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PROVIDING old-fashioned mateship to a new genera-
tion is just part of the approach by the first off-base
family recovery centre for wounded ADF personnel
operated by Mates4Mates -- a nonprofit initiative of
Victoria Cross recipient Cpl Ben Roberts-Smith
and former CDF Gen Peter Cosgrove (retd) were
joined by current and former servicemen and women
in Brisbane to open the centre, which caters to those
who have been wounded in service after 1990.
Cpl Roberts-Smith said he had seen some tragic
outcomes of active service during his time in the
"This centre will play a vital role in helping wound-
ed soldiers make a productive and fulfilling transition
out of Defence service and back into the general com-
munity," he said.
Gen Cosgrove applauded the initiative to assist in
the recovery of our military personnel.
"They have served their country and now
Mates4Mates is helping repay this debt," he said.
The facility includes a gym, medical and psycho-
logical services, a drop-in centre and training programs
for adventure challenges.
Mates4Mates Chairman Peter Davies said the group
supported the existing Soldier Recovery Centres and
this centre would offer similar services in a demilita-
"We complement Defence services by supporting
the families of ADF personnel who are also touched by
traumatic experiences," he said.
"Mates4Mates takes a contemporary approach to
providing old-fashioned mateship to a new generation
and meeting the modern challenges facing servicemen
and women wounded in more recent conflicts and
The Brisbane-based centre is a model for future
centres planned across the country.
Strong support: Former CDF Gen Peter
Cosgrove (retd) speaks at the official opening of
the Mates4Mates centre in Brisbane.
TROOPS deploying to
Solomon Islands in support
of the Australian-led Regional
Assistance Mission to the
Solomon Islands (RAMSI) were
farewelled by family and friends
at a parade in Melbourne on
The 30th rotation of peace-
keeping troops involves 106 mem-
bers, including reservists mostly
from 4 Bde and a platoon from the
Tongan Defence Force.
Secretary Senator David Feeney
officially farewelled the group and
recognised the many personnel
who had served in the Solomon
Islands throughout the past 10
"Approximately 7500 ADF
members have served in the
Solomon Islands since the mission
began in 2003. I know that you
will look back on your part in this
mission with great pride and satis-
faction," Senator Feeney said.
"You will uphold the compas-
sionate, engaging and hardwork-
ing reputation of the service men
and women who have gone before
"Each one of you is an ambas-
sador for your country and an
example of the cooperative spirit
of the nations of the South-West
Commander 4 Bde Brig
Michael Annett said the parade
marked the end of a demanding
and comprehensive training
"It is important to also pay trib-
ute to the families and employ-
ers who are here today, their sup-
port is vital and I want to formally
acknowledge that," he said.
Latest rotation is
off to Solomons
Reservists from 4 Bde ready to put new skills to the test on deployment
Deploying: Australian and Tongan soldiers march on for their farewell parade ahead of deployment to the Solomon Islands. Inset,
Cpl Beck Pinder is farewelled by husband Jay and children William and Abigail.
Photos by Cpl Michael Currie
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