Navy engages community at new centre

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Daryl Peebles (author and photographer)

Location(s): Kingston, TAS

Topic(s): Charities, Fundraising & Community, Community Engagement

Leading Seaman Brooke Oram with Channel Court shopper, Mrs Jill Shelverton buying a ticket in the St Giles charity raffle.                     (photo: LEUT Daryl Peebles)
Leading Seaman Brooke Oram with Channel Court shopper, Mrs Jill Shelverton buying a ticket in the St Giles charity raffle.

A Navy display in the recently opened extension at the Channel Court Shopping Centre, Kingston, Tasmania attracted significant attention from the passing shoppers.

The $100 million shopping centre development is attracting crowds of shoppers from Hobart and all points south.

The Centre’s Marketing Manager, Deborah Bollard, said she was delighted with Navy’s presence.

“Displays such as this add an extra dimension to the shoppers’ experience,” she said.

“And it supports our vision that Channel Court is more than a shopping centre – it is a destination in itself.”

As the Navy’s three-day presence in the shopping centre was one of the last Navy Community Engagement Program (NCEP) activities for 2013, the display theme capitalised on the fact that this year the Royal Australian Navy celebrated the 100th anniversary of the fleet’s first entrance into Sydney Harbour.

Navy Headquarters Tasmania also took the opportunity to promote its charity, St Giles.

Tickets were available for purchase at the Navy display supporting St Giles’ annual Christmas raffle. St Giles has recently opened a new facility at Lenah Valley in the state’s south offering support to 4,000 children and adults with a disability.