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Flying the flag

Tuesday, 24th April, 2018

(From left) Catcon’s Mick Jonas, Jenny Loughron, Steve Walker, Jason Silimaka and Geoff House who have either served or had family in the military, stand in front of one of three flags that have been placed to commemorate ANZAC Day. (From left) Catcon’s Mick Jonas, Jenny Loughron, Steve Walker, Jason Silimaka and Geoff House who have either served or had family in the military, stand in front of one of three flags that have been placed to commemorate ANZAC Day.

By Myles Burt

Workers at the Silverton Windfarm have shown their respects by flying Australian military and ANZAC flags on cranes and construction fences.

The idea was formed after one worker with a proud military history brought the flags on site in the days leading up to ANZAC Day.

Worker and ex-naval officer Jenny Loughron said the RAAF, Navy and Army flags have been placed around the worksite offices along with ‘Lest We Forget’ flags flying off every crane.

Ms Loughron previously served in the Navy for more than 20 years and said that a lot of workers at the windfarm had ex-military background or military family background.

She said tomorrow morning workers would have a commemorative barbecue breakfast with proceeds going to Lifeline, and then move onto the Dawn Service.

Ms Loughron said windfarm workers from the district and interstate as well as New Zealanders and other nationalities would attend the breakfast.

“Everyone who can make it will be at the dawn service,” said Ms Loughron.

Health Safety Environment officer Geoff House said Cacton wanted to support the event, due to the large amount of workers from across Australia that weren’t able to commemorate or march with their families this coming ANZAC Day.

“A lot of them do participate in dawn services, marches or even just as spectators with their extended family,” Mr House said.

Canton Site Manager Dave Simmonds said many of their workers had relatives who fought in the Great War, and was happy to support workers at the windfarm who wanted to commemorate the day.

“They are flying the flag high here at the windfarm, and Catcon supports their efforts on this most important day to all Australians,” said Mr Simmonds.

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