defence DEFENCE COMMUNITY ORGANISATION SPRING SUMMER 2010 GET YOUR o t pull-of uvents e calendar 2011 Dec 2010 to April Connecting with d resprea your community pages 9-16 see cent Posted to a remote locality? page 23 Defence kids helping Defence kids—the winners! page 18 Don’t Forget it’s Bin Night DVD page 29 ABOVE – Planting at the vegetable patch at Wippa Snappa playground, RAAF Williams. See Wippa Snappa Playgroup’s vegetable garden on page 14. defence In here and out there Contents This edition of dfm is all about connecting with your Message from the Hon. Warren Snowdon, Minister for community. Defence members and their families are Veterans’ Affairs, Defence Science and Personnel and passionate people who are not afraid to get in and Indigenous Health 3 help others—be it in the day-to-day job in uniform, Message from Angus Houston, the Chief of the Defence Force 3 or simply as a member of their local community, such as being a volunteer at a school, helping at a toy library, Holiday and Holy Day 4 or coming together with other Defence families for Messages to the Troops 4 activities and mutual support. We know that the more engaged a Defence family Message from Mick Callan, Director General Defence Community Organisation 5 is with their community, the greater their ability to triumph over the challenges that Defence life can Are you connecting with your local community? 7 sometimes present. Posting in? 7 So to that end we hope that, as you post into your new community or begin another year where you Bongos, and why you should give them a go 8 are, that you look around at what’s on offer in your Update on the Partner Education Employment Program 8 neighbourhood and see what ﬁres up your interest. What’s in your community? 9 Finally, a reminder that we take submissions from Defence families—and we love ideas for articles or Send us your tips and tricks 9 topics as well! Our copy deadline for the next edition Community gardens 13 is 15 February 2011. So if you have something for us, please let us know—especially if it’s a tip or trick Wippa Snappa Playgroup’s vegetable garden 14 (see page 9). Community House and Group News 15 firstname.lastname@example.org Out and about with DCO South Australia in 2010 17 Michael Hughes, Editor Defence kids helping Defence kids—the winners! 18 Correction from the Winter 2010 edition National Calendar of Events 19 The print copy of dfm Winter 2010 stated that Defence They tried to make me go to Tamworth 22 Housing Australia (DHA) was still engaged to provide relocations services. This information is in error. ADF Family Health Trial update 23 On 1 July 2010 Toll Transitions took over provision of all Defence Families of Australia news 24 removals and relocation services. We apologise to readers, DHA and Toll for any confusion this may have caused. Celebrate Bubs N’ Pets 26 An update on the Timor-Leste Family Study 28 Visit the defence family matters HMAS Melbourne’s ultra-marathon for Legacy 28 webpage for online content Don’t Forget it’s Bin Night DVD 29 Sadly, we can’t include all content submitted for The RAAF East Sale region website 29 publishing in this hardcopy version of dfm—there just aren’t enough pages! The stories that we cannot publish Communication Survey Judgement Day 30 in print we post to the dfm website with those articles Adelaide welcomes 1st Brigade 32 married to the PDF copy of the magazine sent to homes. Skills and support for veterans and their families 32 www.defence.gov.au/dco > defence family matters Diversification in your family’s financial planning 33 The current edition of dfm, along with all past editions, are available online. We also have text-only versions of Defence Education news 34 editions from 2008 onward. So if you want to copy and Social networking 35 paste information from the magazine then access the text-only version. In the downtime—writing 36 Advertising in dfm: dfm does not take paid advertising, though we do Cracking a spine 37 provide space for not-for-profit organisations that directly provide for ADF members and their families. If you’re looking to advertise your products or Support information for Defence families 39 services direct to members then you can’t go past the Service Newspapers for reaching that demographic. Please call the Advertising Manager for more information on 02 6266 7605 or email email@example.com Defence Community Organisation contact details 40 2 Message from the Hon. Warren Snowdon, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Defence Science and Personnel and Indigenous Health The serving men and women of the Australian Defence Force, and their families, are close to my heart. Not only have I previously had the privilege of serving as the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, my electorate of Lingiari, and the nearby electorate of Solomon, is home to hundreds of Defence families. I consider it a great honour to work for the members of the Australian Defence Force and I look forward to supporting their families over the years to come. The significance of the work our ADF members do on a daily basis cannot be understated. They do their job to ensure the safety and security of Australians and the international community, and to protect our freedom and way of life. Rebuilding schools in flood devastated Pakistan, helping Afghanis to repair their country from years of pain and hardship, and peacekeeping on the streets of Honiara in the Solomon Islands are the daily bread and butter of our forces and I know that we are all grateful for their ABOVE – The Hon. Warren Snowdon learns a thing or two at commitment to their work. Humpty Doo Primary School, Darwin, in August this year As we reﬂect on 2010 we remember that, for many Defence that the men and women of the Australian Defence Force families, their loved one was away from home, serving do day in and day out, on behalf of all Australians. I hope Australia. While their absence was keenly felt and their that you, like me, have a ﬁerce pride in their determination presence deeply missed by all members of the Defence to succeed at their mission. community, we can all take comfort in the extraordinary job I wish you a safe and happy holiday season. Message from Angus Houston the Chief of the Defence Force As another year is coming to a close, I want to thank you—our Defence families—for the support you have given your loved ones and the sacriﬁces you have made so our ADF members can perform their important work. 2010 has been another year of high tempo operations and again Many of you will also be packing our people have served our nation with distinction. up the house and moving to a new Without your love, encouragement and support, I know our ADF location. This too can be challenging, men and women would not be able to carry out their duties as but I encourage you to embrace the well as they do. opportunities this also brings. While we ask a lot of our ADF personnel, we also ask a lot of To all our ADF families, thank you for your strength of character their families. and the sacriﬁces you make. I deeply appreciate it as I am sure your loved ones do too. I know it is not always easy. The life of a Service family can be complicated and challenging and especially so, at this I would also like to thank the Defence Families of Australia for all time of year. the work they do to support and assist our families. Some of you will not have your loved ones at home with you for To all of you, my wife Liz and I wish you a Merry Christmas and Christmas. This festive season, my thoughts will be with your Happy New Year. May 2011 bring you good health, happiness families and our men and women deployed on operations. We and success. look forward to their safe return. Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, AC, AFC 3 defence Holiday and Holy Day a spiritual dimension By Senior Chaplain Stuart Hall As the days get warmer and the promise of summer of various religious and philosophical traditions would holidays is on the horizon it’s easy to imagine suggest that when we are away from the daily routine days of relaxation, with blue skies and leisurely and have the time and space to explore the depths of our heart, we become receptive to new insights; insights that social activities. The hope of holidays provides the strengthen our relationships with our faith, with family and opportunity to escape the routines that capture with our wider community. our daily life, and to retreat. As you prepare for your holiday, your recreation, welcome During a holiday experience, there often arises an the sacred, the holy into your leisure so that the things of opportunity for self reﬂection, providing an awakening for the spirit may renew and restore the beauty within you. a ‘Holy Day’ that gives us a real insight into the spiritual dimension of our lives. This allows the possibility to ask Editor’s Note: dfm would also like to say thanks and farewell the ‘big questions’, to ponder the spiritual, the truth about to Christine Senini, who left the Navy this year, and who who we are and what we are becoming, Wisdom writers served as dfm’s resident chaplain since Autumn 2008. Messages to the Troops Australians are encouraged to send goodwill messages of a general nature to ADF soldiers, sailors, airmen and women who are on operations around the world. Messages can be sent via fax to 02 6265 1099. Or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively postcards (not enveloped letters or parcels) can Please note: This facility is not be addressed to: Messages to the Troops intended to accommodate R1-5-A056 the forwarding of parcels or correspondence intended for Russell Ofﬁces individual ADF members Department of Defence Defence Housing Australia captures the essence of modern Defence families At Defence Housing Australia (DHA) we pride ourselves on capturing real-life Defence families in our materials. Family photos and testimonials enable us to tell your story and to truly reﬂect the Defence lifestyle. It means that we can give something back to our Defence families and offer you some photos that can be cherished for years to come. DHA is offering FREE photo shoots for a LIMITED number of Defence families across the country (valued over $1000). We are currently seeking expressions of interest from Defence families that live in a DHA home or who have had some experience with DHA. ‘What a great day... the girls were bursting with energy and naturally loved being the centre of attention. It’s not very often that we’re all in a photo together, so it’s really nice to have some family photos of us all. The energy captured and creative style of the photographs was really impressive’. - The Hall Family, pictured right. SOME OF THE FINE PRINT: Photos will take place in or around your home or at nearby locations and will be a mix of uniformed and non-uniformed photos. The photographs will be taken by a professional photographer selected and directed by DHA. The photo shoot will occur at a date that is mutually convenient for both parties. Allow 2–3 hours. A DHA staﬀ member will be in attendance at the photo shoot. Families will be provided with copies of the photos and are able to use these for personal use. All photos remain the copyright of DHA. Photos will be used in DHA’s marketing materials, at our discretion, and for an agreed period of time (up to three years). Photo opportunities are limited. All other names will be added to our photo database and contacted for future photo shoots. A testimonial may accompany your photo in our marketing materials (not unlike what we have used in this advertisement). The testimonial will come out of a brief, casual discussion, and of course, honesty is always welcome so that we can tell the ‘real stories’. EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST OR FURTHER INFORMATION Contact the DHA Marketing Communications team Phone: 02 6217 8403 4 Email: email@example.com Message from Mick Callan Director General Defence Community Organisation Welcome to the Spring Summer 2010 edition of defence family matters. In February 2009 the Chief of Defence Force signed the Australian Defence Force Family Covenant. This covenant was Defence’s recognition of the value of the contribution by Defence families, and, in turn, how important they are to the health of the organisation. The Covenant is not just a statement of acknowledgement and thanks, but it also represents the commitment from Defence to continue to work with ADF families: to consult with them, to listen to the concerns they raise, and to help them balance the demands of Service life with the needs of the family. It is the pledge within the covenant—to work in partnership with ADF families to enhance their self reliance—that drives the Defence Community Organisation business aims. The core of this approach is investing in local communities. We know that families who are engaged with their Australian Defence Force local community are more resilient when times are Family Covenant tough. Essentially they have more resources they We recognise the significant contribution can draw on when needed. Their friends, their neighbours, their colleagues, their local council, their of ADF families to operational effectiveness local associations, their organisations and support We pay tribute to the commitment and groups are all there to help them meet the many sacrifice of ADF families in support of Australia challenges the Defence life can throw at them. We acknowledge the unique nature of To this end, this issue of dfm is about communities. family and community life in the ADF It explains how DCO is linking with communities, We honour the inherent strength and gives examples of groups that exist in Defence- capacity of ADF families heavy localities, and how you can find like-minded people in any posting that you are on. We pledge to work in partnership with ADF For those of you posting into a new location I hope families to enhance their self reliance this issue of dfm inspires you to look around your We commit to listening to ADF families and local community and see what it offers you… and responding effectively to their emerging needs what you can offer it. 5 Extraordinary Defence Community Organisation Opportunities We know that the Defence lifestyle can bring many and varied challenges, but it also brings extraordinary opportunities other families may never experience. The Defence Community Organisation (DCO) is eager to work with families in building the capacity of the Defence community to enhance those opportunities and to help families take advantage of the possibilities that come with being a part of the Defence team. Digital Student Portfolio ~ Captures children’s achievements over the past year ~ Lets children take this to their next school ~ An updated version is available from Regional Education Liaison Officers ~ Any queries contact: DP Builder Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Partners In Defence ~ The Partners In Defence website has a wealth of information about military service, conditions and benefits, and services and programs for partners of Defence members and their families. www.defence.gov.au/dco/partners The Sapper Pat Series ~ Aimed at young children, the three Sapper Pat books provide an easy-to-understand picture of how life might look for mum or dad while they are on deployment. The books are free and are available at your local DCO office. DCO is keen to help your family achieve self reliance. For your nearest DCO Ofﬁce call the Defence Service Centre on 1800 Defence (1800 333 362). Or you can email any questions to email@example.com DCO website is www.defence.gov.au/dco Are you connecting with your local Connecting community? By Maureen Greet and Michele Chaseling, DCO Headquarters By accessing social and community resources, Defence All DCO staff receive formal training in strengths-based families can build their self-reliance and in turn, local community development from the Family Action Centre communities can benefit from the skills and experience at Newcastle University. In the longer term, we will also of our Defence families. deliver a version of this training to leaders in our Defence DCO believes that all members of the Defence family community. community have abilities, talents and experiences to DCO’s ultimate aim is to enable Defence families to thrive contribute to make their community a better place to in the Defence environment: to be strong, self-reliant and live in. To further bolster this, DCO is working to help to make the most of the opportunities presented by the Defence families strengthen their connections with Defence lifestyle. local communities, Defence organisations, Defence community groups, ex-service organisations, and local and state governments. More information See the m from Mic essage page 5 k Callan DCO takes a strengths-based approach to community For more information about the where h on the ADF e discus development, providing resources and assistance to community resources available Fa ses This Cov mily Covenant. further enhance programs and activities that mutually in your area, contact your local enan DCO’s fo t underpins benefit Defence families and the broader local community. s DCO office. Details are available sustaina tering of a on the back cover, or you can Defence ble, self- Our strengths-based approach is a philosophy of reliant commun visit the DCO website to see what commun ity throu focusing on the positive, being mindful of the needs of ity capa gh programs and services are on offer. building. city our families, taking a collaborative approach to our work, and learning directly from Defence families. www.defence.gov.au/dco Posting in? Check out the welcome waiting for you During the key post-in cycle of January and February 2011, Information about welcome days will be posted on the many DCO offices will host welcome day events for DCO Community Event website closer to the date. Defence families who have recently moved. www.defence.gov.au/dco > Community Events These events provide families an opportunity to meet Alternatively, you can contact the DCO office in your with other families, as well as learn about their new new location to find out more. Contact details are on local community, including support services and the back cover. local organisations. ABOVE – ArmyGeddon and crew strut ABOVE – DCO staffing the booth at ABOVE – At the Wagga welcome, 2010 their stuff at the Albury Wodonga the Canberra welcome, 2010 welcome, 2010 7 defence Bongos, and why you should Connecting give them a go By Darren Gallagher Those who have followed my ramblings over the last few years will note that one of my common themes is throwing your hat in the ring and having a go. Over the years I’ve looked at Parkes Elvis Festival (Summer be a mate and you need to have a classic car. While 2005 and Autumn 2006), equestrian interests and membership numbers are small, the enthusiasm level automotive collectors (Autumn 2007), lawn bowls (Autumn is high. 2007), dancing (Spring 2007), Aussie Rules (Summer It’s the sense of friendship that drives me to seek 2008), role playing games (Summer 2008) and medieval membership in clubs or associations. The easiest way to re-enactments (Winter 2008). really explain this is probably to describe how I came to I’ve discussed the cultural aspects of these activities, own bongo drums. I was living at HMAS Harman at the how setting goals can improve your outlook on life time, and I came back on board and a few of the boys are (Winter 2006), and so much more. So when dfm’s Managing all sitting in someone’s room playing them. I said, ‘What’s Editor asked me to write about community engagement, all this?’ and they are all ‘Man! Bongos are where it’s at, I smiled and said ‘Sure, that’s what I do anyway’. you have to get some!’ My response was naturally, ‘Heck no, can’t play them, don’t want them, waste of money’. Let’s take a different group of people with a common interest, like those of the medieval persuasion in the Needless to say, after watching these blokes play for a Society of Creative Anachronism, the Star Wars costuming few hours and having a go myself, I whipped away, fans in the 501st that we see dressed up in some great bought some bongos, played them for a couple of minutes gear, or even the lawn bowlers that hold up one end of and have never touched them since. The important thing to your local pub. These folks all share a common passion for remember here is that it was never really about the bongos: it was always about the friendship. the same activity which makes their communities work— and the shared interests can be useful for shy people who Social capital, community engagement, or however you like don’t easily let their personality out to play like some of us. to describe it—connecting with your community is all about people and friendship. Don’t be afraid to get involved. You’ll Recently, I considered joining a car club, but I’ve never never regret it. You’ll form bonds and support networks really liked the fact that traditional car clubs are centered without even knowing it, and most importantly you’ll have around a piece of machinery as the common, bridging a lot of fun! element. This can be problematic because someone will always have a bigger or faster car—and such a club can Heck, smiles are free—so give them away. be more about competition than as a basis for mateship. Editor’s Note: Intrigued by Darren’s adventures? Check out So I said to my brother, ‘Why don’t we have a car club the full record of his experiences as recorded in dfm on the dfm website. based on friendship?’ www.defence.gov.au/dco > defence family matters So was born the Old Mates Classic Car Club. The only > Laird Darren Tales criteria we have for membership is that you have to Update on the Partner Education and Employment Program Since its launch by DCO on Defence partners, and we recognise More information 1 July 2010, PEEP has received an that PEEP is a very valuable resource If you have any questions, please contact unprecedented number of applications. for Defence families. We’re looking DCO or check the website for the latest Accordingly, DCO has had to close forward to resuming the PEEP information about the program. PEEP applications until 2011. program in the next financial year and encourage eligible partners to apply Email: firstname.lastname@example.org DCO understands how important it when applications reopen. www.defence.gov.au/dco is to provide education support to 8 What’s in your community? Connecting The following profiles are some examples of non-Defence community based organisations or groups at work in communities where Defence families live. When you move into a new locality, check out what they can offer you… and what you can offer them. Please also see the article on Community Gardens on page 13. Kid’s Friends Mentoring him to have had a mentor during his early teen years. Program He told them that he is now successful at forming and keeping friendships, has full time work and is happy with Brisbane, QLD his life. As a boy he felt that he did not fit in and he held little Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre, located in the northern hope for future happiness. Through the relationship with his suburbs of Brisbane, has been successfully delivering the mentor he gained the confidence and interpersonal skills Kid’s Friends Mentoring Program since 2002. The program needed to function well in the adult world. is designed to provide young people between the ages of six One young girl, aged 10, has experienced some wonderful and 16 with a reliable, trustworthy, patient and understanding times exploring nature with her mentor. She has gained adult to build a relationship with. This helps the young person confidence and is learning how to share with others. to develop confidence, personal and life skills through adding This new ability to share has had a direct effect on her to their network of caring, competent adults. friendships and in her family life and she is happier and Volunteer mentors commit to the program for a minimum more confident than ever. of one year and spend time with their ‘Kid’ for a few hours on a weekly or fortnightly basis. More information This program is operated on a small scale due to funding For further information on the Kid’s Friends Program availability, but has made a significant difference to the contact Cathy McCabe during office hours lives of many young people in our region. They hope to 9 am to 4.30 pm. expand its capacity in the future. Phone: 07 3205 2955 Success stories Fax: 07 3881 2877 Email: email@example.com A past kid, now 18, dropped in to see program staff a few Website: www.prnc.org.au months ago, just to let them know how valuable it was for Continued on page 10 Send us your tips and tricks Being a Defence family is a challenge, with loved ones often away and postings every two to three years. Furthermore, posting locations can vary dramatically—you can find yourself moving from the cool windswept coast of Victoria to the sweltering tropical climes of Darwin or even Butterworth. But Defence families are a resilient lot—not to mention smart, educated, well-resourced and trained to adapt and overcome challenges that would bedevil others! So if you have a tip about encountering and meeting a challenge that’s unique to Defence life, let dfm know. We will publish your tips in the next edition. Also, let us know if you found a resource that helped you cope with the unique Defence lifestyle. It could be a website, book, film or television series, community event, organisation or even a person! Let us know so we can share it with other Defence families. To start the ball rolling, Julie Blackburn, National Convenor for Defence Families of Australia, has offered the following fabulous tip: What kids really need from their dads is a DVD produced by The Fathering Project, a non-profit university group that helps fathers realise how important they are in a child’s life and to give them advice on how to encourage their children. www.thefatheringproject.org 9 defence Continued from page 9 Police Citizens Youth Club Connecting Townsville, QLD Situated in the centre of the twin cities, the Townsville More information Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) services the Location: Lot 2, Wellington Street, Aitkenvale Parklands, community of the Townsville and Thuringowa area and in the centre of the twin cities. It is surrounded by trees provides around 32 sporting and recreational activities. and open parklands and neighbouring the Townsville The centre has just recently been developed to create Bridge Club and West Townsville Kindy. a ‘family centre of excellence in fitness and health’, Phone: 07 4781 9111 (office) and includes a community gym, new activity space, 07 4725 7563 (child care) conference facilities, and childcare centre. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Activities on offer include babies’ and parents’ exercise, Website: www.pcyc.org.au > Branches > Townsville gym kids, five different martial arts, boxing, playgroup, old time dance, tai chi, futzal, trampoline and many Opening hours more. The centre also offers outside school hours care Operating times: 6 am to 9.30 pm and picks up students from school as far as Ryan Office hours: 8 am to 6 pm Catholic College, Wulguru State School, and Marian Outside school hours care: 6.30 am to 6 pm Catholic School. Want to volunteer? Is there a PCYC in your community? The Townsville PCYC is interested in anyone that is willing Police Citizens Youth Clubs exist in many towns and to help out, either on a weekly, monthly, or occasional regions. To see if there’s a PCYC in your new town, basis. Contact the branch manager or come to reception check with your local law enforcement office. The above during office hours. website will also direct you to Queensland based PCYCs. Father’s Day at the Townsville Police Citizens Youth Club in September DCO Townsville recently partnered up with the Aitkenvale Police Citizens Youth Club with an event called ‘If your dad’s away, come and play’. The event gave children the opportunity to connect with male role-models within the community through sport, story telling and craft. All up between 200 and 250 Defence family members took part. Events held included the reading of Sapper Pat books by a Defence member to groups of children, shooting a ﬁre hose at a ABOVE – Taking out a target with a fire hose target with ﬁremen, climbing over 10 Force Support Battalion’s Light Amphibious Resupply Cargo truck, interaction with a an Air Force member demonstrating Air Force equipment, messy play with the Gecko’s Defence Family Centre, fun with a parachute with the Tropical North Family Centre, martial arts, trampolining, soccer, basketball and archery. In addition to a fun time, families were able to talk with DCO staff and receive information about the support systems and services available to families. It was great to see families networking with other people. The event provided an opportunity for families to form friendships and social networks in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Many of the families who attended expressed interest ABOVE – Checking out the Light Amphibious Resupply Cargo truck in joining the clubs offering activities on the day. 10 The Men’s Shed RAAF Pearce Toy Library Connecting Puckapunyal, VIC Bullsbrook, WA Men’s sheds provide an opportunity for men to get The toy library provides a loan service for toys and together and work on worthwhile projects for their local educational games to Defence families and members community. Sheds provide a relaxed place for men to of the local community. make new friends, talk things over and learn new skills Membership of the library is available for a small fee, and and how to get involved in their local community. Sheds children are encouraged to come into the toy library and try also link men to information and services for a range of out the toys so they can choose what they like. Short-term health and wellbeing issues as well as trade related ones. memberships are available—such as for families on short The Puckapunyal Men’s Shed, established in 2007, has postings, those who have possessions in storage, and those some top class equipment in their Shed which is now who have young children staying with them in the holidays. located at the tin shed at the rear of the Puckapunyal Medical Centre. Members come together on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7 pm to share ideas and skills and learn to operate machinery to make items for themselves, and the community. It is a not-for-profit voluntary organisation under the auspices of the Puckapunyal and District Neighbourhood Centre. ABOVE – Some of what’s in store—for kids, big and small What’s next for the shed? The guys are hoping to raise some funds to buy some Defence and the local community more tools and power equipment to provide the shed with coming together more potential items for the members of the community. The toy library is run entirely by volunteers, both Defence and civilian, who are dedicated to keeping this service More information operating in the community. Working side by side, they For more information on the Puckapunyal Men’s Shed aim to fulfil the needs of both the Defence members and and membership requirements, please contact Sergeant the local community. Shane Murphy or Sergeant Paul Hesk. In addition to the warm glow of helping others, volunteers Phone: 03 5735 7702 (Shane) will also meet members of the local community, which will 0412 572 646 (Paul) help them to settle in quickly and, we hope, form lasting The information for this spotlight was sourced from the friendships. Regular functions are held during the year, June edition of the local Puckapunyal publication, The including a wonderful Christmas party, with entertainment Boomerang. For more information on The Boomerang for the children. Morning teas are designed to bring please email. members together, so they can meet new people and email@example.com chat over a relaxing cuppa. Children are always welcome. Men’s sheds in other locations More information For more information on the services provided, please contact A number of local communities have embraced the the library, or the local DCO Family Liaison Officer (FLO). concept of men’s sheds. To see if there’s a men’s shed in your new town, check with your local government authority. Contact: Toy Library Phone: 08 9571 7491 Contact: Veronica Howard, FLO Phone: 08 9571 7015 Toy libraries in other locations A number of establishments or towns with a Defence presence have toy libraries. Check out your local community, contact your local DCO office, or check out the DCO Community Groups website for more information. ABOVE – Creating a ABOVE – Dave Blair www.defence.gov.au/dco > Community Groups medal box working on a cupboard Continued on page 12 11 defence Continued from page 11 Military Mums and Women MMWAH was born. I sat down at my computer and typed Connecting a letter to DCO asking what they thought of the idea. They at Home Network thought it was great, and I have received so much support Canberra, ACT and online from DCO and Defence Families of Australia (DFA) for my The Military Mums and Women at Home (MMWAH) is a new group that I have decided to take it national. I had a website network for Defence partners who run a home business or built to promote the group and build friendships, with a chat are looking to start a new business from home. The network room, upcoming events and links to all of the family support assists members to attend regular events, meet new people facilities provided by both DCO and DFA. and connect with each other. They have also recently created We are also planning expos for at home business mums a website to enable online connectivity across the country. and I am hoping to be at every state and base launch in the More information coming year. I hope to encourage women to see just how strong we are and how proud we should be of ourselves. The network meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Contact: Jodie Sargent What’s the greatest challenge when running both a Phone: 0466 271 876 Defence family and a home business? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The biggest challenge is to try to referee the children via post www.mmwah.com.au it notes when I am on the phone in a meeting! I wanted the network to be accessed anywhere in Australia, either via the Also find the MMWAH on Facebook! website, email or face-to-face. The network not only has www.facebook.com > (search for) Military Mums support networks, but showcases many wonderful at-home and Women at Home Network businesses that can be taken wherever you are posted to. Network members will be there at your new posting to support dfm talks with the Military Mums and welcome you into your new community, because you and Women at Home Network would have chatted to them either via the forum or email. Intrigued by this new Defence support group, What sort of businesses does your organisation dfm contacted Jodie, the group’s creator and have in its ranks? coordinator, to find out more… The network has a huge range of at home businesses. Jodie, what’s your family’s Defence background? The most important thing about these businesses is that Paul [Defence force member] and I met three years ago. they are portable, legitimate businesses that have stood the We were both coming out of long term marriages with test of time. The scams on the internet have tarnished the children and wanted to take things slowly. After Paul and I home business reputation, and this is what inspired me to had our first child together I moved to Canberra from Sydney go in search of those that have been successful. and we combined our families. So not only did we build a What benefits would be gained from being part relationship whilst being apart, we also had a child together. of something like this? This should have been the fairytale ending. Not so much. Your membership is free and you have access to so many Not only did we have to contend with issues arising out of new opportunities for you and your family. Network your combining our families, but Paul was frequently away for business within a community that understands, receive work leaving me to deal with being in a new state, no friends support from other mums, monthly lunches, make new or support, the normal daily routines of home life, the kids friends, attend network events and expos, family days and fighting and my daughter having to cope with changing motivational workshops to help you cope with the everyday states and schools. hurdles we face as Defence partners. I can completely understand how many Defence partners What websites are helpful for promoting your group? feel isolated, overwhelmed and with these feelings comes In addition to the main site, the network can be found on withdrawal. Withdrawal from the community and the support Facebook, Yahoo groups, Skype and Linkedin. I update the networks that are there, but often never really spoken about. sites regularly and all are welcome to join. Get to know one How did the network come about? another and you never know, you may just meet someone in I was one of those who felt overwhelmed and isolated. I had the same position as you… right around the corner. just started up a home business and was at a dead end. I knew So join now and be a founding member of the group no one… so how could I make this work? and help others in our community! A thought then occurred to me. Other mums and Defence Thanks for talking with dfm! 12 partners surely must face the same feelings. That was when Community gardens Connecting How does my garden grow when I keep moving? By Lois Wolfenden, DCO Melbourne Defence families with a green thumb are hampered by the fact that constant moving means just as you’ve gotten a nice plot going, you may get a posting and have to start again. You need not despair! If you love gardening but are reluctant to invest the money and effort between postings, there are a number of community garden organisations in Australia that encourage volunteers to donate their time and skills to help plants bloom. ABOVE – Coomandook Area garden fence Not only can you scratch that greening itch, you can help make construction volunteers a garden that will be enjoyed long after you’ve packed up your trowel and watering can and moved to fields anew. Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is designed to help children get their hands dirty and learn how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, nutritional, seasonal ABOVE – Christie Downs garden construction volunteers food. By setting a good example and engaging children’s innate curiosity, as well as their energy and their taste buds, the Foundation aims to provide children positive and memorable food experiences that will form the basis of healthy lifelong eating habits. For more information about gardens near you and how you can volunteer then see the Foundation’s website. More information www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au ABOVE – Eastbourne Primary garden volunteers The Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies The Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES) is an award winning, not-for-profit, environment and education centre and urban farm located by the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne. Built on a decommissioned municipal tip that was once a landfill and wasteland, today CERES is a thriving, vibrant community. CERES has a number of part-time volunteers who help in many areas, such as in the Market Gardens, site maintenance crews and behind the scenes admin work. For more information see the Ceres website. More information www.ceres.org.au ABOVE – Children and volunteers cooking in the Eaglehawk Primary kitchen All images on this page supplied by Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation Continued on page 14 13 defence Continued from page 13 Permablitz Connecting A Permablitz is an informal gathering that brings people get together and have fun learning about, designing and together to create or add to edible gardens, share skills implementing suburban permaculture systems with the related to permaculture and sustainable living, build aim of establishing edible gardens. community networks, and, most importantly, have fun. More information Permablitzes are free events, open to the public, where To see if there’s a group near you then check out the participants learn a lot, share food, get some exercise and following website. have a wonderful time. www.permablitz.net > Regional Groups There are a number of websites set up to help people Wippa Snappa Playgroup’s vegetable garden By Jenny Hickinbotham, Williams Defence Community House In April this year the Wippa Snappa Playgroup received a $1000 We have had so much rain since we planted the vegetable garden grant from Landcare Australia and Coles to put in a vegetable in May that it hasn’t been necessary to water the vegetables garden. The idea for a vegetable garden was to teach the often, although the children did help to water them in using a playgroup children about gardening and vegetables in particular. couple of small watering cans we bought specially for the job. Wippa Snappa’s Playgroup planned a working bee to establish We have received another grant from The Dennis Family the garden and in May families got together to do the digging and Corporation to purchase a water tank which will help make the planting. We purchased compost mix and sleepers to form the garden sustainable. edging for the garden and local gardener, Alison Timms, came The ﬁrst of the vegetables were along to help out. picked in August—some beautiful We measured out the veggie patch and dug in the sleepers to red radishes—and recently the form the edges. One of the children had bought their wheelbarrow playgroup children and their from home and everyone took turns to ﬁll the garden bed with soil mums picked some yummy and compost and rake it into place. lettuces to enjoy in salads. The vegetable garden is a great Alison helped the children plant the vegetables—she does a lot of source of pride to the playgroup work with the primary schools in the local area and is experienced and we thoroughly enjoy watching in working with children. She discovered that the best method is to the vegetables grow and picking let them have a go and just step in and help only when needed! ABOVE – Raking the compost them when they are ready. into place The vegetable garden was designed with a walking path down the middle so the children can easily remove weeds, water, and More information harvest vegetables. We do have a few problems with the children Contact: Jenny Hickinbotham, Coordinator walking on the plants, but this gets better as the veggies get Phone: 03 9369 1916 bigger and easier to spot! Email: email@example.com Check your local community house for a garden Like the Wippa Snappa Playgroup, other local Defence community and neighbourhood houses often have community gardens, hold courses or seek volunteers. The Watsonia Neighbourhood House, near Simpson Barracks, and the Laverton Renewal Program have community gardens. Local councils also are a source of contacts and information on gardening and environments. ABOVE – The working bee team 14 Community house Connecting and group news Would like your community house or group profiled in dfm? Our Autumn deadline is 15 February 2011. firstname.lastname@example.org Northern Beaches Defence Families Playgroup North Sydney Area, NSW Northern Beaches Defence Families Playgroup provides a fun and stimulating environment for babies and children up to five years of age. It also provides an opportunity to get to know other Defence families in the North Sydney area. The Friday routine includes inside and outside play, arts and craft, ABOVE – Some of the fun at the Northern Beaches Playgroup story-time, singing and morning tea. Special events include an Easter egg hunt and, if the kids are good, they even get a visit from Santa at their Christmas party! Find out about your The playgroup has a babies area which includes playpen, bouncers, swing and lots of toys. There is also a separate toddler local Community Events & Groups area with slide, toys, books, puzzles and lots more—plenty of fun for everyone! If you come along, bring a hat for outside play, a healthy snack to share for morning tea, a drink for your child and $2 a week towards arts and craft supplies. The first visit is free, so come along and have a cuppa—we’d all love to meet you. More information When: The Playgroup will run in 2011 every Friday from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. It also runs during school Looking for news on Defence community events holidays and welcomes school aged children. or groups or want to promote your own? Location: The Playgroup is located at 28 Field Battery Depot, Then visit the DCO websites listed below for information. South Creek Road, in Dee Why, about a twenty Events: www.defence.gov.au/dco minute trip from the North Sydney area. > Community Events Contact: Danielle, Coordinator Groups: www.defence.gov.au/dco Phone: 02 9453 5509 > Community Groups Email: email@example.com Continued on page 16 15 defence Continued from page 15 Submarine Connecting Defence Mums Community and Bubs Richmond NSW Group Western We are a social support group for Defence Families in the Richmond NSW area. Our focus is on the mums and we meet at a child friendly Australia venue. Come along and share your parenting triumphs and heartaches Freemantle WA with a friendly, caring group of Defence mums who understand the challenges of deployments and distant family networks. Submariners are constantly challenged by their unique work environment. The Submarine There is also a great selection of hot drinks available for mums, Community Group (SCG) is a non-profit self help with home cooked treats often brought in to share. group. It is an inclusive organisation made up of Western Australian Naval personnel and their BELOW – Tamsyn making use of the equipment families. Membership is also available to all other local Defence members, next of kin, retired Defence Force personnel, widows of Defence members, and others upon application. Applications are to include your name/s and your relationship to the Royal Australian Navy in Western Australia—whether you are the serving member, spouse/partner, next of kin, Army, Airforce, retired, widower or other. Applications can be made via email or mail. ABOVE – Tamsyn, Jasmine, Ziggy, and Timothy; Just another fun day at Defence Mums and Bubs Richmond There is no formal structure and no set play agenda or schedule for food time and activities—everything is flexible to suit you and your children. The kids generally occupy themselves with the vast array of equipment and toys, socialising at their own pace and creating their own play games. The facility is all at ground level, with easy access for prams and parking at the front door—no traffic or roads to cross. It is air- conditioned and open planned so kids can be supervised easily. There is also a sleep room for babies and the outdoor play area is fully fenced. No stress! More information ABOVE – HMAS Waller at dock Where: Windsor Baptist Church Kids Space, 739 George St, South Windsor. Please note we are not a religious group, More information but are thankful for the use of this facility. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org When: Wednesdays 10.30 am to 12 pm or whatever Mail: Sub Force Human Resources Office time you can make. We don’t usually break for Sub Force Headquarters school holidays but will stop over Christmas and resume HMAS Stirling, WA 6958 at the start of the school year. Cost: $3 per visit or max $20 per term (12 or 13 week block) Facebook: Contact: Tanya www.facebook.com > (search for) Submarine Phone: 02 4776 2899 Community Group Western Australia 16 Out and about with DCO South Australia in 2010 Your Community By Sally Wellington, DCO South Australia We are rapidly approaching the end of another successful and busy year for DCO South Australia. Looking back at 2010 there have been some wonderful events which have provided us with opportunities to meet and assist many Defence families. DCO South Australia has hosted a variety of functions If you haven’t had the chance to attend a DCO South Australia throughout the year including a welcome barbecue at function this year we hope to meet you at future events, as we the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, and the ever-growing and will certainly be out and about once again in 2011. popular Families Day, this year held at the Adelaide Zoo. Keep up-to-date with DCO South Australia Our Absence From Home support functions have also If you would like a copy of the DCO South Australia bulletin been a great success with many families attending movie emailed or posted to your home address, which includes nights, boot camp and the incredibly popular Easter egg a two-month calendar of events, please contact the DCO hunt. All events have prompted a fantastic response with South Australia team. attendance numbers increasing throughout the year. Most importantly, families have had the opportunity to Office Address: Health Centre, Keswick Barracks, strengthen their ties with the local community and build Keswick, SA 5035 networks that provide valuable support when a member Phone: 08 8305 6231 is absent from home. Email: email@example.com Action in the air at Williamtown By Pia Tjelder, DCO Hunter On 18 and 19 September around 55 000 people enjoyed the action and entertainment of the Defence Air Show held at the Royal Australian Air Force base at Williamtown near Newcastle. A variety of Navy, Army and Air Force ground displays showcased historic aircraft, a Globemaster, security dog handling—including the cute little puppies—military bands, helicopter joy rides, show rides, and displays. The highlight for most was in the skies, with five hours’ worth of thundering jets, war-birds, helicopters, and an array of Defence aircraft including the new Super Hornet, the F-111 and historic aircraft like the Mustang, Sabre and Meteor aircraft. Particularly exciting were the breathtaking maneuovres of the Roulettes Aerobatic ABOVE – A C-17 Globemaster dominates the crowd with its size Formation Team and an F-111 carrying out a fuel dump-and-burn. DCO’s display, in a specially fitted out hangar along with more than 70 commercial and military displays, promoted our educational programs and the services DCO provides to Defence families. We really enjoyed hearing the experiences and answering the questions of the many community and ADF members who dropped in for a chat. Is there a Defence event on in your area? Many bases hold open days or events like this. Not only is it a chance for you to see the ADF in action, but it’s also an opportunity to meet and greet with Defence ABOVE – An F-111 conducts a dump-and- families as well as local organisations and groups. burn for spectators You can also check out the community events website for a list of upcoming events in your area. www.defence.gov.au/dco > Community Events 17 defence Defence kids helping Your Community Defence kids—the winners! In May this year, DCO in partnership and the with schools, community groups and Defence families, asked for creative winners are... and talented kids to enter the second Defence Kids Helping Defence Kids National Competition. 4–6 YEARS We were not left wanting! We received hundreds First: Emma Harbert, Puckapunyal Primary School VIC of submissions from Defence kids of all ages, and Second: Mia Fomiatti, Puckapunyal Primary School VIC the sheer level of creativity astounded all who Third: Jessica Wallis, Griffith ACT came to the viewing room to see the submissions laid out across the conference room tables. 7–9 YEARS The purpose of the competition was to support Defence Kids month in May this year which First: Emily Kilby, Bomaderry NSW aimed to raise awareness of the challenges Second: Jake Hill, Corlette NSW faced by mobile students and to provide support Third: Jazelle Mackenzie, Wodonga VIC to students and families during an ADF member’s absence from home and the challenges of a 10–12 YEARS mobile lifestyle. First: Maddy Hogan, Puckapunyal Primary School VIC Here now are the winners, who received gift Second: Mhuron Beveridge, Puckapunyal Primary School VIC certificates by way of prizes for their excellent Third: Mia Linden, Harrison ACT entries. There were also quite a number of highly commended entries who each received a 13–15 YEARS blue ribbon as well as a letter from the Director First: Alexia Houley-Dougherty, Wodonga VIC General of DCO. Second: Acacia Griffiths, Kirwan QLD (Equal) Third: Tom Smethurst, Narrabundah ACT A big thanks goes not only to the Defence Emma Collings, Bomaderry High School NSW kids who took part, but also the hard working Elina Pope, Bomaderry High School NSW Defence School Mentors and Defence School Transition Aides that got behind the competition OPEN AGE GROUP in their schools. First: Jessica Fororee, James Collings and Lloyd Dakin (joint entry), Bomaderry High School NSW Second: Bree Cassman, Wodonga VIC ABOVE – miatti 18 Beveridge Entr y by M tr y by Mia Fo by Mhuron ad d y Hog ABOVE – En ABOVE – Entry an DECEMBER 2010 TO APRIL 2011 National Calendar of Events With our focus on helping Defence families engage 2011 with their community, and with knowing how much International Year for People of African Descent Defence families contribute to charity and other International Year of Chemistry events, DCO is proud to present a national International Year of Forests calendar of events, complete with what’s on and International Year of Youth (12 August 2010–11 August 2011) weblinks to where to find out more. JANUARY This calendar will appear in future editions of dfm. DATES EVENT MORE INFORMATION The online copy of dfm will have live links embedded in the PDF. 26 Australia Day www.australia-day.com.au/ 27 International Day www.australiaday.org.au/experience/ DECEMBER of Commemoration in Memory of the DATES EVENT MORE INFORMATION Victims of the Holocaust 1 Red Ribbon Appeal www.redribbonday.org.au 1 World AIDS Day www.worldaidsday.org.au FEBRUARY 1–8 Coastcare Week www.coastcare.com.au DATES EVENT MORE INFORMATION 2 International Day for www.un.org/en > Events Calendar the Abolition 1 Million Paws Walk www.millionpawswalk.com.au of Slavery 2 World Wetlands Day www.environment.gov.au > (search for) 3 International Day www.un.org/disabilities World Wetlands Day of Persons with www.idpwd.com.au Disabilities 4 World Cancer Day www.who.int > Events > World Cancer Day www.cancer.org.au 5 International www.un.org/en > Events Calendar Volunteer Day for 8 UnitingCare www.pancakeday.com.au Economic and Pancake Day Social Development 14 Heart Kids National www.heartkids.org.au 5 International www.volunteeringaustralia.org Awareness Month Volunteer Day 14 International www.parentproject.org.au 7 International www.icao.int/icao/en/aviation_day Duchenne Civil Aviation Day Awareness Week 9 International www.un.org/en > Events Calendar Anti-Corruption Day 14 National www.shfpact.org.au Condom Day 10 Human Rights Day www.un.org/en > Events Calendar 14–20 Sexual Health www.shinesa.org.au 11 International www.fao.org/mnts > International Awareness Week Mountain Day Mountain Day 18 International www.asperger.asn.au 18 International www.un.org/en > Events Calendar Asperger’s Day Migrants Day 20 World Day of www.un.org/en > Events Calendar 19 United Nations Day www.un.org/en > Events Calendar Social Justice for South-South Cooperation 21 International Mother www.un.org/en > Events Calendar Language Day 20 International Human www.un.org/en > Events Calendar Solidarity Day 23 Ovarian Cancer www.ovariancancer.net.au Australia’s Teal Ribbon Day 26–31 Festive Recycling festiverecycling.planetark.org 26 National ‘Sunnies’ www.sunniesforsight.org for Sight Day i DECEMBER 2010 TO APRIL 2011 National Calendar of Events MARCH DATES EVENT MORE INFORMATION 1 Business Clean www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au 21–27 Seniors Week www.nswseniorsweek.com.au Up Day www.cota-act.org.au 1 Sea Week www.mesa.edu.au/seaweek.asp 21–27 Celebrate our Cultural www.multicultural.vic.gov.au 1 Consumer Fraud www.ato.gov.au Diversity Week Awareness Week 21–27 Salt Awareness Week www.awash.org.au 1–31 Muscular Dystrophy www.mdawa.asn.au Awareness Month 21–27 Week of Solidarity www.un.org/observances > Weeks with the Peoples 4 Schools Clean www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au Struggling Against Up Day Racism 6 Clean Up www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au 22 World Water Day www.un.org/en > Events Calendar Australia Day 6 World Day of Prayer www.worlddayofprayer.net 23 World Meteorological www.wmo.int/worldmetday Day 6–12 National www.glaucoma.org.au Glaucoma Week 23 Ride2School Day www.bv.com.au/ride2school 7–11 Orthoptic www.orthoptics.org.au 24 World Tuberculosis www.stoptb.org > Events Awareness Week Day 8 International www.un.org/en > Events Calendar 25 International Day of www.un.org/en > Events Calendar Women’s Day Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery 10 World Kidney Day www.worldkidneyday.org and the Transatlantic Slave Trade 10–12 World’s Greatest www.worldsgreatestshave.com Shave 25 Close the Gap Day www.oxfam.org.au > Close the Gap 13 Coeliac www.coeliacsociety.com.au > 26 Earth Hour www.earthhour.org Awareness Week Awareness 27 Neighbour Day www.neighbourday.org 13–20 Multiple Birth www.amba.org.au Awareness Week 28 Mar Wound Awareness www.elephantintheroom.com.au to Week 15 A Taste of Harmony www.tasteofharmony.org.au 3 April 19 National Youth www.oxygen.org.au 29 Arthritis www.arthritisvic.org.au Tobacco Free Day Awareness Week 21 International Day for www.un.org/en > Events Calendar 29 Buy a Butterﬂy Month www.butterﬂyappeal.com the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 31 National Batten www.battens.org.au > Awareness 21 World Poetry Day www.un.org/en > Events Calendar Disease Awareness Day 21 Harmony Day www.harmony.gov.au > Harmony Day ii APRIL 22 International www.un.org/en > Events Calendar DATES EVENT MORE INFORMATION Mother Earth Day www.earthday.net 1 April Falls Day—Falls www.neura.edu.au > Falls & balance Prevention Network 23 World Book & www.un.org/en > Events Calendar Copyright Day 1 National Smile Day www.humourfoundation.com.au 23 YWCA Day www.ywca.net 2 International Pillow www.pillowﬁghtday.com Fight Day 2 World Autism www.un.org/en > Events Calendar 23–29 UN Global Road www.un.org/en > Events Calendar Awareness Day Safety Week 4 International Day for www.un.org/en > Events Calendar 24–30 Global Action Week www.un.org/observances/weeks Mine Awareness and on Education Assistance in Mine Action 25 World Malaria Day www.who.int > Annual Events > 5 Be alarmed! www.changeyourbattery.com.au World Malaria Day Change your smoke alarm battery 25 ANZAC Day www.anzacday.org.au 7 Day of Remembrance www.un.org/en (search for) rwanda of the Victims of the commemoration 25–29 National Playgroup www.playgroupaustralia.com.au Rwanda Genocide Week 7 World Health Day www.who.int/world-health-day (WHO) 26 National Playground www.playgroundsafety.org Safety Week 10 National Youth Week www.youthweek.com 26 World Intellectual www.wipo.int 10–16 Waterworks Week www.continencewa.org.au Property Day ‘Drink Smarter—Think Water’ 28 World Day for Safety www.un.org/en > Events Calendar 11 World Parkinson’s www.parkinsonsvic.org.au and Health at Work Day 28 Pay it Forward Day www.payitforwardday.com 15–21 International www.creativityday.org Creativity and Innovation Week 28 International www.guidedogsvictoria.com.au Guide Dog Day 17 World Haemophilia www.haemophilia.org.au Day 29 World Wish Day www.makeawish.org.au 17 Run for the Kids www.r4k.com.au/r4k 30 Dress Differently www.dressdifferently.org.au 18 World Heritage www.gdrc.org > Urban Heritage Day—Autism Day and Conservation 18 –22 Playground Safety www.kidsafe.com.au Week iii defence They tried to make me go to Your Community Tamworth and I said yo, yo, yo Tamworth—you may know it from the news as course and with a number of years instructing on the place where thousands of Country Music helicopters, he was posted to BFTS in Tamworth. aficionados swarm to at the start of each Heatherlea Kelly and Jillian Croft from DCO Hunter year for the country music festival that takes sat down in September and talked with Lieutenant place there. Located midway between Sydney Commander Nathan Lewis and his wife Fiona about and Brisbane on the New England Highway, their relocation: how it went, how they stay in touch Tamworth is a town of around 50 000 people with friends and family, and what they think of and a major regional centre. It’s also home Australia’s capital of country music. to the Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Who are the members of your family? Training School (BFTS). Our family consists of Nathan (dad), Fiona (mum), Lieutenant Commander Nathan Lewis joined the Callum (11), Noah (9), and Declan (6). Navy in 1992. He studied at the Australian Defence How did you and your family feel when you Force Academy and then went on to train as a first knew about the posting to Tamworth? Seaman Officer. In 1998 he graduated Pilot’s Course and Helicopter School before starting at After 11 years in Nowra we were feeling very 723 Squadron in Nowra flying Squirrels. He then apprehensive about leaving the boys’ home town. posted to 817 Squadron and began flying Sea Kings. We were worried about leaving Fiona’s job and our Whilst at the Squadron Nathan was sent on numerous network of friends. We also needed to consider what deployments to many parts of the world on a number to do with our home in Nowra and how to leave the of different ships. After completing the instructor coastal lifestyle behind. ABOVE – The Lewis Family 22 How did you approach the posting? ADF Family Health Your Community We decided to be positive and took on the attitude that change can be good. We thought about changes to family life together such as Nathan being at home and not away at sea. We also thought that the opportunity to experience Trial update country life would provide the boys with new challenges. Are you posted or are about to be posted to one of the What were the most important things for your following Defence locations? family to consider? WESTERN AUSTRALIA QUEENSLAND The children’s schooling was our biggest concern. We also Broome Cairns needed to consider which area to live in and what housing Derby Mount Isa was available. Kununurra Thursday Island Where there any hurdles to overcome? Pilbara region (including Townsville Moving from a very established home and lifestyle to Karratha, Port Headland, Tully country life took a little bit of adjusting. Relocating over the Carnarvon, Tom Price, Weipa Christmas and New Year period meant that not all services Newman and Exmouth) NEW SOUTH WALES were available. The funniest hurdle was the dead rat we NORTHERN TERRITORY Singleton found in our oven when we moved in! All we wanted was a home cooked dinner after a week of takeaway, and our Alice Springs VICTORIA oven didn’t work. Electricians who can remove rats are not Darwin Puckapunyal that easy to find! Katherine Sale Nhulunbuy What did you find helpful? When we found out about the move, we visited Tamworth If so, then your family may be eligible to participate in without the children to see the area and to start looking the ADF Family Health Trial which currently entitles them at possible schools and housing options. The Tamworth to receive up to $320 per year in dental benefits and Tourist Information Centre was a great resource for finding unlimited access to a range of medical services in a out general information. general practice setting. How did you and your children make new friends If you would like to find out more information, read the when you moved? conditions of participation or to download registration Our children started school at the beginning of the year so forms please visit the following website: they met other new kids and formed friendships from day one. They also got involved in sporting activities and have www.defence.gov.au/health > ADF Family Healthcare made friends with children in the neighbourhood. We took a little longer to form a new network of friends, possibly due to the layout of Tamworth itself. assistance and can connect you with others who can Many families live on farms out of town making it help, such as Defence School Transition Aides to assist harder to meet up with them. with schooling, or social workers to help when needed. What are the best things about being What helps you stay close to your in a Defence family? extended family and friends? We enjoy the opportunities to see the world and meet new We stay in touch through phone calls, emails, photos and people. We have made so many connections with people so on. The internet is a wonderful thing! that we don’t see often, but enjoy that we can cross paths How do you feel now after nine anywhere and anytime. months in Tamworth? What advice would you give to a new Tamworth is a beautiful country town. We feel very settled Defence family about moving? here and have made lots of new friends that have helped Remain positive. Don’t be afraid to seek help. Access all us to feel like this is home. Now we are thinking of buying of the resources available to you. DCO can provide a lot of a farm. And yes… we would do it all again! 23 defence Defence Families of Australia news Your Community Message from the A word of thanks… National Convenor It was indeed a pleasure to leave chilly Canberra and thaw Spring is here. Gardens are out during a visit to the top end in late August. National blooming, grass is growing, Delegate for Northern Territory, Marion Donohue, and I the sun is shining again. were able to view housing in both Darwin and Katherine Spring seems to put a spring areas and meet with local Defence Housing Australia (DHA) back in the step and shake managers, DCO staff, Commanders and Tindal Senior away the cobwebs of winter Representative Amanda McCue. or perhaps that was my quick I was also fortunate to meet families and Commanders holiday to the beach? while attending the farewell parade for troops at Robertson Spring also sees new posting Barracks. The trip certainly gave me a greater appreciation orders come in, which means for families living in the top end. many families begin the forward planning for pending moves, packing and new ABOVE – Defence Families of horizons. I wish you well in Australia National Convenor Julie Blackburn your next adventure. The past few months have seen increased contact from parents of Defence members seeking greater input, support and awareness of their needs. I invite you to send me your feedback so that we can look at ways in which to adequately address these concerns. ABOVE – Julie on a recent visit to Katherine Service and support systems available to families dealing Welcome aboard… with mental health issues have also gained greater visibility over the past month, and we continue to work with Defence Jacqui Bennett was appointed as the National Delegate for to address this area. South Australia in July. She is an Air Force partner with ﬁve children and has lived in Adelaide for three years. She has We have welcomed back the Hon. Warren Snowdon as hit the ground running providing valuable input to the DFA Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, and look team, and is looking forward to assisting other families living forward to working with him again and to raising Defence in the region. family issues with him. Julie Blackburn, National Convenor The Defence Families of Australia (DFA) National Conference, held in late June, allowed the our executive team to sit face-to-face with Defence and Government leaders. Our conference was well attended by Defence Spotlight on Defence staff who were keen to hear your feedback and discuss issues affecting families. Delegates met with a broad range Families of Australia of leaders including the Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief Defence Families of Australia (DFA) represents the views Marshal Angus Houston, and the then Minister for Defence of families directly to Defence and the Government. Personnel, Alan Grifﬁn. The current DFA Executive is largely comprised of volunteer partners and has a combined total of over DFA has now produced a comprehensive report, Agenda 140 years of ‘marriage to the forces’ and has 2010–2011, which outlines the results of DFA’s Stepping completed over 50 postings. Though 2010 survey, DFA involvement in Defence initiatives in the past year, and priorities for the coming year. You can DFA’s aim is to improve the quality of life for all Defence download a copy at the DFA website. families by providing recommendations and reports as received from family members, therefore inﬂuencing www.dfa.org.au > NEWS/MEDIA policy that directly affects Defence families, and ultimately enhancing the capability of the Defence force. 24 Your Community Be aware of important Be part of changes this posting Defence Families of Australia Please remember that Toll Transitions now handles all You can show support for DFA’s goals of representing the aspects of the relocation process. Upon receipt of your needs of the modern Defence family by becoming a DFA posting order from Defence, Toll Transitions will send member though our website. to your family a Pre-Application for Relocation letter. www.dfa.org.au This letter enables you to notify Toll Transitions about your plans to move and tentative move dates. If you do Members gain access to a wide range of online resources not receive a this letter within 21 days of receiving your and receive invitations to contribute to family consultation posting order, please contact Toll Transitions on on Defence policy. Members also receive quarterly DFA 1800 819 167. email bulletins with updates on DFA activities, Defence policy or program changes affecting families and tips to The DFA website has an overview of the relocations make Defence Family Life easier. process, as well as guides about Defence localities to assist Defence families to learn more about their Your Regional DFA National Delegate new posting. Keron Wise ACT/Southern NSW www.dfa.org.au firstname.lastname@example.org Kim McKay Victoria/Tasmania Ministerial appointment for your resume? email@example.com Pending appointments prior to publication of this edition of dfm, DFA will have vacancies in our team at the end Debbie Yates Western Australia/Pilbara of the year as our National Delegates for ACT/Southern firstname.lastname@example.org NSW and Western Australia will be moving from their Marion NT/Kimberley current locations. Donohue email@example.com All National Delegates are selected by the Convenor Dannii Khan North Queensland and appointed by the Minister for Defence Science and firstname.lastname@example.org Personnel. National Delegates are partners of current full time serving members of the Australian Defence Force, Jillian Macey South Queensland have prior involvement with the DFA, and knowledge, email@example.com empathy and understanding of Defence Families. Julie Dryden Central NSW National Delegates develop and maintain excellent working firstname.lastname@example.org relationships with Regional Managers of DHA, DCO, Jacqui Bennett South Australia Defence support services, Toll Transitions, Commanding email@example.com Ofﬁcers, and family groups. The role requires two week- long meetings with the DFA executive in Canberra for Amita Tandukar National Communications Officer training and the DFA National Conference. In addition, firstname.lastname@example.org the ACT and Southern NSW National Delegate is appointed Annaliese National Policy Officer as the Deputy Convenor and attends meetings when the McCammon email@example.com National Convenor is unable to attend so they must reside in Canberra or Queanbeyan. Camilla Lateral Recruits Kerr-Ruston firstname.lastname@example.org This appointment will provide you with an opportunity to directly improve the quality of life for Defence Emma Ward Administration Officer Families and gain some unique professional email@example.com development and experiences. More information To ﬁnd out more, call the DFA Infoline on 1800 100 509. DFA website: www.dfa.org.au DFA Info Line: 1800 100 509 DFA email feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org 25 Your Community defence Has your Defence family welcomed a new member to the fold recently? If so, we want to know and we ask you to share a pic of your bundle of joy with the rest of the Defence family. Please only send us clear, high resolution images—300k in size or larger. Email: email@example.com Our recent arrivals… Ryan, born November 2009 Eva, born October 2009 William, born June 2010 Harry, born October 2009 Isabella, born March 2010 Lily Ma, born June 2008, with baby Charlotte, born September 2010 Roxy (right), born January 2010, brother Sylas, born May 2010 and fan Jessica, born April 2010 Patrick, born June 2010 Isobel, born June 2010 Aiden, born December 2009 In the Autumn 2010 dfm we created a category of new recruits. If you have a pic of your child dressing up then send it in. Cassidy and Adam trying Abigail’s (born June 2010) Lillyahna says ‘I’m off to work Deakin with dad’s flying helmet new wardrobe is a bit big! out dad’s clobber with dad, and I’m going on 26 his big trip with him’ If you’ve a pet that’s as much a part of your Defence family as the two legged sentient kind then we want pics of them too. Your Community Jack (right), born May 2010, with his big sister Ella Cooper, born July 2009 James, born August 2010 Hudson, born July 2010 Thomas, born January 2010. Purrci, ready to head out bush with dad Lucas, born June 2010 Sam, born November 2009 Kiara, born November 2009 Oscar hard at work! Hayden, born April 2010 Luke, born November 2009 Ethan, born May 2010 Fausto supervises Rowan’s pool cleaning task Olivia, born October 2009 Phoebe, born May 2009 Talon, at six months, with his dad before dad goes out to sea! Jessica Lauser Dad and his 18 month old, Joshua, Recruit Indee Milla showing off Checking to see if dad’s hat fits yet wearing daddy’s slouch hat. the new fashion around base A little digger in the making! 27 defence An update on the Timor-Leste Family Study Your Family By the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health In the Winter 2010 edition of ‘In early 2011 we will be inviting dfm we introduced the more than 7000 ADF personnel Timor-Leste Family Study, and their partners to join the study. funded by the Department of ‘Their responses to the survey, Veterans’ Affairs, and the first and those of the pilot participants, Australian study designed to will provide a snapshot of the When YOU deploy, your FAMILY deploys as well... investigate the effects of recent situation for Australian families The aim of the Timor-Leste Family Study is to ﬁnd out what happens to families when a loved one goes on deployment. deployments on the health and who have experienced the To do this, we need to hear from: wellbeing of Defence families. deployment of a loved one’. • Families who experienced a Timor-Leste deployment • Families who experienced deployments to other locations Defence families were asked to • Families who have not experienced a deployment AND sign up to the study’s pilot. Potential participants in the • Families who experienced a deployment together, but who are not together any more. expanded Timor-Leste Family If we can understand what happens to families, then programs and About one hundred Defence Study survey will be invited to services can be looked at that help to make things easier. personnel and partners are sign up from a sample of Defence Help us help you by: participating in the pilot, many of personnel. However if you would • Telling your family and friends about this study • Participating in this important research whom contacted the Centre for like to register your interest in the Call us on:1800 708 335 Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Military and Veterans’ Health (CMVH) study you are welcome to do so. Visit us at: www.cmvh.org.au following the last edition of dfm. A study under the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Family Study Program More information Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health Chief Investigator Doctor Annabel Mayne Medical School, Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006 To register you interest, or for McGuire would like to thank the more information about the study, pilot test participants. please contact the Study Team. ‘Your participation and feedback Phone: 1800 708 335 LEGACY IS is helping us to make the survey process smoother for future Email: email@example.com kEEpInG www.cmvh.org.au/families participants’, she said. thEIr promISE HMAS Melbourne’s ultra-marathon for Legacy to mY By Tricia Muller, Leading Seaman Physical Trainer dAd CHARLOTTE Seventy one crew members of the Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Melbourne recently signed on to an ultra-marathon to raise money for a very worthy charity—The Legacy Foundation. While the ship was in transit from Australia to the Middle East, from Sunday 22 August until Monday 6 September, the crew had one person moving around the course, 24 hours a day. The grand total distance covered was 5687 km! A promise was made to a dying soldier in the trenches of WWI. A promise that his The team used the everyday hero website to raise their funds. This site family would be looked after. With recent conflicts, our work is as important today will remain open until Melbourne returns back to Australia in 2011. as it was when we began. Help us keep the promise, make a donation today. www.everydayhero.com.au > (search for) Melbourne’s Ultra Marathon Team To DONATE, CALL 1800 534 229 OR VISIT LEGAC Y.COM. AU For a full story of this event please see the online copy of the Spring Summer 2010 issue. 28 www.defence.gov.au/dco > defence family matters Don’t Forget it’s Bin Night Stepping up when Mum or Dad Your Family is away DVD On 27 October the Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Lieutenant General Hurley AC, DSC, launched the Don’t Forget it’s Bin Night—Stepping up when Mum or Dad is away DVD. This DVD is designed to help Defence families manage the challenges that may arise when mum or dad is absent from home. The DVD provides information and advice on how older children of Defence families can help to reduce some of the negative effects of their parent’s absence from home. It also examines the cycle of a deployment and how pre- deployment, the deployment period itself, and the reunion each have their own idiosyncrasies that can occur. The strength of the DVD lies in the candid reflections of the deployment process by the Service families that took ABOVE – Don’t Forget it’s Bin Night—Stepping up when Mum or Dad is away DVD part, where the families openly discuss their thoughts and feelings, good and bad. Not only will Defence kids benefit Three versions of this DVD, for each of the services, from seeing peers talk about similar experiences and are available to Defence families from all DCO area offices. emotions that arise from a deployment, Defence parents DCO would also like to especially thank those Defence will gain a better appreciation of how their children feel, teens and their families who participated in the and how family life can take a while to re-adjust to both development of the DVD and who shared their their absence and their return. personal experiences. The RAAF East Sale region website By Julianne Rogers, DCO East Sale The RAAF Base East Sale region website was created by the Wellington Shire Council, in collaboration with the Commanding Officer 30 Squadron RAAF Base East Sale and DCO East Sale. Apart from having many useful links and local information, the website also has an option for Defence partners to submit their resume and find the latest employment information that is advertised in the local area papers. So, if you’re moving to Sale, or are interested in what’s going on in the local area, visit the RAAF East Sale region website. www.raafbaseeastsaleregion.com.au ABOVE - The RAAF East Sale region website 29 defence Communication Survey Judgement Day Your Family By Belinda Mitchell, DCO Headquarters In the Autumn 2010 edition of dfm we asked families to Family support not to be sold short complete the DCO Communications Survey so that we could identify how members and their families wanted Ninety per cent of respondents noted that they are to receive information from Defence. The survey was most interested in receiving information on Defence conducted online dur ing April and May this year. organisations that provide programs and services to Defence families. The survey came about as a result of findings from the 2009 ADF Families Survey, which recommended Defence improve Ninety per cent also indicated that they want to receive the way in which it communicates with ADF families. information from Defence regarding allowances The DCO Communications Survey examined the type and entitlements. of information families want to receive, their preferred Regarding relocation, respondents indicated that the most method for receiving it, and when they’d like to receive it. popular type of information they seek is information on The results are a fascinating and informative insight health facilities in the area. into how the Defence community wants to engage with Eighty-four per cent of respondents want to receive Defence, and are summarised below. information about community events and where to seek assistance in their local community. All hail email Most respondents indicated that they preferred to While they’re away… receive information from Defence on their home Ninety per cent of respondents want to know who to email account. contact in the ADF member’s unit while the member While home email was listed as the preferred delivery is away. method, Defence families also want to receive Around 84 per cent of respondents want to receive information from Defence via more than one delivery information on deployment, including information about method—specifically websites, the ADF member’s the deployment process, pay and entitlements, Defence email address, and home postal address. and deployment functions. Information regarding critical incidents, however, families Eighty-nine per cent wish to receive information regarding would rather receive face-to-face. critical incidents, including information about assistance Significantly, single ADF parents preferred to receive provided to families and information about estate information via their Defence email. management, wills, and domestic violence. Twitter quitters? Defence families indicated that they The vast majority of respondents indicated that wanted to receive information about they do not use Twitter, MySpace or Wikis at home. relocations, absences from home and Email and internet browsing were the most frequently deployments prior to the event, as well used communication tools, with 80 per cent of people using email at least once a day, and 71 per cent as have access to it all the time. accessing the internet daily. Fifty-seven per cent of respondents noted that they had The way ahead accessed the Defence general website in the last 12 months. As a result of this survey, DCO is working hard on refining The Army, Navy and Air Force Facebook sites were its strategy and policy to improve how we communicate accessed in the last 12 months by 9 per cent, 4 per cent with Defence families. We will work toward both making 30 and 3 per cent of respondents respectively. more use of Defence families’ home email accounts, and improving our messaging using other communication Communications Survey, don’t hesitate to contact us on channels. the details below. Your Family Partners in Defence More information Contact: Belinda Mitchell A good start is DCO’s ever-popular Partners in Defence Manager Research and Evaluation, website. This website is a one-stop-shop for members and DCO Headquarters their families, summarising key information about military Email: firstname.lastname@example.org service, conditions and benefits, services and programs. It has attracted over 10 000 hits since its launch in June, and is updated regularly by staff here at DCO. www.defence.gov.au/dco > Partners in Defence Who participated in this survey? We asked spouses and ADF recognised partners of Don’t Forget it’s Bin Night DVD permanent ADF members, permanent ADF members who This DVD was launched on 27 October and is designed were single parents, personnel who were both a permanent to help families and older children understand the effects ADF member and a partner of a permanent ADF member, deployment can have on a family. See page 29 for more and parents of permanent ADF members. information. This DVD joins DCO’s library of other helpful Sixty-one per cent of respondents were spouses of publications and it, and other useful material, is available ADF members. from your local DCO office. A total of 1113 respondents took part in the survey. Local area office newsletters Fifty-four per cent of respondents were aged between All of DCO’s area offices regularly publish newsletters that 30 and 44 years. contain tonnes of information about your local community Close to one third of participants indicated that they did and the services offered to members and Defence families. not have dependent children. To find out how to subscribe to your local DCO office’s Twenty-seven per cent of respondents came from newsletter, visit the ‘contact us’ page of the DCO website. Northern NSW, 22 per cent from Queensland, 20 per cent www.defence.gov.au/dco > Contact Us from Southern NSW, and 18 per cent came from If you want more information regarding the DCO the Central-West region. For news and information on the Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme (DHOAS) please see the Defence DHOAS Website. Pay & Conditions DHOAS: www.dhoas.gov.au or call 1300 4 DHOAS Visit the website (1300 434 627) www.defence.gov.au/dpe/pac for overseas callers +61 +7 3815 9450 The online gateway to your employment benefits package. 31 defence Adelaide welcomes 1st Brigade Your Family By David Stint, DCO South Australia Relocating from Robertson Barracks in Darwin to what Adelaide had to offer in the way of schooling, the Royal Australian Air Force Base at Edinburgh employment and housing options. near Adelaide, 1st Brigade is starting its long trek As well as new facilities and housing, new arrivals can south. Since the decision to move the Brigade was look forward to an exciting time in Adelaide with its announced in 2006, Defence has been busy preparing regular Fringe Festival, Clipsal 500, and WOMADelaide for the arrival of hundreds of soldiers and their families. all occurring early in the new year. Work is nearly complete on brand new facilities including offices, workshops, community facilities, More information training areas, messes and recreation areas. Families For more information about the Adelaide region see have not been forgotten either—Defence Housing the following website. Australia has built new married quarters within easy www.southaustralia.com commuting distance of the base. To ensure a smooth transition, the DCO team in South Elements of 1st Brigade moving south Australia has worked closely with Defence South Units relocating to RAAF Edinburgh include the Australia, 1st Brigade, Defence Housing Australia, Toll 7th Battalion Royal Australia Regiment, along with Transitions, local councils and RAAF Base Edinburgh sub-units from HQ 1st Brigade, 8/12 Medium to plan the relocation. In addition, roadshows were Regiment, 1st Combat Engineer Regiment and held in Darwin in May and August this year to provide 1st Combat Service Support Battalion. families the opportunity gain first hand knowledge of Skills and support for veterans and their families The Veterans and Veterans’ Families Counselling Service Heart Health program (VVCS) offers a range of group programs for eligible veterans, VVCS also runs a Heart Health program for veterans. peacekeepers, their partners and sons and daughters, and The Heart Health program is a 52 week exercise program F-111 fuel tank maintenance workers and their partners. which includes two one-hour physical exercise sessions per All programs are provided at no cost to eligible participants. week and 15 information sessions which provide helpful The programs provide information, education, skills and strategies advice on health, nutrition and lifestyle issues. to support and improve quality of life for veterans and their families. The program is supervised by an exercise physiologist and Participants in group programs may also find that they are a great assisted by other health professionals and veterans receive pre, way of developing new networks, friendships and support. mid and post-program testing to track their progress. Heart Groups are structured depending on the needs and availability of Health is also offered in outreach format so that veterans living participants. To find out more about whether you are eligible for in an area with no group available can still participate. a group program, and where and when they are available, please contact VVCS to find the location of your nearest VVCS centre. More information Phone: 1800 011 046 What’s available from VVCS (This is a free local call. Calls from mobile phones and pay phones may incur charges.) Available programs run in metropolitan and regional locations across Australia include: Doing Anger Differently, Sleeping Better, Beating the Blues, and Mastering Anxiety. Lifestyle Management Program One of the most popular groups is the Lifestyle Management Program. This is a five day residential program for veterans and their partners and is designed to provide participants with lifestyle strategies and coping skills. This is a chance to ‘get away from it all’ and learn stress management and relaxation, anger and anxiety management and problem solving and communication skills. 32 Diversiﬁcation in your family’s ﬁnancial planning By Daniel Mendoza-Jones, ADF Financial Services Consumer Council In his 2009 book, The Ascent of Money, Professor Niall Ferguson That’s not always easy to achieve where much of the Your Family said this of the evils of leverage—the borrowing of money: family’s income goes into mortgage repayments and daily From Buckinghamshire to Bolivia, the key to financial security living expenses; but it’s important to remember when you’re should be a properly diversified portfolio of assets. To acquire working out your long term financial strategies. Over the last that we are well advised to borrow in anticipation of future twenty years, lots of the so-called ‘Masters of the Financial earnings. But we should not be lured into staking everything on Universe’ lost sight of those simple truths. a highly leveraged play on a far from risk-free property market. To learn more about choosing a financial adviser to help with There has to be a sustainable spread between borrowing costs your asset allocation and wealth creation strategy, watch the and returns on investment, and a sustainable balance between film Financial Advisers—The Facts and the Fiction on the debt and income. ADF Financial Services Consumer Council website. To put it simply, by all means borrow money to invest in More information growth assets such as real estate, but understand that borrowing is risky. Just like shares, real estate doesn’t Got a question? Please see the website or email the council. always rise in value—especially in the short term. In the long Email: ADF.ConsumerCouncil@defence.gov.au run, investors should be aiming to minimise risk by lowering www.adfconsumer.gov.au debt and diversifying their assets. Easy, accurate planning NEW ADF INTERACTIVE Battleground graphics & details Targeted at ADF personal & family finances BUDGET PLANNER Super-fast calculations Who said finances are boring? This whole exercise will help all ADF members and their families manage income and expenses, NOW DEPLOYED! create personal balance sheets, and understand progress towards financial independence. Check it out now at: www.adfconsumer.gov.au Half PageAug2010.indd 1 20/8/10 10:53:43 AM Mental health affects how we think, act and cope with day to day life. It is more than the absence of illness, MENTAL and includes well-being and resilience. The Directorate of Mental Health (DMH) undertakes HEALTH research, develops policy and coordinates training in the areas of mental health, drugs and alcohol, suicide SUPPORT prevention and critical incident response within Defence. More information is available at the DMH website to ADF members www.defence.gov.au/health/> Mental Health Self-Help Tips 33 defence Defence Education news Your Family One of the great challenges of being a Defence family is grappling with the issues that can arise from having school aged children and moving interstate. Each state or territory has its own educational idiosyncrasies and while the national curriculum will go some way to addressing many of these issues, there will be some elements that remain problematic. DCO has a number of initiatives to help Defence children DCO’s presence at the conference provided an opportunity deal with the challenges of the Defence life. to network with Principals directly about the challenges Regional Education Liaison Officers (REDLOs) are and issues that many Defence school students and their professionally trained teachers who understand both families face, as well as to promote the various resources the different state and territory education systems and we have to assist both schools and families. the Defence lifestyle. They can advise Defence families and children on education issues, particularly related to Workshopping the relocating. REDLOs can assist with changing schools deployment rollercoaster between the various state and territory primary, Back in August nine students from Years 10 to 12 took part secondary and tertiary education systems. in the Rollercoaster of Deployment workshop at Geckos at The Defence Transition Aide program provides support to Lavarack Barracks in Townsville. the children and families of ADF members, particularly when This is one of many workshops available to students of moving in and out of a school on posting or when a parent Defence families which is offered by DCO and facilitated by is absent from home. the Defence Transition Mentors from Ryan Catholic College More information (Jacqui McDougall), Kirwan High School (Kerry Muhling) For more information about how DCO can help your family and William Ross High School (Ceri Briant). see the DCO website. The workshop helps students identify and manage the www.defence.gov.au/dco > Education Assistance emotions they may feel during the stages of deployment, as well as offer strategies and coping mechanisms to help Principals Conference when they do occur. The students shared their experiences of parental DCO education staff attended the 2010 Principals deployment, then participated in activities that examined Conference held in Perth in September. The conference is how they deal with conflict. They identified their own one of the most highly regarded conferences by national strengths and weaknesses and looked at how deployment education leaders, with over 800 Principals and Deputy affects other family members. Principals representing independent and public schools from across Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Captain Josh Porter, 3 Combat Engineering Regiment, Canada and United States. gave a presentation on his recent deployment to Afghanistan. It helped students identify where their parents or caregivers were going, their accommodation, and the types of activities they undertake on a daily basis. Major Al Green, the Public Affairs Officer for 3 Brigade, also spoke about how returning soldiers undergo a debriefing before commencing their leave. After a question and answer session, the workshop ended with a string toss. The students were asked to throw the string to another student and identify something that they had learnt at the workshop, and eventually a large web was ABOVE – Captain Josh Porter and Major Al Green join students from Ryan Catholic College, William Ross State High School and formed to show that although we are all different we are all Kirwan State High School for the Rollercoaster of Deployment connected in some way. 34 Workshop at Geckos on Lavarack Barracks, Townsville Social networking: be social, but always be secure Your Family By Brooke Audsley What all Defence members and their families need to know about social networking… Many people do not realise that posting information on Only accept friend requests from people you know directly. social networking sites like Facebook can be used by Criminals and foreign intelligence agencies often set up fake foreign intelligence services and criminals to contact proﬁles and try to add as many friends as possible—ensure or harm your loved ones. Even if what you’re posting you remove ‘friends’ you do not know personally. seems insigniﬁcant to you, it may be the exact piece of What is your responsibility? information that someone is looking for. As Defence members and Defence family members, Foreign intelligence services and criminal organisations you have a responsibility to be particularly careful of what use the internet to obtain information about people of you say in public and post online. An accidental release of interest to them. Often, this information is openly available sensitive information has the potential to compromise not to anyone who knows where to look and what to ask. only the security of your family, but the security of other For example, if you write on Facebook the name of your Defence families and ADF operations. high school, this information may be used by a criminal organisation to pose as you online. Careless use of social networking sites and accidental release of private and personal information can result in threats being made to Defence members and families. There are a number of precautions you can take to ensure that you and your family are not at risk. So what can you do? Always be aware that anything you do online can be seen, even if you think the site is secure. Modern technology can even allow criminals and others to hack in to your online proﬁle, so you should always assume that someone, somewhere, may be able to access your information. Keep speciﬁc information to yourself. Do not post dates, locations, unit numbers, names, photographs of you ABOVE – Be social... be safe in uniform, or any speciﬁcs about training missions or operations. Much of this information is actually classiﬁed, and posting it on unclassiﬁed websites is a serious More information security violation. If you are ever unsure about what you can and can’t say Also, think twice about posting any details about your in public or online, contact your local security officer or birth date, home address/phone number, schedule or job. Service Security Authority for advice: A basic rule to remember is: if it could be used against you Army 02 6265 6001 or your family in any way, don’t post it! You do not have to Navy 02 6127 3072 answer if someone asks you to be more speciﬁc. Air Force 02 6127 2761 Be smart—be vague. There’s no need to say ‘My loved Stay Smart Online website one has been in Afghanistan for x months now and won’t The Stay Smart Online website is an Australian be home for another xx days’. All you need to say is Government initiative that offers users information on ‘I miss my loved one very much!’ simple steps to make themselves secure online. If you have children accessing social networking sites, www.staysmartonline.gov.au educate them about what information they shouldn’t post or discuss online, and why. 35 defence In the downtime—writing By Michael Hughes Your Family At dfm we’ve covered a number of hobbies What inspired The Aussie Outback Party and The Aussie Outback School? and pastimes enjoyed by ADF members and their families. For most of us our downtime is When my daughter was two-and-a-bit, I was looking around for Australian themed rhyming books—she loved a fun, enjoyable distraction from day-to-day the rhyming stories of Dr Seuss and Lynley Dodd’s Hairy worries and tribulations. However, for others, Maclary series, but I couldn’t find anything I liked. So I their downtime could one day become their wrote The Aussie Outback Party. My mother-in-law is an uptime—a new career for when they leave artist, so I asked her if she would illustrate the story for the ADF, or even a thriving secondary adjunct Kyra as her Christmas present. Family and friends loved to their time in uniform. the finished book and encouraged us to publish. While writing is its own reward, actually getting While Megan Bartlett-Horne, a Flight Lieutenant Air Traffic published is like winning lotto for a writer. How did Controller, is not leaving the ADF anytime soon, she has you end up getting the books out there? however managed to win professional recognition for her downtime poison of choice; writing. Megan, along with Initially, we thought we’d go the traditional route, via a illustrator Sue Horne, recently won the Australian Bush publishing company, but we found that any who were Laureate Awards 2010 for Children’s Books with their interested in the text wanted to use their own illustrators, book The Aussie Outback School, having placed as a so we ended up self-publishing. Thanks to my in-laws’ finalist the previous year with their first book The Aussie travels, we have our books stocked in over 100 Outback Party. outlets—mainly tourist centres—around Australia. Megan, what attracted you to writing? The Aussie Outback Party has sold out of its first print run of 3000 and we are reprinting now. ‘Outback School’ I have always been a hobby writer, for as long as I can is selling strongly and I am currently working on our remember. I’ve written poems for family birthdays and third book, also in the Outback series. The success of Mothers’ and Fathers’ days. I wrote my first ‘novel’—all the songs on the read-along CD that comes with the eight pages—at the age of 10 and scored $50 for second books—which also won an award for song-writing—has prize in the QATIS literary competition (poetry) when I was inspired us to release a CD this year as well. 12. I write as stress relief; poems, stories, songs, plays... Wow; Air Trafﬁc Controller, mum, book writer, song writer, and publisher: that’s an incredible number of hats! Between work, parenting and writing I certainly keep busy enough! Thanks for talking with dfm. FAR LEFT – The Outback School LEFT – The Outback Party Giveaway! Pennymeg press, Megan and Sue’s publishing company, have kindly given us four copies each of The Aussie Outback Party and The Aussie Outback School. To enter the draw to win one of these books, please email or mail dfm by 15 January 2011, with the subject Outback Party and/or Outback School. 36 Writing—anyone can Cracking a spine: Your Family do it, anywhere Book review time Writing is almost the ultimate portable hobby as all you need is a pen, paper, and something to write Here at dfm we’re lucky enough to receive offers from about. Though I admit using a computer is more publishers to review recent releases. Thanks to our pool efficient, especially for those of us with hideous of dedicated readers we have reviewed four penmanship. Many towns and regional centres have books—two here and two online—that you may like. writers’ groups and chances are your local bookstore Giveaways or library knows where to find them. Writers’ groups We have a number of copies of each of the books are great places to field test your work, allowing you reviewed to give away to readers. To go into the draw to workshop a piece and knock the rough edges off. to win a copy please email dfm with the book title as For those of you who prefer cyberspace, numerous the subject. Make sure to include a mailing address writers’ groups, especially genre-specific ones, can where we can send the book. be found on the internet. For those of you who want to put your words out Online reviews there, remember we live in an age where you can Daria Sigma reviews the Cricket Tragic’s Book of effectively publish for free online and have your work Cricket Extras, Volume 1 and Michael Hughes potentially read by anyone in the world. So don’t let reviews Crumps and Camouflets, a history of the daunting idea of having to jump the many hurdles Australian tunnelling operations in World War One. to be physically published in a dead-tree format hold See the online copy of the Spring Summer 2010 edition. you back from giving it a red-hot go. www.defence.gov.au/dco > defence family matters If you are an ADF member who is submitting work for publication, especially for those writing about work related issues, please ensure you consult the relevant The Men policies and instructions on disclosure. Who Came Out of the Ground Paul Cleary Published by Hatchette, Sydney 2010 Reviewed by Tom Lewis When war started against the Japanese in 1941, Australia went on the front foot immediately. Australia sent men and materiel to bases in the islands north of Australia, and worked hard to establish areas where they could fight the invaders and win. Unfortunately, the enemy was stronger than Australia envisaged and Australia suffered a number of losses. Amongst other vessels, Australia lost the destroyer HMAS Voyager and the corvette HMAS Armidale, and later the cruiser HMAS Perth in and around the Sunda Strait in Indonesia. ABOVE – Children gather around to hear Flight Lieutenant Megan Horne from No. 44 Wing Detachment Amberley, Continued on page 38 read her award winning children’s book at the Amberley Child Care Centre 37 defence Continued from page 37 numbers. Much of Sparrow Force was captured or forced to surrender in very arduous ground, and soon The fight from our combat troops in the northern islands Your Family there was little left of the so-called defenders. is largely unknown in popular accounts of Australian military history. Therefore, it is good to see Paul Cleary’s While Cleary’s book charts the overall picture in detail, book tell the story of one of these units sent north, it is with the survivors that his main narrative is 2/2 Company Sparrow Force, in intense detail. concerned. He recounts the ingenuity of the troops; building radios of spare parts; linking up with Timorese Sparrow Force was a collection of some 1400 men, resistance, and hanging on grimly as the war intensified armed with two 6-inch naval guns; an engineer around them in what was to become enemy territory. company; an anti-tank unit, and a variety of other specialisations that even included some dentists. Supported with a good collection of photos, The Men Following the taking of Singapore and the bombing of Who Came Out of the Ground is an easy but interesting Darwin, the Japanese landed in the islands in immense and detailed read, and thoroughly recommended. Willingly Willingly into the Fray: into One Hundred Years of the Fray Australian Army Nursing One Hundred Years of Austr alian Army Nursing Catherine McCullagh (ed) Published by Big Sky Publishing, 2010 Reviewed by Samantha Simpson Edited by Catherine McCul lagh Willingly into the Fray is not the stereotypical military end of each sub chapter you are left wanting more history book or typical of heroic biographies which can and this is what makes Willingly into the Fray stand out be afflicted by bias. In this honest look at one hundred from other books that are available on the history of years of Australian Army Nursing, editor Catherine military nursing. McCullagh takes the reader on a journey from the Boer The book is also well illustrated with photographs and War in 1899 through to Banda Aceh in 2005 as seen maps. It also has a glossary of medical terms and for through the eyes of Australian Army Nurses who have deciphering the many acronyms. The writing style is served in these conflicts. very conversational and would appeal to a wide range McCullagh has sourced 65 contributors willing to of readers, not just academics or researchers. share their recollections, diary excerpts, poems Willingly into the Fray is one of those rare books that and direct quotes so the editorial content has been will leave the reader moved and challenged beyond restricted to providing contextual links, additional expectation. Expect to laugh, to cry, to share the horror facts and endnotes. of war and the devastation wrought by nature. The book examines specific conflicts or areas of Whilst it is easy to be inspired by reading these humanitarian operation, providing a brief overview personal stories, what is harder is to imagine how you of the operation, a map to provide context, and the would cope in those situations. I can almost guarantee personal accounts of nurses who were sent—or that you will find yourself asking one very simple volunteered—to provide medical support to the troops question: would I go so willingly into the fray? or to contribute to the humanitarian aid effort. At the Highly recommended. 38 ADF Mental Health Strategy All hours Support Line A 24/7 mental health support and referral service. Personnel can call when they are in crisis due to a personal, work or family Your Family issue, or just to discuss mental health concerns. They will be provided with confidential advice on options for support. The Family member deployed & need service is available to Australian Defence assistance for welfare 1800 628 036 Defence Force members, Cadets, (Free call within Australia) and their families on a 1800 toll or family support services? free number from fixed lines Then call the National Welfare Coordination Centre +61 +2 9425 3878 and an ‘02’ number for callers (NWCC). 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Cadets provides skills and attributes that set young people up f lifef www.cadetnet.gov.au New Transition Support Services website: www.defence.gov.au/transitions Early planning and preparation will assist in achieving a successful transition from military to civilian life. The Transition Support Services website can provide you and your family with information on: • Separation Administration • Compensation and Service Pensions • Education and Training • Finance and Legal Matters • Future Employment Support—CTAS • Superannuation • Reserve Service • Housing and Relocation • Medical and Dental • Additional Support and Family Services The website also has the list of Transition Seminar locations and dates. 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Fax: 02 6127 2328 DCO Feedback: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org dfm design and layout by Fresh Creative (www.freshcreative.net.au) ISSN 1447-929x dfm Spring Summer 2010 online-only articles Online-only article index Your Community ...........................................................................................................2 HMAS Melbourne’s ultra-marathon for Legacy [full article] ...................................2 What is the Legacy Foundation?............................................................................3 Darwin Absence from Home Christmas Function.....................................................3 Tropical talking—the Cairns Defence families’ forum .............................................4 Relocations—when it works well ..........................................................................4 Absence from home—when it works well.............................................................4 Pizzas and panels in the ACT ....................................................................................5 More information ...................................................................................................5 Reviews and submissions ..............................................................................................6 Cracking a spine—book review time.........................................................................6 Giveaways! ............................................................................................................6 Crumps and Camouflets by Damien Finlayson .....................................................6 The Cricket Tragic’s Book of Cricket Extras, Volume 1 by Marc Dawson..........7 Your Community ‘Your Community’ provides articles about ADF members and their families engaging with their local community, or coming together to enjoy each other’s company at events. HMAS Melbourne’s ultra-marathon for Legacy [full article] By Tricia Muller, Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Seventy one crew members of the Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Melbourne recently signed on to an ultra-marathon to raise money for a very worthy charity, The Legacy Foundation. The goal—having at least one person moving around the course, 24 hours a day, from when Melbourne left its last Australian port until the ship reached the Middle East. This event, held from Sunday 22 August until Monday 6 September, built mateship and teamwork within ship’s company, helped members to improve their fitness, and encouraged them to set and achieve significant personal goals. At times the ship had up to five participants with a few extras from the ship’s crew jumping in for support and company. With some members even completing two legs during a 24 hour period, the team ran between 400 and 500 kilometres per day. Finally, the end was in sight. At 6 am on 6 September, the ultra-marathon participants met for the final laps of the 58 metre flight deck. Shoulder to shoulder they embraced the final steps of their amazing achievement for Legacy, and in recognition of those who served. The grand total in 16 days … the team completed 5687 kilometres! ABOVE – The ultra-marathon team following their epic run In addition to raising awareness of The Legacy Foundation, the goal was to raise a donation of at least $20 000 through the event’s website at Every Day Hero, where friends, family and the community could log on and show their support by donating towards individuals or the entire team. The site also enabled updates on the team’s progress, with the distance covered on a daily bases posted online. These are only a few of the many plans the Melbourne has to raise money for the Legacy Foundation. The site will remain open until Melbourne returns back to Australia in 2011. www.everydayhero.com.au > (search for) Melbourne’s ultra marathon team What is the Legacy Foundation? Legacy is a voluntary organisation providing services to Australian families suffering financially or socially after the death of a spouse or parent during or after their Defence service. They currently care for 115 000 widows and 1900 children and dependants throughout Australia. They help ensure that the sacrifice of Australians who have paid the ultimate price will never be forgotten. www.legacy.com.au Editor’s Note: A shorter version of this article appeared in the hard copy of the dfm Spring Summer 2010 edition. Darwin Absence from Home Christmas Function By the DCO Darwin Team It’s that time of the year; when the Christmas tree is brought out of storage, when the decorations are hung (with care), and our social calendars become full of Christmas festivities. Kicking off the festive season, DCO Darwin held its annual Christmas function for Defence families who have a parent currently deployed or absent from home on Saturday 20 November at Lake Alexander. More than 250 people came and participated in the activities on offer such as the rock climbing wall, face painting, a water slide, a jumping castle and ‘Life Be In It’ games. Ho, ho, ho Merry (hot) The heat was no barrier as kids of all ages got Christmas! involved and shared a few laughs and good times. There was even a surprise visit by Santa, who took some time out from his busy schedule to hand out some treats to all the kids. After all that exercise and excitement everyone then enjoyed a delicious BBQ lunch and some refreshments lovingly prepared by DCO Darwin staff. From all accounts a great day was had by all. DCO Darwin has many more similar events planned for 2011. Tropical talking—the Cairns Defence families’ forum By the DCO Cairns Team On 30 October ten Defence families gathered together at Porton Barracks, Cairns, to discuss relocations and absence from home issues, and what works well to help manage those periods of Defence life. The forum started off with a ‘get to know each other game’ where participants talked about what individual talents or assets they had, such as being able to play the trumpet, being a confident speaker, or being able to ‘talk my way into any job’. Forum participants then calculated their combined total time in ‘Defence life’— 171 years—and that collectively they’d undergone as many as 65 relocations. As for the number of deployments experienced it was quickly decided there were ‘too many to count’. Relocations—when it works well The forum workshopped various ideas about the relocations process and at the end of the discussion came up with elements they felt helped the process. Families at the forum said maintaining a positive attitude to moving was crucial and that families needed to be organised, such as finding out about the new area, and also to be adaptable. Forum members also said that families needed to push themselves to make connections in their new community—such as by meeting neighbours or joining in family support activities and functions. For the member themselves, suggestions included making contact with predecessors to gain ‘intelligence’ on the new locality, as well as encouraging their partners to attend functions and participate in activities. For commanders, participants said they needed to clarify the mission of the members’ job to new partners, provide opportunities for families to network, and endorse DCO functions and activities to members. It was also suggested that welcome events be held for new members to the unit. For DCO, the forum said that the following were all very useful for relocating families: welcome emails, welcome calls, welcome events, networking opportunities, local area information, spouse employment and other assistance programs. Absence from home—when it works well The forum said that families of deployed members do best when they have good planning, preparation, and information such as attending a pre deployment brief for families, which also provides a networking opportunity as well as good contingency plans. The forum said that maintaining a positive attitude and being flexible was a must— expect the unexpected! Other positive steps that could be taken were to create warm family memories prior to leaving, approach the absence from home as a team, set goals—keep eyes on the prize—and making sure to look after themselves by keeping fit and being active. Maintaining positive connections in the community also helps deal with absence from home—such as with other partners, community groups, neighbours, and family of origin. Prior to leaving, the member could also assist partners to meet the partners of other Defence personnel. In addition DCO and the Defence Community Recreation Centre could also help maintain networking opportunities. The other important element of a successful absence from home strategy was preparing children for the deployment, with the forum noting the many resources DCO has on offer to assist with this process. More broadly the forum said that absence from home worked well when a Defence family had understanding employers, the whole of Defence community worked together to provide good information and opportunities for networking for spouses, and there was a team approach by the member and their partner in knowing what to expect. The forum also said it was important that the partner know what the expected level of connectivity between the deployed member and their families would be—such as frequency and method of contact—and that pre-deployment briefs should make sure to cover this topic. Pizzas and panels in the ACT By the DCO Canberra Team Pizza and panel nights are informal sessions for the families of deployed members, where Defence families gather to have pizza and listen to DCO staff and invited speakers—such as a serving member recently returned from overseas and the spouse of a deployed member—discuss issues that can and do arise during a deployment. Speakers also discuss family processes and strategies that may or may not have worked during a deployment. DCO Canberra also have representatives from the key sections within the office—a Military Support Officer, a Social Worker and a Family Liaison Officer—to provide insight into support services provided by DCO and answer questions family members might have. Each pizza and panel evening runs for two hours, with one and a half hours devoted to the presentation and the Question and Answer session, and the rest of the time allowing for informal networking discussions. Three pizza and panel nights were held in 2010 and they will also be a regular event for Canberra Defence families in 2011. More information If you’re interested at coming along to the next Pizza and Panel evening please contact Caroline or Doug. Contact: Captain Caroline Dempsey Phone: 02 6266 6360 Email: email@example.com Contact: Doug McGlynn Phone: 02 6266 6360 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Reviews and submissions Have you got a book you’d like families to know about, or have you got a submission for dfm? We love books and we love submissions! Our copy deadline is 15 February 2011 for the next edition. Cracking a spine—book review time Here at dfm we’re lucky enough to receive offers from publishers to review recent releases. Thanks to our pool of dedicated readers we have reviewed four books that you may like. Two of these books are already reviewed in the hardcopy and are available in the PDF of the hardcopy. Here now are the remaining reviews for Crumps and Camouflets and The Cricket Tragic’s Book of Cricket Extras. Giveaways! We have a number of copies of each of the books reviewed to give away to readers. To go into the draw to win a copy please email dfm with the book title as the subject. Make sure to include a mailing address where we can send the book. Crumps and Camouflets Damien Finlayson Published by Big Sky Publishing, 2010. Reviewed by Michael Hughes While the mud and blood aspects of the World War One experience in France is well known, what’s less well known is what happened many more metres underground. There the Allies and German forces conducted bitter, dangerous combat deep within the earth, each seeking to penetrate under the other’s lines, and pack the tunnels and chambers with high explosives. Finlayson’s book is a detailed history of Australian tunnelling companies on the Western Front, examining the personalities, the techniques used, and the conditions of service. It also describes the very important work conducted by the companies to combat their opponents, as well as to create living spaces underground that were both bearable and afforded protection from enemy artillery. The book doesn’t hold back on the horrors and the dangers that came not just from combat, but from mining itself in often treacherous conditions. It’s not all mud and blood, however. There are lighter moments of almost surreal absurdity that occur in the history of tunnelling companies—from the soldiers who were boarded in luxury in seaside resort hotels and who travelled each day to perform their mining work, to a company that expended a great deal of ordinance to take down an escaped canary lest its presence give away nearby mining operations. For anyone with a ken for Australian military history or combat engineering, Crumps and Camouflets is a great book and thoroughly recommended. The Cricket Tragic’s Book of Cricket Extras, Volume 1 Marc Dawson Published by Big Sky Publishing, 2010. Reviewed by Daria Sigma Which Australian Prime Minister met his wife on a cricket trip? Who debuted on Australian national soccer and cricket teams within the same fortnight? Which cricketer was once reported for being ‘too good’? If you want to know the answers to any of these questions—and many more besides—then you could do worse than to pick up The Cricket Tragic’s Book of Cricket Extras. The ABC’s Marc Dawson has brought into this volume more cricket records, stories and trivia than you can poke three sticks and a couple of bails at. The ‘extras’ are divided into sections by theme and content, such as ‘Around the Grounds’, ‘Team Triumphs and Tribulations’ and ‘Cricket on the Silver Screen’—a longer chapter than you might first think! The various themes mean that there is a good mix of pure cricketing stats—the high number of wides during the 1999 World Cup—and esoteric asides—the funniest person Brian Lara has played cricket with. While you don’t need recall of the entire Wisden archive to understand the stories, Dawson does assume you’ll know your wicket from your willow. On the other hand, the wide range means that most readers with even a passing knowledge of the sport will find a passage that raises an eyebrow or brings out a smirk. Reading the whole book, cover to cover, may only be for the true cricket tragics of this world. For the rest of us, though, it’s still a welcome diversion, a good book to dip in and out of for a few pages at a time. Definitely worthwhile as a ‘bathroom reader’ or for a few rounds of ‘Did you know?’ between overs.
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