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October 27, 2011
By Michael Brooke
A NAVY historian who changed
440 light bulbs in semi-darkness
in the World War II tunnels on
Garden Island has been recognised
for his contribution to energy effi-
ciency with the Kuttabul GreenLight
Recognition Award for 2011.
David Stockman lowered the ener-
gy consumption of the lighting system
in the tunnels to three kilowatts from
16 kilowatts by installing new energy
"The 440 globes took two days to
replace and I worked by torch-light
in almost total darkness for the whole
time," he said.
"The award is great recognition
and I hope it inspires other people to
think outside the box about how they
can lower Defence's energy consump-
As a member of the Navy
Historical Association on Garden
Island, Mr Stockman saw the opportu-
nity to conserve energy while conduct-
ing history tours through the tunnels.
He has worked on Garden Island
for more than 42 years with Thales
and has specialised in documenting
the location's fascinating history.
HMAS Kuttabul's Commanding
Officer, CMDR Christine Clarke, said
the GreenLight Program continued to
encourage personnel to act sustainably
on Garden Island.
Historian lights the way
From January to July 2011,
Kuttabul's electricity consumption
shows a 19 per cent saving compared
with the same period last year, while
the water consumption is down 22 per
In 2011 a number of GreenLight
initiatives have been implemented,
including the installation of solar win-
dow tinting to Building 99, the instal-
lation of energy-efficient lighting in a
number of buildings, and the construc-
tion of green waste bays.
LET THERE BE LIGHT: David
Stockman, a member of the Navy
Historical Association at Garden
Island, won the 2011 Kuttabul
GreenLight Recognition Award
for his work installing energy effi-
cient globes in WWII tunnels.
By SBLT Nicholas Warren
MEMBERS of HMAS Tobruk's
crew recently visited the Lake
Macquarie region to lend a hand
and raise the RAN's community
The Five Islands School in
Booragul, one of the ship's charities,
caters for 25 students with moder-
ate to severe disabilities. During the
school visit crew members participat-
ed in an assembly and interacted with
students, teachers and parents, helping
in classes and sport. The sailors also
landscaped gardens and helped with
Five Islands Assistant Principal
Sonja Drewitt said the school com-
munity was incredibly grateful for the
"We look forward to our ongoing
relationship with Tobruk," she said.
ABCIS Eden Couper said the
experience with Five Islands School
"was by far the most rewarding day of
"To meet the students and see the
amazing work done by the school
community was very touching."
Crew members also helped out
Morisset and Toronto Meals on
Wheels when they visited the area on
September 28, accompanying volun-
teers on deliveries and sharing stories
out in Lake
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