Vice Regal Visit To Army Range

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Issued by Coordination and Public Affairs – Victoria/Tasmania

Victoria Barracks, St Kilda Road, SOUTHBANK VIC 3006

CPA  – VIC/TAS 000/04

17 May 2010

Vice Regal Visit to Army Range

An Army Reserve live fire exercise being conducted at the Buckland range north of Hobart

this weekend will have a


visitor attending

in the form of the Governor of


His Excellency, the Honourable Peter Underwood AC, Governor of Tasmania, has been the

Honorary Colonel of the 12th/40th Battalion, the Royal Tasmania Regiment for the past two


“His Excellency often attends the more formal events such as the Regimental Dining In

Nights,” said the Commanding Officer of the 12th/40th Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Colin


“Therefore it is pleasing that he has taken the time out of a busy schedule to travel to

Buckland to view the activities being conducted on our field weekend.”

Lieutenant Colonel Riley said he was hoping that if the opportunity arose, His Excellency will

be able to undertake a shoot with the F88 Steyr – the standard weapon used in the

Australian Defence Force.

“This isn’t His Excellency’s first time in the field with the Battalion. Last year he travelled to

South Australia to our Combined Arms Training Activity to observe training in the field,

including the use of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and night live fire demonstration.”

The range weekend will also see several employers of Reservists and potential recruits

visiting other activities around the training area.

“Additionally, a number of students are attending as part of the Battalion’s work experience

program which is something new that is being offered for students who wish to take a closer

look at a possible part-time or full-time Army career.”

WHO: 12th/40th Battalion, The Royal Tasmania Regiment,

WHAT: Live fire training 

WHERE: Buckland Training Area, (take Buckland Rd towards Woodsdale and then

right into Sand River Rd) Travel time from Hobart approximately 45 minutes.

WHEN: Saturday 22nd May 2010

TIME: Media must be at the range by 10.15 am for safety briefs

CONTACTS:  Major Phil Pyke (Defence Public Affairs) Mobile: 0439 445 836

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