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ARMY JOINS FORCES WITH COMMUNITY From offering support to local charities to hosting expos, forums and sporting events, the Army’s 3rd Brigade in Townsville has been busy engaging with the local community. THE first part of the year has been a busy and exciting time for the Army’s 3rd Brigade in Townsville. The units are active making sure their procedures, troops and equipment are ready but while the tempo is ramping up, the Army continues to remain strongly engaged with the local community. In January Commander of 3rd Brigade, Brigadier Chris Field, welcomed new Defence families with the assurance that Townsville is a welcoming city, with the city’s community, sporting, educational and business associations keen to make Defence families feel at home. Newcomers were able to experience this for themselves at the Defence Community


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Organisation Welcome and Information Expo at the Townsville Stadium held in February. A key event in early March was the Indigenous Elders and Community Breakfast hosted by Defence Force Recruiting, Townsville. The event was an opportunity for ADF personnel to meet the much-respected community Elders and Indigenous Recruiting Team (SRT-I) from the Townsville region. The breakfast served as a forum to exchange views and build relationships with the aim of helping young Indigenous people with career opportunities. Respect, inclusiveness and equal opportunity are central to Army values, so it

was fitting that the Lavarack Barracks Geckos Family Centre was the venue for a morning tea marking International Women’s Day on March 8. Head Coach of the JCU Townsville Fire, Claudia Brassard, gave the keynote address emphasising the value of stepping up to meet career and life challenges. Community relationships were also enhanced with the first quarterly Townsville Defence Community Forum held at the Townsville City Council Chambers in March. The tangible benefits of the forum are reflected with improvements in areas like health, employment, education and coordination for Defence personnel in partnership with community, government, ex-services, sporting, educational and business associations. Each unit at Lavarack has a particular charity or cause they support. For example, the 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment helps eradicate family violence through support to the White Ribbon Organisation. It’s a cause that Brigadier Field is also passionate about. “Domestic and family violence has no place in our Defence family and does not align with Army’s values of courage, initiative, respect and teamwork. Together we can end domestic and family violence,” Brigadier Field says. “We have a 3rd Brigade Domestic Violence framework in place to support those efforts and it’s an area we’ll continue to progress in partnership with the North Queensland Community.” A local organisation soldiers also help with is Food Relief NQ. With volunteer assistance from soldiers and the community, Food Relief NQ prepares special Christmas hampers for families doing it tough.

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