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LCDR Chloe Wootten
AFTER 54 years the HMAS
Creswell Golf Club closed earlier
this year, but the enthusiasm and
generosity of the membership left
a lasting legacy on the Shoalhaven
with sizeable donations made to
two local charities.
Former club vice president CPO
Don Waples and final club captain
John Hewitt presented cheques on
May 27 to the Sir David Martin
Foundation and the South Coast
Branch of Legacy Australia.
The Sir David Martin
Foundation supports Triple Care
Farm at Robertson in NSW, which
provides treatment and support to
100 young people in need each
Lady Susie Martin accepted the
“The money kindly donated
by the Creswell Golf Club will go
towards rehabilitation, counselling,
life skills and vocational and edu-
cational training to help the young
people get back on their feet,”
Lady Martin said.
The closure of the club was per-
sonal to Lady Martin, as she played
her first rounds of golf at the club
when her husband, Sir David
Martin, was XO Creswell in 1967.
Ray Pearson was also on hand
to receive the cheque for Nowra
“Legacy supports 503 wid-
ows, 10 junior legatees and eight
special needs dependants in the
Shoalhaven, relying totally on
donations,” he said.
CPO Waples said a steady
decline in Defence membership
was the catalyst for the demise of
“The lack of current serv-
ing members was saddening, but
increased security measures made
things difficult and finances were
also tight. Unfortunately this chap-
ter of Creswell’s history has now
closed,” he said.
“We had a great bunch of peo-
ple playing here and we are proud
to be able to donate our outstand-
ing funds to such worthy causes.”
The course at Creswell still pro-
vides an essential fire-break for the
base and is used for leadership and
teamwork exercises year-round.
SBLT Rachel Jones
OPERATiONAL deployment usually
involves leaving family behind but it was the
opposite for two pairs of siblings on board
HMA Ships Newcastle and Toowoomba.
When Newcastle rendezvoused with
Toowoomba on May 28 to conduct the hand-
over for Operation Slipper, amidst the flurry
of personnel, stores transfers and handovers,
there was also time for a quick reunion for
ABML-C Wallis Beresford was lucky
enough to have her brother LSET James
Beresford, of Toowoomba, visit her on board
Newcastle in the indian Ocean.
She had not seen him since December 28
when he sailed for the MEAO in Toowoomba.
AB Beresford said her brother had a lot
of stories to share with her.
“He said the deployment had been lots of
fun and he kept himself very busy. He even
brought me over chocolate, seasickness pills
and his leftover money from the Middle
East,” AB Beresford said.
Amazingly, another sibling reunion was
able to be facilitated during the handover.
ASLT Mitchell Vines, of Newcastle,
managed to visit his younger brother, LSEW
Damian Vines, on board Toowoomba.
ASLT Vines said they did a quick tour of
the ship before they sat down to swap news
“it was a great opportunity to share sto-
ries of our different deployments,” he said.
LSIS Helen Frank
ELECTRONiCS technicians looking
for a challenge can “pimp” their robot
in the inaugural Navy Engineering
Challenge, which began with the
Mechanical Challenge on June 3.
The aim of the competition is to pro-
mote teamwork, skill-of-hand and job
planning skills among technical sail-
ors. The challenge has been developed
with input from the technical commu-
nity and consists of three sub-elements
mechanical, electronics and aviation.
The regional electronics challenge
will involve teams of four electronics
technicians with a maximum of one
petty officer and minimum of two able
seamen or seamen.
Each team will assemble a kit to cre-
ate an optical fire control system nick-
System alignment will be completed
with a supplied laser and the competi-
tion will finish with a tracking and laser-
firing run against standardised targets.
The winning regional teams will
then compete at a national level using a
more complex kit called MONTee.
POET Jeremy Younger, of the
Aerospace Materiel System Program
Office, has put together the AiMee and
MONTee kits and will also be on the
“The designs are prototypes made
with recyclable materials where possi-
ble,” PO Younger said.
“When i was building this project i
came across challenges and solutions
that sparked my interest in both elec-
tronics and robotics.
“i feel extremely lucky that i have
been a part of this.”
He said it should take a team three to
four hours to construct, understand the
for the top bot
TAKE THE CHALLENGE: POET Jeremy Younger and LCDR Damon Craig
with the robot named MONTee, the larger of the two concept robots for the
Navy Engineering Challenge.
Catching up with family a
rare treat on operations
Club hits final ace with
two charitable donations
software and complete basic testing on
AiMee, but teams should take the extra
time during the design process.
“For maximum points they can
‘pimp’ their fire control system, as func-
tionality is only one part of the process,”
MONTee will take teams a little
longer to construct. Teams should allow
7-20 hours, depending on their build
components, quality, skill levels and
how much they “pimp” their robot.
“This competition gives ETs a chance
to show their abilities to create, design
and implement a fire control system and
prove you don’t need to be an engineer
to design something,” PO Younger said.
“Teams can show off their imagi-
nation and someone could become
the next James Michael O’Dwyer, the
Australian inventor that created the
Metal Storm technology.
“There is of course the prize of call-
ing yourself a Champion Technician,
which is something that i would be very
proud of and would aspire to be.”
The AiMee kits will be supplied by
mid-July and judging will start about six
weeks later. The team with the highest
score in each region will be issued with
the MONTee kit for the national competi-
tion in Sydney on December 4.
For more information visit http://intranet.
SAY HELLO: Siblings LSET James Beresford and ABML-C
Wallis Beresford (top) and ASLT Mitchell Vines and LSEW
Damian Vines (above) caught up at sea.
Photos: LSEW Georgina Herdmun and LEUT Joshua Clifford
PARTING GIFT: CPO Don Waples presents a donation to Lady
Susie Martin for the Sir David Martin Foundation.
Photo: LCDR Chloe Wootten
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