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March 28, 2013
THE social lives of HMAS Cerberus
trainees have received a huge boost
thanks to a welfare and projects initiative
and some slick social networking.
The initiative is aimed at provid-
ing trainees with exciting and engaging
options for after-hours activities and to
encourage positive social interaction with
Since the creation of the ‘Cerberus
Ahoy’ Facebook page, the project has
taken on a life of its own and is now
embraced by the entire community.
Cerberus Welfare and Projects Officer
LCDR Lincoln Trainor said the program
began with a cost-effective refurbishment
of the cinema.
He said base resources were used to
get the sound system working, a Blu-
ray player and PlayStation attached to
the projector and a fridge and popcorn
machine added to the kiosk.
“Now we have a regular feature every
Wednesday, with a movie or gaming night
and people can come in and buy popcorn,
choc-tops or drinks,” LCDR Trainor said.
“It’s volunteer based and all the train-
ees come in and enjoy the events.”
The ‘Cerberus Ahoy’ Facebook page
has been a runaway success since its crea-
tion in July last year.
New recruits and trainees are encour-
aged to like the page to find out what is
happening around the base – it now has
over 600 likes.
The page provides information on
coming events and a voice for trainees and
the wider Cerberus community to make
suggestions for new activities.
“We are running surveys and polls on
the site, so people choose the movies they
want to watch at the cinema, the games
they want to play and make suggestions
for future activities,” LCDR Trainor said.
The activities are not confined to the
base, with local businesses and the com-
munity throwing their support behind the
first Cerberus car and bike show last year.
“That event helped publicise our hob-
bies workshop, which is akin to Men’s
Shed, where trainees and staff can take
their cars and bikes on the weekends to
work on them and learn from each other,”
LCDR Trainor said.
“We also held the ‘Cerberus has tal-
ent’ show at Club Cerberus with the Navy
Band backing 14 acts, which was amazing.
“We had 300 people turn up, a whole
base activity, and everyone is looking for-
ward to doing it again in the future.”
The all ranks Both Watches Café at
Club Hades has received a makeover and
now hosts a popular parmigiana and cards
night every Monday.
Club Hades will be officially opened
on April 19 and boasts a new high-quality
free wi-fi server to encourage more users.
“The café will have an amazing new
menu and a bench around the wall where
trainees can come in with their laptops –
essentially it’s just a really cool space,”
LCDR Trainor said.
“The server we are purchasing is gam-
ing compatible, so our next regular event
will be network gaming, which will be
An off-base beauty therapy class
proved a popular event late last year and a
female friendly boot-camp has also been
a great success.
“The PTs volunteered their own time
on a Wednesday afternoon and we had 20
women, primarily trainees but also wives
and public servants. It was such a success
we are now running it as a regular program
until Easter,” LCDR Trainor said.
With the snowballing popularity of the
program there are plenty of new activities
“My role is focused on the trainee’s
welfare, but it seems to be a payoff that a
lot of the activities can engage more than
just trainees,” LCDR Trainor said.
“The next phase is external events like
a surfing weekend, trips to sporting events
and cooking classes.”
It’s all happening at Cerberus
On a recent trip to Victoria, LSIS Paul Berry
discovered a hive of activity.
SAILORS from HMAS Cer-
berus’ Engineering Faculty have
lent a hand to give Mornington
Park Primary School a much-
Over four days in Febru-
ary, 12 Cerberus trainees and
two staff built retaining walls,
pruned trees, helped relocate
the library and cleaned up some
newly renovated areas at the
The sailors also strength-
ened the relationship Cerberus
has shared with the school for
almost three years.
Mornington Park Primary
School Principal Bev Dadds
said Cerberus’ support had
been a key factor in turning the
school’s fortunes around.
She said when she was
appointed in 2010, the school
was in debt, attitudes to school
were extremely low and student
outcomes and behaviour were
unacceptably poor. Poorly main-
tained grounds and dilapidated
buildings discouraged families
from enrolling at the school as
the reputation was poor and
relationships had deteriorated.
“Faced with enormous chal-
lenges, it was going to be near
impossible to make improve-
ments to the school without
the most amazing support we
received from the Navy trainees
and their dedicated leaders,”
Principal Dadds said.
“Several sailors have been
regular visitors to our school
and have formed positive
relationships with staff and
“It has been fabulous for
our children to be able to read,
draw, play basketball, footy and
even tiggy with such terrific role
BEAMING wet smiles were a fix-
ture as the Cerberus Water Ski Club
(CWSC) hosted children and fami-
lies affected by cancer as part of
the Challenge organisation’s annual
summer camp on January 25.
Members of the club were joined
by a handful of Cerberus trainees to
coordinate and organise water-based
activities in support of the Challenge
Camp at the National Water Sports
Centre in Victoria.
Challenge is a not-for-profit
organisation that provides daily sup-
port for children and families living
with cancer from the time of diagno-
sis, through treatment and beyond.
CWSC President CPOET Laurie
Williams said it was inspiring to
see how much courage the kids dis-
played in the water.
“The trainees and CWSC staff
look after the kids and we do what-
ever they want for the day,” CPO
“We put them on tubes or skis
and some are just happy riding in
the boats. It’s all about them having
a good time.
“Even if they only go 50 or 100m
they’ve got the biggest smiles on
their faces and they’re lining up to
have another go.”
Challenge CEO David Rogers
said the organisation was fortunate
to have Navy involved.
“Navy is a fantastic resource,
they’ve got great skills and it gives
our kids a chance to learn new
things,” Mr Rogers said.
“The Navy guys really give them
the confidence and the will to do
things they thought weren’t possible,
which is a great thing.”
TRAINEES AND STAFF REJUVENATE SCHOOL
HELPING HANDS: Personnel
help build a retaining wall at
Mornington Park Primary School.
Challenging kids to have a
go causes smiles all round
Children get taken
for a tube ride
by the Cerberus
Water Ski Club.
Photos: LSIS Paul
McCallum and Challenge
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