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The Top Ender Magazine October November 2023 Edition

Within the pages of this edition, you'll find an exclusive interview with Nova Peris OAM OLY, the first Terratorian to win an Olympic Gold Medal. As Christmas approaches, we’ve got eco gift-wrapping ideas (Page 19), some amazing competitions, and an emergency checklist for Cyclone Season (Page 34). Don't forget to explore our other competitions designed for kids, teens, and couples. Find help and resources that support you to make the most out of your time in the top end of Australia, servicing Darwin, Katherine, Tindal and Pilbara regions.

Within the pages of this edition, you'll find an exclusive interview with Nova Peris OAM OLY, the first Terratorian to win an Olympic Gold Medal. As Christmas approaches, we’ve got eco gift-wrapping ideas (Page 19), some amazing competitions, and an emergency checklist for Cyclone Season (Page 34). Don't forget to explore our other competitions designed for kids, teens, and couples. Find help and resources that support you to make the most out of your time in the top end of Australia, servicing Darwin, Katherine, Tindal and Pilbara regions.

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04 NOVA PERIS OAM OLY<br />

08 ARTIST PHIL BROOKS<br />

34 PREPARING FOR EMERGENCIES<br />

47 AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL<br />

SUPPORT<br />

07 DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS<br />

11 LEGACY AUSTRALIA<br />

CONTENTS<br />

15 OPEN ARMS - STRENGTHENING RELATIONSHIPS<br />

17 VETERANS HEALTH WEEK<br />

17 ROYAL COMMISSION REMINDER<br />

20 DEFENCE MEMBER AND FAMILY SUPPORT<br />

22 DEFENCE FAMILIES AUSTRALIA<br />

24 ADF RESERVES<br />

26 MATES4MATES<br />

FEATURES<br />

37 PRINCES TRUST AUSTRALIA<br />

38 CHAPLAIN’S CHAT<br />

12 SUZIE’S SUNSHINE DOLLS<br />

14 SALTWATER VETERANS<br />

16 LUKE GOSLING - NO HIGHER CALLING<br />

19 SUSTAINABLE GIFT WRAP<br />

28 ROBERTSON BARRACKS FAMILY GROUP<br />

28 LARRAKEYAH NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE<br />

29 INTRODUCING VILLY<br />

30 HAILEYBURY PANGEA<br />

31 THE PILBARA REGIMENT FAMILY GROUP<br />

32 NETWORK TINDAL<br />

COMMUNITY<br />

33 CASUARINA STREET PRIMARY SCHOOL<br />

36 BROTHERS ’N’ BOOKS<br />

36 WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK<br />

39 EVERYMANS WELFARE SERVICE<br />

40 HARWELL HOME CARE<br />

41 VISITING FOGG DAM<br />

42 SCAM AWARENESS WEEK<br />

44 REMOTE LOCATION LEAVE TRAVEL<br />

46 POSTING TO CANBERRA?<br />

48 ANZAC DAY SCHOOL AWARDS <strong>2023</strong><br />

50 SWELL PALMERSTON<br />

51 COMMITTEE NOTICEBOARD<br />

51 TOP END JOBS BOARD<br />

52 GROM<br />

54 SKIN CANCER SUN PACK<br />

54 DEFENCE BLOOD CHALLENGE<br />

55 AMBER NT<br />

56 MY GRIEF APP<br />

58 PETS IN THE TOP END<br />

60 MIDGE & MOZZIE CALENDAR<br />

61 FROG ID WEEK<br />

63 YOUTHWORX NT<br />

64 KIDS PUZZLES<br />

66 HANDY DIRECTORY<br />

COMPETITIONS<br />

WILD FAMILY DAY OUT - PG 18<br />

ECO-GIFT WRAPPING - PG 19<br />

WIN WITH OUR SPONSORS - PG 25<br />

COUPLES DATE NIGHT - PG 25<br />

WATERFRONT FAMILY MEMBERSHIP - PG 62<br />

KIDS ART PACK - PG 62<br />

FROM THE COMMITTEE<br />

OCTOBER NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

WELCOME<br />

Happy ‘Build-Up’ season! It’s getting hotter as we<br />

near the end of this year, so why not cool off on a<br />

family trip to the Adelaide River to see the Jumping<br />

Crocs? (Page 18)<br />

Within the pages of this edition, you'll find an<br />

exclusive interview with Nova Peris OAM OLY, the<br />

first Terratorian to win an Olympic Gold Medal. As<br />

Christmas approaches, we’ve got eco gift wrapping<br />

ideas (Page 19), some amazing competitions, and an<br />

emergency checklist for Cyclone Season (Page 34).<br />

Don't forget to explore our other competitions<br />

designed for kids, teens, and couples.<br />

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NOVA PERIS<br />

OAM OLY<br />

As a young girl of 9 years old, Nova dreamed of going to the<br />

Olympics and winning gold...<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is so much to learn about Nova Peris OAM OLY and<br />

her incredible life as a proud Aboriginal woman, Olympian and<br />

former politician. We had the privilege of catching up with<br />

Nova to share her inspiring journey…<br />

CAN YOU PLEASE BRIEFLY EXPLAIN YOUR CONNECTION TO<br />

DEFENCE?<br />

My Grandmother’s father, Jack Knox, was a Sergeant in the 2nd/16th<br />

Battalion. He served in Syria and Lebanon before being sent to Kokoda<br />

in 1942 – he was a cartographer in the Kokoda Campaign and left the<br />

military in 1945.<br />

DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE OF WALKING THE KOKODA<br />

TRACK IN OCTOBER 2022?<br />

I felt a strong connection to Kokoda because of my family history and I<br />

carried my Great Grandfather’s war Bible with me for the duration of<br />

the trek. Even after doing my own research and watching<br />

documentaries about Kokoda, actually walking the track was just<br />

phenomenal. It’s so hard to comprehend - soldiers fought there for our<br />

freedom. When you understand the fact that it was the only time that<br />

Australian’s fought for Australia (because Papua New Guinea was<br />

Australian territory at the time) and the history of the 39th Battalion<br />

and the brutality of that war. <strong>The</strong>n hearing the stories of how the Fuzzy<br />

Wuzzy Angels(1) and the allegiance supported our soldiers. To know<br />

where they are today - it was the hardest thing. Kokoda was not only<br />

incredibly physically hard, it’s mentally and emotionally significant when I<br />

think about walking in the footsteps of my Great-Grandfather and<br />

Australia’s military history.<br />

For me, representing Australia for 13 years in elite sports was incredibly<br />

challenging, but in attempting Kokoda, I never use the word sacrifice in<br />

a sporting context, because the ultimate sacrifice are the Diggers<br />

who gave their lives and their freedom for the freedoms that we<br />

have today; that’s the ultimate definition of sacrifice.<br />

“I kept thinking how lucky we were and no matter how hard we do it,<br />

it could be much worse. Every moment was spent thinking about the<br />

diggers, their bravery & sacrifices. <strong>The</strong>y had minimal food, wrongcoloured<br />

uniforms, suffering from malaria, and constantly having to be<br />

on high alert! It was at times beyond mind boggling and disbelief to<br />

think about it all as you walk through the dense jungle.”<br />

- Extract from Kokoda Legacy, Nova Peris<br />

HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED?<br />

I’m now 52 and many of our mob (Aboriginal people) , some of whom<br />

I went to school with have passed away. <strong>The</strong> life expectancy of<br />

Aboriginal people is 50 years old for men and 60 years for women. I<br />

don’t do it for others, I do it because I want to live a long life, that’s why<br />

I maintain a healthy lifestyle.<br />

My husband and I do F45, which is 45 minutes of intense exercise at<br />

the gym and then we walk three to four times per week.<br />

I get my mental strength from my mother who has a glass half full<br />

attitude and my Grandparents who were part of the Stolen<br />

Generations and didn’t have much; minimal education or the freedoms<br />

to play sports. So, I tell my kids that we have access to education and<br />

sports and the freedom to participate fully in society when our<br />

Grandparents didn’t have that.<br />

HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU WON GOLD IN THE<br />

1996 ATLANTA OLYMPICS?<br />

After we had won the final and we were all jumping over each<br />

other with jubilation, Ric Charlesworth came up to me and said,<br />

“did you know you're the first Aboriginal person to win?”. And<br />

it took me a moment to process that... It had never crossed my<br />

mind going into the Olympics and it wasn't my goal before<br />

competing. As a team we weren’t allowed to think like that; we<br />

didn’t think of the Olympic finals. We played each game to win<br />

because you have to win to get there, it’s a process and so<br />

when Ric said that to me, I think the tears flowed even more.<br />

It didn’t dawn on me until we got back to Australia, and we<br />

were doing the parades - it’s just a phenomenal feeling, having<br />

been able to live your dream as a little kid to go to the<br />

Olympics and win a gold medal.<br />

HOW DID YOU FEEL TO BE NOMINATED AND<br />

AWARDED AN OAM?<br />

I didn’t know I had been nominated! We were all nominated as<br />

a team and to know that your dedication, commitment and<br />

achievements can be recognised in such a way, it’s very<br />

humbling.<br />

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ACHIEVEMENT AND OR<br />

MEMORY?<br />

It’s a difficult question! Olympic Gold, Commonwealth<br />

Games Golds, Sydney Olympics, breaking an Australian<br />

record... It’s probably the Olympic gold, that’s a pretty<br />

incredible moment.<br />

In sport there is obviously the Olympic gold, that was<br />

phenomenal and then to win two Commonwealth Games<br />

Golds (one by .02 of a second), that was a victory. It’s such a<br />

hard discipline and your commitment has to be above and<br />

beyond to keep going, and then to win; it’s the achievement<br />

you need to embrace and appreciate because the victories<br />

don’t come around that often.<br />

I always say to my son, “it’s not the view at the top of the<br />

mountain, it’s the journey you take to get there”<br />

WHO IS YOUR MENTOR OR HERO?<br />

<strong>The</strong> influencers throughout my life, include my<br />

mum and her optimism and my stepfather, who was<br />

in the Defence Force and did two tours of Vietnam<br />

in the Navy. We grew up where the attitude was if<br />

you want something you have to get off your<br />

backside and work hard for it. My parent really<br />

encouraged education because education is for life,<br />

sports can be temporary.<br />

Another inspiration is Maurice Rioli. As an<br />

Aboriginal from NT and especially from the Tiwi<br />

Islands, his achievements made an impression on<br />

me as a young kid who was striving to achieve big<br />

things in sport.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n I got to meet Glynis Nunn-Cearns OAM in<br />

1984 after the LA Olympics. Glynis had brought her<br />

Olympic gold medal to Darwin and I got to hold it -<br />

that made a big impact for a girl of 13! In 1988, the<br />

Olympic hockey team came to Darwin to<br />

acclimatise before going to Seoul and I got to play<br />

against them. I think that was when the seed was<br />

well and truly planted, that in order for me to play<br />

for Australia, I had to follow in the footsteps of the<br />

women who I looked up to (which led me to Perth<br />

to pursue my dream of playing hockey). Inspiring<br />

women such as Sharon Buchanan, Elizabeth Clement<br />

and Rachel Hawkes; they were icons I looked up to.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s a language called Possible Self Concept, it’s<br />

that glass half full attitude and the discipline, knowing<br />

nothing comes easy, you have to work for it. My<br />

dream of going to the Olympics manifested after<br />

watching the 1980 Moscow Olympics and thinking,<br />

“wow can I be that good?”. So, I have earned<br />

everything I have wanted to achieve, I have worked<br />

hard to achieve it and that’s the result of my<br />

upbringing and the understanding that you can have<br />

what you want if you are willing to work hard<br />

enough for it.<br />

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WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE THAT YOU'VE<br />

EVER RECEIVED?<br />

I got to spend an hour with Muhammad Ali and<br />

I asked Muhammed; “What makes you so<br />

great? Why do millions of people across the<br />

globe love you so much beyond the sport?” and<br />

he said, “because when I meet people, I never<br />

look down upon those who look up to me”.<br />

That has stayed with me. Sometimes I meet<br />

people and they are a bit starstruck and don’t<br />

know what to say, but if they come to say<br />

“hello”, I always give them the time of day. It’s<br />

important to have a humble outlook on life and<br />

never look down on people who look up to<br />

you.<br />

IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS,<br />

WHAT WOULD THEY BE?<br />

Dream-walker, determined and empathetic<br />

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE NT?<br />

Cannon Hill in Kakadu National Park, that’s my country,<br />

Bunitj country. It’s where my husband and I were married.<br />

WHAT’S NEXT FOR NOVA PERIS?<br />

By the time this goes to print I will have walked the Kokoda Trail again in September <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

I’d like to put together resources about Kokoda ensuring our younger generations<br />

understand the significance of the Kokoda Campaign. It’s a war that isn’t given<br />

enough recognition particularly when you think that it’s the war<br />

where Australians fought for Australia. We have ANZAC<br />

Day and Remembrance Day, but this security campaign<br />

was just such a significant war and for us to<br />

understand the history of that is so important.<br />

I’m pushing to be a voice of reason in the<br />

upcoming referendum, and I am cochairperson<br />

of the Australian Republican<br />

Movement, and I am committed to the<br />

Nova Peris Foundation.<br />

DVA REMEMBRANCE<br />

DAY REFLECTION<br />

On Remembrance Day we acknowledge the<br />

Anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First<br />

World War and by observing a minute’s silence,<br />

upholding the promise to never forget the 416,000<br />

Australians who enlisted and over 60,000 who died<br />

during the First World War.<br />

While originally known as Armistice Day, the name was<br />

changed to Remembrance Day after the Second World<br />

War and is now a day to acknowledge the more than<br />

103,000 Australians who have made the ultimate sacrifice<br />

in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping missions,<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are many ways to show your support on the 11th<br />

of <strong>November</strong>. One simple way, is by wearing a red poppy.<br />

A tradition inspired by the poppies that grew on the<br />

Western Front, in the front lines, above lone gravesites<br />

and in cemeteries, springing from the desolate<br />

battlefields - they provided a welcome colourful contrast<br />

in the bleak war-stricken landscape.<br />

From the battlefield to the home front, the poppy’s beauty<br />

captured imaginations across the world inspiring art and<br />

later becoming a recognisable symbol of commemoration<br />

in countries around the world.<br />

An important link in the recognition of the poppy started<br />

with the poem “In Flanders Fields” written by Canadian<br />

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. McCrae was serving in<br />

Belgium in 1915 as a medic and was in awe of the<br />

profusion of blooms he saw in the surrounding fields. In<br />

his writing he connects the symbolism of death during war<br />

but also nature’s capacity to adapt and restore itself.<br />

When American academic Moina Michael read McCrae’s<br />

poem prior to the 1918 Armistice, she described feeling<br />

moved to buy artificial flowers to distribute them for<br />

people to wear on their labels as a symbol of<br />

remembrance. By doing so she was known as the first<br />

person to wear a poppy for commemoration and wrote<br />

her own notable poem, “We Shall Keep <strong>The</strong> Faith”.<br />

Another contributor to the poppy’s rise in popularity, was<br />

Anna Guerin also known as the ‘Poppy Lady from France’.<br />

Anna had established a network of French war widows<br />

who made flowers from silk to raise funds for various<br />

causes; with her work resulting in the American Legion<br />

and the Major Veterans Association in the USA adopting<br />

the poppy as a symbol.<br />

Guerin visited Britain in 1921 to meet with the British<br />

Legion to encourage them to sell artificial flowers as a<br />

fundraising item and in agreement the first ever Poppy<br />

Day was established in Britain and held on 11th of<br />

<strong>November</strong> 1921. <strong>The</strong> Remembrance poppy was so<br />

popular that sellers couldn't keep up with the demand. To<br />

solve this, the British Legion set up its own poppy factory<br />

in 1922, employing wounded servicemen to make artificial<br />

poppies and ensuring adequate supply whilst continuing to<br />

raise funds to support veterans and their families.<br />

Over 100 years later, the poppy continues to be a<br />

recognised symbol of remembrance worn by millions of<br />

people across the Commonwealth on this day. Lest we<br />

forget.<br />

You can find out more information about the history and<br />

traditions of Remembrance Day in DVA’s free digital<br />

Remembrance Day Kitbag, including resources to help you<br />

host your own event: https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/<br />

resources/remembrance-day-kitbag<br />

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

commemorates the service and sacrifice of veterans, and<br />

acknowledges the vital contribution of their families and<br />

communities.<br />

Written by Louise Ruhl<br />

Acting Deputy Commissioner, NT<br />

Department of Veterans’ Affairs<br />

Interviewed by Charlene Carter<br />

Community Coordinator<br />

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

Sources: https://www.novaperis.com.au<br />

Images: Courtesy of Nova Peris and Legacy Australia<br />

Contact Department<br />

of Veterans’ Affairs, NT<br />

1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372)<br />

8:30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday<br />

14 Winnellie Road, Winnellie 0820<br />

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

PHIL BROOKS<br />

WHAT IS YOUR MILITARY BACKGROUND?<br />

I enlisted into RA Infantry in 2001. After my Initial<br />

Employment Training I was posted to 2 RAR until<br />

2008. During this time, I deployed on Operation<br />

Tanager in East Timor 2001, Op Anode in the<br />

Solomon Islands 2003, Op Astute in East Timor 2006<br />

and then again in 2007. I also participated in Exercise<br />

Long Look in 2008 with 42 Royal Marine Commandos<br />

in Plymouth. I posted to Singleton as an Infantry<br />

Instructor between 2009 - 10. I then posted back to 2<br />

RAR and deployed on MTF3 in Afghanistan. I moved<br />

to 1 RAR in 2013 and subsequently deployed as part<br />

of FPE3 to Afghanistan in 2015. In 2017, I was posted<br />

to Mortar Wing at the School of Artillery until 2020,<br />

where I medically separated due to injury.<br />

WHAT INITIALLY INSPIRED YOUR INTEREST IN<br />

PAINTING?<br />

I grew up around art as both of my grandfathers were<br />

painters. It was something that captivated me from a<br />

young age, and I liked to visually create in any medium.<br />

In the early stages, I did a lot of pencil drawing and<br />

acrylic painting. In high school, I had developed formal<br />

skills and I moved into more prolific medium use;<br />

charcoal, pastels and watercolours. I was creating art<br />

until I joined the ADF in 2001.<br />

My military career became my priority, and I didn’t<br />

maintain my creative outlet during my service. I<br />

designed a few things on the odd occasion, and I<br />

painted a Pacific Island Company sign for our<br />

deployment to the Solomons in 2003, which I believe<br />

is now located at the 2 RAR Museum.<br />

WHEN DID YOU RECONNECT WITH ART?<br />

After being medically separated, I renovated a<br />

house on the beach in Tasmania. <strong>The</strong> renovation<br />

was a positive outlet to focus on and it gave me a<br />

project that I could immerse myself in. I didn’t<br />

want my mental health to spiral out of control<br />

post service and I worked hard to control that<br />

aspect of my wellbeing. After finishing the<br />

majority of my home renovation, I wondered<br />

what I was going to do next - I needed another<br />

project. I went into Hobart one day and visited a<br />

couple of art stores. I walked out with canvases<br />

and paint - I had a story to tell.<br />

I hadn’t picked up a paint brush for over twenty<br />

years, but the first portrait I painted was ‘Alex’. He<br />

was one of my soldiers in 1 RAR who deployed<br />

on FPE3 but never returned home due to an<br />

accidental death. His death had a major impact on<br />

me and was one of the contributing factors to my<br />

declining mental health upon return to Australia. I<br />

saw an image of Alex in black and white sitting out<br />

the front of our accommodation in Afghanistan. I<br />

knew immediately I had to paint the picture and<br />

tell his story. At the time, Alex’s name had not<br />

been memorialised, so I included that story in the<br />

painting. I painted the Afghanistan honour roll<br />

panel in the background with Alex’s name in white<br />

with a question mark and Alex holding his own<br />

red poppy. It wasn’t too long after I finished the<br />

painting of Alex, that his name was unveiled at<br />

the AWM - his story was documented.<br />

After I completed “Alex”, I knew I couldn’t stop<br />

there. It was cathartic, but it also inspired me, and<br />

I had my own story to tell... I had the story of my<br />

mates to tell. After one year of reconnecting with<br />

art, I have progressed to some larger detailed<br />

Artist statement, self-portrait:<br />

Rebecoming<br />

<strong>The</strong> soldier walks alone, the path is trodden<br />

His boots are laden, full of self-loathing<br />

A mind that is an abyss, filled with dark crevices<br />

He inebriates himself, subduing the torture<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is a visit by a dog, black of fur<br />

It gives a tender nuzzle, a gentle reminder<br />

<strong>The</strong> soldier speaks, to relieve the burden<br />

An internal door is opened, all is free<br />

Comfort emerges, life is for the living<br />

A helix is hung, a resilient reminder<br />

He stoically moves forward, head high<br />

His ancestors approve, a sacrifice for him<br />

<strong>The</strong> soldier is reborn, the rebecoming<br />

<strong>The</strong> dog saunters away, task complete<br />

WHAT SKILLS HAVE YOU<br />

LEARNED IN THE MILITARY<br />

THAT YOU STILL USE<br />

REGULARLY?<br />

I am still adjusting to civilian life, but I believe I have<br />

taken some good qualities from my service. For<br />

example, I am always ridiculously early to absolutely<br />

everything I do. I still tend to IMAP every situation and<br />

critically analyse everything - I am very methodical.<br />

Personal qualities like leadership, integrity, courage<br />

and tenacity are instilled into everyday life, and<br />

although they are hard to change, they are good<br />

attributes to have.<br />

WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU?<br />

I am currently working on a couple of pieces; an oil<br />

piece and an acrylic piece. I have a goal to potentially<br />

hold an exhibition in the local scene around Hobart.<br />

As it stands, I believe I am the only person locally<br />

doing military art, however, if there is another artistic<br />

veteran in Hobart, please reach out.<br />

I have a lot of ideas floating around in my head at the<br />

moment, including two pieces I would like to create<br />

and eventually enter the Archibald prize. Just entering<br />

that competition would be the pinnacle of<br />

achievement. But, until I paint those pictures, I will<br />

continue to relearn and better myself, enabling me to<br />

further tell the story of the modern veteran.<br />

Interviewed by Deb Herring<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

works. I have a self-portrait<br />

‘Rebecoming’, which is my entry<br />

into the 2024 Napier Waller<br />

award at the AWM. It tells a story<br />

of my own demons and moving<br />

forward. For me, the painting has<br />

been my most significant ‘passion<br />

piece’ as it reflects my soul and<br />

truly represents me in the light<br />

and how I managed to escape the<br />

dark place that I was in.<br />

One of my favourite pieces would<br />

have to be ‘Section Commander’<br />

- it is a painting of my mate in<br />

Afghanistan, cleaning his weapon.<br />

You can see from his kit that he<br />

has been busy on this certain<br />

patrol, and he has managed to<br />

find a few minutes to clean his<br />

weapon and possibly have<br />

something to eat. It reflects the<br />

life of an Infantry soldier and in<br />

particular a Section Commander<br />

doing his job in Australia's longest<br />

conflict.<br />

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- “I WAS ONLY 19”<br />

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of John Schumann’s “I<br />

was only 19” - the classic Vietnam war ballad has been<br />

rereleased in collaboration with <strong>The</strong> Waifs.<br />

Schumann originally wanted to write a song about Vietnam<br />

veterans because he knew he could have been one of them. As<br />

a teenager in South Australia in the late 1960s, Schumann was<br />

the right age to be “swept up in conscription”, but his number<br />

never came up.<br />

“My Grandfather was a marksman on a merchant Navy<br />

minesweeper during the First World War – he used to stand<br />

on a deck with a .303 and detonate mines. <strong>The</strong>n Dad was in<br />

the RAAF in the Second World War.”<br />

For an exclusive interview with John Schumann, listen to <strong>The</strong><br />

Adelaide Show Podcast - https://theadelaideshow.com.au/<br />

podcast-episodes/382-the-adelaide-show-podcast-nigel-stylewith-john-schumann/<br />

HONOURED THROUGH THE TORCH<br />

PART TWO<br />

<strong>The</strong> Legacy Centenary Torch Relay <strong>2023</strong> presented by<br />

Defence Health, continued its journey across the<br />

country, marking 100 years of service to those who have<br />

sacrificed.<br />

Beginning in Pozieres, France in the lead up to ANZAC Day in<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, the Centenary Torch has travelled the globe, stopping at all<br />

45 Legacy Clubs worldwide. As 5000 ex-military personnel are<br />

spread across the length and breadth of the Territory, Legacy<br />

decided to share this occasion with those outside of Darwin.<br />

Legacy Week was launched in Darwin at Government House on<br />

22nd August, <strong>2023</strong>. <strong>The</strong> following day, Mayor of Alice Springs,<br />

Matt Paterson, hosted a reception to celebrate Legacy’s legacy.<br />

Beneficiaries Helen & Leticia attended and watched as Legatees<br />

Jack & Jenny Hamilton presented the Legacy torch to the Mayor.<br />

Following from the Alice Springs event,<br />

Coomalie President Sharon Beswick<br />

hosted a contingent of 16 NT Legatees<br />

and beneficiaries at the Adelaide River<br />

War Cemetery, honouring the fallen and<br />

receive the hand-over torch from<br />

Legatee Jack Hamilton. Ensuring the<br />

voice of Legacy continues for<br />

generations to come, Jack and Suzi<br />

Spedding engaged with Adelaide River<br />

Primary School students who were<br />

excited to see and touch the torch and<br />

understand its significance.<br />

Special thanks to Suzi Spedding (Project Manager Legacy NT) &<br />

Letitia Siganto (Beneficiary)<br />

Photo: Cr Mark Coffey, Helen Siganto, David Marzec – Electorate Officer, Robyn<br />

Lambley MLA Office, Deputy Mayor Allison Bitar, Gabby Coffey, Jenny Hamilton, Mayor<br />

Matt Paterson, Jack Hamilton, Joshua Burgoyne MLA, Bill Yan MLA, Cr Eli Melky, Andrew<br />

Wilsmore – ASTC CEO and Abby Chin<br />

Photo: Government House Legacy Week Launch<br />

Legacy became a welcome and warm support to<br />

me and Mum after losing my Dad in late 1991. At<br />

11 years old, I didn’t have a large understanding of<br />

the support that Legacy gave, but their birthday and<br />

Christmas wishes were always very appreciated.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y provided me with awesome opportunities to<br />

attend camps in Busselton, WA, Albury on the<br />

Victoria/ NSW border and ANZAC Day<br />

Commemorations in Canberra, with added special<br />

tours of the War Memorial. <strong>The</strong>se experiences were<br />

then, and are still, very important times in my life. I<br />

often reflect on what I learnt and the friendships<br />

that were made that are still there today. <strong>The</strong><br />

Busselton Camp particularly was very special, I have<br />

even returned as an adult to show my husband this<br />

special place and what it means to me.<br />

Busselton was a place where Legacy kids (ages 5-<br />

18) came together from all over Australia; we all<br />

had that one common thread, we had all lost a<br />

parent who had served and we had all gained<br />

Legacy!<br />

More recently, Mum has been introduced to the<br />

local Legacy community in Alice Springs and enjoys<br />

the monthly connection and lunches that the group<br />

share together. It’s amazing the support this<br />

organisation gives to families in some of their most<br />

difficult times. Mum and I are truly grateful for<br />

Legacy for all they’ve done for us ~ Letitia Siganto<br />

(Beneficiary)<br />

Written by Char Carter<br />

Community Coordinator<br />

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

THE<br />

LEGACY<br />

CENTENARY<br />

TORCH RELAY<br />

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

PRESENTED BY<br />

Photo: Jack Hamilton and Northern Territory<br />

Legacy Beneficiary Helen Siganto.<br />

Photo: Helen & Leticia Siganto,<br />

Beneficiaries<br />

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We are<br />

located in<br />

Darwin!<br />

We stumbled across an incredibly talented<br />

crochet artist who creates lifelike defence<br />

dolls, and we are so inspired by Hannah’s<br />

story!<br />

Introducing... Suzie’s Sunshine Dolls!<br />

GIVING<br />

BACK!<br />

$5 from the sale<br />

from each of the new<br />

defence range dolls will<br />

be donated to Mates4Mates veteran<br />

organisation.<br />

100% Handmade Amigurumi Dolls/Toys<br />

100% Organic where available<br />

100% Sustainable<br />

100% Vegan<br />

WHAT DO YOU CREATE AND HOW LONG<br />

HAVE YOU BEEN CREATING YOUR<br />

PRODUCTS?<br />

Suzie’s Sunshine dolls creates anything crochet but<br />

have a particular love for creating dolls and toys. This<br />

form of doll and toy making adopts a technique<br />

called Amigurumi which is Japanese name for the<br />

crafting of small toys and animals. Crocheting and I<br />

go back 30 years with my grandmother as my<br />

teacher. With her being German and teaching me in<br />

German and me being left-handed, (patterns appear<br />

back to front to me) - it was a bit of a crazy duo.<br />

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR<br />

BUSINESS<br />

<strong>The</strong> name for the business - Suzie is my beautiful ray<br />

of sunshine so the business is named after her.<br />

<strong>The</strong> business was initiated when my partner fell ill.<br />

My partner was diagnosed with a rare form of genetic<br />

cancer in December 2020 – this form of cancer<br />

produces neuroendocrine hormone secreting<br />

tumours called Paragangliomas. Over the next two<br />

years he was in and out of work due to his<br />

operations and with myself a student at the time and<br />

caring for a new baby who was born in 2021, I<br />

needed a way to help support my family.<br />

At first, it was a stress outlet during the hard times,<br />

which then developed into business, which has gone<br />

on to help little children with our mummy and daddy<br />

dolls available in Army, RAAF and Navy designs.<br />

HOW LONG DO YOUR CREATIONS TAKE TO<br />

MAKE?<br />

Each creation is unique, so time taken is dependent<br />

on many variables, such as the size of the project,<br />

the size of the hook used, the type of material, as<br />

well as the complexity of the design. For example, a<br />

simple no-sew keychain can take 20-30 minutes<br />

while a complex doll design has taken me 14 hours.<br />

I also create custom orders – this involves customers<br />

sending me a photograph of a person (usually a<br />

child) and I get asked to make a doll to look like the<br />

child or a dog or a child’s drawing - you name it, I’ve<br />

been asked to crochet all sorts of designs! Many<br />

custom commissions can take 20+ hours to create<br />

as they don’t have a pattern to follow, it’s pretty<br />

much free hand, unless I can find a pattern which is<br />

similar to the picture provided.<br />

WHAT DO YOUR CREATIONS MEAN TO THE<br />

DEFENCE COMMUNITY?<br />

My defence range of dolls are aimed at so many<br />

audiences, not just young children.<br />

<strong>The</strong> little dolls can be a meaningful keepsake for a<br />

child who suffers from anxiety when their defence<br />

parent is deployed. <strong>The</strong>y can be customised with<br />

beards, moustaches and glasses to closely resemble<br />

their parent. We also receive requests for dolls as a<br />

present for someone who has just been recruited<br />

into the defence force or is currently on deployment<br />

and away from loved ones.<br />

<strong>The</strong> dolls have also been requested as legacy dolls<br />

for defence personnel who have passed away.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are great educational resources as well as<br />

being cute, customised toys.<br />

HOW DO PEOPLE ORDER OR FIND OUT<br />

MORE ABOUT YOUR PRODUCTS?<br />

Our website is currently under construction,<br />

however it will be launched in <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong> defence dolls are $85 each and 28cm tall –<br />

please contact for pricing of custom orders.<br />

We can post the dolls worldwide.<br />

<strong>The</strong> turnaround timeframe varies dependent on<br />

the number of orders - please allow between 8<br />

days to 8 weeks for delivery.<br />

Owner Hannah Swales<br />

Suzie’s Sunshine Dolls<br />

@suziessunshinedolls<br />

suziessunshinedolls@gmail.com<br />

www.suziessunshinedolls.com<br />

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SAILING PROJECT<br />

COMES TO DARWIN<br />

PART ONE<br />

One may not have heard of Saltwater Veterans unless one is<br />

into sailing.<br />

Following a career as a Maritime Warfare Officer in the Royal<br />

Australian Navy, Scott Reynolds co-founded Saltwater<br />

Veterans in 2017. Medically discharged with significant health<br />

issues, and a lifetime on the water, Scott found sailing through<br />

Soldier-On which he ascribes to saving his life.<br />

Finding a newfound passion, Scott and a handful of veteran<br />

sailors started Saltwater Veterans Sailing Project (formerly<br />

Saltwater Veterans); a social network of military veterans<br />

and families who use sailing to be physically and mentally<br />

active.<br />

Saltwater Veterans is about creating a community and<br />

reducing social isolation, not fixing people. It’s the sharing of<br />

guidance and knowledge, supporting veterans with help and<br />

navigating the support networks available, which organically<br />

begins with a sail, a chat and shared experiences.<br />

“We want Saltwater Veterans Sailing Project to be as<br />

accessible to as many people as possible and to do that we<br />

need to spread the word,” Scott said.<br />

That’s where Darwin defence veteran, Amanda West comes<br />

in!<br />

With a passion for sailing since her dad introduced it to her<br />

as a youngster and having represented the ADF and Army<br />

in Sailing in the NT, Amanda is so passionate that she’d like<br />

to see sailing as a therapy for veterans in the NT, in much<br />

the same way as Reeling Veterans has. In fact, it’s her<br />

experience with Reeling Veterans that lit the fire!<br />

Searching the internet, Amanda came across Saltwater<br />

Veterans and after a few conversations with the project she<br />

knew with excitement that SVSP would soon launch in<br />

Darwin.<br />

@saltwaterveterans<br />

www.saltwaterveterans.org<br />

0418 106 223<br />

hello@saltwaterveterans.org<br />

STRENGTHENING<br />

RELATIONSHIPS<br />

<strong>The</strong> posting cycle and wet season can be stressful<br />

and challenging on our personal relationships.<br />

Quality relationships enrich your life, but gaining and<br />

maintaining good relationships is a skill that requires<br />

effort. If you want more out of your relationships,<br />

Open Arms can help.<br />

PROBLEMS IN RELATIONSHIPS<br />

Relationship issues are one of the most common reasons<br />

people seek Open Arms counselling. Struggling to get along<br />

with people can be one of the first signs of other problems.<br />

You might need some support to help get your<br />

relationships back on track if you:<br />

• don’t feel like talking to people<br />

• don’t feel motivated to reach out to people or spend<br />

time with them<br />

• feel uncomfortable sharing things that are on your mind<br />

• don’t want to burden your friends and families with your<br />

concerns<br />

• try and talk about your problems, but just end up<br />

arguing.<br />

If you are regularly yelling or getting into fights, or<br />

experiencing more serious signs of conflict, you might need<br />

help with controlling anger and violence.<br />

A VICIOUS CYCLE<br />

Living with stress and unpleasant moods doesn’t just affect<br />

the way we feel about ourselves. It also affects the way we<br />

interact with other people.<br />

Because our friends and family are so important for our<br />

wellbeing, not getting along with them can mean we’re left<br />

with no supports. People often describe a vicious cycle of<br />

needing support from those around them, but pushing<br />

them away and becoming more isolated.<br />

UNDERLYING ISSUES<br />

For some veterans and serving members, relationship<br />

problems can be related to:<br />

• depression<br />

• anxiety<br />

• trauma and post-traumatic<br />

stress<br />

• alcohol or drug use.<br />

Understanding and addressing<br />

the underlying issue will assist<br />

your relationship.<br />

GET HELP<br />

Open Arms provides free and confidential<br />

24/7 support to veterans and their families.<br />

Call 1800 011 046 and start a conversation.<br />

Relationships Australia offers a broad range of<br />

services to individuals, families and<br />

communities throughout the country. Core<br />

services include counselling, mediation, and<br />

family dispute resolution. Contact your statebased<br />

Relationships Australia service on 1300<br />

364 277.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Raising Children Network provides<br />

resources for parents such as tips for setting<br />

limits or helping children deal with separation.<br />

Extracted from Open Arms<br />

www.openarms.gov.au/signs-symptoms/<br />

relationship-issues<br />

TREATMENT<br />

PROGRAMS<br />

AND WORKSHOPS<br />

With the sailing seasons in Darwin coinciding to that of the<br />

wet and dry, SVSP Darwin will offer activities off and on the<br />

water beginning with a soft start in <strong>2023</strong> coinciding with<br />

Veteran Health Week (8-15 <strong>October</strong>).<br />

In 2024, SVSP aim to run social sails, start sailing courses, and<br />

racing beginning in May. Plus, Amanda reminds us, there are<br />

opportunities for sailing and social activities with SVSP<br />

interstate during Darwin’s off season!<br />

Opportunities abound for you to take part in this exciting<br />

experience. Whether it’s volunteering or participating, there<br />

is something for you. For further information, please contact<br />

Amanda.<br />

Photos: Amanda West © Saltwater Veterans<br />

Written by Charlene Carter<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

Sources: Amanda West (veteran), Scott Reynolds (CEO &<br />

Veteran) https://www.saltwaterveterans.org/<br />

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TRIGGER WARNING<br />

This content may contain sensitive or distressing material that could trigger emotional or<br />

psychological discomfort. Please proceed with caution and prioritise your mental and emotional wellbeing.<br />

If you feel overwhelmed or need support, consider reaching out to a trusted friend, family<br />

member, or mental health professional.<br />

NO HIGHER CALLING<br />

<strong>The</strong> loss of an MRH-90 Taipan<br />

helicopter with its four crew on<br />

28 July was a sad reminder of the<br />

risks inherent in the work that<br />

our country asks of our serving<br />

men and women.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se Australians were taking part in<br />

Exercise Talisman Sabre, in which<br />

thirteen nations and up to 30,000<br />

personnel trained in Australia to<br />

operate effectively together in order<br />

to build a more peaceful world - there<br />

is no higher calling than that for which<br />

these servicemen died.<br />

Captain Danniel Lyon, Lieutenant<br />

Maxwell Nugent, Warrant Officer<br />

Class 2 Joseph Laycock, and Corporal<br />

Alexander Naggs are forever in our<br />

hearts. I want their families to know<br />

that the entire nation mourns their<br />

loss and embraces them.<br />

Our thoughts are also with the<br />

comrades of the fallen, including<br />

members of their 6th Aviation<br />

Regiment.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re will be several investigations so<br />

that we may learn exactly what<br />

happened and draw the lessons from<br />

this tragedy.<br />

As my fellow Commando Keith<br />

Wolahan, Member for Menzies, aptly<br />

put it in Parliament:<br />

“the sacrifice that they have made<br />

for this nation means as much to<br />

me and all of us as any Australian<br />

name on the War Memorial,<br />

because when they signed up to<br />

the Australian Defence Force, they<br />

signed up to a contract that meant<br />

they were willing to give their lives<br />

for us.”<br />

I am proud that the Commando<br />

Welfare Trust is going to support the<br />

families left behind.<br />

We should indeed honour all fallen<br />

ADF members, whose sacrifices are<br />

equal in the nation’s eyes. One such<br />

soldier was Private Scott Palmer, a<br />

young Territorian serving with the<br />

Special Operations Task Group in<br />

Afghanistan, on his third tour, who also<br />

died in a helicopter crash in 2010.<br />

I’m proud that through a $3.6 million<br />

Federal Grant we will establish the<br />

Scott Palmer Centre in Marrara. <strong>The</strong><br />

centre, the first of its kind in the<br />

Northern Territory, will provide<br />

supported accommodation for<br />

veterans who are homeless or at risk<br />

of homelessness. <strong>The</strong> facility will<br />

provide a safe space and connections<br />

to services and supports.<br />

<strong>The</strong> least we can do is to support<br />

those who served us in the most<br />

dangerous circumstances, whether on<br />

exercises or deployments, as well as<br />

the families who serve with them and<br />

are their best support.<br />

Luke Gosling OAM MP is the federal<br />

Member for Solomon and a former Army<br />

officer.<br />

VETERANS<br />

HEALTH WEEK<br />

8 - 15 OCTOBER<br />

Veterans’ Health Week (VHW) is just around the<br />

corner, so now is a great time to start planning<br />

which events you’ll be attending this year.<br />

VHW is an annual Department of Veterans’<br />

Affairs (DVA) initiative that provides funding to<br />

eligible ex-service organisations and community<br />

groups to deliver themed health and wellbeing<br />

events to the veteran community across the<br />

country. Now in its 15th year, VHW will run<br />

from the 8th to the 15th of <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

This year’s theme is Mental Wellness Matters,<br />

offering veterans and families the opportunity to<br />

engage and connect with others in their<br />

community by attending VHW events to take<br />

action, and have important conversations about<br />

mental health.<br />

Mental wellness is important for when we are<br />

faced with challenges in day to day life. By engaging<br />

in VHW events you can boost your mental and<br />

physical health.<br />

Written by Department of Veteran’s Affairs<br />

Veterans' Health Week <strong>2023</strong> Event Calendar - NT<br />

https://www.dva.gov.au/sites/default/files/<strong>2023</strong>-09/nt-event-calendar<strong>2023</strong>.pdf<br />

This year there are a variety of registered events<br />

happening in the <strong>Top</strong> End and right across Australia,<br />

and there is bound to be something for everyone to<br />

enjoy. You might find some events happening outside<br />

of the official VHW dates, events can be held from<br />

the 24th of September, through to the 29th of<br />

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

You can attend as many events as you like and it’s free<br />

to take part. Don’t miss out, check out what VHW<br />

events are happening near you today! Though, be sure<br />

to contact local organisers of VHW events to register<br />

your participation (if required) and to check dates,<br />

times and event capacity.<br />

Check out the list of registered events on the DVA<br />

website at www.dva.gov.au/vhw<br />

If you or a veteran you know needs immediate access<br />

to mental health support, fully-funded mental health<br />

treatment is available for veteran White Card Holders<br />

through DVA’s Non-Liability Health Care (mental<br />

health). For more information visit www.dva.gov.au/<br />

get-support/health-support/health-services/mentalhealth-care/non-liability-health-care-mental<br />

Current and former ADF members and their families<br />

can also access free and confidential support through<br />

Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling. For<br />

free and confidential help 24/7, you can call 1800 011<br />

046 or visit www.openarms.gov.au<br />

ROYAL COMMISSION REMINDER<br />

ROYAL COMMISSION INTO DEFENCE<br />

AND VETERAN SUICIDE<br />

“To those affected by suicide, and on behalf of the<br />

Royal Commission, I make this promise: we will<br />

listen with empathy, we will act with compassion –<br />

and without fear or favour – and we will learn from<br />

your stories in order to make a real difference to<br />

the lives of serving and former personnel, and their<br />

families” - Commissioner Nick Kaldas APM<br />

(Chair)<br />

For more information<br />

https://defenceveteransuicide.royalcommission.gov.au/share-your-story<br />

To understand the common themes, systemic<br />

issues and risk factors that contribute to suicide<br />

and suicide behaviours of serving and former<br />

Defence members, we invite you to share your<br />

story. It is important we hear from a range of<br />

people, including serving and former Defence<br />

members, their families, carers and advocates.<br />

Members of the public and organisations or<br />

institutions are also invited to make submissions<br />

to the Royal Commission until Friday, 13<br />

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

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Defence Member and Family Support<br />

We are now in the second half of the year and the wet<br />

season has arrived. Living in the NT there is a chance of<br />

experiencing a cyclone during the wet season. Be smart<br />

and start to prepare now - TIO have a fantastic<br />

resource to help with this, visit ‘prepare for cyclones<br />

and emergencies’ on the NT Government website to<br />

explore helpful tips - https://nt.gov.au/emergency/<br />

cyclones/prepare-for-cyclones-and-emergencies<br />

As ADF members and families are routinely posted around<br />

Australia and overseas, DMFS provides a range of support<br />

services to assist when relocating. Ensure you take the time<br />

to check out the posting and relocation resources on the<br />

DMFS website: https://www.defence.gov.au/adf-membersfamilies/military-life-cycle/posting-relocating<br />

Remember, Defence Member and Family Support are here<br />

to help. Reach out to the Defence Member and Family<br />

Helpline at any time for advice, support or connection with<br />

your local community.<br />

Our website is a great source of information on ADF<br />

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

URL or read through our Defence Member and Family<br />

Information Guide - https://www.defence.gov.au/adfmembers-families/news-resources/defence-member-familyinformation-guide<br />

You can also follow us on social media to keep up to date<br />

on planned events.<br />

DMFS Activities<br />

<strong>The</strong> DMFS team are excited to have a<br />

series of activities ready to help you ease<br />

into your new communities. Are you<br />

wondering what activities we have<br />

coming up? Take the time to check our<br />

‘Events’ page: https://www.defence.gov.au/<br />

adf-members-families/local-servicesevents<br />

For newly added activities, keep an eye<br />

on DMFS social media, Eventbrite or<br />

eNewsletters, which you can subscribe to<br />

via our QR codes. And remember, our<br />

events in Darwin and Tindal are available<br />

to all Northern Territory ADF members<br />

and their families.<br />

You can subscribe to our e-News by<br />

scanning the below QR codes.<br />

DARWIN<br />

TINDAL<br />

Families with Special Needs<br />

Moving can be a challenging process for any family, but<br />

when you have a family member who has special needs, the<br />

complexity and stress can be even greater. Recognising this,<br />

defence offers additional assistance to defence families who<br />

have a resident family member with special needs. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

support services are designed to make the relocation<br />

process smoother and more accommodating. You may be<br />

able to access a Pre-posting Visit to your new location, valet<br />

unpacking service, special accommodation during removal,<br />

extra travel time when moving homes, educational assistance<br />

and/or extra housing assistance. In addition to the practical<br />

support provided by the Department of Defence, we also<br />

collaborate with the Defence Special Needs Support<br />

Group (DSNSG). <strong>The</strong> DSNSG serves as a national support<br />

network for families with special needs, offering resources,<br />

guidance and a community of individuals who understand<br />

the unique challenges faced by defence families. For more<br />

information on assistance measures, visit the defence<br />

website.<br />

https://www.defence.gov.au/adf-members-families/partnersdependants/family-programs/families-special-needs<br />

Photos: Which one wins the prize? © DMFS<br />

Archies 100: A Century of the Archibald<br />

Prize, Darwin<br />

<strong>The</strong> Darwin Museum and Art Gallery played host to the<br />

Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize exhibition.<br />

DMFS Darwin was joined by members and their families to<br />

explore this exhibit while listening to a guide tour from one<br />

of the MAGNT amazing volunteers who spoke to us about<br />

their favourite art works.<br />

Written By Claire Kiely<br />

Photos: Exploring the community © DMFS<br />

Partner Employment Assistance Program<br />

Are you a partner looking to enhance your employability and take charge of your<br />

professional journey? Designed to provide tailored support and funding for eligible<br />

ADF partners, PEAP is a game-changer when it comes to unlocking career<br />

opportunities. To assist in your job search journey, PEAP offers funding of up to $1,500<br />

for professional employment services. <strong>The</strong> choice is yours—you can opt to utilise the<br />

Defence provider or select a provider of your choice within Australia. If professional reregistration<br />

fees are required by legislation to secure employment in your chosen<br />

Photo: PEAP © DMFS<br />

industry, PEAP can assist you with the costs. Reimbursement for the full amount of<br />

professional re-registration fees is available, provided you can demonstrate that you<br />

held registration in the same or similar industry in your former location. Ready to take the first step towards an<br />

empowered and fulfilling career? Before submitting a PEAP application, make sure to review the program guidelines,<br />

choose the provider and services that align with your needs, and gather the necessary documentation to support your<br />

application. Visit the Defence website to view the program guidelines and online application form.<br />

https://www.defence.gov.au/adf-members-families/partners-dependants/family-programs/partner-employment-assistanceprogram<br />

Meet Us in the Community @ Fun<br />

Bus, Darwin<br />

DMFS Darwin took advantage of the beautiful<br />

weather and hosted a meet us in the community<br />

event at Yanyula Park to show the Darwin defence<br />

community what is around town. We met at the<br />

Fun Bus, which is a free mobile playgroup for ages<br />

0 - 5 that runs 5 days a week in both the wet and<br />

dry.<br />

Written By Claire Kiely<br />

Tindal Activities<br />

Tindal members and<br />

partners have had a<br />

variety of activities to<br />

choose from over the last<br />

few months, including<br />

Exploring Edith Falls picnic,<br />

Mosaic Art and a movie<br />

under the stars at the<br />

open air Tindal Moonlit<br />

Cinema.<br />

Stay Connected<br />

DMFS_AusDefence<br />

Photo: Enjoying © DMFS<br />

Let’s Get Sticky – Decorate water bottles,<br />

Darwin<br />

During the school holidays, ADF Kids joined DMFS<br />

1800 624 608<br />

DMFS_AusDefence<br />

Written by Dianne Elson<br />

Darwin for the Let's Get Sticky event at the Robertson<br />

memberandfamilyhelpline@defence.gov.au DefenceMemberFamilySupport<br />

Barracks Family Centre. We saw some very creative ideas<br />

Area Manager NT<br />

for decorating water bottles and lunch boxes with various<br />

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

dmfs-darwin.eventbrite.com.au Defence Member and Family Support<br />

different stickers. We enjoyed running the event as much<br />

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

as the children enjoyed decorating.<br />

Photo: Enjoying mosaic art © DMFS<br />

Written By Jot Kahlon<br />

Defence Member and Family Support are here to help. Reach out to the Defence Member and Family Helpline 1800 624 608 at any<br />

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

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Advocating for the NT Defence<br />

community<br />

Warm greetings to the NT Defence community –<br />

and if you’re new to the Territory, it will indeed be<br />

getting warmer!<br />

My name is Samantha Cooper, and I am the newly<br />

appointed National Delegate for Defence Families of<br />

Australia (DFA), supporting the NT and Kimberley region.<br />

Through the lateral transfer scheme, my family and I first<br />

posted into Victoria from the United Kingdom, followed by<br />

a posting to Darwin in December 2020. Three years later,<br />

we still feel the excitement of the Territory lifestyle!<br />

With a professional background in education, business<br />

management and program coordination, it is my privilege<br />

to represent Defence families in the Territory and the<br />

Kimberley as the National Delegate.<br />

Since joining the team, I have been engaging with a wide variety of<br />

defence stakeholders where we have had in-depth discussions<br />

about recurring themes in our community, including suitable<br />

housing, childcare and communication.<br />

By the time this edition of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> goes to print, the DFA<br />

team will be finalising the next edition of our Advocacy Map. I<br />

encourage you to sign up to receive updated from DFA, including<br />

the latest Advocacy Map, so you can share your own defence family<br />

experiences and track the progress of ongoing advocacy items.<br />

At the upcoming Remembrance Day event, I will be laying a teddy<br />

bear and a wreath to recognise the sacrifice of defence families -<br />

we encourage your family to do the same. It’s a lovely way to get<br />

the whole family involved in reflecting on service life and how it<br />

affects everyone, not just the serving member. We would love to<br />

see your photos – please tag us on social media.<br />

<strong>The</strong> work the DFA delegates do is directed by the ongoing<br />

feedback of ADF families across Australia, making your voice<br />

invaluable. Should you wish to discuss a matter important to you or<br />

receive guidance on how to resolve an issue affecting your family,<br />

please contact me at nt@dfa.org.au.<br />

To learn more about DFA, please follow us on Facebook,<br />

Instagram, LinkedIn and ForceNet, or go to our website at<br />

dfa.org.au.<br />

Contact Defence Families of Australia<br />

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Defence Families of Australia (DFA) is the<br />

official Australian Defence Force (ADF)<br />

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Defence Force (CDF).<br />

Our organisation sits outside of Defence<br />

systems, allowing DFA independence and<br />

impartiality to act in the best interests of<br />

ADF families.<br />

We are connected to Defence family<br />

communities in our regions and are<br />

largely veterans or family of Australian<br />

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ADF RESERVE<br />

CIVILIAN EMPLOYERS RECOGNISED AT THE <strong>2023</strong><br />

NORTHERN TERRITORY/KIMBERLEY EMPLOYER SUPPORT AWARDS<br />

On 27 July <strong>2023</strong>, the winners of<br />

Defence’s Employer Support Awards<br />

(ESAs) have been announced at a<br />

ceremony in Darwin. <strong>The</strong> ESA’s<br />

recognises employers from the<br />

Northern Territory and Kimberley<br />

regions for their continued support to<br />

Australian Defence Force reservist<br />

employees, and in <strong>2023</strong>, 17<br />

organisations were nominated by their<br />

reservist employees.<br />

Reservists are vital in supporting ADF<br />

capability locally and nationally, and they<br />

also have many competing priorities<br />

between their civilian work, ADF service<br />

and other commitments. Major Jamie Smith,<br />

Officer Commanding NORFORCE Centre<br />

Squadron (based in Alice Springs) said “<strong>The</strong><br />

support given by employers is essential for<br />

Reserve Units in the Australian Defence<br />

Force and the Employer Support Awards are<br />

a way that we can show our appreciation to<br />

employers. I am very impressed that soldiers<br />

in Centre Squadron chose to nominate their<br />

employers for recognition”<br />

Major General Douglas Laidlaw, Head Joint<br />

Support Services Division, said the awards<br />

showcase employers that have<br />

demonstrated outstanding support to their<br />

staff who conduct ADF service.<br />

“Across the Territory and<br />

Kimberley region, we have<br />

approximately 1,000 ADF<br />

reservists who contribute vital<br />

skills and capability to the<br />

Defence of our nation -<br />

participating in various<br />

operations, such as Operation<br />

Resolute,” Major General<br />

Douglas Laidlaw said.<br />

“Our reservists are a highly<br />

skilled, dynamic and disciplined<br />

workforce, whose service to our<br />

country during the COVID-19<br />

pandemic, bushfires, floods and<br />

other disasters is made possible<br />

by the support of their<br />

employers.”<br />

“I commend all the nominated<br />

organisations and congratulate<br />

the award-winning organisations!<br />

You have all provided significant<br />

support of our ADF reservists<br />

and their communities in the<br />

Northern Territory and<br />

Kimberley and are key to<br />

enabling Defence capability”.<br />

This year also saw a nomination from the Kimberley region<br />

of Derby District High School in Western Australia, of which<br />

Officer Commanding of Kimberley Squadron, Major Willem<br />

Schoombie said, “<strong>The</strong> generous support and flexible work<br />

arrangements employers offer to our reservist remains<br />

invaluable and have a direct impact on our Squadron’s<br />

capability”<br />

Winners from the regional awards will now be considered<br />

for the National Awards, to be held in Sydney in <strong>November</strong><br />

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

<strong>The</strong> winners of the <strong>2023</strong> Northern Territory and<br />

Kimberley Employer Support Awards are:<br />

HWL Ebsworth Lawyers<br />

Honourable mentions also went to:<br />

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civilian employers, is available at https://<br />

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Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation<br />

School of Sport Education NT<br />

Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics<br />

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MacKillop Catholic College<br />

St Joseph’s Catholic College<br />

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SUGAR AND SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE.<br />

Community service organisations came together at the Mates4Mates<br />

Stuart Park Centre for a bake off, sharing their best dishes with local<br />

veterans and families to taste.<br />

With entries from RSL Darwin, RSL Queensland, Billeroy Veterans &<br />

Families Community Centre, Reeling Veterans, Defence Member and Family<br />

Support (DFMS), and Mates4Mates, the community judged all the dishes,<br />

deciding on a winner among the crowd favourites.<br />

With golden syrup damper, chocolate coconut slice, red velvet cake and<br />

pecan slice some of the dishes being tasted, it was the chocolate orange<br />

gluten free cake that was voted the most delicious, with Billeroy Veterans<br />

& Families Community Centre crowned this year’s winner!<br />

A day full of good food and laughter, this was a great opportunity for the<br />

veteran community to speak with various support services across Darwin<br />

who are here to help.<br />

FAMILY FUN WITH<br />

MATES4MATES<br />

AND DARWIN RSL.<br />

EXPERIENCING THE<br />

SEA OF LIGHT.<br />

To celebrate the Darwin Festival, the<br />

Mates4Mates team and a group of veterans<br />

and family members headed to the Museum<br />

& Art Gallery of the Northern Territory<br />

for the immersive Sea of Light event.<br />

This experience brought together science,<br />

light and soundscape to create a unique<br />

National Science Week adventure, with<br />

families getting creative through the wonder of<br />

light.<br />

Mates4Mates offer a variety of family friendly<br />

activities like this one so that veterans and<br />

partners can connect as a family in a safe and<br />

fun environment.<br />

Images: Courtesy of Mates4Mates<br />

Recently Mates4Mates and the<br />

Darwin RSL Sub-Branch came<br />

together for a family fun day down<br />

at the Waterfront. With a BBQ<br />

lunch provided, veterans and<br />

families enjoyed a day in the sun<br />

while also connecting with one<br />

another.<br />

Mates4Mates and Darwin RSL<br />

provide a wide range of support<br />

services for veterans and their families<br />

across Darwin. To find out more,<br />

contact Mates4Mates on 1300 4<br />

MATES (62 837) and RSL Darwin on<br />

(08) 8941 5848.<br />

THE MATES4MATES<br />

TEAM ARE HERE TO<br />

SUPPORT YOU!<br />

If you’re a current or ex-serving<br />

Defence Force member, partner, or<br />

family member who is looking for a<br />

friendly, safe space to find mateship and<br />

maybe learn a new skill, please reach<br />

out to the Mates4Mates Northern<br />

Territory team.<br />

Mates4Mates social connection activities are<br />

open to everyone in the defence<br />

community, and clinical appointments are<br />

also available via a referral.<br />

To find out more, head to www.<br />

mates4mates.org, call 1300 4 MATES (62<br />

837) or visit the team at the Stuart Park<br />

Veteran & Family Wellbeing Centre located<br />

at 39 Stuart Highway, Stuart Park (enter via<br />

Ramirez Road).<br />

UPCOMING EVENTS<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s no better way to connect with others who understand<br />

you, than by bonding over shared experiences.<br />

Along with our events, we also offer weekly programs through our<br />

Family Recovery Centres and online, including regular bike rides, yoga<br />

classes, walks, and barbeques. Scan the QR Code to view upcoming<br />

events in your state or territory. Our events are open to all eligible<br />

Mates and their families.<br />

8 - 15 OCT<br />

Mates4Mates social connection activities are open to everyone in the Defence community. To<br />

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

Information is correct as of 26 September <strong>2023</strong><br />

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ROBERTSON BARRACKS<br />

FAMILY GROUP<br />

WEEKLY SCHEDULE<br />

Monday<br />

9 - 11 AM - COFFEE AND C ATCH UP<br />

Tuesday<br />

9 - 10 AM - HIPPY PROGRAM<br />

Wednesday<br />

9 - 11 AM - ZUMBINI<br />

Thursday<br />

9 - 11 AM - MINI EXPLORERS<br />

Friday<br />

9 - 11 AM - PLAYGROUP<br />

C O N T A C T<br />

Sam Maloney,<br />

Centre Coordinator<br />

www.rbfg.com.au<br />

LARRAKEYAH<br />

NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE<br />

JOB OPPORTUNITY<br />

LARRAKEYAH NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE • LARRAKEYAH DEFENCE PRECINCT<br />

COMMUNITY SUPPORT CO-ORDINATOR • 25 HOURS PER WEEK<br />

WE’RE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO:<br />

– BRINGS ABOUT POSITIVE CHANGE<br />

– HAS WELL DEVELOPED COMMUNICATION SKILLS<br />

– IS PROACTIVE AND WORKS WITH MINIMAL SUPERVISION<br />

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES:<br />

– PLAN AND EXECUTE SOCIAL ACTIVITIES TO ENCOURAGE CONNECTION<br />

– IMPLEMENT AND FACILITATE PROGRAMS AT THE LARRAKEYAH<br />

NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE<br />

– LIAISE AND COLLABORATE WITH STAKEHOLDERS<br />

FOR A FULL JOB DESCRIPTION AND APPLICATIONS, EMAIL:<br />

lnhcommittee@hotmail.com<br />

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 15TH OCTOBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

UPCOMING EVENTS<br />

Annual General Meeting<br />

TUESDAY 3 rd OCTOBER<br />

RBFG CENTRE, ROBERTSON BARRACKS<br />

6:30 PM • EVERYONE WELCOME<br />

KIDS INCLUDED • LIGHT DINNER PROVIDED<br />

PLEASE SEND EOI TO:<br />

RBFG.COMMITTEE@GMAIL.COM<br />

Sewing Craft Group<br />

OCT 16th • NOV 20 th • DEB 18 th<br />

6 PM - 8 PM • BRING YOUR OWN CRAFT<br />

Lego Club<br />

OCT 14 th • DEC 9 th<br />

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM<br />

FREE PLAY, INSTRUCTIONAL BUILDS,<br />

DUPLO, LEGO CITY & MIXED LEGO.<br />

TEA & COFFEE FOR PARENTS.<br />

JOIN THE PILOT<br />

PROGRAM<br />

We need volunteers to play with<br />

our app – can you break it? Are<br />

you tired of having to do<br />

everything on your own? Can you<br />

advocate for what would work<br />

better? If so – we need YOU!<br />

All volunteers who are part of<br />

the pilot program will go in the<br />

draw for our grand prize (bonus<br />

entries for each milestone you<br />

make along the way! ). Need<br />

confirmation of your volunteering<br />

hours for Centrelink? We’ve got<br />

you covered.<br />

If you complete the pilot, you will<br />

also have the opportunity to be<br />

nominated for a volunteering<br />

award.<br />

WELLBEING<br />

CHECK-INS<br />

COMPLETE<br />

QUESTS<br />

CONNECTING YOUR VILLAGE<br />

INTRODUCING VILLY<br />

Once upon a time we were surrounded by our<br />

community, our families and our village, but times have<br />

changed. We no longer have our close-knit community<br />

available to give a helping hand. Instead, we find ourselves<br />

feeling isolated, wondering who we can count on, needing<br />

help and not knowing who to ask, feeling unworthy<br />

because we’re not coping and suffering in silence for fear<br />

of being judged… that’s a reality for so many.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se are the questions Heather was asking herself when she<br />

returned to Australia in 2020; how can we better support<br />

veterans, military families, those who are serving and those<br />

transitioning out of defence? While there are many individual<br />

supports and services available, the sense of community that<br />

Heather was looking for wasn’t available, so she decided to<br />

create her own!<br />

Heather had the idea of creating an app which brought people<br />

together where one could ask for help without stigma or feeling<br />

judged - a village where the skills of one are the answer to<br />

another’s need. <strong>The</strong> app was designed never to be used in<br />

isolation, rather having a regular point of contact for navigating<br />

through the many systems and supports available.<br />

In 2022, Heather received funding under the Department of<br />

Health’s National Suicide Prevention Leadership Support Program,<br />

which allowed her (with support from friends and colleagues) to<br />

develop the Villy app. With its Viking theme (specifically designed<br />

for a little playfulness whilst promoting discussion about the tough<br />

topics), the Villy pilot-program was launched.<br />

SO, WHAT IS VILLY AND HOW DOES IT WORK?<br />

Is your serving partner away and you need help? Are you<br />

struggling with civilian life after service? Are you finding daily<br />

tasks overwhelming or trying to juggle too many demands?<br />

Maybe you just need a friendly person to talk to? Asking for<br />

support has become easier with the help of Villy.<br />

When you place your request via the ‘Quest’ function in the app,<br />

Villy matches it with one of their volunteer Warriors who in turn<br />

will reach out and support your needs. It’s bringing back the old<br />

fashion neighbour-helps-neighbour scenario.<br />

Written by Charlene Carter<br />

Community Coordinator<br />

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

WARRIOR<br />

INFO SESSION<br />

Contact Villy to find out about the Warrior<br />

information session on 7th <strong>October</strong> via zoom<br />

or scan the QR code for further details.<br />

C O N T A C T<br />

Kylie Wilton,<br />

Centre Coordinator<br />

www.larrakeyahhouse.com.au<br />

J O I N U S O N F A C E B O O K<br />

Keep up to date with our weekly program.<br />

f<br />

Larrakeyah Neighbourhood<br />

House Community Group<br />

f<br />

Reading Between<br />

the Wines Book Club<br />

CONTACT VILLY<br />

INFO@VILLY.COM.AU<br />

0422 677 126<br />

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HAILEYBURY PANGEA<br />

Haileybury Pangea is being brought to the Northern<br />

Territory by Haileybury Rendall School. It will be the<br />

Northern Territory’s first private online school and<br />

will become the only school in the <strong>Top</strong> End offering<br />

day, boarding and online schooling.<br />

Enrolments are currently being accepted from<br />

students and families who would like to know<br />

more about the School - welcoming its first<br />

students to their virtual classrooms in 2024.<br />

Haileybury Pangea first launched successfully in<br />

Victoria in <strong>2023</strong> and is built on Haileybury’s over 130<br />

years of experience in delivering a high-quality<br />

education. In the Northern Territory, it will also<br />

draw on the expertise and specialist knowledge of<br />

Haileybury Rendall School.<br />

Haileybury Pangea is not seeking to replace an on<br />

campus education. It is providing another choice<br />

for the many students and their families across the<br />

Northern Territory for whom online education is<br />

a more appropriate and convenient solution, such<br />

as students living in rural and remote parts of the<br />

Territory, students who are part of elite sporting<br />

or performing arts programs, and students who<br />

are self motivated and prefer a more independent<br />

approach to learning. Haileybury Pangea also<br />

allows families to move between these choices, for<br />

example, students could study online from Years 5<br />

to 9 and then board for their final years of<br />

schooling.<br />

Haileybury Pangea is for students from Years 5 to 12<br />

[age 10-18] who learn in small classes. <strong>The</strong> school<br />

week combines live classes with teachers, preprepared<br />

video content created by teachers and<br />

subject specialists, periods of self-study and selfpaced<br />

learning, assessment tasks, and one-on-one or<br />

small group-based time with subject teachers and<br />

academic coaches.<br />

Activities like camps and sport are not part of the<br />

online program. However, in the future, there will be<br />

opportunities for Haileybury Pangea students to<br />

connect on campus through opt-in activities<br />

including summer school programs, entrepreneurial<br />

bootcamps, art immersion experiences and<br />

graduation events.<br />

Haileybury Pangea is part of our ‘One Haileybury ’<br />

model – and the full school curriculum addresses<br />

all key learning areas from the Australian<br />

Curriculum.<br />

<strong>The</strong> flexibility offered by Haileybury Pangea enables<br />

experienced and passionate teachers to engage with<br />

students across the Northern Territory, no matter<br />

where they are located.<br />

It also enables students to connect with some of the<br />

most brilliant teaching experts in their fields –<br />

regardless of where those teachers might be based,<br />

provided they are able to obtain Teacher<br />

Registration Board approval.<br />

When a student is online at school, the school and<br />

parents are able to monitor their activity and how<br />

much they are engaging with their work online. If<br />

there are concerns about how a student is engaging<br />

with their learning, a plan is put in place to support<br />

the student.<br />

Parents must complete a home learning<br />

environment checklist and a duty of care module to<br />

support student safety while they learn from home.<br />

A parent or guardian is responsible for providing<br />

appropriate adult supervision of the student during<br />

the scheduled class time.<br />

In 2022, HRS was named Boarding School of<br />

the Year by <strong>The</strong> Educator. It is closely<br />

affiliated with Haileybury in Melbourne, which<br />

has five campuses in Victoria, education<br />

programs in China, Vietnam, Timor Leste and<br />

the Philippines, and recently-launched online<br />

school, Haileybury Pangea.<br />

For more information about Haileybury<br />

Rendall School and Haileybury Pangea or to<br />

arrange an interview, please contact:<br />

Sarah Marinos<br />

Sarah.marinos@haileybury.com.au<br />

0418 550 357<br />

- or -<br />

Lisa Pititto<br />

Lisa.pititto@haileybury.com.au<br />

0412 311 320<br />

THE PILBARA REGIMENT<br />

FAMILY GROUP<br />

<strong>The</strong> weather is stunning in the Pilbara at the<br />

moment, so everyone is busy getting out and<br />

enjoying it! <strong>The</strong> Sturt’s Desert Pea and mulla mulla<br />

are in flower and the nights are still quite fresh.<br />

During the July school holidays, the kids got together for a<br />

craft morning tea, where we assembled and painted<br />

toolboxes and pencil holders. Painting is always a hit and<br />

kids’ craft is becoming a holiday-favourite!<br />

A lovely group of ladies joined in a makeup workshop in<br />

August, provided by the talented Elizabeth from Elizabeth<br />

Rose Makeup Artistry. During the workshop, we<br />

“brushed” up on our techniques and perfected our look<br />

for the Regimental Dinner.<br />

Coffee catch-ups have been rescheduled to the last<br />

Wednesday of every month to accommodate a greater<br />

number of our members, and we welcome all who can<br />

attend.<br />

Stay tuned to our members-only Facebook page to keep<br />

up-to-date with future events. Please also check out our<br />

website, https://sites.google.com/view/pilbara-regimentfamily-group/home,<br />

for more information about the Pilbara.<br />

C O N T A C T<br />

Kylie Thompson,<br />

Community Support Coordinator<br />

sites.google.com/view/pilbara-regimentfamily-group/home<br />

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NETWORK TINDAL<br />

Casuarina Street<br />

Primary School<br />

Network Tindal is a not-for-profit organization based at<br />

RAAF Base Tindal. We are proud to organise regular<br />

activities to cater for a wide range of needs, and one of our<br />

regular activities is Creative Craft Mondays.<br />

Craft currently runs at the Community House once or twice a month,<br />

depending on demand, and usually on a Monday from 6-8pm. We<br />

ensure that we put on a variety of crafts for community members aged<br />

18 years and above with a variety of skill levels. I absolutely adore craft<br />

of all types so this makes coordinating easy.<br />

We have a craft room store cupboard<br />

that is bursting with all types of<br />

resources, and we ask for a donation<br />

each session so we can replenish this<br />

stock to continue to offer a creative<br />

outlet. While people are happy to<br />

simply do any type of craft, crafters can<br />

suggest what they would like to do and we try to ensure that we<br />

incorporate this into a craft calendar to allow potential attendees to be<br />

able to plan ahead.<br />

We are so grateful for the crafters that turn up with a ‘have a go’<br />

attitude. Even if it’s slightly outside their comfort zone, they still come<br />

along to socialise - it’s always exciting when we get to welcome new<br />

crafters along too.<br />

More recently we were given the opportunity to enter into the<br />

Katherine Rural Show and decided to enter a mixed media craft<br />

entry. We didn’t anticipate that we would place anywhere, so were<br />

surprised when we were placed Second in the Show-themed craft<br />

category. We had crochet sunflowers, some beautiful pipe cleaner<br />

sunflowers, local sticks for the fence, resin poured honeycomb and<br />

bees, and our amazing in-house artist created the background! A<br />

collision of different types of craft in one beautiful piece – we are so<br />

proud!<br />

Testimonials:<br />

I love attending craft nights at the NTi<br />

Community house as it's always a great<br />

group of like-minded people with interests<br />

similar to mine. I have been able to try<br />

many different craft activities and enjoy<br />

time catching up with others from the<br />

defence community. You don’t need to be<br />

a crafter to attend, it's more about a place<br />

to make and build social connections.<br />

I really enjoy the different craft sessions we<br />

have in Tindal. It allows us to do<br />

something creative, be social and meet<br />

new people. I have met some wonderful<br />

ladies who I consider as great friends.<br />

I like coming to craft to learn new skills,<br />

share my knowledge and socialise with like<br />

minded people, no one is made to feel<br />

uncomfortable if they can’t grasp the craft,<br />

everyone is supportive. I can’t thank NTi<br />

enough for putting these groups together.<br />

I enjoy coming to craft for the social and<br />

creative skills that are on offer at Tindal. It<br />

doesn’t matter if you have a craft bone in<br />

your body or not you can guarantee you<br />

will learn and make something amazing at<br />

the end of the session. Craft is about your<br />

interpretation of the artwork we are<br />

creating on the night so love seeing<br />

everyone’s end product.<br />

I am not creative at all! I like to attend<br />

the craft sessions at Network Tindal as a<br />

way to connect with others. <strong>The</strong> group is<br />

welcoming and inclusive and willing to help<br />

me with my lack of crafting skills when<br />

needed. It's always a lovely evening out, I<br />

walk away with a fun creation and new<br />

friendships formed.<br />

I love the social aspect of craft, catching<br />

up with friends whilst trying all different<br />

types of craft.<br />

Written by Sam McMillan - Network<br />

Tindal’s Creative Craft Coordinator<br />

Casuarina Street Primary School<br />

finished Term 2 off with a bang!<br />

We were so excited to see the Tindal<br />

RAAF Fire Department visiting our school<br />

and the students were so involved. <strong>The</strong><br />

firefighters talked about “Stop Drop and<br />

Roll” and some of the students were able<br />

to help the firefighters demonstrate how<br />

to do so. <strong>The</strong>y learnt how to get down<br />

and crawl when they heard “Fire Fire Fire”<br />

and showed what to do to protect<br />

themselves and get out of danger. <strong>The</strong><br />

students were invited to interact with<br />

firefighting equipment, learn how to use<br />

various tools and feel how heavy the fire<br />

equipment is! <strong>The</strong> students were then<br />

able to look inside the fire truck, touch,<br />

feel and try on uniforms and they even<br />

got to squirt water from the fire hose!<br />

<strong>The</strong> firefighters were amazing, and the<br />

students asked so many great and<br />

interesting questions.<br />

Casuarina Street Primary School are so<br />

grateful to have four wonderful<br />

firefighters from 17 Squadron visit our<br />

school to entertain us and teach us so<br />

many important things about fire safety.<br />

Written by Claire Stewart<br />

Defence School Mentor<br />

Casuarina Street Primary School<br />

C O N T A C T<br />

Natasha Reece,<br />

Network Tindal Chairperson<br />

@NetworkTindalBuddies on Facebook<br />

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PREPARING FOR<br />

EMERGENCIES<br />

Kick it off on <strong>November</strong> 1st, the<br />

start of cyclone season, each year.<br />

Clean gutters and trim trees. Repair<br />

fences, roofs and other loose items.<br />

Prepare your cyclone ready kit<br />

(restock if necessary), your<br />

evacuation plan and know your<br />

shelter options.<br />

Print a copy of this template online<br />

to create a household emergency<br />

plan:<br />

https://securent.nt.gov.au/__data/<br />

assets/pdf_file/0005/1051268/<br />

household-emergency-plan.pdf<br />

ANIMALS IN EMERGENCIES<br />

Your animals are your responsibility. It is<br />

up to you to plan ahead and prepare for<br />

the safety and welfare of your pets and<br />

livestock.<br />

Most emergency shelters do not allow<br />

pets but there are undercover carparks<br />

where you can shelter in your car with<br />

pets as long as they are properly<br />

restrained.<br />

https://securent.nt.gov.au/prepare-for-anemergency/emergency-planning/pets-inemergencies<br />

THE BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY ISSUES THE<br />

FOLLOWING TROPICAL CYCLONE SERVICES:<br />

TROPICAL CYCLONE OUTLOOK<br />

• risk of cyclone formation within the next three days<br />

TROPICAL CYCLONE WATCH<br />

• gales expected in 24-48 hours; forecast updates every 6<br />

hours<br />

TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING<br />

• gales expected within 24 hours; forecast updates at least<br />

every 3 hours<br />

BUSINESS IN EMERGENCIES<br />

You need to be aware of how an emergency could<br />

affect the survival of your business. A good emergency<br />

plan will cover both a business continuity plan and a<br />

risk assessment.<br />

Persons conducting a business or undertaking in the<br />

NT must ensure that an emergency plan is prepared<br />

for the workplace, including for workers who may work<br />

at multiple workplaces.<br />

https://securent.nt.gov.au/prepare-for-an-emergency/<br />

emergency-planning/preparing-your-business<br />

https://www.business.gov.au/risk-management/<br />

emergency-management<br />

WORKSAFE NT have developed a checklist to help<br />

businesses with emergency management: https://<br />

worksafe.nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/730105/<br />

emergency-plans-checklist.pdf<br />

STAY INFORMED<br />

ONLINE<br />

Weather and warnings - www.bom.gov.au<br />

Information on emergency situations in the NT - www.securent.gov.au<br />

Northern Territory Emergency Service - www.emergency.nt.gov.au<br />

Update on power, water & sewerage services - powerwater.com.au or<br />

follow @PowerWaterCorp on X (formerly Twitter)<br />

ALERTS<br />

FREE severe weather alerts - register for SMS, email or voice<br />

alerts at www.tiofi.com.au/alerts<br />

CALL<br />

BOM Weather Service - 1300 659 210<br />

NT Tropical Cyclone Information Service - 1300 659 211<br />

NT Marine and Land Weather Warnings - 1300 659 214<br />

Australian Tsunami Threat Information - 1300 878 6264<br />

NTES emergency help in floods, storms & cyclones - 132 500<br />

Power & Water Corp - enquiries 1800 245 092<br />

- or emergencies/faults 1800 245 090<br />

TIO emergency claims assistance - 131 846<br />

TUNE IN<br />

ABC Darwin - 105.7 FM (official emergency broadcaster)<br />

Or find your local ABC frequency - www.abc.net.au/reception/<br />

freq/Frequency-NT.pdf or https://reception.abc.net.au<br />

LISTEN OUT<br />

Listen for local community safety announcements and Emergency<br />

Alert messages sent to your phone.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) is a distinct audio<br />

signal that has been adopted to alert the community of an urgent safety<br />

message relating to a major emergency/disaster. It will be broadcast on<br />

public media (radio, television, sirens etc..) to draw attention to an<br />

emergency warning.<br />

Within the Northern Territory, you can expect to hear SEWS before a<br />

cyclone advice when the cyclone is approximately 6-12 hours away and is<br />

still expected to impact your area.<br />

When you hear SEWS ensure that you stop and listen.<br />

EMERGENCY KIT<br />

CHECKLIST<br />

FLOODING<br />

<strong>The</strong> Northern Territory (NT) is prone to some of the most extreme weather in the world.<br />

Flooding is common during the Wet Season, with some smaller and remote communities often cut off<br />

by flood waters.<br />

Flooding mainly happens when rivers burst their banks. Localised flooding can occur due to higher than<br />

usual flows in stormwater drains or rising of the water table.<br />

Go to the Bureau of Meteorology website for all warnings about floods or severe storms and cyclones<br />

that may cause flooding.<br />

Warnings will also be broadcast on local radio and TV. <strong>The</strong> latest road conditions are available at www.<br />

roadreport.nt.gov.au<br />

Be prepared and cautious – many people have drowned in flood water!<br />

REMEMBER TO CHECK!<br />

For loose or light materials that may need to be<br />

secured<br />

Your vehicle fuel tank is full in the event of<br />

evacuation<br />

Your emergency kit is ready to use<br />

You all know where the strongest part of the<br />

house is if you need to take cover<br />

Your children, pets and neighbours are all safe<br />

TIPS FOR KITS<br />

https://securent.nt.gov.au/prepare-for-an-emergency/weather-events/flooding<br />

Your window shutters are closed or windows<br />

Store in an easy to reach, dry place<br />

taped/secured<br />

Sources: https://www.emergency.nt.gov.au | https://securent.nt.gov.au | https://www.bom.com.au | https://www.roadreport.nt.gov.au<br />

Check contents once per year to<br />

https://pfes.nt.gov.au/emergency-service/publications | https://www.business.gov.au | https://worksafe.nt.gov.au<br />

You have enough water!<br />

ensure items still work and<br />

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and his team were happy to be the first recipients in the <strong>Top</strong> End to<br />

encourage the initiative.<br />

We now have Community Libraries in all states and territories except<br />

for WA and Tasmania however this will no doubt change in the coming<br />

weeks and months.<br />

Great to see another community library off the ground and more<br />

commanders and leaders encouraging their work force to strive for<br />

personal development and mindfulness habits.<br />

A massive thanks to our sponsor APOD who allow veterans and their<br />

families to get a discount on books and a bunch of other great products<br />

as well.<br />

Written by CAPT Dylan Conway<br />

6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment<br />

Editor at BrothersNBooks<br />

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE<br />

<strong>2023</strong> BEYOND SERVICE AWARDS<br />

An initiative of the Prince’s Trust Australia Enterprise<br />

programme, the Beyond Service Awards are designed<br />

to celebrate the entrepreneurial achievements of<br />

Australia’s veteran and family business community.<br />

Prince's Trust Australia is pleased to announce its <strong>2023</strong><br />

Beyond Service Awards finalists.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Awards are an opportunity to recognise the depth<br />

and breadth of skills and experience veterans and<br />

Defence Force families bring to Australia’s small<br />

business landscape.<br />

Michelle Endacott, Chief Executive of Prince’s Trust<br />

Australia said:<br />

“We are impressed by the calibre of our finalists and the<br />

diversity of their business interests and industries. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

awards are a rare opportunity to recognise the<br />

outstanding contribution of veteran and family businesses<br />

to our economy and our communities.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>2023</strong> Beyond Service Award finalists are outlined<br />

below.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Power of One Award, recognising the outstanding<br />

efforts of an individual that works on their own.<br />

Finalists:<br />

• Anna Shead, Flower and Sugar Cakes<br />

• Mark Korsten, AUKUS Jobs<br />

• Nadia Teong, Veterans Psychology<br />

<strong>The</strong> Defence Family Business Award, recognising ADF<br />

partners and spouses in business(es).<br />

Finalists:<br />

• Hayley Boswell, Defence Kidz<br />

• Kathlene Jade Sheen, Sorted by Kath<br />

• Kelly Willmott, Green Fox Studio<br />

<strong>The</strong> Commonwealth Bank of Australia Business of the<br />

Year Award, winner of the above categories, will be<br />

announced at a celebration for the finalists on 23<br />

<strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong> at Admiralty House, Sydney.<br />

Beyond Service Awards<br />

Ceremony will be held on<br />

Monday 23 rd <strong>October</strong>.<br />

UPCOMING PROGRAMS<br />

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Email us (admin@thetopendermagazine.org.au)<br />

your ideas or fill out our anonymous feedback<br />

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YOUR MAGAZINE<br />

YOUR VOICE<br />

As we near the end of <strong>2023</strong>, we are seeking feedback from<br />

our community on what you would like to see in <strong>The</strong> <strong>Top</strong><br />

<strong>Ender</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> in 2024.<br />

We're excited to hear your thoughts, specifically on these two<br />

important aspects:<br />

Competition Prizes: What prizes would truly excite you? Share<br />

your ideas for fantastic giveaways that make you eager to enter!<br />

Content Wishes: What do you want to see more of in our<br />

magazine? Whether it's interviews with local heroes, travel tips,<br />

or DIY guides, your input guides our content.<br />

<strong>The</strong> New Mission Award, recognising the application<br />

of skills, experience and/or networks developed in<br />

service to the Australian Defence Force to a civilian<br />

business(es). This award is sponsored by Saab Australia.<br />

Finalists:<br />

• Jamie Channon, Cold-Rite Refrigeration and Air<br />

Conditioning<br />

• Karyn Hinder, Working Spirit<br />

• Nadia Teong, Veterans Psychology<br />

<strong>The</strong> Community Impact Award, recognising veteran<br />

and ADF family members making a positive impact in<br />

the community and/or contributing to a more<br />

sustainable society through their business(es).<br />

Finalists:<br />

• Abe Bland, Tribes Adventure Group<br />

• CJ Manjarres-Walhberg, Sea Heritage Foundation<br />

• Ian Rawson, Australian Warfighter Coffee<br />

COME AND SEE US AT THE ADF TRANSITIONS SEMINARS!<br />

VIRTUAL:<br />

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VIRTUAL:<br />

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ADF Chaplains in the NT<br />

Navy On-call: 0409 662 823<br />

Kelvin Harris HMAS Coonawarra<br />

Anglican<br />

0401 075 488<br />

Esava Koro HMAS Coonawarra<br />

Seventh Day Adventist<br />

0423 451 989<br />

Shaun Foster Patrol Boat Chaplain<br />

Australian Christian Churches<br />

0400 514 375<br />

Army On-call: 0427 713 963<br />

Glen Elsegood 8/12 Regiment<br />

Anglican<br />

0429 345 167<br />

Garth Mayger Regional Support<br />

Catholic<br />

0409 778 462<br />

Kelly Horne 1CER<br />

Australian Christian Churches<br />

0418 428 337<br />

Chris Lindsay 1CSSB<br />

Presbyterian<br />

0419 869 187<br />

Brendan Quirk HQ1 BDE<br />

Catholic<br />

0407 283 050<br />

Shane Rogerson 5RAR<br />

Anglican<br />

0408 684 783<br />

Anthony Doyle 1AVN<br />

Catholic<br />

0429 891 274<br />

CHAPLAIN’S CHAT<br />

Loneliness and social isolation are not new<br />

phenomena; they have always been part of the<br />

human condition. What I find curious is that<br />

despite being more connected to others than<br />

ever before in history, Australians increasingly<br />

seem lonelier and socially isolated.<br />

In early August I read a news article unpacking the Ending<br />

Loneliness Together in Australia White Paper published in<br />

2020. <strong>The</strong> findings indicated that almost 33% of<br />

Australians feel or have felt being lonely, the largest<br />

demographics being 18-24 and 45-54 year olds.<br />

Loneliness, especially if it is prolonged, can have a<br />

negative impact on a person’s mental, physical,<br />

emotional, psychological and spiritual health - it impacts<br />

our sense of self as well as our personal, social and<br />

professional relationships.<br />

<strong>The</strong> report states, “Loneliness relates to the quality of our<br />

social relationships and is typically characterised by<br />

subjective feelings of social isolation. People feel that they<br />

don’t belong, or that they’re misunderstood. Loneliness<br />

distorts how we relate to others and disrupts social<br />

cohesion in our communities.”<br />

It is very easy to put the onus on the person who already<br />

feels lonely and isolated, to say they should be more<br />

motivated and do something about it by thinking more<br />

positively, getting involved, joining in social or sporting<br />

activities, fostering relationships or reconnecting with<br />

people in the non-digital world. Doing these things can<br />

make a huge difference, but it isn’t always that simple and<br />

can send the message that it is their problem alone and<br />

not anyone else’s. This can be overwhelming and<br />

compound the issue more.<br />

EVERYMANS<br />

WELFARE SERVICE<br />

WHAT IS YOUR CONNECTION TO THE MILITARY:<br />

I served in the Army for a total of 7 years full time and around<br />

4 years part time. I was in the Infantry Corps, 8/9 RAR in<br />

Brisbane, and 10/27 RSAR in Adelaide. I deployed three times<br />

operationally in my career:<br />

OPERATION SLIPPER - Afghanistan - MTF 4,<br />

OP ANODE – Solomon Islands – Rotation 14,<br />

OPERATION RELEX II – Border Security – TSE 39.<br />

I spent 4 years of my career in Mortar Platoon, with my last job<br />

being a Mobile Fire Controller (best job I ever had). I<br />

discharged in 2014 as a Corporal.<br />

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WORK WITH EVERYMAN’S<br />

I always enjoyed meeting the Everyman out bush when I was<br />

serving (who doesn’t!). Never in my wildest dreams did I think<br />

I would become an Everyman’s Rep though. But when I<br />

deployed to Afghanistan in 2012, I began to read the Bible and<br />

encountered the Lord, which changed everything in my life.<br />

In 2014, I felt my time in the Army was coming to an end.<br />

That’s when I came to know some of the Rep’s in the<br />

Everyman’s team in Brisbane and I felt that joining Everyman’s<br />

was the next logical step. I separated from full time service in<br />

<strong>November</strong> 2014 and joined Everyman’s in March 2015,<br />

becoming the Rep for my old unit; 8/9 RAR.<br />

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

I enjoy being an Everyman because it<br />

allows me to serve the Defence Force and<br />

the veteran community through our<br />

Everyman’s Veterans League, which we<br />

started in 2018. I have also had the privilege<br />

to deploy on OPERATION ACCORDION<br />

in the Middle East, as well as OPERATIONS<br />

FLOOD and FIRE ASSIST. In many ways I<br />

still feel like I’m in the Army!<br />

SENIOR REP BEN RIDLEY<br />

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT<br />

EVERYMAN'S, HEAD TO:<br />

www.everymans.org.au<br />

www.everyvets.org.au<br />

Airforce Darwin On-call:<br />

0477 308 064<br />

Airforce Tindal On-call:<br />

0427 890 054<br />

Christopher Buckley-Wilkshire RAAF Tindal<br />

Churches of Christ<br />

0437 702 645<br />

Peter Taylor RAAF Tindal<br />

Anglican<br />

0423 686 109<br />

Karen Haynes RAAF Darwin<br />

Baptist<br />

0408 765 660<br />

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

emergencies. Each Unit/Ship/Base has its own chaplain<br />

who can assist. If you chaplain is not available, please<br />

contact the on-call number for your Service.<br />

Denominational or faith-specific ministry can be<br />

arranged as required.<br />

Relationships presuppose two parties and good<br />

relationships imply a commitment to the other. If we want<br />

a healthier society or more cohesive defence unit, each<br />

one of us has a part to play as well. We could, for<br />

example, be more proactive by asking a person we<br />

notice living on their own up here in the <strong>Top</strong> End to<br />

join in a meal, an activity or an outing - including others<br />

sends a clear message they are welcome and<br />

worthwhile knowing.<br />

In the end, we are all the poorer when there are lonely<br />

people among us.<br />

Written by CHAP Brendan Quirk<br />

Catholic<br />

HQ1 BDE<br />

Please support us to support the<br />

ADF - you can donate online to<br />

support this project - https://www.<br />

everymans.org.au/donate-now/<br />

Everyman’s Welfare Service<br />

Everyman’s Welfare Service<br />

02 6053 5288<br />

PO Box 8 BANDIANA MILPO<br />

VIC 3694<br />

admin@everymans.org.au<br />

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HARWELL<br />

HOME CARE<br />

INTRODUCING<br />

HARWELL HOMES<br />

It all began with one man's desire to have the best<br />

care possible for his father after realising that<br />

existing services were non existent, information<br />

not shared or really just subpar.<br />

When Flight Lieutenant Steve Hardy retired and needed<br />

extra support, Joseph Hardy, the founder and CEO of<br />

Harwell Home Care sought to provide better care than<br />

what was currently available. With his good friend, Dr<br />

Steve, a plan was formulated to develop a Home Care<br />

support company with a focus on veterans – Harwell<br />

Home Care was born.<br />

Partnering with hospitals, veteran support groups and<br />

other businesses that provide desperately needed services<br />

to veterans, Joseph is passionate about educating DVA<br />

cardholders on the supports available to them and<br />

creating a program to help veterans connect with multiple<br />

services.<br />

With an experienced Head Nurse, a Chief Medical<br />

Officer and Joseph as the CEO, Harwell Home Care has<br />

grown exponentially within their first twelve months, with<br />

35 nursing staff offering in-home services across various<br />

parts of Australia, including Darwin as a main hub.<br />

Harwell is a community-based nursing provider offering<br />

care seven days a week with daily visits if required, as well<br />

as nightly support (up to 12 hours). From wound care to<br />

welfare check-ins, Harwell nursing and support staff are<br />

available to support our veterans when it’s needed<br />

most, and the personalised care plans are tailored to<br />

the unique needs of the individual.<br />

1300 064 430<br />

harwellhomecare.com.au<br />

admin@harwellhomecare.com.au<br />

If you are wondering about the cost of this<br />

service, Joseph explains that with a DVA card<br />

and a simple GP referral, DVA will cover the<br />

cost as part of their community nursing funding<br />

scheme. This is because Harwell Home Care is a<br />

DVA Approved National Community Nursing<br />

Provider.<br />

If there are circumstances where a GP is not<br />

available, Harwell Home Care’s team of medical<br />

professionals are available to discuss concerns,<br />

ensuring that no-one is left unsupported.<br />

“Our mission is to uphold the independence of<br />

veterans, supporting veterans to live at home as<br />

long as they can - that’s our goal because everyone<br />

deserves the right care.”<br />

Whether you are someone who is looking for<br />

community connection or someone in need of<br />

Nursing services, Harwell Home Care are<br />

available to provide the support you need!<br />

Written by Charlene Carter<br />

Community Coordinator<br />

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

FOGG DAM<br />

CONSERVATION RESERVE<br />

Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve is only a 45-minute drive from<br />

Darwin.<br />

It is one of the most accessible places in the Northern<br />

Territory to experience spectacular wetlands and wildlife<br />

throughout the year.<br />

If you're a keen bird watcher, there are often a variety of birds<br />

around the dam wall. It is also a haven for water pythons,<br />

freshwater turtles and other wildlife.<br />

Fogg Dam has one of the world's highest biomass of predator<br />

(water pythons) to prey (dusky rats) ratio. <strong>The</strong>y make their<br />

homes in the cracked mud during the hot Dry Season from<br />

August to <strong>October</strong>, while waiting for the rains.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are several walks through monsoon and floodplain<br />

habitats.<br />

If your time is limited, don't miss visiting the bird hides on the<br />

dam wall or Pandanus Knoll Lookout, which looks over the<br />

wetlands and is spectacular at sunrise and sunset.<br />

Fogg Dam is located on the traditional lands of the Limilngan-<br />

Wulna people, who are active in the reserve's management.<br />

This park requires visitors to the NT to have a park pass.<br />

PARK PASS<br />

As of 3 April <strong>2023</strong>, visitors to the Northern Territory need a<br />

park pass to visit most national parks and reserves. NT residents<br />

do not require a parks pass, however when visiting the parks<br />

you may be requested to show proof of residency, such as a<br />

valid NT drivers licence.<br />

<strong>The</strong> park is open all year round. From December to July the<br />

water lilies and other plants are in bloom.<br />

Fogg Dam is the only wetland in the NT you can get to all year<br />

round without a four-wheel drive.<br />

BIRDWATCHING<br />

Nearly 200 different bird species have been found in the Fogg<br />

Dam area.<br />

Many of these are rare, hard to find elsewhere, or are<br />

considered attractive.<br />

Tips for birdwatching:<br />

• Take binoculars and a bird field guide if you go there.<br />

• It's important not to startle the birds.<br />

• Don't get too close to them or their nests.<br />

• Move slowly and quietly along the trails.<br />

• Wearing dull-coloured clothing also helps.<br />

• You will see more birds if you start early in the morning.<br />

• <strong>The</strong> hotter middle part of the day is often quiet as birds are<br />

resting.<br />

Photo: Fogg Dam www.nt.gov.au<br />

Fogg Dam has all of the following<br />

facilities:<br />

• public toilets<br />

• disabled access<br />

• picnic area<br />

• bird hides<br />

• scenic lookout platforms<br />

• boardwalks.<br />

When visiting the park, remember all<br />

of the following:<br />

• visitors to the NT require a park<br />

pass<br />

• take your rubbish with you or put it<br />

in a bin<br />

• stay on marked roads and tracks<br />

• all cultural items and wildlife are<br />

protected<br />

• pets are not permitted in the park<br />

• nets, traps and firearms are not<br />

permitted<br />

• camping is not permitted<br />

• no fishing<br />

• check your vehicle is not<br />

transporting pests like weeds and<br />

cane toads.<br />

To stay informed about park activity<br />

and upcoming events, like Northern<br />

Territory Parks and Wildlife on<br />

Facebook.<br />

For more information about site<br />

access, phone 08 8988 8009.<br />

Extracted from NT Govt Parks<br />

https://nt.gov.au/parks/find-a-park/fogg-damconservation-area<br />

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CRYPTOCURRENCY SCAMS<br />

SPOTTING A CRYPTO SCAM<br />

SCAM AWARENESS WEEK<br />

Did you know that Scam Awareness Week is<br />

in <strong>November</strong>?<br />

According to a recent Australian Competition<br />

& Consumer Commission (ACCC) report,<br />

Australians lost more than $2 billion dollars to<br />

scammers in 2021, and that’s just the losses<br />

that were reported.<br />

<strong>The</strong> scams that caused the greatest financial<br />

harm were:<br />

1. Investment scams – $701 million<br />

2. Payment redirection scams – $227 million<br />

3. Romance scams – $142 million.<br />

According to the report, investment scams saw<br />

a significant increase in losses from the<br />

previous year, the main driver of which was<br />

cryptocurrency investment scams, where losses<br />

increased by 270%. <strong>The</strong> ACCC says that losses<br />

to crypto scams continued to increase<br />

throughout 2022.<br />

Scammers love cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin<br />

and Ethereum, because they can be moved<br />

around quickly and are hard to recover once<br />

lost.<br />

7 - 11 NOVEMBER<br />

In support of Scams Awareness Week in <strong>November</strong>, the<br />

Australian Securities and Investments Commission<br />

(ASIC) released a warning for consumers on how to<br />

spot a crypto scam and what to do if you’ve been<br />

scammed.<br />

ASIC’s media release states that crypto scams fall into<br />

three broad categories:<br />

• Scams where you think you’re investing in a genuine<br />

asset but it’s a fake crypto exchange, website or app<br />

• Fake crypto tokens (used to steal your crypto assets),<br />

and jobs trading crypto that look legitimate at first<br />

glance (but are really money laundering using crypto)<br />

• Scams that use crypto-assets to make a payment<br />

ASIC’s Moneysmart website has more information on<br />

how crypto scams work.<br />

Because cryptocurrencies are largely unregulated, and in<br />

most countries are not considered legal tender, if your<br />

wallet is lost or hacked, or an exchange is hacked or goes<br />

bankrupt, you are unlikely to have any consumer<br />

protections and will most likely lose all the<br />

money you had in crypto.<br />

Scammers are always developing new and<br />

creative ways to get their hands on your<br />

money. Here are some common tricks used by<br />

crypto scammers for you to avoid:<br />

• Unsolicited contact via email, phone, social<br />

media, or online forum from someone<br />

claiming to be an investment manager or<br />

broker<br />

• Fake celebrity or influencer endorsements<br />

on social media<br />

• An online romantic partner who asks for<br />

money in crypto<br />

• Pressure to move your crypto to another<br />

exchange<br />

• Asking you to pay for goods or services in<br />

crypto<br />

• Getting you to download an investment app<br />

you can’t find listed on the App Store or<br />

Google Play<br />

• Convincing you to transfer money you plan<br />

to invest into a different bank account<br />

• Asking for fees or taxes to access your<br />

money<br />

• Offering unusually high or ‘guaranteed’<br />

returns<br />

• Strange tokens appearing in your digital<br />

wallet that you did not buy yourself<br />

An internet search of the investment company,<br />

crypto exchange, or cryptocurrency may also<br />

be useful in alerting you to bad reviews and<br />

possible scam activity.<br />

NEW CRYPTO WALLET SCAM<br />

Police have recently become aware of a new<br />

scam involving fake crypto paper wallets.<br />

<strong>The</strong> scam involves leaving fake crypto wallets<br />

made from paper, around streets and parks for<br />

people to find. <strong>The</strong>y look like real wallets and<br />

contain a QR code that if scanned, asks you to<br />

click on a link to access a crypto wallet<br />

containing up to $16,000. It then says you can<br />

transfer it to your own crypto wallet by paying<br />

a fee and providing your wallet details.<br />

Hopefully at this stage alarm bells are ringing<br />

because once you provide the details of your<br />

legitimate wallet they not only steal your cash<br />

but steal your cryptocurrency too.<br />

If nothing else, consumers should be<br />

questioning how safe their digital wallets and<br />

crypto currencies really are.<br />

<strong>The</strong> latest Targeting Scams report has revealed<br />

Australians lost a record $3.1 billion to scams in 2022, as<br />

government, law enforcement and the private sector<br />

look to improve collaborative efforts to support the<br />

community in the fight against scams.<br />

In May <strong>2023</strong>, the government funded the ACCC to set<br />

up a new National Anti-Scam Centre over 3 years.<br />

Its purpose is to make Australia a harder target for<br />

scammers. <strong>The</strong> centre will bring together experts from<br />

government and the private sector to tackle harmful<br />

scams.<br />

Extracted from Scamwatch<br />

scamwatch.gov.au<br />

Extracted from ADF Financial<br />

Services Consumer Centre<br />

adfconsumer.gov.au/crypto-a-scammers-paradise/<br />

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REMOTE LOCATION<br />

LEAVE TRAVEL<br />

IN THE TOP END<br />

Members who are posted to remote<br />

locations in the <strong>Top</strong> End (including<br />

Darwin) can access remote location<br />

leave travel (RLLT) to take a break from<br />

the remoteness of their posting<br />

location.<br />

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are 2 x RLLT schemes: Scheme A<br />

and Scheme B. Here in the Northern<br />

Territory the serving member and<br />

accompanied resident family (ARF) are<br />

eligible for both.<br />

SCHEME A<br />

You have the option to buy an all-inclusive<br />

holiday package if the package is purchased<br />

through an accredited agency (accredited<br />

by ATAS or a similar organisation). If you<br />

have accompanied resident family and you<br />

expect to be at that location for at least<br />

one year, the serving member and your<br />

resident family over the age of 2 can access<br />

the Scheme A RLLT benefit at the start of<br />

each one-year period.<br />

If you put the benefit towards a holiday<br />

package, Defence will pay whichever is the<br />

lesser of:<br />

• the cost of the return fare for travel to<br />

the holiday destination in the most<br />

economical way<br />

• the cost of the return fare for travel<br />

between your housing benefit location<br />

and the nearest capital city<br />

• the actual cost of the package.<br />

SCHEME B<br />

If you have accompanied resident family and you expect to<br />

be at that location for at least one year, the serving member<br />

and your resident family over the age of 2 can access one<br />

RLLT benefit at the start of each one-year period.<br />

Under Scheme B, the serving member and accompanied<br />

resident family (ARF) will be eligible for a return economy<br />

class airfare to any capital city in Australia.<br />

You may only claim your RLLT benefit as vehicle allowance<br />

if you're travelling with a resident family member who can't<br />

fly due to:<br />

• illness<br />

• a recognised disability<br />

• a disability classified under the Social Security Act.<br />

What happens if the accompanied resident family stay in<br />

location and the serving members is posted elsewhere?<br />

<strong>The</strong> accompanied resident family continue to accrue their<br />

benefits if:<br />

• you become a member who has unaccompanied<br />

resident family in your new location (becoming an<br />

Unaccompanied Resident Family or URF)<br />

• your family stay in the remote location as your<br />

unaccompanied resident family (URF). If your family<br />

moves location, they will lose all benefits.<br />

If this happens, your unaccompanied resident family can use<br />

their benefit to visit you or they can transfer their benefits to<br />

either you (so you can visit them in the remote location); or,<br />

a close family member, so that person can visit you in your<br />

location.<br />

Additionally, if the serving member has unaccompanied<br />

resident family (URF) they can get up to a maximum of 6<br />

reunion travel credits a year, depending on how long you're<br />

separated from them.<br />

INFORMATION SPECIFIC FOR TINDAL:<br />

If you or your resident family need to travel to or<br />

from Tindal as a part of your remote location leave<br />

travel, Defence will pay the lesser of:<br />

• vehicle allowance for the journey between Tindal<br />

and Darwin<br />

• the costs to hire a vehicle between Tindal and<br />

Darwin.<br />

HOW TO APPLY FOR TRAVEL?<br />

Start the application process by completing Travel<br />

Request Form (AE505). You can download this from<br />

the Web Forms portal on the Defence Protected<br />

Network (DPN).<br />

REMEMBER<br />

You can only use one benefit at a time for each<br />

person travelling (Scheme A or B).<br />

Your benefits start on the day you start your<br />

posting in the remote location and stop on the last<br />

day of your posting to the location.<br />

<strong>The</strong> serving member and partner can transfer the<br />

value of their benefits to one or more close family<br />

members so they can visit you in your remote<br />

location. Important to note: children are not able to<br />

transfer their benefits.<br />

Children under 2 don’t have their own benefit<br />

because airlines don’t require them to have their<br />

own seat.<br />

<strong>The</strong> serving member and accompanied resident<br />

family (ARF) don’t have to travel at the same time<br />

or to the same destination.<br />

RLLT benefits expire if you don't use them by the<br />

end of each year, however you may seek approval<br />

to extend their expiry date by one year.<br />

If you've already used all (scheme A & B) of your<br />

RLLT benefits in a year, you can apply to use the<br />

next year's benefit early. You can only do this if you<br />

expect to be eligible for the benefit in the year you<br />

advance.<br />

Here in the<br />

Northern<br />

Territory you<br />

are eligible for<br />

Scheme A and<br />

B due to the<br />

Posting Grades<br />

on remote<br />

locations.<br />

POSTING<br />

Alice Springs<br />

Darwin<br />

Jabiru<br />

Katherine<br />

Nhulunbuy<br />

Tennant Creek<br />

Tindal<br />

Written by Amanda Letcher<br />

Community Contributor<br />

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

Correct information as at 13th July <strong>2023</strong><br />

GRADE<br />

Sources:<br />

ADF RLLT (incl. Scheme A & B)<br />

https://pay-conditions.defence.gov.au/remote-location-leave-travel-rllt<br />

PACMAN<br />

https://pay-conditions.defence.gov.au/pacman/chapter-9/part-4/div-4<br />

REMOTE LOCATIONS<br />

https://pay-conditions.defence.gov.au/pacman/chapter-4/part-4/annex-4-4-a<br />

FAMILY AND PERSONAL CHANGES<br />

https://pay-conditions.defence.gov.au/family-and-personal-changes<br />

REUNION TRAVEL<br />

https://pay-conditions.defence.gov.au/reunion-travel<br />

C<br />

B<br />

E<br />

D<br />

E<br />

E<br />

D<br />

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On a recent family holiday, we stayed in Canberra for a<br />

few days and explored our nation's capital city filled with<br />

lots of surprises for all ages! If you’re considering a posting<br />

to Canberra or you’re travelling through the ACT at the<br />

end of this year, here are some activities to get excited<br />

about!<br />

1. Royal Australian Mint<br />

2. Cockington Green Village<br />

3. National Dinosaur Museum<br />

4. Old Bus Depot Markets<br />

5. Telstra tower<br />

POSTING TO<br />

CANBERRA?<br />

6. Mount Ainslie Lookout<br />

7. Old Parliament House & New Parliament House<br />

8. National Zoo and Aquarium<br />

9. National Museum of Australia<br />

10. Questacon – National Science and Technology Centre<br />

And of course, the Australian War Memorial<br />

requires a full day trip (or more) to explore<br />

the incredible collection of military history<br />

displays and artefacts - a sobering reminder of<br />

the supreme sacrifice of our serving men and<br />

women throughout every conflict.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s also loads of hidden experiences<br />

around Canberra, such as Yarralumla Play<br />

Station and Quizzic Alley for Harry Potter<br />

fans!<br />

Written by Deb Herring<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

REDEVELOPMENT OF THE<br />

AUSTRALIAN<br />

WAR MEMORIAL<br />

<strong>The</strong> Australian War Memorial’s<br />

new buildings and spaces will<br />

enhance our visitors’<br />

experience as they<br />

commemorate and understand<br />

Australia’s experience of war<br />

and operations.<br />

<strong>The</strong> heritage of the main Memorial<br />

and museum building will be<br />

protected, including the iconic<br />

outline of the Memorial’s sandstone<br />

building’s façade as it is seen from<br />

Anzac Parade. <strong>The</strong><br />

Commemorative Area, the Hall of<br />

Memory, and Tomb of the<br />

Unknown Australian Soldier will not<br />

change. <strong>The</strong> original<br />

Commemorative Forecourt, stairs<br />

and heritage entrance will be<br />

reinstated as they appear now and<br />

will remain available for those who<br />

wish to use them.<br />

<strong>The</strong> new southern entrance will<br />

make it easier for all visitors,<br />

particularly those with impaired mobility, to enter the Memorial on a new lower ground level and will better<br />

connect our galleries to improve the way they can explore our extensive exhibitions through the main<br />

building and new Anzac Hall. <strong>The</strong> southern entrance will also house the Memorial shop, include new spaces<br />

for private and public functions, and offer amenities and cloaking facilities.<br />

Expanding and re-shaping the parade ground has been designed to improve sight lines to the Stone of<br />

Remembrance. It will be used for military parades and provide increased and improved accessible seating<br />

capacity for major events, as well as enhancing visitor safety and site security.<br />

A new Research Centre and Reading Room will provide extended space to house, protect, digitise and<br />

preserve the Memorial’s extensive archives. This new facility will also enhance our service for family history<br />

and academic research by offering more efficient and secure access to the National Collection and reference<br />

materials, and allow us to offer more welcoming, light-filled spaces for our research community.<br />

Our new galleries will ensure we have the necessary space to tell our<br />

nation’s continuing service stories, for all generations of visitors, as they<br />

commemorate and understand Australia’s experience of war and<br />

operations.<br />

Extracted from AWM<br />

www.awm.gov.au/ourcontinuingstory/ourplans<br />

Photos: Images from the Australian War Memorial © <strong>2023</strong><br />

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ANZAC DAY<br />

SCHOOL AWARDS <strong>2023</strong><br />

ANZAC DAY SCHOOLS’ AWARDS <strong>2023</strong> COMMEMORATING<br />

AUSTRALIA’S VIETNAM WAR SERVICE<br />

NORTHERN TERRITORY WINNER - LUDMILLA PRIMARY SCHOOL<br />

With the 50th anniversary of the end of<br />

Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War,<br />

Year 5/6 Batten decided it would be a good<br />

opportunity to reflect on the Vietnam War.<br />

<strong>The</strong> students used various resources to gain a<br />

deeper understanding of the conflict. <strong>The</strong>y began<br />

their thinking by reading the picture book, Vietnam<br />

Diary by Mark Wilson. This established a thorough<br />

introduction into the range of emotions surrounding<br />

this moment in history.<br />

<strong>The</strong> students were<br />

then introduced to<br />

the song, I was only<br />

19, by Redgum, which<br />

incorporated visual<br />

stimulus which again<br />

created emotion and<br />

understanding of the<br />

Vietnam War.<br />

After analyzing the<br />

Picture Book and<br />

Song, the students<br />

created a word wall<br />

under three headings;<br />

SEE, HEAR and FEEL.<br />

This opportunity<br />

created a word bank<br />

of sensory language.<br />

Each student crafted a poem from their word<br />

bank, including an illustration. This provided each<br />

student the opportunity to develop empathy and<br />

an understanding of the Vietnam War, before,<br />

during and after the conflict.<br />

A significant part of the students’ learning was<br />

learning firsthand through Veterans. Dan “Tank”<br />

Tellam from RSL Billeroy Veterans and Families<br />

Community Centre was kind enough to provide his<br />

services for a day. He taught the students using<br />

stories and provided them with an opportunity to<br />

wear service uniforms, medals and gave them a flag<br />

presentation. This opportunity was extremely<br />

authentic and hands on - an incredible experience.<br />

To share this moving experience, the Year 5/6<br />

students wore the service uniforms and medals in a<br />

school assembly and read their poetry on the<br />

Vietnam War. <strong>The</strong> feedback from the learning<br />

community was overwhelming. <strong>The</strong> poetry and<br />

illustrations were shared in the school newsletter.<br />

<strong>The</strong> school received calls from other school<br />

principals saying how impressed they were with the<br />

students learning.<br />

<strong>The</strong> highlight however was the writing of a song.<br />

Motivated from the song, “I was only 19”, students<br />

were given the task to choose a line from their<br />

poetry and we brainstormed a format. Music<br />

was put together by students, guitar and<br />

djembe drum, and sang by students in the class.<br />

This innovative idea was student led and an<br />

extremely enjoyable for everyone involved.<br />

<strong>The</strong> presentation consists of poetry, illustrations,<br />

photos of memorabilia and the song that the<br />

students are playing and singing.<br />

This unique experience encompassed 13<br />

weeks of learning, providing students an<br />

opportunity to share their understanding at<br />

the Anzac Day ceremony, across all year<br />

levels, to the Ludmilla Primary School learning<br />

community and most importantly provided<br />

them with the confidence and belief in<br />

themselves to be proud of their learning and<br />

achievements.<br />

Ludmilla Primary would like to thank Dan<br />

Tellam for his time and growing partnership<br />

with school.<br />

<strong>The</strong> awards encouraged our students to<br />

connect with veterans in their local community<br />

to provide them with a personal and meaningful<br />

understanding of Australia’s wartime history.<br />

NT WINNER<br />

‘Ludmilla Primary School's entry was unique. Students joined in<br />

cross-curricular activities, and learning was shared across the<br />

school. Students worked with veterans from a local community<br />

centre. Veterans shared their own medals and other items<br />

generously with the school community. Student understanding<br />

of the service and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans has grown.’<br />

Certificate of Excellence winners:<br />

Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School<br />

Rosebery Primary School<br />

https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/education/anzac-day-schoolsawards/winners<br />

Written by Jacinta Stewart<br />

Defence School Mentor<br />

Ludmilla Primary School<br />

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SWELL PALMERSTON<br />

SWELL (Swimming, Wellness,<br />

Events, Leisure, Lifestyle)<br />

Palmerston will be offering a full<br />

range of health and fitness facilities.<br />

Due to open in <strong>November</strong> <strong>2023</strong>,<br />

the newly refurbished and<br />

developed swimming complex also<br />

includes an events area and<br />

basketball half court - WOW!!<br />

SWELL POOL FACILITIES<br />

<strong>The</strong> SWELL upgrades will include a<br />

purpose-built, learn to swim and wellness<br />

program pool and family-friendly activity<br />

features for all ages and abilities, as well<br />

as an adventure play zone unlike any<br />

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

On completion, SWELL will have free<br />

entry until 2026.<br />

<strong>The</strong> redevelopment includes:<br />

Refurbished 50 metre pool<br />

Aquatic adventure play structure<br />

for kids<br />

Event space<br />

Basketball half court<br />

Plenty of shade and improved<br />

accessible toilets and change<br />

rooms<br />

SWELL GYM FACILITIES<br />

<strong>The</strong> Fitness centre has remained<br />

open during the construction<br />

process of the SWELL<br />

redevelopment.<br />

Not sure what to do? You can use<br />

the SWELL Gym facilities at your<br />

own pace or join one of their<br />

fabulous group fitness classes (60 min<br />

sessions).<br />

FIT FOR LIFE<br />

Improve your strength,<br />

cardiovascular fitness, balance<br />

and coordination. Perfect for<br />

ages 50+ and all levels of fitness.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se exercises will strengthen<br />

your muscles so that everyday<br />

tasks remain easy and enjoyable<br />

TAI CHI<br />

A series of gentle physical exercises and stretches. Each posture flows into<br />

the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.<br />

HIIT<br />

This High-Intensity 60-minute class will improve your strength and<br />

endurance to help attack the rest of your week. Class sessions will range<br />

from circuits, interval training, and other types of workouts to give you a<br />

well-rounded experience. Classes cater to all levels, providing a challenge<br />

to kick-start your day.<br />

BOXING CIRCUIT<br />

A full body sweat session with a fABulous finisher.<br />

COMMITTEE<br />

NOTICEBOARD<br />

TOP ENDER GUIDES<br />

We are extremely proud to announce that this year we have produced<br />

three bonus mini-magazines, including <strong>The</strong> Ultimate <strong>Top</strong> <strong>Ender</strong> Guide,<br />

Defence Youth Guide and a comprehensive Wellbeing Guide!<br />

In June <strong>2023</strong>, we received a Veteran Wellbeing grant from the Department<br />

of Veterans Affairs to deliver a Wellbeing Guide for our growing readership!<br />

We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere<br />

appreciation to DVA and Hon. Matt Keogh MP, Minister for Veterans<br />

Affairs, for seeing the value in our projects and helping to improve the<br />

quality of life for the veteran community across the <strong>Top</strong> End.<br />

Please contact us if you would like to submit an article in future editions or<br />

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Fishing Charter - Tristan Hedger<br />

BBQ Smoker Set - Debbie Marshall<br />

Cut-throat Shave & Haircut - Jemma Lowry<br />

Birdwood Mailman Book - Kelsey Guerin<br />

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Waterfront Membership Pass<br />

Chloe Gent<br />

Officeworks Kid’s Art Pack<br />

Anthony Marshall<br />

Teens Movie Workshop<br />

James Cooper<br />

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Penny Down • Amelia Kempster<br />

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Melissa Wei • Evelyn Down<br />

Officeworks Gift Pack<br />

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Trampoline Gelato Voucher<br />

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Information accurate as of July <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong> project is funded by the Australian Government, with $5<br />

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alongside the Northern Territory Government and City of<br />

Palmerston. Palmerston Council’s<br />

strategic vision is to provide<br />

Palmerston with a family friendly,<br />

water and lifestyle precinct.<br />

We look forward to<br />

seeing you there!<br />

Written by Amanda Letcher<br />

Community Contributor<br />

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

Information Sources: https://www.swellpalmerston.com.au/<br />

https://palmerston.nt.gov.au/operations/major-projects/swell-construction & https://palmerston.nt.gov.au/swell<br />

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GROM<br />

IT’S THE ANGLES THAT MATTER<br />

It's the angles that matter...<br />

I often teach new riders how to ride well and more<br />

advanced riders often need to relearn how to ride well - we<br />

all know that ‘skill fade’ is a real thing.<br />

A classic example of this is for those who are required to<br />

reverse a caravan into a tight parking spot after quite some<br />

time without towing. It takes time to get our muscle<br />

memory (motor learning that occurs in the central nervous<br />

system) back into unconscious, competent mode. I spend a<br />

fair amount of time talking to new riders about how to set<br />

up their machines, for their requirements. Some simple<br />

adjustments can reduce pain and increase the steering<br />

efficiency and posture of the rider. This allows the rider to<br />

be more attentive when managing the road space.<br />

<strong>The</strong> majority of riders would use extra attention and<br />

concentration when faced by an unfamiliar and hazardous<br />

section of road. Add bad weather, heavy traffic and a poor<br />

road surface and we tend to fatigue quickly. It's obvious that<br />

strenuous cognitive activities cause the brain to require<br />

more energy to stay alert, so it’s important to train your<br />

brain, which is a skill that elite athletes use. <strong>The</strong>y do this<br />

through repetitive movement training, ensuring that actions<br />

are fluent and align to an understanding of athletic mobility.<br />

For most of us, elite athleticism may be achievable, but the<br />

dedication and time required to achieve this is something<br />

we struggle with.<br />

As a motorcycle rider, we can reduce energy consumption,<br />

improve confidence and limit fatigue by learning how to<br />

steer well and staying in control of your motorcycle. Not the<br />

other way around. Your posture and riding position are<br />

important factors to achieving accurate, proportional and<br />

progressive steering. To start with, you should have a<br />

gentle bend in your elbows with a relaxed grip on the<br />

handlebars and relaxed shoulders. <strong>The</strong> angle between your<br />

forearms and your shoulders, should be as close to 90° as<br />

is possible. This is the most efficient steering angle but may<br />

not be achievable on a ‘Yamasuzibusa’ sports bike, as those<br />

bikes were built for optimum rider-to-machine feedback and<br />

the rider tucking themselves into a sportier riding position.<br />

In most cases, for those who ride sports bikes, the distance<br />

covered and endurance on a sports bike is limited by your<br />

fitness, tone and pain threshold, but it helps to maintain a<br />

relaxed elbow angle, supported by a naturally, relaxed leg<br />

bend. A relaxed leg bend relies on the rider choosing an<br />

appropriate footpeg position, which all helps with effective<br />

steering. <strong>The</strong> bottom half of the rider is locked and stable,<br />

and the top half of the rider relaxes.<br />

Remember: at speed, a rider steers a balanced, in motion<br />

motorcycle through proportioned counter-steering, while<br />

forward pressing on the grips, pushing and holding gently<br />

and letting the machine do the steering work. No wrestling<br />

is required.<br />

When we look at cruisers and naked bikes with more<br />

sedate, upright riding positions, and foot pegs located<br />

mid-machine (or forward, not rearward), you can see<br />

why older riders tend to choose these models over the<br />

cramped sports bike option.<br />

Interestingly, the recent popularity of adventure bikes,<br />

which allows a rider to both stand and sit whilst<br />

operating in all terrains, has seen ergonomics change for<br />

the benefit of riders’ backs and forearms. <strong>The</strong>y are well<br />

designed to allow for a mechanically efficient, elbow<br />

angle. Remember also, riding endurance can be achieved<br />

with some respite from the oncoming winds, which tend<br />

to push you from a neutral, relaxed hand grip position at<br />

80 km/h, to a firmer grip or lean forward to compensate,<br />

above 100 km/h. Wind buffeting is fatiguing and it tends<br />

to have a negative impact on your steering inputs,<br />

posture and endurance. It is also quite noisy, which<br />

significantly adds to your rate of fatigue. Motorcycle<br />

screens help... So do earplugs... But laying prone on<br />

your machine is also an uncomfortable option, unless<br />

you have a rubber spine!<br />

When we look at bike design, the rake of the average<br />

motorcycle front end is around 25-30 degrees from the<br />

vertical. To keep your forearms at the magical 90<br />

degrees would mean pointing your elbows radically at<br />

the floor, especially on some models with clips-ons or<br />

short bars - sounds very MotoGP, doesn't it? But<br />

depending on the height of the bars, that posture could<br />

be almost impossible, not to mention rather<br />

uncomfortable for most road registered machines.<br />

So, the message is simple; assess your steering inputs and<br />

determine whether you are using your handlebars as a<br />

relaxed and mechanically efficient lever to support fine<br />

adjustments of steering. Or are you using it as a push-up<br />

bar, and feeling pain after about an hour of riding? While<br />

riding, link your mind to your machine inputs and<br />

understand how much effort you are using to control<br />

your bike in various riding environments. Try to reduce<br />

your riding strain by focusing on proper ergonomics,<br />

good posture and some research on bike controls and<br />

riding set-up.<br />

Let’s face it, a good sports bike is a lot of fun, but there<br />

are options to have fun and still be riding without pain at<br />

age 70.<br />

Less effort = more joy! Remember: it’s the angles that<br />

matter.<br />

Ride safe,<br />

Written by GROM<br />

Community Contributor<br />

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

EXPERIENCE THE ULTIMATE<br />

KARTING THRILL AT HIDDEN<br />

VALLEY<br />

Feel the cornering G-forces and experience<br />

the sensation of racing at speed just 30 mm off<br />

the ground!<br />

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SKIN CANCER SUN PACK<br />

SLIP, SLOP, SLAP, SEEK, SLIDE<br />

I am sure most of us can remember Slip,<br />

Slop, Slap becoming a regular saying when<br />

planning a day in the sun. However, in<br />

2007, the Sun Smart campaign was<br />

updated to feature 2 new words to<br />

reflect the importance of reducing and<br />

preventing sun damage.<br />

SLIP – On protective clothing<br />

(UPF50+ is recommended)<br />

SLOP – On SPF50+ sunscreen protection<br />

SLAP – On your wide brim hat<br />

SEEK – Shelter<br />

SLIDE – On wraparound sunglasses<br />

When planning your next day out, what<br />

will you have in your Sun Smart Pack?<br />

Whether you are gardening, riding a bike,<br />

swimming or perhaps even going for a<br />

long drive, remember to Slip, Slop, Slap,<br />

Seek and Slide whenever possible, even if<br />

the weather is overcast.<br />

On average at noon, in the top end, is<br />

“Extreme” according to the UV Index<br />

rating system.<br />

We’ve researched some sun smart products to keep you safe in the sun:<br />

WIDE BRIM HATS<br />

willandbear.com<br />

VARIOUS SUN<br />

SAFE PRODUCTS<br />

cancercouncilshop.org.au/<br />

Written by<br />

Amanda Letcher<br />

Community Contributor<br />

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

BEAUTY OF<br />

JOSEON –<br />

SPF50+ FACE<br />

SUNSCREEN<br />

nudieglow.com<br />

UPF50+ KIDS &<br />

BABIES FULL<br />

SWIM SUIT<br />

burlybambinos.com<br />

UPF50+ HATS<br />

& RASHIES<br />

bedheadhats.com.au<br />

Sources: https://www.cancer.org.au/cancer-information/causes-and-prevention/sun-safety/campaignsand-events/slip-slop-slap-seek-slide<br />

& http://www.bom.gov.au/jsp/ncc/climate_averages/uv-index/<br />

index.jsp<br />

Since 1985, Amber NT has been providing support to Territorians<br />

and NT Communities impacted by the loss of a child from<br />

conception to 18 years.<br />

Amber NT provide confidential, non-clinical, non-financial support to anyone<br />

impacted by the loss of a child from conception to 18 years, no matter what<br />

the relationship to the child was. This loss can be though miscarriage, stillbirth,<br />

termination, SUDI (Inc. SIDS), sudden illness, youth suicide or accidents. Amber<br />

NT also support pregnancy after loss, and foster carers impacted by placement<br />

moves of their foster children.<br />

LIGHT THE LAGOON: AN EVENING OF REMEMBRANCE AND<br />

HEALING<br />

Losing a child has an everlasting effect on everyone. Each year as part of<br />

Pregnancy and Infant Loss week, we hold a Reflection Event at the Darwin<br />

Waterfront to honour the babies and children we hold in our hearts and not in<br />

our arms.<br />

This year our event falls on International Pregnancy and Infant Loss<br />

Remembrance Day, which falls on the 15th of <strong>October</strong> each year. Light the<br />

Lagoon is about families, friends and community coming together to remember<br />

their lost children.<br />

DEFENCE BLOOD CHALLENGE<br />

<strong>The</strong> annual Defence Blood Challenge is launching between 1 Sep and 8<br />

Dec and the Red Cross are calling on the defence community to book a<br />

donation and raise the tally from 10,778 donations in 2022.<br />

<strong>The</strong> event encourages Defence members and their families, across Australia, to<br />

give blood or plasma and register their donation against their service tally.<br />

Sally Gavin, from the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood, said the Blood Challenge<br />

was not only a fun way to encourage blood and plasma donations, but was<br />

extremely beneficial for the Australian community - “we are very grateful to the<br />

Department of Defence for their annual support.”<br />

TIPS FOR BLOOD DONORS<br />

Hydrate and eat - one of the most important things<br />

you can do to look after your own health is to drink<br />

lots of fluids and have plenty to eat.<br />

<strong>The</strong> day before<br />

• Drink plenty of fluids – 10 glasses for men or 8<br />

glasses for women.<br />

• Try to get a good night's sleep.<br />

• Try to avoid foods that are high in fat or fried.<br />

Fatty intake can interfere with plasma collection<br />

and laboratory testing.<br />

3hrs before<br />

• Drink 750mL (that’s 3 good-sized glasses) of fluids.<br />

• Have something savoury to eat.<br />

• Avoid strenuous exercise.<br />

CAN I DONATE BLOOD?<br />

Are you 18–75 years old, healthy and weigh over 50 kg? You can<br />

complete an online survey to find out if you are eligible to donate<br />

blood.<br />

Appointments can be registered at Australian Red Cross Lifeblood:<br />

https://www.donateblood.com.au/donate.<br />

Darwin Donor Centre<br />

17 Scaturchio St, Casuarina NT 0811<br />

Extracted from Red Cross Lifeblood<br />

lifeblood.com.au/blood/donate-as-a-group/blood-challenges/<br />

defence-blood-challenge<br />

Music and entertainment are provided in the afternoon, so bring a blanket, a<br />

picnic, and enjoy an evening of reflection.<br />

Messages are written on paper and<br />

placed in the Reflection Tent or in the<br />

Memory Lantern. Bamboo boats and<br />

candles can be purchased for a gold<br />

coin donation, and these are<br />

decorated, candles lit and then floated<br />

on the Lagoon at sunset.<br />

This is a beautiful, peaceful event that<br />

encourages families and friends to let<br />

the memories of their children shine<br />

brightly.<br />

EVENT DETAILS<br />

Sunday 15th <strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

5.00pm to 7.00pm<br />

Darwin Waterfront<br />

For further details please<br />

check out our Facebook Page<br />

– AmberNT, Website www.<br />

ambernt.com or contact the<br />

office on 8948 5311.<br />

Supplied by Raji<br />

Support Officer Social Worker<br />

Amber NT<br />

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MY GRIEF APP<br />

Grief Australia is an independent, not-for-profit<br />

organisation that was established in 1996 to provide<br />

a range of education, training, research and<br />

professional service options for those working in<br />

the area of grief and bereavement.<br />

Grief is our response to loss. It is the normal, natural and<br />

inevitable response to loss, and it can affect every part of<br />

our life, including our thoughts, behaviours, beliefs, feelings,<br />

physical health and our relationships with others.<br />

With the support of family and friends, many people adapt<br />

to loss well and may not experience intense and persistent<br />

feelings. However, for some, the experience of grief can be<br />

overwhelming and further support may be helpful.<br />

COMMON GRIEF RESPONSES<br />

After a death, we may experience a range of intense<br />

feelings such as sadness, anger, anxiety, disbelief, panic,<br />

relief, irritability or numbness. Grief can also affect our<br />

thinking - we may think we will never get over this, or<br />

that we are going crazy. Sometimes grief can also cause<br />

difficulty in sleeping and physical symptoms such as<br />

headaches, nausea, aches and pains. If physical symptoms<br />

persist, check with your GP to exclude other causes.<br />

GRIEF IS AN INDIVIDUAL EXPERIENCE<br />

Everyone grieves in their own way. Your grief is unique to<br />

you, and as long as you are not causing harm to yourself or<br />

those around you, there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ ways to<br />

grieve.<br />

We do not always know how people are grieving simply by<br />

what we see. Some people are open and expressive with<br />

their grief, crying, and wanting to talk, whilst others are<br />

more private, may be reluctant to talk and prefer to keep<br />

busy. Other factors, such as culture, gender and belief<br />

systems can also influence the ways that people grieve.<br />

Culture in particular can affect the way we experience and<br />

express grief, each culture has its own set of beliefs and<br />

rituals for death and bereavement. Sometimes the<br />

expression of grief may be at odds with someone’s culture,<br />

it is important for each person to grieve in ways that feel<br />

right for them.<br />

Grief doesn’t have a timeline. Grief can be triggered at<br />

any time, and it’s not unusual for grief to be felt over an<br />

extended period of time.<br />

TIPS FOR MANAGING GRIEF<br />

» Try to delay major decisions that<br />

cannot be reversed for 6–12 months,<br />

e.g. disposing of belongings.<br />

» Keep a diary or journal.<br />

» Create a memorial – do or make<br />

something to honour your loved one.<br />

» Develop your own rituals, e.g. light a<br />

candle, listen to special music, make a<br />

special place to think.<br />

» Allow yourself to express your<br />

thoughts and feelings privately.<br />

» Write a letter or a poem, draw,<br />

collect photos, cry etc.<br />

» Exercise – do something to use pentup<br />

energy, e.g. walking, swimming,<br />

cycling, gardening.<br />

» Draw on your religious or spiritual<br />

beliefs and practices.<br />

» Explore other people’s experiences<br />

through books, movies, articles, etc.<br />

» Do things that are relaxing and<br />

soothing.<br />

» Some holistic or self-care ideas that<br />

may assist include meditation,<br />

distractions, relaxation and massage.<br />

» To help with sleeplessness: exercise,<br />

limit alcohol and caffeine and try to<br />

maintain a routine, especially around<br />

bedtime.<br />

WHEN TO SEEK FURTHER HELP<br />

Although grief can be very painful, most people (85–<br />

90%) find that with the support of their family and<br />

friends and their own resources, they gradually find<br />

ways to learn to live with their loss and do not need to<br />

seek professional help.<br />

Sometimes however, the circumstances of the death<br />

may have been particularly distressing, such as a<br />

traumatic or sudden death, or there may be<br />

circumstances in your life which make your grief<br />

particularly acute or complicated. If you are<br />

finding it difficult to manage on a day-to-day<br />

basis, it may be helpful to see a counsellor or<br />

other health professional - it’s okay to admit you<br />

are struggling with your grief. No-one will think<br />

any less of you if you ask for help along the way.<br />

Extracted from Grief Australia<br />

https://www.grief.org.au/ga/Support/My_Grief_<br />

App.aspx<br />

Convenient 24-hour access to support.<br />

Your information is anonymous and remains confidential.<br />

Learn how to support a grieving person - what to say and<br />

what to do.<br />

MyGrief app provides support to grieving people and those<br />

who support them - in the palm of their hands. Drawing<br />

upon the latest evidence and nearly 25 years of clinical<br />

experience, Grief Australia’s MyGrief app provides<br />

information, tools and resources to support grieving<br />

Australians, while providing practical strategies for families<br />

and friends on how best to support someone who is<br />

grieving. <strong>The</strong> journey of grief is universal, but each<br />

individual’s experience is unique. By answering a few<br />

questions, the app offers strategies and solutions that can<br />

help.<br />

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PREPARING YOUR PET<br />

FOR BOARDING<br />

When you go away without your pets, it’s important to consider your options for suitable<br />

boarding where your pet will feel comfortable, climate-controlled and safe.<br />

CHECK THEM OUT – before you decide on a<br />

suitable boarding facility for your beloved ‘fur baby’,<br />

take some time to visit each facility prior to booking in<br />

your pet. Meet the staff and test their knowledge<br />

about the facility and what to do in an emergency.<br />

Also, check for cleanliness, size of facilities and safety<br />

of the property. Do they have security cameras or a<br />

website where you can view videos of your pet and<br />

their daily activities?<br />

QUALIFIED STAFF – while you are researching<br />

boarding options for your pet, ensure that the staff are<br />

qualified and have the skills and knowledge to provide<br />

excellent care for your pet while you are away.<br />

BOOK EARLY – in preparation for the defence<br />

stand-down period between December and January,<br />

it’s a good idea to book your preferred boarding<br />

facility early before the facility is fully booked and you<br />

are left with limited options.<br />

DELIVERY SERVICE – it will save you time and<br />

energy to find a service provider who offers a delivery<br />

service. Helga’s Pet Resort offers air-conditioned pickup<br />

and delivery of your pet/s.<br />

CHECK THE OPERATING HOURS – prior to<br />

planning your drop-off and pick-up times, check<br />

that the facility is open in accordance with your<br />

plans. <strong>The</strong>re’s nothing worse than dropping your<br />

pet off before a last-minute flight, only to find that<br />

the facility is closed.<br />

GET A VET CHECK – within the weeks before<br />

dropping your pet at a boarding facility, schedule<br />

some time with your vet for a health check and<br />

confirm that their vaccinations are up to date.<br />

TRIAL RUN – if your pet is not used to boarding<br />

facilities and you’re concerned about their welfare<br />

in your absence, organise a short stay in your<br />

preferred boarding facility to confirm that you and<br />

your pet feel comfortable for a longer stay in the<br />

future. If your pet comes home from a short stay<br />

seeming distressed and shabby, you may need to<br />

find another boarding facility for longer stays.<br />

IDENTIFICATION – ensure that you have<br />

sufficient and accurate identification for your pet in<br />

the weeks prior to their boarding experience. This<br />

also includes the identification of familiar blankets,<br />

toys, special food and medication to avoid any<br />

mix-ups. It’s also a good idea to ensure that your<br />

pet’s registration is up to date with your local<br />

Council.<br />

CHECK THE RULES – before booking your pet<br />

into a boarding facility, it’s important to check your<br />

responsibilities and what you are required to do<br />

prior to boarding. <strong>The</strong> last thing you want is<br />

unnecessary complications and stress prior to a<br />

well-deserved holiday.<br />

FEELING THE HEAT?<br />

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO RECOGNISE AND<br />

PREVENT HEATSTROKE IN PETS?<br />

With the weather in Darwin starting to warm up, this time<br />

of year is when we start to see a significant number of<br />

dogs with heatstroke.<br />

WHAT IS HEATSTROKE?<br />

Dogs can’t regulate their temperature as well as we can.<br />

Most of their heat loss happens through panting, and<br />

particularly when it’s humid- this is not always very<br />

efficient.<br />

Heatstroke occurs when the pet’s body temperature<br />

increases to a point where they cannot cool themselves<br />

down, and it can be life-threatening. Some breeds, such as<br />

brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds are more prone to<br />

heat stroke, but it can occur in any breed.<br />

If early signs of heat stress such as panting and agitation<br />

are observed and managed, heatstroke can be prevented.<br />

Normal body temperature for dogs and cats is<br />

approximately 38.7 degrees Celsius. If body temperature<br />

rises to 41 degrees or above, severe problems can start to<br />

occur, so immediate veterinary attention is required.<br />

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS?<br />

• Excessive panting<br />

• Drooling, salivating<br />

• Agitation and restlessness<br />

• Breathing rapidly<br />

• Bright or dark red gum colour<br />

• Dizziness and loss of coordination<br />

• Collapse<br />

Severe cases of heatstroke (hyperthermia)<br />

affects nearly every system in the body. It can<br />

cause serious irreparable damage to the<br />

kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal tract and brain.<br />

Simply lowering your pet’s body temperature<br />

is not enough to address the potentially<br />

catastrophic events that often accompany<br />

this disorder.<br />

A pet suffering from heatstroke should be seen<br />

by a veterinarian as soon as possible. In severe<br />

cases, even intensive veterinary care may not<br />

be enough to recover.<br />

HOW CAN WE PREVENT IT?<br />

• Make sure they have access to plenty<br />

of cool water<br />

• Always allow access to shade, or<br />

(even better) air conditioning<br />

• Avoid walking them in the heat of the<br />

day- aim for early in the morning or<br />

evening walks.<br />

• Don’t push your pet on a walk if they<br />

tire, monitor them for signs of heat<br />

stress<br />

• Never leave your pet in the car or the<br />

tray of a ute<br />

• Consider getting shallow wading pools<br />

(clam shell pools) just ensure to<br />

change the water so it keeps cool<br />

• Offer ice-blocks or other frozen treats<br />

Remember, if you are feeling the heatyour<br />

furry friend certainly will be too.<br />

Written by Deb Herring<br />

Committee Member<br />

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

So be cool and keep your pets cool this<br />

build up!<br />

Written by All Pets<br />

allpetsvet.com.au<br />

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MIDGE &<br />

MOZZIE<br />

CALENDAR<br />

<strong>October</strong><br />

MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN<br />

Thank you to the Department of Health for supplying<br />

the calendars of the Salt Marsh Mosquitos and the<br />

Biting Midges. For more information on either of these<br />

pests, visit the Department of Health’s website.<br />

REFERENCES<br />

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/12354<br />

https://hdl.handle.net/10137/12355<br />

<strong>October</strong><br />

MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN<br />

Very high biting<br />

midge peaks<br />

High biting<br />

midge peaks<br />

Moderate biting<br />

midge peaks<br />

Low biting<br />

midge peaks<br />

Full Moon<br />

New Moon<br />

1<br />

2 3 4 5 6 7 8<br />

9 10 11 12 13 14 15<br />

16 17 18 19 20 21 22<br />

23 24 25 26 27 28 29<br />

30 31<br />

<strong>November</strong><br />

MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN<br />

1 2 3 4 5<br />

6 7 8 9 10 11 12<br />

13 14 15 16 17 18 19<br />

20 21 22 23 24 25 26<br />

27 28 29 30<br />

High mosquito<br />

peaks<br />

Potential for<br />

high mosquito<br />

peaks caused<br />

by rain<br />

Moderate<br />

mosquito peaks<br />

1<br />

2 3 4 5 6 7 8<br />

9 10 11 12 13 14 15<br />

16 17 18 19 20 21 22<br />

23 24 25 26 27 28 29<br />

30 31<br />

<strong>November</strong><br />

MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN<br />

1 2 3 4 5<br />

6 7 8 9 10 11 12<br />

13 14 15 16 17 18 19<br />

20 21 22 23 24 25 26<br />

27 28 29 30<br />

WHAT IS FROGID WEEK?<br />

FrogID Week is Australia’s<br />

Biggest Frog Count, held<br />

annually for Australians to<br />

help record frog calls<br />

through the free FrogID<br />

app, as a measurement of<br />

frog health and<br />

distribution around the<br />

nation.<br />

It aims to monitor frog distributions<br />

over time, helping us to understand how frogs and their<br />

ecosystems are responding to a changing planet. From<br />

croaks and barks, to whistles and bleats, every frog species<br />

makes a unique sound.<br />

Blue Mountains Tree Frog<br />

(Litoria citropa)<br />

Join our growing<br />

team of citizen<br />

scientists this<br />

FrogID Week<br />

Friday 3 to Sunday 12<br />

<strong>November</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

HAVE YOU SEEN<br />

THE FROGID APP??<br />

Australia’s frogs need your help<br />

Take part in Australia’s biggest frog<br />

count! Recording frog calls with the<br />

FrogID app will help provide our<br />

scientists with valuable data for the<br />

protection and conservation of<br />

frogs.<br />

With the data obtained through<br />

FrogID, we are able to understand<br />

where frogs are thriving and where<br />

they aren’t. Scientists can match<br />

FrogID call submissions to weather<br />

and habitat, learning more about how<br />

different frog species are responding<br />

to a changing environment, but we<br />

need your help! With FrogID, citizen<br />

scientists just like you can help us put<br />

frogs on the map!<br />

Download the free FrogID app,<br />

create FrogID account, find, record<br />

and help match your frog calls.<br />

Frog skin is<br />

amazing!<br />

Frogs can<br />

breathe and<br />

drink through<br />

it!<br />

For more information, hop onto:<br />

https://www.frogid.net.au/<br />

Extracted from Frog ID Website<br />

www.frogid.net.au/about-frogid<br />

Sources & References:<br />

Rowley, J.J.L., Callaghan, C.T., Cutajar, T., Portway, C., Potter K., Mahony, S, Trembath, D.F.,<br />

Flemons, P. & Woods, A. (2019). FrogID: Citizen scientists provide validated biodiversity<br />

data on frogs of Australia. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 14(1): 155-170.<br />

FrogID (2020). FrogID. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available: http://www.frogid.net.au<br />

(Accessed: Date [e.g., 1 January, 2020]).<br />

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KIDS CORNER<br />

Halloween<br />

Halloween<br />

TASTY TREAT<br />

INGREDIENTS METHOD<br />

• 125 g unsalted butter (softened)<br />

• 3/4 cup brown sugar<br />

• 1 egg<br />

• 1 tsp vanilla essence<br />

• 1 3/4 cup plain flour (sifted)<br />

• 1/2 tsp McKenzie’s Baking Powder<br />

• 1/2 tsp McKenzie's Bi-Carb Soda<br />

• 1 cup milk chocolate chips<br />

• 3/4 cup McKenzie's Moist Flakes<br />

Coconut<br />

• 40 Maltesers<br />

• 200 g dark chocolate<br />

• 40 candy eyeball<br />

Wordsearch<br />

1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line oven trays<br />

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Police Assistance Line................................................................................131 444<br />

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Front Gate................................................................................08 8925 6186<br />

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ORs’ Mess.................................................................................08 8925 2514<br />

Sergeants’ Mess.......................................................................08 8925 6703<br />

Defence Community Houses<br />

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Robertson Barracks, Shout VC Canteen........................08 8925 6720<br />

Tindal Cafe, Convenience & Fuel Station......................08 8973 6201<br />

Navy Canteens<br />

National Operations Manager...........08 8935 5144 / 0477 477 147<br />

Larrakeyah, Outpipes............................................................08 8935 5144<br />

Military Banks<br />

Australian Military Bank<br />

Larrakeyah Barracks..............................................................08 8981 2245<br />

Robertson Barracks...............................................................08 8995 7800<br />

Defence Bank<br />

Larrakeyah Barracks..............................................................08 8935 5499<br />

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Robertson Barracks...............................................................08 8936 6400<br />

Tindal..........................................................................................08 8965 1600<br />

Hairdressers<br />

Larrakeyah Barracks.........................................................................0427 968 918<br />

RAAF Darwin – Julie-Anne...........................08 8923 5153 / 0402 235 731<br />

Robertson Barracks – Hair Dooz...............................................08 8925 3300<br />

Robertson Barracks – South End Barber Shop.....................08 8925 6723<br />

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Retail (Purchases).....................................................................08 7971 7130<br />

CIP (Exchanges)........................................................................08 7971 6920<br />

Tailor...........................................................................................08 7971 7043<br />

Tim’s Medal Mounting....................................................................0448 129 531<br />

Bulletproof NT..................................................................................08 8947 0935<br />

Chaplains<br />

Army On-call......................................................................................0427 713 963<br />

Navy On-call......................................................................................0409 662 823<br />

RAAF Darwin On-call.....................................................................0477 308 064<br />

RAAF Tindal On-call.......................................................................0427 890 054<br />

Helplines<br />

Lifeline (24hr)................................................................................................131 114<br />

Kids Helpline (24hr)........................................................................1800 551 800<br />

Parent Helpline – Karitane (24hr)..............................................1300 227 464<br />

Parentline.............................................................................................1300 301 300<br />

Defence Community and Veterans<br />

Support Services<br />

Defence Member and Family Support (formerly DCO)<br />

Website...................................................................www.defence.gov.au/dco<br />

Defence Family Helpline........................................................1800 624 608<br />

Darwin Office.............................................................................08 8935 7900<br />

Tindal/Katherine Office...........................................................08 8973 6353<br />

Defence Families of Australia (DFA)<br />

National Convenor...................................................................1800 100 509<br />

National Delegate NT and Kimberly...........................................0418 807 548<br />

Email...............................................................................................nt@dfa.org.au<br />

Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).....................................1800 555 254<br />

Website....................................................................................www.dva.gov.au<br />

Defence Service Home Loans........................................................1800 722 000<br />

Provider Enquiries.....................................................................1800 550 457<br />

Kookaburra Kids...................................................................................1300 566 525<br />

Website..............................................................www.kookaburrakids.org.au<br />

Open Arms (24hrs) ...........................................................................1800 011 046<br />

Website........................................................................www.openarms.gov.au<br />

Legacy Northern Territory...............................................................08 8948 0830<br />

Website........................................................................www.legacy.com.au/nt<br />

Mates4Mates.......................................................................................1300 4 MATES<br />

National ADF Family Health Program.........................................02 6266 3547<br />

Website..................................................................www.adffamilyhealth.com<br />

Red Shield Defence Services – Salvation Army<br />

Gerald & Mairi Mitchell...........................................................0400 642 881<br />

Returned Services League (RSL)<br />

Darwin...............................................................................darwin@rslsa.org.au<br />

Darwin North............................................................................08 8945 0701<br />

Katherine (via Secretary).......................................................0407 130 095<br />

Nhulunbuy...................................................................................0439 850 866<br />

Palmerston...................................................................................0488 001 862<br />

Tennant Creek...........................................................................0499 564 031<br />

Veterans Australia (NT) ........................sec@veteransaustraliant.org.au<br />

Advocacy Assistance.......................smatdp@veteransaustraliant.org.au<br />

Useful Defence Contacts<br />

Comsuper<br />

ADF Cover..................................................................................1300 001 977<br />

ADF Super...................................................................................1300 203 439<br />

DFRDB..........................................................................................1300 001 677<br />

Military Super (MSBS).............................................................1300 006 727<br />

Defence Housing Australia (DHA)...........................................................133 342<br />

Website....................................................................................www.dha.gov.au<br />

Defence Relocations and Housing Manager NT........................08 7929 4547<br />

Toll Transitions.....................................................................................1800 819 167<br />

Defence Tax Management Office (CTMO)...............................1800 806 053<br />

Health<br />

Australian Breastfeeding Association...........................................1800 686 268<br />

Autism NT.............................................................................................08 8948 4424<br />

Bereaved Parent Support NT|SIDS and Kids NT....................08 8948 5311<br />

24-hour Emergency Support Line......................................0448 849 234<br />

Birthline Pregnancy Support...........................................................1300 655 156<br />

Cancer Council NT<br />

Alice Springs...............................................................................08 8953 5920<br />

Darwin.....................................................................................08 8944 1800<br />

Katherine................................................................................08 8971 2022<br />

Website....................................................................www.nt.cancer.org.au<br />

Carers Australia NT......................................................................08 8944 4888<br />

Website......................................................................www.carersnt.asn.au<br />

Childbirth Education Association Darwin.............................08 8948 3043<br />

Website..................................................................www.ceadarwin.asn.au<br />

Community Care Centres<br />

Alice Springs Community Health Centre...................08 8951 6711<br />

Casuarina Community Care Centre.............................08 8922 7301<br />

Katherine Community Health Centre..........................08 8973 8570<br />

Karama Child and Family Health Clinic.......................08 8922 7301<br />

Nhulunbuy Community Health Centre.......................08 8987 0435<br />

Nylander Child Health Clinic..........................................08 8922 7301<br />

Palmerston Community Care Centre..........................08 8999 3344<br />

Tennant Creek Community Health Care...................08 8962 4218<br />

Cradle Support Group................................................................0438 272 353<br />

Website..........................................................................www.cradle.org.au<br />

Darwin Homebirth Group ........................................................08 8922 5522<br />

Website..................................darwinhomebirthgroup.wordpress.com<br />

Defence Special Needs Support Group (DSNSG)<br />

Website...........................................................................www.dsnsg.org.au<br />

National Coordinator........................................................1800 037 674<br />

Darwin Coordinator.............................................darwin@dsnsg.org.au<br />

Katherine/Tindal Coordinator..........................liza.gale@dsnsg.org.au<br />

Down Syndrome Association NT............................................08 8985 6222<br />

Website.................................................www.downsyndroment.com.au<br />

Epilepsy Centre – Epilepsy Association of SA & NT........1300 850 081<br />

Website.........................................................www.epilepsycentre.org.au<br />

Family Planning NT.......................................................................08 8948 0144<br />

Website........................................................................www.fpwnt.com.au<br />

Hearing Australia.......................................................................................134 432<br />

Northern Territory Department of Health (DOH)..........08 8999 2400<br />

Website....................................................................www.health.nt.gov.au<br />

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline........................................1800 882 436<br />

<strong>Top</strong> End Mental Health Service................................................08 8999 4988<br />

Wellness Centre............................................................................08 8946 7176<br />

Website..............................................www.cdu.edu.au/wellness-centre<br />

Sports and Activities<br />

Australian Military Wives Choir...............................................0416 878 261<br />

Australian Air Force Cadets 8 Wing<br />

AAFC 801 Squadron – Winnellie..................................08 8923 5713<br />

AAFC 802 Squadron – Driver........................................0473 816 694<br />

AAFC 803 Squadron – Tindal........................................0427 397 495<br />

AAFC 804 Squadron – Alice Springs...........................08 8953 4484<br />

Australian Army Cadets..............................08 8935 5174 / 08 8935 5488<br />

Email............................................................aachq-nt@armycadets.gov.au<br />

Australian Navy Cadets<br />

Training Ship Darwin...........................TSDarwin@navycadets.gov.au<br />

Training Ship Melville Bay...........TSMelvilleBay@navycadets.gov.au<br />

Girl Guides NT...............................................................................08 8981 3628<br />

Website...................................................................www.girlguides.org.au<br />

Playgroups Association NT (PANT).......................................08 8945 7775<br />

Website.............................................................www.playgroupnt.com.au<br />

RAAF Darwin Fishing Club.........................................................08 8924 2045<br />

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RAAF Darwin Golf Club................................................................0459 746 306<br />

Swimming<br />

Masters Swimming.................................................................08 8981 5919<br />

Alice AUSSI.............................................thecullenanes@ozemail.com.au<br />

Darwin Stingers..........................................................stingers@iinet.net.au<br />

Palmerston Sharks................................info@palmerstonsharks.com.au<br />

Goldfishbowl Swim School.................................................08 8931 1000<br />

NT Swim School.....................................................................08 8948 1000<br />

Website.................................................www.ntswimschool.com.au<br />

Palmerston & Rural Swimming Club<br />

Head Coach Daniel Gerlach....................................0400 299 622<br />

Swim Dynamics Swim School............................................0421 631 624<br />

Website......................................................www.swimdynamics.com<br />

Scouts NT...........................................................................................08 8948 0994<br />

Website.....................................................................www.nt.scouts.com.au<br />

Surf Life Saving NT..........................................................................08 8985 6588<br />

Website.................................................................www.lifesavingnt.com.au<br />

Local Government and Regional Councils<br />

Alice Springs Town Council..........................................................08 8950 0500<br />

Barkly Regional Council..................................................................08 8962 0000<br />

Belyuen Community Government Council.............................08 8978 5061<br />

Central Desert Regional Council................................................1300 360 605<br />

City of Darwin...................................................................................08 8930 0300<br />

City of Palmerston...........................................................................08 8935 9922<br />

Coomalie Community Government Council..........................08 8976 0058<br />

East Arnhem Regional Council....................................................08 8986 8986<br />

Katherine Town Council................................................................08 8972 5500<br />

Litchfield Council..............................................................................08 8983 0600<br />

MacDonnell Regional Council......................................................08 8958 9600<br />

Nhulunbuy Corporation.................................................................08 8939 2200<br />

Roper Gulf Regional Councils......................................................08 8972 9000<br />

Tiwi Regional Council.....................................................................08 8970 9500<br />

Victoria Daly Regional Council....................................................08 8972 0777<br />

Wagait Shire Council......................................................................08 8978 5185<br />

West Arnhem Regional Council.................................................08 8979 9444<br />

West Daly Regional Council.........................................................08 8901 3920<br />

Government<br />

Bureau of Meteorology..................................................................1800 659 214<br />

Website...............................................................................www.bom.gov.au<br />

Department of Human Services...........................................................132 468<br />

Centrelink<br />

Carers..........................................................................................132 717<br />

Have we missed something?<br />

Families........................................................................................136 150<br />

Complaints and Feedback.........................................1800 132 468<br />

Medicare<br />

General Enquiries....................................................................132 011<br />

myGov Helpdesk...............................................................................132 307<br />

Motor Vehicle Registry NT...........................................................1300 654 628<br />

Website............................................................................www.mvr.nt.gov.au<br />

Road Report ....................................................................................1800 246 199<br />

Website.............................................................www.roadreport.nt.gov.au<br />

Animal Services and Animal Care<br />

Injured Wildlife<br />

Wildcare Alice Springs.........................................................0419 221 128<br />

Wildcare Darwin....................................08 8988 6121 / 0408 885 341<br />

Darwin Wildlife Sanctuary..................................................0473 992 581<br />

Katherine Wildlife Rescue Services.................................0412 955 336<br />

RSPCA (Darwin)....................................................................08 8984 3795<br />

Pounds and Animal Shelters<br />

Alice Springs Animal Shelter..............08 8950 0500 / 08 8953 4430<br />

Darwin........................................................................................08 8947 2099<br />

Katherine...................................................................................08 8972 5500<br />

Palmerston................................................................................08 8935 9977<br />

Snake Catcher....................................................................................1800 453 210<br />

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