Nationals WA Member of Parliament and candidate for the seat of Geraldton Paul Brown MP, was privileged to host members of the Geraldton Returned Service League (RSL), along with Project PAX members and their partners at a VIP luncheon and tour aboard the Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Perth on Friday.
Mr Brown and his guests were taken on a tour of the HMAS Stirling fleet base before boarding the HMAS Perth. The group where shown around the working warship before dining in the ‘Wardroom’ with the Captain and First Officers.
“Not everyone gets to experience a working warship and the day was a fantastic opportunity for everyone that attended.” Mr Brown said.
The VIP luncheon and tour was made possible through a fundraising auction held by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) with RFDS representatives also taking part in the day.
Mr Brown praised the hospitality of the Captain, Officers and crew of the HMAS Perth, who also provided a wonderful history of the three warships who have been christened HMAS Perth.
The Project PAX members are working to help those from the military and emergency services suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The guests from Geraldton included Don Rolston who is the Warden of the HMAS Sydney II Memorial in Geraldton and Ian Heberle who is the President of the Geraldton RSL.
“It was such an insightful day in so many ways, and I thank my guests for enhancing the experience. Not only through the sharing of their wartime experiences, but also through their ongoing commitment to honouring and helping Australian servicemen and women, past and present.”