Navy cadets re­turn after two years

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AFTER two years of ab­sence, the TS Kook­aburra has sailed back to Stan­thorpe.

The navy cadets cel­e­brated their of­fi­cial re­open­ing on Satur­day, June 9, and will be parad­ing again on Sun­day.

Gran­ite Belt res­i­dent and former navy of­fi­cer Peter Beacroft will su­per­vise the cadets as the new pro­vi­sional in­struc­tor petty of­fi­cer in charge.

Mr Beacroft said help­ing the cadets was his way of giv­ing back to the navy.

“I don’t have any chil­dren or grand­chil­dren who are a suit­able age for cadets,” he said.

“I looked to­wards cadets and re­alised that I had a great legacy that pos­si­bly I could pass onto the chil­dren be­cause of what was passed on to me.

“We live in a so­ci­ety that of­ten has frag­mented fam­i­lies, and lead­er­ship is of­ten some­thing youth are looking for.

“Hope­fully we can give them that sort of lead­er­ship, show them that there is a way for­ward and how they can be pos­i­tive in their ap­proach.”

The cadets will learn skills in lead­er­ship, work­ing to­gether, gain­ing con­fi­dence in their ac­tions and not be fear­ful to step for­ward.

Na­tional com­man­der for navy cadets Kerry Rayner said the cadets of­fered a place of be­long­ing.

“A lot of peo­ple say youth don’t want that but they

I looked to­wards cadets and re­alised that I had a great legacy that pos­si­bly I could pass onto the chil­dren.

— Peter Beacroft

want to be­long to a group ... they want to feel self-worth of know­ing they be­long some­where,” she said.

“This or­gan­i­sa­tion gives them that, but also gives them the lead­er­ship train­ing to be as­sertive and to be re­silient and I don’t think we could teach our youth any­thing more im­por­tant than be­ing re­silient in the com­mu­nity in which they live to­day.”

Ms Rayner said a lot of work had gone into get­ting the cadets back.

“It’s not al­ways cool to wear a uni­form,” she said.

“If (the cadets) can come out of our or­gan­i­sa­tion be­ing a mem­ber of com­mu­nity that will sup­port oth­ers, will look after their mates, and will do things for their com­mu­nity with­out an ex­pec­ta­tion of any­thing in re­turn, that’s won­der­ful.”

The TS Kook­aburra is cur­rently re­cruit­ing cadets. Con­tact Mr Beacroft on 0418 673 298.


IN TRAIN­ING: New navy cadets with (at back) Com­man­der RAN White, Rear Ad­mi­ral Michael Noo­nan Chief of Navy Des­ig­nate, Defence helper John Nemeth, and Of­fi­cer in Charge T/S Kook­aburra Petty Of­fi­cer Peter Beacroft.

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