Shared love of the sea takes Navy to Bundaberg for Oceanfest

This article has photo gallery Published on Royal Australian Navy (author), WO Mark Donlan (photographer)

Location(s): Bundaberg, Qld

Topic(s): Australian Navy Cadets, HMAS Moreton, Community Engagement

Warrant Officer Mark Donlan and Chief Petty Officer Paul Cannard from HMAS Moreton's Community Engagement Team with Australian Navy Cadets from Training Ship Bundaberg, at Oceanfest 2019. (photo: )
Warrant Officer Mark Donlan and Chief Petty Officer Paul Cannard from HMAS Moreton's Community Engagement Team with Australian Navy Cadets from Training Ship Bundaberg, at Oceanfest 2019.

The Royal Australian Navy joined the people of Bundaberg recently to celebrate something near and dear to both the Queensland town and the senior service: the sea.

Oceanfest is the Bundaberg region’s premier seafood event and the 2019 festival was celebrated by more than 10,000 people at the end of August.

Navy members from the HMAS Moreton branch of the Navy Community Engagement Team joined Australian Navy Cadets from Training Ship Bundaberg in getting involved in the festivities.

They took the opportunity to talk to local community members about life in the Navy and the types of job opportunities available to prospective sailors and officers.

Warrant Officer Mark Donlan and Chief Petty Officer Paul Cannard represented Navy at the event.

“It was a perfect opportunity to engage with the local community,” Warrant Officer Donlan said.

He admitted that he also enjoyed the local seafood, entertainment and stunning weather.

“Navy was pleased to be included within the 143 community organisations and businesses involved at the Oceanfest,” Warrant Officer Donlan said.

“It was also nice to receive feedback from the local community of their perceptions regarding Navy’s professionalism and service to country,” he said.

Lieutenant Chris Moyle, the Commanding Officer of Training Ship Bundaberg said the visit by the Navy Community Engagement Team was appreciated by the Navy Cadets. 

“Opportunities for the Cadets to interact with Navy are widely spaced in this region and they were looking forward to meeting the team from HMAS Moreton.

“They enjoyed speaking with the Navy Community Engagement staff and took the opportunity to pose a range of questions about Navy,” he said.