Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, today visited the Australian Defence Force Army Reservists and Australian Army Cadets (AAC) in Bundaberg, Queensland, to discuss the recent challenges of the January floods and to reinforce the Federal Government’s support for the community.
Senator Feeney met with the Commanding Officer of the 9th Battalion, The Royal Queensland Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Brennan.
“I was privileged to discuss the role the Army Reserve light infantry battalion plays in the Bundaberg region, as well as the support local employers give to our Reservists here,” Senator Feeney said.
“The strong relationship this community has with 9 RQR is best exemplified by the fantastic support provided by these Reservists to the community following the recent floods.
“In Bundaberg I have witnessed such a strong determination to overcome adversity, that I have no doubt whatsoever, this is a community which will not merely survive but thrive,” he said.
In response to flooding in the Bundaberg region earlier in the year, the ADF committed about 350 personnel to the relief effort. Personnel assisted local authorities in search and rescue, initial restoration of utilities and services, route clearance, recovery support and health assessments.
Following his visit to 9 RQR, Senator Feeney met with the local youth AAC unit, 18 ACU.
“18 ACU is a unit Bundaberg should be proud of. It is a vibrant and strong unit with 97 Cadets in a region with many other competitive youth-development programs,” Senator Feeney said.
“The ADF Cadet program offers an understanding of our nation’s military culture and history. It instils in Cadets a sense of community responsibility in a way no other youth program can. The Cadets learn about the values that were demonstrated by previous generations - and originating with our earliest Anzacs at Gallipoli - honour, honesty, integrity, courage, loyalty, teamwork and citizenship.”
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