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The 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment from the 3rd Brigade in Townsville will be granted ‘Freedom of Entry’ to the Whitsunday Region next month, in recognition of their assistance during Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
On 10 November, the Regiment of 300 soldiers in ceremonial dress will arrive in Bowen to hold a ceremonial Parade and March, before being involved in the local Remembrance Day celebrations the following day on 11 November.
The Freedom of Entry protocols include a ceremonial ‘challenge’ between the Regiment and local Police, which will take place during the March and which represents the Regiment’s right to enter the town.
A free community BBQ event will be held after the Parade and March at the Soundshell on the Bowen foreshore, where residents can mingle with the Regiment and enjoy a sausage sizzle.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said the pomp and spectacle of the ceremony would be a fitting tribute to the 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment.
“It is important to show our respect and gratitude to the Regiment for helping the entire Whitsunday region get back on its feet after Debbie,” he said.
“By granting a Freedom of Entry, we are demonstrating our trust and commitment to building a strong relationship with the Australian Defence Force.”
The Regiment’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Harris said they were honoured to be offered this auspicious opportunity.
“The 3rd Brigade, but particularly the 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment has a long and proud association with the North Queensland Community. We are proud to be part of this region and stand ready to support in times of need.”
“It was a team effort, including government, emergency services and volunteers that came together to support the people of the Whitsundays in the aftermath of TC Debbie.”
“This is an opportunity to celebrate the resilience of this community and continue to build the strong relationship between the ADF and the people of the Whitsundays.”
The community is invited to attend the full program of events on 10 and 11 November, details below:
• 4pm, Friday 10 November - Parade near the Port Denison Sailing Club at Bowen’s Front Beach, and March down Santa Barbara Parade
• 5.30pm to 6.30pm, Friday 10 November – Free Community BBQ at the Bowen Soundshell on the Foreshore
• Assemble at 10.25am, Saturday 11 November – Remembrance Day activities at the cenotaph on Herbert Street
Residents are asked to be aware of road closures in place throughout the event near Port Denison Sailing Club and along Santa Barbara Parade.
For further information, please contact Council on 1300 WRC QLD (1300 972 753) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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