Residents in Omeo, Victoria, got a closer look at some of the vehicles and equipment they’d seen around town recently, as Task Group Dingo opened its doors for a sticky-beak.
CAPTION: Regimental Sergeant Major 5th/6th Battalion, Royal Victorian Regiment, Warrant Officer Class One Anthony Jones watches as Omeo local Ryan checks out a Mercedes G-Wagon. Photo and story by Corporal Sebastian Beurich.
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There was a variety of equipment on display, including Rheinmetall HX40M and HX77 trucks, Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles and metal-detecting equipment.
Papua New Guinean Defence Force soldiers also performed a cultural display, singing and dancing for the crowds.
Omeo local Kate said the day was far busier than she thought it would be.
“It was terrific. It was very well supported and I thought the day was great,” she said.
“Everything was really good. The size of the vehicles was surprising and everyone was very enthusiastic.
“We enjoyed the day immensely.”
The highlight for most who attended was a Bushmaster ride.
Driver Sapper Joshua Oxford said the kids loved it.
“A few of the parents got amongst it, as well as a woman who didn’t have use of her legs,” he said.
“We managed to pick her up and get her to have a go, which she really enjoyed and her family came and thanked us afterwards.
“A few of the adults were really appreciative, saying thanks and they’re very happy for what we’re doing.
“I think they got a really good understanding of what we’re doing here and what equipment we’re using to do it.”
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