News

Sombre crowd respect our fallen

Belinda Woodward and Bev Draper waited as the bodies of three fallen soldiers passed by.
Belinda Woodward and Bev Draper waited as the bodies of three fallen soldiers passed by. Claudia Baxter

THE bodies of three Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan last week returned home yesterday to a moving ramp ceremony at RAAF Base Amberley.

Lance Corporal Stjepan 'Rick' Milosevic, Sapper James Martin and Private Robert Poate were honoured by members of their respective units - 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment, 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment and 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment - before their caskets were carried from a RAAF C-17 Globemaster aircraft to their families.

Following the memorial service, hearses carrying the fallen soldiers left the base under police escort, travelling down Southern Amberley Rd, which was recently given the name "Heroes Way" by the Ipswich City Council.

Residents lined the route, waving Australian flags to pay their respects to the most recent casualties of the Afghanistan conflict.

Ipswich resident Mary Platt said she simply wanted to show people care about the sacrifice the soldiers had made.

"I just wanted to say thank you," Ms Platt said.

"These soldiers have laid down their lives for us and it's something a lot of people take for granted."

Bev Draper, of Flinders View, waited two hours to see the vehicles pass by in a matter of seconds, but said she was proud to have shown her support.

"I've come out of respect for the guys and girls in the ADF," Ms Draper said.

"I would have waited all day it doesn't matter.

"They don't necessarily sign up to go overseas, but they do it and we need to respect what they do."

Belinda Woodward, a former defence service person, said the loss of local soldiers was close to her heart.

"Most of my friends are here at Amberley or overseas on deployment," she said.

"So I'm here out of a sign of respect for them and their friends.

"I've grown up in Amberley and I'm from a defence family so I wouldn't have missed this for the world."

A second ramp ceremony for Lance Corporal Mervyn McDonald and Private Nathanael Galagher was also held yesterday at RAAF Base Richmond.

Topics:  afghanistan australian defence force raaf base amberley



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Man hospitalised after air conditioning leak

Ambulance generic

Man taken to hospital after exposure to leaked refrigerant

WATCH: Cricketers pitch in in fight against violence

TAKING A STAND: Sponsor Adam Colrain and Warwick Zonta president Jacinta Fromm visiting Slade Park where the Warwick Redbacks played in specially made team shirts to support Zonta's message against domestic violence.

Warwick Rosewool Redbacks taking a stand

Fitness challenge no walk in the park

NEW CHALLENGE: Sandra Wilson found herself getting outdoors to walk almost every day as part of the Warwick Daily News Kick the Kilos fitness challenge.

How joining Kick the Kilos gave one Warwick woman motivation

Local Partners

15 things to do on the Southern Downs this weekend

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, here's some awesome ideas


Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

Don't miss the free Bunnings Christmas party

Free Bunnings Christmas Family Night

WARWICK'S Bunnings Warehouse will come alive tonight for Xmas

Rose City unites in festive event

Erin and Keely Hilton.

Local performers entertain at Carols in the Park

Justin Timberlake stuns students with secret class

Justin Timberlake stunned high school students in Sydney

Carrie Fisher says Ford will be bugged by affair confession

Carrie Fisher is sure Harrison Ford is annoyed at her

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with childhood sweetheart

Dakota Fanning rekindles romance with ex

Jennifer Lawrence apologises to the people of Hawaii

Jennifer Lawrence sorry for 'offensive' story

Cruz Beckham's single a 'one-off'

He is not planning to launch a full-time music career yet.

Louis Tomlinson's mother dies aged 42

Louis Tomlinson's mother has died.

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!