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The Hon Dr Mike Kelly to meet youth onboard Young Endeavour in Brisbane.

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THE HON. DR MIKE KELLY MP Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support

Friday, 15 August 2008 030/2008


The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support, the Honourable Dr Mike Kelly, AM MP will visit the Royal Australian Navy Sail Training Ship (STS) Young Endeavour in Brisbane today.

Dr Kelly will present an award sponsored by the Order of Australia Association of NSW to a member of the youth crew.

“I will be meeting the 24-strong youth crew, and nine Royal Australian Navy personnel. The visit coincides with the end of an 11-day voyage which originated at Gladstone.

“This youth crew has taken part in a challenging development program onboard Young Endeavour, gaining skills and qualities in teamwork, communication and leadership. Over the course of their 11 day sea voyage, the youth crew learnt all aspects of sailing a 44 metre, square rigged tall ship on the open sea. This included climbing the 30 metre mast, setting sails, navigating, keeping watch and taking the helm,” Dr Kelly said.

Since 1988, over 10,000 young Australians have undertaken a Young Endeavour voyage. The Scheme operates approximately 21 voyages each year along the east coast of Australia. Australians aged 16 - 23 are encouraged to apply for youth crew positions. No sailing experience is required and selection is by a ballot. Applicants are to be Australian citizens or permanent residents, aged 16 - 23 on the day of departure, be able to swim 50 metres and be in good health.

The next ballot is currently open until 31 August 2008. Applications can be made online at or by phoning 1800 020 444.

Travel assistance is available to residents of Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Voyages cost $1,650 with financial assistance available to low-income applicants - conditions apply.

The purpose-built sail training ship Young Endeavour was the UK’s bicentennial gift to Australia in 1988. The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme is partly funded by the Commonwealth Government and a Public Trust Fund with operational support from the Royal Australian Navy.

To contact the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme phone 1800 020 444.

Media contacts: Mark Sjolander (Dr Mike Kelly): 02 6277 4840 or 0407 102 220 Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664