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September 13, 2012
CPL Nick Wiseman
INDIGENOUS delegates from
across Australia came togeth-
er in Canberra for the fifth Annual
Defence Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Network conference from
The conference is an annual event
open to all ADF and APS members
who declare their indigenous heritage
on PMKeyS. It offers an opportunity
to network, share ideas, experiences
and contribute to indigenous strategies
and direction within Defence.
CDF GEN David Hu rley
addressed delegates and said Defence
was well placed to contribute to the
Gover nment's Closing the Gap strategy.
"The Secretary and I recognise that
the unique knowledge and skills of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peoples strengthens our Defence capa-
bility," GEN Hurley said.
"This conference as an important
part of our broader indigenous pro-
gram and we appreciate your feedback
through the Directorate of Indigenous
Director Recruiting Management
Navy CMDR Chris Curtis delivered a
presentation that included his person-
al ref lections on Navy's approach to
CMDR Curtis spoke about Navy's
special role to con nect with the people
of the Torres Strait and Tiwi Islands
and asked for some thought on the
International Fleet Review.
A key part of the presentation was
Navy's success with delivering a seven-
month pre-recr uitment program from
HMAS Cairns in 2011, which result-
ed in nine indigenous sailors gradu-
ating from recr uit training school at
Other key attendees at the event
included Defence Science and Person nel
Minister Warren Snowdon, Deputy
Secretary People Strategies and Policy
Carmel McGregor and Head of People
Policy and Culture Richard Oliver.
The conference delegation includ-
ed representatives from the Regional
Force Surveillance Units in Norther n
Australia with a joint presentation
by CO 51 FNQ Regt LTCOL Matt
Silver and CO Norforce LTCOL Paul
Supervisors and commanders of
indigenous personnel are encouraged
to support attendance at the confer-
ence each year.
NETWORKING: CDF GEN David Hurley spoke to delegates at the fifth annual Defence Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network conference.
Photo: CPL Nick Wiseman
NOMINATIONS are open for
the second Annual Defence
Excellence in Security Awards.
Chief Security Officer
Frank Colley is encouraging
people to nominate colleagues
across the five categories. They
outstanding performance by
a security specialist;
DepSec I&S award for
outstanding leadership in
outstanding contribution to
security by a team;
outstanding contribution to
security by an individual;
outstanding industry secu-
rity innovation, which is a
Entries close on October 15.
"Security is a vital part of
our everyday business and it
is important that we celebrate
achievements in security across
Defence and Defence industry,"
Mr Colley said.
"There are many people who
have made a major contribu-
tion to improving security in
Defence and the awards are
a great opportunity for those
people to be recognised."
The awards ceremony will
be held in Canberra in March
Up to three finalists will be
identified for each category and
invited to the ceremony.
For more information, go to http://
wards or email securityawards@
A GOOD CAUSE: (L-R) ABMT Chris Greenwood, LSMT Michael Millott,
LSMT Chris Bailey, ABMT Vik Howe, ABMT Dean Bailey and CPOWTR Joy
Newman, of HMAS Coonawarra, with their bash car. Photo: LSIS Helen Frank
For kids in need
A TEAM from HMAS Coonawarra hit
the road on August 25 in support of the
Northern Territory Variety Bash.
The team will travel from Kuranda
to Katherine, stopping at various schools
along the way, raising money for children
with special needs and their families.
Coonawarra Variety Bash team lead-
er LSMT Chris Bailey said he was proud
of the team's efforts.
"I'm excited to go on the Bash," he
said. "We've been putting in the hard
yards all year to get it up and running so
it will be good to reap the rewards and
raise some money for the kids.
"We sourced a car and took it from its
original state to something that looks like
a ship. It even has a cannon that shoots
The team has already raised $6700 in
sponsorship money for NT Variety.
CO Coonawarra CMDR Ben Favelle
said the initiative was a great chance to
give back to the community.
"It's a great example of the community
work done by Navy and it's a positive ini-
tiative by young sailors for a great cause."
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