There has been a changing of the guard at the helm of Mount Isa’s Army Depot.
Major Jeremy Barraclough has finished his two year stint at the head of Delta Co 51st Battalion of Far North Queensland Regiment and has passed the reins to Major Ben Edwards who formally takes over in the new year,
The North West Star caught up with both men before Christmas at the PCYC’s Chillin’ in the Park.
Major Barraclough said he was heading back home to Sydney to be with his wife and kids.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here, it’s been challenging, it’s been rewarding building the company back in,” Major Barraclough said.
“It’s been good meeting with all the communities in Mount Isa and the Gulf of Carpentaria.”
Major Barraclough said he was happy to hand over to Major Edwards who has come out of the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.
“Ben has been out here before so it has been a really easy handover,” Major Barraclough said.
Major Edwards said his most recent posting was at Townsville so he he knows his way around north Queensland.
“I’m really excited to be here commanding Delta Co 51st,” Major Edwards said.
“I was here in Mount Isa a little over 11 years ago so I’m looking forward to reinvigorating the relationships I had with people and the community of Mount Isa itself and the Gulf region as a whole.”
Major Edwards is also here on a two year posting and he said his first priority was to meet everyone.
“I’ve had a really good handover with Jeremy and I’ve been able to talk to local police personnel, I’m meeting with the Mayor and in the New Year I’ll be going around to all the communities of the Gulf region and talking to people there.”
Major Edwards said he wanted to build on what Major Barraclough had done and build on their capability to protect the land and seas of the Gulf region.
Protection of Australian’s northern shoreline is Delta Co 51FNQR’s primary task and as well as Mount Isa the company has depots in Normanton, Doomadgee and Mornington Island while maintaining a strong indigenous presence most notably in the recent Remembrance Day commemoration.
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