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THE decision to raise 7RAR
in Darwin and then relocate to
Adelaide is a move welcomed by
the CO, Lt-Col Mick Garraway.
Most 7RAR soldiers have
already returned from leave and
started work at Edinburgh.
Lt-Col Garraway said the move
completed the battalion's relocation
to its new home in South Australia.
"Adelaide provides freedom
from the wet season -- in Darwin
training areas are closed for any-
thing up to the first six months of
the calendar year," he said.
"In South Australia we can train
pretty much year round and still
comply with the environmental
restrictions on the training area."
A consideration was that 7RAR
relocated into an existing base as
consideration had to be given to
estate costs and IT infrastructure.
"Edinburgh is an existing base;
it had the land available to con-
struct a barracks."
A presence in Adelaide has been
an objective for Army for some
time as part of the Hardened and
Networked Army concept.
The move means a far more
planned and settled training cal-
endar for the soldiers, which also
means the soldiers' lifestyle and
routine is far more settled.
Adelaide is also an affordable
and liveable city.
"In Adelaide DHA can provide
quality housing at affordable rents,
whereas Darwin's rental market is
the most expensive in Australia,"
Lt-Col Garraway said.
He said Adelaide was closer to
home for the majority of soldiers,
and on a Friday night a soldier
could take a flight to the east or
west coast and within a couple of
hours be in their home town.
The temporary accommoda-
tion in Adelaide was reported to
be below standard and Defence
Minister Stephen Smith had said
the soldiers were being pragmatic
about it and had accepted a weekly
rental of $40.
The temporary accommodation
is a series of Ausco huts, rather like
a mining camp, in this instance to
accommodate up to 400 soldiers.
The rooms are smaller but each has
an en-suite bathroom and there is
a lock-up garage which they share
to take additional kit and personal
effects like a surfboard or mountain
The rooms are within walking
distance of the mess and work and
soldiers would be encouraged to live
out and join the local rental market
if they choose.
"I'm encouraging soldiers to
team up with a couple of mates and
rent a suitable place near the train
line or within an easy commute to
work if that's what they prefer,"
Lt-Col Garraway said.
By Graham McBean
AUSTRALIA'S Federation Guard's end-of-year
parade provided an extra hit of adrenaline for
RAAOC's 2010 Soldier of the Year.
The first hint Pte Ayden Fryda had that he was get-
ting the award was when the announcement was made
during presentations at the end of the parade.
He said he knew he had been nominated but hadn't
heard any more.
When the announcement was made that the sol-
dier-of-the-year award was next, Pte Fryda was as
surprised as the next person.
"I had no idea," Pte Fryda said.
"My heart was racing and I thought 'I'm the only
one that was nominated in the Guard so it has to be
"But it feels good -- I've been in the Guard for two
years and it's a lot of work, so it is good to be appreci-
ated for your work."
According to his supervisors, the recognition is
more than well-deserved.
Pte Fryda's citation lists an exceptional two-year
effort, with the Guard member willingly taking on the
extra duties to relieve Q-store staff.
Eventually, Pte Fryda was permanently attached to
the Q-store on top of his responsibilities to the Guard.
Immediate supervisor Sgt Tania Porteous said the
quintessential quiet achiever quickly got on top of his
job and then looked to help in the Q-store.
"He would do a parade and then come into the
Q-store and do additional work, often after hours," Sgt
"He always worked with speed and stepped up to
the mark each time and beyond the corporal mark at
times when the Q corporal was away."
Sgt Porteous said Pte Fryda's problem-solving
ability was outstanding and increased after he returned
from his promotion course for corporal and brought
his new skills to assist his colleagues.
"Ayden is a great guy that would go out of his way
to help anyone," she said.
"He is friendly and well respected by all members
of this unit and outside of the unit."
corps' top soldier
Infantry museum works underway
Dedication: The Federation Guard's Pte Ayden Fryda was named Ordnance Corps' Soldier
of the Year for his work in the Guard Q-store.
Photo by Graham McBean
Sod turned: Capt John Land and VCDF
Lt-Gen David Hurley break the ground at
the new infantry museum site.
Photo by Cpl Zenith King
By Cpl Zenith King
THE Army's senior serving
infantryman, VCDF Lt-Gen
David Hurley, struck the first
blow for the new infantry muse-
um at Singleton Barracks on
The infantry museum has been
part of the School of Infantry, for-
merly the School of Musketry, since
its inception in 1911 and will cel-
ebrate its centenary in September.
The museum will be moved
to an area at the front of the base
allowing visitors to access the area
without having to be signed on and
off the base.
Lt-Gen Hurley, who used a
chrome-plated entrenching tool
to break the ground, said he was
"delighted to have the honour to do
the sod turning for what I know will
be an extremely important part of
Australia's military culture".
"This is where the digger term
came from so it is very fitting to
stand here as the Army's senior
serving infantryman and break the
He said the building would be
a fantastic addition to Singleton
Barracks due to its ability to tell an
"The museum is like an old fam-
ily photo album," he said.
"You take out the album and
flick through and see your family,
this helps you understand where
you come from and how your fam-
ily was built.
"For us the museum serves a
similar purpose, it tells us where we
came from so we can go through
our history and see what happened
from day one of the forming of the
Infantry museum manager Capt
John Land said the new facility
would allow the museum to open
more often and eliminate ongoing
"Since 9/11 we have had to
close on a number of occasions due
to security issues, which has seen
our attendance drop," Capt Land
"The biggest problem is that
visitors have to come on base and
need to be signed in.
"By moving the museum to the
front gate we are eliminating the
issue which will allow us to open
Capt Land said having a new
purpose-built home would allow the
museum to have better displays and
"We can bring out more objects
that remain in storage," he said.
"We also plan to have open days
every second month to bring out
objects the general public don't
Formal opening is expected to
occur on September 1, the cente-
nary of both the School of Infantry
and the museum.
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