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Welcome home parade for the 3rd Reconstruction Task Force and 3rd Timor Leste Battle Group.

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Minister for Defence Media Mail List -----------------------------------------------------------------------


Saturday, 24 May 2008 044/2008


Minister for Defence, the Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP, will attend the Saturday 24 May Welcome Home Parade and Concert in Townsville, to welcome home Defence members who recently served in Afghanistan and Timor-Leste.

More than 1000 Defence personnel will gather on Townsville’s Strand, with friends, family and the wider community to enjoy the free concert and receive well-earned praise from the Minister and senior Defence personnel.

At 2.00pm, members of the Reconstruction Task Force - 3 (RTF-3) and the Timor Leste Battle Group - 3 (TLBG-3) will march down The Strand before stopping to enjoy a 3.00pm concert led by acclaimed performer Shannon Noll. The concert, which also features Beccy Cole, Clair Clarke, comedian Gary Bradbury and the 1 RAR Band, is open to the public.

Mr Fitzgibbon said the nation could be proud of the achievements of the returned Defence personnel.

“These men and women have served our country with pride, and deserve to be recognised for the commitment and sacrifice they have made on behalf of all Australians,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“This is a chance to pause and recognise the value of the contribution by our service people, as well as that made by their families and friends who play key roles in supporting our troops while they are on deployment.”

Mr Fitzgibbon said the Welcome Home Parade and Concert was an ideal way for the Government and Townsville community to thank their soldiers and show appreciation for the important tasks undertaken overseas.

“The Government is pleased to have the opportunity to recognise and reward Townsville residents for their support to Defence members by joining with the Townsville City Council and staging this wonderful community event,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“I would like to thank the Townsville City Council, including the Mayor of Townsville, Councillor Les Tyrell, for their support in helping to bring this event to fruition, together with the Commander of the 3rd Brigade, Brigadier John Caligari.”

Media contacts: Mark Tanzer (Defence Public Affairs NQ): 0407 467 235 Christian Taubenschlag (Joel Fitzgibbon): 02 6277 7800 or 0438 595 567 Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664