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September 27, 2012
THE Government has reinstated recreational travel
leave entitlements for all single members of the ADF.
The recreation leave travel policy had been
changed on July 1 with an age restriction introduced
for single ADF members over 21, with the exception
Defence Science and Personnel Minister Warren
Snowdon said the entitlement had been reinstated fol-
lowing concerns raised by the Defence community.
"Effective immediately, the Government will rein-
state one return trip each year for single ADF mem-
bers to visit family," Mr Snowdon said.
Head People Capability MAJGEN Gerard Fogarty
said that Defence had applied the age limit following
a review of Defence employment conditions policy to
ensure it remained contemporary. The changes also
aligned recreation leave travel entitlements for all
"What community engagement following the
introduction of the age limit for MWODs highlighted
is that there is significant community support for a
generous Defence employment package -- including
subsidies for older ADF members' access to extended
family -- parents, brothers and sisters," MAJGEN
"The Australian community places a high level of
value on keeping in touch with parents and siblings,
at all ages or stages in life.
The only MWODs who can access more than one
trip a year are ADF trainees. Defence will continue to
place greater emphasis on their support and they will
be able to access up to three return trips in a finan-
cial/leave year, also within Australia.
The change to remove the age limit applied in July
became effective from 13 September and is not retro-
spective. More information on recreation leave travel
is available on Defence's pay and conditions website.
LEUT Benjamin Peck
HMAS Warramunga has complet-
ed a highly successful and busy
port visit to Dili, East Timor, in
support of annual Australia-East
Timor Defence co-operation talks.
Australia, Warramunga arrived
for her first port visit at Dili on
August 23, aimed at enhancing
the good will and cooperation
between the two countries.
Berthing at the wharf at Dili
required some technical savvy
from all the crew, as unconfirmed
soundings created uncertainty with
the potential that Warramunga's
draught was greater than the
CO Warramunga CMDR
Michael Turner said the ability to
conduct the Mediterranean moor-
ing was critical to the success of
"Only a handful of personnel
had participated in the evolution
before, so it stretched the team,
right from the early morning har-
bour survey to working out a way
to safely rig the gangway once in
position," he said.
"Overall it demonstrated the
benefit of comprehensive training,
superb teamwork, commitment
to the task at hand and being risk
Before leaving Australia,
Warramunga teamed with a cater-
ing company and the Australian-
backed East Timor Development
Agency to embark a significant
quantity of stores, such as tables,
chairs, school books, children's
reading books and sports equip-
ment for selected orphanages.
"A full cooking library was also
donated to the East Timor Catering
School," CMDR Turner said.
Members of the crew volun-
teered for several charity and com-
munity works and their improve-
ments to orphanages were greeted
with approval by the children.
Senior Defence representatives
from Australia and East Timor
attended an official reception on
the flight deck, hosted on behalf of
the Australian Ambassador to East
Timor, Miles Armitage, in con-
junction with International Policy
Division, which sponsored the
Warramunga's soccer play-
ers participated in a carnival with
the International Security Force,
losing a close match. At sunrise,
CPOPT Darren Dyball took the
keen gym junkies on a brutal stairs
session under the watchful eye of
Christo Rei, the iconic statue of
Jesus that overlooks Dili Harbour.
On August 25, Defence Science
and Personnel Minister Warren
Snowdon and CN VADM Ray
Griggs visited the ship as part of
their East Timor visit to mark the
70th anniversary of Sparrow Force.
A busy port visit
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: HMAS Warramunga alongside in Dili
Harbour. Inset, AB Eduardo De Araujo, of Warramunga, chases the
ball during a soccer match.
Photos: LAC Oliver Carter
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