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October 29, 2009
By Graham Davis
BRISBANE certainly loves the
RAN, and when the CO of Naval
Headquarters -- South Queensland,
CMDR Geoff Fiedler, and his staff
combined a local program with vis-
its by two warships, thousands of
people came out to have a look.
HMA Ships Newcastle (CMDR
Justin Jones) and Childers (LCDR
Brett Westcott) pulled into Brisbane
as a part of Navy Week celebrations
in south Queensland.
"Before we had even opened our
brow for the open day we had hun-
dreds of people waiting on the wharf,"
CMDR Jones said.
"Between 10am and 11.45am
more than 1100 visitors had stepped
aboard, averaging about 100 visitors
every 10 minutes."
By the time the gangway was
closed at 3pm, 2812 people had vis-
ited the ship.
The ship's steel deck barbecue,
which raised money for the Hunter
Orthopaedic School, was so busy its
staff had to make repeated treks to the
local supermarket to purchase more
The open house on board
Newcastle was just one of an exten-
sive program of activities for Navy
Brissy turns out for
'09 Navy Week
Week during the weekend of October
Newcastle and Childers arrived
on the morning of October 16, hav-
ing completed the Long Navigation
Course Sea Assessment Phase.
On the Friday evening close to
500 people watched the Queensland
Detachment of the RAN Band and
the 51-member RAN contingent of
Australia's Federation Guard con-
duct Ceremonial Sunset and Beat to
Quarters at Brisbane Square, in the
heart of Brisbane's central business
The following day, while Newcastle
was open to the public, the RAN Band
conducted a two hour recital in the
city.Sunday saw a naval service at St
Mary's Anglican Church at Kangaroo
Point, Brisbane while the Maritime
Museum at South Bank had a special
Navy Week exhibition.
While CMDR Jones and his ship's
company were busy hosting visitors
during the open day, there were activi-
ties both in the water and on the wharf
that attracted much public attention.
The Navy Reserve's Diving Team
8 displayed its skills to the public by
sending divers below for a routine
check of Newcastle's hull.
On departing Brisbane both war-
ships allowed some family members
to sea-ride during scheduled family
CMDR Fiedler said he was very
pleased with the Navy Week program.
"I thank all who participated
including the many reserve members
of the RAN we have here in south east
Queensland," he said.
"I'd also like to thank the Brisbane
people who came to our activities and
ALL SMILES: Thomas Purton was
all smiles as he sat in the CO's chair
on Newcastle's bridge with MIDN
Gemma Casserly looking on.
Photo: Graham Davis
By LEUT Lucinda Casey
A NEW accounting package is about
to be introduced into some RAN
canteens and wardrooms.
QuickBooks by RECKON is an
ATO-recognised accounting software
package that promises to be easy to
learn and use and will replace the
existing accounting package, Small
Business Accountant, which has been
used extensively by the RAN for the
past 16 years.
The aim of moving to QuickBooks
is to up-skill our Steward category and
to bring the core business of canteen/
mess operations in line with current
world's best practice.
QuickBooks will simplify trans-
actions, business recordings and
automate many new accounting and
tax processes such as GST and the
Business Activity Statement (BAS).
It will also rationalise current busi-
ness processes, from entering sales
receipts, tracking expenses, prepar-
ing and sending invoices, to sales tax
tracking and payment, preparation of
basic financial statements and reports,
as well as stock management.
For most tasks, QuickBooks
doesn't require users to be conversant
in basic standard accounting proce-
dures. Most transactions are recorded
using computer screens that closely
resemble paper-based forms, such as
invoices or cheques.
One of the biggest changes users
will experience is that the software
will operate on stand-alone comput-
ers.Fleet Command, under CSO(S)
CAPT Nev Teague, has signed-off the
procurement decision to fund the ini-
tial roll-out of hardware to major fleet
Each unit will be issued two lap-
tops (one for point of sale; the other
for business management transac-
tions), a printer and USB stick for data
transfer. This will enable canteens to
really improve their service to ships'
The QuickBook's rollout is being
overseen by Fleet Command.
For further information contact LEUT
Lucinda Casey or LEUT Amanda Buckland
on (02) 9359 2252.
money on board
A new account-
about to be intro-
duced in some
Photo: LSIS Nina
Upskilling with QuickBooks
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