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EARS of hard work and intri-
cate planning came to fruition
with the opening and dedica-
tion of the new St George’s
Defence Holiday Suites at the Gold
Coast’s Rainbow Bay on February 17.
Chair of the management committee
of the Service Personnel Anglican Help
Society (SPAHS) Chap Jim Cosgrove said
the society’s founder, Rev Canon David
Garland, returned from WWI after estab-
lishing diggers’ houses in Egypt, Palestine
once said: ‘the
boys will not return
home normal – their
been too dreadful,
and their isolation
from home sur-
ral. It is vital loving
care should guide
their footsteps back
into civilian life’,”
Chap Cosgrove said.
“As we gather here under the shade
of our new building 100 years later, I
am proud to reassure everyone here that
Canon Garland’s great work has contin-
ued and will endure for decades to come.”
Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey
and Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane
Phillip Aspinall unveiled the commemo-
Mr de Jersey said he was pleased to
attend the opening.
“I am renewing a commitment made
by Sir John Lavarack, Queensland’s first
Australian-born governor,” he said.
“Sir John was a hero of WWI who
rose to the rank of lieutenant-general
in WWII after distinguished service at
Tobruk and in Syria.
“He had a special affinity with
returned servicemen and women and
those who sought to support them, includ-
ing groups like the Sailors and Soldiers
Church of England Help Society, the
antecedent of today’s SPAHS.
“These suites will allow serving mem-
bers of the ADF, veterans and their fami-
lies to enjoy this stunning environment
and its many attractions.”
Pte Greg Alford,
of 9RQR, has been
enjoying holidays at
Rainbow Bay since
“What I like
most about this
new place is that it
feels more secure,
and you have the
your own kitchen-
ette, rather than a
kitchen,” he said.
Pte Alford happily recommended St
George’s to Defence members.
“They can bring their families here –
there’s a shallow beach over the road and
a secure swimming pool on site,” he said.
St George’s has existed in vari-
ous forms on the same block of land at
Rainbow Bay for 100 years.
The Sailors and Soldiers Church of
England Help Society acquired the parcel
of land between Coolangatta and Shark
Bay in 1916.
For more information, visit www.stgeorges.net.au
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rest and relaxation
ADELAIDE Universities Regt
has positions available for coming
Subject 2 Infantry Cpl training
Held at Hampstead Barracks,
Woodside Barracks and Murray
Bridge Training Area in South
Australia, the courses are an excel-
lent professional development tool
for junior leaders.
Module 1 is a 14-day barracks-
based course, coordinated by Sgt
Scott Portwin. It covers the theo-
retical and practical components
required to become an infantry
section commander. At the end of
the course, trainees have reinforced
their foundation knowledge and
leave with skills to build on as
aspiring infantry leaders.
On successful completion of
Module 1, Module 2 is a 16-day
course with an eight-day field
component. Course manager Sgt
John Duncan runs a demanding and
“When the soldiers step away
from the course they can com-
petently command an infantry
section,” Sgt Duncan said. “The
course revisits offensive and defen-
sive operations while also using
simulation to train and assess the
LCpl Chris Sullivan, of 11/28
RWAR, is an architecture student in
civilian life and acknowledged the
work by staff to put together a good
“The staff are ARA and they
know how to manage and train
reservists,” LCpl Sullivan said.
“The course gives you a chance
to employ decent tactics while
covering up-to-date policies and
High school teacher LCpl Adam
Wood, of 9RQR, regards the course
as a learning environment that takes
infantry skills to the next level.
“From the course I can take the
knowledge I have obtained back to
my unit and give it to junior sol-
diers, improving all of our skills,”
A course is being held this month, as well
as in May and September. Courses are open
to reservists across the country. Nominate
through your chain of command. Questions
can be directed to Sgt Scott Portwin or Sgt
John Duncan via email on the DRN.
Enhance your skills
A reserve soldier keeps watch during the field phase of the Subject
2 Infantry Cpl course.
March 9, 2017
New Defence holidays suites on the Gold
Coast offer soldiers the chance to holiday
in paradise without breaking the bank,
Sgt Dave Morley reports.
The view from one of the balconies
at St George’s Defence Holiday
Suites at Rainbow Bay on the Gold
Coast and Chap Jim Cosgrove,
left, gives a speech at the official
opening on February 17.
Inset photo: Sgt Dave Morley
These suites will allow
veterans and their
families to enjoy this
Paul de Jersey,
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