Navy Cadets from Training Ship Gayundah tonight met with the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney. The Cadets visited Senator Feeney earlier in the year at Parliament House, while they were learning more about the Australian Defence Force.
Located at Bulimba Barracks, the Cadets of TS Gayundah, their families and volunteer Instructors took the opportunity to discuss with Senator Feeney their perspectives on Australia’s premier youth development program.
“Coming out to see Cadet Units like TS Gayundah is definitely one of the best parts of my job. Tonight is particularly special as I was fortunate enough to meet many of these Cadets earlier in the year. It’s good to be able to talk with them again and to see what they have learned since I last saw them,” Senator Feeney said.
“It’s also a chance for me to talk with the whole community that is involved with the Unit, from the Cadets themselves to the volunteers who make the whole program possible. It lets me know what they get out of the program and what we can do to keep it successful in the future.
“I always enjoy speaking with the volunteer Instructors and hearing about what drives them to participate in this community service. Without them, Cadets would not be possible. It takes a lot of time and energy to come out here and work with the next generation of Australian leaders. The sense of community is great,” he said.
The Commanding Officer of TS Gayundah, Lieutenant Wendy Broxham ANC said the Cadets were looking forward to hosting Senator Feeney.
“TS Gayundah is pleased and proud to host Senator Feeney,” Lt Broxham said.
“As the oldest Australian Navy Cadet unit in Queensland, founded in 1954, TS Gayundah has a long and proud history.
“Currently 42 cadets enjoy a varied and adventurous program which includes adventure training, drill, seamanship, sailing, canoeing, power boating, cooking, engine maintenance, music, and learning about the history of the Navy and the Navy way of life. They also learn to work as part of a team as well as how to be a youth leader.”
The Government is committed to the Australian Defence Force Cadets; it is a youth development program that provides young Australians with a unique military experience, regular physical activity and strong values, such as honour, integrity, courage, teamwork and citizenship.
Lieutenant Wendy Broxham ANC: 0402 110 166
Office of Senator Feeney: Jeffrey Von Drehnen 0477 348 476