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Army June 23, 2011
By Sgt Brian Hartigan
BALLARAT played host to its first Operation
R&R guests recently with the lucky couple enjoy-
ing the very best of country hospitality.
Former Tpr Russell Nastasi and his wife Kylee
were embraced by a wide cross-section of the rural-
Victorian community when they visited as part of
Op R&R Ballarat -- a subset of the joint Defence and
RSL Operation Care.
Mr Nastasi joined the Army in 1998 and served
in infantry and armoured corps with deployments to
East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.
He was injured in Afghanistan and, as part of his
recuperative process, took the offer of a week's holi-
day in historic Ballarat.
On arrival, Mr and Mrs Nastasi were met by the
Op R&R Ballarat committee at 8/7RVR's Ranger
Barracks and presented with a holiday package
including accommodation at the Silver Birch bed
and breakfast, and a host of meal vouchers redeem-
able at many local restaurants.
The couple were also reimbursed for out-of-
pocket expenses. Vouchers were also provided for
entry into a range of the historic town's tourist sites.
Mrs Nastasi said the week away was a thorough-
ly enjoyable experience and was very beneficial to
her husband's recuperation.
"A lot of people put a lot of effort into making
sure we had a good time and we thank those people
from the bottom of our hearts," she said.
"An important aspect of this, though, was that
the whole thing was organised by people who really
empathised with Russell's situation and really appre-
ciated a good balance between organising some
things and leaving us to our own devices."
She said she would highly recommend Op R&R
Ballarat, or any similar activity, to eligible members
who could benefit from a short break away.
At the end of "a very enjoyable week", the couple
were guests of honour at a civic reception hosted by the
mayor and attended by representatives of all the organi-
sations and businesses who supported their holiday.
Op Care -- Wounded in Action is a joint Defence
and RSL-run program designed to give wounded
soldiers or the families of those killed a short holi-
day to aid in rehabilitation.
In 2009, unaware of Op Care, a small group of
mainly Vietnam veterans formed Op R&R Ballarat
with similar aims, but with the service also extended
to injured members.
Applications to participate in Op Care or Op R&R Ballarat
can be lodged through unit chains of command citing CDF
Directive 03/2009. For more details go to www.rsl.org.au
Bill Akell, left,
and his wife
Kylee to a
reception at the
ON A recent tour of Tasmanian defence sites, the
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, David Feeney,
has allayed public concern about the future of
Anglesea Barracks and Fort Direction. "Anglesea
Barracks and Fort Direction have a significant his-
torical presence in Tasmania," he said. "Defence
plans to maintain both locations for the foreseeable
future." Senator Feeney said planning was underway
to celebrate Anglesea Barracks' 200th anniversary
in December and a comprehensive review of the
Defence estate would be completed later this year.
Tassie still on map
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