From taking part in fun runs to assisting community renovation, Navy personnel have truly left their mark across the state of Tasmania.
Hard work and dedication to service within their community has been recognised by the Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, with the awarding of the Navy League of Australia Perpetual Trophy - Community Award 2014 to the staff of Navy Headquarters - Tasmania.
“Naval Headquarters - Tasmania have shown you do not need a large footprint to make a lasting and meaningful impact,” Rear Admiral Mayer said.
The Tasmanian team was recognised for their valuable and widely praised service to the Navy and the broader Tasmanian community. The team assisted in renovations of Bethlehem House, repainting the Clifton Beach Surf Lifesaving Clubhouse, building a floating jetty for the Royal Hobart Regatta and devoted time to running the 2013 Special Children’s Christmas Party.
On the fundraising front, the team, collectively with Woolworths, raised over $20,000 for St Giles and supported events with Legacy and St Vincent de Paul.
Commanding Officer, Commander Stacey Porter, was very proud to receive the award on behalf of her team, although knowing that her entire staff had worked tirelessly it was a surprise to be singled out for their hard work and dedication.
“Tasmanians cherish their maritime heritage and long standing links to the military, it is always rewarding to fly the flag and in doing so, provide support to the community in anyway we can,” Commander Porter said.
A driving force behind numerous community engagements and fund raising was Leading Seaman Kirri-Lee Brazendale,
“We don’t conduct these events to be given awards, when one of the kids from St Giles smiles at you, it melts your heart and that is thanks enough,” she said.
Navy Headquarters Tasmania has eight full time and reserve members and strongly supported by the Royal Australian Navy Band - Tasmanian detachment.