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Annual Rent Allowance Review
Are you being deployed during April/May/
June? The annual Rent Allowance review
will commence in April 2011.
If you are currently in receipt of Rent Allowance, you may be
included in this year's review.
You will need to complete a statement with details of your
rental situation and provide a current rent receipt or tenant
It is important that 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.
If you are being deployed and receive Rent Allowance,
$5,000 COULD BE YOURS. DRAWN EVERY PAY DAY.
DIVE INTO A FABULOUS
February 3, 2011
By LEUT Kara Wansbury
CLEARANCE divers from
AUSCDT One, AUSCDT Four
and Reserve Dive Team 8 came
together recently in Brisbane as
part of JTF 637, assisting with
clearance of the Brisbane River.
The 46 personnel were tasked
with searching pylons of all the
bridges along the river and worked
together to conduct the task.
Their mission -- requested
by Emergency Management
Queensland -- had important rami-
fications, according to Commander
Maritime Task Group CMDR Peter
"The divers are helping achieve
our task group mission of clear-
ing the Brisbane River from the
Gateway Bridge to the Moggill
Ferry -- that's about 45 kilometres
of river," CMDR Tedman said.
CMDR Tedman was confident
the divers were prepared and com-
mitted to the job.
"The divers will be here until the
mission is complete. For the people
of Brisbane the river is its lifeblood;
it provides a corridor for public and
personal transport and allows trade
to move from the river mouth to the
city itself," he said.
LS Diver Wayne Hooper said the
task was not for the faint hearted.
"My job this morning was to
clear the pylons of the Victoria
Bridge, about nine metres below the
waterline," he said.
"We searched up and down the
poles looking for items of inter-
est and when we found them we
"Visibility was zero -- we call
that 'black water'. So we work with
our hands and communication to
the surface is via a voice transduc-
er."CPO Diver Peter Jory, a 30-year
member of Dive Team 8, said the
task was initially delayed by releas-
es from Wivenhoe Dam, but partici-
pating in the task was an opportu-
nity none of his teammates wanted
"This is our backyard, our port,"
"We know the lay of the land
here and we know the river because
we have extensive experience div-
ing here. To be part of the effort in
our home region is very satisfying."
BLACK WATER: SMNCD
Luke Neil surfaces after
checking the pylons below
the Captain Cook Bridge
on the Brisbane River for
debris left by the floods.
Photos: CPL Janine Fabre
ZERO VISIBILITY: SMN Diver Joseph Cannon
enters the Brisbane River at Southbank.
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