There’s no place like home for Navy Cadets

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

AF­TER six years of mov­ing in and out of tem­po­rary homes, the Whit­sun­day Navy Cadets have fi­nally found a base.

On Satur­day morn­ing the cadets and staff moved out of their ship­ping con­tainer at the PCYC and into a dou­ble lockup shed on Wil­liam Mur­ray Drive.

The move was made pos­si­ble thanks to the sup­port of the Air­lie Beach RSL, who found the unit, fa­cil­i­tated the agree­ment and paid for the first 12 months of the lease.

New Train­ing Ship (NTS) Whit­sun­day Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer, Sub Lieu­tenant James Lang, was over­whelmed with grat­i­tude by this help.

“Over the years it’s been quite dif­fi­cult - there’s al­ways been that un­cer­tainty of where we were go­ing to be,” he said.

“[But] now we’ve got a place where ev­ery­thing’s there – it’s un­der cover, it’s pro­tected, there’s a sense of place and se­cu­rity and ground­ing.

“It’s our home. It’s not much but it’s ours.”

Air­lie Beach RSL sub branch pres­i­dent Terry Brown said his or­gan­i­sa­tion was only too pleased to help and didn’t want to lose the cadets.

“The kids love it. I think they’re 30-strong now and they’re get­ting stronger,” he said.

“They learn life­style skills and re­spon­si­bil­ity and it doesn’t get any bet­ter than that.”

Sub Lt Lang thanked both the RSL for their on­go­ing sup­port and the PCYC for the gen­er­ous use of its fa­cil­ity over the past year and-a-half.

Go­ing for­ward he said cadets, staff and par­ents were al­ready plan­ning fundrais­ing events to en­sure pay­ment of fur­ther years’ rents.

Navy cadets meet weekly for al­ter­nate pa­rades and on­wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties and are open to boys and girls aged 13-19 to join.

Their next event is a joint unit sail­ing com­pe­ti­tion this com­ing week­end in Mackay.

For more in­for­ma­tion call James Lang on 0402 479 483.

TRAD­ING PLACES: Navy Cadets from NTS Whit­sun­day moved into their new home on Satur­day morn­ing. Pic­tured are: (stand­ing) El­liot Hart, Sean Healey, Tea­gan Voigt, Jaymee Mil­ton, Anita Pen­der, Sub Lieu­tenant James Lang, Lach­lan Craig, Allen Thomas, Jody Van Wyk, Martin Hart, Joshua Scarborough, Gae­lyn Casali, (front) So­phie McManus, David Rap­kins, Nel­son By­ers and Ellen Casali.

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