Casey honours ANZAC Day plus building works continue.


With dawn light trying to break through heavy cloud cover and a light dusting of snow ever so gently drifting down, this made for a very unique ANZAC Day dawn service at Casey. A calm Monday morning made it very pleasant outside for our 0720 service which was conducted out at the flagpole area in front of the red shed. The service entailed the opening address by Adam, The ANZAC memorial reading by Steve (aka Kiwi), ‘Flanders Field’ reading by Nate, ‘The Reply’ by Kieran and ‘The Ode’ by Jason. These were followed by the ‘Last Post', one minutes silence, reveille, and the playing of both the Australian and New Zealand national anthems. All this was carried out while a compilation of photos, both from the past and present (put together by AJ), was being projected on the side of the green store.

After the dawn service, we all made our way back into the red shed mess for a ‘gunfire’ breakfast, diligently prepared by our master chef Donna. It included a fine spread of great choices, right down to rum and coffee!

This was followed throughout the day with many rowdy matches of 2-Up with 'Saturday Duties' (the main form of currency here on station) being won and lost. The afternoon passed away, as we relaxed with a fitting screening of the movie Gallipoli.

Winter works continue

Other activities going on around station are progressing well. The diesos are in the final stages of winterising non-essential plant and machinery. The projects team are continuing with partitioning walls and ceilings in the new CUB (combined utilities building) on the mezzanine area.

The maintenance plumbers and electricians are well advanced with their schedules and I’m moving along with renovations/refitting of the red shed bedrooms.

Meanwhile, the Wilkins Aerodrome crew only have one last building to move and winterise before returning to station later this week with remaining machinery for winter. All in all, touch wood, things are going great on station.

Danny P