Submariners help out at Legacy camp

Published on LS Christian Thom (author)

Location(s): Busselton, WA

Topic(s): Charities, Fundraising & Community, Legacy, Submarine Force

The Trials Group team from Submarine Force Headquarters helps out at the Legacy Camp at Busselton, Western Australia. (photo: )
The Trials Group team from Submarine Force Headquarters helps out at the Legacy Camp at Busselton, Western Australia.

After a busy year, a team of eight submariners from the Submarine Force Headquarters’ Trials Group conducted a team building exercise in Busselton, Western Australia.

Led by Lieutenant Commander Greg Middendorp, the team took the opportunity to get away from the confines of the office for a couple of days to enhance their communication and team work skills.

The event was held on the picturesque grounds of Legacy Camp on Geographe Bay, where the group focussed on building relationships as well as spending a day working together and accomplishing set tasks to improve the grounds of the camp. 

This included installing shade cloth on a pergola, removal of an old fence, and splitting wood as well as a number of other little jobs to help with the maintenance of the camp.

Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Submariner Nick Cowey said the event was a chance to give back to Legacy and the Defence community.

“We were able to help those who provide care and support for serving members and their families.

“On the other side, we spent a day outdoors and got to know the members of the group a bit better, so it was a win-win situation,” he said.

“A few hours out of our time means a lot to those who are able to use the grounds, especially for the caretaker of the camp, Mr Steve Stoll, who appreciated the efforts of the team,” Lieutenant Commander Middendorp said.

The camp is run by donations from Legacy and offers a service to all serving and retired service men, women and their families.

The campsite backs onto Geographe Bay and enjoys beautiful views and sunsets.

On the whole, it was a productive day for both the team members and Legacy.