Casey station seasonal changeover took place on the evening of Monday 31 October. It was an emotional occasion as the keys to the station were handed over to the incoming Station Leader. Outgoing wintering chef Donna had pre-prepared an exquisite cake for the occasion depicting both the 69th and 70th ANARE logos — an outstanding effort considering that she had flown out two days earlier. Stories of the year’s activities were shared and welcome advice given to the new wintering crew. With some of the winterers staying on over the summer, there’ll be further opportunities to reminisce.
The outgoing winterers received their Antarctic medallions and added another expedition photograph to the already crowded wall within the Casey wallow. All the winterers are now keen to get home and have a well-deserved break with friends and family after a long year away. The new team commenced their tasks with gusto the following day, with all signs indicating it will be a busy and fulfilling year.