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Army August 18, 2011
By Spr Nick Wiseman
A POSTIE bike is not the preferred method of trans-
port for motorcyle rider Capt Neil Cater, Cadet Coy,
Monash University Regiment.
But from August 9-19, he is swapping his 1600cc
Triumph for a 110cc Honda CT110 and riding more than
3000km across the outback to raise money for Legacy.
Emigrating from the UK in 2006, Capt Cater trans-
ferred from the Territorial Army to the ARes and is cur-
rently posted as his unit's 2IC.
Capt Cater said he had always wanted to give some-
thing back to Australia by doing some charity work.
"I really wanted to do something to support Legacy,"
he said. "They get two big days a year and I wanted to
add something else."
Capt Cater and fellow expatriate Simon Hill along
with more than 40 other riders from around Australia and
overseas, have entered this year's Postie Bike Challenge.
Riding at their own pace and with five support vehicles
in tow, their challenge will begin in Brisbane and traverse
the Simpson Desert, with 30 per cent of the route made up
of dirt tracks, to their final destination in Alice Springs.
Having never attempted a challenge of this calibre,
Capt Cater said he was looking forward to the ride, which
would take 10 days to complete.
"We'll carry fuel, water and snacks on the bikes with
us while our sleeping gear and clothes will be carried by
the support vehicle," said Capt Cater.
"At night we'll be sleeping out on the ground at places
like community halls and cattle stations."
At the end of each day, participants will conduct
minor bike maintenance, relax their tired muscles and
catch up with fellow riders in a camp setting.
In typical Australian style, Capt Cater's friends and
colleagues will educate him on the unique Australian
wildlife in the outback. "I am not looking forward to that
part." Capt Cater said.
Donations can be made to: BSB: 083 417, Account No: 18917 5399,
Account Name: N Cater and S Hill Postie Bike
Army yard sale
UP TO 12,000 surplus Army vehi-
cles and trailers will be disposed
of over the next 10 years as part of
Defence's reforms of military equip-
ment. Defence Materiel Minister
Jason Clare said the money raised
from the sale of the vehicles would
be invested in Force 2030. The
vehicles to be disposed of are
non-combat vehicles such as Land
Rovers, trailers, Unimogs, trucks and
truck-mounted cranes. "A number of
vehicles will be reserved and offered
exclusively to community and herit-
age organisations," Mr Clare said.
Organisations wishing to acquire
vehicles can register their interest by
or by calling (02) 9393 2914.
A REUNION of the 4/78 Recruit
Course WRAAC School is being
organised for 2013. The organisers
have managed to track down 45
of the 55 women from the course
and are looking for help to trace the
following: Jane Bell, WA; Sharyn
Foster, SA; Joan Scott, Vic; Connie
Galea, NSW; Julie Smith, Qld;
Jacinta Perera, WA; Elaine Whittles,
WA; Maxine Davidson, NSW; Vicki
McKenzie, Vic; Linda Richardson,
NSW. A Facebook page has been
set up and for more information
contact Kristine McBride on 0450
Correcting the record
ON PAGE 7 of the Talisman Sabre
liftout in last edition of Army (1264,
August 4), Cpl Andrew Chappell
was misquoted referring to the 1st
Preventative Health Company. In his
interview, Cpl Chappell had correctly
referred to the new unit as the 1st
Preventative Medicine Company.
Money in the post IN BRIEF
Adventurers: Capt Neil
Cater, left, and Simon
Hill have swapped their
Triumph motorbikes for
Honda CT 110s (inset)
to take on the Postie
Bike Challenge ride
from Brisbane to Alice
Springs to raise money
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