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March 31, 2011
By Don Deakin-Bell
PERSONNEL from HMAS Watson are
helping the children, parents and staff of
Sydney's Vaucluse Public School build
and maintain a community garden and
Led by WO Bill Shepherd and PO
Andrew Russell, Watson's sailors are
working with the children, aged eight to
12, in developing the project as part of the
Kitchen Garden Program.
Vaucluse Public School is one of only
two schools in the city's eastern suburbs
awarded a grant from the Stephanie
Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.
The Foundation is supported by the
state and federal governments and aims
to set good examples for children and
encourage them to grow and eat healthy
The school is using the grant to
expand its award-winning vegetable gar-
den and establish a classroom kitchen. It
is hoped that by engaging children in the
program each week they can discover the
fun of growing and cooking their own
food, develop healthy eating habits and
gain life-long skills.
WO Shepherd said because of his
background as a cook, it was rewarding
to help the children develop their own
"I know the importance of a healthy
diet and it is great to help the school with
this project," he said.
By David Nelson
A TEAM of recreational divers
from Fleet Base West descended
below the ammunition wharf at
HMAS Stirling to search for junk
as part of Clean Up Australia Day
efforts in early March.
With the approval of HMAS
Stirling's CO, CAPT Brett Wolski,
David Nelson from the Torpedo
Maintenance Facility organised
the team in a bid to join the
national clean-up effort and
maintain the base's reputation
for sound environmental man-
The team of ADF
and Australian Public
Service personnel netted
an eclectic mix of ex-wharf
fittings, dropped shackles and
Many of the items
were able to be immediately
refitted to the wharf, while oth-
ers were handed to Port Services
for future use.
The dive team also recov
ered a small amount of gen
eral rubbish, including bot-
tles assumed to have been
left behind by recreational
The small amount of rubbish
found indicated that recreational
Dive crew cleans up at FBW
CATCH OF THE DAY:
(Above) ADF and APS
show off their haul.
Aquatic life is thriving
in the waters around
Fleet Base West near
GREEN THUMBS: HMAS Watson personnel lend a helping hand in developing the garden for the pupils at Vaucluse Public School in Sydney.
Photo: Don Deakin-Bell
Navy digs in for garden project
"The end state will be the kids
learning about growing and eating
A number of Navy personnel have
children attending Vaucluse Public
School. In fact, the school's choir
performs each December in Watson's
Carols on the Bay.
Watson's assistance in the Garden
Project is three-fold. First, the Ship's
Welfare Fund and the wardroom
jointly provided sponsorship of $700
towards the school's garden.
Second, members of the ship's
company are helping build the garden
and will assist in the garden's planting
Lastly, once the produce has been
harvested, cooks from the Watson
wardroom will showcase some of the
Navy's finest catering skills by help-
ing the children turn their produce
into delicious and healthy meals.
School principal Brian Nethery
thanked the sailors for their support.
"The school's community deeply
appreciates the strong support Watson
provides," he said.
PO Russell said his staff had done
a great job on the project.
users are generally environmentally
The divers commented on how
pristine the condition of the wharf
was compared to others, and the
high variety and number of fish
species in the area.
Fish species they encountered
included lionfish, large schools of
herring and tailor, and even a large
resident samson fish.
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