IN TRAINING: New navy cadets   with (at back) Commander RAN White, Rear Admiral Michael Noonan Chief of Navy Designate, Defence  helper John Nemeth, and Officer in Charge T/S Kookaburra Petty Officer Peter Beacroft.
IN TRAINING: New navy cadets with (at back) Commander RAN White, Rear Admiral Michael Noonan Chief of Navy Designate, Defence helper John Nemeth, and Officer in Charge T/S Kookaburra Petty Officer Peter Beacroft. Liana Walker

Cadets sail back to Stanthorpe

AFTER two years of absence, the TS Kookaburra has sailed back to Stanthorpe.

The navy cadets celebrated their official reopening on Saturday, June 9, and will be parading again on Sunday.

Granite Belt resident and former navy officer Peter Beacroft will supervise the cadets as the new provisional instruct petty officer in charge.

Mr Beacroft said helping the cadets was his way of giving back to the navy.

"I don't have any children or grandchildren who are a suitable age for cadets,” he said.

"I looked towards cadets and realised that I had a great legacy that possibly I could pass onto the children because of what was passed on to me.

"We live in a society that often has fragmented families, and leadership is often something youth are looking for.

"Hopefully we can give them that sort of leadership, show them that there is a way forward and how they can be positive in their approach.”

The cadets will learn skills in leadership, working together, gaining confidence in their actions and not be fearful to step forward.

National commander for navy cadets Kerry Rayner said the cadets offered a place of belonging.

"A lot of people say youth don't want that but they want to belong to a group ...they want to feel self-worth of knowing they belong somewhere,” she said.

"This organisation gives them that, but also gives them the leadership training to be assertive and to be resilient and I don't think we could teach our youth anything more important than being resilient in the community in which they live today.”

Ms Rayner said a lot of work had gone into getting the cadets back.

"It's not always cool to wear a uniform,” she said.

"If (the cadets) can come out of our organisation being a member of community that will support others, will look after their mates, and will do things for their community without an expectation of anything in return, that's wonderful.”

The TS Kookaburra is currently recruiting cadets. Contact Mr Beacroft on 0418 673 298.

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