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Commemorating Australian Peacekeeping
Past, Present and Future.
Australian Peacekeepers have a strong history of
making a positive, practical difference in the lives
of people affected by conflict and it is now our time
to show our support.
Our aim is to unveil the Memorial on ANZAC
Parade on Australia's 65th Peacekeeping
Anniversary -- 14th September 2012.
This cannot happen unless sufficient funds can be
raised for its construction.
To achieve our goal of $3 Million, we have
established a tiered giving approach, so that
individuals or corporates have a simple but
effective way to support the construction of the
You can become a part of Australian
peacekeeping history today!
Go online to become a Mate of Peacekeeping.
If you have been on one of the many missions
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Phone: (02) 6215 4203
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Over the last few years The Australian
Peacekeeping Memorial Committee have
been working hard to develop a National
Peacekeepers Memorial in Canberra to honour
all those who have and will continue to serve on
In 2006, a voluntary committee established the
Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project with
a vision to establish an appropriate national
Memorial to honour and acknowledge this
A volunteer Committee of peacekeeping
veterans is overseeing this project. The
Committee includes representatives from the
• Australian Defence Force
• Australian Federal Police
• United Nations Association of Australia
• United Nations Police Association of Australia
• Australian Peacekeepers and Peacemakers
• National Headquarters of the Returned and
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Australian Peacekeeping, Sep 14 2012
February 17, 2011
By LT Adrian Miller
CLEARANCE divers from the Cairns
Dive Unit have helped Queensland
Police search Port Hinchinbrook in the
wake of Tropical Cyclone Yasi.
POCD Ashe Konig said the divers
were called in to help police search for
"We were tasked to assist police
divers in locating sunken vessels," POCD
"We are looking for the nomenclature
of the vessel and its name so we can
match it with the owner."
With water conditions less than ideal,
POCD Konig said it was difficult to con-
firm the identity of some vessels.
"There were a few uncertainties about
some vessels so we had to use sight-scan
sonar," he said.
"Once that was used they got a few
contacts large enough to be boats, so
they wanted us to go down with their
divers just to make sure they weren't
"By doing that we could confirm they
weren't vessels and there were no bodies
POCD Konig said it was a usual
occurrence for Navy and police divers to
"It is very easy working with the
police," he said. "One of their divers is
an ex-clearance diver and a good friend
of mine so it works out very well."
OPERATION YASI ASSIST
Divers' search mission
READY, SET, GO: SMNCD
Drew Longworth and police
diver Constable Anthony Baker
begin their search for sunken
infrastructure and vessels
destroyed in Port Hinchinbrook
Marina after Cyclone Yasi.
Photo: CPL Melina Mancuso
By ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
HMA Ships Brunei (LEUT Carl
Jordan) and Tarakan (LEUT Kevin
Whatling) received a warm welcome
from north Queensland residents when
they delivered more than 100 tonnes
of heavy machinery and engineering
equipment to support Operation Yasi
The landing craft heavy ships'
amphibious might was called upon by
LCHs get the job done
SPECIAL DELIVERY: HMAS Brunei off-
loads a Mack truck at Mourilyan Harbour.
Photo: LCPL Mark Doran
on February 4
to assist ADF
tions in the
said the ships
to pick up
and Mack trucks. The ships then sailed
back to Mourilyan Harbour, near
Innisfail, to unload the equipment.
He said the harbour was only acces-
sible by sea because the Bruce Highway
was closed as a result of severe flooding.
"Considering they had to leave their
families in Cairns at the last minute,
our personnel responded amazingly by
just throwing themselves into the task. I
couldn't have asked for a harder working
bunch of people," LEUT Jordan said.
"Between both ships, we had about
40 sailors and officers. When we
returned to Townsville to await further
tasking we were asked if we could pro-
vide a working party from both ships
to assist Army and locals in Townsville
clear debris. We were able to provide
over 30 personnel to assist in this work.
"The clean up in Townsville was
physically demanding and the team
worked tirelessly throughout the day --
their efforts to get the job done well and
quickly deserve special mention."
He said Townsville's residents were
and grateful for
the efforts of the
"It felt great
to help fellow
to be thanked in
the process was
ing. A simple
went a long
way in terms of
sailors to crack
tion by provid-
ing the team
ments such as
cold drinks and
ice creams, which helped the sailors get
through the arduous work.
"Fatigue was tricky to manage, but
the ships' companies found the experi-
ence gratifying and challenging because
it enabled them to put their training into
Brunei returned to Cairns on
February 8 where her crew are now pre-
paring for their upcoming mariner skills
evaluation and squadex.
"I granted the crew two days leave
to recover and spend some quality time
with their families -- they have certainly
earned a break," LEUT Jordan said.
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