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September 30, 2010
By CPO Tony Thomas
SAILORS and officers from
HMAS Coonawarra (CMDR
Richard Donnelly) and Attack Two
(LCDR Gary List) gave some indig-
enous kids from Tennant Creek the
ride of their lives recently, as part
of the Northern Territory's Navy
Community Engagement Program
Jointly-hosted by the Navy and
mining company, OM Manganese,
the activity saw the kids and other
community members enjoy RHIB
rides at Bootu Creek.
OM Manganese operates the
Bootu Creek Manganese mine site
120km north of Tennant Creek,
where the rides were conducted in
an unused open cut mine hole filled
Almost 70 traditional land own-
ers and indigenous students partici-
pated in the activity, with many hav-
ing their first-ever boat ride.
AB Ben King said he saw an
elderly blind indigenous lady go for
"When the RHIB got underway
she had a smile from ear to ear," AB
The event ended with the presen-
tation of gifts and lunch graciously
hosted by the mine site. Navy per-
sonnel were also given tours around
the site, which involved rides in
huge trucks and tours through the
Manganese for providing both the
indigenous community and Navy
members with the once-in-a-life-
Ride of their lives
NCEP would like to thank OM MAKING WAVES: LSBM Tyler
Thomson and ABMT Scott
Belford give kids from Tennant
Creek a taste of life in the RAN.
Photos: ABIS James Whittle
AS PART of the Northern Territory's Navy Community
Engagement Program, sailors and officers from HMAS
Coonawarra (CMDR Richard Donnelly) and Attack Two (LCDR
Gary List) participated in the world-famous Henley-On-Todd
Regatta in Alice Springs recently. For the second consecutive year, RAN
personnel raced on the Todd River to raise funds for causes such as
emergency accommodation kits for people affected by natural disasters,
the beautification of the Anzac Hill War Memorial and assistance for
tertiary students who are required to travel interstate to attend university.
This year the team won the Men's Oxford Tubs by just three seconds.
Each year, three of Alice Springs' Rotary Clubs combine their resources
to organise and host the race.
Sailors triumph at Henley-On-Todd
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