Warrant Officer Geoff Frew, Major Doc Newman and Colonel Arran Hassell spoke to Cherbourg councillors on Thursday (Photo: CASC)
Colonel Arran Hassell explained there were three pathways into the Australian Army (Photo: CASC)

April 15, 2022

Cherbourg Council hosted visitors from the Australian Army on Thursday to discuss possible career pathways into the Australian Defence Force for local young people.

The visit was a follow-up to a meeting between Council and Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll held at the end of last month.

During that meeting the possibility of getting Cherbourg and Murgon youth involved in a military cadet program was discussed.

Cherbourg’s proud history of Australian military service, dating back to World War I, was also mentioned.

Colonel Arran Hassell, Regional Indigenous Liaison Officer Warrant Officer Class One Geoff Frew and Major Doc Newman explained the various pathways into the Australian Defence Force.

These included Cadet Units, Reserves and full-time enlistment (for over 18s).

Colonel Hassell said his delegation was on a fact-finding mission to learn how these pathways could be better delivered in the region.

This could include a new Cadet depot or reinvigorating the Cadet Unit at Wondai where youth aged 12-18 could do activities outside of school time.

After the meeting, the trio visited the Ration Shed Museum to meet with young people and Vietnam veteran Uncle Eric Law.

Colonel Arran Hassell and Warrant Officer Geoff Frew with Uncle Eric Law and local children (Photo: CASC)

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