This week marks the 5th week of winter operations for the 74th Casey ANARE team...and the time has literally FLOWN by!
Over the last 5 weeks, the remaining 27 expeditoners have worked diligently to reconfigure the station for the coming winter. This has included strategic staging and movement of outdoor containers to ensure access despite the pending influx of winter snow.
From a work area perspective, each section has transitioned to their 'winter works programs', which entail a range of ongoing monthly maintenance tasks and project works.
Our Wilkins Aerodrome team completed a safe and efficient pack-down of their runway operations and are now be based at Casey station for the next four months.
From a science perspective, work has begun on supporting sea ice and seabirds monitoring programs for the winter.
In between, the collective station group has been focused on completing required winter training, which encompasses a range of field, fire, search and rescue, and lay surgical assistant training.
And on top of all of that, the usual range of station social engagements including birthdays, formal dinners, homebrewing, darts competitons etc.
In other words, it's been a busy start to winter!
- Kyle, Station Leader