a student, then becoming an Olympian, before transitioning into a new<br />

career within defence industry.<br />


Firstly, I was very lucky to have an extremely supportive family. Even though<br />

they couldn’t do my sport or studies for me, doing other things like making<br />

lunches or helping to organise my busy schedule reduced my mental load and<br />

allowed me to focus on my studies and rowing.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re were also other sacrifices that have occurred due to my strict training<br />

regime. For example; in year 12, I still went along to parties and hung out with<br />

friends, but I would be selective about the nights I could really have fun based<br />

on what was coming up that week.<br />



Honestly, it was really challenging at times and I wasn’t a great student while I<br />

was travelling. I found that the only way I could focus on schoolwork was to<br />

look at my schedule in advance and identify the periods of time where I would<br />

be preparing for competitions, which gave me the motivation to complete my<br />

schoolwork beforehand.<br />


I have recently completed a Bachelors Degree in<br />

Systems Engineering at the Australian National<br />

University and have found a career with an<br />

engineering company within defence industry.<br />



Training to be an Olympian was an immense<br />

privilege and I would not change it for the world,<br />

but the hardest aspect was prioritising between<br />

other important parts of life that were put on hold<br />

or fell to the wayside. My training schedule often<br />

meant that study, work, friends and family came<br />

second or I would miss out on big events - there<br />

is no such thing as a part time elite athlete, so if<br />

you pursue this pathway, it always demands your<br />

primary attention.<br />


My motivation was to find out exactly what I am<br />

capable of. My daily pursuit was to be a little bit<br />

better than yesterday and to find out exactly how<br />

far I could go. For my kind of motivation, racing<br />

results aren’t the final goal but they are the universally<br />

accepted marker of being able to push that limit a bit<br />

more than the guy next to you.<br />



<strong>The</strong> biggest challenge in my rowing career was getting<br />

dropped from the National Training Centre in 2019.<br />

At the time, it felt like a big setback in my career but<br />

once I had come to terms with the loss and decided<br />

to continue training it allowed me to use my year of<br />

experience and knowledge to get the most out of<br />

myself, rather than having to listen to someone else<br />

who thought they knew what was best for me.<br />


Kim Brennan - I trained alongside her<br />

through her 2016 Olympic cycle where she<br />

ended up winning gold in the women’s<br />

single. She was an incredibly impressive<br />

athlete and I aspired to train and race as<br />

well as she did.<br />



My most memorable achievement was winning a<br />

bronze medal in the quad at the Tokyo 2020<br />

Olympics. It’s my most memorable achievement<br />

because I worked hard for that result and feel a<br />

strong sense of ownership alongside a tight knit team<br />

who all contributed to making it happen.<br />


<strong>The</strong> best advice that I have received was in the<br />

context of rowing, however it also applies to many<br />

other things in life was: Always take the hard road.<br />

Never skip a session, do those extra kms, put another<br />

kg on the weight bar, sit up tall, never save yourself for<br />

the end of the session, and always hold your form.<br />

Not because those things might make you any fitter<br />

or stronger, but because every time you chose the<br />

hard option you are training yourself to choose the<br />

hard road, so that when you do find yourself a tough<br />

position and everything in your body is screaming at<br />

you to stop, your instinct will kick in and keep you<br />

going.<br />



Positivity is a choice - you can’t choose to be happy,<br />

that’s something very different. But in every situation<br />

in life, you have a decision: you can choose to see all<br />

the ways that it could be bad, or you can choose<br />

positivity.<br />

Thank you to Luke Letcher for his time taken to participate in this interview.<br />

Interviewed by Amanda Letcher<br />

Community Contributor<br />

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


When a child is sick, they can spend a significant<br />

amount of time away from school receiving<br />

necessary treatment, which may lead them to fall<br />

behind in the classroom. It’s understandable that<br />

various doctor’s visits, medications and Hospital<br />

trips all take an emotional and physical toll on the<br />

sick child and their family. <strong>The</strong> Ronald McDonald<br />

Learning Program is one of five programs we<br />

offer through Ronald McDonald House Charities<br />

(RMHC) North Australia and aims<br />

to help children who have suffered<br />

a serious illness or injury to catch<br />

up on missed<br />

curriculum.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Learning<br />

Program was developed in<br />

Australia in 1997 and we are<br />

the only country in the world<br />

with this unique program.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Learning Program<br />

provides 40 hours of<br />

tutoring, tailored to the<br />

child’s specific needs.<br />

Tutoring is administered by<br />

a registered teacher in their<br />

area and is completely free to<br />

families and schools. We work in partnership with<br />

the tutor, school and family to identify the best way<br />

to support the student once they return to school.<br />

20<br />

Students receive tutoring sessions during<br />

the school day or after hours at a public<br />

location, such as a local library, depending<br />

on what works best for the family.<br />

Our service is very flexible<br />

as we have a holistic<br />

understanding of the needs<br />

of a recovering child.As well<br />

as tutoring, the Learning<br />

Program provides eligible<br />

students with an educational<br />

assessment, speech or occupational therapy,<br />

to assist them to re-engage with their<br />

learning.<br />

Referral for our service<br />

is quick and easy and<br />

can come from the<br />

hospital, your GP, school<br />

or self-referral.<br />

We then work with you to identify your child’s<br />

needs and begin the process of matching the<br />

student with a tutor.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Learning Program has an office here in<br />

Darwin and works with schools, families, tutors<br />

and Hospitals to support the educational needs of<br />

students. Please feel free to reach out if you think<br />

your child may need assistance from us - we are<br />

always happy to have a<br />

confidential chat.<br />

Darwin Office:<br />

08 8901 1328<br />

Written by Erin Lucas -<br />

Education Coordinator<br />

erin.lucas@rmhc.org.au<br />


Although art has been used as a method of self-expression, communication and healing for thousands of<br />

years, it is often overlooked as an effective strategy for emotional health and wellbeing.<br />

As many people struggle with self-disclosure and the ability to verbalise their feelings, art can be used<br />

as a way to unwind, refocus and express emotion in a meaningful way without needing to find words.<br />

<strong>The</strong> purpose of art therapy is focused on the process of creating art, rather than the end product, which<br />

can be translated through a diverse range of styles, mediums and formats to suit the expressions of the<br />

artist. If you are currently struggling with an inability to talk about your challenges or needing to find a<br />

positive outlet, there are a number of art workshops and classes available online or face-to-face.<br />


Darwin Adult Short Courses – Offering a range of art and craft courses for<br />

adults, it’s easy to find your next hobby and art project, including drawing, sewing,<br />

garment making, clay work and watercolour painting.<br />

https://www.adultshortcourses.com/<br />

<strong>The</strong> Artful Room - <strong>The</strong> Artful Room is situated in Nightcliff and provides weekly<br />

after school art workshops for children from 5 to 18, as well as the occasional<br />

adult classes.<br />

https://theartfulroom.com.au/<br />

Katherine Regional Art Studio - Our studio space includes screen-printing<br />

facilities, print press, kiln and wide variety of materials including paints, pastels and<br />

charcoals; clay and glazes; lino; and more!<br />

https://katherineregionalarts.org.au/studio<br />

Tactile Arts – Offering a contemporary and unique range of artistic workshops<br />

for all ages, including jewellery making, block printing and macrame.<br />

https://tactilearts.org.au/<br />

Keep an eye on your social media updated for pop-up art workshops with these defence organisations:<br />

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood House I Robertson Barracks Family Group I Mates 4 Mates I NetworkTindal<br />

Spaces are usually limited, so make sure you stay up to date with upcoming events and book early!<br />

Written by Deb Herring<br />

WIN<br />

‘Hare’ drawing by Penelope (13)<br />

Draw, paint, sculpture, make or model<br />

You could win a prize pack from our supporters at<br />

Officeworks, simply by sending us a photo of your own art<br />

creations!<br />

Terms: Prize valued at $100. Open to NT-based Defence kids under<br />

age 18. Open until 31 August <strong>2023</strong>. Winners will be notified by phone<br />

or email. Enter online by visiting www.thetopendermagazine.org.<br />

au/win and submitting an original artwork (e.g. painting, drawing,<br />

sculpture, lego creation, sewing creation etc...). Can’t attach a photo of<br />

your creation to our online form? Email it to us at<br />


WIN<br />

Not all Gelato is the same. Ours is made with caring hearts<br />

and hands using the freshest Australian milk and only the<br />

finest all-natural ingredients.<br />

"Gelato" is Italian for ice cream and the main ingredients are the<br />

same: milk, cream and sugar.<br />

But unlike most ice cream, Trampoline Gelato contains less fat and<br />

less air, leaving more room for all of the good stuff like fresh fruit<br />

and nuts (after all, who wants to be eating air?)<br />

Trampoline prides itself on using the freshest milk and cream<br />

direct from our local Australian farmers, so when you buy<br />

Trampoline, you're supporting local Aussie farmers too!<br />

Sourcing ingredients fresh and preparing our gelato and sorbets<br />

on site daily, you'll be able to taste the difference! Few, if any,<br />

gelato scoopers can lay claim to this<br />

fact.<br />

You can find Trampoline Gelato<br />

at the Darwin Waterfront.<br />


You could win one of ten gelato vouchers to use at Trampoline<br />

Darwin! Simply tell us your favourite ice cream gelato flavour for your<br />

chance to win.<br />

Terms: Prize valued at $7 per voucher. Open to NT-based Defence kids under age<br />

18. Open until 31 August <strong>2023</strong>. Winners will be notified by phone or email. Enter<br />

online by visiting www.thetopendermagazine.org.au/win<br />

Kindly donated by Trampoline, Darwin Waterfront.<br />

Open 10:00am - 6:00pm daily, the Wave Lagoon<br />

is one of Darwin's most popular attractions. This<br />

safe wave and swimming lagoon rolls out<br />

different wave patterns and includes a shallow<br />

water play area for younger children.<br />

What to expect<br />

This safe wave and swimming lagoon is stinger and<br />

crocodile free, covering an area of 4,000 square metres,<br />

including a shallow water play area for younger<br />

children.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Wave Lagoon rolls out 10 different wave patterns,<br />

from gentle swells to waves up to 1.2 metres high,<br />

perfect for boogie boarders. <strong>The</strong>re is a 20 minute break<br />

in-between each cycle. Boogie boards and tubes<br />

supplied or bring your own (just no surfboards).<br />

<strong>The</strong> lagoon depth is 2 metres at its deepest point,<br />

sloping up to the wet edge. <strong>The</strong> water is chlorinated<br />

salt and the lagoon has a concrete bottom.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are sun loungers and shady areas and you are<br />

welcome to bring your own temporary, light-weight<br />

shade tents, but nothing can be pegged into the<br />

ground.<br />

Wave Lagoon Kiosk<br />

Located onsite is the Wave Lagoon Kiosk and it<br />

is open daily from 10:00am - 6:00pm<br />

See the friendly staff to purchase; water,<br />

slushies, soft drinks and snack items as well<br />

as goggles, aqua plugs and tube rings.<br />

You can purchase Wave<br />

Lagoon tickets,<br />

Memberships and<br />

hire lockers from<br />

the Kiosk.<br />

Waterfront Wave<br />

Lagoon Single Passes<br />

You could win one of three<br />

single youth passes to the<br />

Darwin Waterfront Wave<br />

Lagoon this Dry Season!<br />

Simply enter online at www.<br />

thetopendermagazine.org.au/win<br />

Terms: Prize valued at $6 per<br />

pass. Open to NT-based Defence<br />

kids under age 15. Open until 31<br />

August <strong>2023</strong>. Winners will be<br />

notified by phone or email.<br />

Kindly donated by Darwin<br />

Waterfront.<br />


Cyber Safety<br />


FOR AGES 5-12<br />

Parental guidance is recommended<br />

Have you ever had someone ask you what is your real name (not just your gaming<br />

name), or maybe where you live? How old are you? Are you a boy or girl?<br />

<strong>The</strong> stranger online may try and build trust with you and share their own name,<br />

location, age and gender; how can you tell whether they are saying the truth? …. <strong>The</strong><br />

truth is, you can’t! It is important to remember that not everyone is<br />

who they say they are when online...<br />

If you get asked to share personal details like your name, home address, schools name,<br />

local shopping centre, age, gender or other identifying information, it is super<br />

important you tell a trusted adult like your mum or dad and do not give the person<br />

any information.<br />

Some people online will give you lots of compliments and it can make you feel really<br />

good inside; they may say things to make you trust them; they may even ask you to<br />

keep the conversations secret (not always); it is important that your trusted adult<br />

knows what is being said and they can read the conversation. Unless your trusted adult<br />

has met them personally and gives you the okay to talk with them, then treat them as a<br />

stranger - Remember this is to protect you and help you learn how to<br />

be safe online.<br />

FOR AGES 13+<br />

Have you thought about ways you can be safe online? If you haven't already, get your<br />

trusted adult involved and discuss ways you can keep your online identity private and<br />

ensure you have support if you ever see/hear/experience things like online bullying,<br />

grooming behaviours (and what that means), received or asked to send inappropriate<br />

images, or anything that doesn’t ‘feel right’.<br />

What you do online can have varying implications, it is important to involve your<br />

trusted adult to help you navigate the online world. It is also important to understand<br />

that some online interactions are illegal. For example, sexualised images and videos of<br />

someone under the age of 18 is considered to be sexual abuse or child abuse material;<br />

even if it is of your own body. It is illegal to create, share and store with other people,<br />

even if the photos/video are taken by yourself. It is important to know that an offence<br />

has been committed as soon as someone asks a young person to produce and send a<br />

single explicit image or video. If you have found yourself in a situation where you<br />

feel threatened or being asked to send personal images or content, please tell a<br />

trusted adult; even when it may feel like you have no way out of this situation.<br />

If you ever find yourself in a situation that may feel embarrassing<br />

or shameful, please keep open communication with your trusted<br />

adults as some predators/bullies will use the shame/<br />

embarrassment to keep the secret private. Please know there are ways to take<br />

control of these situations, you are not alone, you have support. Your trusted adult will<br />

be able to search for the appropriate help and ensure you stay protected.<br />


When your child is first learning how to be safe online you can ensure parental controls are<br />

set appropriately, build safe online habits and how to get help, as follows:<br />

• Supervision is essential<br />

• Set ground rules to when and where they can be connected with devices<br />

• This could be with an Online Safety Family Contract ( https://www.thinkuknow.org.<br />

au/ )<br />

• Oversight of what your child can view/watch<br />

• Control the approval of new friends, have oversight of messages/conversations<br />

• Encourage critical thinking and question suspicious behaviour<br />

• Be approachable and know how to support your child<br />

• Review privacy and technology settings on all devices<br />

• Research games and apps they want to use, restrict access to downloading<br />

• Know how to report.!<br />

Social media can be a great way to keep in touch with family and friends, be conscious<br />

of what information you post, personal details that can be gathered from images and<br />

not share information such as location of schools/shops etc.<br />

Dedicated to educating parents/carers and educators, of young children, to create a strong foundation for safer<br />

experiences and interactions online - https://playingitsafe.org.au/<br />


Once your child is older and able to use online programs with less monitoring it is<br />

important to encourage open communication, as this is an important part of keeping<br />

our youth safe online.<br />

• Understand what your child does online, who they talk to and what they share<br />

• Discuss with your child about the challenges of being online, and what they can do to<br />

ensure their own safety<br />

• Reassure and encourage them to seek help or guidance if anything goes wrong online<br />

• Always be approachable and support your child, it is not about taking devices away or<br />

punishment as this may discourage openness and increase risk of exploitation.<br />

• Remove stigma of some topics being shameful to discuss, it is important they know<br />

they can approach you with topics such as sexting, nudes, online porn, grooming and<br />

unwanted contact, safe gaming, and cyberbullying.<br />

• Always trust your instincts and report suspicious or inappropriate behaviour<br />

towards children.<br />

You can report suspicious or inappropriate behaviour towards children here -<br />

https://www.accce.gov.au/<br />

Evidence based education program led by the Australian Federal Police > All ages – Facts sheets and home<br />

learning activities available on topics such as: online grooming, image based sexual extortion and exploitation,<br />

learn about safer gaming and smart user names, and how to have safer online interactions - https://www.<br />

thinkuknow.org.au/<br />

5-8 years of age - please refer to the children's picture book “Jack changes the game”, after reading<br />

24<br />

the digital book, there are learning activities to complete<br />

Great resource on how to have those harder conversations and discusses laws around content,<br />

https://thinkuknow.org.au/resources-tab/parents-and-carers<br />

searches and sharing - https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/issues-and-advice<br />

Cyber Security for kids, learn how to create better digital protection on technology - https://<br />

www.cyber.gov.au/cyber-security-kids<br />


Age: Suitable for all ages<br />


“Learn, Build, Grow and make mates in the VGA Minecraft Server”<br />

Platforms: Cross-platform play is available on all platforms<br />

Seeking a unique idea for family games night?<br />

Start a new family tradition where you can create, play & explore safely together. For our<br />

Minecraft Families out there, get the whole family involved when you join the new VGA server; which<br />

is available online in the Minecraft Bedrock edition world. This is a safe and secure community,<br />

closed for veteran children & their parents only.<br />

VGA also have a dedicated Minecraft Discord channel where permission will be given for parents/<br />

children who want to talk about Minecraft with others whilst playing.<br />

If you are interested in being whitelisted to enable access to the VGA Minecraft server, your children<br />

must be aged 17 and under and welcoming of both veteran children & their parents as a space they<br />

can create and explore with other veteran families.<br />

“Work as a team or explore solo, to<br />

overcome threats and challenges, in<br />

this Norse mythology inspired world,<br />

as a Viking”<br />

Age: Only recommended for older kids, teens and above due to content<br />

(Rated M)<br />

Platforms: Microsoft Store on XBOX , PC on Steam<br />

Valheim is an exploration and survival game for 1-10 players set in a world inspired by Norse<br />

mythology. Craft powerful weapons, construct longhouses, and slay mighty foes to prove yourself to<br />

Odin!<br />

When exploring the world shrouded in mystery, you will discover distinct environments with unique<br />

enemies to battle, resources to gather and secrets to uncover!<br />

You may struggle to survive as you gather materials and craft weapons, armour, tools, ships, and<br />

defences. You can take the slower path to decorate your hearths and sharpen your blades, grow crops<br />

and vegetables, prepare food, brew meads and potions, and progress as you defeat more difficult<br />

bosses and discover new recipes and blueprints.<br />

Raise Viking longhouses and build bases that offer a reprieve from the dangers that can surround you.<br />

Progress through building tiers to upgrade, expand and defend your base. Customise buildings, both<br />

inside and out, with a detailed building system that will be sure to inspire!<br />

<strong>The</strong> best part, be a Viking, sail the open seas in search of unknown lands, and fight bloodthirsty<br />

monsters.<br />

Note: This game is still in development stage, get early access, and progress with the VGA team<br />

(please reach out to the VGA team for more info on their limited places available).<br />

Sources:<br />

https://veterangamingaustralia.com.au/ https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/about-minecraft https://www.valheimgame.com/<br />

This is a shout-out to the parents of gamers!<br />


Understanding the Social and Emotional Benefits of Gaming:<br />

Research has found video games to be an efficient tool for mood<br />

management.<br />

This is because games engage players in a way that meets basic psychological needs as humans. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

give you a sense of autonomy (you are free to make your own choices and have control),<br />

competence (you can achieve things, and be successful), and relatedness (connecting with other<br />

villagers and your friends via online play). <strong>The</strong>se three components – autonomy, competence, and<br />

relatedness – are universal and thought to be essential for an individual's psychological health and<br />

wellbeing.<br />


Video game nights are a way to spend quality time together playing<br />

games you love. Many games are fun and also build skills in areas of<br />

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).; such as<br />

Minecraft.<br />

When joining into play, remember to allow your child the<br />

opportunity to lead the game play, ask “what can I do to help you?”<br />

or “what is our little mini-mission, what can I do?”<br />

Try these conversation starters by asking your child/children;<br />

• What game are you loving at the moment?<br />

• What do you think you’re learning in the game?<br />

• Are there friends from school playing with you?<br />

• What part do you love the most? (for example, it could be exploring,<br />

crafting, adventure)<br />

WHAT IS A<br />

SERVER?<br />

A server is a huge online<br />

world where only real<br />

people that are checked<br />

by VGA are allowed to<br />

enter, this creates a safe<br />

space for all explorers,<br />

young or old, to create<br />

adventures!<br />


Twitch: twitch.tv/veterangamingaus<br />

YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UC3uQeXOl-Ob3mvHu3WDRfNw<br />

Facebook: facebook.com/groups/veterangamingaus<br />

Twitter: twitter.com/VeteranGamingAu<br />

Please contact<br />

enquiries@veterangamingaustralia.com.au<br />

to join the VGA family and get access to Discord.<br />


<strong>The</strong> top 5 reasons why people<br />

play games are to have fun, destress,<br />

pass time, keep mind<br />

active and be challenged.<br />


GAMES<br />

Animal Crossing: New<br />

Horizons<br />

Just Dance 2021<br />

Mario Golf: Super Rush<br />

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe<br />

Mario Kart Live: Home<br />

Circuit<br />

Minecraft<br />

Pokémon Snap<br />

Overcooked! All You Can<br />

Eat<br />

Super Mario 3D World +<br />

Bowser’s Fury<br />

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate<br />




In 2018, we started making a range of sustainable LEGO<br />

elements from sugarcane to create polyethylene, a soft,<br />

durable and flexible plastic. Sugarcane grows at the same<br />

rate as we use it, is sourced sustainably using guidance<br />

from our partner WWF and doesn’t compromise food<br />

security. Because we want our products to be durable and<br />

safe for generations of children, this plant-based plastic is<br />

not biodegradable.<br />

We work with our sugarcane suppliers to ensure we meet<br />

the Responsible Ethanol Sourcing Framework, which is<br />

based on best practices. Our sugarcane is also certified by<br />

third-party standards and is third-party audited. It seemed<br />

only natural to make ‘botanical’ elements first, so we made<br />

leaves, bushes and trees – plants from plants!<br />

More than 100 LEGO elements are made from<br />

sustainably sourced polyethylene. Although these<br />

represent just over 2% of the 3,600 elements available for<br />

designers, it is the first important step out of many on the<br />

journey towards using sustainable materials by<br />

2030. We are continuing to experiment with<br />

many different materials as we expect the<br />

LEGO bricks of the future could be made from<br />

both plant-based and recycled sources.<br />

Our ambition is to make LEGO® bricks from<br />

sustainable sources by 2030 without<br />

compromising on quality or<br />

safety. This is a bold ambition as it<br />

requires creating entirely new<br />

materials. For the LEGO Group, a<br />

sustainable material must be<br />

responsibly produced, using<br />

renewable or recycled resources,<br />

generating little or no waste, use<br />

sustainable chemistry and be fully<br />

recyclable at the end of its life,<br />

while meeting our high standards<br />

for safety, quality and durability.<br />

We are joining forces with<br />

suppliers, research institutions<br />

and other industries to develop<br />

these new materials for LEGO<br />

bricks of the future.<br />

Since we launched plant-based<br />

bricks, they have been included in<br />

more and more LEGO sets. For<br />

example, the LEGO Ideas Tree<br />

House, a concept devised by a<br />

LEGO fan, contains 185<br />

sustainable bricks including the<br />

treetop canopy, which has<br />

interchangeable sets of green<br />

summer leaf elements and yellow<br />

and brown fall leaf elements.<br />

Environmental Sustainability<br />

In recent years, we have heard a lot about<br />

Environmental Sustainability, but what does it mean to<br />

be environmentally sustainable?<br />

From an environmental protection point of view, it<br />

could mean you look at ways to reduce or remove<br />

plastic waste, such as avoiding the use of glad wrap on<br />

your sandwiches for school lunches or perhaps it could<br />

mean you keep your fruit and vegetable scraps<br />

to make your own compost pile. It also<br />

includes looking for<br />

opportunities to reuse,<br />

recycle, reduce,<br />

repurpose or repair,<br />

instead of buying<br />

new items.<br />

Here in the NT, we have a recycling program<br />

for cans and bottles, so you can not only help<br />

the environment by collecting and recycling,<br />

but you also get paid for it! Some important<br />

points to remember to be able to collect your<br />

10c per can/bottle:<br />

1. Must be an approved can/bottle (look at the<br />

label and check the NT EPA website to<br />

confirm)<br />

2. Clean all containers by rinsing out cans/bottles<br />

as they are used<br />

3. Do not crush cans or bottles<br />

4. Remove lids from bottles<br />

5. Sort all cans and bottles into the same<br />

material types<br />

6. You can also recycle tetra packs / juice boxes<br />

that have the 10c label!<br />

Sources: https://ntepa.nt.gov.au/your-environment/container-deposit-scheme<br />

Social Equity through Volunteering<br />

According to the UN, sustainability<br />

means “meeting the needs of the present<br />

without compromising the ability of future<br />

generations to meet their own needs.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> three pillars of sustainability are:<br />

1. Environmental Protection<br />

2. Social Equity<br />

3. Economic Viability<br />

But what does that have to do with<br />

“Social Equity” in sustainability?<br />

Social sustainability covers the human<br />

rights of specific groups: labour,<br />

women’s empowerment and gender<br />

equality, children, indigenous peoples,<br />

people with disabilities and poverty.<br />

Social sustainability also encompasses<br />

issues that affect these groups, such as<br />

education and health.<br />

One way to contribute to these groups is through volunteer<br />

programs. Here in the NT, we have a few options for our young<br />

people to volunteer and contribute to society:<br />

Positions suitable for young people from 14-18yrs:<br />

• volunteeringsa-nt.org.au<br />

• govolunteer.com.au/volunteering/in-northern-territory-nt?goodfor=1<br />

• volunteer.com.au/volunteering/in-northern-territory-nt?suitablefor=1<br />

Positions with minimum volunteer age of 15:<br />

• salvosstores.com.au/volunteer<br />

Red Cross <strong>Youth</strong> Program for Under 18’s:<br />

• prod.redcross.org.au/act/redxyouth/juniorredxyouth/<br />

For those younger than 14, reach out to local church groups,<br />

community groups (such as Scouts or Girl <strong>Guide</strong>s), soup kitchens,<br />

animal welfare or op shops to see if they have positions available.<br />

Volunteering is also an excellent way to gain valuable work<br />

experience, new skills and referees for future<br />

employment opportunities.<br />

Sources:<br />

https://www.unglobalcompact.org/what-is-gc/our-work/social<br />

28 29<br />

https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/<br />

Source: https://www.lego.com/en-au/sustainability/environment/sustainable-materials

Advice and Hints<br />

for Young Drivers<br />

Towards Zero<br />

Checking Your Bike<br />


Police forces around Australia promote awareness of<br />

the five major causes of fatal crashes, and crashes that<br />

cause permanent, serious and/or disfiguring injury.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are Speed, Seatbelts, Distraction, Fatigue and<br />

Impairment.<br />

SPEED<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are endless statistics to demonstrate this point, but perhaps<br />

it is simpler to say that the harder you hit something, the worse<br />

the consequences will be for you as a driver and any passengers<br />

you have. Speed limits on our roads were not established at<br />

random. <strong>The</strong>y are there to manage traffic flow and road<br />

conditions. Roll a watermelon off a couch onto the floor, then<br />

drop one from a third storey carpark onto concrete, and you<br />

will understand the difference speed makes in car accidents.<br />


When Victoria introduced the compulsory wearing of seatbelts in<br />

1970, their lives lost on roads went from 1061 to over a hundred<br />

less every year after. Today it is just over 200, and a significant part<br />

of that is due to drivers wearing seatbelts. Go to any<br />

rehabilitation ward in Australia and you will find people learning to<br />

use wheelchairs or use colostomy bags for the rest of their lives<br />

because they thought wearing a seat belt wasn’t important.<br />


This includes talking to friends, reaching for things next to or<br />

behind you, and trying to get the right music playing using your<br />

phone while driving. You are in charge of a tonne of steel and<br />

glass that is moving at speed. You may not get a second chance. It<br />

is not your friends’ fault you allowed yourself to become distracted<br />

- it will be your fault.<br />

If you are excessively tired you are a danger to yourself, your<br />

passengers and other road users. <strong>The</strong>re is no requirement to<br />

be at a certain place at a certain time that outweighs your life<br />

and those of the people you care about.<br />


This means driving under the effects of alcohol, illicit drugs and<br />

certain prescription drugs. If you need to be told that this is a<br />

bad thing, then there is little anyone can do for you. Staying<br />

overnight at a friend’s house rather than driving home drunk<br />

is an excellent decision. Driving home the next morning after<br />

a big night out (or in) is a very poor decision because<br />

regardless of how you might feel, alcohol will still be in your<br />

system and impair your ability to safely drive a motor vehicle.<br />

No, you cannot drink yourself sober.<br />

Driving a motor vehicle is not an Xbox game. <strong>The</strong>re is no<br />

reset button. <strong>The</strong> next time you get into your car, leave the<br />

driver’s side door open. Before you start the engine, lean out<br />

and place your hand on the bitumen underneath you. Note<br />

that it is extremely hard and extremely rough, and know that it<br />

is unforgiving and does not offer second chances.<br />

Hold your hand out in front of you, palm first. Extend your<br />

fingers and understand that all the movements you make while<br />

driving – all the steering inputs, all braking and all acceleration –<br />

transmit to the road surface through four separate patches of<br />

rubber the size of your hand.<br />

As young drivers, you need to<br />

understand that any ability you may<br />

have, or think you have, does not<br />

come with experience. You need<br />

both to ensure you and your<br />

passengers survive. Gain<br />

experience slowly and learn from<br />

the unfortunate experiences of<br />

others before you make their<br />

mistakes and have unfortunate<br />

experiences of your own.<br />

Written by Senior<br />

Sergeant John Ginnane<br />

NT Police<br />

https://www.pfes.nt.gov.au/police<br />

Did you know that most cycling crashes usually don’t<br />

involve another vehicle and the rider simply loses<br />

control of the bike? This happens to even the most<br />

experienced riders.<br />

It is important that your child’s bike fits, just like their helmet.<br />

A bike that is too big or small is a safety hazard.<br />

<strong>The</strong> checklist below can be used to check your child’s bike is the<br />

right size. <strong>The</strong> bike is the correct size because the rider can:<br />

straddle the bike and have at least toes touching the ground<br />

on both sides<br />

reach the handlebars.<br />

Bicycles should be checked before every ride. Help your child<br />

check their bike by using the safety check below.<br />

1. <strong>The</strong> seat is the right height and stable because it does not<br />

tip or twist.<br />

2. <strong>The</strong> wheels do not turn when the brakes are<br />

applied and there are no loose or broken<br />

spokes.<br />

3. Tyres are hard and no worn patches or<br />

bulges can be seen. <strong>The</strong> valves are straight<br />

and capped.<br />

4. Pedals are in good condition and spin freely.<br />

5. Chain works smoothly without sticking and is<br />

clean.<br />

6. Atleast one brake is effective.<br />

7. A bell or horn is fitted and working.<br />

8. Helmet is the right size and buckles are<br />

functioning.<br />

9. <strong>The</strong>re is a red reflector on the back of the<br />

bike and yellow reflectors on the wheels.<br />

Did your bike pass the safety check?<br />

Practice Makes Perfect!<br />

Don’t forget to practise your riding skills in parks and quiet areas before riding<br />

along busy pathways, and remember to teach your kids about driveways,<br />

reversing vehicles and low visibility behind blind spots, such as fences and heavy<br />

vegetation.<br />

Night Riding!<br />

WIN<br />


To win one of two hour-long driving<br />

lessons, simply tell us what is the<br />

towards zero campaing trying to<br />

achieve in the Northern Territory.<br />

Terms: Valued at $80 per lesson. Strictly open<br />

to Defence youth 16-25 years old. Entries<br />

close 31 August <strong>2023</strong>. Winner will be<br />

contacted via email or phone. Enter at www.<br />

thetopendermagazine.org.au/win<br />

Photo: (above) One of our previous winners<br />

from our Towards Zero Grant Campaign.<br />

When riding at night or in hazardous weather conditions, causing reduced<br />

visibility, your bicycle must have:<br />

Front light – a flashing or steady white light that is clearly visible for at least 200<br />

metres<br />

Rear light – a flashing or steady red light that is clearly visible for at least 200<br />

metres<br />

Rear red reflector – that is clearly visible for at least 50 metres when a vehicle’s<br />

headlights shine on it.<br />

www.roadsafety.nt.gov.au<br />

Further information<br />

References:<br />

Road Safety NT<br />

https://nt.gov.au/__data/assets/<br />

30<br />

1800 720 144<br />

pdf_file/0020/163118/playing-<br />

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Learning to drive is the tipping point for discovering<br />

greater independence – no more relying on public<br />

transport or family and friends to get you around. But<br />

before you buckle in and hit the road, you’ll need to<br />

make sure you have the right kind of insurance cover to<br />

suit your situation – just in case the unexpected happens.<br />

Here are the basics on what you need to know about<br />

insurance for learner drivers.<br />

Learning to drive is an exciting milestone. So, if it’s your first time<br />

behind the wheel, or you’re guiding a learner driver, you’ll want to<br />

make sure you’re protected on the road with the right type of<br />

car insurance for your situation:<br />

Get covered<br />

with the right<br />

car insurance<br />

Comprehensive car insurance.<br />

This protects your car from the<br />

unexpected and comes with<br />

options to suit how you drive<br />

the vehicle. This policy can<br />

cover the cost of repairs for<br />

damage caused by both<br />

parties in an incident, natural<br />

events like flood and fire, and<br />

unexpected circumstances such<br />

as theft.<br />

Third Party Property Damage car<br />

insurance.<br />

If you’re looking for basic security while you’re out on the road,<br />

this policy provides smart cover for the unexpected. Even if your<br />

budget is tight, or your car’s not worth much, you still need cover<br />

if you cause an accident or an uninsured driver runs into you.<br />

Third Party Property Damage car insurance covers you for the<br />

cost of repairs for damages caused by you to another driver’s<br />

vehicle. It also provides protection from uninsured drivers, with<br />

cover up to $5,000 of repairs to your vehicle if your car is<br />

damaged by an uninsured vehicle and the accident is not your<br />

fault.<br />

Third Party Fire and <strong>The</strong>ft car insurance.<br />

You might not want all the bells and whistles, but you can still get<br />

important protection for when you’re out on the road, plus cover<br />

in case your car gets stolen, or damaged by fire or attempted<br />

theft. Plus, if your car’s damaged by an uninsured vehicle and it’s<br />

not your fault, we cover up to $5,000 of repairs to your vehicle.<br />

Listing a<br />

learner driver<br />

to your car<br />

insurance<br />

policy<br />

Learner drivers are covered under all<br />

CGU Private Motor Insurance policies<br />

without the need to be listed on the<br />

policy. However, they must be<br />

accompanied by a fully licenced driver<br />

aged 25 years or more. This includes a<br />

Nominated Driver motor vehicle<br />

insurance policy where your premium<br />

will be calculated on the basis that your<br />

car will be driven by no more than two<br />

nominated drivers who are 25 years of<br />

age or over.<br />

If, however, a new or used car is<br />

purchased to learn in, the safest option is<br />

to get a quote and buy a new car<br />

insurance policy.<br />

So, whether you’re a learner driver<br />

cruising the streets in a new set of<br />

wheels, or you’re a parent teaching your<br />

learner driver the ins and outs of road<br />

safety in your old family car, it’s important<br />

to research your insurance options.<br />

This advice is only general in nature and<br />

does not take into account your personal<br />

situation. Before you decide which cover<br />

is right for you, it’s worth checking the<br />

policy documents to get an idea of what<br />

is and isn’t covered. For more details,<br />

view CGU’s Motor Vehicle Insurance<br />

Product Disclosure Statement (PDS).<br />

Buying your first car can be exciting, but<br />

also overwhelming with a range of different<br />

costs associated with owning and<br />

maintaining a vehicle. Defence Bank have<br />

created an overview of the cost of vehicle<br />

ownership;<br />

Pay attention to<br />

your vehicle.<br />

Our vehicles are a<br />

valuable item, but<br />

they don’t come<br />

cheap! That’s why it’s<br />

so important to pay<br />

attention to your<br />

vehicle and monitor any<br />

abnormal sounds or leaks.<br />

No matter how new or old<br />

your vehicle is, you should always<br />

check that your vehicle is in good<br />

working order. If your car’s windscreen wipers<br />

start to squeak, skip, streak, smear or split then it’s<br />

most likely time to change them for new ones.<br />

Organise routine checks.<br />

It's a smart strategy to schedule a time every<br />

few months to conduct routine checks on<br />

your vehicle. When the engine is cool,<br />

it’s a good time to inspect the oil,<br />

brake and power steering fluids,<br />

and engine coolant<br />

transmission fluids. It’s also<br />

wise to look under the car<br />

for obvious leaks because<br />

if you are driving with<br />

leaking fluids, it may cause<br />

problems related to your<br />

steering, braking or radiator,<br />

which can be costly to repair<br />

or replace after a breakdown.<br />

Find a reliable mechanic (such as<br />

PKSC in Darwin) who you can trust<br />

to service your vehicle regularly.<br />

Make light of every situation.<br />

Sort out the<br />

paperwork<br />

Regularly check all the lights on your vehicle –<br />

internally and externally. Ensure your vehicle’s<br />

indicators, low and high beam headlights, brake<br />

lights, reverse lights, fog lights, hazard lights and<br />

warning lights are all working. You can receive a<br />

Police Infringement Notice for faulty driving lights,<br />

which will cost a lot more than a new light globe.<br />

Check your tread.<br />

Your car’s tyres are the closest thing between<br />

you and the ground, so regularly check the<br />

state of them, including the spare tyre in<br />

the boot. Check the recommended<br />

pressure and tyre tread of at least 1.5<br />

millimetres. If your vehicle’s tyres are less<br />

than that, it can reduce your grip levels<br />

while driving on the road, increase the<br />

distance it takes your car to stop, and<br />

increase the chance of sliding out in wet<br />

conditions. In the event of an accident, the<br />

condition of your tyres will be inspected,<br />

which could result in cancelled insurance and an<br />

expensive repair bill - it pays to be proactive by<br />

checking your tyres regularly.<br />

It’s illegal to drive on the road without rego and<br />

insurance, so be sure your rego is valid and your<br />

motor vehicle insurance policy is up-to-date. You<br />

could also consider the cost of roadside assistance<br />

to help in the event of a<br />

breakdown. Accidents<br />

can be expensive, so<br />

it’s important to<br />

check your level<br />

of insurance,<br />

policy inclusions<br />

and financial<br />

obligations to<br />

ensure that you are<br />

protected if you are<br />

ever involved in an<br />

accident.<br />

Little vehicle problems<br />

can become expensive<br />

problems if not resolved<br />

proactively. It’s a good idea to<br />

ask a trusted adult about vehicle running<br />

costs and calculate what you would need to put<br />

into a savings account to cover servicing, rego,<br />

insurance and tyre costs throughout the year. This<br />

will save you the stress of finding funds when you<br />

need to cover unexpected vehicle expenses.<br />

Author: Adapted from DEFENCE BANK<br />

Author: Adapted from DEFENCE BANK<br />

32 https://www.defencebank.com.au/tools-and-advice/blog/2021/car-insurance-for-learner-drivers/<br />

https://www.defencebank.com.au/tools-and-advice/blog/2021/prepare-your-vehicle-for-the-road/ 33

Feed<br />

your<br />

Brain<br />

By Amanda Letcher<br />

According to Harvard University studies,<br />

there are a number of foods that are linked<br />

to better brainpower! Try these foods to<br />

improve your concentration and memory:<br />

Fatty fish<br />

Green, leafy vegetables<br />

Leafy greens such as spinach,<br />

kale, cabbage and broccoli are<br />

rich in brain-healthy nutrients like<br />

vitamin K, lutein, folate and beta<br />

carotene. Aim to eat at least one<br />

serve each day!<br />

Fatty fish are abundant sources of omega-3 fatty acids<br />

(healthy unsaturated fats). Try to eat fish at least twice a<br />

week, but choose varieties that are low in mercury, such<br />

as salmon, cod or canned light tuna. If you're not a fan<br />

of fish, ask your doctor or an accredited dietician about<br />

taking an omega-3 supplement, or choose other omega-<br />

3 sources such as flaxseeds, avocados, and walnuts.<br />

Berries<br />

Research shows that flavonoids, the natural plant<br />

pigments that give berries their brilliant hues, also help<br />

improve memory. One study found that women who<br />

consumed two or more servings of strawberries and<br />

blueberries each week delayed memory<br />

decline by up to two-and-a-half years.<br />

Eggs<br />

Eggs are another rich source of<br />

protein and B vitamins, which helps<br />

to improve memory. <strong>The</strong>y also<br />

contain beneficial fatty acids and<br />

vitamin D.<br />

Avocado<br />

Avocados are high in protein<br />

and fatty acids, which helps<br />

blood flow through the body<br />

and the brain, allowing the<br />

mind to function at its<br />

optimal level.<br />

Walnuts<br />

Nuts are excellent sources of<br />

protein and healthy fats (Omega-3s<br />

and Omega –6 come from the<br />

polyunsaturated fat group), and one type of<br />

nut in particular might also improve memory. A<br />

2015 study linked higher walnut consumption to<br />

improved cognitive test scores. Walnuts have also<br />

been linked to lower blood pressure and cleaner<br />

arteries. Alternatively, you could consider<br />

sunflower seeds, linseeds and pepitas (pumpkin<br />

seeds), brazil nuts and pine nuts.<br />

Tea and coffee<br />

<strong>The</strong> caffeine in your morning cup of coffee or tea<br />

might offer more than just a short-term<br />

concentration boost. Studies in 2014 showed<br />

those who consumed caffeine scored better on<br />

tests of mental function. Whilst other research<br />

shows, caffeine might also help solidify new<br />

memories. Please refer to professional resources<br />

for guidelines on caffeine consumption and age<br />

recommendations before consuming.<br />

Sources:<br />

https://healthhq.defencehealth.com.au/2018/06/28/boost-your-brain-with-smart-foods/<br />

34 https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/foods-linked-to-better-brainpower 35


At different times in our lives, we will<br />

experience anxiety, but what is it?<br />

○ Symptoms of anxiety may include:<br />

○ finding it hard to concentrate<br />

○ not sleeping, or waking in the night with bad<br />

dreams<br />

○ not eating properly<br />

○ quickly getting angry or irritable, and being out of<br />

control during outbursts<br />

○ constantly worrying or having negative thoughts<br />

○ feeling tense and fidgety, or using the toilet more<br />

often<br />

○ always crying<br />

○ being clingy<br />

○ complaining of tummy aches and feeling unwell<br />

Social Anxiety is another type of anxiety, that relates to<br />

worries about everyday activities, such as meeting<br />

strangers, starting conversations, speaking on the phone,<br />

working or shopping.<br />

Anxiety can help us in many ways, it may make us more<br />

aware of a situation so we can get away from danger, or it<br />

could be felt when we are in scary situations (think of this<br />

as self-preserving).<br />

For our defence families, we<br />

have free services available<br />

via Open Arms, referrals are<br />

easy and triaged on how<br />

quickly help is required.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is no cost and no<br />

pressures from the team at<br />

Open Arms, remember it is<br />

a service there to help you.<br />

Here are some self-help tips for when you feel those<br />

anxiety feeling coming;<br />

○ Grounding yourself; this could be as simple as<br />

becoming aware of items in the room, by<br />

thinking/saying items in the room as you see<br />

them puts you back into that moment, not<br />

forward thinking of the future, not thinking of<br />

what happened in the past, but what is<br />

happening right now. This will help to give you<br />

clarity and time to breathe before moving/<br />

talking.<br />

○ Breathing; it sounds like a simple suggestion,<br />

right? Sometimes when we are anxious, our<br />

muscles that help us to breathe will become<br />

tight and we. May find our breath shortening,<br />

almost like we are ready to run (fight or flight<br />

feelings). Taking a moment to focus on deep<br />

belly breathing helps our body to realise we<br />

are safe, we don’t need to run.<br />

○ Recognising intrusive thoughts; sometimes we<br />

may have intrusive thoughts “I am not good at<br />

this”, “I always stuff up”, and other negative<br />

words; being aware of when we think things<br />

like this are really helpful in being able to<br />

change those thoughts. Remind yourself “I have<br />

this”, “I can do it”, “It will be ok”, or similar<br />

words.<br />

○ 5 Senses; what is something you can see, hear,<br />

smell, taste, and feel? Become aware of all these<br />

things one by one, when we do this, similar to<br />

grounding techniques, we are becoming aware<br />

of the here and now.<br />

○ Ask an adult; there will be plenty of times in<br />

life we need help. You can ask a parent, teacher,<br />

or trusted adult what they do to help with<br />

anxiety. Sometimes it is talking about it that<br />

helps, there is power in words.<br />

Written by Amanda Letcher<br />

Mates4Mates are here to support<br />

families during school holidays!<br />

<strong>The</strong> Mates4Mates Northern Territory team<br />

run a variety of school holiday activities to<br />

help keep the kids entertained.<br />

If you’re a current or ex-serving Defence<br />

Force member or partner, and want to<br />

connect with a like-minded community, why<br />

not sign the family up for a range of activities<br />

during the school holidays such as visiting<br />

the wildlife park, slime crafts, hair braiding,<br />

heading to the wave pool, and more!<br />

Mates4Mates social connection activities are<br />

free and open to everyone in the Defence<br />

community. To find out more, head to<br />

www.mates4mates.org/events or email<br />

ntactivity@mates4mates.org.<br />

Written by Mates4Mates<br />

Did you know in many ancient cultures the<br />

butterfly represents change, transformation,<br />

positivity and rebirth?<br />

Feel the magic around you as you stroll<br />

in the subtropical indoor enclosures at<br />

Batchelor’s very own Butterfly Farm.<br />

Be patient and still to admire what happens<br />

around you as the colourful creatures fly,<br />

court, sip nectar and rest amongst the foliage.<br />

Once you have taken in the scenery of the<br />

Butterfly Farm, get up close and cuddly with<br />

the animal farm!<br />

And if all of that<br />

exploring makes<br />

you hungry, the<br />

Butterfly Farm<br />

has a fantastic<br />

restaurant serving<br />

meals throughout<br />

the day and into<br />

the night – the<br />

perfect adventure for school holidays or<br />

weekend trips. It’s also a short drive into<br />

the Litchfield National Park for some extra<br />

exploring!<br />

Sources:<br />

https://www.openarms.gov.au/<br />

https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/children-and-youngadults/advice-for-parents/anxiety-disorders-in-children/<br />

This is not an experience to be missed whilst<br />

in the Northern Territory!<br />

Written by Amanda Letcher<br />

Source: https://butterflyfarm.net.au/<br />

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Join the Air Force Cadets on a new adventure where you will learn new skills in leadership and<br />

teamwork that you will keep for life. <strong>The</strong> nationwide cadet recruitment opens in October and closes in<br />

March every year. <strong>The</strong> AFC have Squadrons across Darwin, Palmerston and Katherine.<br />

<strong>The</strong> following conditions must be met before you can enrol as a Cadet:<br />

• be at least 12 years of age and turning 13 or older in the year of Acceptance;<br />

• be enrolled in Higher School education (minimum year 7) in the year of acceptance. So if you are<br />

turning 13, and starting high school next year, you can apply;<br />

• not yet reached the age of 16 years;<br />

Here is a quick overview of AFC activities:<br />

• Aviation experiences - Cadets will have the opportunity to participate in powered flying and<br />

gliding the aim being all Cadets will have an aviation experience with us<br />

• Aerospace Skills - During squadron home training Cadets will the have opportunity to engage<br />

small - medium size drones which includes learning how to build and fly them safely<br />

• Field Skills - Cadets will have the opportunity to participate in field activities ranging from field<br />

orienteering with map and compass to field leadership<br />

Supported and paid for by Air Force. Air Force Cadets does a wide range of activities some the range<br />

includes but not limited to:<br />

• Flying Camps<br />

• General Service Training Camps<br />

• Promotion Camps<br />

• Shooting activities<br />

• Fieldcraft adventure activities<br />

• Aviation visits<br />

A squadron is the intake centre and the hub where<br />

most training and activities are conducted.<br />

Across the NT, there is currently five<br />

Squadrons:<br />

• 800 Support Squadron – Eaton<br />

• 801 Squadron – Darwin<br />

• 802 Squadron – Palmerston<br />

• 803 Squadron – Katherine<br />

• 804 Squadron – Alice Springs<br />

<strong>The</strong> Australian Army Cadets is a national youth development program that proudly shares the character<br />

and values of the Australian Army.<br />

<strong>The</strong> minimum age for cadet membership is 12, provided the cadet will turn 13 in the calendar year of<br />

their enrolment. <strong>The</strong> maximum age for a cadet enrolment is their 17th birthday. Cadets transition out of<br />

the program at the end of the calendar year of their 18th birthday.<br />

Australian Army Cadets is a diverse organisation open to young people of all abilities provided a safe<br />

environment can be maintained. Part of youth development is providing challenging<br />

opportunities in a safe manner that also encourages fun and friendship. <strong>The</strong> training<br />

program seeks to build key attributes within youth by instilling a sense of:<br />

• Identity - cadets wear the uniform of the Australian Army, with cadet insignia<br />

• Purpose - cadets participate in community activities and assist and help develop junior cadets<br />

• Belonging - cadets organise and lead activities and, through their leadership group, have a strong<br />

voice in the development of the Program<br />

For a full range of activities and what is involved, please view the Cadet experience page on the AAC<br />

website.<br />

Across the NT, there are multiple opportunities to join your local program, with Units located at<br />

Winnellie, Larrakeyah, Palmerston and Katherine. Please head to the Army Cadets website for further<br />

information and enrolment support.<br />

Please note: Cadets are not members of the Australian Defence Force and the<br />

program is not used as a recruiting process for the Australian Army.<br />

Service, Courage,<br />

Respect, Integrity<br />

and Excellence<br />

Head to the Air Force Cadets website for further<br />

information, Squadron contact details and enrolment<br />

support.<br />


For information relating to all Defence Cadet & <strong>Youth</strong> programs, head to:<br />

https://www.airforcecadets.gov.au/how-to-join/wings/8-wing-aafc-nt<br />

https://www.armycadets.gov.au/<br />

38 https://www.cadetnet.gov.au/ & https://www.defenceyouth.gov.au/resources/faqs/<br />

https://www.facebook.com/AusArmyCadetsNT/<br />



<strong>The</strong> Australian Navy Cadets Training Ship (Darwin) is based in Coonawarra.<br />

In the Australian Navy Cadet program you will experience activities such as:<br />

• Firearms Training<br />

• International Exchange program<br />

• Powerboating<br />

• Learn to operate a powerboat and sail<br />

dinghy safely and competently<br />

• Discover how to read charts to navigate<br />

your way around a harbour<br />

• Gain Australian Sailing Qualifications<br />

• Sailing<br />

• Learn to sail confidently<br />

• Discover how to sailing a course and read<br />

charts to navigate your way around a<br />

harbour<br />

• Gain Australian Sailing Qualifications<br />

• Participate in various regattas<br />

• STEM activities<br />

• Defence Cyber Skills Challenge<br />

(Capture the Flag)<br />

• Bebras Challenge (Computational<br />

Thinking Challenge)<br />

• CyberTaipan - <strong>The</strong> National <strong>Youth</strong><br />

Cyber Education Program<br />

<strong>The</strong> program provides more breadth of activities and<br />

opportunities to specialise and develop new skills. <strong>The</strong><br />

core subjects such as seamanship and drill have been<br />

updated; there’s a greater focus on waterborne<br />

activities, and new subjects have been introduced<br />

including Drones, Robotics, Bridge Operations and<br />

Physical Health and Wellbeing.<br />

Enrolment guidelines into the ANC - <strong>Youth</strong> must<br />

be 13 years of age in the calendar year you intend<br />

to enrol in the ANC, or already 13 years or older,<br />

and not yet reached the age of 17 years.<br />

• Tall ships<br />

• A voyage aboard the Navy-crewed Sail<br />

Training Ship Young Endeavour is an<br />

awesome experience and one which will<br />

give you skills for life. National Activities:<br />

• <strong>The</strong> National Camp is held on a Defence<br />

Base, where Cadets will sleep and be fed.<br />

Some of the activities planned for a<br />

National Camp may include:<br />

• Visit a Navy warship or submarine<br />

• Fire-fighting and smoke walk<br />

• Target shooting<br />

• Survival at Sea<br />

• Leadership & teamwork challenges<br />

• Rock wall climbing<br />

• Navy helicopter flights<br />

• Drone flying<br />

• Power boating<br />

• Sail training<br />

• Defence careers presentation<br />

• Cadet <strong>Youth</strong> Development Program<br />

CPL Frederick Prentice<br />

Photo: CPL Frederick Prentice (Service No. 2597), Australian War Memorial.<br />

Photo: CPL Headstone, Katherine Times<br />

First Nations peoples should be aware that this<br />

article contains images and information of<br />

people who have passed away.<br />

Up until Wednesday 29th September 2021,<br />

an Indigenous WW1 Military Medal recipient<br />

has laid beneath an unmarked headstone in<br />

Katherine NT for over 60 years.<br />

Without any living next of kin, members of the<br />

Katherine Region Stolen Generation (Aunty Ellen<br />

and Aunty Juanita) have worked tirelessly towards<br />

the goal to have his unmarked grave recognised. In<br />

collaboration with Australian War Graves, Australian<br />

Army and Katherine Town Council, CPL Frederick<br />

Prentice has recently received the headstone<br />

dedication and recognition that he deserves.<br />

CPL Frederick was born in Powell Creek, NT in<br />

1894, he enlisted in May 1915 and served in the<br />

First World War, including the 12th Battalion and<br />

the 1st Pioneer Battalion.<br />

In July 1916, he was awarded the Military Medal for<br />

his actions at Mouquet Farm, Pozieres. Possibly the<br />

first Aboriginal recipient of a military medal<br />

during WWI, he ‘showed great courage, resource<br />

and ability in bringing machine guns and<br />

ammunition through the enemy barrage in the<br />

dark and broken ground.’<br />

Frederick Prentice was an athlete who excelled in<br />

football, cricket and running. Almost six feet tall and<br />

well-built, CPL Prentice was a well presented and<br />

respected Aboriginal war hero. Upon his safe<br />

return from WW1 onboard the ‘City of Poona’<br />

after four years of service (1915-1919), the local<br />

newspaper reported his arrival and<br />

commemorated his service. He died of natural<br />

causes in Katherine on the 22nd of November,<br />

1957 without any known friends or family.<br />

Rest in Peace, Frederick Prentice.<br />



https://www.katherine.nt.gov.au/events/a-headstone-dedication-service-for-2597-cpl-frederick-prentice-mm/387<br />

https://www.navycadets.gov.au/unit-finder/<br />

https://indigenoushistories.com/2014/09/05/finding-frederick-prentice-mm/<br />

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<strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> End has a vast range of sports activities and clubs. We’ve collated a brief summary of some<br />

sports groups and clubs below, but we encourage you to do your own research and find a sports team,<br />

group or club that is right for you.<br />


Katherine Athletics Centre<br />

Darwin Athletics (Marrara)<br />

Palmerston Athletics Club<br />

Rural Athletics Centre<br />


Razzle Storm/Thunder<br />

Palmerston Lightning Power/ Panthers<br />

Ellas Titans<br />

Eagles<br />

Uni Rebels<br />

Essington Cannons<br />

TV Jets<br />

Ansett<br />

Haileybury Rendall school<br />

Social Basketball DarwinWaterfront<br />

Katherine Basketball<br />


Big River BMX Club (Katherine)<br />

Jingili BMX Club<br />

Satellite City BMX Club<br />

Darwin Cycling Club<br />

SOCCER<br />

Mindil Aces<br />

Casuarina Rowdies<br />

University Azzuri<br />

Hellenic<br />

Darwin Olympic<br />

Port Darwin<br />

Palmerston<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End Multi-Sports (competitions)<br />

Katherine Football Club<br />


Football Northern Territory<br />

Southern Districts Football Club<br />

(Litchfield)<br />

Big Rivers Football Team AFLNT<br />

(Katherine)<br />

RUGBY - NRL<br />

Nightcliff Dragons<br />

Darwin Brothers R.L.F.C.<br />

Litchfield Bears<br />

Palmerston Raiders<br />

Northern Sharks<br />

South Darwin Rabbitohs Rugby League<br />

Katherine Junior Rugby League<br />

Katherine Touch Football Association<br />


Katherine Krocs Golden Oldies<br />

Brahmans Rugby Union FC (Katherine)<br />

Barbarians Rugby Union FC (Katherine)<br />

Pirates Rugby Union FC (Katherine)<br />

Tindal Lions Rugby Union FC (Katherine)<br />


Darwin Volleyball Association<br />

Darwin Indoor Beach Volleyball<br />

(Winnellie)<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End Multi Sports (Coconut Grove) -<br />

Beach Volleyball – Mindil Beach<br />

Beach Volleyball – DarwinWaterfront<br />

Hardcourt Adults - Marrara<br />

Hardcourt Juniors - Marrara<br />

Palmerston Indoor Sports Centre<br />


Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Club<br />


Darwin Netball Association<br />

Katherine Netball Association<br />

Litchfield Bears<br />

Palmerston Crocs<br />

Nightcliff Tigers<br />

Banks Bulldogs<br />

Hoggies<br />

Mash<br />

Tracy Village Falcons<br />

Pints<br />

Northern Districts Eagles<br />

Warratah<br />

Palmerston Indoor Netball<br />


Palmerston Cricket Club<br />

Palmerston Indoor Cricket<br />

Southern Districts Cricket Club<br />

(Litchfield)<br />

Katherine & District Cricket Association<br />


Tracy Village Rebels<br />

Softball<br />

Katherine Softball Club<br />

BOXING<br />

Palmerston Boxing Club<br />

Chuisle Boxing & Fitness (Pinelands)<br />


Katherine Aquatic Centre<br />

Katherine ‘Turtles’ Swimming Club<br />

Life Saving Society /Water Safety (Parap)<br />

Darwin Stingers (Parap, Casuarina &<br />

Nightcliff)<br />

Goldfishbowl Swim School (Yarrawonga)<br />

Darwin Swimming Club Parap<br />

Casuarina Storm Swimming Club<br />

Palmerston Sharks Swimming Club<br />


Blue Eagle Training & Fitness -Muay Thai<br />

(Katherine)<br />

United Taekwondo Darwin (Palmerston)<br />

NT Tang Soo Do Karate Academy<br />

(Palmerston)<br />

Darwin Shotokan Karate (Karama)<br />

KMA Martial Arts Academy Darwin<br />

(Berrimah)<br />

De Been 100% Jiujitsu Darwin (Stuart<br />

Park)<br />

Darwin Jiu Jitsu Academy (Marrara)<br />

Tanner Tang Soo Do (Leanyer)<br />

Darwin Aikido (Darwin)<br />

Progressive Combat Centre (Pinelands)<br />

Darwin Judo Club (Berrimah)<br />

Performance Gym Muay Thai (Winnellie)<br />

Australian Karate Federation NT<br />

Shim Jang Taekwondo Palmerston<br />

Reiko Martial Arts (Palmerston)<br />

<strong>The</strong> Jiu Jitsu Studio (Palmertson)<br />

Kokoro Busshu Karate (Palmerston)<br />

Green Plum Tai Chi (Palmerston)<br />

Austin Martial Arts<br />

Man Ho Academy of Martial Arts<br />


Darwin Bowls & Social Club (Barefoot<br />

Bowls)<br />

Katherine Bowls Club<br />

DANCE<br />

3D Fitness Studio (Berrimah)<br />

Rix Kix Arts (Coconut Grove)<br />

Furlanos (DARWIN)<br />

MFK Academy of Irish Dance (DARWIN)<br />

Salsita Dance School (Woolner)<br />

Darwin Performance Academy<br />

(Woolner)<br />

Keltikka Performance Dance Company<br />

(Berrimah & Humpty Doo)<br />

Line Dancing with Bobbie (Winnellie)<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End Mustangs Linedancing<br />

Darwin Line Dancers (Coconut Grove)<br />

Free2Dance (Coconut Grove)<br />

Tara Academy Irish Dancing (<strong>The</strong><br />

Gardens)<br />

Roberts Academy of Irish Dancing<br />

(Malak)<br />

Scottish Country Dance Society lnc<br />

(Malak)<br />

Jamealah Bellydancers (Leanyer)<br />

Champagne Pole Dance Fitness Studio<br />

(Yarrawonga)<br />

Darwin Dance & Drama Academy<br />

(Gunn)<br />

Express Studios (Darwin) – Breakdancing<br />

Sam’s Dance Studio (Gray)<br />


NT Badminton Association<br />

Darwin Badminton Club<br />

HOCKEY<br />

East Darwin Storm Hockey Club<br />


Katherine Derby Dolls<br />

TENNIS<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End Multi Sports<br />

Katherine Tennis Club<br />


Katherine Gymnastics Club<br />

Elemental Gymnastics (Millner)<br />

Darwin Gymnastics Club (Marrara)<br />

Territory Gymnastics Academy<br />

(Winnellie)<br />

ENRG Gymnastics (Yarrawonga)<br />

GOLF<br />

Golf - Palmerston Golf Club<br />

Golf - Berrimah Flight Path Golf &<br />

Outdoor<br />

Darwin Golf Club<br />

Garden Park Golf Links<br />

Katherine Country Golf Club<br />

Katherine Golf Club<br />


Katherine Horse & Pony Club<br />

Katherine Rope and Barrel Horse Club<br />

Darwin Equestrian Academy<br />

Darwin Dressage Club<br />

Darwin Equestrian Centre<br />

Equestrian Northern Territory<br />

Darwin Showjumping Club<br />

Noonamah Horse & Pony Club<br />

Litchfield Horse & Pony Club<br />

Katherine Horse & Pony Club<br />

Pony Club NT<br />

NT Showhorse Association<br />

Northern Territory Polocrosse<br />

Association<br />

Yarraman Territory<br />

Disclaimer:<br />

This list is indicative only. You are<br />

encouraged to do your own due<br />

diligence before joining any clubs,<br />

groups or teams. Information<br />

accurate as of January <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

Discover more:<br />

enjoy-darwin.com/sportsrecreation.html<br />

42 43<br />


You don’t need to be musical to take part in or benefit<br />

from music therapy. Music therapy can involve a range of<br />

musical experiences including, listening to music, writing<br />

songs, playing instruments, creating playlists, performing,<br />

and organising community music events. You don’t need to<br />

know how to sing or play an instrument to do music<br />

therapy.<br />

Research has shown that music therapy can improve<br />

mental health and wellbeing, as follows;<br />

Reduce anxiety or stress<br />

Regulate moods and energy levels<br />

Increase motivation<br />

Manage anger and frustration<br />

Manage challenging behaviour<br />

Improves awareness and focus<br />

Research has shown that music therapy can also improve<br />

body movement, coordination and physical function by<br />

improving gross motor function and control and<br />

respiratory muscle strength and control (wind<br />

instruments).<br />

For Parents:<br />

M U S<br />

IC & SOUND<br />

Registered Music <strong>The</strong>rapists support people of all ages,<br />

abilities and backgrounds. <strong>The</strong>rapeutic interventions are<br />

supported by an extensive body of research, and music<br />

therapists are bound by the Australian Music <strong>The</strong>rapy<br />

Association and National Alliance for Self-Regulating<br />

Health Professionals code of ethics. NDIS has recognised<br />

Music <strong>The</strong>rapy and funding can be used towards reaching<br />

goals with approved plans.<br />


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for a<br />

Podcast?<br />

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8. BUT WHY?<br />

YOU KNOW?<br />

Music therapy can help<br />

support people of any age who<br />

might be experiencing<br />

challenges (including mental,<br />

intellectual, physical, emotional<br />

or social) or wishing to<br />

improve their well-being.<br />

Check out these kid-friendly<br />

podcasts on your preferred<br />

podcast streaming service.<br />


Applications for scholarships open each year on<br />

18 August and close on 31 October.<br />

AVCAT scholarships include Long Tan Bursaries<br />

and sponsored scholarships.<br />

Sponsored scholarships are for the children and<br />

grandchildren of ex-serving veterans. AVCAT<br />

sponsored scholarships are funded by ex-service<br />

organisations and private donors.<br />

Long Tan Bursaries are for the children and<br />

grandchildren of Vietnam Veterans and are available<br />

in each state and territory. <strong>The</strong> Long Tan Bursary is<br />

funded by the Australian Government Department<br />

of Veterans’ Affairs.<br />

All bursaries and sponsored scholarships are for<br />

tertiary education and are $4000-$6000 per year,<br />

for three years.<br />




<strong>The</strong> program dedicated to supporting the unique<br />

needs of children from serving and ex-serving ADF<br />

families has been made possible by the Australian<br />

Government.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Department of Veterans’ Affairs is funding the<br />

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation to deliver<br />

the Defence Kids Program across Australia, which<br />

provides camps, activity days and age-appropriate<br />

mental health education focusing on coping skills<br />

and resilience, while allowing children to bond with<br />

peers who are facing similar challenges.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Defence program replicates the good work<br />

of our Kookaburra Camp with enhancements<br />

where necessary to support the unique needs of<br />

the serving and ex-serving Defence community.<br />


Applicants should be eligible on income and assets<br />

grounds for full-time means-tested educational<br />

benefits like <strong>Youth</strong> Allowance, ABSTUDY or<br />

Austudy or an accepted means-tested<br />

Commonwealth government payment at the time<br />

of application. In assessing the financial need, income,<br />

household assets and liabilities are reviewed.<br />

Applicants who have a greater degree of financial<br />

need for assistance with educational and living costs<br />

will have a higher chance to be recommended for a<br />

scholarship.<br />

Resource:<br />

https://avcat.org.au/?fbclid=IwAR3K6KgqOWIhlvmekfbH9PcRdRL7vgxXHUOeHKoMGS_Q5NzYpk8oqKXxPI<br />


Children, aged 8 -18 years, who are living in current<br />

and ex-serving defence families impacted by mental<br />

illness<br />


Anyone can refer a child to the program either<br />

online at Refer a Child or by calling head office on<br />

1300 566 525 during business hours (AEST).<br />


Kookaburra Kids provide evidence-based, ageappropriate<br />

prevention and early intervention<br />

mental health services embedded within a peerbased<br />

social and activity-based format.<br />

Kookaburra Kids drive best practice in mental<br />

health through research and advocacy for young<br />

people and their families across Australia.<br />


https://www.alicecottonmusic.com/music-therapy<br />

@alicecottonmusic<br />

Here in the NT, Kookaburra Kids operate from<br />

44 45<br />

Darwin.<br />

Resource:<br />

https://www.austmta.org.au/<br />


STAMP<br />


Behind every stamp is a great story. Stamps tell us<br />

about current and historical events as well as the<br />

world around us. Stamps are part of this unfolding<br />

story, and this is why stamp collecting has always been,<br />

and remains, one of the most popular hobbies in the<br />

world.<br />


Most stamp collectors collect according to particular themes.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are numerous ways to choose a theme for collecting<br />

stamps, but most stamp collectors select one or more<br />

countries and collect their stamps or, pick a topic relating to<br />

the subject matter of stamp designs. Either way, you can<br />

experience the pleasure of growing your collection.<br />

<strong>The</strong> key to identifying worthwhile collecting opportunities is to<br />

understand the background to the various categories of stamps<br />

produced. If you chose to collect Australian stamps, remember<br />

that thousands of stamps have been issued in Australia since<br />

the 19th Century and the beginner will find it daunting if the<br />

objective is to build a substantial collection. A better option is<br />

to collect a specific type of Australian stamps.<br />

A good starting point is stamps created after 1989, which<br />

marked the commencement of ‘secret year’ dates on<br />

Australian stamps. Every stamp issued since 27 February 1989<br />

carries the year of issue somewhere in the design, usually in<br />

tiny text. Prior to 1989 the year of issue only appeared on<br />

commemorative stamps.<br />


While the easiest way to accumulate stamps might be to take<br />

them off mail you receive, you may not receive mail with the<br />

theme you would like to collect. If you wish to collect in a<br />

methodical way, you will find it necessary to purchase the<br />

stamps you need, which can cost some money to purchase<br />

from other stamp collectors or stamp traders.<br />

People who sell stamps to collectors are called stamp<br />

traders - they generally focus exclusively on dealing in stamps<br />

and philatelic items, and they are usually knowledgeable<br />

about the items they offer for sale. You can find stamps in<br />

second hand shops, antique shops, online marketplaces,<br />

markets and many stamp traders appear at stamp fairs and<br />

exhibitions.<br />

Photos: Australia’s first postage stamp -<br />

One penny red stamp featuring red<br />

kangaroo on a white map of Australia<br />

and a 1938 Green Koala Stamp.<br />

When was the last time you wiped the dust<br />

off a board game and enjoyed a fun night with<br />

friends or family?<br />

Here are some benefits to playing board games that<br />

you may not have considered:<br />

Most board games have a strategic element,<br />

which can be a good opportunity to exercise<br />

your mental processes and use the creative part<br />

of your brain.<br />

Board games bring people together and help<br />

to create positive connections by sharing a<br />

fun experience. This could include immediate<br />

family members, a group of friends or the new<br />

neighbours next door. It’s also a great way<br />

to connect with new friends without feeling<br />

anxious about awkward social conversations.<br />

Playing board games reduces the amount of<br />

screen time and provides some visual respite<br />

from electronics and bright light.<br />

Use board games to engage in face-to-face<br />

interaction, learn more about each other<br />

and create some new family memories and<br />

traditions. You will fondly remember board<br />

game nights for the rest of your life (for good<br />

reasons, hopefully!).<br />

Add variety to your weekend with a different<br />

game and/or a different group of friends. Mix it<br />

up with a games tournament, upbeat music and<br />

funny hats to ignite the fun vibes.<br />

Laughing can significantly reduce stress and<br />

instantly improve wellbeing. A good belly laugh is<br />

pretty hard to avoid during a game of Charades!<br />

If the weather isn’t great outside, it might be the<br />

perfect time to pry open the game cupboard, crank<br />

the aircon and escape the humidity with some<br />

inside entertainment... Who knows what fun you<br />

might have!<br />

Can’t find people to play board<br />

games with? No problems!<br />

Mad Snake Café<br />

in Darwin city (veteran owned) organise a<br />

number of game nights and other social<br />

entertainment for the veteran community<br />

Facebook: Mad Snake Café<br />

Mates4Mates<br />

offer board game events and other fun<br />

community activities, such as cooking classes,<br />

bike riding groups and golf days<br />

Facebook: Mates4Mates Northern Territory<br />

Just scatter your bricks on a table and take a<br />

photo.<br />

Brickit will come up with hundreds of ideas of<br />

what<br />

can be built with them and show you the exact<br />

location of each piece you’ll need.<br />

Get building, it is that simple!<br />

Head to their Insta page for some seriously cute<br />

inspo!<br />

Source: https://brickit.app/<br />

https://www.instagram.com/brickit.app/<br />

46 Written by Deb Herring<br />


Heroes of<br />

Olympus Series<br />

by Rick Riordan<br />

Books: <strong>The</strong> Lost Hero, Son of Neptune,<br />

Mark of Athena, House of Hades, Blood of<br />

Olympus<br />

Age<br />

Recommendation:<br />

+10 years of age<br />

More Info:<br />

rickriordan.com/<br />

Review: Two<br />

important Demigods<br />

from different camps<br />

have their minds<br />

swiped and swap camps. Soon<br />

following the Prophecy of the Seven 7<br />

Demigods from two different camps form<br />

an alliance to defeat Gaia from taking over<br />

the world in her image. I loved this series -<br />

it made me want to read more of Rick<br />

Riordan’s series as he writes in a way your<br />

imagination can turn the book into a<br />

movie. <strong>The</strong> series is just the right length, and<br />

the author provides a great back story.<br />

Another thing that I really like, it focused on<br />

the main characters but also<br />

showed the behind-the-scenes<br />

with the other characters.<br />

Written by<br />

William Bunyan<br />

Community Contributor<br />

Beast Quest (29<br />

Series) & Sea Quest (8<br />

Series) by Adam Blade<br />

Age Recommendation:<br />

+7 years of age<br />

More Info: beast-quest.com/<br />

Beast Quest: I think this is a great series<br />

for the younger reader and want to be<br />

inspired to read. For book week, I dressed<br />

up as Tom (the main character), and my<br />

dad helped me make the shield and sword.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first couple of series were nice, but<br />

then it eventually became boring for me<br />

because the series had gone on for too<br />

long and it had started to become<br />

predictable.<br />

Sea Quest: A nice series, which is short<br />

and simple, but I thought personally that<br />

the Robo dog was a nice touch though a<br />

cat, might have been interesting. Finally, the<br />

first series was ‘vanilla’... not exactly<br />

entertaining, however I was a bit<br />

older and I needed a more<br />

challenging read.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Super Mario Bros. Movie<br />

Classification: PG - Parental Guidance - Action and Mild Violence<br />

Duration: 1 hour 32 minutes | Release Date: 6 April <strong>2023</strong><br />

Review: Get ready to embark on an epic adventure through the<br />

Mushroom Kingdom in the exhilarating "Super Mario Bros" movie! You’ll<br />

be transported from the moment the iconic theme song kicks in,<br />

finding yourself immersed in a world filled with colourful characters,<br />

thrilling challenges, and hilarious moments for the whole family to<br />

enjoy.<br />

<strong>The</strong> movie brings our beloved plumber heroes, Mario and Luigi, to life<br />

in a way that perfectly balances nostalgia with a fresh take for the new<br />

generation of Mario fans. <strong>The</strong> incredible visual effects allows the<br />

Mushroom Kingdom to truly spring to life with its vibrant colours<br />

and attention to detail.<br />

While "Super Mario Bros" is undoubtedly a treat for fans of the<br />

games, it doesn't rely solely on nostalgia. This movie effortlessly<br />

blends humour, heart, and action, with the now viral<br />

song “Peaches” being a standout moment.<br />

"Super Mario Bros" movie is a must-see! With its captivating visuals,<br />

delightful characters, and a story that hits all the right notes, this film<br />

will leave you wanting to grab a controller and dive back into the<br />

magical world of Super Mario. So gather your friends, power up, and<br />

lets-a-go!<br />

Written by Emma Thom<br />

You could win one of two cinema vouchers for you<br />

and a friend to use in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine<br />

or Tindal! Simply tell us your favourite movie for your<br />

chance to win.<br />

Terms: Valued at approximately $50 per prize. Two<br />

student tickets per prize included. Open to NT-based<br />

Defence kids under age 18. Open until 31 August<br />

<strong>2023</strong>. Winners will be notified by phone or email.<br />

48 Enter online by visiting www.<br />

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METHOD:<br />

1. Pour cream into a large bowl<br />

2. Add vanilla essence<br />

3. Whip the cream and vanilla until soft and fluffy<br />

4. Use a spatula to spread cream onto flat side of<br />

Choc Ripple Biscuit. (If using a variety of mix-ins,<br />

separate the cream into different bowls and stir in<br />

mix-ins.)<br />

5. Sandwich with the flat side of another<br />

If you’re looking for a yummy snack for<br />

kids (and big kids love them too), try<br />

this super easy recipe and get creative<br />

with different mix-ins.<br />

Choc Ripple Biscuit<br />

6. Place in a container that can be stored in the<br />

freezer<br />

7. Stack ice-cream sandwiches into container<br />

and freeze for at least 24 hours<br />

Enjoy!<br />

Hint: You may also need to padlock the<br />

container as they seem to disappear quickly!<br />

If you’re running out of lunchbox ideas for the<br />

kids (and the big kids!), have a go at making<br />

these super easy Vegemite scrolls for all the<br />

family – they are going to love them!<br />


• 2 sheets of puff pastry (thawed)<br />

• Jar of vegemite<br />

• 2 cups of grated cheese<br />

• Baking tray<br />

• Baking paper<br />

• Wire cooling rack<br />

• Sharp knife<br />

• Small spatula or blunt knife to spread the •<br />

vegemite<br />

METHOD:<br />

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees (fan forced)<br />

8. Place scrolls on baking paper<br />

(laying flat on a cut side), about<br />

3cm apart<br />

9. Bake for 10-15 minutes or<br />

until golden brown<br />

10. Remove from tray and cool on wire rack<br />

(the cheese will be very hot!)<br />

Enjoy!<br />


• 3 packets of Choc Ripple Biscuits<br />

• 2 teaspoon vanilla essence<br />

• 600ml of thickened cream<br />

• Assortment of mix-ins – sprinkles,<br />

honeycomb crumb, biscuit crumb (avoid large<br />

chunks)<br />

• Electric mixer or whisk<br />

• Large mixing bowl<br />

• Freezer container<br />

2. Lay baking paper on baking tray<br />

3. Lay one sheet of puff pastry on baking paper<br />

4. Use a small spatula or blunt knife to<br />

spread a thin layer of vegemite over the<br />

pastry (being careful not to tear the pastry)<br />

5. Sprinkle a thin layer of grated<br />

cheese over the vegemite<br />

6. Roll the pastry from one end<br />

to make a log<br />

NB: <strong>The</strong> scrolls must be stored<br />

in an airtight<br />

container and consumed within<br />

3 days as they<br />

don’t stay fresh for long.<br />

Alternative flavours:<br />

Pizza sauce, salami and<br />

cheese<br />

Ham and cheese<br />

Spinach and cheese<br />

Sweet potato (mashed),<br />

spinach and cheese<br />

Stewed apple or pear<br />

with cinnamon<br />

Get creative<br />

with loads<br />

of flavour<br />

combinations<br />

Great for<br />

lunchboxes,<br />

platters and<br />

party food!<br />

7. Cut the log with a sharp knife<br />

50 51<br />

into 2cm sections/scrolls<br />

Written by Deb Herring

Sticky Fingers Kitchen, located in Holtze,<br />

inspires and empowers people of all<br />

abilities to build confidence and<br />

independence to learn life skills and lead<br />

a fulfilling life.<br />

Holding weekly classes, for the young to<br />

the elderly and suitable for all abilities,<br />

there will be a class to suit your needs.<br />

Keep your eye out for School Holidays<br />

classes if you are wanting to try a few<br />

classes, perhaps with a loved one!<br />

Hayley Boswell is a lawyer, mum and proud author<br />

of a series of children’s books focused on defence<br />

life. <strong>The</strong> books have been written to give children a<br />

tool for understanding the important work<br />

undertaken by their defence parents.<br />

Resources are available directly through the Defence Kidz<br />

website, including books focused on serving Dad’s and serving<br />

Mum’s across each of the tri-services.<br />

Facebook: @defencekidz Website: https://defencekidz.com.au/<br />


○ ½ Level cup plain flour<br />

○ ½ Level cup self raising flour<br />

○ 1 Cup rolled oats<br />

○ 1 Cup desiccated coconut<br />

○ 1/3 Cup caster sugar<br />

○ 1/3 Cup brown sugar<br />

○ 125g butter<br />

○ 1x 20ml tablespoons of golden<br />

○ syrup<br />

○ 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda<br />

○ (bicarb)<br />

○ 1 tablespoon boiling water<br />

METHOD:<br />

1. Mix flour, oats, desiccated coconut and sugar in a large bowl.<br />

2. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat, add golden syrup, stir<br />

until dissolved, bring gently to boiling point then remove pan from heat.<br />

3. Mix boiling water and bicarb and stir until dissolved. Add this to the hot<br />

melted mixture and stir.<br />

4. Carefully add the frothy mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well.<br />

5. Take a rounded dessertspoon of mixture, roll into a ball. Place balls on<br />

baking trays 5 cm apart, (the biscuits will spread).<br />

6. Press biscuits down using the back of spoon, then place trays in oven<br />

(150C fan forced).<br />

7. After 15 minutes take tray out of the oven and press biscuits flat again.<br />

8. Return trays to oven and continue baking for a further 3 - 4 minutes or<br />

until golden brown (they will be soft).<br />

9. Leave the biscuits on the trays for barely 1 minute - just enough time<br />

for the biscuits to firm up slightly before transferring them to a wire<br />

rack to finish cooling.<br />

This recipe makes 26 -30 biscuits. Once cooled, store<br />

these delicious biscuits in an airtight tin.<br />


• All kitchen equipment<br />

• Food and recipes<br />

• Personal protective equipment<br />




• Reading a recipe<br />

• Preparing ingredients including peeling<br />

and cutting<br />

• Cooking nutritious meals and desserts<br />

What a great way to develop skills<br />

that will be used for a lifetime!<br />

Written by Amanda Letcher<br />

Terms: Valued at approximately $25.<br />

Open to NT-based Defence kids<br />

under age 18. Open until 31 August<br />

<strong>2023</strong>. Winners will be notified by<br />

phone or email. Enter online by<br />

When you think of a hero, what comes to mind? Courage,<br />

bravery, strength? And what helps to bring these thoughts to<br />

mind? Sometimes they have a trustworthy side kick, or perhaps<br />

it’s their cape?!!!!<br />

Here in Australia, we have an amazing organisation who are<br />

focused on being that reliable side- kick for sick children!<br />

Capes4Kids Australia Inc is a nationwide charity with<br />

hundreds of volunteers supporting and donating their<br />

precious time to create one-of-a-kind masterpiece<br />

capes, which are then gifted to sick children.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se are so much more than just a gift to children undergoing treatments<br />

or having procedures; each child who receives their very own super-powered<br />

capes are transformed into Superheroes! And we know that Superheroes are<br />

courageous, brave and strong!<br />

If you are interested in helping children to embrace their inner strength, find their courage and<br />

bring out huge smiles, Capes4Kids Australia would love your support! You can help through<br />

donations of time to create masterpieces or donations of materials (used for cape<br />

making), or financial sponsorship to help with community engagement costs.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> superpowers contained within our capes will enable<br />

our little heroes to feel they have a protective barrier of<br />

superpowers to help them fight their illness.”<br />

Written by Amanda Letcher<br />

Source: https://capes4kidsaustralia.<br />

com.au/ & https://www.facebook.com/<br />

capes4kidsaustralia/ Email: info@capes4kidsaustralia.com.<br />

au<br />

From the book by Allison Reynolds<br />

52 53<br />

Anzac Biscuits: the power and spirit of an<br />

everyday national icon (Wakefield Press 2018) visiting www.thetopendermagazine.<br />



IN THE NT<br />

Your personal safety should always be a<br />

priority - check out all of the information<br />

below to help keep yourself safe.<br />

Situational awareness is the process of being<br />

aware of your surroundings and being alert to any<br />

potential safety threats.<br />

You can enhance your situational awareness by:<br />

• Avoiding use of your mobile phone whilst<br />

walking<br />

• Removing headphones or lowering the<br />

volume on music when out<br />

• Scanning your environment for exits,<br />

suspicious people or objects or any unique<br />

elements that may impact your safety<br />

• Following your gut - if something feels out of<br />

place, react!<br />

A safe night out is a good night out - enjoying a<br />

night out shouldn’t mean that your safety is<br />

compromised.<br />

• Plan your night ahead of time by taking your<br />

ID with you, organising a designated driver<br />

and letting your friends and family know<br />

where you are headed.<br />

• Look after your friends by staying together,<br />

not letting them leave with someone they<br />

have just met and avoiding conflict situations.<br />

Keep your items close - avoid leaving your<br />

valuables unattended when you are out and ensure<br />

you keep your backpack and bags closed.<br />

Make yourself a hard target by being alert,<br />

walking with confidence and keeping to well-lit<br />

and populated areas.<br />

Neighbourhood Watch 4 Kids will take you on<br />

an interactive learning journey to improve<br />

safety knowledge, increase confidence and<br />

empower your child to trust their instincts and<br />

react appropriately to unsafe situations.<br />

If you are out at night - walking home alone after<br />

dark, even a short distance, makes you<br />

vulnerable. Walk with friends, take a taxi, call a<br />

minibus or arrange a lift.<br />

If you are harassed take a note of:<br />

• the person’s appearance and clothes<br />

• what their vehicle looks like, if any<br />

• their vehicle's number plate, if possible.<br />

You should report the matter to police as soon<br />

as you can.<br />


If you are ever in need of help in an emergency, these contacts may be able to help.<br />

Remember, there are many government and non-government organisations and services<br />

available to you in times of need. If you are unsure, reach out to a safe adult (e.g. parent,<br />

guardian, family member, teacher, friend’s parent, or Defence School Mentor).<br />


If you are in immediate physical danger, call the police on Triple Zero<br />

(000) and get to a safe place, like a hospital or police station, if you can.<br />


If you are in immediate danger, call the police on Triple Zero (000).<br />

Child Protection Reporting Line<br />

If you are unsafe at home, or worried about the safety of another young person, you can call the Child<br />

Protection Reporting Line NT to make a report. You can call them on 1800 700 250 or lodge an online.<br />


If your situation is life-threatening, call Triple Zero (000) or go to your nearest Emergency Department.<br />

Kids Helpline<br />

You can call the Kids Helpline on 1800 55<br />

1800 for free and private counselling (available<br />

24 hours a day, but there can be a wait to get<br />

through). <strong>The</strong>y are happy to talk to young<br />

people between the ages of 5-25 years about<br />

anything that’s troubling them. You can also<br />

email them or chat online here.<br />

Northern Territory Mental Health Line<br />

For crisis mental health support, call the NT<br />

Mental Health Line on 1800 682 288.<br />

Lifeline<br />

Lifeline offers 24-hour crisis support and<br />

suicide prevention counselling on 13 11 14.<br />

You can also speak to a counsellor online 24/7<br />

here.<br />

Suicide Call Back Service<br />

<strong>The</strong> Suicide Call Back Service is a free national<br />

service that provides 24/7 counselling to<br />

people at risk of suicide or experiencing other<br />

emotional and mental health issues. Call them<br />

on 1300 659 467 or chat with them online<br />

here.<br />

Suicide Line<br />

1300 651 251 - 24/7 telephone counselling service offering<br />

professional support to people at risk of suicide, people<br />

concerned about someone else’s risk of suicide, and people<br />

bereaved by suicide.<br />

Headspace<br />

Telephone and online counselling for young people aged 12<br />

to 25. Telephone 10pm to 1am, online 1pm to 1am.<br />

Darwin Phone: 08 8931 5999<br />

Katherine Phone: 08 8912 4000<br />

Beyond Blue<br />

Beyond Blue provides free telephone and online counselling<br />

to anyone in Australia. You can call a counsellor on 1300 22<br />

4636 or chat online here.<br />

SANE Australia<br />

1800 12 7263 - Counsellors are available via phone, webchat,<br />

or email from 10 am to 10 pm Monday to Friday and provide<br />

information, support and referral to people concerned about<br />

complex mental health issues.<br />

Parentline<br />

Phone: 1300 301 300<br />

Author: Neighbourhood Watch NT<br />

Sources:<br />

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https://www.nhwnt.org.au/personal-safety<br />



If you need additional support or counselling, you can contact the services below:<br />

Ambulance/Police/Fire 000 National Relay Service<br />

24-hour service, TTY/voice calls 133 677, Speak and<br />

Listen 1300 555 727<br />

Nurse on Call<br />

1300 60 60 24 - 24/7 telephone helpline providing<br />

immediate, expert health advice from a registered<br />

nurse.<br />

After Hours GP Helpline<br />

1800 022 222 - Free phone service after hours.<br />

Calls are answered by a registered nurse who can<br />

decide if you need medical advice, need to speak to a<br />

local Doctor, make an appointment for the following<br />

day, attend the hospital for immediate assessment, or<br />

call an ambulance.<br />

Health Direct<br />

1800 022 222 - A government-funded service,<br />

providing quality, approved health information and<br />

advice 24 hours.<br />


08 8981 8870 - Employment support and programs<br />

for youth within NT.<br />

Butterfly Foundation<br />

<strong>The</strong> Butterfly Foundation provide phone and online<br />

counselling and support for people experiencing<br />

eating disorders and body image issues. You can call<br />

them from 8am – midnight on 1800 33 4673 or chat<br />

to them online here.<br />

13YARN<br />

13YARN is a 24/7 crisis support line for Aboriginal<br />

and Torres Strait Islander people nation-wide. Call<br />

them on 13 92 76 or visit their website here.<br />

<strong>The</strong> National Indigenous Postvention Service<br />

1800 805 801 - 24/7 after suicide support for<br />

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and<br />

families impacted by suicide.<br />

Brother to Brother<br />

1800 435 799 - 24/7 crisis line for Aboriginal men<br />

Free Translating and Interpreting Service - (TIS)<br />

13 11 44 - A free phone interpreting service for<br />

people who do not speak English.<br />

Housing Support Service<br />

1800 825 955 - 24/7 housing support service,<br />

homeless, at risk of being homeless, or escaping<br />

family violence.<br />

Griefline<br />

Griefline provides telephone support to anyone<br />

experiencing grief or loss. You can call them on 1300<br />

845 745 from 8am to 8pm (AEDT) or visit their<br />

website here.<br />

Red Nose Australia<br />

1300 308 307 - 24/7 online and telephone services<br />

to assist parents and their families after the death of<br />

a child.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Compassionate Friends<br />

1300 064 068 - 24/7 grief telephone support for<br />

bereaved parents, grandparents, and siblings.<br />

NT Food Safety Hotline<br />

Phone: 1800 095 646<br />

Poisons Information Centre<br />

Phone: 131 126<br />

Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS)<br />

Phone: 1800 131 350<br />

Directline (Drug and Alcohol issues)<br />

1800 888 236 - 24/7 confidential telephone<br />

counselling, information, and referrals to access the<br />

Victorian public alcohol and other drug treatment<br />

system.<br />

Gamblers Helpline<br />

1800 858 858 - 24/7 confidential telephone helpline<br />

for people affected by gambling.<br />

QLife<br />

QLife provides anonymous and free LGBTI peer<br />

support and referral for people in Australia wanting<br />

to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings<br />

or relationships. You can call them on 1800 184 527<br />

(9am to midnight each day) or chat to them online<br />

here.<br />

1800RESPECT - National Sexual Assault, Domestic<br />

and Family Violence Counselling<br />

1800RESPECT is a counselling and support service<br />

for people who have experienced sexual assault or<br />

domestic and family violence. You can call them 24<br />

hours a day on 1800 737 732 or chat to them online<br />

here.<br />

Sexual Assault Crisis Line<br />

1800 806 292 - State-wide after-hours telephone<br />

crisis counselling service for people who have<br />

experienced both past and recent sexual assault, 5<br />

pm to 9 am every day.<br />

Ruby Gaea Darwin Centre Against Sexual Violence<br />

Phone: 08 8945 0155<br />

Sexual Assault Referral Centres<br />

Darwin Phone: 08 8922 6472<br />

Katherine Phone: 08 8973 8524<br />

Office of Disability<br />

Phone: 08 8999 2809<br />

National Debt Helpline<br />

Phone: 1800 007 007<br />

Victims of Crime NT<br />

Phone: 1800 672 242<br />

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