the country hour comes to batchelor
- 105.7 with Matt and Carl
Country Hour Podcast Thursday 12th December 2013 - recorded in Batchelor NT
Community members present for interviews include; Bruce White, Marcus Kathsman, Dave Gray, Melissa Kerr, Allan Petersen and Julie Murphy
school holiday program - january 2014
The School Holiday Program will be held three days a week from January 6th to January 24th.
Participation forms for sign up will be available at schools, Council and Post Offices and need to be completed if you are interested in any of the programs offered.
adelaide river final air raid
Final Air Raid Commemoration on 12th November 2013.
Coomalie Community Government Council and the Adelaide River Railway Heritage Precinct coordinated this significant commemoration.
Dr Tom Lewis, Director of the East Point Military Museum visited the Adelaide River Primary School on the morning of the 12th and enthralled the schoolchildren from Adelaide River and visiting Pine Creek. He was joined by Ron Baker and the very agile John (94 year old Veteran) in their ‘Willy’s’ jeep. They also took along artefacts and entertained the youngsters with a question and answer session.
The commemoration at the Railway Heritage Precinct was attended by close to 200 guests from all regions of the Top End and beyond. The arrival of approximately fifty Scouts and Girl Guides was a highlight, all eager to receive their next Scouting badge – which they did!!! Veterans of the Final Air Raid Norm McMahon and Max Cathro flew in from Sydney and were delighted to be involved.
The speakers created an educational journey for all listeners – as did the appearance of a restored ‘Bren Gun’. Dr Tom Lewis keenly stressed the school curriculum Australia wide should include educating our youth regarding the Bombing of Darwin. WW11 Veteran Norm McMahon told of waking on 12th November 1943, at 2.30am to the sound of the Spitfires coming in low overhead in the moonlight, then running fast to the slit trenches. Tindal RAAF Wing Commander Pete Mitchell OAM spoke of the inward bound ‘Hornet’, shortly before Her Honour the Administrator unveiled the Commemorative plaque with both WW11 Veterans. Much excitement as everybody lined the old railway with eyes to the skies and awaited the arrival of the Hornet.
The RAAF FA 18 Hornet tracked the original path of the Spitfires up the railway line and circled back over the Daly. Then thundered over the crowd at the Railway Precinct before surging upward with afterburners firing!! The reverberations echoed through ears and hummed in the bodies of the appreciative audience. Goosebumps!!!.
The volunteers of the Friends of the North Australia Railway manned the sausage sizzle and the Adelaide River Inn received many compliments on the delicious sandwiches. The Heritage signs were designed by Aussie Signs at a reduced cost and the Works Crew from Coomalie Council did a fabulous job erecting all signs. Coaster buses from both Adelaide River and Batchelor School were utilized to ferry people to various field sites.
Funding from the NT Heritage Grants program enabled filming of the event and the creation of a short film, advertising and also six heritage signs. The Member for Daly sourced additional financial contributions from several generous Members of Parliament. St John Ambulance were in attendance, although thankfully were not required.