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Join our newest citizens on Australia Day and enrol to vote in this election year

Australian Electoral Commission will be helping thousands of our newest citizens to enrol to vote on Australia Day and, with a federal election to be held in 2013, is also urging all Australians to make sure they are now correctly enrolled.

AEC Divisional Office Manager for Bennelong, Deborah O’Neill said a federal election must be held in 2013 so now is the time for all eligible Bennelong voters to make sure they are enrolled to vote or, if they have recently moved, to check that their address on the roll is up-to-date.

“Some people missed out on their vote at previous federal elections because they were not enrolled, or didn’t check, until it was too late.

By enrolling or updating your address now you will be ready to vote whenever the election is called,” she said.

“It’s a simple process to enrol to vote, and you are then enrolled for local, state and federal elections.”

To enrol to vote, go online to, complete an enrolment form, print and sign it and return it to the AEC.

To update your address on the electoral roll, complete an enrolment form online at

To check if you’re enrolled to vote, visit or call the AEC on 13 23 26. The AEC website has contact details for people wishing to speak to someone in another language.

Paper enrolment forms are also available at any AEC office, Australia Post outlet, Medicare or Centrelink office.

Deborah O’Neill said it is compulsory for all Australian citizens 18 years and over to enrol to vote and you must be enrolled for your current address to vote in the federal election.

Federal provisional enrolment is also available to 16 and 17 year olds in preparation for being able to vote as soon as they turn eighteen years of age.


Local 1st Meadowbank scouts enjoyed participating in activities and rope challenges at the 23rd Australian Scouts Jamboree in Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park in Queensland last week.


Living it up at Queensland Jamboree


More than 11,500 Scouts and Leaders from all over Australia arrived in Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park in Queensland last week to attend the 23rd Australian Scout Jamboree (AJ2013). Pictured are the “Shuffling Ninjas” – scouts and leaders from 1st East Ryde and 1st Balgowlah groups – departing from Sydney to “dream it live it” in the beautiful Fraser Coast region.

Robert’s Grey Wolf Award


1st Brush Park Scouts recently presented their fourth Grey Wolf Award to Robert Kraszewski in the Brush Park Scout Hall in Eastwood.Robert is pictured with two other Grey Wolf Award recipients Jaedan Calder and Adrian De Araujo.This is quite an achievement for the boys and the 1st Brush Park pack – setting a new record for the number of recipients of the Grey Wolf – the highest award in Cubs – in the one year.

Anneliese Sandy of 1st Boronia Joey Scouts was recently awarded her Promise Challenge by the NSW State Commissioner for Joey Scouts, Mrs Lyn Mann.


Joeys are the youngest section of the Scouting movement and cater for boys and girls aged 6 and 7.

They typically work towards badges as a group and the Promise Challenge is the first badge they complete individually, and the highest award they can attain.

The badge comprises a number of elements including learning about Scouting and its history, considering our duty to God and what Joeys do best -Helping Other People (HOP!).

Anneliese is a fabulous reader, and for her service element, elected to help one of our youngest Joey Scouts learn to read.

She developed lesson plans, including selecting age appropriate books and setting spelling tests.

The child she assisted loved the attention and was certain that it helped her improve her reading.

It is wonderful to see our seven year olds finding ways to share their gifts with others.

Congratulations Annie on a job well done.

Brush Park Scout Awarded High Honour


Brush Park Scout Jaedan Calder was awarded the Australian Scout Medallion at a presentation ceremony at Brush Park Scout Hall last Friday. Scouts Regional Commissioner Charles Turner made the presentation pictured with Group leaders Clarrie Ng, Mitchell Leggo and Lynda Calder. Jaedan’s grandfather Reg Mitchell was also present. He is a former leader at Denistone. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO.


Milestone for Ben


1st Boronia Scout Leader Sandra Webb with Ben Tran, Blue Cord recipients Brittnie Smith and Sandra Buchert, newly invested Leader Neil Carey, Jeremy Stanwix (ASL), District Scout Leader George Simpson, Russell Dixon (ASL) and Group Leader Phil Davidson.

Ben Tran of 1st Boronia Scout Troop was recently presented with the Australian Scout Medallion by Regional Commissioner Scouts Charles Turner and District Scout Leader George Simpson.

This award follows the rep-requisite Adventurer Cord awarded to Ben at District Camp in June earlier this year.

The Australian Scout Medallion marks a huge milestone at 1st Boronia Scouts, as this is the first ASM to be awarded in living memory at Boronia.

It is the highest award a scout can earn in the Scout Section and is considered a pinnacle in scouting – a milestone in their scouting life, with less than 1 per cent of scouts in NSW being awarded the medallion.

So you can imagine how proud the Troop is of Ben.

ben_tran_scoutIn achieving the award, Ben has been working diligently over the past two years that includes attending Scout Jamboree in January 2013; his Adventurer Level hike (Green Cord) as well as mentoring the 1st Boronia Cub pack.

He has been instrumental in many of Boronia’s Cubs linking up to Scouts.

In fact it was a huge night for the Boronia Troop with four Cubs linked to Scouts; a new Leader invested (Neil Carey) and two Scouts (Brittnie Smith and Sandra Buchert) awarded their Explorer Cord (Blue Cord).

Scout Leader Sandra Webb thanked Steven Buchert for his support and also for making a perpetual trophy for the Scouts.

1st Boronia Scouts meet on Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. For further information log on to:

Ben Tran being awarded the Australian Scout Medallion by Regional Commissioner Scouts Charles Turner.

Top award for Junior Guides


1st West Epping Leaders l to r Alison Batley, Jacquelyn Osborne and Robyn Otway with Junior BP recipients Kate Chipman, Bryony Russell, Harriet Batley and Eleanor Partridge.

Four 1st West Epping Junior Guides have been awarded their Junior BP – the top award for Junior Guides who are aged 7 to 10 yrs.

Kate Chipman, Eleanor Partridge, Harriet Batley and Bryony Russell were recently presented with their badges and certificates at a special presentation.

Each of the girls completed various challenges across seven areas of the Junior Guide program: Service, Outdoors, the Patrol System, Leadership, World Guiding, Guiding Traditions and Promise and Law.

The Junior BP helps girls to challenge themselves, learn about others and improves their organisational and leadership skills, all while having fun.

1st West Epping Junior Guides has recently grown from 16 to 30 girls and the District is hoping to attract new volunteer leaders in order to re-open a Guide unit for girls aged 10 to 14, for the younger girls to progress to.

Leadership and membership inquiries can be directed to Cheryl Osborne, the District Leader, on 98783028 or check website:


Royal Gurkha Rifles visit 1st Hunters Hill Cub Scouts


IT was a pack meeting to remember at 1st Hunters Hill Cub Scouts earlier this year when 1st Boronia pack were invited to come along and participate in an inter-pack activity with a difference.

Theme of the night was knots and ropes and to learn something different from a group of visitors from Nepal, being three Gurkha soldiers.

1st Hunters Hill Cub Scout leader Steven Buchert said 2015 has been a significant time for Hunters Hill Scout Group who celebrated their Centenary and this year also marks the 200th year of service to the British Crown by the Gurkhas, so it was a perfect opportunity for the groups to come together to share resources and stories.

Gurkhas have some similar values to Scouting : Elite soldiers with a physical and mental commitment to excellence, they tend to get the ‘difficult’ jobs and yet are warm and hospitable.

After a quick game of North, South, East, West the challenges of the night began – refreshing memories of the reef knot, clove hitch and the bowline, the King of the knots.

The Gurkhas took-on the challenge well as they are well acquainted with knots.

After a refresher with the knots, the visitors and Cubs got down to business in constructing chariots with poles and ropes whilst utilising the clove hitch.

Final activity of the evening was ice hockey; our indoor version of ice hockey had never been seen by the Gurkhas and they enjoyed playing the game immensely.


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