First day of summer busy for community engagement in Tasmania

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Leading Seaman Brooke Oram manning the Navy Community Engagement Program stall at the Swansea Country Fair. (photo: AB Amelia Bivolcheff)
Leading Seaman Brooke Oram manning the Navy Community Engagement Program stall at the Swansea Country Fair.

Tasmanians love the first day of December as it is officially the first day of summer. This year the weather behaved as it should, with clear blue skies and comfortable temperatures in the high 20s.

And Navy didn’t miss the opportunity to ‘fly the flag’ and mingle with the crowds.

The Swansea Country Fair on Tasmania’s east coast was trialling a new format with exhibitors invited to participate alongside the traditional farmers market. The Navy Domestic Engagement team from Navy Headquarters Tasmania accepted the invitation.

Leading Seaman Brooke Oram and LS Amelia Bivolcheff reported that the fair was a success.

"Next year we hope to be given a better position for our stall, but overall the fair was a great success and it was great to be amongst the local community," LS Oram said.

Able Seaman Amelia Bivolcheff all setup at the Swansea Country Fair awaiting personnel to arrive.

Able Seaman Amelia Bivolcheff all setup at the Swansea Country Fair awaiting personnel to arrive.


Meanwhile, back in Hobart, it was Open Day at Government House with 3,250 people taking the opportunity to visit the Vice-Regal residence. Many families brought a picnic lunch to enjoy in the magnificent gardens surrounding Government House.

All three arms of the Australian Defence Force were in attendance through the usual Aide-de-Camp (ADC) roles, but in addition to Navy’s Honorary ADC, Lieutenant Shona Muir, Petty Officer Craig Fry and Lieutenant Daryl Peebles were also on duty to assist with the running of the event and to engage with the visitors. Duties performed during the day included welcoming people at the Main Gate and addressing the visitors in the Conservatory.

As the rig of the day was full ceremonial, one of the main duties performed by the ADF personnel present was to be photographed with the event guests.

After the gates closed to the public, His Excellency, the Honourable Peter Underwood AC, gathered all those who had worked on the Open Day to personally thank them.