Photos courtesy of Australian Defence taken by SPR Roger Tang.
Australian Army soldiers were working in the Aboriginal community of Laura in Cape York Peninsula, northern Queensland, from April to October 2016 to deliver infrastructure, health services and training to the community as part of the Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Programme (AACAP). Each year the Australian Army works together with a remote Indigenous community to deliver infrastructure projects, vocational skills training and complementary healthcare services. In 2016, AACAP celebrates its 20th anniversary and Laura is the 42nd Indigenous community to benefit from the initiative. Australian Army engineers from the Sydney-based 17th Construction Squadron, 6th Engineer Support Regiment, will be joined by military engineers from Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Tonga and the Royal Australian Air Force in the Laura community. Australian Army soldiers from 17th Combat Service Support Brigade will also provide the Laura community with health services and training, as well as provide logistics services for ‘Camp Birt’, the AACAP home base for the five-month deployment.