There’s no place like home for Navy Cadets
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.