Senator The Hon. David Feeney MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence
The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, has congratulated the 17 employers from Victoriarecognised last night for their support of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reserves.
The event, organised by the Victoria Committee of the Defence Reserves Support Council (DRSC) and held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, recognised employers who have supported their Reservist employees either by developing a supportive leave policy or by releasing them for Reserve service.
The awards were presented by Mr Leigh Purnell, Chair of the Victoria Committee.
The guest speaker was Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld. Professor Rosenfeld is the Professor and Head of the Department of Surgery, Central and Eastern Clinical School, Monash University and the Professor/Director of Neurosurgery at the Alfred Hospital. He is a Major General in the Army Reserves and is the Surgeon General Australian Defence Force, and has himself deployed on operations a number of times.
Senator Feeney offered his congratulations to all award recipients saying, “Our Reserve forces considerably boost Defence capability, in particular their support of our operations overseas ensures the ADF can remain poised to provide support elsewhere as the need arises. Without the support of employers, such as those represented at the Awards, it would not be possible for Reservists to harmonize their civilian and uniformed roles and provide the great service that they do.”
Reservists from Victoria are currently serving in the Solomon Islands and East Timor.
For more information about the Employer Support Awards and the support available for ADF Reserves and their employers, go to www.defence.gov.au/reserves
List of Award Winners:
ANL Container Line P/L
Brimbank City Council (Waste Services)
Department of Treasury and Finance
Gippsland Institute of TAFE
Middendorp Data & Electrical
Scientific Management Associates P/L
Sunbury Downs College
The Bionic Ear Institute
The Outdoor Education Group
Victoria Police - Force Response Unit
Australian Red Cross (Victorian Emergency Services)
Loy Yang Power P/L
AUSTPOST - Postal Services Network & Transport Engineering Services
Australian Federal Police
DWS Advanced Business Solutions Ltd
Media Contact: Dr Adam Carr in Senator Feeney’s office: 02 6277 3415
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