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The annual Rent Allowance review
will commence in April 2010.
If you are currently in receipt of Rent Allowance,
you may be included in this year's review. If you
receive a review letter, you will need to respond
by the cut-off date.
You will need to complete a statement with details of your rental
situation and provide a current rent receipt or tenant payment
history. NOTE: Other supporting documentation may be requested.
It is important you respond to this review as it establishes if there
have been any changes to your domestic circumstances that could
affect your Rent Allowance.
Failure to respond by the due date may cause your Rent Allowance
to be stopped.
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March 18, 2010
COMMAND of the International
Stabilisation Force (ISF) in East
Timor has been passed from
CDRE Stuart Mayer to Army's
COL Simon Stuart.
CDRE Mayer served as ISF
Commander for four months and
was the first Navy officer to lead
the force in East Timor, which is
predominantly comprised of Army
The ISF comprises Defence
Force members from Australia
and New Zealand operat-
ing in support of East Timor's
Government and the United
Nations to strengthen security,
stability and confidence.
Navy first comes to an
end in East Timor
By Michael Brooke
TWENTY nine new RAN recruits
had their Navy career 'voyage'
charted for them by Fleet Command
Warrant Officer, WO Simon Kelly, at
their recent enlistment ceremony at
Fleet Command's most senior sail-
or welcomed the new recruits into the
Navy fold and spoke about the endless
opportunities for them to do many dif-
ferent and exciting things.
WO Kelly told the recruits that,
whether they plan short or long careers
in the Navy, they should make the most
of every opportunity to develop their
skills, improve their knowledge and
advance along a chosen career path.
"It will be largely up to you to take
the opportunities and seek out the
adventures. The sky is the limit if you
have the enthusiasm to strive to be your
best," he said.
To illustrate the opportunities avail-
able in the Navy, WO Kelly said he was
pursuing a new career after 26 years as
a sailor -- to be an officer in the RAN,
which would bring new rewards and
He told the recruits that they would
soon be part of the Navy team engaged
in critical operations in the defence of
Australia and her interests.
"You only have to open the papers
or watch television to see how active-
ly involved our people are around the
world...in the Middle East or help-
ing to stabilise trouble spots like the
Solomon Islands or East Timor; or
maintaining our sovereignty from ille-
gal fishing in our north," he said.
WO Kelly told the recruits they
were about to embark on the journey
of a lifetime and do things they never
dreamed they could, while learning
things about themselves they might
never otherwise have known.
He urged the recruits to be proud of
their Navy, to be prepared for any chal-
lenge and to be flexible, live the Navy
Values and Signature Behaviours, but
also to have fun in their careers.
For one of the recruits, Barry
Froebel, it was a double celebration
as the day he enlisted was also his 18th
to the fold
ADVENTURE AWAITS!: Fleet Command Warrant Officer, WO Simon Kelly (left) and Staff Officer Military
Recruiting Support, LEUT Steve Cottam (right), present Barry Froebel with his enlistment certificate at
Fleet Headquarters. Coincidentally, it was also RCT Froebel's 18th birthday.
Photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack
Photo: ABIS Jo Dilorenzo
ARMED with garbage bags
and gardening gloves, the
HMAS Harman (CMDR Andrew
Schroder) command team did
their part for Clean Up Australia
Day on March 2 by stepping
outside the front gate and scour-
ing local fields and bushland in
an effort to help keep Australia
Collecting several bags of
rubbish, bottles and the occa-
sional car part, the members
from Harman spent the after-
noon working their way along
Canberra Avenue while enjoying
the afternoon out in the fresh air.
-- ASLT Glenn Suffolk
HMAS Harman gets
into the spirit on Clean
Up Australia Day
Photo: PONPC Jocelyn Blowfield
A CONTINGENT of HMAS
To b r u k personnel recently visited
Lake Macquarie for adventure
training and took the opportunity
to strengthen the ship's ties with
They met with the Mayor,
Greg Piper, President of the
RSL Sub Branch, Dave Edmond,
and Sub Branch members at the
Wangi Wangi RSL.
Mayor Piper expressed his
appreciation for the opportunity
to meet with Tobruk sailors and
swap stories. He is now the only
counsellor remaining from those
who were serving when Tobruk
exercised her Freedom of Entry
to the city in 1991.
RSL Sub Branch members
were eager to impress with their
stories of old but were also avid
listeners when told of Tobruk's
exploits and recent involvement
in Operation Samoa Assist.
Tobruk's sailors are now look-
ing forward to hosting visits to
the ship by the Mayor and Sub
HMAS Tobruk sailors
impress in Lake
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