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Capt Tim Sydenham
FOR the fourth year in a row,
10/27RSAR have won the Simpson
Trophy, Australia’s longest stand-
ing military competition.
Established in 1890, this year’s
event featured 10 teams including
representatives from 10/27RSAR, 3
Fd Sqn, 7RAR, 16ALR, 9CSSB, 144
Sig Sqn and Adelaide Universities
Held at the Murray Bridge
Training Area in South Australia on
October 8, entrants competed indi-
vidually with their score adding to
their overall team ranking.
There to witness the event were
three descendants of Alfred Simpson,
the man who donated the trophy
presented to the team winners. His
3-band musket is the permanent tro-
phy for best shot on the day.
Adam Simpson said his great-
great grandfather ran for parlia-
ment on the platform that politicians
shouldn’t be paid as it would only
attract the wrong type of person.
“For him, service to the com-
munity was reward enough,” Mr
“If he was here today I’m sure
he would be proud to see the fine
marksmanship on display by mem-
bers of the Army.”
The team from 10/27RSAR
Marksmanship on show in South Australia
A soldier takes cover in
the combat sneaker lane.
Photos by Capt Tim Sydenham
The winning team from 10/27RSAR and the best shot of the day,
LCpl Tim Harral, centre.
Sharing common interests
comprising Cpl Benjamin Healy,
Cpl Aidan Mol, Pte Nathaniel
Bastian and Pte Lachlan Harris took
the top prize with a total score of
785, 59 points clear of the second-
placed team from 16ALR.
“Largely our team was pretty
disappointed with their individual
scores,” Cpl Healy said. “But togeth-
er we had a good overall aggregate
and it brought home the win. It’s a
proud moment for us and the unit.”
After a final shootout between
two drawn participants, the best shot
was awarded to LCpl Tim Harral, of
3 Fd Sqn, with a result of 215.
“To be honest I didn’t think I had
a chance,” he said.
“At the WTSS the night before
we had some pretty good numbers
going down range and I just hap-
pened to be lucky enough to jag it on
Not only did this year’s event
feature the traditional marksmanship
competition, participants were also
able to experience a combat sneaker
lane shooting on steel targets.
This year’s event was run by
AUR. The competition is open to
ADF personnel in South Australia.
CDF ACM Mark Binskin and senior
ADF officers hosted their Indonesian
counterparts during a military engage-
ment in Canberra on October 25.
On his first visit to Australia as the
Indonesian National Armed Forces
Commander, Gen Gatot Nurmantyo
was accompanied by seven senior
Indonesian military representatives.
ACM Binskin said the size of the
delegation demonstrated the commit-
ment to strengthening people-to-people
links between Indonesia and Australia.
“We value our friendship with
Indonesia and recognise that strong
peer-to-peer relationships are an impor-
tant factor in maintaining mutual trust
and cooperation,” he said.
Gen Nurmantyo and ACM Binskin
also signed a joint statement on defence
“As neighbours we share maritime
borders and a common interest in pro-
moting regional security,” CDF said.
“The statement reflects our shared
desire to broaden and strengthen our
cooperation in priority areas, including
counterterrorism, maritime security,
humanitarian assistance and disaster
relief, peacekeeping and intelligence.”
DEFENCE and the Australian
Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) have
announced a groundbreaking partner-
ship to manage and conserve land
within the Yampi Sound Training
Area in West Kimberley.
Defence will trial the AWC’s land
management and conservation services
throughout the 560,000-hectare Yampi
Sound Training Area for an initial term
of six years and a renewal term of two
Yampi has been Defence-owned
since the 1970s and is home to more
than 1000 plant species, a large number
of animals including over 50 mammal
species, more than 270 bird species and
around 100 reptile species, many of
which are endangered.
The AWC trial will involve site-
specific conservation initiatives includ-
ing cool burn fires, weed and feral
animal management, biological surveys
and monitoring of threatened species
and vegetation communities.
Partnering with a non-government
organisation in this way is a first for
“This partnership with the AWC will
improve the knowledge of ecosystems
at Yampi and advance conservation
outcomes for this important land area,”
Defence Secretary Dennis Richardson
AWC CEO Atticus Fleming said his
staff were delighted to have the oppor-
tunity to assist Defence in improving
threatened species conservation at
“The AWC has an extensive team of
ecologists and technical experts in the
Kimberley and is well placed to deliver
the suite of adaptive land management
and monitoring services at Yampi,” Mr
Central to the success of the partner-
ship will be the involvement of Yampi’s
traditional owners – the Dambimangari
The initiative will deliver a signifi-
cant increase in Dambimangari involve-
ment at Yampi through employment
within AWC’s on-ground team, training
and ongoing engagement in the design
and delivery of fire management and
other land management strategies.
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