Task group opens door to locals
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 on January 27.
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.
The driver, Sapper Joshua Oxford, said the children 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 for afterwards.
“A few of the adults were really appreciative, saying thanks and they’re very happy for what we’re doing and I think they got a really good understanding of what we’re doing here and what equipment we’re using to do it.”