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A SMOKING ceremony was held at the
Defence Police Training Centre (DPTC)
on September 20 to celebrate the open-
ing of the Dharawal indigenous gardens
at Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney.
An elder from the Dharawal tribe --
the traditional custodians of the land that
Holsworthy Barracks occupies -- wafted
purifying smoke around more than 50
ADF personnel and stamped his feet in
rhythm to the throb of a didgeridoo dur-
ing the ceremony.
CO DPTC WGCDR Andrew Roberts
said the garden was established to recog-
nise the traditional custodians of the land
and the many indigenous people who
had served, and serve, in the ADF.
He said the three rocks in the garden
symbolised the elements of land, sea
"At the DPTC these three elements
merge into one to make a triservice unit,"
WGCDR Roberts said.
"I want the DPTC to be a leader in
the ADF as an inclusive work environ-
ment, where equity and diversity are part
of everyday goals and behaviours."
WGCDR Roberts said the gar-
den opening marked a new era in the
relationship between his unit and the
"I want to ensure that this relation-
ship, along with the garden, continues to
grow," he said.
"Accordingly, I have implemented
a program where all DPTC staff and
Garden upholds tradition
THE Defence Police Training Centre's
(DPTC) new mascot isn't one for barking
orders at military police trainees or nerv-
ous detainees, even though she is a 65kg
canine named Charley.
Charley is a giant but affa-
ble Newfoundland acquired by the
Holsworthy-based DPTC in May as
the unit mascot and rehabilitation dog
for detainees at the Defence Force
Correctional Establishment (DFCE).
CO DPTC WGCDR Andrew Roberts
said Charley had touched the lives of
the DPTC staff, trainees and even the
"It is just amazing how morale has
sky-rocketed with something as simple as
a dog," WGCDR Roberts said.
"Charley was acquired through unit
fundraising activities to increase the
morale of the trainees coming through
the DPTC and to assist the rehabilitation
of detainees at the DFCE."
Charley's busy day begins at 4.50am
when she wakes for physical training
with the detainees.
From the comfort of her dog house,
located alongside the detainees' accom-
modation, Charley joins the PT session
before enjoying some breakfast, which
marks the beginning of her morning
Charley has the complete freedom
of the base compound and often attends
classes for trainees and correctional les-
sons conducted for detainees.
She also attends all unit functions,
such as parades and morning teas, and
accompanies the detainees on commu-
nity work programs outside Holsworthy
OIC DFCE MAJ Christopher
Woodhouse said Charley made people
feel at ease in a tense environment.
"Charley's presence has a huge psy-
chological benefit with the trainees, but
particularly with the detainees who might
Military mascot is
man's best friend
be having a bad time away from family
and friends," MAJ Woodhouse said.
"Her presence takes the edge off
things and makes people relax and feel
"It is a bit of a reward for the detain-
ees to be allowed to play with Charley,
while some are entrusted with taking care
of her, which is beneficial to their reha-
bilitation and personal development."
MAJ Woodhouse said Charley's doc-
ile nature ensured she was a big hit with
detainees who were being assessed for
anger management issues and similar
"Some people can get quite emotional
in this intense environment, which is why
we acquired Charley on the recommen-
dation of the NSW Corrective Service,
which has identical programs," he said.
PAW SHAKE: Charley is the Defence
Police Training centre's new mascot.
Photo: Michael Brooke
students will be educated about the
Dharawal people and the significance of
this land to them."
The ceremony was attended by tribal
elders and indigenous ADF personnel,
including SGT John Angel-Hands.
SGT Angel-Hands, an Army engi-
neer, said the garden symbolised the
ADF's respect for its Aboriginal service
people and culture.
"We talk about the Anzacs who laid
a foundation for the future but, for me as
an Aborigine, I also reflect on my ances-
tors who served at a time when they
were not even recognised as Australian
citizens," SGT Angel-Hands said.
"They wanted to fight for their tradi-
tional lands nonetheless. It is these peo-
ple who inspire me to promote my herit-
age, culture and ancestors who served
with such pride."
RECOGNITION: A Dharawal elder (inset) performs a smoking ceremony at the new indigenous gardens at
Holsworthy Barracks, while personnel listen to the sounds of a didgeridoo during the ceremony (top right).
Photos: CPL Joseph Graham
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