Twelve “Greyshirts” from Team Rubicon Australia (TRA) attended the Camp Gregory Veterans Retreat just outside Woodgate recently to participate in a service project.
TRA a is part of the global Team Rubicon network, the first worldwide coalition of veterans who continue to serve through disaster response.
The retreat's founder Roger Dwyer reached out to Team Rubicon following a suggestion from State MP Stephen Bennett.
This was the first of several phases TRA has planned for the Retreat, with the ultimate goal of assisting the Camp in repairing significant erosion-related damage on the Gregory River.
Camp Gregory information
The Camp Gregory Veterans Retreat is located near Woodgate and has been operating since 2010.
The camp provides all current and ex-servicemen and women a place to get away from it all free of charge, along with first responders from Fire and Rescue, Police and the Ambulance service.
TRA works closely with the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) who have donated their time, funds and some equipment.
BMRG chief executive Sheila Charlsworth: “BMRG is very pleased to be collaborating with Team Rubicon veteran volunteers’ group to assist with our valued community projects to improve sustainability of our region”.
Tasks completed in phase one included some much-needed landscaping, fencing, dangerous tree felling and building demolition works.
“I would just recommend Team Rubicon to anybody and everybody, because what they’ve done and what they’ve achieved over the last three days is way beyond comprehension and any goals we had,” Camp Gregory committee member Robert O’Doherty said.
The TRA Greyshirts plan to return to Camp Gregory in the coming months to continue ongoing works at the retreat, including UAV aerial mapping in order to develop accurate damage assessments to support proposed works at the Camp.
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