Open day for Lavarack Bar­racks Get a look at life in army

Rachel Ri­ley

Townsville Bulletin - - DEFENDERS -

LAVARACK Bar­racks will throw open its gates to the Townsville com­mu­nity for just the third time in 20 years for a pub­lic open day in Septem­ber.

The 2017 Lavarack Bar­racks Open Day and Trail Run is the sec­ond an­nual event of its kind and acts as a ma­jor fundraiser for Townsville Legacy as well as a De­fence re­cruit­ment drive.

This year’s event will be held on Septem­ber 2 and will in­clude mil­i­tary dis­plays from the 5th Avi­a­tion Reg­i­ment, 3rd Brigade and sup­port­ing units, as well as ve­hi­cle rides, amuse­ments, food and en­ter­tain­ment.

The ma­jor event of the day will be the trail run, which gives mem­bers of the pub­lic ac­cess to nor­mally re­stricted ar­eas of the Mount Stu­art Train­ing Area.

Cat­e­gories in­clude the 21.2km race, 10km run and also the 5km short course, with the ob­sta­cle course also opened to the pub­lic.

The trail runs will suc­ceed the Pozieres Chal­lenge, which army units will par­tic­i­pate in as part of the Com­man­ders Tro­phy, where the 1st Bat­tal­ion, Royal Aus­tralian Reg­i­ment, cur­rently leads the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter shoot­ing.

On Tues­day, units took part in the cross- coun­try event, with the first 20 run­ners across the line re­ceiv­ing points to­wards the com­pe­ti­tion.

Ma­jor Mick Gal­ler­gos said plan­ning for this year’s event be­gan in Fe­bru­ary and he promised this one would be big­ger and bet­ter.

“We get to show­case what we do and how pro­fes­sional our sol­diers are,” he said.

“A lot of our sol­diers fam­i­lies don’t know what their loved ones do day- to- day be­cause our sol­diers tend to be shy so this a day for them as well.”

Maj Gal­ler­gos said due to 3rd Brigade’s train­ing and de­ploy­ment com­mit­ments they couldn’t al­ways as­sist with com­mu­nity events, which made the open day more im­por­tant.

“This is the day where we can say to the peo­ple of Townsville, come out to Lavarack Bar­racks, sup­port a good cause for Legacy, and every­thing that you want to see to do with an army ex­pe­ri­ence you can see,” he said.

Of­fi­cer- in- charge of the open day Lieu­tenant Colonel Dave Stan­ley said last year the event raised $ 60,000 for Legacy, so the aim was to now go be­yond that.

“There will be lots for peo­ple do – you’ll be able to shoot and go for rides,” he said. “The event ex­poses to Townsville what we have here.

“We take great pride in what we do and we re­ally want peo­ple to be able to touch and feel what we do and re­ally put a hu­man face to the uni­form.”

To reg­is­ter for the trail run got to https:// www. try­book­ing. com/ book/ event? eid= 281301.

It will be a gold coin do­na­tion to en­ter to en­ter the open day, with all funds do­nated to Townsville Legacy.

Trail runs be­gin from 6.30am but gen­eral gates will open at 8am.

Ment takes off in the Western High­lands of PNG dur­ing the na­tion’s re­cent elec­tion.

COME JOIN IN: Lance Cor­po­ral Jeremy Jones, WO1 Mar­cel Zeven­ber­gen, Pri­vate Lau­rence Reilly, Pri­vate Megan Hunt and 3 CSSB mas­cot Lance Cor­po­ral To­bias.

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