Official at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville might have apologised after their over-zealous parking police crushed a tourist’s parked car – if indeed they had. Instead, it is us who apologise for the ‘click-bait’ headline. But we couldn’t resist 🙂
Australian Army soldiers from 3rd Brigade threw open the doors of Lavarack Barracks in Townsville on Saturday, 3 September 2016 for an open day.
Around 14,000 visitors took the chance to visit the barracks and take on an obstacle course, watch an M1A1 Abrams tank and other demonstrations, and take a closer look at various Army vehicles.
Earlier in the day runners took on the 17km ‘King and Queen of the Mountain’ race up Mt Stuart – or a 5km cross-country circuit in the foothills closer to the barracks.
1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR), soldiers won the Pozieres Challenge, which featured the 17km run up Mt Stuart followed by an obstacle course.
More than $50,000 was raised for Townsville Legacy, which will help provide support to around 750 local widows and 50 other Legatees.
Based at Lavarack Barracks, 3rd Brigade is one of three full-time combat brigades of the Australian Army.
In recent years, 3rd Brigade soldiers have deployed on warfare, peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance operations in Afghanistan, Fiji, Iraq, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu. .