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Army March 3, 2011
By Spr Nick Wiseman
SOLDIERS from 19 CE Wks will
lead this year's Army Aboriginal
Community Assistance Program
(AACAP) at Fitzroy Valley in
Western Australia, 400km inland
Troops from 6 Bde, 5 Bde and
17 Bde will join them in Rotation
18 of AACAP to provide health
support and training local commu-
nities in safe food preparation and
small engine maintenance.
Project engineer Capt John
Thurgood said construction would
take place from May to October
while the health and training com-
ponents would be delivered from
the start of June to the end of July.
Capt Thurgood said the program
would help close some of the gaps
in the standard of infrastructure in
the remote communities.
"In the Bayalu community, the
current health clinic is in disrepair
so we're building a new clinic that
saves residents from going to town
to go to a hospital," he said.
"In Joy Springs there are cur-
rently 12 houses and we're build-
ing another four, increasing their
housing by 25 per cent so that is a
He said Norforce soldiers would
be joining the project to overcome
any language barriers and to help
mentor indigenous trainees.
Engagement with the applica-
ble regional force surveillance unit
has proven highly successful in the
past.Capt Thurgood said members
of 6 Engineer Spt Regt were being
granted a respite from AACAP this
year and 19 CE Wks would take
command, with contractors under-
taking the construction.
"This is really good training
for the work we do overseas in
Afghanistan and Timor -- working
in a remote area where it is hard to
get stores in, it's a similar environ-
The task allows 6 Bde units,
and others, to practise and develop
population support and indigenous
AACAP is a cooperative ini-
tiative between Army and the
Department of Families, Housing,
Community Services and
Indigenous Affairs to improve envi-
ronmental health conditions within
remote Aboriginal communities.
All systems go for 7RAR
Settling in: Pte Adam Warland, left, Pte Nicholas Manion and Pte Stephen Fooks, 7RAR, conduct a track change
on an Armed Recovery Vehicle as they settle into their new base at RAAF Edinburgh. The move from Darwin to
Adelaide enables 7RAR to train year round and brings many soldiers closer to their homes.
Photo by LAC Brenton Kwaterski
A HOAX email is being distributed
claiming that Members of Parliament
receive medals and repatriation enti-
tlements for participating in the ADF
Parliamentary Program (ADFPP).
Defence Parliamentary Secretary
David Feeney said the email was false.
"I can say unequivocally that
Australian parliamentarians are not
eligible for military medals or repa-
triation entitlement as part of this
program," Senator Feeney said.
"The ADFPP gives parliamentar-
ians a chance to see first hand the
important work of our ADF."
MPs can spend a week on the
Young Endeavour, undertake heli-
copter training with the Army or join
students at the Air Force Officers'
MPs not entitled to medals
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