Final plans for the upcoming Operation Flinders programs are almost complete. The participants should have completed their Medical examinations, submitted signed documents and are now cleared to take part in the March 2018 Operation Flinders Camp.
Congratulations to the successful candidates and we would like to thank all parents and stakeholders for your prompt responses and support to get us up to this point. In saying that, we now look at the next phase in ensuring that you all have the information required to get these young men ready for their adventure.
Territory Families have purchased Hiking Boots, socks, Long Cargo pants, belt, Wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste and some medical supplies for each participant. Unfortunately due to usual geographical challenges in getting gear in to Nhulunbuy, most of the participant’s boots and socks have not arrived and we will be picking them up when in Darwin.
Flights are booked and we are scheduled to depart Gove on Monday 19th March 2018 at 1.50pm through to Darwin. We will be asking Parents, carers and stakeholders to meet at the Nhulunbuy YOREO Office at 11am on the Monday with participants and all their gear. Here we aim to have a brief send off to the team and thank everyone for their involvement in making this happen and supporting these youth to take on this opportunity.
Arrival in Darwin is scheduled to be at 3.00pm and we will check into provided accommodation at the Airport Mercure Resort. We have organised for Adam Drake from Balanced Choices to meet the team at the resort and provide us with a fun filled session of team building and confidence driven exercises. Adam has been doing some amazing work with Youth in Darwin and will be a great way to kick off this experience for the young men. Dinner arrangements have been made and will be provided through the Mercure Resort for the team as well as breakfast the next day.
Tuesday 20th March 2018 we are scheduled to depart Darwin via Qantas airways at 12.00pm and arrive in Adelaide at approximately 4.45pm Adelaide time. Operation Flinders Staff will meet us at the airport and transport the team by bus to the Adelaide Shores Caravan Park where we will be accommodated for the night. Dinner will be provided at the Caravan Park by Operation Flinders.
An early morning wake up is scheduled at 05.00am on Wednesday 21st March 2018 to be on the bus and travelling by 05.30 am. The bus trip will take approximately 7 hours from Adelaide to Yankinina Station in the Flinders Ranges with breakfast and lunch provided. As we are expected to arrive for insertion to the trek early afternoon, we will meet team leaders Brad Smith and Achuil Wol who will take over the lead roles with our team. For the next 8 days and nights we are in the hands of experienced guides through the remarkable landscapes of the Flinders Ranges. There will also be a traditional welcome to country conducted on the first night with the Traditional Owner of the Yankinina Station. Please note, there will be no phone reception during this period – Emergency Contact Numbers will be listed below.
The team is scheduled to be extracted from camp on the Wednesday 29th March 2018 early morning before receiving a graduation ceremony by Operation Flinders Senior Members. Then, from here its back on the bus to the big smoke of Adelaide and accommodation will be at the Adelaide Shores Caravan Park once again and meals will be provided.
On Thursday 29th of March 2018 we are scheduled to depart Adelaide via Qantas Airways at 08.00am arriving in Darwin at approximately 10.45am. Whilst in Darwin we are aiming to have another session with Adam Drake from Balanced Choices at the Airport Mercure Resort where we will all be accommodated again. Breakfast lunch and dinner will be provided. Hopefully we’ll also be able to get some free time in Darwin for the team to unwind.
We are scheduled to return to Nhulunbuy on Friday 30th March 2018 departing Darwin Airport via Air North at 07.30am arriving at approximately 08.45am. We ask for Parents or carers to make arrangements for pickup of participants from the Nhulunbuy airport at this time. Please let us know if there are any issues in arranging pickup for participants and we will assist where possible.
What to Pack???
There’s not much left to pack for our participants. We have been informed from Operation Flinders that weather will range from approx… 15 degrees through the night and approximately 30 degrees through the day. So, we would suggest to pack as light as possible, perhaps 2 or 3 sets of shorts and shirts, runners, thongs, one jumper and sufficient underwear for the trek. There will be limited opportunity for participants to purchase goods, however it might not be a bad idea to have some pocket money for the trip. All participants are required to bring their school ID or other appropriate Identification for travel purposes.
Emergency Contact information
Joseph Smith and I will be with the participants for the duration of the trip. We will be contactable either side of the trek to The Flinders Ranges. This will be from departure in Nhulunbuy on Monday 19th March 2018 up until mid-morning on Wednesday 21st March 2018. We will not be contactable again until approximately mid-morning on Wednesday 28th March 2018 where we will remain contactable up until arrival back in Nhulunbuy on Friday 30th March 2018. For any emergencies during the exercise, you can contact the Operation Flinders Staff below who will then be able to get in touch with us whilst on the trek.
YOREO Staff Attending;-
- Troy Barrett – tel: 0429 677 817
- Joseph Smith – tel: 0438 781 212
YOREO Team Leader Contact
- Peter Fletcher – tel: 0418 139 253
Operation Flinders Emergency Contact
- 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday Ph: (08) 8245 2666
Address: Level 1, 12 Angus Avenue, Edwardstown SA 5039
- After Hours Contact Ph: (08) 8245 2600
- Yankaninna Station Ph: (08) 8648 4817 or (08) 8648 4719