|12 August 2015
The West Coast could become home to an Australian Air Force Cadets Squadron if plans by the Air Force progress.
West Coast Mayor and Councillors were briefed by Australian Air Force Cadets Wing Commander Raylene Garwood on Monday regarding the potential for the establishment of a cadet squadron in the region.
Currently there are five squadrons located across Tasmania, and with the Cadets soon to take possession of a self-propelled glider, the West Coast landscape and infrastructure is seen as an ideal location for use of the glider and growth of the cadets.
With a focus on youth development, Air Force Cadets have the opportunity to complete a variety of accredited Certificate IV training programs along with the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.
“The West Coast has strong historical ties to the defence forces and this is a great opportunity for West Coast youth aged 12 to 20 to gain important skills which can be used across a range of areas, not just the defence forces,” Mayor Phil Vickers said following the meeting.
Wing Commander Garwood will now be liaising with Council’s Youth Project Development Project Officer with regards to community information sessions and registration days in the future.
Mayor Phil Vickers with Australian Air Force Cadets Wing Commander Raylene Garwood, General Manager Dirk Dowling, Councillor Scott Stringer and Air Force Cadet Tasmanian members.