Commanding Officer Eddie Vann started the Maleny Naval Cadets in 1995 with the support of wife Linda who is currently Executive Officer. Eddie explained how the local unit was under threat of closing its doors.
“In 2009/2010 our Cadet numbers had dropped and expenses such as insurance and upkeep on our building at the showgrounds were taking their toll.
Linda describes Cadets as a Youth Club with a Difference.
“Our prime aim is to develop the youth of Maleny and District and to give them improved skills in leadership, teamwork and communication. We train our young people in many areas, mainly with a maritime basis such as sailing, canoeing, seamanship, camping and sports.”
The unit plays an important role, not only in building the personal skills of our young people, but in providing uniformed Cadets for local ceremonies including ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day and Australia Day.
“Every time we drawdown some money from the CBC fund,” said Eddie “It helps greatly. In 2012 we used $750 towards equipment for the galley such as pots, pans and a bainmarie. Last September we put $250 towards a new BBQ which came in handy when 60 cadets from other units came to Maleny for a camp.”
The Department of Defence provides uniforms, some stationery and equipment and the local unit must provide the rest.
“Insurance alone’ states Eddie “Is over $3,000 a year and Defence expects a certain standard of safety. We have a small fleet of craft housed at the Boatshed at Lake Baroon. Our double kayaks, corsairs, sailing craft and a power boat all require regular maintenance.”
The group’s next goal is to enclose their back verandah to use as a training room and for extra storage.
Linda is thrilled that Cadet numbers are on the rise and said more recruits are always welcome.
“We cater for both boys and girls aged 12 ½ to 19 years of age. More Cadets means more parents get involved. Our support committee is strong as is commitment from community members and local clubs such as Rotary and the RSL.”
“We’re extremely grateful to Rob and Sam Outridge for setting up the CBC” said Linda, “And to the community for supporting us every time they shop. Rob has also helped every time we’ve needed to raise money by generously donating raffle prizes.”
To find out more about the Maleny Naval Cadets – TS Centaur, contact Eddie on 0408 258 015 or Linda on 0402 060 050 or just rock up to the showgrounds any Wednesday at 5.25pm.