Community feel at Cerberus

Published on Ms Mia Ginnivan (author), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Cerberus

From the left, Lachlan (age 10), Renee (age 13), Sapper Pat, Pepper Penguin, Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus Captain Stephen Bowater, Executive Officer HMAS Cerberus Commanding Melanie Verho RAN, Victoria (age 1), Lachlan, Elijah (age 2), Annika (age 2) and Min at the Defence Community Organisations Welcome Day at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)
From the left, Lachlan (age 10), Renee (age 13), Sapper Pat, Pepper Penguin, Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus Captain Stephen Bowater, Executive Officer HMAS Cerberus Commanding Melanie Verho RAN, Victoria (age 1), Lachlan, Elijah (age 2), Annika (age 2) and Min at the Defence Community Organisations Welcome Day at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

It was all things community last week at HMAS Cerberus, with Defence Community Organisation welcoming new Defence families and friends to the region.

Around 100 people attended and highlights included a Navy rock group, go-karts and a jumping castle.

Military Support Officer Warrant Officer Dale Granger said families enjoyed the event held in conjunction with Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus Captain Stephen Bowater.

Lachlan (age 6) enjoying a ride in a Go Kart as his family watches on during the Defence Community Organisation Welcome Day at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Lachlan (age 6) enjoying a ride in a Go Kart as his family watches on during the Defence Community Organisation Welcome Day at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.



Warrant Officer Granger said other favourites included a steam truck, police car, fire engine and sausage sizzle.

“The children got into the spirit with the face painting and the Pepper Penguin and Sapper Pat mascots were a hit,” he said.

“Local community groups also attended to welcome new families and showcase what is available in the community.”

Mrs Caroline Mernin attended the event with her husband, Chief Petty Officer Shaun Mernin, and their daughter Ava, three.

 “It was nice to take our little girl to see where Shaun works,” Mrs Mernin said.

She said her highlights included the Navy band, sausage sizzle and face painting.

“Ava had a dance and had her hand painted with flowers and a rainbow as she was too shy to have her face painted, “Mrs Mernin said.

“Everyone was welcoming and made a fuss of the kids.”

Defence Community Organisation is running similar events around the country to help defence members and their families settle into new positing locations.